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My name is Angelica, and I’m obsessed with travel and food!
But I’m not a full time traveler. Perhaps like you, I’m a 20-something with a full time 9-5 office job, tons of student debt, family to take care of at home, etc. Traveling abroad is pretty hard for us, but not impossible! I’ve traveled to over 20 countries* as an adult and I-have-no-idea-how-many cities, small towns, and national parks.
I’ve trekked through the Amazon, bushwhacked in Alaska, hiked in the Andes, snorkeled in the South Pacific, and canyoned, ziplined, and climbed around the world. But, I much prefer spending time with local cultures rather than crossing off high adrenaline bucket list items. I travel to the same countries over and over again if I love them and really get to know the best things to do & eat in these places.
But traveling isn’t always glamorous. I’ve made so many travel mistakes in my life, like getting my passport stolen in France, having literally no money in the UK (begging for food at churches is not fun), accidentally staying in a sex trafficking hotel in Seoul (and Frankfurt. And Alaska), being stranded in the middle of nowhere Thailand and France... Hey, people who make mistakes know how to not make them again.
That’s why I created this site. Things to do & Eat exists to share general tried-and-true travel advice, and help you find the best, most unique, or can’t-miss things to do and eat on your trips, so you can make the absolute most of your time! Especially if:
- You love finding amazing experiences in a new place- whether it’s off the beaten path, touristy, or totally random
- You think food is the best way to understand a culture and love a good meal (or like, 10, in a day)
- You love the outdoors, nature, and being active
- You have a lot of open weekends to go on 2-3 day trips, and only a few weeks that you can take off
Most of this blog focuses on US destinations (hey, it’s easier to travel locally than abroad when you have $100k in debt), information on places I’ve lived (locals know best!), random travel stories (or travel rants), and most posts have an environmental, social justice, or political focus (or just snarky side comments about hating fascism). Even though I’ve traveled to many different places, I only share information about a place if I’ve spent a lot of time there, planned out the trip super extensively, or got all my information from a friend who’s from there (and who I’ll thank extensively in the post).
I hope you find my travel guides useful, my travel rants insightful, and my pointless travel stories… well hopefully you don’t find those (this blog used to be my travel diary because I had a bad memory but amazing trips). Thanks for visiting, and say hi in the comment sections!
*I don’t actually believe in country counting since it’s a bad indicator of how well traveled you are and kind of tone-deaf (what if you like the same place and keep going back? what if you went to a bunch of countries but only for like a day, does that *really* count as visiting? what if you’re comparing yourself to someone who has a weaker passport? not everyone has money?).