Stephanie Kempker

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How to Survive Long Haul Flights : 18 International Flight Tips

Long haul flights can be stressful and uncomfortable.<p>While I actually enjoy short domestic flights, I always dread cross-continental flights. The …

7 Biggest Misconceptions and Myths about Israel

I spent two weeks in Israel, enjoying the AMAZING food, meeting awesome people,<p>….and constantly realizing just how WRONG I was about the …

What to Pack for Mexico City AND What to Wear in Mexico City

Next stop: Mexico City! Your plane is booked and your bag is packed… or, not quite.<p>Where to start with what to pack for Mexico City?! First things …

Mexico City

How I Make Money As a Travel Blogger

The most frequent question I get asked – on email, on Facebook, in person, and by carrier pigeon – is <b>how I make money as a travel blogger</b>.<p>I don’t …

Travel Writing

12 Harsh Truths about Being an Awkward American Girl in Rio de Janeiro

A year and a half living in Rio de Janeiro as an American expat lady left me with some fond memories, more than a few regrets (I should have spent …

My Tried and True Travel Gear

Whether I’m traveling for 2 weeks or 2 months – what you see is what you get!<p>Gear<p>Protect yourself from opportunistic crime by carrying a slashproof …

The Best Travel-Related Gifts for Anyone with Wanderlust

Travel-related gifts are the perfect present choices for any world wanderer (including YOU! seriously, treat yo’self). They’re basically guaranteed …

Sweet as Sucre: My Short Stop in Bolivia's Constitutional Capital

On a visit to Bolivia, most travelers opt for just TWO stops: La Paz, and Uyuni.<p>I mean, it makes sense.<p><i>La Paz</i><p>Most people get to La Paz by default, …

Biking Death Road with Altitude: World's Most Dangerous Road Review

While I relish challenging my fears (especially my fear of heights and of the dark!), taking on the World’s Most Dangerous Road – aka <b>biking “Death</b> …

South America

How Do I Extend My Brazilian Tourist Visa? (& other Brazil visa questions)

Dealing with your Brazil tourist visa can be confusing, worrisome, and frustrating, especially if you don’t speak the local language.<p>I’ve answered …

7 Best Reasons to Visit Sao Paulo (And Just ONE Reason to Skip It!)

Most visitors don’t bother looking for things to do in Sao Paolo. Sao Paulo is often the cheapest international airport for overseas arrivals, and …

Brazil

Postcard Perfection on Isla Bastimentos in Bocas Del Toro

I’ve visited beautiful beaches on 5 continents – each one interesting and unique in its own right.<p>And I’ll admit, I’ve become a bit of a beach snob. …

A Visit to the Valley of the Moon: Valle de la Luna, Chile

While San Pedro de Atacama wasn’t really my cup of tea, the Valle de la Luna (also known as the Valley of the Moon) was absolutely …

South America

Celebrating St. Patrick's Day in South America at Wild Rover La Paz

Only 2 weeks away: Friday, March 17 is coming up fast and you know what that means!<p>No?<p>Green beer…<p>Leprechauns…<p>Four leaf clovers…<p>Maybe even getting …

7 Biggest Misconceptions about La Paz Bolivia

Similar to Mexico City, I feel like there’s a lot of misinformation (or at least, misleading information) about La Paz Bolivia online, in blogs, and …

South America

My Favorite Places to Stay Under $100 a Night: Best Hotels and Hostels in South America

From under $10 and up to $100, all of these best hotels and hostels in South America share one thing in common: VALUE.<p>I’ve personally paid and stayed …

Travelling to Cuba: 8 Helpful tips for U.S. Citizens

<b>Travel to Cuba?</b><p>We have loved our travel to Cuba adventures and as Canadian have been lucky to visit Cuba for many years. Cuba is an amazing …

Travel Off the Path: Suriname

Sad Silvia fact: I’ve traveled to a whole bunch of countries and continents but have never been to South America. Ugh, I know! I’m in Morocco at the …

Here are the cheapest places to travel in South America 2017

Price of Travel have put together a “Backpacker Index” which breaks down the costs of visiting cities in South America. This research was formulated …

La Paz, Bolivia's capital of cool

I can't seem to get my gait right. I'm on the Prado, the main avenue in downtown La Paz. The slope is behind me so I can just about breathe. The …

I Learned the Truth About Fair Trade Chocolate in Panama

From Bocas Town, it’s a short ride to the mainland of Almirante.<p>There, I joined fellow Habla Ya students interested in knowing more about chocolate …

Get Your Yellow Fever Vaccine FOR FREE at Rio de Janeiro's Posto de Saude

In preparation for my upcoming trip to Costa Rica in the end of November, I was confirming all of my flight, hotel, and transportation details. I …

Brazil

Brazilian Beach Checklist

Living in Rio de Janeiro, just a few blocks from the beach, has meant that I have daily access to the sand. I no longer even need to drive, simply …

Are You Afraid of the Dark? La Fortuna Night Safari Float

<i>Are you afraid of the dark?</i><p>I am.<p>I’m 26 (27 in 2 days!) but there’s no age limit on being a scaredy-cat.<p>Wherever I am in the world, if I’m sleeping …

5 Ways to Ruin a First Time Traveler's Trip

My sister was a first time traveler when she visited me in.<p>In fact, she had never ever even left the United States when she decided to come visit me …

Traverse City Winery Tours

In 26 years of life, I’d never been on a Traverse City winery tour.<p>Which is seriously a crying shame, for two reasons. One – it’s no secret that I …

(Almost) Everything that Happens on a 3 Day, 2 Night Salar de Uyuni Tour

Interested in a 3 day, 2 night Salar de Uyuni tour but unsure what it consists of? I spill the beans on the good, the bad… and the shower that …

The Subjectivity of Luck

Standing in the ramshackle Aranyaprathet bus station, I watched the last bus to Phnom Penh leave without me. <b>How did I get so unlucky?</b><p>I’d needed to …

What to Wear in Rome

I’ve been happy with my standard packing list on every trip I’ve ever taken. <b>EXCEPT Rome.</b><p>It was my first trip in Europe, can you blame me? To be …

Clothing

What Thanksgiving Means to Me (Hint: It's Not Turkey)

For the majority of my life, Thanksgiving meant some kind of potato, corn, cranberry sauce (which is actually kinda icky), bread, and a lot of pie …