• United States
  • 8 Outdoorsy Things to Do in Ruidoso, New Mexico

    There are so many amazing, adventurous things to do in Ruidoso, New Mexico. This USA travel destination is a hidden gem and a paradise for outdoor lovers!

    Ruidoso, New Mexico is quaint little village tucked up in the Sierra Blanca Mountains. It’s an outdoor lover’s paradise and a total hidden gem in the southwest USA. I say hidden gem, but everyone who lives within a few hours of this beautiful little mountain town knows and loves Ruidoso. For the rest of us? Discovering the tucked-away outdoor playland of Ruidoso felt like stumbling upon a jackpot. There are SO many adventurous, outdoorsy things to do in Ruidoso! How did we not know about this place?! From hiking to skiing to the some of the best zip lining in the USA, here’s why you need to rent a cabin and escape to Ruidoso ASAP!

  • South America
  • Parque Tayrona, Colombia: How to Get There & Where to Stay

    Parque Tayrona, Colombia on a rainy day.

    I’m writing this from an open air hut, swaying on a hammock. Nearby is a pool, complete with waterfall and slide. In front of me is our beautiful cabana nestled in foliage and trees. Around us we hear various birds, water trickling or splashing, and some mysterious animals we haven’t actually been able to see scuttling through the jungle. It’s hard to believe this is anywhere near a city. But we’re only about an hour outside of Santa Marta, Colombia, a bustling city that we passed right through on our way to paradisaical Eco Hostel Yuluka, just outside the entrance to Colombia’s famous Parque Tayrona. Little did we know that we’d end up liking our hostel more than the tropical, remote beaches of Parque Tayrona…

  • Hiking
  • The 8 Best Hikes Near San Francisco

    The best hikes near San Francisco

    I haven’t always been a hiker. In fact, when I moved out to the San Francisco Bay Area, a 5 mile hike sounded like a huge challenge. Anything over 5 miles required a day-pack filled with water, snacks, first aid, emergency supplies, an emailed itinerary to friends and family … you know, preparation.But now that I can safely call myself a (very slow) intermediate hiker, anything under 5 miles feels like a walk in the park (literally – ever tried walking through Golden Gate Park??). So after a few years of experiential research (there were spreadsheets) I’ve put together a list of my favorite intermediate level San Francisco Bay Area hikes! I bet you haven’t heard of some of these!