I write about travel, fashion, beauty, food, sustainability, wellness, my Latina experience, etc. I've lived in Uruguay, NYC, Florida, Spain, Italy, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, and more.
Make-up, food, biofuels – palm oil gets into everything. Yet the unchecked cultivation of this high-yielding crop is driving the destruction of the rainforest, damaging wildlife habitats and distorting economies. Breathe hears first-hand from conservationists trying to reverse the trend.
(CNN) — Walking tours of the Red Light District in Amsterdam are set to cease come January 1, 2020. According to the translated official statement from the Dutch government, "Tours along the prostitution windows cause a lot of bustle in the Red Light District and are not respectful towards sex workers."
On every corner in Vietnam colorful toddler-sized plastic stools cover the sidewalk. Locals sit on the tiny chairs and throw back mugs of bia hoi, one of the least expensive beers on Earth. Bia hoi, or fresh beer, is brewed daily in large batches and cost about a quarter per glass. The ABV of the refreshing, light brew is just 3.5% and it’s made with nothing more than malt, sugar, hops, and rice.
Vietnam is one of the top beer-consuming countries in the world. Around 11 billion gallons of bee...
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.
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,...
From pho in Vietnam to acai in Brazil, these are the most common foods that are hard for international travelers to pronounce—and how to say them correctly.
Instead of avoiding particularly daunting items on the menu that are a real struggle to say, do your best to learn how to pronounce them correctly. Ask locals to say the name of a dish that’s hard to pronounce then take a voice recording of the way they say it or write down how it sounds phonetically.
Pho is a savory wet noodle dish from ...
Instagram has given regular people the ability to become role models with powerful access to skewing the way others view the world. Some welcome this opportunity with responsibility and grace, while others spread misguided perspectives. The growing trend of irresponsible travel influencers posting deeply offensive content on Instagram without consequence is jarring.
I didn’t know Anthony Bourdain. I mean that in the literal sense (though he did a few low-key things to boost my career), but also in the metaphorical sense. No matter how many interviews I read (and he. gave. many.), books I pored over, or shows I watched, there was never a sense of knowing him.
I absolutely adore my father. So much so that it’s hard to talk about him without lapsing into clichés. My dad is my hero ― and for good reason. He’s overcome impossible hardship and thrived along the way. When he was just 24, he fled a violent military dictatorship in Uruguay and walked across South America to escape certain death. As a Latino immigrant in the United States, he successfully ran a small business for over 20 years.
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.
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 ...
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.
Latinas are widely underrepresented in the travel industry, so we’ve found 10 exploradoras that write about their travels. These trailblazing Latina women explore the globe and inspire other Latinas to chase their travel dreams.
Throughout my own world travels, I rarely meet other Latinas and seldom see women of color featured in travel media features. To combat this and create a community for Latinas, I launched the features account @latinaslovetravel on Instagram as an extension of my own L...