About Marika Devan

A few years ago, I was diagnosed with a degenerative neurological disorder called Ataxia and since then, I have made it my goal to live every day like it’s my last. I don’t know what the future holds, but what I do know is that I will go into it with no regrets. So join me on my adventures around the world as I trip and fall from one country to the next.

Beer Spa: What It’s Really Like Soaking in a Bath Tub Full of Beer

Have you ever had a recurring dream as a kid where you imagined yourself soaking in a pool of pudding? or jello? or some sort of yummy food you enjoyed? For me, it was Hot Cheetos. I was a weird kid. Unfortunately, I never got to live out that dream (or maybe, fortunately). Little [...]

Beer Spa: What It’s Really Like Soaking in a Bath Tub Full of Beer2019-02-04T15:21:33-07:00

Christmas in Seattle: The Ultimate Holiday Guide

I absolutely love Christmas! My favorite part about the holiday is learning and experiencing how it's celebrated all over the world, even here in the US. Exploring Seattle and its many festive happenings made it clear, this city loves Christmas. Home to the worlds biggest light maze, a parade featuring falling snow, a gingerbread [...]

Christmas in Seattle: The Ultimate Holiday Guide2018-12-28T22:37:24-07:00

A Beginner’s Guide to Staying in a Hostel for the First Time

The first time I stayed in a hostel, I was 22 and on my first solo trip to Ireland. I didn't know what to expect, all I knew was that I would be sleeping in a room with several other people. I had an image of the place in my mind as being a [...]

A Beginner’s Guide to Staying in a Hostel for the First Time2019-06-28T21:51:41-07:00

The 2018 Gift Guide for the Unorganized Traveler

When I first started traveling my lack of organization was something I realized needed a lot of work. I could never seem to keep track of my belongings. I would spend ages frantically searching in my bag for something, only to realize I lost it, forgot it or I would eventually find it after [...]

The 2018 Gift Guide for the Unorganized Traveler2019-06-28T10:43:39-07:00

15 Mouthwatering Snacks to Try in New York City

Every time I visit New York, I tend to spend most of my time eating. It’s hard not to when the city has a reputation for being one of the major food capitals of the world.  With such a diverse population, there are restaurants opening up constantly that serve food from all corners of [...]

15 Mouthwatering Snacks to Try in New York City2019-06-28T10:28:25-07:00

The Ultimate 2018 Ataxia Gift Guide

As someone with Ataxia, finding items for me to use on a daily basis can be hard. I have compiled this list of items to help those who have Ataxia or who have someone with Ataxia in their life find the perfect gift this holiday season. Whether you need help in the kitchen, a [...]

The Ultimate 2018 Ataxia Gift Guide2019-06-28T10:37:18-07:00

Exploring Baku with TES Tours

Baku, What can I possibly say about Azerbaijan's capital? Well first off, there is a lot more to see on the outskirts than in the actual city itself. Second of all, there is a carpet museum shaped like a rolled up carpet (the coolest photo op ever!). Lastly, Baku is modern, like, Dubai level modern. [...]

Exploring Baku with TES Tours2018-11-30T23:16:12-07:00

Halloween Traditions: How the World Celebrates Halloween

Goblins and Ghouls and Witches oh my! It's that time of year when the ghosts of our past ancestors come back and people of all ages partake in spooky festivities and traditions all over the world. Since it's so close to Halloween, I thought I would talk about how the holiday is celebrated around the [...]

Halloween Traditions: How the World Celebrates Halloween2018-11-26T16:48:21-07:00

What’s It Like Traveling With a Hidden Disability

When I tell people what it's like having a hidden disability, I simply say, It's like I am in a bubble that no one else can see. I am the only one who knows what happens inside that bubble. Everyone outside is completely oblivious. My symptoms inside the bubble are clearly visible to myself, but [...]

What’s It Like Traveling With a Hidden Disability2019-02-04T15:22:08-07:00