Jessica Dawdy

How to Meet People While Traveling as a Couple

By Jessica Dawdy | October 20, 2016

Meeting people from all over the world is one of the most rewarding parts of traveling, but it’s something that you can miss out on when traveling as a couple.  Most people seem to have no problem approaching solo travelers or even groups of friends, but often hesitate when it comes to couples — maybe […]

How to Travel the Caribbean on a Budget

By Jessica Dawdy | April 27, 2016

The Caribbean doesn’t initially seem like the easiest place to travel on a budget. Costs vary from island to island, of course, but on many of the most accessible islands, there aren’t a ton of hostels or cheap apartment rentals, activities tend to be pricey and the same goes for dining out. Here are a […]

Staying in a Hostel: A First-Timer’s Guide

By Jessica Dawdy | April 18, 2016

Hostels are amazing, right? They’re cheap, fun, and just generally one of those you-have-to-try-it travel experiences. But they’re also kind of intimidating, particularly if you’ve never stayed in one before. I know I was worried that hostels would be filthy, loud, and filled with unapproachable, way-cooler-than-me backpackers but don’t give up on hostels. Instead for […]

How Not to be a Travel Snob

By Jessica Dawdy | March 25, 2016

Over the past year, my job has taken me not only to new countries, but to the kinds of places I would never have traveled to on my own. The most foreign of these places? All-inclusive resorts. It’s a term that can send chills down the spines of die-hard independent travelers. As I was walking […]

3 Truths of Solo Female Travel

By Jessica Dawdy | March 15, 2016

Social media makes solo female travel look pretty damn glamorous. It’s all meaningful insights, and gazing triumphantly over spectacular vistas. And don’t get me wrong, I love that there are so many positive messages out there encouraging women to travel alone, but let’s talk about what it’s really like going solo sometimes (for me anyway): […]

Eating Abroad: Advice from a Former Finicky Diner

By Jessica Dawdy | February 15, 2016

Over the past year, my travels have been increasingly revolving around food. Particularly when I’m traveling for an assignment, I might not have time to check out all the local attractions but I do have to eat. I typically spend a ton of time researching key local dishes, as well as the best places to […]

St. Martin Mini-Guide

By Jessica Dawdy | February 4, 2016

St. Martin probably isn’t the first destination that comes to mind when you think of the Caribbean. Although this tiny island is a popular port of call for cruise lines, it still seems to get overshadowed by more well-known places like the Dominican Republic or Jamaica. St. Martin has been shared by France and the […]

How to Take on Puerto Rico’s Pork Highway

By Jessica Dawdy | January 20, 2016

I write a lot about food and its connection to culture, so when I heard about Puerto Rico’s Pork Highway, it was immediately at the top of my list of things to do when visiting the island. The highway didn’t disappoint, and it was easily one of my favorite experience in Puerto Rico. Here’s how […]

How to Handle a Travel Disaster

By Jessica Dawdy | January 13, 2016

There’s this startlingly accurate Paul Theroux quote that says “travel is glamorous only in retrospect.” Travel is sometimes messier and more stressful than many of us would like to admit. It means putting yourself in situations that are often completely unfamiliar. You’re bound to encounter a few mishaps here and there as you adjust to new people, new places, and […]

5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Puerto Rico

By Jessica Dawdy | December 21, 2015

In many ways Puerto Rico is just like any other Caribbean Island: Beautiful beaches, buzzing nightlife, and diverse accommodation options that range from hostels to megaresorts. I therefore had a general idea of what to expect when I traveled to Puerto Rico, but I also learned a few interesting and unexpected facts along the way. […]

A Beginner’s Guide to Better Travel Photography

By Jessica Dawdy | December 7, 2015

When I bought my first DSLR, I picked up on the exposures aspects of photography pretty quickly but struggled with composition. It seems to come naturally for many people, but learning to see the world with photographer’s eye is an ongoing process for me. My job now involves a lot of photography, which has pushed […]

How to Get Cultural on a Beach Vacation

By Jessica Dawdy | November 16, 2015

I’m not a beach girl. Maybe it’s because of my incredibly fair skin, but I’ve always associated beaches with big hats and repeated sunscreen applications rather than sexy tans and good times. My personal travels usually focus on monuments, museums, and general wandering. The thing is, my work assignments typically involve visiting beach destinations (I […]