10 Reasons Not To Miss Out On Mozambique

Mozambique is a rather short drive from SA and is becoming one of Africa’s gems. Below are reasons why you need to visit soon.

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  1. Visit Gorongosa National Park

Gorongosa, now under Carr Foundation has buffaloes, lions, and the majestic sable antelopes.

  1. Horse riding on Bazaruto

The indigo bay Island resort found on Bazaruto has boerperd horses that love to climb dunes and gallop on the long, beach on the eastern side of the island.

  1. Paradise snorkeling

The waters around Santa Carolina -the official name for Paradise Island- are warm, shallow and sheltered. The visibility is excellent. The reef is rather busy with a population of rays, reel fish, eels with the rare appearance of the blacktip reef shark.

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  1. Walk in the Lago Niassa

Mozambicans call is Lago Niassa and Malawians call is lake Malawi. A beautiful lodge, Nkwichi Lodge is built around the trees and into the rocks in the remote bays of the lake. This offers a great view of and an exotic travel experience of the lake.

  1. Experience History on Ilha

Ilha de Moçambique is a crumbling colonial masterpiece which has seen the succeeding waves of Chinese and Arab traders. You will also see the little chapel de Nossa Senhora de Baluarte, built by the Portuguese and still survives to date so do the original cisterns that get the island its fresh water.

  1. Ride the train across the North

The every day run between Cuamba and Nampula ranks as the worlds hardcore railway journeys in the world. You can buy your ticket a day in advance from the ticketing offices in Cuamba or Nampula. To avoid the overcrowding be sure to get a second-class ticket.

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  1. Dhow sailing on the Bay

Inhambane is the most relaxed and prettiest town in Mozambique. For an exotic travel experience, head down the beach, and hire yourself a good boat. Go down on the water and drift around the bay, chasing dolphins, chasing dhows and sipping coconut juice of its shell.

  1. Enjoy Piri Piri’s Pawn Curry

The stalwart restaurant café at Avenida 24 de Julho in the town of Maputo has a reputation for excellent yet simple food. Their grilled chicken, doused in the best peri-peri sauce in the world, is consistently excellent, so is their prawn curry which is renowned world over.

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  1. The beer

At the end of the war, the best beer in town was called Impala, Which had a sweet and yeasty taste. Impala has gone and now everybody drinks Laurentina or 2M and it worth noting there are very few things more satisfying in the world than a cold, dark Laurentina Preto beer on a hot day as you wait for your chips and grilled chicken, as you stare at the sea.

  1. The Gods seafood

You can enjoy seafood on the terrace of Costa do Sol, a deco art hotel and restaurant at the road out of Maputo while watching palms sway in the breeze. Make a point to have Africa’s awesome coffee milkshake as you chill on the lounger by the pool.

Join me on an exotic tour of South Africa as we bring you the best because you deserve the best. Want to know more on how you can squeeze out the best from your travels? Just askus@ladyredot.com!


 

Kally

Kally is a former Sales and Customer Service manager turned Writer and Founder of MiddleMe.net. She came from Singapore; lived in Shanghai and now calls Kuala Lumpur her home. After hanging up her corporate briefcase, she now pursue her passions – Writing, Traveling and of course, hunting for good food.

Connect with me @ Kally@ladyredot.com

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Animal Lover Paradise

If you love animals, it is very important to interact and connect with them in an ethical way. While dolphin shows and huge aquariums are fairly common in some areas these days, some of them may do more harm than good. In this article, we have listed five places where you can enjoy the company of animals without harming them.

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The Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in Woodstock, New York
Located in New York, this rescue shelter believes that animals should be respected and treated with compassion. Guests can learn about the effects of eating meat from animals during their visit. They rescue, rehabilitate, and care for animals that most people know as food—goats, cows, chickens, and pigs. The best part is guests can even pet the beautiful creatures!

Okunoshima, Japan
Also known as the “rabbit island,” this small island has more than 300 wild rabbits that freely roam around and interact with visitors. It can be accessible by a ferry ride from Hiroshima. Aside from being surrounded by cuddly furry friends, the island is a resort and has camping grounds and swimming pools for use. If you love the furry creatures, this is a must-go-to destination!

Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand
One of the many activities you can do in Thailand is ride elephants. Sadly, many of these elephants are abused to entertain human. Luckily, ENP or Elephant Nature Park, a rescue and rehabilitation centre in Chiang Mai, allows tourists to interact with elephants in an ethical way. You can volunteer and help them bathe and feed the gentle giants. All money earned by the organisation will go back to the elephants and to the local volunteers.

