How I Afford My Bucket List Trips

Dune-bashing in Dubai.  Hiking to Machu Picchu in Peru. Marveling at the Taj Mahal in India. Going on a safari in South Africa. While it sounds like an excerpt from a brochure, these are just a handful of the experiences I’ve been able to check off my personal bucket list for travel. Hi, my name is Oneika and in a typical year, I eat, sleep, and breathe travel.  There’s something about being somewhere new, seeing something different, and learning about different customs, cultures, and traditions that just… gets me. But if you’ve followed me for any amount of time, you’ll also know that I’ve shifted my focus to bucket list trips and experiences.  I mean, in my mind, if I’m getting on a plane, train, or automobile I might as well go big before I go home, amirite?! Practically, this means that I didn’t just visit Victoria Falls, I low-key swam in it (and bungee jumped off the Victoria Falls Bridge, but that’s a story for another day). I’ve also slept in a yurt in the Mongolian steppe, ziplined through Costa Rican rainforest, and done high tea too many times to count in London. However, while these bucket list adventures […]

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How to support local communities when traveling

What comes to mind when you hear the word travel?  If you’re like me, you probably think of dusting off the ol’ passport and hopping on a plane headed to a distant, faraway land. However, while Covid-19 has put a damper on most of our big travel plans this year, there’s absolutely no reason we can’t explore destinations closer to home! While we often think we have to travel far and wide for a bit of adventure, there’s so much to see and do in our own backyards. That’s also why, especially with travel restrictions in place and the tourism industry taking a major hit around the world, there’s never been a more important time to seek out and support local businesses in the places we can visit. This global health pandemic has also resulted in an economic pandemic greatly affecting the small businesses that give our cities and towns life.  This is why we all need to take part in each other’s survival: by exploring and supporting our local economy. Luckily, thanks to Hotwire, I was able to do a bit of both when I recently booked a weekend getaway to Philadelphia. Despite living in nearby New York City, […]

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How Traveling with Hotwire can Help you Live a Richer Life

Why do you like to travel? The reasons are multi-faceted for me:  I travel to discover new places, meet new people, and learn new things about myself. Traveling also helps me break away from the monotony of the daily grind, giving me that taste of the unknown and unexpected I so crave and desire. Travel is also a teacher: it teaches me to be more empathetic, more tolerant, and more cognizant of the fact that there is so much more to life than my own little community. This is why I’m such a huge proponent of travel and encourage everyone to do it as much as they can.  Even in a time like now when travel is somewhat restricted, I encourage people to explore their own cities and towns as long as it is safe to do so. Travel doesn’t have to mean getting on a plane or driving for many hours to your destination. This is why I love Hotwire: they are a company that is passionate about bringing you the best of the best when it comes to travel.  They are all about sharing tips and knowledge and offering deep discounts so you can take not just more, […]

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Switzerland’s Fete Des Vignerons

                                              

Once every generation, the centuries-old viticultural festival, Fete des Vignerons, unfolds in Vevey, Switzerland. Watching this spectacle of music, dancing, wine and fanciful costumes, felt like I had been transported to something out of a Dr. Seuss story. With a law that prohibits the fest from taking place more than five times in a century, I felt incredibly lucky to witness this celebration of Swiss wine traditions dating back to the 17th century.

 Some of the fetes 5,500 performers in costumes strolled the narrow streets of Vevey after a show that featured fairies, bees, royal courts, playing cards and 17th-century wine growers. The performance was in French but the drama transcended language barriers.

It’s a difficult experience to describe but if I had to sum it up, I would explain it as the magic of Cirque Du Soleil combined with the pageantry of the Olympics, topped with the history of folk celebrations.  Take a peek at my videos below to view some of the scenes:


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Guadeloupe’s Ultimate Street Food

The island of Guadeloupe offers so much more than a pretty landscape. This French Caribbean beauty is drenched in culture, history and it’s no surprise, food. I was familiar with the artful blend of African, French and Indian cuisine from visiting neighboring Martinique but I had never heard of Guadeloupe’s famous bokit, until I stepped foot in the island’s main city of Pointe-a-Pitre. On every other corner and on food trucks, I glimpsed signs for bokits and long lines of locals eagerly awaiting the chance to bite into the delicacy. So what is a bokit? It’s also called a creole burger and it’s two pieces of fried dough or johnnycakes, stuffed with everything from lamb, chicken, conch, shrimp and everything in between, plus cheese, salad and sauces. It’s basically a portable meal and it generally lasts me two days. It is absolutely essential to try a bokit whenever you visit Gwada. I wrote an in-depth exploration of my discovery of bokits for my new column in The Takeout, called “National Treasures.” You can check it out here: The Crispy Golden Joys of Guadeloupe’s Bokit.

