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Beach hopping in Orange County

Beach hopping in Orange County

As I drove from LAX to Orange County, I heard The OC’s theme song playing in my head…. “California, here we come, right back where we started from.” Just kidding, but before my trip to the actual OC this month, all I knew about the area came from that show and of course, Laguna Beach. Continue Reading…

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Day Trip to Chordeleg from Cuenca, Ecuador

Day Trip to Chordeleg from Cuenca, Ecuador

I was only in Cuenca, Ecuador for four days… so how did I have time to take a day trip elsewhere? The truth is that there’s not a ton to do in Cuenca, especially if you’re there on a Sunday when everything is closed. But there are tons of adorable small towns and outdoor adventures to be had near Cuenca. On my second-to-last day in the city, I took a day trip to Chordeleg, a picturesque place known for its great shopping. Continue Reading…

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Insider Travel Tips for Cuenca: 5 Local Secrets

Insider Travel Tips for Cuenca: 5 Local Secrets

Every time I go somewhere, there are always a few things I learn by the end of the trip that I wished I had known the whole time. The things you can’t find out simply by scouring Tripadvisor or reading Lonely Planet guides cover-to-cover. During my recent trip to Cuenca, Ecuador I was lucky enough to stay with an amazing local host family that I found on Airbnb. Continue Reading…

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Horseback Riding at Centro Ecuestre Bellavista in Ecuador

Horseback Riding at Centro Ecuestre Bellavista in Ecuador

One of my favorite things to do when I’m traveling abroad is horseback riding. First because it’s a great way to see the countryside, and second of all because it’s usually significantly more affordable than in the US. But there are a lot of things you have to take into consideration before booking that excursion. Are the horses well cared for? Are the facilities safe and do they provide helmets? Continue Reading…

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Weekend Getaway: Captivated by Cuenca, Ecuador

Weekend Getaway: Captivated by Cuenca, Ecuador

A long weekend is a travel-addicted young professional’s best friend. So while most of my fellow New Yorkers spent this past Memorial Day soaking up the sun in the Hamptons or celebrating the unofficial start to summer on the Jersey Shore, I set off on a slightly more adventurous whirlwind trip to Cuenca, Ecuador. Continue Reading…

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  Hi! I'm Anna. I'm originally from Boston but right now I live in NYC where I'm working full time as a fashion publicist. I'm also traveling the world on weekends, holidays and two weeks of vacation. My mission is to help you live a happy, healthy and travel-filled life *without* quitting your 9-to-5!
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