3 International Travel Experiences You Only Need One Day For

3 International Travel Experiences You Only Need One Day For

Posted by: on Oct 31, 2014 | 7 Comments

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” It’s a travel quote I see constantly on Pinterest and Instagram. But how many people actually make it everywhere? In truth, hardly anyone. First of all, going “everywhere” is virtually impossible, but even if we just break it down to countries, the chance that the average person will reach all 190+ countries in their lifetime is slim. Many people set travel goals like “25 counties by 25,” but at that rate they won’t even make it to half the world’s countries in their lifetime. How crazy is that?!

The point is, if you want to see the world, you need to go. Now. I’ve been in many cities and countries for only 2-4 days and managed to have amazing, unforgettable experiences that I wouldn’t trade for anything. That means you can go practically anywhere for a weekend and make it worth the trip. To prove the point that a weekend abroad is worth the lost sleep, I bring you a list of international travel experiences that you only need one day to do. Think about that – if you can do these in a day, imagine what you could do in two?

Day Trip to Chordeleg from Cuenca, Ecuador

Day Trip to Chordeleg from Cuenca, Ecuador

Posted by: on Aug 26, 2014 | 3 Comments

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.

While Cuenca is a dead zone on Sundays, the shops of Chordeleg were bumping. Apparently, locals know that this is the place to come and shop for jewelry and handmade crafts.

Insider Travel Tips for Cuenca: 5 Local Secrets

Insider Travel Tips for Cuenca: 5 Local Secrets

Posted by: on Jul 14, 2014 | 2 Comments

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. They were super helpful with giving us the inside scoop on Cuenca – where to go, where not to go, and how to get around. Since we were only in town for four days, their advice was invaluable!

So what did I learn that’s worth passing on to future Cuenca visitors? Here are six insider travel tips to help you make the most out of your trip to this beautiful Ecuadorian city.

Horseback Riding at Centro Ecuestre Bellavista in Ecuador

Horseback Riding at Centro Ecuestre Bellavista in Ecuador

Posted by: on Jun 30, 2014 | No Comments

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? How many other people are going to be riding with you? I personally don’t care much for “trail rides” where you walk at an excruciatingly slow pace for an hour, nose-to-tail in a line of 20 horses with a herd mentality. So when I discovered Centro Ecuestre Bellavista just outside of Cuenca, Ecuador and all of its glowing five star reviews, I got excited.

Weekend Getaway: Captivated by Cuenca, Ecuador

Weekend Getaway: Captivated by Cuenca, Ecuador

Posted by: on Jun 17, 2014 | 6 Comments

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.

Why would I fly almost 7 hours and then travel 3 hours by car to stay in a destination for just three days? Because it’s on my travel to-do list, and I’m never going to get to all of them if I don’t just GO.


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