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Serengeti in Tanzania
More than a million animals traverse through the Serengeti every single year. Here, you can witness an incalculable number of lions, giraffes, elephants, hippos, hyenas, leopards, cheetahs, zebras and so much more. This is truly a one of a kind experience!

Bear Rainforest Ship Safari in British Columbia, Canada
Bears may be “beasts” to some, but they are actually very intelligent and interesting creatures. Hop on a wooden schooner or tugboat and cruise through the Great Bear Rainforest where you can observe bears (and wolves, occasionally!) in their natural habitat. Bonus: a percentage of the profit goes to bear and whale conservation research.

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Invernesshire, Scotland
Love dogs? You have to put this on your bucket list! Every year in July, the Golden Retriever Club of Scotland holds the Golden Retriever Festival or Guisachan Gathering in Scotland. Participants can enjoy the dog show and bond with more than 200 fluffy dogs! Heaven!

Senda Verde Animal Refuge and Eco-Resort in Yungas, Bolivia
Make your trip more worthwhile by volunteering at this animal refuge centre. You can care for parrots, turtles, bears, monkeys, wild cats, and more. The site uses solar energy to power the oven that is used to prepare food for the animals, and only sources local raw materials. This place is, on all levels, ethical!

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Lougantai, Zhouzhi
It is without a doubt that pandas are lovable animals. I mean, just look at them! So cute and cuddly, ugh!!! Luckily for those who love pandas, Xi’an has a volunteer program that allows travellers to care for panda and interact with them. Guests can feed them, and of course, clean after them.

We are eco-friendly and we strongly believe that ecotravel. Find out more from us at askus@ladyredot.com on how you can travel responsibly today.


mish

Hello, I am Mish! I used to work as a travel expert, customer service specialist and a communications trainer in the past. After working for eight years straight since I graduated, I decided to give up my corporate job to focuses on my 4-year old son, works as a freelance writer and a real estate assistant. I am a sun-worshipper, a water baby, and an earth warrior. And oh, I’m tiny but I am an Olympic-level glutton. Let me bring your tummy around the globe! You can reach me at LinkedIn.

Worldwide Romantic Locations

Romantic, hmmm different people will have different ideal romantic pictures: to some, it’s the dazzling beaches, to others, it’s candlelit dinner in the middle of nowhere. So when it comes to picking the ideal destinations for you and your significant other half, it depends on what you and your half love to experience. Maybe a little guide will help you to choose better?

Let’s start the journey with exotic destinations in Africa, the colony usually got the bias for being rich in culture yet dry and rough in nature, my stereotype vanished shortly after knowing such dreamy places are in Africa.

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Avenue of the Baobabs, Madagascar
These iconic trees are a must see when you visit this famous land. Imagine the two of you, so little, enjoying the sunray blend perfectly with the giant trees, during the sunset or sunrise. Wish your love grows as robust as the baobabs trees.

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Victoria Falls
“Hello from the other side”, the Falls is located on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe offers the best romantic activities: from packing a picnic basket to enjoy the most magnificent view of the Falls while you wine and dine, or taking bungee jumping together to catching the most beautiful moonlight or having a sunset cruise with arms wrap around each other. Enough to wow your dream romance getaway yet? Tip: the Zambia side is less touristy, which means you can enjoy same experiences but with more privacy.

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Fez, Morocco
The state of world culture and art undeniably bring you the best experiences while travelling as a couple or solo. If you both are obsessed with the architecture, colourful decoration or shopping unique items for your new home together, you are in the right place. The city itself evoke the sense of romance in an authentic atmosphere.

Now get on the plane and fly to Europe, home of romances.

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Santorini, Greece
Obviously, this famous white and blue beach city are among the places where your dream come true. Every corner here celebrate the love: exotic beaches, dinner or breakfast with Ocean view, dim light and listen to the wave, honeymoon over and over again.

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Prague 
Unarguably, Prague is one of the most romantic cities in Europe. The heart of Europe has several to do lists for the couple: walk around the vintage city with the generous touch of nature: mild weather, river, trees, and flower. What else is unique: do check out the local love land at Petřín Park on the May 1, the “day of love” they call, some excellent activities to see and do.

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Brugge, Belgium
I know lot of other cities in Europe should be on this list, but why Brugge, because I’m a chocolate avid and of course chocolate to me associated with romance. November is the month you should schedule to be here for the chocolate festival. Who doesn’t love Belgium chocolate, get to see such celebration where you find yourself get lost in the chocolate museum and art and free samples, oh yes, pure romance it is. Bonus, the city, has its charms that you will for sure enjoy as well.

