One Year Living On The Road – My Reflection

When I was a kid, all I wanted to do was travel. The first chance I got, I went as a solo female traveler to Egypt. Then to Israel and Palestine, and by the time I landed in Italy for my study abroad program I was totally hooked. When I came back to the US after another 3 week solo trip through eastern Europe, I knew I needed to find a job when I graduated that would let me travel more than a normal 9 to 5 allows.

That job came as the one and only position I applied to in my senior year of college, a teaching position in the UAE. Daniel and I taught in Abu Dhabi for two years, and during that time we had seven months of paid vacation and visited ten new countries in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

Now, we both work as freelance writers and digital marketers. Since January 2017, we have spent the last ten months living on the road. That means we don’t have any permanent apartment in the United States to return home to and we only stay in each city we visit for one or two months at a time. Living on the road definitely has its ups and downs, some of which I detailed in my article The Truth About Traveling Full Time. Now, I want to take it one step further.

 

I’m Just A Small Person in a Big Universe

Honestly, I feel like I’m trying to compartmentalize this past year into easy to digest little nuggets of wisdom, but thats actually the exact opposite of what this last year of living on the road has taught me. It showed me that everyone’s lives around the world are just as complex as ours. There’s a word called “sonder” which is the understanding that you are not central to the universe, that everyone who is just background noise in your own life is actually living their own life as well. One that is just as rich with feelings, problems, and emotions as yours.

I think this concept is surprisingly hard to grasp for most of us. But just standing on my balcony and watching a parade of school children go by in the street with a teacher trying (and failing) to get them into a straight line, sitting in a cafe all day and watching two coworkers talk, laugh, and flirt as they clean up around me, walking through a park on a Wednesday afternoon and seeing all the retired men come to barter, chat, and catch up with their friends in a local Colombian neighborhood… these little glimpses of totally normal everyday life are so different from the world I grew up in but still so relatable. All these lives are going on every day around the world, and it’s nice to see that I’m just a little piece of this giant fabric. I think living and working alongside the locals is one of the things that makes living on the road so different from taking a vacation and even different from backpacking and long term travel.

 

Life is the Same Around the World

People are working, stressed out, and falling in love around the world every day. People believe so strongly in their religions, but they’re all different. I’ve seen women in burqas, their lives dictated by Islam. Monks walking the streets in Thailand, collecting food, sweeping the streets, and giving up their autonomy and possessions because of a calling to a higher power. I’ve seen more Catholic festivals and celebrations than I can count in the churches and streets of South America. All of that is dictated by geographic location, which is dictated by the pure chance of being born in that city at that time.

It’s really weird how the basic themes of our lives are played out so differently in each culture, but if you look closely, its always for the same reasons. We all just want love, acceptance, and something to believe in.

 

Nothing Really Matters

So, I guess what I’m trying to say is that in my first year of living on the road, I’ve learned how to relax and not take life so seriously.

It doesn’t matter that we can’t plan an elaborate surprise party or buy expensive gifts for each other for our birthdays, actually, it simplifies them, removes pressure to come up with something amazing, and makes the days spent together more fun. It doesn’t matter that I wear the same 6 outfits over and over, and haven’t put on make-up in months. It doesn’t matter that the big project I had in the works fell through, because our living costs are so low there’s no financial pressure on my shoulders. When you live on the road, it doesn’t matter what stresses or drama is going on with family and friends, because we’re far removed on a different continent.

It’s kind of nice being the background noise in the world for a change instead of the main event. I feel like I played a cheat code, because I don’t have to worry about bills and co-workers and social climbing in my 20’s like so many others do, and I get to see and do so much more. Living on the road turns down the responsibility and turns up the fun.

So we didn’t save the recommended amount that a couple should have to reach financial security by the time we’re 30. So I don’t have a job at a prestigious company. I didn’t have a baby, I didn’t get a masters degree or a PhD. But if I had, would I feel different? Would I feel fulfilled, or would I be asking myself the same questions about why I am here and what I should do? Would I be searching for the same answers in another way?

I think I probably would be.

It’s kind of funny, growing up we really think all the adults around us really have their sh*t together. Now that I’m an adult (I guess I can admit it) I’m starting to realize that no one really knows that they’re doing. Despite what societal pressures want to say, it’s ok to live on the road, wander around the world, see beautiful places and meet beautiful people. It’s not wrong and I’m not any more lost or aimless than anyone else.

