Destination Guides

Here you’ll find country and city guides: what to do and where to eat!

Paella is the quintessential Valencian dish. Since I was spending my summer in Valencia, I knew I couldn’t leave without learning the tricks of making this world-famous meal. I’d attempted to cook paella a couple of times in Los Angeles and failed miserably, so I was eager to learn the secrets from the masters themselves. Click to read about my experience with La Escuela de Arroces y Paellas Valenciana, and book your class next time you’re in Valencia, Spain!

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While most people associate Valencia with paella, the food scene is much more robust than I could have possibly imagined. Thanks to the ultra-mouthwatering Valencian Treats and Tastes Food Tour I took with Valencia Urban Adventures, I’m (almost) an expert on the various cuisines Valencia has to offer. If you’re planning on visiting Valencia and want to try some of the delicious dishes this city has to offer, I highly recommend you do the Valencian Treats and Tastes food tour. Click to read all about the tour and see photos of all the yummy things I ate!

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Most people don’t think of street art when they think of Valencia, but this cosmopolitan city is home to dozens of talented artists! Last week, I had the pleasure of getting up close and personal with the works of street artists on the Urban Adventures Street Art in Old Valencia tour. This was my first time doing an official street art tour and I’m confident it won’t be my last. If you’re planning on visiting Valencia and want to see more than the churches, museums and the beach (not that there’s anything wrong with those), I highly recommend you do the Street Art in Old Valencia tour. Click to read all about the tour and see photos of all the cool artwork I saw!

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After making many mistakes during my two-week Costa Rica adventure, I’ve put together all my learnings into the perfect one week Costa Rica itinerary. This one week itinerary is a tad jam-packed, but offers a good taste of the west coast of Costa Rica. Without further ado, click to read and start planning your trip!

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Our frequent itinerary changes in Costa Rica resulted in us spending 4 days in the paradise that is Manuel Antonio. While Manuel Antonio is by far the most expensive city we stayed in while in Costa Rica, it is also the best place to relax. There are tons of great water sports and activities to do here, but we spent most of our time splashing around the gorgeous beaches. I’ll give you the lowdown on all there is to do there, but don’t be surprised if you turn into a beach bum like I did. Click to read the budget travel to Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica and learn how to travel in paradise on a budget!

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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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