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Guadeloupe’s Ultimate Street Food

The island of Guadeloupe offers so much more than a pretty landscape. This French Caribbean beauty is drenched in culture, history and it’s no surprise, food. I was familiar with the artful blend of African, French and Indian cuisine from visiting neighboring Martinique but I had never heard of Guadeloupe’s famous bokit, until I stepped foot in the island’s main city of Pointe-a-Pitre. On every other corner and on food trucks, I glimpsed signs for bokits and long lines of locals eagerly awaiting the chance to bite into the delicacy. So what is a bokit? It’s also called a creole burger and it’s two pieces of fried dough or johnnycakes, stuffed with everything from lamb, chicken, conch, shrimp and everything in between, plus cheese, salad and sauces. It’s basically a portable meal and it generally lasts me two days. It is absolutely essential to try a bokit whenever you visit Gwada. I wrote an in-depth exploration of my discovery of bokits for my new column in The Takeout, called “National Treasures.” You can check it out here: The Crispy Golden Joys of Guadeloupe’s Bokit.

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Guadeloupe’s Ultimate Street Food

The island of Guadeloupe offers so much more than a pretty landscape. This French Caribbean beauty is drenched in culture, history and it’s no surprise, food. I was familiar with the artful blend of African, French and Indian cuisine from visiting neighboring Martinique but I had never heard of Guadeloupe’s famous bokit, until I stepped foot in the island’s main city of Pointe-a-Pitre. On every other corner and on food trucks, I glimpsed signs for bokits and long lines of locals eagerly awaiting the chance to bite into the delicacy. So what is a bokit? It’s also called a creole burger and it’s two pieces of fried dough or johnnycakes, stuffed with everything from lamb, chicken, conch, shrimp and everything in between, plus cheese, salad and sauces. It’s basically a portable meal and it generally lasts me two days. It is absolutely essential to try a bokit whenever you visit Gwada. I wrote an in-depth exploration of my discovery of bokits for my new column in The Takeout, called “National Treasures.” You can check it out here: The Crispy Golden Joys of Guadeloupe’s Bokit.

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Guadeloupe’s Ultimate Street Food

The island of Guadeloupe offers so much more than a pretty landscape. This French Caribbean beauty is drenched in culture, history and it’s no surprise, food. I was familiar with the artful blend of African, French and Indian cuisine from visiting neighboring Martinique but I had never heard of Guadeloupe’s famous bokit, until I stepped foot in the island’s main city of Pointe-a-Pitre. On every other corner and on food trucks, I glimpsed signs for bokits and long lines of locals eagerly awaiting the chance to bite into the delicacy. So what is a bokit? It’s also called a creole burger and it’s two pieces of fried dough or johnnycakes, stuffed with everything from lamb, chicken, conch, shrimp and everything in between, plus cheese, salad and sauces. It’s basically a portable meal and it generally lasts me two days. It is absolutely essential to try a bokit whenever you visit Gwada. I wrote an in-depth exploration of my discovery of bokits for my new column in The Takeout, called “National Treasures.” You can check it out here: The Crispy Golden Joys of Guadeloupe’s Bokit.

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Guadeloupe’s Ultimate Street Food

The island of Guadeloupe offers so much more than a pretty landscape. This French Caribbean beauty is drenched in culture, history and it’s no surprise, food. I was familiar with the artful blend of African, French and Indian cuisine from visiting neighboring Martinique but I had never heard of Guadeloupe’s famous bokit, until I stepped foot in the island’s main city of Pointe-a-Pitre. On every other corner and on food trucks, I glimpsed signs for bokits and long lines of locals eagerly awaiting the chance to bite into the delicacy. So what is a bokit? It’s also called a creole burger and it’s two pieces of fried dough or johnnycakes, stuffed with everything from lamb, chicken, conch, shrimp and everything in between, plus cheese, salad and sauces. It’s basically a portable meal and it generally lasts me two days. It is absolutely essential to try a bokit whenever you visit Gwada. I wrote an in-depth exploration of my discovery of bokits for my new column in The Takeout, called “National Treasures.” You can check it out here: The Crispy Golden Joys of Guadeloupe’s Bokit.

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10 Cute Summer Vacation Outfit Ideas

10 Cute Summer Vacation Outfit Ideas

10 Cute Summer Vacation Outfit Ideas Going on a vacation, staycation or daycation and you need some cute summer vacation outfit ideas?? Well look no further because I have the perfect pieces for you and you can get it it all from my favorite online store which is Lulus! Lulus carry the some of the best trendy pieces and great quality! Check out some…

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