 

We’re All Looking for Our Own Sense of Purpose

Whether we’re living on the road, working a 9 to 5, starting a family, or going back to school, I feel like each goal is the same and we’re all looking for the same thing. To be loved, to be beautiful, to be accepted, sure, but mostly, to find a sense of purpose.  Some people find it in money, some people find it in their kids.

For me, traveling the world and living on the road is the closest I can come to finding my reason to be alive, simply for nothing more than to see everything this amazing earth has to offer. Standing among the 4,000 year old pyramids, looking at Mount Everest, wandering the cobbled streets of ancient Rome connects me to the past, and gives me a feeling of wonder and excitement that I can’t recreate anywhere else.

It’s kind of crazy that just being in these places can make me feel more content than doing or accomplishing something great. It lifts a huge pressure off my shoulders, and relieves me of something inside me that always felt like I need to do more, achieve more. Just being in these places is enough. Just existing in these places is enough.

I’m not saying that one year living on the road has changed my life. I still get anxiety, I still have problems, I still work for clients I don’t want to. But for me, it’s a step in the right direction, toward simplifying my life, toward becoming happy with who I am, toward removing the burdens that society has placed on my shoulders. I haven’t found my sense of purpose, and maybe I never will. But I think living on the road is a good start.

All my love,

Di

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The Most Expensive Restaurants on Every Continent

I made it my mission this afternoon to find the most expensive restaurants on every continent. The results are in, and they’re pretty wild. If dropping thousands of dollars on one night out isn’t going to fit into your budget, these restaurants may not be for you…

 

6. South America

Central in Lima is being called one of the best restaurants in the world, and was listed as the number one restaurant in Latin America. At the head of the restaurant is Michelin Star Chef Virgilio Martinez, and their website states that Central’s 17 course tasting menu aims to take you through the “elevations of Peru’s biodiversity.”

The food at the restaurant is sourced locally from Peru, and the menu features ingredients from the high-altitude Andes, to the ocean, and everything in between. The meal will set you back $156 per person, which actually isn’t too bad for a Michelin star restaurant. Keep reading though, it only gets crazier…

 

5. Africa

What kind of crazy expensive restaurants does Africa got going on these days? I’ll tell you. This list of the Top 10 Restaurants in Africa names The Test Kitchen in Cape Town as one of the best on the continent. So, how amazing is it, and more importantly, how expensive is it?

Well first of all, the full course menu involves multiple rooms. You begin in “the dark room” where (I assume) the lights are out so you can focus on the flavors of the meal without distraction. Later, you move into “the light room” (very creative) to finish the meal with a fine-dining experience. The menu with the iconic wine pairing will  run you $193 per person. If you’re thinking “What kind of peasant can’t afford a $200 meal,” then first of all, I’m jealous. And second, get ready because Australia’s about to kick it up a notch.

 

4. Australia

Attica in Melbourne is one of the most expensive restaurants in the country. A quick review in this recent article about the most expensive restaurants in Australia says the tasting menu alone costs $250 per person…  when I looked it up, the menu shows that cost has already gone up to $275. If you’re wealthy enough to add wine pairings, that will be another $185 per person.

So to enjoy a full dinner and a couple glasses of wine, a meal for two at Attica costs over $900! I checked out the menu to see what that would involve. Right now they’re offering a lot of options I’ve never heard of, like “Tulip and Jumbuck,” “Pearl Cooked in Paperbark,” and “An Imperfect History of Ripponlea.” Yum?

 

3. Asia

Asia, and especially Japan, are known for their world class fine dining experiences, so I knew this continent wouldn’t disappoint. While reading about the 5 Most Expensive Restaurants in Japan, I discovered Kyoto Kitcho. The restaurant was started in 1930 and passed down through the generations, so now the head chef is the founder’s grandson.

