Last year, travel blogger Vera Pujadas of the travel site The Flash Window, had an unforgettable experience when she visited the southwest African contry of Namibia. Located by the Namib desert, along the Atlantic coast; Namibia is regaled for its wildlife (it is said to be home to a significant cheetah population!). With a diverse… [Read More]
In the time that I’ve globe-trotted–from solo traveling in Argentina to reviewing hotels in Europe to heading on assignment in Colombia later this month–I’ve picked up a few travel style essentials that have become ingrained in my wardrobe and beauty selections. Whether hoisting my favorite camera bag on my shoulder or pulling on my favorite motorcycle jacket, the following items are as synonymous with my style as The Pin the Map Project is with my travels.
Guest blogger, Annika Ziehen, shares her experiences in Cape Town, South Africa and 7 green getaways you can enjoy there. Cape Town is known for vibrant city life and a cultural mix that reflects the South African rainbow nation at its best. It was Annika’s home for many years and will always hold a special place in her heart not only for its people and its city landscape but also for the spectacular surrounding scenery.
The hotel I am staying at feels like visiting the beach home of a family friend; there is an open air kitchen with an honor system of taking snacks and drinks, there is a communal dining table surrounded by billowing white curtains where homemade arepas and fresh fruit will be served later. There are hammocks hanging by the water invitingly on a quiet beach that is deserted albeit a lone fisherman gliding by on a canoe.
Travel blogging seems like the unicorn of careers; those who aspire to do it wonder where to begin, how to get started and if they’ll ever build a following. As someone who continues to build The Pin the Map Project on a daily basis and who (to this day) is surprised when an amazing opportunity arises from my blog, I can attest to the fact that becoming a travel blogger is possible; here’s how.
Regarded as a sort of “I dare you” destination, the Mercado de Bazurto is only 15 minutes east of Cartagena’s city center and offers an entirely different glimpse of the local culture and cuisine. So, when given the assignment to visit Cartagena’s local market on behalf of VICE Munchies, I was more than eager to check out the chaotic, bustling and bare bones Mercado de Bazurto.
Around 3pm, I will head to Playa Blanca to enjoy its white sand beaches and turquoise waters after the hoards of tourists leave. Like a well-kept secret, the way to enjoy Playa Blanca is to simply stay on the island. Here, I share my Playa Blanca cheat sheet to make the most of your visit.
It’s evening in Cartagena and I wander out into the balmy night towards a humble looking plaza in Getsemani, just steps away from the Casa Santa Ana Hotel I am staying at. Up ahead, filmmaker Jeff Cerulli and I spot a crowd of people around the Plaza Trinidad; some sitting on the stone steps… [Read More]
In the final installment of the 3-part Bloggers & Brands series, I am going to discuss how to form a brand partnership. For those just tuning in, I recently had the honor of being a speaker at the New York Travel Festival along esteemed travel writers & bloggers as we discussed how brand and… [Read More]
This past weekend, I was a speaker at the New York Travel Festival on Manhattan’s Upper West Side on a panel discussion about how bloggers work with brands. The one hour chat covered a variety of points from what brands look for in influencers to how bloggers form partnerships with tourism boards and travel… [Read More]
This past weekend I had the pleasure of being a speaker at the annual New York Travel Festival, which brings together travel experts, writers and professionals for a series of panel discussions and speaking events that covered everything from travel careers to industry trends. I joined a panel alongside Lee Abbamonte (the youngest American… [Read More]
It is Monday evening in New York City and the sky is grumbling with thunder as rain runs down my apartment window. It is a dreary night in the Empire State–the kind of evening where you will find me curled up on my couch with a glass of red wine, my Macbook balancing on… [Read More]
Perhaps it will be a travel-inspired necklace for a friend, an album of our trip to Europe for my boyfriend, a box of global treats for my mother or an experience in Italy for my father. Whatever the occasion, the following guide of unique travel gifts will let your family, friends and loved one unwrap the world.
Guest blogger, Lauren Marinigh of Wanderlust, shares the 5 must-have experiences for travelers visiting Koh Phi Phi in Thailand.
What makes Jodhpur special is that its location in the state of Rajasthan is the west of India, the land of the maharajas. Guest blogger, Jacqueline Berman of Urbane Nomad shares the top 5 places to experience the grandeur of the past and make the most of your first visit to Jodhpur, India.
I leave to Colombia in less than a week and whenever I gear up to jet below the equator, I turn towards Spanish films, radio, books and music to brush off the cobwebs on my out-of-practice Spanish. I just finished watching the Mexican film Y Tu Mama Tambien where Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal play naive, rich teenagers who embark on an impromptu road trip to a beautiful beach with the radiant and alluring Luisa, who is played by Maribel Verdu.
While there are many travel books to be read, the following travel books are my absolute favorite and have inspired me in their own way. Each talented author has a way with words that will have you running for your passport and day dreaming about your next trip overseas.