How about Asia, what can it offer for honeymooners? Apparently, the tropical weather comes in handy with fantastic beaches and islands across Asia, let me make some recommendations:

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Maldives
The Pearl of Indian Ocean, I believed no words needed to praise the most sought after honeymoon destination. But do plan fast as the country will be the first to disappear due to the greenhouse effects. You surely don’t want to miss the crystal white sand beaches, resorts on the sea and lots more here.

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Dalat, Vietnam
The hot spot year round for couple get away; the little Paris apparently is the romance capital of the country. The city offers beautiful landscape with flowers, mountain, waterfalls and plenty more to offer. You are in Asia, with the touch of Europe, experience the blended culture, with the cup of coffee during the windy, cold days. Tip: ride a couple bicycle to test the compatibility of you and your partner, it’s fun.

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Lombok, Indonesia
Love Bali yet tired of the crowd? Try the sister island, which is 3 hours ferry ride away. Similar to Bali, the island offers tranquil beaches and an active volcano. Get adventurous with your love ones climbing the mountain, have picnics and then retreat to the beach. Doesn’t it sound like such a memorable trip altogether?

Lastly, check out the Middle East.

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Abu Dhabi
Remember the luxury scenes in “Sex and the City”; yes the desert romance will blow your mind in real life too. Enjoy the five-star lifestyle at one of the finest resorts and hotels hub worldwide, joining a Night Safari tour and peak: sunrise balloon ride across the desert. Not to mention, romantic dinner set at stretching sand dunes, I would say yes all the way.

Regardless where you might pick to reheat your love, it’s essential that the experiences you will get together, those shared photos and feelings will create the most romantic memories when looking back.

Whether it is candlelight dinner by the beach or a stroll by the river, our specialists here at LadyRedot can arrange everything perfectly for you. Just askus@ladyredot.com.


june June explores different roles to find out what is her passion. She used to be a travel consultant, a Kindergarden English teacher, an Expedia’s Lodging Partner Support agent, and the latest is being a freelancer. Eventually, she figures that her passion is to express the hospitality spirit from her heart and inspire others from her works. Being a writer for LadyRedot, where she get inspired and inspire others, and running her own bed and breakfast in her homeland. She views life as a colorful and adventurous journey, join her as she shares her passion with you! You can reach out to her @ LinkedIn.

Bucket Lists: Must Try Activities for Adventurous Hearts

Going on an adventure is unquestionably good for you physically, mentally and emotionally. It’s a unique way to travel and appreciate the beauty of the world. If you haven’t created your 2017 trip itinerary, considering doing it the adventurous way.

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Shark Dives
Irrespective of the type of sharks you’ll be swimming with —hammerhead sharks, reef sharks, white tip sharks or the gentle giant whale sharks—dipping in the water with even just one shark takes a lot of courage and is not for the faint-hearted.

However, the activity is as rewarding as it is risky, and is certainly a unique way to respect and appreciate marine life, specifically sharks, which usually spell menace to some people. Lucky for those who’d love to give this a try, this activity is available in a lot of places. You can do this in Mexico, Bahamas, Philippines, South Africa, Costa Rica, Maldives, Fiji, North Carolina and of course, most places in Australia.

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Adventure Caving
Not for the claustrophobic, this activity requires one to not only be physically fit but also mentally committed. With headlamps as your only source of light (99% of the time), you’ll have to squeeze your way through tight and moist places, and you have to be ready for unexpected bumps.

After gruelling hours in dark passages, caverns decorated with beautiful rocks or breathtaking waterfalls usually, will cap the trip with so much satisfaction. If you want to see the beauty of the underworld, New Zealand, Belize, Vietnam, China, Slovenia, Malaysia, Philippines, Austria, Iceland, France, Italy, Mexico, Scotland, Venezuela, USA, and South Africa are all famous for their mysterious caves.

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Hiking and Trekking
Hiking and trekking can take hours, or even days depending on your trail, so stopovers are necessary to regain your momentum. Both require a lot of stamina and preparation as you’ll not only be walking for a long time, you also have to be ready for heat or cold depending on where you are. The rewards you reap from these activities are many, from the scenic views to the quiet and still moment with nature.

If you want to hit the road less traveled, try the best trails in the world: Queen Charlotte Track (New Zealand), Bay of Fires (Australia), Chilkoot Trail (Alaska), Fitz Roy Trek (Argentina), Kungsleden (Sweden), Tonquin Valley (Canada), Croagh Patrick (Ireland), Kalalau Trail (Hawaii), and Mountain of the Moon (Uganda).

