Month: April 2017

Riding a Donkey in Santorini

What a hilarious experience! It’s going to get good. Here’s my story:   I always heard that Santorini had the option of riding a donkey like local greeks did back in the day. You know before motorcycles and other motorized vehicles took over the world? Anyways, I never actually considered it but once I was there I said: “Oh what the hell! Let’s just go.”   I was convinced it was going to be a fun experience, so riding a donkey it is! We asked for directions and the souvenir store lady told us: “Keep walking ahead, you’ll start to smell them!”   Smell them? I didn’t understand at first. “Thank you so much!” I replied. We kept walking and out of the sudden we start to smell this disgusting (yet so weird) smell. “Omg please don’t tell me that’s how the Donkey’s smell?” I thought.   Of course they smelled disgusting. There are at least 60 donkeys just waiting in line eating and pooping everywhere… It was funny! “Let’s just do it. We are …

Travel Thoughts: Time & What Really Matters

The thing is, we all think we have time… Let’s take a moment to think about time. Its curious, the perception of time can vary from person to person. For some it passes slower, for some it goes way too fast.  For me, it goes fast. Sometimes faster that I would like to. So earlier today I took a moment to really think about time. “Am I spending enough time focusing on my career? Do I spend too much time watching Netflix? “These are the type of questions I started to analyze.  You cannot recover time. I wish I could back-up my life  just like I backup my laptop. It would be great if we could just recover the time wasted in insignificant things. I’m afraid of not spending the right amount of time on things that matter.  The thing is, decisions. Life is a series of decisions and what you do with your time is up to you. Determine what you really want from life and work towards it now. Today rather than tomorrow.  So the …

What’s In My Travel-Size Medication Kit?

Getting sick while traveling is everyone’s nightmare. Being sick in other place that’s not home is just awful. Now imagine being sick abroad and not having the right medication to treat your illness. I’m sure this has happened to most of you at least once! In my case, I’ve experienced the flu in Paris, fever in London and a broken leg in Vienna.   Luckily for you, I’ve made a list of the medication you need to take on your next trip.  Tip # 1: Always make sure you are fully prepared to treat any illness. Going to the pharmacy abroad and explain to the pharmacist what’s wrong with you sounds like a complete nightmare. Besides, what if you are allergic to the medication? For this reason I always recommend travelers to bring their own medication kit. Better to be prepared than to risk your life with medication you are not familiar with. My medication kit has everything I  need in case I get sick. What’s in my Medication Kit? Advil Tylenol Excedrin Gas-X Benadryl …

Travel Thoughts: United Airlines Customer Service Gone Wrong

It’s been a very bad month for United Airlines. If you haven’t heard, the airline’s bad customer service is trending on social media. Two major scandals happened in only one month.   Scandal # 1: Two girls were denied access to board becuase they were wearing leggings.   United Airlines’ employee pointed out to the two passengers that they were inappropriately dressed to board the plane. I’m sorry, but leggings are not “inappropriate” clothing for a domestic flight. What’s inappropriate? Swimwear without a cover up, crop tops, extremely short skirts, etc.   Yes, I’ve seen multiple people wear these on flights before. What did the airline do? Nothing… Because it’s not the airline’s problem. Right?   In my opinion, inappropriate clothing would be if there’s graphic violence or pronographic scenes on someone’s shirt. I’m I right? Another example would be if the passenger’s clothes were too revealing. United Airlines apologized via social media due to the scandal. Strike 1 for United Airlines! Scandal # 2: Passenger was aggressively dragged off the plane because the airline …

Hidden Gems

When travelling, we are used to pick the most popular cities. Rome, Paris, New York, London, are on the top of our list and most people don’t even bother researching more about the country they are travelling to. Why is that? Why do we think we get to know a country and its culture by visiting only one big city? What I’ve learned in the past years is that the life of a local that lives in a town is completely different to the one of a person living in a city. These are two completely different people and I know you will never get to know a country if you don’t give both sides of the coin a chance. On a recent trip to Madrid, a friend of mine proposed a weekend getaway to Valencia, a small town located 2 hours away from Madrid. I honestly didn’t know what I was getting myself into but as a curious traveller I agreed. We went for the “Fallas” Festival, a celebration Valencia throws to welcome spring. …