Month: December 2016

A Year In Review 2016: “The year of Europe”

FACTS: I traveled 10 countries, seven countries were visited for the first time. I took a total of 51 planes in 2016, that counts for 59,964 air miles. (Including layovers) Click here to view larger map. The year has officially come to an end and I did not only met all my travel goals, but exceeded them all. In last year’s end of review post, A Year in Review: 2015, the year I crossed 7 countries off my bucket list , I said I wanted to visit more cities in  countries I’ve previously visited before rather than focusing on increasing the number of countries. Again, that was just an idea. Instead, I crossed seven countries off my bucket list this year. Here’s a quick recap: I visited seven countries I’ve never been to, I broke my foot, I experienced what is to travel solo, got my Digital Marketing master’s degree, I mastered the art of booking flights and hotel rooms for very cheap, gained ten pounds, I lost ten pounds, got a promotion at work (Yay!), …

12 Things I learned in 2016

The saying “time flies when you are having fun” lives up to its name.  Where did 2016 go? Here’s a quick recap: I visited seven countries I’ve never been to, I broke my foot, I experiences what is to travel solo, got my Digital Marketing master’s degree, I mastered the art of booking flights and hotel rooms for very cheap, gained ten pounds, I lost ten pounds, got a promotion at work (Yay!), learned how to effectively pack the essentials to fit in a carry-on and, most importantly, got to learn a lot about several countries around the world. What’s not to love? 2016 was a great year indeed. Every year I write a sentence which briefly describes what I learned during that month. To be honest, this post is mostly for me. Every “12 Things I Learned” blog posts are very special for me because each sentence reminds me of the event (or happening) that impacted my life in some way or another. Here’s 12 things I learned throughout the year 2016: January | …

Where to Stay, Eat and Party in Havana, Cuba

Where to Stay? Rent via Airbnb.com a house in Synoney or Miramar, Havana’s best neighborhoods. Iberostar Hotel Havana, a five-star hotel located in the heart of Havana. 1 2 3 4 Where to Eat? El Cocinero – Hands down the best restaurant in Havana. La Juliana – for a quick grab and go meal! Buena Vista Social Club – Food, drinks and salsa music all at once. Here’s where the real party is at. Where To Party? La Fabrica de Chocolate – is it a bar or is it a gallery? It’s both. Great ambience to look at some art while drinking delicious cocktails. La Bodeguita Del Medio – a famous bar best known because Ernest Hemingway used to spend his afternoons in this bar. La Floridita – If you are a Daiquiri lover, then this bar is for you. Buenavista Social Club – By far the best spot in Cuba to enjoy a delicious dinner and cocktails while listening to great cuban live music. This show is great and lots of fun! Let’s just …

Things I Wish I Had Known Before Traveling To Cuba

You need travel insurance! Immigration officers will ask you for a document verification of your insurance through the length of your stay. There are two currencies in Cuba: The CUC and the CUP. Both of them are complete opposite, so make sure you choose one and stick to it. (Yes, both of them are cuban currencies and No I have no idea why. #ItDoestMakeSense) A Cuban Visa is required to enter the country. A $20 piece of paper that can be acquired in most major airports (Except in the US). If you are traveling from the US, make sure you request this document prior to your trip. Cash is the answer. Forget about debit and credit cards, especially if they are from a USA bank. Havana is very expensive in comparison to other islands in the Caribbean so make sure to bring just the right amount. No Wi-fi. Yes, you heard right! Only high-end hotels offer Wi-Fi service for guests at an additional charge. Expect the slowest connection you’ve ever experience in your lifetime haha …

No Filter Needed for Varadero, Cuba

The ocean is so blue that it looks like the entire beach is photoshopped into real life. In other words: paradise found. Varadero is a tourist destination. Countless luxurious five-stars beachfront hotels to choose from! Most of them offer an all-inclusive package for guests not to worry about anything during their vacation time. Choosing the right hotel is key to enhance your experience during your stay! When a hotel greets you with a glass of champagne, you know your experience is going to be a great one. I stayed in the Melia Varadero Hotel, a five-star hotel with beautiful amenities and various entertainment activities throughout the day. (For example, the night I stayed there was a Cuba Night show in the pool area and a cuban pig roast in the afternoon.) Tips: Plan ahead and book a transfer from Havana to Varadero prior to your visit to Cuba. Also, make sure you confirm with the driver the pick-up time and location the day before and the day of the trip. Bring plenty of sunscreen! Try …