Hey, I’m Farah! And the first thing you need to know about me is that I’m obsessed with exploring the world, traversing unforgettable landscapes, and experiencing food from all over the globe—through other people’s Instagram stories.
I like to take no days off from sitting on my couch with the air-conditioner on high and sightseeing anywhere from the coasts of Vietnam to the island of Capri, mostly through the IG account of my friend Hannah who got a lot of money when her grandpa died and has a lovely boyfriend, Mark.
I highly recommend the penne pomodoro at Mercato Centrale in Florence. It’s incredibly authentic. You can really sense the unique depth of flavor through the pic. Don’t cheat yourself—get the tiramisu. They bring it out on a chocolate-lined plate! Seriously, it looked so good, I ordered some for myself via Seamless.
You simply cannot miss the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the largest arts festival in the world, and a fantastic way to catch up-and-coming artists showcasing their work in the U.K. I know this because two people I met while doing an open mike in 2012 are there right now and keep posting about it.
If you’re travelling with children, you’re going to want to check out Melbourne, Australia. Extremely family-friendly. Marcia’s kids were blown away by the Scienceworks museum. I didn’t feel like I really needed to see every exhibit, but she posted them all and I have a deadline I’m avoiding.
Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland, should be added to your bucket list immediately. The active volcano is unlike anything I have ever encountered. I got an especially detailed view, because Sean and his girlfriend are going through a rough patch, so he posted a lot of closeups of the lava. Usually, he includes his girlfriend in every photo and you can’t see the nature that well. I hope they don’t break up.
I recently had the privilege of spending two weeks in Seville through watching Jayne’s story. The culture was exquisite. The classic façades are juxtaposed with the modern architecture in a truly spectacular way, and there are beautiful secret courtyards to be found around every corner. I feel like I learned a lot about myself on this trip.
Feel free to skip Melissa Solomon’s stories. She was a bitch back in high school and nothing has changed. The trips she goes on are really underwhelming. Last week, she was in Maine. . . .
If you enjoy venturing off the beaten path, may I suggest giving Drew a follow? I went to the urgent-care center on my block and got a yellow-fever shot before the long weekend I spent intently following his trip to Ecuador. You can never be too safe. Ecuador has always been a dream destination for me, and Ben & Jerry’s just released a new core flavor.
When it comes down to it, don’t underestimate the amazing adventures right at your fingertips, thanks to modern technology. I always yearned for a life of travel without having to walk too much or at all. I want incredible experiences without spending one minute in an airport. I absolutely live for breathtaking views on a screen. I think it’s fair to say that travel is my life and my life is sad.