After publishing my last post about tips for traveling to Muslim countries during Ramadan, someone reached out to me and asked, what about for Muslims? What’s it like to travel while fasting, and what tips do I have for doing so? I’ve only ever traveled while fasting once – back in 2012. I took on the challenge of 2.5 weeks of fast-paced travel in the summer heat of Southeast Asia during Ramadan. Needless to say, it was a serious struggle. Thanks to that trip, I have plenty of suggestions on how to make your travels enjoyable without having a hangry breakdown. These are my tips for traveling while fasting.

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Although this Costa Rica trip was originally going to be an all girls trip, my mom, sister, and I decided to drag my dad along last minute. This resulted in us reworking our carefully planned itinerary. Because of that, this post includes not only what our itinerary looked like, but what a recommended itinerary looks like as well. That way, you don’t make the same mistakes we did and end up missing some cool sites! Click to read the Costa Rica Travel Guide: La Fortuna and Monteverde edition.

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While a friend and I initially planned to spend the summer in Barcelona, the absurd cost of short-term summer rentals had us rethinking our plans. Luckily we did a bit of research and found that Valencia was the perfect fit for what we were looking for: a coastal city with tons of great things to do without the choking influx of summer tourists that can be found in Barcelona and Valencia. What’s more, we were able to stretch our budget in Valencia and scored an amazing apartment in the center of town that will be great for working remotely. If you’re wondering just what won us over about Valencia, you’re in the right place. Click to read this post and learn about all the great things Valencia has to offer…you might just end up booking a flight and seeing it for yourself!

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The most common advice I received when researching Costa Rica was “don’t spend any time in San Jose or near the airport whatsoever.” So it’s not exactly a popular destination amongst visitors. Due to a series of last-minute itinerary changes because #familytravel, we found ourselves stuck in Alajuela (where the airport is) for three full days! Yikes. Luckily, travel research is totally my game. So if you find yourself in Alajuela for longer than you’d like to be, don’t worry! Click to read the best things to do near the San Jose Airport, Costa Rica.

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Every year on the 9th month of the lunar calendar, millions of Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset for 30 days. To us, it’s not just about fasting from food and water, but about spiritual reflection as well. It’s a month of increased prayer, charity and hospitality. It’s also a time to refrain from bad behavior and thoughts – think cursing, gossiping, and all the other habits that you promised yourself you’d break on January 1st ;). I’m sharing with you some tips on what to expect when traveling to a Muslim-majority country during Ramadan, as well as a few rules to follow in order to be respectful of local cultures during this time. Click to read more!

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Puerto Rico was a first in many ways: not only did I book the flight on a whim with low expectations, but it was also my first mother-daughter trip! Luckily Puerto Rico surprised me and I was truly able to experience it like a local by spending the week driving around the island rather than sticking to San Juan and the surrounds. For those of you that are interested in seeing what Puerto Rico has to offer outside San Juan and the beach (I did those as well), read on. This is Puerto Rico, off the beaten path.

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Monterey County is one of those quintessential California areas that most Californians visit at least once, but apparently, I suck at exploring my own backyard. Well, the Monterey tourism website is all about grabbing life by the moments, which is why I’ve decided to spontaneously visit Monterey later this month! #GrabYourMoment, they said, so I listened. In the meantime, I couldn’t let my research go to waste so read to discover why Monterey should be your new favorite travel destination.

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My trip to Puerto Rico was booked on an unexpected whim, thanks to an amazing flight deal. I’d never had any real desire to go, but when I saw a flight for $100 round-trip, my mom and I couldn’t resist.

Although my expectations were initially a bit low, I took the advice of some fellow travel bloggers and opted for a road trip around the island rather than sticking to the well-known tourist spots. I was impressed by how much the country has to offer both on and off the beaten path. These are the five things not to miss in Puerto Rico.

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