The 10 course tasting menu costs $480 per person, which means with drinks a meal for two here will probably run you over $1,000. Want to show off and order their most expensive bottle of wine to go with it? No problem, that will just be an extra $26,000…

 

2. Europe

Ok, this crazy restaurant in Ibiza has been making headlines lately and definitely has to be mentioned. Coming in hot on Food Network’s List of the World’s Most Expensive Restaurants is a small eatery called Sublimotion. Guys, this isn’t just a meal. The whole experience includes a custom soundtrack, drama, art, magic, and many more performances to accompany the meal. Does that justify the $2,000 per person price tag? Idk, but I’d really love to find out someday! By the way, the restaurant only seats 12 people per night, so if you have the money for the meal, make sure to book your reservations well in advance!

If you think $2,000 per person is absurd (because it is) then hold on to your horses because it’s not even the most expensive restaurant on the continent. That title for Europe goes to this $9,800 pizza for two from Renato Viola in Italy. It’s clearly the most expensive pizza in the world but what’s included in the cost? Some crazy expensive ingredients, obviously, as well as an entire team to fly to your home to cook and serve it onsite in your kitchen. Yeah.

 

1. North America

What is the most expensive dish you can get in North America (and possibly the world?) According to The Independent, it’s a $25,000 taco. Yes, you read that right. One taco. For the price of some Americans’ entire student debt. The taco is served at the Frida restaurant at the Grand Velas Los Cabos Resort in Mexico, but you gotta be in the know to get it. It’s not listed on the menu and is by guest request only according to my pal Imelda, who I chatted with on the resort’s website.

What makes this taco so special? The taco features Almas Beluga, the most expensive caviar in the world, along with Kobe beef, lobster, black truffles, and more. If you can afford ONE TACO for $25,000, please tell me what you do for a living because I really need to get in on that.

 

Ok, there you have it. The most expensive restaurants (that I could find in a couple hours of research) on every continent. Pretty eye opening to see what people are willing to pay for a meal! If you can buy dinner at Central in Peru, you’re having a good year. If you buy dinner at Kyoto Kitcho in Japan, you’ve pretty much made it. If you buy a $25,000 taco, you’re out of your damn mind. But hit me up cause we should definitely hang out sometime 🙂

All my love,

Di

 

 

 

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My 5 Favorite Things About Traveling

I love traveling.

After I left the country and taught English for two months in Belize, I knew that I wanted to keep doing it after college. Since then, Di and I have found different ways to travel over the last three years.

We started by teaching English in Abu Dhabi for two years and were able to travel to several countries.  We then kept it going by working remotely as freelance writers. Over these three to four years of traveling, I’ve learned a lot about myself and the world.

Here are my five favorite things about traveling.

 

1. Trying New Food

Numero uno. Food. There’s a lot of downtime when you’re traveling full-time and working. The best thing to do in that time? Eat. Whether you’re traveling in your own country or abroad, there are always new restaurants, foods, and beers to try. Some of our favorites have been limonada de cocos in Medellin and ceviche in Lima (I didn’t even know what ceviche was before I moved here. Now, I love it.)

 

2. Making Myself Uncomfortable

It’s easy to fall into my same routine every day. Wake up, work a little bit, read for a bit, watch TV, go to sleep. One of the best things about traveling is that there is always something new to try. Something that takes me out of my comfort zone.

In Belize, it was that I was living and teaching in a village of people experiencing poverty that I had never seen before.

In Abu Dhabi, it was a lot of things. There was a new culture, a new (read: barren) landscape, blatant racism, and overindulgence at every turn.

In South America, it’s the absence of English. I’ve never lived somewhere where almost nobody spoke English. I’ve had to learn a lot of Spanish and get comfortable speaking in a different language.

At every turn, there’s something to learn about myself and the world around me. Which brings me to my next point…

Read: The Truth About Traveling Full Time

 

3. Everything is New

Traveling makes me feel like I’m a kid again. When you’re a kid, everything is new. You’ve never been to the park down the street, you’ve never been to your parent’s favorite restaurant, you’ve never seen your favorite band play live. Over time, that magic fades. You go to the same restaurant or bar every Friday, you go to the local park every Saturday, you go to the same breakfast spot on Sunday. Rinse, repeat.

For me, travel helps keep the spark alive.

I get lost in a new city, hear a different culture’s music, wonder why there’s fireworks and parades every single day (looking at you, Peru), and experience the world much in the way that I did as a kid.

