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Gabby created Packs Light as an all-inclusive travel resource to empower young people to seek risk, seize opportunity, and see the world.
In January of 2020, I traveled with the ASEAN Youth Friendship Network (AYFN) to Seoul, South Korea on a funded travel opportunity. Sometimes these opps ask applicants to submit a video application and I've received multiple requests to share my successful video application. Below you'll find their video application guidelines CONTINUE READING
The Republic of Georgia may be a country you've never heard of before, but after these photos, I guarantee you will be Googling cheap flights to Tbilisi. You'll discover beautiful mountain landscapes, delicious wine from a culture that has been producing for more than 8,000 years, and interesting hints of CONTINUE READING
Personally, I travel to learn about and experience the world—not to obsess over my physique. But while you will never see me pass up a chicken alfredo or a mai tai, I also try to prevent binging unnecessarily while on vacation. Here are some simple, easy tips to not maintain CONTINUE READING
I’ve been in the “influencer” game since 2013, specifically in the travel niche. In no way am I an expert in influence (anyone who says they are is lying), but I’ve seen my fair share of the good and bad of this work. And inevitably, the ambition to build our CONTINUE READING
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
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
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
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