5 Beaches I Recommend Along the East Coast and Why (in The U.S.A)

5 Beaches I Recommend Along the East Coast and Why (in The U.S.A)

Now is the perfect time to start planning which East Coast beaches to enjoy this summer, and if you’re like me, you’re already dreaming about hearing the sound of the crashing waves while soaking up the sun. Although I’ve had memorable experiences at all the beaches along the East Coast I’ve visited so far, some of them stand out from the rest.

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5 Beaches I Recommend Along the East Coast

Wrightsville Beach

Easily accessible from Interstate 40, North Carolina’s Wrightsville Beach has a welcoming atmosphere and is known for its strong surfing culture. Although the surrounding town is only five miles long, it has many seafood restaurants, beach houses that have been in families for generations and boutique shops. Because Wrightsville Beach has numerous helpful amenities like public restrooms and ocean access points for wheelchair users, it’s well equipped for tourists.

Also, spending time at Wrightsville Beach means you’re a very short drive from Wilmington. It has a notable downtown area with beautiful, Southern-style historic homes, plus it’s where the popular teen drama, “Dawson’s Creek”, was filmed.

Point Pleasant Beach

Popular with families, this New Jersey destination features a lively boardwalk. I’ve spent many blissful hours there, people watching and feeding off the buzzing energy that’s particularly prominent in the summer once kids get out of school.

There are both public and private areas of Point Pleasant Beach and the easiest method of making your way to the main section that’s open to everyone is to find Ocean Avenue, which is at the southern end of town. You’ll have to pay a small fee to use the beach, but in my experiences, it’s been worth it. There are lifeguards on duty every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and I appreciate the associated peace of mind.

Pickering Beach

Delaware has a thriving tourism industry, and according to statistics, 37 percent of people head to the state to enjoy its beaches. I’ve been a huge nature enthusiast for as long as I can remember, so once I found out Pickering Beach, in Dover, is designated as an official horseshoe crab sanctuary, I couldn’t resist visiting it.

The horseshoe crab sightings are most frequent in June and July but even if you visit during other months, you’ll find a lot to love about this peaceful place. Although it’s not ideal for swimming, I’ve found lots of amazing rocks washed up on the shore. Also, if you’re in Dover for a NASCAR race, this beach is only a short drive from all the auto-related action.

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Sandbridge Beach

Visits to this lovely beach in Virginia always serve as strong reminders of what it feels like to be on the receiving end of genuine Southern hospitality. One of the best ways to experience what Sandbridge has to offer is to check out Little Island Park. This 124-acre facility not only has a fishing pier, surfing areas and sections for swimmers but picnic shelters, volleyball courts, and restrooms.

If you’re staying a few days and need to pick up a few essentials, look no further than the charming Sandbridge Seaside Market. It has a deli where you can get made-to-order sandwiches to take back to the beach, plus hand-cut rib-eye steaks. The freshly made donuts are also definitely worth trying.

Chesapeake Beach

When you’re ready to take a break from the bustling pace of Washington, D.C., this Maryland beach offers the perfect opportunity because it’s easy to reach by car from the nation’s capital. Bay Front Park, otherwise known as Brownie’s Beach, gives you great views of the stunning the Chesapeake Bay and its surrounding cliffs.

This region of the East Coast has a rich railroad history and I got acquainted with it in an unforgettable way by wandering down the Chesapeake Beach Railway Trail. Planned for over two decades, this pet-friendly and fully wheelchair accessible trail have helpful signs that’ll help you understand the significance of the nearby marshland and the animals you might see there.

There is also a railway museum in Chesapeake Beach, which explains the route that brought train riders from Washington D.C. to Chesapeake Beach. This beach was promoted as a luxurious resort town in the late 1800s and after visiting it, you’ll find that it’s still a remarkable place to escape from the pressures of everyday life and simply relax for a while.

So, there they are, some of the East Coast beaches that have caught my eye during my travels. Should you choose to add them to your own itinerary, I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.


Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram!
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Best beaches by the East Coast, U.S.A | Recommended beach in the East Coast | Wrightsville Beach | Point Pleasant Beach | Pickering Beach | Sandbridge Beach | Chesapeake Beach
Best beaches by the East Coast, U.S.A | Recommended beach in the East Coast | Wrightsville Beach | Point Pleasant Beach | Pickering Beach | Sandbridge Beach | Chesapeake Beach
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5 Facts About Antarctica (Most People Get Wrong)

5 Facts About Antarctica (Most People Get Wrong)

There are plenty of amazing facts about Antarctica out there that would make people want to visit the place. For example, did you know that there are people crazy enough to swim at Deception Island? Well, most of them just take a dip and hurry back to the cruise ship to warm up.

