I write about travel, fashion, beauty, food, sustainability, wellness, culture, my Latina experience, etc. I've lived in Uruguay, NYC, Florida, Spain, Italy, India, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Marrakesh is no stranger to tourists, and travellers flock to the rose-hued city to discover the medina, scour the souqs for treasures, admire traditional zellij tiles on ancient mosques and savour local flavours at the food stalls of Djemaa El Fna. With the threat of overtourism encroaching on the red city, it’s imperative that travellers leave a minimal footprint as they wander Marrakesh’s labyrinth.
At dawn, the market is bustling with all the usual suspects. A vendor prepares tostadas with an array of colorful toppings from sautéed beetroot to homemade guacamole. In the next stall, a woman is pounding out blue corn tortillas by hand—the rhythm of her labor echoes throughout the market, setting a lively tempo. Nearby a farmer is selling fresh produce from wicker baskets.
Between the imperial glory of Hue and the heritage hotspot of Hoi An, Lola Méndez reveals the best off-the-beaten-path destinations travelers won’t want to miss in central Vietnam.
The heart of Vietnam is home to many of the nation’s cultural gems, pristine beaches, and unforgettable views of spectacular scenery. While the popular places to go in central Vietnam are worth visiting, there are several less well-known spots to explore: the largest saltwater lagoon in the country, the hauntingly ...
I was 4 years old when we were introduced. Back then, I fit snugly on a corner of my abuela’s kitchen counter in her bright blue house on a quaint street in Rocha, Uruguay. I would make the simple process of combining potatoes with flour to form your luscious little dumplings a nightmare for my poor abuela. A sprinkling of flour on the counter became an explosion of the entire bag, flour covering every surface of the kitchen, including myself.
While I was clumsy, you were finicky,...
It’s a dreadful 93-degrees here in Siem Reap, Cambodia. For now, this is home—at least for a month. As the daughter of a South American immigrant, home has always been a strange, diffuse concept for me. I’m a full-time traveler, and home is typically where I happen to be with my 70L backpack; my turtle shell, a roaming home.
My lifestyle in Southeast Asia is barefoot, barefaced, and bare-hearted.
As a full-time traveler living out of a backpack, I don't have much space to hoard appearance-enhancing products.
The beach town of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is located on the Caribbean coast of beautiful Costa Rica. The African slave trade forcefully brought people here in the 16th century when slaves accompanied Spanish colonizers and were made to work on cacao plantations. When African descendants in Puerto Viejo were emancipated after slavery was abolished in 1923, they were joined by Afro-Caribbeans from Panama, Nicaragua, and Colombia, and formed settlements along the coast. Today, the unique Afro-...
Though grand, weddings can be alarmingly wasteful. We spoke with wedding planners and brides to find out how to pull off a luxe plastic-free wedding like Princess Eugenie.
Planning an environmentally-friendly wedding is easier than ever with natural décor, handmade wedding dresses and upscale dinner services.
It’s easier than ever to be a mindful traveller in the enchanting UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Hoi An Ancient Town. Responsible travel encompasses any aspect of tourism that can make a positive impact on the environment, people, places, and animals. Shopping, eating, and experiencing all that Hoi An has to offer with social enterprises will channel your money directly back into the local community. By supporting worthy causes with social missions in Hoi An, responsible travellers will help ...
Costa Rica is a top eco-conscious destination with many properties implementing sustainable initiatives to keep their environmental impact to a minimum to preserve the biodiversity of the country. This movement is a natural extension of the country motto, Pura Vida!
No pasa nada. Don’t worry. I whisper these words of encouragement to myself as I stroll through customs at SJO airport in Costa Rica. For weeks, I’ve been preparing for this, running common phrases through my head and trying to translate my thoughts.
Uruguayan cuisine is often overlooked when discussing flavorful Latin American dishes. Still, what Uruguay’s foods may lack in spice they make up for in generous servings of homemade chimichurri and dulce de leche. Growing up between Kansas and Uruguay, these are the foods I missed the most whenever I was away from my South American home. It’s why, after the 2017 inauguration, she joined forces with a friend...
Words + images by Lola Méndez of Miss Filatelista. Featured image by Rancho Margot.
Peace, tranquility and learning await ethical travelers at Rancho Margot, one of the top eco hotels in Costa Rica.
Nestled in the verdant rolling hills that surround Arenal Volcano National Park, near El Castillo de la Fortuna, lies a holistic sanctuary for mindful travelers.
Rancho Margot is tucked away from the bustling La Fortuna town center, up windy roads on the edge of Monteverde National Park.
As you ap...