How to Craft the Perfect Application to Win Travel Competitions: Step-By-Step Example

I’m Gabby Beckford the travel blogger and owner of Packs Light. While in college I was awarded more than $70,000 in financial aid, including travel grants and scholarships that helped me study abroad in Dubai, UAE, one of the most expensive cities in the world, completely paid for. Now 2 CONTINUE READING

Packs Light Travel Opps Listing: Seek Risk, Seize Opportunity, See the World! (Last Updated: December 2019)

A huge thread of amazing travel opportunities in all fields, for young people! Science, international relations, education, study abroad, and more. The average application age range is 16 to 30. As a kid, I used to spend hours looking for loose change on my dad's office floor. I CONTINUE READING

7 U.S. Virgin Islands Facts You’ve Never Heard Before

The U.S. Virgin Islands are a gorgeous territory that of the United States located only 1,104 miles and about a 3-hour flight from Miami. It's constituents of St. Thomas, St. John, St. Croix, and Water Island are popular tourist destinations because of their beautiful climate, stunning beaches, and Western infrastructure CONTINUE READING

Curl Fest: The Festival of Big Hair, Brands, and Black Girl Magic (CurlFest NY 2019 Review)

This year I was invited to attend Curl Fest NYC as media and see for myself what this curly conference had to offer. I listened to speakers, danced in the concerts, stuffed my bag with as many freebies as humanly possible, and most importantly was surrounded by other beautiful, black, CONTINUE READING

Have Friends All Over the World But Very Small Birthday Parties? I Feel You.

Group chat that has a minimum of 50 new messages at all times. An assumed invite to every dinner date, movie, mall-trip, and hangout session. Being intuitively associated with 8 other people when one of your names are said aloud. You and your friends receiving, “Hey, where’s (insert one of CONTINUE READING

How to Get a Last-Minute Bump to A Better Seat on Your Next Flight (Do NOT Ask the Flight Attendant!)

As an avid traveler and travel blogger, I am always in the air. This year alone I've been on 22 flights—2 international, the rest domestic. Out of those 22 flights, I was upgraded on 7. That's almost 1/3! Not bad. Extended leg room, window seats, empty rows to myself, exit CONTINUE READING

An Expat’s Dubai Dress Code: What Can Women Wear in Dubai in 2019?

Dubai, UAE is one of the most spectacular, awe-inspiring, and modern cities in the world. But despite being the modern international hub that as it is, Dubai is still a majority-Muslim country, and the culture still reflects that. One of the most common questions I had even before I moved here CONTINUE READING

How to Reach the Social Media Generation—Tips from an ACTUAL Gen Z!

If you clicked on this article you're aware of the emerging market of Generation Z and you're seeking more information on us. The Piper Jaffray report estimates Gen Z (born between 1995-2010) contributes about $830 billion to U.S. retail sales each year, making this group an important one for brands CONTINUE READING