Still, there are many facts about Antarctica that are misunderstood. There’s even downright wrong information that people spread on a daily basis. Most of them we can blame on unintentional ignorance. Hopefully, we can clear some of the confusion, with a little help from this article provided by the ever-resourceful Agness and Cez of eTramping.

5 Facts About Antarctica Most People Get Wrong

Facts About Antarctica

1. Polar Bears Live in Antarctica

When it comes to false facts about Antarctica, this one is probably the most common. On some levels, it’s understandable. The names for the two regions (Arctic and Antarctica) are quite similar and cause the confusion. When we take the polar conditions and similar wildlife into account, it only adds to the uncertainty.

The truth is that polar bears only live in and around the Arctic circle. If you want to make it easier, think of it this way:

  • Arctic – has the North Pole;
  • Antarctica – has the South Pole;

Finally, we can also put some of the blame on Coca Cola’s famous adverts. You know the ones – polar bears and penguins partying together? Sure, it seems a cute concept on-screen. But then you have people who take it for granted (such as the student of this person here).

In any case, since we’ve brought up penguins, let’s take a look at another zinger we’ve been hearing about.

Facts About Antarctica

2. Penguins Are the Only Birds There

Fortunately, the Coke ad is a one way street for polar bears. We haven’t heard of anybody saying there are penguins in the Arctic (if you did, let us know!) Well, there was once a species called the Great auk with the scientific name Pinguinus impennis who lived in the Arctic. Still, it was certainly unrelated to actual penguins.

On the other hand, we have seen people argue that penguins are the only birds in Antarctica. After all, they’re the only ones with enough blubber to survive the cold temperatures, right? Wrong. While it’s true they are the most iconic bunch around there, a total of bird 46 species have their home in the frozen south. Only 6 of those are actually part of the penguin family.

If you’re ever heading out for an Antarctica cruise, you can see plenty of ducks, geese, swans, gulls, cormorants, egrets and other fantastic birds among the diverse fauna. Though, remember – no bears! Plenty of seals, whales, dolphins, and other aquatic mammals, however.

Facts About Antarctica

3. Antarctica is a Tundra

This is actually one of the lesser known facts about Antarctica and is not entirely false. There are portions of the Arctic and Antarctica that are considered a tundra. Some regions in the Antarctic Peninsula have soils that allow mosses, lichens, algae and similar plant-life to grow.

So what is Antarctica, exactly? This might sound surprising, but it’s actually a desert. And no, not the kind that goes on an ice-cream cone. For a region to be considered a desert, it doesn’t have to be hot or have sand dunes at all.

In fact, the only defining feature of a desert is that the annual precipitation has to be less than 10 inches (254 mm). With only about 2 inches of it on a yearly basis (8 if you only count the coastlines), Antarctica fits that definition perfectly.

Facts About Antarctica

4. It snows a lot

So one of the facts about Antarctica you’ve found out today is that it’s actually a desert. But what about the huge piles of snow? Surely they didn’t pop out of anywhere. Well, we’ve already mentioned that there’s about 2-8 inches of precipitation per year).

All of that comes from snow, as the temperatures are much too low for there to be any rainfall. Since it doesn’t melt (as there is little to no evaporation), it just accumulates over the centuries into the huge blocks of ice you see nowadays.

Of course, those puny snowfalls couldn’t have done all that work by themselves. There are also cyclonic storms that gather up water and cause heavy snowfalls on the coastal regions. Otherwise, Antarctica has places called dry valleys that look just like something you would expect from a desert. Save for a few frozen lakes, it’s all rocks and dirt – not exactly the Winter Wonderland found in other areas.

Facts About Antarctica

5. You Need a Visa to Visit

This is probably one of the facts about Antarctica that travelers are most interested in. The short answer is: no, you don’t need one, as some might believe. Antarctica isn’t technically “owned” by any country. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can just waltz in willy-nilly without any paperwork.