 

4. I Appreciate Home More

Despite what I say about the magic fading when I fall into routine, one thing that traveling has done for me is that it’s helped me learn to appreciate everything that I have at home that much more. When I’ve been out of the country for eight or ten months, there comes a point where all that I can think about is home.

Skyline Chili, baseball games, football games, backyard cookouts, parties, ice cubes (and fresh, clean water) from a refrigerator, pasteurized milk in a jug, and everything else that makes home such a great place (like my family and friends, I guess).

There’s nothing like leaving the country for an extended period of time to help me appreciate the little things that I can only find at home.

 

5. Nothing Really Matters

 When you’re living out of a backpack, people come to have certain expectations about you.

Maybe they think that you’ve worn the same clothes for a few days or a week without washing them. Maybe they think that you don’t have a stable career path. Maybe they think that you’re flaky. Those expectations are what makes life traveling that much easier.

Since people already expect it, I go ahead and wear the same clothes without washing them for several days. Since people already think I’m flaky, I don’t have to have a cell phone plan. Since people don’t think I have a stable career path, I don’t really have to explain what I do.

In essence, I don’t have to worry about a lot of the small things that I would have to worry about if I were at home in a normal living situation.

 

As I travel more and am exposed to new cultures, foods, languages, and people around the world, I can’t imagine who I would be if I had never left home.

Let us know what you love the most about traveling in the comments section below!

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5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Working Remotely

Working remotely is something that I wanted to do for a long time. I’m not someone who necessarily enjoys living in one place or going into the same office every day. Although I like having a daily routine to stay productive, I like to be able to do it from wherever I want without anyone looking over my shoulder. Now that I’ve done it for a little over a year now, I love it.

But there’s a few things that I wish I knew before I started working remotely.

If you’re thinking about making the leap into remote work, here are 5 things that you should know before you get started.

 

1. I Still Work 9-5

Before I started working remotely, I had this idea in my head that I would be able to work whatever hours I wanted. However, that didn’t last long. After working remotely for a little bit, I realized that I need to work the typical 9-5 hours for two reasons:

The first reason is that I need to be able to communicate with my clients. Since most of them are based out of the United States, the easiest schedule for me to be on is 9-5.

The second reason is that keeping a schedule keeps me in a routine. I wake up at 7:30, eat breakfast, mess around on the internet for a bit, and then I start working. Having this routine allows me to stay productive.

 

2. It Can Be Isolating

Working from home is great. I don’t have a commute, I have all the food I want right next to me, I have the gym to myself in the middle of the day, and there’s nobody around me telling me what to do.

But the social aspect is lacking.

When you work from home, you don’t have coworkers. You also can go days at a time without leaving your home during the day. Unless you have the money for a nice co-working space, you have to make an effort to get out of your home and socialize. If you aren’t living in your home country, that can be difficult sometimes.

 

3. If You’re Freelancing, Your Money Fluctuates A Lot

I got a little bit lucky when I first started freelancing and working remotely. A pretty reliable stream of work fell into my lap, and money wasn’t really an issue. A few months in, that client disappeared. Just completely ghosted.

That was around $1,000 per month that just stopped coming in one day.

Ever since then, it’s been difficult to find clients that pay well and stick around. I might make $400-$500 one week and then $100 the next. There’s just no real way to predict how much I’m going to make. If you’re planning on freelancing, you’ll need to get creative with your spending and smart with your budgeting.

 

4. You’ll Work With Some Frustrating People

 When you start working remotely, you don’t necessarily work with the best people or companies right away. Unless you’re an experienced developer or programmer, you’re going to find that the people who want to pay remote workers (especially freelancers) are trying to save as much money as possible.

That means, unless you have a lot of experience in your field, you’re going to be working with bottom of the barrel type stuff. They might be ass holes, they might be unreliable, and they might try to take your work for free. You just have to protect yourself as best as possible.

5. It’s a Ton of Fun

 In my head, I imagined a remote work life as being really fun, but it’s even more fun than I could have imagined. I don’t have to sit in traffic in a commute every morning, I can go out for lunch or coffee whenever I want, I take half days when I want, I take days off when I want, and I have time to work on other projects (like this) that interest me.

Best of all, I have the freedom to travel when I want.

