Backpacking Tips for Beginners

5 Essential Backpacking Tips for Beginners

So you’ve taken on the challenge of exploring the world backpacker-style. The thought of a trek or hike in exotic destinations without putting a dent on your bank account is a traveler’s dream, but setting off without a plan in hand is a recipe for disaster. From packing light to managing your expenses, these backpacking tips for beginners offer quick …

Ascona Jazz Festival

A weekend in Ascona during Ascona Jazz Festival

This summer I had the chance to visit the beautiful village of Ascona during the Ascona Jazz Festival. In total, I spent one weekend (or almost three days) there. While I visited the Kanton (state) of Ticino, where Ascona is located, already several times before (check out my “one day in Lugano guide” too), it was my first time visiting …

Beautiful parks in Mexico City

Best parks in Mexico City

Mexico City feels like it was built around a jungle. Each street is lined with contorted trees, protruding aloe, and stoic cacti. Vines and flowers dangle from balconies and splay themselves along the walls of the city. The city’s relationship with nature is evident, if not ostentatious. It has seeped into their art, their literature, and city design. This is …