For one, you can’t visit on your own because no transport companies are providing that service for individual travelers. They’d go bankrupt really quick seeing as just under 40,000 people are visiting Antarctica on a yearly basis. As such, you’re pretty much “stuck” with a tour operator.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing – you get some pretty nifty service, and they usually handle any permits you might need for the trip. And yes, due to the Antarctic Treaty’s Protocol on Environment Protection, you will need permission to cruise the continent. It’s nothing complicated – more of a gentlemanly agreement between nations to ensure your (and the environment’s) safety.

Of course, you also have to keep in mind the passport or visa requirements in the countries you can sail from. Namely: South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Chile, Argentina, or the Falkland Islands. Not to mention any flights you might need to take in-between destinations. Otherwise, there should be no serious hiccups. You’re free to enjoy the icy plains of Antarctica, and all its untouched beauty, as you see fit.


Facts About Antarctica
Howdy from Agness and Cez who are creators of eTramping – a travel blog packed with plenty of useful tips on how to travel intensively while having unique experiences and collecting unforgettable memories. These two have visited over 50 countries since 2011 and they are not planning to stop with their upcoming journey across Europe, South America and Antartica. Join their journeys on Instagram, Pepo and Facebook and enjoy the ride with them.
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Facts about Antarctica you should know about | Trip to Antartica, Antartica cruise, Antartica should be in your bucket list, penguins, polar bear, winter all year round
Facts about Antarctica you should know about | Trip to Antartica, Antartica cruise, Antartica should be in your bucket list, penguins, polar bear, winter all year round
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What Would I Love to Experience on My First Trip to Mexico?

What Would I Love to Experience on My First Trip to Mexico?

Sometimes when I’m dreaming when I become wealthy in money and life experience I’ll one day settle (or at least have a vacation!) in one of the many beautiful mansions in Mexico, with a cocktail in one hand and a paint brush on the other while painting the beauty of what is in front of me – nature at its finest.

Of course, I’m far from that reality but a girl can dream alright!

Mexico has been on my bucket list since I met my best friend in Cooking school, Karla. She’s from Tijuana and she has told me all her rave about her home country and I can’t blame her for that! She’s shown me pictures and told me tales about her life living back in Mexico and I am often in awe listening to her, while imagining how my experience will be when I visit.

About four years ago she moved back with her family to Baja-California and I’ve been wanting to visit her ever since. However, with the situation I have at work, I can only have few weeks holiday in a year and traveling to the other side of the world from Finland is not only expensive but the flights are also literally a major pain in the bum (aka it takes almost two days to get there).

Since I focus mainly on European destinations in this blog, I thought to push my trip to Mexico later on when I break free from working full-time and could work remotely since Mexico is the perfect place to stay because hello wifi, beaches, and endless tostadas. I’ll live happily there, I can feel it!

Anyways, I thought of writing this post in honor of my dear friend who I miss so damn much. I want to tell you guys the experiences I want to do if I visit Mexico for the first time!

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What I Would Love to Experience on My First Trip to MexicoPhoto credit to City Foodsters | Flickr CC 2.0

1. Visit Mexico City just to eat at Pujol, a restaurant run by chef Enrique Olvera

I know that street food in Mexico is the bomb but I used to cook in fine dining restaurants and I respect innovative chefs whom I consider rock stars. If some have Lynyrd Skynyrd as their idols, I have Ferran Adria (amongst others).

I found out about Pujol while watching Chef’s Table couple of years ago and not only it inspired me to be a better chef and seek out only the best ingredients to use in my cooking, what stunned me the most about this restaurant and Enrique Olvera is how his passion for Mexican cuisine shouts flavor that I can hear it all the way to Finland.  

He travels to different places in Mexico to find the best corn to use in his tortilla, find the best beans to use in his mole and supports local farmers. Not only that, he also works closely with the producers to ensure the quality of the products that comes in his kitchen. I admire this! In the past, I’ve only worked with one great chef who has the same attitude in food and they are rare.

He’s redefining the Mexican cuisine and I would love to witness his talent and taste his food one day.

What I Would Love to Experience on My First Trip to Mexico

2. I’m not always about fine dining, I’ll most likely eat street food in Mexico every single day!

I’ve expressed my intention of visiting Pujol but I won’t leave Mexico until I stuffed my face with A LOT of Mexican street food. Heck, I’ll come to Mexico even just for that alone.