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Skydiving
While jumping out of a plane and freefalling from thousands of feet above may be something you’d never do even when it’s the only way to survive, skydiving can be very fulfilling especially to those who want to challenge their fear of heights. If your guts (and budget) allow you, try skydiving in Palm Jumeirah (Dubai), Livingstone (Zambia), and Cairns (Australia).

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Heli-ski
This is perhaps the least famous one on the list, as there are only a limited number of spots that offer this kind of adventure. Also, the ski equipment you need and the helicopter ride mean this activity does not come cheap. To heli-ski, a helicopter takes you to a remote snow mountain so you can ski or snowboard downhill. If you like to get that adrenaline rush while you slide downhill, try heli-skiing in Japan, Switzerland, British Columbia, Russia, and even India.

If you are ready for the adventure of your lifetime, we are ready for you! Allow LadyRedot plan your adventures in 2017 and create a lifelong worth of memories for you. Have a chat with us at askus@LadyRedot.com.


mish

Mish worked as a travel expert, customer service specialist and a communications trainer in the past. After working for eight years straight since she graduated, she decided to give up her corporate job. She now focuses on her 4-year old son, works as a freelance writer and a real estate assistant. She is a sun-worshipper, a water baby, and an earth warrior. And oh, she’s tiny but she is an Olympic-level glutton. Let her bring your tummy around the globe! You can reach her at LinkedIn.

The Best Eco-friendly Hotels

With an aim to imbibe sustainability in their day-to-day operations, the number of eco-friendly hotels and resorts around the world is on the rise. Here, we have listed wonderful properties around the world that have taken initiatives to save mother earth:

Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort, Belize
The property takes the simplest form of sustainability by growing its own organic garden, composting its scrap fruits and vegetables and making rugs out of its old towels and linens. The layout of the property minimised the cutting down of trees during its construction. It also offers diving adventures that minimise the effect of human interaction with nature.

Hix Island House, Puerto Rico
This property uses energy from solar panels. It also returns rainwater and the clean and filtered wastewater from its baths and washing machines back to the environment. The management does not allow distracting gadgets like television sets and cell phones and encourages its guests to allow nature to entertain them, instead.

Chumbe Island Coral Park Eco-bungalows, Tanzania
The property’s architectural design has nearly zero impact on the environment. Aside from deriving its energy from solar panels, its environmental efforts include saving rainwater, composting toilets, and vegetative greywater filtration. They only offer seven bungalows so the place is not noisy and crowded.

The Whitepod Resort, Switzerland
Guests stay in igloo-shaped pods that are built in strategic places that make it possible for guests to connect with nature. The temperature in each igloo is maintained by the use of wood-burning stoves, and the guests enjoy comfortable organic bedding. And oh, getting to your pod from the reception desk means walking for 20-30 minutes so you get to enjoy the view!

Hangaroa Eco Village and Spa, Chile
This property is built using tree branches, clay, and volcanic rock. It recycles its water and has a design that maximises natural light. The best part? Most of the staff members are Rapa Nui, the natives of Easter Island.

Puri Dajuma, Indonesia
This property aims to have zero marine pollution. It also composts its organic waste and recycles glass and plastic. It minimises the use of energy and uses rainwater and catchment.

The Proximity Hotel, United States of America
The hotel boasts almost a hundred sustainable practices. It uses solar panels to heat its water, its bistro bar is made of salvaged walnut trees that came down due to storm, its guestroom shelving is made from 100% post-industrial recycled wood pulp, it recycled 87% of its construction waste, and the property provides bicycles to its guests, to name a few.

Campi Ya Kanzi, Kenya
During the construction of this property, they made sure to leave the surrounding vegetation untouched. The guests’ tents have grass thatch roofing and are elevated on a wooden platform. Its facilities include a 3-chambered wastewater management system, 120 solar panels, and recycling bins for solid waste. The property has a supply of shampoo, soap, and laundry detergent that are made of biodegradable chemicals.

El Nido Resorts, Philippines
The management invested in a sewage treatment plan that guarantees no harmful wastewater makes its way to the sea. It also segregates its solid wastes and composts its organic wastes. Solar panels and rainwater catchment are also installed to conserve resources.

Allawah Retreat, Australia
This property supports the conservation of its surrounding outback bush. It also makes sure to source its food locally to reduce the carbon footprint from transportation. It composts its waste food and is committed to educating its staff to always apply green practices.

There is indeed a budding concern on environmental conservation. With the help of hotel proprietors, it is possible for travellers to appreciate different places while keeping their impact on the environment at a minimum. Do you agree with me? Please share your thoughts with us at the comments below.


