“Cuba Body” & Tips For Cheap Travel Fashion Essentials

Do you feel like you dress better when you travel or is that just me? For shorter trips, I plan my outfits to the T so I don’t over pack. For Cuba, I refused to pack pants because I hate them so much. Pants, especially in hotter climates, are torturous. As you guys know, I…

Zahra Time Travels in Cuba

As a child going through my parent’s black and white high school pictures, I assumed that’s how life was back in the day: colorless. Regardless of 10-year-old Zahra’s imagination being shattered when her mom told her she was an idiot for thinking so, reality finally settled in in Cuba. I never thought time travel would…

I Asked Toronto Out Again & She Sent Nudes

As I was scrolling through my pictures, I noticed I had a lot of travel companions, but someone I cared most about was missing: Toronto. Zahra Travels started with the anticipation of empowering others to “date their cities” because travel’s essence lies in experiencing something new, whether it’s across the world or the street. In…

Change is not good or bad, it’s simply needed

Lately, I’ve been struggling intensively with attempts to close several chapters in my life. It all feels a lot like a book you’re so physically invested in that you don’t want to turn the last page in fear of an unexpected ending. The brink of graduation has been the same. I can see it on…

8 Things That Are Actually Really Big in Texas

In the words of President Trump, they’re HUUUGE. Last week, I flew to Dallas to attend my cousin’s wedding. I’d been to Houston in 2015 and I hated it because it was really hot and I’m Canadian. Anyways, being 5’2” in a Dallas suburb left me conflicted on whether everything in the Lone Star State…

The Prettiest Airbnb I’ve Ever Stayed In

For a girl who’s often gotten lucky with stays in heavenly hotels, hip hostels, and hearty homestays, this Airbnb was by far the winner. Our one night stop in Saint Catharines, Ontario was a really small part of the travel schedule. It was a quick walk away from the bus stop and downtown Saint Catherine….

What a #MuslimBan Means to a Muslim Travel Blogger

I was originally going to post about my cool new haircut but this week has been quite shitty. Being denied entry into countries is nothing new as a Pakistani passport holder. After all, we do have the second least appreciated documents on the planet. Having the privilege to also be Canadian, I climbed up the…

An Open Letter to My Brother-in-law

  Hey bro, When we moved to Canada in 2005, our family reduced to 5 from 8. Then to 4, then 3 after Batool left for university, and now we’re just 2, thanks to you. It’s okay, I forgive you for taking what never cuddled back, even after 21 years of sharing a bed. There…

December Diaries Part 2: Rideshare Horror to Ottawa

The rideshare to Ottawa ripped me off by not having Wi-Fi in the van that they advertised on Kijiji. The dude driving was on his phone the entire time through the storm and didn’t even let me sleep! Me, on transit, not sleeping?? Impossible!! So I did what I had to, I fake cried. He…