I’ve never had real Mexican food in my life and my friend Karla had expressed her distaste with what Mexican restaurants claims “authentic” here in Finland and I quote,

“This is Tex-Mex, not Mexican! Actually, this is not even Tex-Mex. I’m not sure what it is!”

She has cooked some Mexican food for me several times and every time, I’m blown away. She told me that it is not even close to what she can get from the food stall just outside her University but it is far better than what I’ll ever get in Finland.

I’m not entirely sure what sorts of Mexican street food I’d specifically want to have, all I know is that I’ll eat whatever they put on my plate as long as it came from animals with not more than four legs.

What I Would Love to Experience on My First Trip to MexicoPhoto by Frank Coronado

3. Witness Día de Muertos in Oaxaca

I’m sure there are tons of other things to do in Oaxaca and one of it is to see my friend Frank, a very talented Photographer, we met in Kerala and he is one of the 29 beautiful strangers I traveled with for two weeks! He is local in Oaxaca and he has told many great things about his hometown. Looking at the photos, he is so lucky to be living there.

One thing I remember him mentioning is this festival in Oaxaca called Día de Muertos or Day of the Dead. It is celebrated around the same time as Holloween every year. However, Día de Muertos is completely different and it is about celebrating the dead and respecting the loved ones that passed away.

You’ll likely recognize this festival easily through the face paintings as it has been widely popular go-to Holloween costume by many. The colorful skull face paintings are the trademark of Día de Muertos.

I would love to witness this festival not only because it has a strong cultural meaning that interest me a lot but also if you check out Frank’s photographs of this event, you’ll be astounded at how beautiful it can be. People gather to celebrate their loved ones in a manner that they accept death is part of us all.

What I Would Love to Experience on My First Trip to Mexico

4. Visit Chichen Itza

To start, I’ve always been baffled with everything that involves Maya Civilization and their mystery. My personal interest in history and architecture is limited thus I always try to learn more but it is not enough to gather information from the internet about the Maya’s, I have to witness some of their great works at one point.

My friend Karla has been to Chichen Itza and I remember her showing me a video of Kukulkan Pyramid when the sun (or light) hit this architectural marvel at the right moment and the shadow of a serpent appears. It is considered one of the greatest architectural marvels of the world!

The mathematical and astronomical calculations the Maya’s did to build the pyramid, and the whole of Chichen Itza is astonishing. At present day, it is now part of the new Seven New Wonders of the World and protected under UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Just to visit any Maya Civilization areas and learn more about them and their works is a dream of mine!

What I Would Love to Experience on My First Trip to MexicoPhoto by Christian Bernal | Flickr CC 2.0

5. Visit Islas Marietas

This is a new discovery for me and I’ve seen tons of articles written by online travel publishing websites and as well travel bloggers who rave about Islas Marietas.

A group of inhabited islands close to Nayarit, Mexico is where you’ll find a “hidden beach” which is famously dubbed as one of the pristine beaches one must visit in a lifetime. The beach has a dome-like structure that has a large hole in the middle that, what most thought, was the cause of bombing experiments performed by the military. Nevertheless, the beach is now a famous tourist attraction because of its uniqueness, and of course, crystal clear waters.

I would love to visit it not only because of the hidden beach but also to see the group of islands that makes Marietas which is famously known for its stunning flora and fauna.

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How Does Instagram Inspire Our Next Travel Destination?

How Does Instagram Inspire Our Next Travel Destination?

If you’re a travel enthusiast like myself, then you probably have several ways how you decide which city, town, or country to go next. Now, if you’re active on Instagram or other social medias, then you’re most likely following some of the best travel Instagrammers and bloggers out there who constantly post beautiful travel pictures that ignite wanderlust.

Instagram is perhaps one of the strongest social media after Facebook that enables people to connect to a stranger’s life by just visiting their profile and checking out their feeds. I mostly follow travel Instagrammers that I find inspiring and often times, I seek inspiration from their feed to find out where to go next.

I’m not going to lie, I do love Instagram for that very reasons but when it comes to my own feed, I’m very particular what goes live. I just don’t post random travel photos just for the sake of updating, each photo I have on my Instagram are planned, edited, and scheduled to be posted. For this reason, I don’t exactly find Instagram as a social media but rather a place where I can curate my photos to how I want it.

