Free in NYC: Kayaking at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Free in NYC Kayaking at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Since spending the Summer home, I’ve found some free and low-cost activities around the city; one of them being free kayaking at Brooklyn Bridge Park. From June to the end of August, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse hosts free kayaking in the East river. As soon as I heard about this activity, I was interested but missed the first opportunity. This time around, I shared a double kayak with one...

How to Book a Casa Particular in Cuba

In addition to questions on how to visit Cuba legally and getting around, I received many questions on where to stay. Hotels are pretty expensive, but to be in compliance with the Support for Cuban People category, you should be staying at a Casa Particular (vacation rental or casa for short). Types of casas include private rooms, apartments, or entire houses. If you’re visiting Cuba anytime soon, here are some tips...

Summer No Buy 2017: June Empties

I’m taking a short break from sharing monthly empties for my annual #summernobuy. Attending events allow me to save trips to the beauty supply store, but sometimes it’s just too much. Some products don’t work while others just sit on the shelf. After giving and throwing things away through the year, each summer I do a “no buy” emptying as many products as possible. Not sure how to clear your...

Switching up Styles with Black Hairspray

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine. Being a lazy natural, I’ve developed an appreciation for wearing wigs. I purchased a few wigs last winter to help my hair dry and for lazy days. I’m pretty shy when buying in store, so I use online services like Black Hairspray to purchase wigs. Black Hairspray is a beauty e-commerce company that sells wigs and hair care products. Through this...

Cuba Packing List: What to Bring for a Week in Cuba

Cuba Packing List What to Bring for a Week in Cuba

I love going on vacation, but packing and unpacking are the most tedious tasks of travel to me. First world problems have us so used to things during vacation; visiting Cuba definitely gave us a slice of humble pie. Not everything is easy to get from the pharmacy or regular store so my cousin and I were very selective with what we brought for our trip. Here are a few things...

Black DOES Crack: 4 Tips on Sunburn Prevention

Black DOES Crack Sunburn Treatment & Prevention for Dark Skin

It’s Summer ’17! I usually share tips and reviews on destinations all over the world, but nothing in my own backyard. This summer I’m taking a break from traveling to do more in NYC. An issue I see often is going to the beach, water park or vacation in general and not applying sunscreen. I’ll be honest, sunscreen is not something I religiously wore growing up, but as I became...

More Than the Beach: 4 Caribbean Destinations for Cultural Travelers

More Than the Beach: 4 Caribbean Destinations for Cultural Travelers

June is Caribbean American Heritage Month and each year New York City hosts Caribbean Week. At this year’s Media Marketplace session , I had the opportunity to speak with individuals representing islands in the Caribbean Tourism Organization. A lot of people think the islands only offer blue waters, white sand beaches, or it as just a cruise stop. In efforts of learning the similarities and differences between the islands by...

Transportation Options in Havana, Cuba

Transportation Options in Havana, Cuba

Since coming back from my trip to Havana, Cuba I received so many questions about getting there, transportation, and where to stay. If you’re a first-time reader, I suggest reading my last post with tips on planning a trip as an American citizen. Since my cousin and I paid for lodging in advance, the majority of our money spent was on food and taxi services. If you are going to...