All posts tagged: Backpacking

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: 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. …

The “What If” of Traveling: In Case of an Emergency

“I’m scared of flying” my friend once told me. I immediately judge her and thought “how could she be afraid of flying? Is the safest method of transportation and accidents are rare.”  Me to my friend: “You are crazy! There’s nothing to be scared of. Planes basically flight themselves nowadays.” | My friend: “I’m scared to death and this is the reason why I can’t travel.”    But now that I am older and think about all the things that can go wrong on a flight got me thinking and thought I would be fun to write down my thoughts. The “what if the plane starts to lose pressure?”: How scary. I’ve always thought about the possibility of experiencing this. I can’t imagine what would I do if the yellow air masks drop from the airplane’s ceiling.    The “what if we need to evacuate the plane?”: Every time I board a plane I made sure which is my nearest emergency exit. I don’t know why I do this, but I guess it can’t hurt.  …

How To Overcome Jet Lag: Here’s What You Need to Do

Having Jet Lag is horrible, simply put. There’s no other way to explain how awful the experience of having a bad night’s sleep feels like. That moment when your body simply cannot function anymore. Over the past years I’ve learned how to overcome Jet Lag by simply following the advice below. Sadly for me I had to learn the hard way and experience complete exhaustion a couple of times until I learned to train my body. The following advice is for people traveling “across the pond” (America to Europe for example) on an overnight flight not longer than 10 hours. Here’s what you need to do: Before the flight:  “Planning ahead is always a good idea.” Get a good night sleep the night prior to your overnight flight! Thumbs up for a well rested body ready to travel! Lol When booking plane tickets, think red-eye. Usually, transatlantic flights from West to East are red-eyes. I highly recommend to book a red-eye flight in order to adjust to the destination’s schedule easier.   Gather all your …