Posts By Monica Montesa

Anyone whose bucket list includes scaling the world’s highest mountains but is too cautious to take on the treacherous beast that is Mt. Everest, this list is for you. Traveling across exotic paths to the peak of a towering snow-capped mountain is a dream for many. And even though it doesn’t seem like you’ve accomplished an incredible feat unless you’ve…

As you already know, there is an app for everything these days. From apps that allow you to purchase movie tickets directly from your phone to being able to “zombify” pictures of you and your friends, you can do just about anything with that little hand-held device. And when it comes to travel, you can find a ton of apps designed…

A centuries-old golden temple. Prehistoric enormous stones atop vast grassland.  An ancient holy city for three different religions. All around the world, you can find a multitude of popular pilgrimage sites for the pious or intrigued traveler. And even though some of these destination spots may only appeal to people of the same faith, anyone can appreciate the cultural significance…

Whether you’re winding down for the day or out celebrating a friend’s birthday, a glass of wine or a micro-brew is usually revered as the perfect companion for the occasion. But if you’re having a drink in a country other than your native one, you might find that their beverages – and their rules – are different from what you’re…

Whether you’re exploring the historic cobble-stone-paved streets of France or relaxing beachside, traveling is supposed to be a time of liberation and relaxation as you explore new parts of the world—for everyone. Unfortunately, those with disabilities can have a difficult time finding a truly pleasant travel experience. Even though the Americans with Disabilities Act and Air Carriers Access Act were…

When it comes to drinks, tea is one of the most popular in the world -- and there are tons of reasons why so many people love it. For one, it’s good for your health. Tea can ease your digestive system, lower your risk of cancer and disease, and help you wind down at the end of the day (Sleepytime…

The words “healthy food” and “budgets” typically don’t go together. The foods that our wallets love (i.e. McDonalds, Taco Bell) are the exact foods our bodies dislike. When traveling, this issue only becomes more difficult to manage. Sometimes you just have to eat deep-fried foods to get a true taste for the cultural experience you’re immersing yourself into. But even…

When preparing for an upcoming vacation, how many of you take time out of doing laundry, folding clothes, confirming trip details, etc. to pack snacks for your trip?  There are tons of little details you need to sort out before traveling, and it can be easy to forget to bring along a sandwich or some apples. It is, after all,…

Gather around, fellow travelers and Wikipedia lovers. The Wikimedia Foundation recently launched a new online encyclopedia exclusively devoted to traveling. Wikivoyage, which first went public in January 2013, is a free travel guide and the latest creation from the masterminds of Wikipedia. As users contribute to articles on various countries, cities, etc., Wikivoyage is predicted to become the next big…

The thought of eating processed and chemical-infused foods terrifies the Health Nut in each of us, but what about the chemicals we put on our bodies? When it comes to insects like pesky mosquitoes and dangerous ticks, we’ll do just about anything to avoid itchy bites and harmful diseases they might carry. In fact, I can recall a particularly unpleasant…

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