Joy

Joy

Growing up as a low-income first-gen Valerie never imagined being able to see 20 countries since 2012. She aims to inspire, create dialogue, and cultural exchange through Part Time Exploradora.

Packing for procrastinators

Packing for procrastinators

I've made life easier for you by writing up this procrastinators guide to packing because I always wait for last minute and instead writing this list for us.

I literally hate packing and I always end up packing last minute. LIKE LITERALLY a couple hours before. I travel backpacker style and I travel light. I am trying to be more

#StudyAbroadBecause

#StudyAbroadBecause

Study abroad because ... the world is bigger and kinder than the news says.

Study abroad because and if the world tells you shouldn't.

Studying abroad taught me that there is a world outside of the conservative bubble I grew up in and taught me that even though I rarely see someone who looks like me achieve their goals I have

Viaja aunque seas "diferente"

Viaja aunque seas "diferente"

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Cuando solía pensar en viajar, pensaba en el mochilero. Un tipo blanco atractivo con ese cabello liso, ya tu sabe. El que ha sido tan bendecido para estar fuera en el mundo "encontrarse a sí mismo", y muy probablemente con un fondo de viaje o mejor dico sus padres.

Y bien que sí, usted encuentra algunas

Travel even if you are the "Other"

Travel even if you are the "Other"

When I used to think of travel, I thought of the quintessential backpacker. Some attractive looking white dude that with that sleek hair, who has been so blessed to be out "finding himself", and most likely with a travel fund aka their parents.

Yes, you do find some of these people while traveling, and they tend to be nice people,

How to use Social Media to Socialize IRL

How to use Social Media to Socialize IRL

We, millennials, often get judged as being the generation behind phones and computers all day. (My parents still don't understand how I do all my work from only a computer). We can end up getting trapped in our apps looking at what is going on with people's lives without living our own. We scroll looking at who got engaged, having

7 tips to planning your backpacking getaway.

7 tips to planning your backpacking getaway.

My favorite style of traveling is backpacking solo. Why do I love backpacking alone? Well, mainly because I love the unexpected and you never know what people you will meet. I love pushing myself out of my comfort zone but when you have limited time for a quick getaway you need to have some sort of overall guide to make

5 Spending Habits to Travel on the Cheap

5 Spending Habits to Travel on the Cheap

Yes, I am fully aware that not everyone has expendable income to travel. Some people, like myself, make travel a priority and will make sure to adjust their lifestyles to be able to travel. I started traveling when I was 20 and back then I had no job and my parents could barely help me pay my college tuiton. I