Articles by Cassie Drake


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Fading Bloodlines Expedition to Myanmar

Last year I became involved in a project that fascinated me from the moment I heard about it. I was told there was an ancient form of art performed in the country of Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) for centuries that was about to go extinct. The artistic medium? The tattoed faces of the women in…

Merida Mexico Hacienda Yaxcopoil Yucatan | Architect Abroad
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Mexican Hacienda Yaxcopoil

If there is one thing I always try to seek out, it’s unique travel experiences that are specific to that region. While researching for my trip through the Yucatan Peninsula, I became obsessed with the idea of staying at a Mexican Hacienda – essentially an estate (typically that had once been a plantation in its heyday) that…

How to Have a Girls' Workation Weekend | Architect Abroad
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How to Have a Girls’ Workation Weekend

  When you just need to get away from it all, but don’t have the time for travel days. When you want to bounce ideas off someone who just gets it. When you could really use some girl time.   What do you do when you find yourself needing all the above? You book a…

Visit Valladolid Yucatan Mexio - Coqui Coqui Boutique Hotel | an Architect Abroad
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Visit Valladolid, Mexico

The first time I visited Valladolid, Mexico, was just to pass through. Only a few minutes of driving along some side streets was enough to make us vow to come back. I tacked on a couple days to the end of our Yucatan road trip to explore the cute colonial city further. I won’t lie,…

Pretty in Pink Hotel Mexico | Rosas & Xocolate Merida | an Architect Abroad
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Pretty in Pink | Merida, Mexico

If there is a pink wall I will find it. So when an entirely pink hotel pops up in my Mexican trip planning search, I was sold. The Rosas & Xocolate Hotel in Merida, Mexico was enough of a destination to turn my originally-planned all-beach vacation into a road trip just to make a pitstop at…

Post-Travel Depression Cassie Drake | Architect Abroad
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Post-travel depression

I had just moved back home after living abroad for the past three years in Europe, on a tiny little island in the middle of the Mediterranean, in which I used as a home-base for travelling. I’d go on a trip a month, a novelty that never wore off coming from Canada (where we could…

Playa Popoyo Nicaragua 99 Surf Lodge | Architect Abroad
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Surfing in Nicaragua at 99 Surf Lodge

Situated along Nicaragua’s Emerald Coast, Popoyo beach is tucked between two cliff outcroppings and is slowly emerging as the country’s next surf destination. Due to its remote location and lack of accessibility via public transportation, it is still largely undeveloped. Amongst some of the newer accommodation options popping up is 99 Surf Lodge, a sleek and minimalistic beachfront…

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Guide to Granada Nicaragua

Perched between the dormant Mombacho volcano and the fresh waters of Lake Nicaragua, the city of Granada is rich in colonial heritage, colourful architecture, great restaurants and bars and due to it being a relatively new travel destination, it will also have you feeling as if you stepped back in time. To begin our adventure we…

| Red Dress | Rent the Runway
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The Top of the Rock NYC

Although I had been up to the Top of the Rock in NYC before, it never disappoints. The 360 degree view over Manhatten is unbeatable, especially with the Chrysler building front and centre. This time around, I pre-purchased tickets for the opening time slot in an effort to beat the crowds, and we had a…

The Ultimate Girl's Christmas Gift Guide | What She Really Wants for Christmas
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What I Actually Want for Christmas

Throughout the entire year, I consistently build up a wish list of things I stumble across and fall in love with, leading me to have a full-fledged Christmas gift list nearing the end of the year. I then filter that list down to a curated Christmas catalogue that I share with family and friends. I am…

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