I have always been in such awe of the resilience of Athens. Battling many adversities since the ancient times, it has stood strong, and to this day has proven it’s glory to the rest of the world.
As THE birthplace of Western civilization philosophy, drama, and art, Athens has blossomed into becoming a popular destination for historical enthusiasts, and contemporary folk alike.
Many cities’ ages can be counted by the hundreds in years old. Athens can be counted by the millennia! And yet it is still visited by millions of people. Maybe it’s the history, maybe it’s the food, or the people? Or maybe it’s just so darn fascinating that structures so old, from 5th century BC, that have been attempted to be obliterated by their enemies are STILL THERE to tell us the story of how strong and beautiful this tiny country used to, and continues to be.
The island of Milos is situated in the southwest of the Cyclades, a chain of islands in the Aegean sea, and north of Crete. A result of an ancient volcanic eruption, it’s exotic terrain, full of wonder and delight, is unmatched by other islands. Full of history, breathtaking views, white-washed iconic Cycladic architecture, spectacularly wide array of landscapes (80 very different beaches, in fact!), and amazing gastronomic experiences by its locals, Milos boasts an island that travelers are looking for, but have yet to be found by plenty!
Not only that, but it is a perfect way to see a Greek island in all of it's glory for way less crowds, AND at a fraction of a penny!
What better way to welcome the crazy 100F summer heat, other than a post about a place where the sun just does NOT play… The DESERT.
Joshua Tree National Park is one of the most photogenic desert oases I’ve been to!
Known for its whimsical trees and fascinating boulders, Visiting Joshua Tree is like jumping into a page of a Dr. Seuss book!... Literally! These trees inspired the Truffula Trees in Dr. Seuss' The Lorax.
Spanning about 800,000 acres, Joshua Tree National Park is where two desert ecosystems meet—the Mojave and the Colorado.
The Mojave is considered the high desert, sitting at above 3,000ft in elevation, this is where you can it’s iconic giant Joshua trees and massive rock piles that are just absolutely photogenic to say the least.
The Colorado, on the other hand, is the “low desert” which thrives at 1,000ft. Much less vegetated than the Mojave, it is flatlands than are in sparsely forested. With temperatures being at higher ranges, it is much less forgiving to vegetation, other than the occasional cactus garden.
And driving through this national park, you will be surprised of the abrupt transition between the two dessert ecosystems. It was pretty cool to see this, if you ask me :)
As much as I love to travel, one thing people don’t really know, is that I actually dread it as well. Yup. The traveler has travel anxiety.
Statistically, we know that flying is the safest form on transportation. Hence the reason as to why there is such much taboo about this topic. And it is something I’ve been quite hesitant to write about, but then I thought to myself “Heck, you experience this EVERY TIME you travel, why not talk about it?”
It’s something that, no matter how many times I do it, how well each flight goes, there’s this one little trigger in my mind that tells me that shit MIGHT just go wrong.
I, for one, have been told that “you’re fine. It’s all in your head.”
Take note people: this is the WORST thing you can say to someone having a full-blown panic attack 10,000 feet in the air.
So I am here to break those barriers for those who do experience this, just like I do. Or if you don’t, hopefully to help open your mind in ways to understand those who do experience this fear and how to help.