I know it is a lot of work but in my defense, I am my worse critic and I am certainly doing it for myself because of my mild over-compulsiveness when it comes to curating photographs, my Instagram is the place where I want them curated with perfection.

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Is the travel destination Instagrammable enough (a.k.a is it pretty)?

I stumbled upon a really nice article where Schofields Insurance conducted a study underlying their findings that 40% of Millennials do go on Instagram to find travel inspirations on where to go next.

In the article, where the said company asked over 1,000 adults in the U.K aged between 18 and 33, states that about two-fifths of them responded that Instagram does play a major role when it comes to how they choose their next travel destination.

It is a proven fact that beautiful photographs and picturesque destinations are a deciding factor if the place is worth visiting. Of course, this is not the case all the time, but a lot of people do get the motivation to choose if the place is inclined with something beautiful.

For instance, in Amsterdam, there are tons of beautiful spots which are very Instagrammable and if you search the hashtag #Amsterdam, you’ll see a lot of photos from the same spots. In a way, this is how Instagram works and I think it is a fantastic way to show off the lesser-known travel destinations so people become more adventurous and visit other places, too.

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How popular is the destination?

More and more people are starting to figure out other places to visit other than the usual famous ones such as Paris, Rome, and Barcelona. In my own observation, the number of people who are showing interest in the lesser-known destinations is also on the rise thanks to some of the amazing Instagrammers and bloggers who travels to these places and takes amazing photographs and share them with their viewers.

People are becoming more adventurous and easily inspired by photographs that place like Bosnia and Herzegovina, Estonia, and Hungary, for examples, are starting to see a rise in visitors year after year. Of course, the usual popular places will never go out of fashion but my point is, the popularity of the destination is not a huge deciding factor anymore.

To find a new destination to visit, just go to these popular hashtags on Instagram and you’ll find tons of destinations you never thought existed:

  • #beautifuldestinations
  • #travelstoke
  • #exploretocreate
  • #travelbug
  • #visualsoflife
  • #neverstopexploring

Another way to find out is to check the geotag and just browse around and be inspired!

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Does the travel destination have a story to tell?

They say that an image represents a thousand words, far greater and stronger than words. It is true, I would say, but not entirely. Despite our generation’s short attention span, there are still a lot of people who are interested in reading our experience about a destination. This is the very reason I have a blog, to tell my story and experiences from traveling the world!

However, not everyone will come to my blog.

This is where Instagram comes very handy because you can always add a short explanation about the destination and your experience traveling there. That said, not a lot of popular Instagrammers have a blog and often times they use Instagram as their tool to tell stories and a lot of them are really inspiring.

Now, how is this a deciding factor? Well, people are keen on interacting with users who engages with them. Telling an eventful story keeps people engaged with me thus they tend to find out more about this specific place they are in. I don’t have to write a novel in the description box but a short valuable information will suffice.

This way, whoever see my photos and read my message will feel inspired and will likely add that destination on their bucket list because not only they find the place beautiful but people will also feel connected because of my engaging tale about their experience in that place.

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The influencers

The travel industry pays a lot of money to promote certain destinations and nowadays, plastering a big poster about a place is not smart marketing (people spend time with their heads down looking at their phones!). Since the evolution of social media, especially Instagram, a lot of people started rising to fame because of their carefully curated accounts that inspire thousands, even millions, of people.

They are called “The Influencers“.

I’m not fond of that term as Casey Neistat once mentioned while I was attending PING Helsinki, where he had a talk, that you can’t be an influencer unless you did something utterly important to influence tons of people.

He’s right, and I vouch 100% on that.

However, let’s face the fact that majority of the people do believe that being an influencer means you’re famous. Plus, they are paid that is why more and more people are eager to grow their accounts to widen their reach (myself included). So, why does the travel industry pay the influencers to promote certain destinations?

Because of you, me, and the millions of people who are interested in traveling.

These influencers are hired to promote certain destinations so that the company or tourism boards can connect their brand to the influencers followers who possibly have the purchasing power to visit the destination in the near future. The number of followers they have is also often the metric as to how big their reach is, the more followers you have the wider reach you can influence.

These travel influencers are no different than us. They are ordinary people who are lucky enough to travel the world and share it with us (and get paid for it). Not to mention, they are easily approachable thus the connection can be somewhat special. These people work hard on what they do and are usually from humble beginnings with an adventurous heart, I respect what they do.

