The Traveler Series: Ashley of Ashley Abroad

This week on The Traveler Series, meet Ashley of Ashley Abroad. Ashley is a travel blogger who moved to Paris when she was 21 and has been traveling the world ever since! After growing up in Michigan and earning a degree in Advertising/PR, Ashley decided to ‘call it quits’ on normal and move to France. Her adventures abroad took her from the savory streets of Paris to motorcycling across Vietnam, to completing yoga training in India.


Review: Hostel Suites Palermo, Buenos Aires

Tucked away on the quiet street of Charcas in Palermo Soho rests the Hostel Suites Palermo, just 15 minutes away from downtown Buenos Aires. The chain, Hostel Suites, has locations throughout Argentina in Obelisco, Florida and Mendoza.   The Palermo location is set in a charming, restored house in a bustling neighborhood home to various bars, galleries… [Read More]


Tips for the First Time Solo Female Traveler

Solo traveling is a growing phenomenon amongst women. Whether a woman should venture into the world solo is an ongoing debate that brings up questions of safety, health and security. Here I share practical tips and advice for the first time solo female traveler on what to expect, what to avoid and how to stay safe abroad.

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Tips for Exchanging Money on the Argentine Black Market

Thoughts of a black market usually conjure up images of back alley deals and shady transactions but the unofficial currency exchange in Argentina has become widely accepted despite happening “under the table.” While exchanging dollars in Argentina was a seamless process, there are practical tips to keep in mind when navigating the Argentine black market and seeking the unofficial rate.


The Pin the Map Project ‘One Lovely Blog Award’ Nomination

In the past, my readers have brought a huge smile to my face by nominating this blog for both the Liebster Award and Very Inspiring Blogger Award and I’m thrilled to share that The Pin the Map Project has been nominated for its third award, the One Lovely Blog Award, by fellow blogger, Christie, over at Heels and Hindsight.


Exploring the Impact of Tourism with “Gringo Trails”

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending a screening of Gringo Trails, a documentary film that begs the question if tourists are destroying the planet or saving it? By following the stories of travelers from Bolivia to Thailand, Gringo Trails explores both the positive and (in the case of Haad Rin Beach) negative affects of tourism.

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Review: Eco Pampa Hostel, Buenos Aires

On my recent visit to Buenos Aires as a first time solo traveler, I was looking for a hostel in the charming neighborhood of Palermo Soho where I would be staying. The criteria for my hostel search was simple: a good location plus a clean and safe hostel conducive to social interactions would be just right and the Eco Pampa Hostel fit the bill perfectly.


Funny Mishaps & Bloopers of a Solo Traveler

The blooper reel of my trip plays out in my mind and makes me laugh as I imagine what other adventures and stories I would have if I could keep traveling. As I sit here scratching the smattering of bright red mosquito bites on my legs (compliments of Iguazu and not having had repellent), I know that a sense of humor has been one of my best tools this trip.


A Reflection of Solo Traveling in Argentina

As I reflect on solo traveling in Argentina, I know I will be writing for some time to come about the people I have met, experiences I have had & self-discovery I´ve made. For now, I share my top takeaways from solo traveling thus far–both practical and inspirational.


The Traveler Series: Katie Cook of Hope Engaged

This week on The Traveler Series, meet Katie Cook of Hope Engaged! Katie and her husband, Kevin, travel the world and give back to the global community through volunteer work. From working with rescued girls of sex trafficking in Nepal to teaching English in Thailand to working for a non-profit in Kenya, this inspiring duo dedicate their life and marriage to making a difference.