My Favorite Things to Do in Quito, Ecuador

Dear readers,

before I entered my writer’s block stage, I had been wanting to share my top things to do in Quito as a budget traveler. And now that I’ve recovered, I think it is time to get back on track. I was in Quito for only 3 days. It was the last stop in my Ecuador trip after the Galapagos Islands and my exploration in the coast. Nevertheless, that does not mean that my time in Quito was less interesting. I enjoyed every single moment of my stay and I want you feel the same, especially if your are a budget traveler like me. So, here are my top things to do in Quito:

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Hitting a Writing Block After One Year of Her Coffee Diaries

November 19th, 2017

Dear readers,

after not posting anything for about 3-4 months now, I hope you will bare with me and read a few of my Sunday reflections that I have been thinking about in my head. So, here I am on a Sunday evening with my cup of hot-chocolate-coffee mix thinking and reminiscing about my writing days. I haven’t written anything on my blog since August and I kept saying the same excuses,”I haven’t traveled much, so I don’t have enough writing material.”

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Super Easy Tips for Eco-friendly and Sustainable Travel

Dear readers,

here I am sitting in the Chicago Midway Airport, just casually waiting for my flight to Toronto. And since it has been awhile after I wrote my last lifestyle post, I thought I would kill time and write another one. Because I’ve been traveling these past few days, I’ve been thinking about the idea of eco-travel. Yes, there are ways to travel while preserving the environment, and no, it’s not difficult. I know some people are skeptical about it, but it truly is not that difficult. And just like every change in life, we can start by doing baby steps. So, I’ve been compiling a few ways that contribute to eco-travel, and some are specifically for women (since I, myself, am a woman). Here they are:

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My Ultimate Guide to Inti Raymi

Hey, fellow travelers! Since it’s been two years since my dream visit to Cuzco, Peru, I thought I would write a guide about one of the most incredible travel memories I have: Inti Raymi. On June 24, people from all over the world gather in Cuzco to witness this unique Inca festival, and in 2015, I was lucky enough to have that opportunity. So, in order to give back, I’m sharing a few personal ideas and tips about this awesome event!

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Barrio Las Peñas: The First Neighborhood in Guayaquil, Ecuador

Hey coffee and travel lovers, sorry for the absence! I’ve been pretty preoccupied with school lately and hadn’t had the time to really share more of my adventures. Anyways, since school now is officially over, I can finally continue writing about my travels in around Ecuador. So, let’s start off with one the of the prettiest neighborhood that I’ve stayed in and explored during my travels: Barrio Las Peñas.

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How I Only Spent $600 on The Galapagos Islands

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One of the most asked questions after I came back from the Galapagos Islands was, “How much did it cost?”. As Galapagos is one of the top destinations in South America, I understand why people have the idea that the final price is more than what they are willing to pay; it’s basically the same idea for Machu Pichu and Patagonia. However, if you are willing to do a little more research and hard work, you will see that (just like any other place) there is a way to do the Galapagos Islands on a budget. I was there for 7 days and I managed to spend around 600 USD in total (including the 100 USD entry fee and 20 USD fee for the Transit Control Card). Curious on how I did it?

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The Only Guide You Need for Playa Los Frailes

During my travels along the coast of Ecuador, I came across the name of Los Frailes. Playa Los Frailes is basically a beach located in Machalilla National Park, and it is said to be one of the best beaches in Ecuador. This beach, however, seems to be very much underrated. So, I’m here to basically give you more information on Playa Los Frailes and how to get there.

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4 Things I’ve Learned from My Solo Travel So Far

Hi all! So, it has been more than a week since I arrived in Ecuador for my solo travel adventure. I did a lot of things after getting to this amazing country, including flying to the Galapagos Islands, spending the New Years with amazing individuals, eating my first lobster, and also taking my first ever surfing class, which I just did a few hours ago and now I’m actually ready for bed. However, before I tuck in and sleep at 7 PM, I thought I would share what I learned from my solo travel trip so far:

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Learning to Do Stuff the Italian Way by Amina Paracha

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“The Milanese people are similar to people living in Stockholm”. At least that’s what I’d heard before packing my whole wardrobe in a suitcase weighing exactly 23kg, stuffing the rest in to a carry-on luggage (probably over the limit of 8 kg) and lastly, cramming four bags in one as my handbag. Now, a couple of months later, I smile thinking of my first day in Milan. Little did I know that I would learn lots of things no one would ever dream of in Stockholm or Sweden in general. It turns out that the Italian way is an entirely different experience.

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Pilsen Murals, Chicago: Experience the Art of the People

Are you a fan of the arts? Are you a traveler on a budget? Furthermore, are you heading to Chicago? If you answered one of these questions with a “YES”, then I’ve got a destination for you! Have you ever heard of the Pilsen Murals in Chicago? Most of the people I asked said “no”. I don’t blame anyone really, because the Pilsen Murals haven’t been exposed too much at this very moment (maybe, that could be a good thing). But, after visiting and exploring the murals myself, I believe that they deserve more attention. So, ladies and gentleman, give it up for the murals in the Pilsen neighborhood, Chicago!

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