Conclusion

Instagram is a powerful tool not just to find a new destination but also to gather inspiration. It is one of the most used apps as of today and its influence is far greater than one can imagine, not only for traveling but also in other aspects such as lifestyle, beauty, and fashion. You call it, Instagram will surely have it.

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Interested to know how does instagram inspire our next travel destination? It is a powerful app where we can share our finest travel photos to inspire others! Check this post out and let me know if you agree :)
Interested to know how does instagram inspire our next travel destination? It is a powerful app where we can share our finest travel photos to inspire others! Check this post out and let me know if you agree :)
Interested to know how does instagram inspire our next travel destination? It is a powerful app where we can share our finest travel photos to inspire others! Check this post out and let me know if you agree :)

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Somewhere out there is Huanchaco, Peru

Somewhere out there is Huanchaco, Peru

Somewhere out there is Huanchaco


There’s always an element of guilt associated with spending the trip of a lifetime doing scant all, but you can’t help but take the time for granted when you begin to forget what it’s like to kill time in an office or waste weekends serving food.

» Photographer: Emma Hinton

» Location: Huanchaco, Peru

» Website: www.thetravelnatural.com

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Somewhere out there is Huanchaco, Peru

Somewhere out there is a beach town in Peru, where a dog named Chocolate liked to chase Pelicans. She would join us on our morning walks along a shore fringed with reed boats, before running off to greet locals. It seemed she belonged to everyone, so we unofficially adopted her for the week, feeding and walking her.

Each day we ate the exact same thing for lunch; fresh fish ceviche with sweet potato and finely sliced red onion, complemented (and somewhat ruined by) a Coca-Cola – is there such a thing as authentic travel anymore? Afternoons were consumed with another walk back and forth along the coastline, sometimes stopping to chat to merchants peddling handmade jewelry, or to buy sickly syrupy doughnuts from a stall.

The evenings were coolest. This was when we would return to the beach once again, to watch a clichéd sunset, and then to pick up a bag of water (cheaper than bottles) for the next day upon return to the hostel. We found irony in the routine we escaped by leaving home, only to replace it with a slightly different routine when crossing South America from Chile to Colombia.But the

But the slow-paced routine suited us – there was no urgency, the repetitiveness not at all stifling, and different from the one we left behind. Chocolate seemed to understand our pace. We caught this shot of her gazing out to sea and it was easy to imagine her a traveler in her own right, lost in thought, deciding where to eat and sleep that night, making friends with locals and exploring.

Budget long-term travel isn’t as adventurous or active as we imagine pre-trip. It’s a stretch of days doing naught but filling the hours with the basics of life; sleeping, eating, walking and talking. There’s always an element of guilt associated with spending the trip of a lifetime doing scant all, but you can’t help but take the time for granted when you begin to forget what it’s like to kill time in an office or waste weekends serving food. For a while, backpacking became everything we knew. Some days it’s lethargy-inducing. On this day, it was just what I needed.

Some days it’s lethargy inducing. On this day, it was just what I needed.


There’s tons of things to do in Peru and if you’re interested in a little bit more action, you can always do some trekking! Check out this post about Laguna 69 for a day hike in Huaraz (also in Peru!)


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Photojournal is all about expressive or dramatic photos that tell a thousand words. Each photo represents the photographers emotions at the precise moment of capturing the picture which, in some aspects, is immortalized through digital print.

I aim to showcase some of the great works of other people and share their experience through a significant photograph. Everyone have a story to tell, but sometimes there are no words to express them; however, through photos captured from the photographer’s perspective, that memory and emotions, even though words can’t explain, will hopefully touch the viewers understanding of the photograph – and maybe, even relate to it.

Therefore, Photojournal is all about curating these pictures that have distinctive meaning, not because of its overall artistry, but for its importance to one unique individual.

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CabinZero: The Best and Stylish Carry On Backpack #MyCabinZero

CabinZero: The Best and Stylish Carry On Backpack #MyCabinZero

I don’t know about you but as much as possible I like to look somewhat nice when I travel. Ragged backpacking is my past and as much as I loved it, I can’t keep my eyes off pretty and Instagram-worthy things.

That’s why I was so happy to get my hands on this CabinZero cabin sized backpack. It came on the right time as well as I was planning few weekend trips in Europe for spring and summer!

