Afraid of going to Africa? Don’t be!

You hear it time and time again: people are afraid to travel to Africa. They are convinced the entire place is a war-torn, disease-ridden wasteland and the thought of actually getting on a plane and traveling there frightens them.

Sure. Those things do exist in Africa, but remember…it is a huge continent with a large number of countries in it and there is a lot of diversity between those countries. There are a lot of beautiful places with…yes…clean, modern cities. Here are some things to remember about traveling to Africa.

Wanderlust Wednesday: Ethiopia

I was recently informed that traditional Ethiopian flat bread, known as Injera, is gluten free (at least the way it’s traditionally made…sometimes it’s mixed with wheat flour so you have to clarify first). This got me excited about eating Ethiopian food because I’m all about finding bread that I can eat as well as trying different cuisines from around the world. Since I’m lucky enough to live in the diverse melting pot that is Southern California, I’m happy to report that there are more than a few Ethiopian restaurants I can visit in order to satisfy my curiosity. While I will certainly be doing that in the near future, it also got me thinking about visiting Ethiopia as a travel destination. The more I look into it, the more my interest is piqued and I want to visit someday.

The rise of the International Budget Carriers

There has been something wonderful happening with the airline industry lately. Budget carriers are starting to take us to more and more fabulous international destinations! It wasn’t too long ago when the prospect of an international flight was an expensive one, indeed. However, I’ve noticed a trend lately where budget carriers are adding some pretty great destinations to their itineraries. Hooray! If you’ve been wanting to get out there and explore the world a little more, now just might be the time.

Wanderlust Wednesday: Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is a beautiful, impressive, famous waterfall which is located on the border between the United States and Canada. On the U.S. side, it’s just outside Buffalo, New York, and on the Canadian side, it’s not terribly far from Toronto. I’ve always wanted to visit this natural wonder, and it would be great to combine a visit to the Falls with a tour of the region on both sides of the border. This Wanderlust Wednesday, let’s explore what a possible U.S.-Canada journey centering around Niagara Falls might look like.

How to Avoid Common Hiking Mistakes

I’m excited to announce a guest post today from Jenny Holt, a freelance writer and mother of two. She loves nothing more than getting away from it and taking her pet Labrador Bruce for long walks, something she can do a lot more now she’s left the corporate world behind. She has written a post for us today about how to avoid some common hiking mistakes. I hope you enjoy her article!

Wanderlust Wednesday: Toronto, Canada

I’ve always wanted to visit Toronto, Canada, but I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. I know a few people from there and others who have visited and by all reports, it’s a wonderful city. It’s clean, modern, and has an absolutely beautiful skyline. There are always tons of things going on in this vibrant metropolis, and the dining and entertainment options are top notch. Let’s take a quick look at this vibrant Canadian capital and get inspired to do a little traveling on this Wanderlust Wednesday.