Kay Rodriguez

The Streets of Istanbul at Night

Istanbul and Cappadocia in Beautiful Photos

By Kay Rodriguez | April 11, 2018

I’d heard it a million times, but until I actually visited Turkey this past spring break, I didn’t quite realize just how it incredible and beautiful it is. Finally, I took the dive and decided to see it for myself and planned a visit to Istanbul and Cappadocia. With flights out to Istanbul from Houston […]

5 Unique Things to Do on a Holiday in Morocco

By Kay Rodriguez | August 21, 2017

Centuries of history and fusion of cultures come together in the winding, cobblestoned alleyways of Morocco. With several cities, a few desert areas, and a unique mixture of French and Arabic languages, Morocco is a treat for the senses. If you’re planning on visiting this beautiful place, you’re in for a wonderful surprise. Get Lost […]

You Don’t Have to Quit Your Job to See the World

By Kay Rodriguez | September 1, 2016

Student loans, cell phone bills, and medical insurance… What do all of these things have in common? Yes, they cost money, and money is hard to come by as a recent college graduate. Getting a job right out of college is pretty important, and for the vast majority of people, entry-level positions don’t allow a […]

A Financial Disaster in Southeast Asia

By Kay Rodriguez | August 25, 2016

I stared down at the white slip of paper in front of me and gulped. $2,200? How could I pay for this? Do hospitals in Thailand take credit cards? What would happen if I didn’t have the money to pay for it? I’d spent the last week in the hospital after an emergency appendix situation, […]

Discovering Mayan Culture in Guatemala

By Kay Rodriguez | August 18, 2016

There’s something magical about Guatemala – maybe it’s the striking volcanos, the super-friendly people, or the colorful Mayan textiles you can find basically everywhere around the country. After going once to work with a Mayan community in Lake Atitlan, I swore to myself I’d come back to soak in the cool morning air and immerse […]

How To Love Staying Put

By Kay Rodriguez | August 2, 2016

After graduating from college and getting a corporate job, I learned that traveling for months on end just isn’t a reality for the typical recent graduate. Unlike college, the demands of work, personal commitments, and friends often tie up many weekends throughout the year, making travel for more than a couple of days in a […]

5 Things You Shouldn’t Bring On A Long-Term Trip (And What You Should Bring Instead)

By Kay Rodriguez | October 26, 2015

When I went to Southeast Asia, I’ll be honest, I lugged around a ton of useless junk. About a month in I realized how awful of a packing job I’d done and resolved to get rid of a bunch of my things. As the days dragged on, I even considered sending a package back to […]

7 Conversation Starters for Solo Travelers

By Kay Rodriguez | October 14, 2015

Getting around as a solo traveler is hard enough, but on long trips it can be especially hard to “break the ice” with others around you. Of course, alone time is great but sometimes human interaction is a necessity for sanity and personal wellness. Sometimes, when I’m traveling alone, I go a little crazy if […]

Sustainability and the Ethics of Travel

By Kay Rodriguez | September 18, 2015

We’ve all seen it before – you’re walking through a city when a young child comes up to you with teary eyes and tattered clothes, looking up at you with a dirty face and asking for some money. Filled with pangs of guilt, you want to offer money but don’t know if that’s the best […]

So You’ve Just Graduated College…Now What?

By Kay Rodriguez | September 8, 2015

You’ve donned your cap and gown, gotten a diploma with your name on it, and moved on into the real world. This is quite possibly the most terrifying, thrilling, and exhilarating time of your life, when you have the full power to make all of your decisions for yourself. You might not know what the […]

Exploring Your Roots Through Travel

By Kay Rodriguez | August 21, 2015

Growing up, I lived a fairly culturally ambiguous life. Though I am Filipino by blood, I was born in the US and have attended predominantly white, middle-class schools for most of my life. On top of that, I have a Hispanic last name (confusing, right?). To add some stranger elements to the mix, I listen […]

Looking Back At My College Travels

By Kay Rodriguez | August 11, 2015

It wasn’t long before “the best years” of my life were over, marked by an oversized gown and a strange-looking hat in the early days of the Texas summer. Thousands of spectators were seated in my university’s academic quad to watch loved ones walk across a decorated stage, receiving, to some, one of the greatest […]