Not to mention, one thing I love the most when I travel is not having the need to check in any luggage since I am always just right on time for my flight (meaning, my flight is ready for boarding in 10 minutes and off to leave in 3o minutes).

RELATED: Learn what to pack in your carry on!

I mean, I backpacked for three months on a carry on at one point and the bliss of just walking past everyone as they check their luggage in was bliss. This was also the beginning of my minimalist lifestyle journey which I adore to this day.

Nonetheless, I’m happy to find the next cabin bag that will carry my godforsaken minimalist travel essentials and accompany me during my short or long-term travels around this awesome world of ours.

Cabin Zero

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CabinZero is a by product of innovation by a fellow traveler who got inspired by his adventures and created this beautiful line of cabin sized carry-on travel backpack.

Why should you get a CabinZero backpack?

Not only the carry-on backpacks are good looking but there are also other reasons to get it if you need a cabin approved sized luggage you can bring with you either for a longer journey or for a weekend trip. Here some of the reasons on top of my head why this is the right backpack for you:

  • They have a good selection of designs you can choose from
  • As mentioned many times already, it have the right dimensions that perfectly fit an airplane’s overhead compartment
  • The material quality is made out of strong and durable materials
  • Super lightweight!
  • You’ll get 25 years warranty for each purchase

Deal too good? I thought so too!

Cabin Zero

Why I love my CabinZero backpack?

When I was approached if I want to review this bag, they came in the right time because I was anyways looking for one which I can use for short trips here in Europe this summer. Of course, I already heard good things about CabinZero from before and I am happy to be part of their growing lovers of this backpack.

I chose the Desert Sand from their 44L Military backpack mainly because of the looks but also because it has the waist strap. Here are few elements I look for in a backpack which CabinZero Military range have:

  • Lightweight
  • Spacious
  • A waist strap
  • Not-too-touristy-look (a.k.a doesn’t scream “I’m a backpacker!”)
  • Durable
  • Comfortable to carry when on the move

When I backpacked around Europe and South East Asia many years ago I had a rugged looking 35L backpack which carried my whole life for three months surviving two extreme kinds of weather (harsh winter and blistering hot) and it was a struggle because it was bulky, ugly, and truly unforgiving because it was not comfortable to carry.

Also, I get a lot of looks because it literally screams “cheap-ass backpacker” from how it looks. Granted I was a cheap-ass backpacker then but I don’t have to look like one that’s why when I started searching for a new backpack, I ended up buying a bright red luggage which I eventually hated because I always have to check it in.

I also ended up buying another backpack which I can use for longer trips, a 75L I’m-a-backpacker-kind-of-bag which was okay but the problem is, when I go backpacking, quite frankly, a 44L bag would be enough. I’m the lightest packer ever so I always end up having so much space in the pack which is great but at the same time, I often end up buying so much unnecessary things to fill it up (not good at all).

If I am carrying a bag that can only accommodate my needs, I tend to think more about how I can utilize each space inside thus only bringings stuff I really need instead of adding useless weight in it.

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Few things I wish CabinZero could have

Of course, nothing is ever perfect! Although I love my CabinZero bag, there’s always few elements which I hope all bags I had could have. But then again, you can’t have everything, right? So, here are few elements I think CabinZero could have:

  • More pockets – My CabinZero bag have three pockets and in my honest opinion, it could have more. I love pockets for organization purposes and truth be told, I need some extra pockets where I can put some notebooks, pens, and other important documents for easy access.
  • Backpack waterproof hood – if it rains, my backpack will be soaked. Not all backpacks have this but normally those big bags meant for long-term backpacking have a zipper at the bottom that contains the backpack hood which you can put on if it starts raining. It could be a nice addition to this backpack if you can protect it from the unpredictable weather!
  • Side compartments – I usually use the side compartments (that net pocket you often find on the side) to keep my water bottle and since my CabinZero backpack don’t have this, I’ll have to buy a refillable bottle with a hook (not a problem, I need one anyways!)

Nevertheless, I’m happy to have this bag! Not only it is a nice backpack for weekend travels (or long-term, even), it also came to my hands at the right time.

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CabinZero backpack review | Best carry on luggage | cabin approved luggage | best backpacking backpack | 44L backpack for travel | best backpack recommendation | travel with only carry on backpack
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Disclaimer: Thanks to CabinZero for sending me their product. As always, honest review and opinions are all mine.