Since I started working remotely, I’ve traveled through multiple cities and countries, and lived for 6 months in Colombia and 4 months in Peru. So, despite the drawbacks, working remotely is one of the best decisions that I’ve ever made. If you’re thinking of taking the leap into the remote work and freelancing fields, do it. You just might love it.

Read: How to Start a Digital Marketing Business While Traveling the World

 

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11 Things You Need to Know Before You Travel to Peru

I’ve spent the last three months in Peru, and I feel like I got to know the country pretty well. I spent extended stays in Cusco, Arequipa, and Huaraz, and will spend another four weeks in Lima before I leave. Along the way, I learned a lot of new things about the country. Some big, some small. Some surprising, and some just downright confusing. If you’re planning to visit the country soon (or just want to know more about it than the fact that it has Machu Picchu) here’s a list of the 11 things you need to know before you travel to Peru.

 

1. Public bathrooms never have toilet seats

Why is this a thing? If you’re Peruvian, please message me to explain this phenomenon because honestly, it blows my mind. For some reason, almost every bathroom I’ve used in Peru has had its toilet seat removed. Why?! Is it easier to clean? Do toilet seats cost extra in this country? Is there some giant landfill in the outskirts of town filled to the brim with discarded toilet seats? Where are they all? If you’re planning to travel to Peru, toughen up your leg muscles because you are gonna be doing lots of squatting in the bathrooms down here.

 

2. The ancient Incan language of Quechua is still alive and well

This was such a surprise for me! A lot of Peruvians we interact with are speaking Spanish as a second language just like us. Many communities in Peru still speak the Incan language of Quechua. In fact, over 11 million people in South America still speak it today, making it the most widely spoken Indian language in the Americas. You even know some Quechua words yourself, like llama and jerky. The craziest part of all, though? It is not even a written language, and it has still survived the centuries. Amazing.

 

3. Your shower might kill you

For some reason, the water heater of choice in Peru is electric shower heads. A tell tale sign that you’re using a suicide shower will be low water pressure, strange noises, and an array of exposed wires sticking out of the shower head. Yeah, using these has been my least favorite part of traveling in Peru.

I deal with suicide showers by trying to shower less, jumping in and out as fast as possible, and getting right with God before every shower so I can die with peace of mind when they inevitably fry me. Electricity and water should never mix, but for some reason they do here. Be prepared to risk your life in suicide showers when you travel to Peru.

 

4. The bus movies are… interesting

Peru is a large country, and flights between cities aren’t very cheap. Because of that, I’ve taken many longer bus rides. On every ride, they always play a movie. The best part about them is that they’re always english movies, dubbed into Spanish, then have english subtitles on top of it… kind of feels like they added an extra step in there. Additionally, it seems the only prereq for a movie to be chosen for the bus ride is that it’s filled with violence, gore, or nudity (but preferably all three.) Every one so far has had war, guns, explosions, and some even had topless women. Who cares about the innocent children riding these buses right?

Another important thing to keep in mind when making plans to travel to Peru is that ticket prices for busses can vary… a lot. It took me awhile to learn from my mistakes, and I ended up paying almost $100 extra for our busses through the country before I figured this out: never buy bus tickets anywhere except the bus station!

Every agency or person you deal with will upcharge you. Most likely, you’re moving from one popular tourist destination to another, which means there are plenty of different bus companies selling tons of different departures there every day. They usually don’t sell out, so it’s easy to get a ticket for the next bus out rather than buying one in advance. Cruz del Sur is a popular line (because it’s super nice) and easy to buy online, but the tickets usually cost two or three times more than what other busses are charging. Always wait and buy your tickets directly from the companies at the bus station to save money.

 

5.The water is not drinkable

Living in Peru is the first time I’ve had an extended stay in a country where the water is not drinkable. It’s not potable in any of the cities here (including Lima) and that’s had some consequences I didn’t expect.

First off, even though large 2.5 liter bottles of water are only about a dollar here, the costs add up. If we drink one a day, thats $30 a month of extra expenses to add into the budget. To put that into perspective, its the same price as my international phone and data plan with Sprint. Nothing to sneeze at. It also adds up because whenever we’re on a trek or out at dinner, we buy water at upcharged prices. My whole life was spent drinking free water when going out to eat at restaurants, but now purchasing a drink with every meal is necessary.

