10 Best Travel Beauty Tips For Latinas

It is no surprise for many of us that Latin women dominate the world of beauty pageants especially the beauty contest called Miss Universe. Latinas take lots of pride in their beauty regiment from spending rigorous time at the gym, to following their favorite beauty blogger for never ending beauty tips. Latinas simply enjoy looking presentable and stylish. You will catch a Latina red handed watching their favorite novelas and scanning their favorite actress for beauty tips. According to statistics, there is a growing population of Hispanic women spending more money in the beauty industry, and companies targeting Latina consumers. Allow me to shed some light on another industry which Latinas are warming up to: the Travel Industry. Not at a large scale yet, but Latinas are baby stepping themselves to earn more sky miles, which brings me to the reasons why I want to cluster a few tips regarding Beauty and travel for the latin beauty.

1. Beauty Rest

It may sound obvious, but us Latinas are known for running around like a greyhound trying to shop for our travel outfits, make-up, hair salon, and our “do not get on that plane without a pedicure/manicure” regiment while forgetting to get some rest so we arrive at our destination looking and feeling fresh. So mija, start a new routine. Start packing and planning for your trip ahead of time so on the final days before your vacation, you can just schedule a massage instead.

2. Yelp is Your New Bestie

There are times our high demanding schedule doesn’t allow us to conquer all of our beauty regiments before a trip. So what do we do? Visit Yelp (website) and enter your destination to search where is the nearest beauty store, salon, or spa, so if you happen to need it, it is at your disposal.

3. Don’t Forget Your Accessories

Yes, there are times we tend to forget the little details. But these small details are what can make a big difference in our beauty kit. So make sure you pack pins aka “pinchos” so you can use them to wrap your hair or playfully create different updos abroad. Also, it is important to bring a small amount of cotton wipes, toiletries, and Q-Tips.

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4. Flats Are Your New Pumps

I know you can spot a Latina canvassing a mall with high heels or stopping at their corner store  with stilettos. But times have changed and comfort is the new black. Which is why it is essential to make room inside your maleta to insert flats, sandals, or comfortable sneakers. Why? Because when you feel like conquering the streets of Rome, you want to do it in comfort. Trust me on this one!

5. Do Not Wear Make-Up On Board

Please do not board a plane with applied make-up and leave it on so when you land your face looks like The Joker. You don’t want to deal with that. Instead, remove your makeup and 15 minutes before you land, just re-apply it.

6. Silk Pillow

Instead of planting your head on those standard airplane pillows and having your hair look like it had a battle with static, just purchase a silky travel pillow.

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7. Keep Germs At Bay

Germs are a global concern and they are not planning to disappear from this planet anytime soon. So pack that scented sanitizer inside you cosmetic bag and squeeze when needed.

8. Polish Your Skin

Want to know the secret behind soft shiny skin? If so, start exfoliating often especially when your getaway involves sun and beach.

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9. Bring Some Workout Gear

I know we spend months on preparing for that trip by working out rigorously before our departure day. But why not keep your fitness routine abroad? By working out at your destined place, you can interact with the locals, check out the neighborhood, and relax your mind.

10.  Don’t Check In Your Toothbrush

Last but not least, do not leave your toothbrush or toothpaste inside your check-in bag. Instead bring it with you and place it inside your purse. Why? After a long flight or during any baggage delays, you want to make sure you have a toothbrush and toothpaste at your disposal. You don’t want to negotiate any flight delays with bad breath. Bonus: stash some undies in your purse while you are at it.

There chicas! This is just a short list to get your traveling happening on a good start. It is always good to be prepared than not. And why not look fabulous when strolling down that airport runaway….

I know you have some beauty tips! Don’t be shy and share below.

 

Read, Book, and Explore Machu Picchu!

