Missoula, Montana, USA (my hometown)

Getting Around Town Public transportation is FREE in Missoula. The Mountain Line (public bus) has a great app which will let you know how and when to get where you need to go. Udash is associated with the University and offers late night service from downtown to the corner of Arthur and Sussex Ave. UberContinue reading “Missoula, Montana, USA (my hometown)”

San Francisco Bay Area: late Summer/Early fall Guide

The best time to visit San Francisco is: the fall. Re: it is sunniest this time of year! Healthy eating Sweetgreen – grab a salad/healthy bowl made to order. They provide seasonal options, build your own options.. with bright, yummy ingredients you can’t go wrong for lunch under $15 here! Golden Era this is vegan “asianContinue reading “San Francisco Bay Area: late Summer/Early fall Guide”

New York, NY: Best of Brooklyn and Beyond

On a long weekend in NYC… In Brooklyn: We stayed at the beautiful (and very hip) Box House Hotel in Brooklyn (Greenpoint). Near there, favorites included: Jungle Cafe (vegan, beet burger & hibiscus iced tea was wonderful), Sweetleaf coffee shop (try the ‘rocketfuel’ cold brew w chicory and maple and all of the baked goods getContinue reading “New York, NY: Best of Brooklyn and Beyond”

Cancun y Tulum, Mexico

5 days in Riviera Maya Night 1: To get from airport into town take the ADO bus (see agent right when you leave customs) which costs 72 pesos to the Cancun station. From here take Uber $5-10 (illegal? Proceed with caution) Dinner at Navíos: seafood & margaritas (see photo below) we liked the tiny (crab?) quesadillas & coconutContinue reading “Cancun y Tulum, Mexico”

My Favorite Hostels Worldwide

There is truly nothing like a home away from home. Here’s a list of my most favorite hostels in the world (it’s a list which will surely keep growing!): Udee in Bangkok. I stayed here 3 times while in Thailand a couple of years ago and would go back in a heartbeat. Actually, I’d like toContinue reading “My Favorite Hostels Worldwide”

Costa Rica: Puerto Viejo, San Jose, Sámara

Upon arrival at the Airport in San Jose, we had arranged for a shuttle from our hostel, TripOn Open House, to pick us up. The hostel was fantastic- breakfast was great and the large kitchen & common areas made for a very social scene. One of the highlights of my trip was meeting so manyContinue reading “Costa Rica: Puerto Viejo, San Jose, Sámara”

Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii, USA

We went to Kauai in September 16th-ish which was literally the day after the seasonal price peaks went down. Great timing, highly recommended!!! Flew into Lihue (LIH) & rented a car to drive to Hanalei (a topless jeep for Jurassic Park exploring, of course!). The drive along the coast through Wailua (stopped for late breakfast ofContinue reading “Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii, USA”

Colombia aka the trip that started it all…

Bogotá My number one recommendation: take a trip up to the top of Mount Monserrate which is 10,341 feet (3,152 meters) high! I recommend taking the Funicular to the top. Up there, you will find a Catholic Church which is said to cure the ill (check out the thank you plaques on the walls) asContinue reading “Colombia aka the trip that started it all…”

Peru: Machu Picchu + Huacachina Sand Dunes

Peru: landed in Lima, took Taxi Green (airport taxi, one can be arranged at the stand located in the terminal which you’ll arrive in) to Pariwana hostel in the touristy but comfortable Miraflores area. Our hostel arranged a taxi back to the airport for us. Flight —> Cusco —> stayed at Pariwana hostel in Cusco,Continue reading “Peru: Machu Picchu + Huacachina Sand Dunes”

San Francisco, California, USA

San Francisco Favorites: SIGHT-SEEING Best coffee shop to hang at: Java Beach Cafe (on La Playa & Judah St, accessible by Muni line N from downtown towards Judah/La Playa/Ocean Beach) … then walk to the beach with a car, head North from here on the Great Hwy towards Sutro Baths, find a cool Golden GateContinue reading “San Francisco, California, USA”