The second affect it’s had on my life is the strange feeling of being thirsty and having no water to drink. Waking up with a hangover and realizing you forgot to buy more water bottles the night before is honestly the worst feeling. In that case I either have to boil water and wait hours for it to cool, or leave the apartment to buy more. Not being able to turn on the tap whenever I’m thirsty has been a big adjustment.

 

6. The taxis don’t have meters

Taking a taxi as a foreign traveler can be a daunting task on its own, and when you remove meters from the equation it only gets worse. For some reason, in Peru, none of the taxis have meters. It doesn’t seem to be a very regulated business and the taxis never have a special car or color. At times we’ve found ourselves sitting in “taxis” wondering if we had just gotten into a random man’s car who saw an opportunity to make a few bucks. The best way to deal with taxis when they don’t have meters is to always, always agree on a price before hand. If you get in and they start driving, they can tell you literally any inflated price they want and you’ll be stuck paying it.

I also found taxis to be much more expensive in Peru than they were in Colombia, and the reason for that is the extremely high price of gas. It’s currently $3.50 a gallon here, which when factoring in the low cost of living would be more like paying $7 a gallon in the US. And it used to be even higher!

 

7. “Easy” and “difficult” have very different meanings here

The tour agencies in Peru will do anything to make a buck. Pretty much every one we’ve worked with so far has lied or been dishonest in some aspect of their sales pitch. Every trek we went on was a combined group from many different agencies, with people paying huge ranges of different prices for the exact same trip. Yikes.

The worst, though, was the agency who sold us a tour to climb Misti Volcano. We had almost no experience and it turned out to be an extremely difficult and dangerous trek, one that we never would have been allowed to hike in the US. My tip? Don’t ever sign a waiver for a tour in Peru! If they’re asking for that, it’s going to be unsafe even by their standards. Definitely make sure you research everything online and never rely on what the tour agencies tell (or don’t tell) you about a trip.

 

8. Stray dogs. Stray dogs everywhere

Oh man. The stray dog situation in Peru is really out of hand. It’s not uncommon to see packs of 5 or more dogs trotting down the streets together. While I love dogs as much as the next guy, I’ve really seen way more dog “love-making” during my time in Peru than anyone should ever have to see in their lifetime. They also get into the trash and get it everywhere in the streets. Gross.

However, one unique thing about the stray dogs in Cusco is that a lot of them wear shirts and jackets when the weather starts to get cold. They don’t have owners, just kind citizens looking out for them. It’s pretty cute. Just a fair warning, if you are going to travel to Peru, be prepared to want to pat all the stray doggos all the time. You’ll either need to exhibit serious self restraint, or invest in a lot of hand sanitizer!

 

9. The weather is unbeatable

Peru is a perfect destination for a summer vacation because the summer months have absolutely phenomenal weather. During the months of July and August, we got rained on… once. Every single other day was stunningly blue without a cloud in the sky. Peru is in the southern hemisphere so these summer months are their winter months. The days are warm, dry, sunny, and breezy, and the nights are cool and cozy. Travel to Peru in the summer and you’ll enjoy amazing hiking and vacation weather!

 

10. The craft beer scene is better than you think

One of the things I miss most while traveling is easy access to good craft beer. However, in Peru the craft beer scene is definitely on the rise. Even the small town of Huaraz, with a population of only 100,000 people, has the Sierra Andina brewery which boasts some of the best (and strongest) IPA’s I’ve ever had. (Oh and they pronounce IPA as a word here, calling them “eepas” haha.) Arequipa has a cider brewery and the restaurants had different craft beers to try, like a barley wine brew and a coconut beer. Cusco also had multiple different craft beer bars. My favorite was the Nuevo Mundo brewery in Plaza de Armas which had taster flights and different fresh brewed beers on tap (the chocolate beer was amazing!) If you’re a beer lover, drinking your way through Peru definitely won’t disappoint.

