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

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

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

7 Reasons Why You Should NOT Study Abroad in a Western Country

Let me preface this by saying I have nothing against Western countries—I'm a U.S. citizen and I am very aware of the privilege that gives me to travel, let alone to have preferences on where I want to go. However, I said what I said. I've never had a burning CONTINUE READING

Debunking 8 Common Travel Grant & Scholarship Myths (You CAN Win!)

I remember volunteering at my university's Scholarship Office booth during the annual Study Abroad Fair, and adamantly trying to convince people to apply for international grants scholarships. The keyword here being convince. The dominating thought in my mind was, why would anyone not want free money? And second of all, CONTINUE READING