Kay Rodriguez

The Ultimate Post-Graduation Southeast Asia Trip

By Kay Rodriguez | January 11, 2015

For those of you who have read a few of my posts on Twenty-Something Travel (or, better yet, on my own blog Jetfarer), you know that I prided myself on being the college adventure traveler. Throughout college, I traveled during basically every school break, and even on weekends in between school days. Well, folks, the […]

The World Of Innovation: A Techie Traveler’s Dream

By Kay Rodriguez | December 23, 2014

In October, staff writer Kay Rodriguez took a trip to New York with Microsoft. Here is what she learned: A slow, nondescript elevator took a somewhat haphazard group of us up to the top floor of a seemingly ordinary apartment building. We stood, making light jokes in between gaps of breathy silence, a random assemblage […]

Tips for Packing Light: Life in a Carry-On

By Kay Rodriguez | December 16, 2014

I am, by nature, not very good at packing light. When I go somewhere, I think of every possible thing I could need for my trip and try to shove it into the smallest bag possible. The result? Hair curlers, multiple pairs of shoes, too many toiletries, and an overstuffed, unzipped suitcase. Does this sound […]

10 Things I Wish I’d Known Before My First Solo Trip

By Kay Rodriguez | November 23, 2014

I’ve been traveling solo since I was 18, fresh out of high school and wide-eyed at the world. Before going to college, my mother bestowed me with the best possible gift – a plane ticket to London, and nothing else. With that, I counted up my savings, packed my bags, called some distant relatives, and […]

New York’s Side Streets: A Photo Essay

By Kay Rodriguez | November 13, 2014

If you asked someone one word to describe New York City, the word “charming” probably wouldn’t be the first thing that came to mind. After all, it’s a giant beast of a place, with its millions of residents, towering buildings, and mass of traffic and construction. The city is always bustling and full of life. […]

5 Ways to Travel After College

By Kay Rodriguez | October 23, 2014

Ordering a class ring, registering for graduation, and applying for jobs – these are all telltale signs of a girl knees-deep in her senior year of college. Of course, the main thing that’s been on my mind is where I’m going to travel after college but before I start a full-time career. These days, I […]

Couchsurfing Tips as a Solo Traveler

By Kay Rodriguez | October 15, 2014

CouchSurfing is one of those things that you may have always wanted to try, but never gathered the courage to actually do. For me, at least, this is how I felt for a long while. Then, when visiting Austin for the first time, my friend and I decided to give CouchSurfing a try. We both […]

Why Europe is Better In the Winter

By Kay Rodriguez | September 28, 2014

After walking for an hour, my hands felt as if they’d frozen through my gloves, breath turning to frozen clouds of vapor in the air as I walked cautiously through the ice-laden streets of Prague. The shop windows sparkled with Christmas lights and decorations as scents of apple, cinnamon, and chocolate drifted through the frigid […]

Inside Santiago’s Fiestas Pátrias

By Kay Rodriguez | September 14, 2014

Classes were wrapping up on a Friday morning in mid-September, and my Brazilian Portuguese teacher casually mentioned we wouldn’t be having class the following Thursday or Friday. Before I could bat an eyelash, I found myself perusing plane tickets, buying one from Rio to Santiago, Chile and frantically packing my bags. I hadn’t really done […]

Challenges of A Traveling College Student

By Kay Rodriguez | August 24, 2014

With the heart of a traveler but the mind of a college student, I took a giant leap from exploring the world to corporate America this summer. Of course, this meant dressing in fancy clothes each day and learning about big business in the United States, but more importantly it meant that I was working […]

Journeying Through Brazil By Bus

By Kay Rodriguez | August 13, 2014

When I began planning my solo adventure around Northeast Brazil, everyone I knew expressed their concerns of me, a non-Brazilian, petite female, traveling alone in one of the most dangerous areas of the country. Despite being known for its drug-related violence and corruption, the Brazilian Nordeste is one of the cultural centers of the country, […]

5 Things Travel Has Taught Kay

By Kay Rodriguez | July 22, 2014

As Part of Twenty-Something Travel’s 5 Year Anniversary this week, all of the writer’s are counting down 5 things they have learned from Travel. Here is Kay’s list: Let’s think back to the time I got my passport stolen in France. I was terrified, speechless, but most importantly, proud that I had the guts to […]