24 hours in Scottsdale (Arizona)

Our 8-day adventure in Arizona started with a flight from San Francisco to Phoenix. From there, we planned to rent a car and start a road trip that would take us to Sedona, Page and finally the Grand Canyon! We knew we would only have a few hours to spend in Phoenix so we thought it would be better to just focus on one specific area and avoid commuting too much. That’s when Scottsdale popped up as a good option…
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5 fun things to do in Lake Tahoe (for non-skiers)

Lake Tahoe is a large freshwater lake that straddles the state line between California and Nevada and it’s estimated to be 2 millions old! It is a wonderful destination that can be enjoyed all year round – you can do winter sports during the cold months or go for a swim in the lake in the summer. When we booked our trip to South Lake Tahoe, little did we know that it would be the weekend with the heaviest snow of the season! (we were there…
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San Francisco’s Famous Mosaic Steps

On a sunny yet cold morning, we decided to go to San Francisco and check out Golden Gate Heights neighbourhood, where you can find the famous mosaic steps a.k.a. “16th Avenue Tiled Steps” or “Moraga steps”. Ever since coming across a picture of the steps on Instagram, I was curious to see it (and climb them!). What I didn’t know was that this work of art has a pretty cool story behind it: this stairway was created by the local neighbours,…
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Mission District Murals Tour (San Francisco)

Mission District can be likened to an open-air art gallery: this Latino neighbourhood boasts more than 100 documented murals that adorn unassuming alleyways, wooden fences and shop facades! Last week I decided to put together a DIY walking tour and go check them out. I literally took hundreds of pictures but on this post I wanted to share some of my favorite spots & murals. Overall it was a visually captivating and thought-provoking experience – highly recommend it if you’re…
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How to spend a weekend in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park has quickly become one of my favorite places on the planet. Such an statement, I know! But people who have been there would definitely agree. We recently spent 2 full days exploring and hiking Yosemite Valley and fell in love with the views, the fresh air and the magical atmosphere of this place. I have to admit that I didn’t know much about Yosemite besides the famous “El Capitan” rock. So when we confirmed our trip I…
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Planning a perfect day in Sonoma Valley

Even way before we moved to the US, a trip to the Wine Country in California has always been on my bucket list. Not that I’m a wine connoisseur (I’m far from being one!), but the thought of sipping wine in such beautiful settings on a sunny day makes my heart jump in excitement. Last weekend we finally rented a car and headed to Sonoma Valley. We picked Sonoma instead of Napa as our first destination in the wine country…
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5 things to pack to make your Airbnb stay feel like home

Wonder how to make your Airbnb stay feel more homely? After staying at more than 30 Airbnb homes in the past 2 years, I learned that there’s a few items that you can bring with you to take the coziness and hygge levels up a notch. If you’re traveling and staying at an Airbnb, I highly recommend adding these items to your packing list. I swear it will make a huge difference! Your favorite tea As much as I like…
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Easy Day Trip Ideas from Oxford, UK

Life is so unpredictable, really. I went from having no connection with the UK to getting married in Oxford and now visiting quite frequently (my husband’s family lives there). This time around, since we had already seen majority of Oxford on previous trips, we made it a point to explore the English countryside and go on day trips outside of Oxford. On this post, I gathered my top favorite day trip destinations from Oxford. There’s definitely something for everyone! For…
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5 Tips for Healthy Skin while Flying

Long haul flights can be tedious (especially if you’re flying economy), but can also present an opportunity to leave your phone aside for a while and catch up on some reading, movies and podcasts with zero interruptions (hope free WIFI on planes doesn’t become a thing anytime soon!) Before I indulge in all that, I make sure I condition and hydrate my skin well. They say air time can wreak havoc on your skin due to the recycled air that…
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Hong Kong: 5 spots in Sheung Wan that you cannot miss

Having lived in Sheung Wan for 2.5 years, I’m totally biased but I do believe it’s one of the coolest neighbourhoods on the Hong Kong Island. A perfect blend of traditional Hong Kong lifestyle and western hip hangouts, Sheung Wan is one of the best areas to live & eat – and visit if you’re a tourist! Here are my top 5 favourite spots that you cannot miss if you visit the area: Hollywood Road A quiet street that has…
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