I didn’t know that booking a ticket to explore Machu Picchu will enable my eyes to see the revealing beauty and indigenous mystery that lies within this great wonder of our world. So many people describe Machu Picchu as a philosophical voyage that serenades you with so much history and breathtaking views like no other. Many regard this destination so major that once checked off their bucket list, other must do’s are just accessory items on their travel wish list. I’m sure all this hype must tickle a nerve within you and makes you wonder, what is all the fuss about? Why is Machu Picchu a travel stamp high in demand for every passport holder? I had to book a flight to Peru and go on this expedition to discover this South American jewel. The Travel 101 experience was the only way to answer these questions and reason why the world is so in love with Picchu!

Behind the Mystery of Machu Pichu:
A masterpiece dating back to 1450’s, this mountain burghal was once the home of the Powerhouse Inca Empire. Upon researching the origin of its discovery, I concluded the facts with the explanation of many urban legends of who, when, why Machu Picchu exists? But there is one story which stood out the most: the voyage of American historian and lecturer, Hiram Bingman. It is recorded that his actual experience to Machu Picchu led him to collect many artifacts of the Incas Empire, which led to its cultural explanation and one of the reasons why Machu Picchu is one of the most visited places in the world. I just wanted to delight you with some history treats, but let us move on to the fun part of making this visit come true.

 

Getting you there:
There are hundreds of tours, website, and airlines which take you to Peru, where the historical site is located. But one website where flight deals are thrown at you like confetti is Skyscanner. This site offers you many options as to where and which airlines accommodates your budget. The most popular airlines flying to Peru are Avianca, Lan, and Taca. One way to beat the price boogie man is flying to Lima, Peru and then take a local flight to Cusco. Some people stay in Cusco then take a Railroad to Machu Picchu and some fly direct to Cusco, which tends to be more expensive. I flew into Lima then took another flight to Cusco for under $600. Once in Cusco, you have the option to reach the mountain via Railroad which is a 3-hour scenic ride of nature’s treasures or a challenging hike which takes a few days. My favorite website of booking the train ride is called, Perurail. Their service is royalty and the picturesque glass view strokes your every emotion. You must book the Vistadome ride so your eyes are taken hostage by the scenery surprise.


Where to rest?
Well, the good news is that you have many options whether to stay in Cusco or Aguas Caliente. If you want a local feel and witness the colorful life of the people in the warm town of Cusco, then book your stay there. For the budget traveler, one good place to stay is Pariwana Hostel (website). It’s clean, friendly, and has a close proximity to main attractions. Also, they host nightly events for their guests. For a more luxurious stay in Cusco, there are places like Belmond Hotel Monasterio (website) and Aranwa Boutique Hotel (website). Websites like http://www.bookings.com, http://www.hotels.com, & http://www.jetsetter.com offer lots of choices to rest those exploring bones.


Visiting the site:
Don’t let Machu Picchu be one of those places you wish you would have visited, because quite frankly, you are going to regret it! One of the most enchanting and curiosity booster is when you hop on the bus, which takes 15 minutes to the entrance of the site. The ride is a slow-motion slideshow of the Peruvian Andes. You witness how each layer of the hills unveil photo worthy landscape features, which brings you to agree that this path to the mountaintop is a beautiful way to greet its guests. The average cost for the bus ride is $20 USD. Things you need to know when planning your visit: book your tickets ahead of time, wear appropriate clothes for hiking, drink plenty of water, and wear sunscreen during the hot season. Also, you have different options as to which level of the mountain top you will like to visit: Picchu or Wayna. I chose Wayna, the most challenging route but the view from the top is heavenly. Once you reach the top, the experience feels like the most intimate moment you will ever have with nature. Please note** not recommend for the elderly, children, and physically disabled. For more information please visit Machu Picchu’s (website) and please note, you can book the ticket with confidence on their site.

 

Best time to visit
While I personally believe Machu Picchu is always a good idea, you must know its weather seasons in order to plan wisely. Rainy season is usually between October & April, and Dry season is usually May & September. If you don’t mind the crowd, then you know you have to visit Machu Picchu during the dry season as it is peak time for tourism. Want to skip the crowd? Then visit the site during the rainy season. FYI Cusco tends to be a bit on the cooler side in comparison to Lima due to its high elevation.