 

11. There’s so much more to see than just Machu Picchu when you travel to Peru

Visiting Machu Picchu is definitely a highlight of every trip to Peru, but it shouldn’t be the only destination. There is so much more to do and see in this country, like the Salkantay Trek and Rainbow Mountain in Cusco, Lake Titicaca (the highest navigable lake in the world) and Colca Canyon (the second deepest canyon in the world) in Arequipa, the Santa Cruz Trek and Laguna 69 in Huaraz, and even the Huacachina Oasis and Islas Ballestas in Lima. Four months here will barely be enough to scratch the surface of all this amazing country has to offer. If you plan to travel to Peru and only see Machu Picchu, you’ll be doing yourself a serious disservice.

 

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Detroit’s Best Breweries & Cafes: Drinking My Way Through the Motor City

I don’t know if you’ve heard the news, but Detroit is now a food mecca. Earlier this year, National Geographic listed Detroit as one of the world’s “6 Unexpected Cities for the Food Lover,” and media blew up with stories of the city’s food revival. I’ve been singing the praises of Detroit’s best breweries and coffee shops for years, though, so I was not surprised.

Detroit’s economy has recently been doing better, the crime rate has dropped, and new development is popping up all over the city.  After decades of decline, this really is something to celebrate. And how to do I usually celebrate good news? By visiting Detroit’s best breweries and cafes to grab a drink of course! There are no shortages of amazing craft breweries and coffee shops throughout the Detroit Metro for you to explore and fall in love with.

 

Detroit’s Top 4 Craft Breweries

Starting in the Grosse Pointes you’ll find my absolute favorite brewery in the region (and honestly, maybe in the world): Atwater in the Park. I’m working on trying every beer on their rotating list and can so far highly recommend their Whango Mango Wheat and the Nitro Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale. Atwater in the Park is one of Detroit’s best breweries because it has fabulous outdoor seating, trivia nights, and the most sumptuous giant soft pretzels you will ever come across in your life. Oh and did I mention it’s in a converted church? Doesn’t get more hip than that! 

Up in the hipster, hippy city of Ferndale, Axle Brewing Company’s new Livernois Tap has a to-die for brunch menu. I couldn’t stop exclaiming out loud in joy when chowing down on their French onion eggs rolls which paired well with a Dual Citizen cream ale. Livernois Tap also has great outdoor seating which obviously is a prerequisite for my favorite breweries.

Another one of Detroit’s best breweries is in the suburb of St. Clair Shores. Whenever I’m passing through, I like to stop at Baffin Brewing Company. Though they don’t serve food in house, there are often food trucks parked right outside for a quick bite. At the Baffin Brewing Company I usually go for a Backcrossing Baffin Brown and sit right at the window for people watching.

Finally, back in Midtown Detroit, my happy place is Motor City Brewing Works. This place has is all: outdoor seating, good views, piping hot brick over pizza, and an ice-cold pitcher of Ghettoblaster, an English style mild ale. Honestly, what’s not to like?

 

Detroit’s Can’t Miss Coffee Shops

Now on to my other favorite brew: coffee. By far and away, Detroit’s hippest coffee shop is Great Lakes Coffee in Midtown. This cafe has amazing lavender lattes and is a good place to study in the day. In the evening, you can also go for wine or a craft beer. Essentially Great Lakes Coffee hits all my favorite things.

Also in the neighborhood, Fourteen East is a cute cafe to get delicious chai lattes or French press. 

A few blocks away is Avalon International Breads. This popular coffee shop serves famous (and delicious) sea salt chocolate chip cookies that go great with hot coffee.

Downtown, my favorite place to go is Urban Bean Co. My favorite aspect of this cafe is the lofted seating, which makes a perfect place to people watch, study, and enjoy a cappuccino.

In Indian Village, a beautiful neighborhood on the east side, The Red Hook is where it’s at. Make sure to check out the murals both within the café and across the street.

Further east in the Grosse Pointe suburbs, Cornwall Bakery and Morning Glory Café are my go to hangout spots. Cornwall features Rendezvous with Tea, a local brand sourced from all over the world and has amazing shortbread. Morning Glory Café has beautifully decorated cupcakes along with great outdoor seating.

 

There you have it, Detroit’s best breweries and cafes. If you are not packing your bags for Motown after reading this post, well, you can’t be saved.  Detroit has to be seen to be believed. Follow your heart (and your stomach) to a region that’s finally experiencing their much deserved renaissance and rebirth, where the brews flow freely and the patios are always packed.

-R

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