 

mish

Mish worked as a travel expert, customer service specialist and a communications trainer in the past. After working for eight years straight since she graduated, she decided to give up her corporate job. She now focuses on her 4-year old son, works as a freelance writer and a real estate assistant. She is a sun-worshipper, a water baby, and an earth warrior. And oh, she’s tiny but she is an Olympic-level glutton. Let her bring your tummy around the globe! You can reach her at LinkedIn.

Most Romantic Hotels Perfect for Honeymooners

Having a fantastic accommodation during your honeymoon makes the entire trip even more romantic and memorable. If you and your loved one have been hearing wedding bells, or if you have already tied the knot but have not gone to a honeymoon yet because of your busy professional life, this article is perfect for you. We want to help you save time so we have listed the best hotels for a romantic honeymoon.

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Eiffel Suite Classic, Hotel Plaza Athenee in Paris, France
The fact that this hotel is situated in Paris should make it unnecessary for one to explain why it is considered as one of the most romantic accommodations in the world. The property offers 1,400 square ft units with terraces that give you a view of the majestic–yep, you got it—Eiffel Tower! Prepare the traditional accordion music!

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Shompole in Kenya
Shompole is a luxurious eco safari lodge which offers only eight alfresco rooms set on the Great Rift Valley. Because the units are open, the guests are exposed to nature and have access to amazing views, and sometimes, close view of the wildlife. This is for you if you’re the adventurous type. But what makes it romantic? Their service includes pampering the guests every minute of the day and each room is designed to make you think you’re the only ones in the entire property. Sweet!

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Ocean Panorama Pool Villa, Six Senses Yao Noi in Thailand
The pictures alone can explain why this place is so romantic. From your bed or from anywhere in your villa, you get a view of the breath-taking Phang Nga Bay. Each villa has an outdoor shower, a private pool and a terrace. Just imagine waking up to that view with your love right beside you!

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Island Romance Suite, Little Palm Island Resort and Spa in the Florida Keys
The fact that this is on a private island which is reachable only by a seaplane or boat already tells you that the honeymooners who check-in here will definitely get the kind of isolation they want. There are no TVs and internet access, which means zero distraction. Zero distraction means you can spend all day together, and enjoy the serenity.

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Tivoli Palacio de Seteais in Portugal
If one of your biggest dreams in life is to be a royal princess in a fairy tale, then this is the place to be. Eighteenth-century murals cover the walls of this spacious, white palace and the pieces of furniture are made to look like they are from several centuries ago. The beds are so luxurious they are fit for royalty and sweet, romantic piano music is played to entertain and soothe the guests every night.

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The Chedi in Oman
This property is quite the opposite of number 5. The property is all about modern contemporary design but still all elements exude elegance. Lovebirds who stay here will be surrounded by palms and splashing water fountains and will be pampered with fresh fruits and Arabic pastries every single day. The rooms boast king-sized beds, luxurious marble bathtubs, and silver and gold bedroom accents.

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Vamizi, Mozambique
This place is synonymous with the word “paradise”. It is surrounded by turquoise water and abundant marine life as it is a conservationist project managed by the Maluane Project. The guests will enjoy quiet moments on spacious verandas, barefoot walks on the sugar-like beach sand, torch-lit pathways at night, and fresh seafood at any time of the day. The property does not have pools or baths, but who needs those when you have the majestic sea right in front of you? And what makes it even better? It is a bit challenging to get here. Transportation is a mix of charter plane rides and dirt road drives. Ah! The memories you’ll make!

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The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur in India
Every single thing in this splendid property is extraordinary. The service includes pampering of the guests, which means they can eat their dinner in their own private garden while cultural dancers perform in the background. Lovebirds can also choose to ride a horse-drawn carriage covered lavishly in vibrant flowers to the Shiva Temple, which is also located on the property, where they can renew their vows if they wish to. Honeymooners can loosen up and swim in the pool which has flowing water from ornate elephants made of manifestly high-priced marble or simply enjoy a quiet evening in a sophisticated claw-foot tub in a luxurious room lit by nothing else but candles. We told you, this place is all about extraordinary luxury.


mish

Mish worked as a travel expert, customer service specialist and a communications trainer in the past. After working for eight years straight since she graduated, she decided to give up her corporate job. She now focuses on her 4-year old son, works as a freelance writer and a real estate assistant. She is a sun-worshipper, a water baby, and an earth warrior. And oh, she’s tiny but she is an Olympic-level glutton. Let her bring your tummy around the globe! You can reach her at LinkedIn.