Want to add more flavors to this post? If so, share any questions or travel tips regarding Machu Picchu below.

 

Why Not Colombia?

She greeted me with a smile, exhibiting the abundance of her hidden treasures – A landscape rich as gold, shimmering all the way to your imagination. She knows! Once you set your eyes on her; she will trap you with her cultural charm. Despite her controversial past, Colombia has many things that will captivate you: culture, its rich history, and delectable flavors just to name a few. Some people are skeptical about developing a relationship with this country due to unfavorable comments regarding drugs, violence, and lack of security. But let’s just think for a moment. Which country in the world hasn’t been a target of such atrocities? It’s an unfortunate fact that the world is a magnet for violence due to many factors. It shouldn’t intimidate or deter you from enjoying its efflorescence. Colombia’s past can be deceptive due to the fact it doesn’t reveal the beauty behind her name. Let me show you how she put a move on me!

With a bellicose beat in my heart, upon arrival at the Alfonso Bonilla Aragon Airport in Cali. I immediately thought this is not what I chronicled in my mind prior to landing. To my surprise, I was welcomed with such a calm spirit; a honey covered accent revealing the friendly atmosphere. As I proceeded to my destination, the car engaging with the wind revealed all the exposed aromas in the streets of Cali. I can still hear those seductive sounds of Salsa decorating the streets of the city; a trance screaming in your ear for a dance partner. Cali is considered by many as the Salsa capital of the world, a place where starving feet are fed with exotic sounds of Afrobeats leaving you hungry for more. With that said, One area where this rhythmic joy is found is on a street called, La Sexta (Sixth Avenue). Plush with many nightclubs, it has an overabundance of selections of Salsa spots catering to both Salsa lovers and amateurs.

 Guide Alert: Best Salsa Night Clubs in Cali

Tropical Cocktails Bar: Address: Avenida 9N # 10 – 65, Cali

Phone: (57 2) 6677348 Web: www.tropicalcocktails.com.co

Chango Club Cali: Address: Km 3 Via Cavasa (Juanchito)  

Phone: (57 2) 662 9701 www.chango.com.co

Kukamakara:Address: Calle 28N No 2bis-97 Phone: (57 2) 653 5389 http://www.kukaramakara.com

Cali is a city that will leave you breathless because of its pleasurable experiences for all wonderlusters. Not only because of its nocturnal nature, but it also has a countryside of magnificent views.  Many “Calenos” retreat on the weekend to “La Finca,” (meaning Ranch in Spanish), a more serene side of Cali. One of my favorite highlights of my trip in route to the boonies was the picturesque slideshow of Mother Nature. She was a random dance of many hues: green, brown, and blue wrapping the hills of Cali. Your list will not be complete without taking a trip to these beautiful rolling lush acreages.

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The City of Cartagena lies just on the Northern Coast of Colombia. The City of the Indies is the 5th largest City in Colombia. Besides its geographical features, it is an area which attracts many visitors. While visiting this marvelous city, I was introduced to its diverse gastronomy- a culture shock to my expectation of typical Colombian food. Cartagena delighted me with its alluring flavors wrapped with a local touch and mantled with a global taste. Below is an emblematic list of my cherished restaurants in Cartagena.

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Guide Alert: Favorite Restaurants in Cartagena

Primo Amore (Pizza) https://www.facebook.com/primoamorelapizzeria#_=_

El Boliche Cebicheria (Ceviche) http://ticartagena.com/en/things-to-do/restaurants/scintillating-ceviche-at-el-boliche-cebicheria/

La Cocina de socorro (Colombian) Address: 38, Cra. 8b #24, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia Phone:+57 5 6602044 https://www.facebook.com/pages/La-Cocina-de-Socorro/165549770166789

This is simply a written rampage of my favorite places in Colombia. I’m sure there are many more but, I’m leaving it up to you to extend the list, developing a tourist dialogue about Colombia. Forgo any return policy and join me on this literal expedition to Cali.

 Have you been to Colombia? If so, please share your favorite places below as well as travel tips.