My, Oh Mumbai – Guest Writer Elena

Asia has long been a place I have longed to go – but have never had the chance. In the past few months I have had a TON of requests for posts about Asia. Luckily, I stumbled across someone who was able to bridge the gap and provide my lovely readers with just what they have been craving – a post about Asia. As you will read below, Elena travelled to India and was gracious enough to share those details with us.

 

If you like what you see I encourage you to check out Elena’s Twitter page at twitter.com/dreamxrider or check out her blog at thefreedomtofall.wordpress.com

 

Here is a little bit about Elena!

Places she has lived: United States (Washington, Louisiana, California, Ohio, Alaska, and Texas)

Places she has travelled to: United States (all 50 states), Mexico, Canada, Scotland, London, Paris, northern Spain, Florence, and India

Places on the radar: New Zealand, Indonesia, Thailand, Switzerland, Ecuador, and Iceland

My, Oh Mumbai

Written by: Elena Coe

 

The summer after my freshman year of college, I signed up for a month-long study abroad in Mumbai, India. My primary experience with India before this trip came from exactly three places: 1) Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake, 2) Slumdog Millionaire, and 3) Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. Continue reading

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Travel Quote of the Day

“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

I love this quote because it sums up why I travel perfectly. In a short and sweet kind of way, I travel for travel’s sake. I love being in unfamiliar places and finding my way around. I love seeing new sights and meeting new people. The journey is the best part.

Happy Travels!

 

My Travel Story – Barcelona

Last summer I was able to visit a truly beautiful city, Barcelona, Spain. I was in Barcelona for a little less than two weeks – I really could have spent about a month exploring all of the different areas. I know everyone says that New York is the city that never sleeps, but I think Barcelona is a close second!

My first day in Barcelona I went directly to my hostel – which happened to be in the perfect location (more about that later!). I quickly unpacked my stuff, charged my camera and set out. I knew I had a fair bit of time to spend in Barcelona – but I really wanted to make the most of my time. I would soon regret this as I forgot that Spanish people often eat dinner quite late. I was starving by the time I got back to my hostel – Equity Point Centric – and grabbed my wallet. Continue reading

What to do in Las Vegas

I absolutely loved Las Vegas! I am not much of a gambler (I tend to spend all of my money on travel…) but I had a blast. I decided to split this post into three sections so various travel lengths. I listed some things I suggest doing if you have 24 hours, 48 hours, and 72 hours +. Hope this helps!

24 hours in Vegas

First thing is find a hotel on the strip. The strip is the main street in Vegas where most of the casino/tourist locations are located. The hotels are a bit pricier (but you can find deals!) but since you only have a short time in Vegas, you will make this up by saving on transportation costs, and making the most of your time!

My Pick: Planet Hollywood. Perfect location on the strip and great views.

Next – go casino hopping! Visit a couple of casinos – spend some money on a game or two and they bring you free drinks 🙂 (tips not included – make sure you tip).

Go see a show – there are lots of awesome hypnotist and variety shows n the strip!

Now – I am a person who loves my sleep, but I suggest staying up late, having fun and squeezing the most out of your short time in Vegas!

Bonus: If you have time there is also zip lining adventures!

 

48 hours in Vegas

Same as the first section – find a good hotel – unpack and head out! 🙂

Some things I suggest if you have some extra time: Go see Fremont Street (old Vegas) and spend some time in one of the MANY pools/hot tubs in Vegas – relax a little!

I would suggest spending one night on the strip and one night on Fremont Street. This way you get the best of both worlds!

 

72+ hours in Vegas

This is where the fun happens!

Same as the 48 hours – but I would also suggest doing some sight seeing outside of the city. This can include visiting the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, or even the Grand Canyon (spend at least a little while here at some point in your life!). I would suggest doing this on the second day there. So day one hang out on the strip, day two go adventuring, and day three Fremont Street. There is always so much to do!

 

Awesome Things to do in Vegas

Marc Savard – Comedy Hypnotist

Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

The Venetian – Take a ride on a gondola!

New York New York – my personal favorite casino

Pin Up Pizza – grab a slice of pizza any time of day that is bigger than your head!

The High Roller – get a cool view of the strip on a big ‘ferris wheel’ type ride!

The Cosmopolitan – go for a swim!

 

 

What ever you do, I am sure you will have fun!

Happy Travels,

 

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My Favorite Foods from Around the World

Denmark – pandekager!

In Denmark you can get pancake meals with LITERALLY any topping. Salad, bacon, dressing, syrup, dessert toppings, pizza toppings, the list goes on and on. And they are all delicious. Some weird combinations might seem intimidating but trust me, you can’t go wrong.

My Pick: Try a BLT like pancake with lettuce, tomato, bacon, mushrooms and ranch dressing. YUMM!

 

Spain – paella!

I know, this seems pretty cliche. But fresh seafood, delicious rice, and flavorful veggies, you really can’t go wrong. Pronounced pie – ay – ya this dish is great for serving a crowd or group of people because the portions are huge! If you are ever in Valencia – Barcelona area – make sure you try paella!

My Pick – Any paella with seafood is delicious – my favorite is shrimp (camarones)!

 

Vietnam – Continue reading

December 10th, 2015 – Guest Blog Opportunity

Why hello there,

I am looking to expand my blog audience, and one way I am looking at doing that is by offering a guest blogger opportunity. If you would be interested in writing 1-2 posts (500 – 1000 words) with a travel/adventure theme please contact me by commenting below or emailing at travelwanderexplore@hotmail.com

I generally focus my posts on North and Central America and Europe, so it would be awesome if you have experience travelling to South America, Southeast Asia, or Africa.

Happy Travels,

xx

Why You Should Fly with Icelandair

I don’t often review airlines or other companies/organizations. That being said, when I do review airlines, it means I really love them!

I have booked with Icelandair several times. The booking process is simple. Seriously, just type in Icelandair into your browser and you will be directed to their very user – friendly and well designed website. They even encourage you to book a stopover in Iceland for up to seven days. I love this feature. It allows people to experience a country they might have missed out on otherwise. It also gives you a chance to experience this BEAUTIFUL country without having to pay and arm and a leg. You simply have to enter your flight dates, how long you would like to stay in Iceland, and whether you want to take your stopover on the outbound or inbound flight.

Now, I would like to mention a few (of the many) other bonuses about booking with Icelandair. Continue reading

How to Plan A Road Trip

Since I have promised to post information about my summer road trips for months now, I thought I better start with a post that highlights important things to consider when planning a road trip. Because lets face it, if you don’t plan out anything, it might not be the best time. Don’t get me wrong, freedom and choice is a good thing, it is just good to know generally what you plan to accomplish before you set out.

So, here are my tips for planning out the perfect road trip, Continue reading