December Diaries: Part 1 in Toronto

December 2016 itinerary: Toronto > Ottawa > NYC > Ottawa > Toronto > Karachi > Toronto > Ottawa > Toronto December Diaries is a series of craziness put together by yours truly to reach the full potential of 2016. It is also a 21st birthday gift to myself where I planned to be in places…

How my absent immigrant father raised 3 feminists

It is not uncommon for immigrant families to have broken homes because a parent educated in a different part of the world is deemed unqualified to work in Canada. A child’s identity is not only divided between culture, religion, and language but also between their caretakers. I’m not sure what I’m writing is considered daddy…

The Best (Job) I’ve Ever Had

Now that you’ve acknowledged my Drake pun, let’s move on. With McDonald’s as my first job, I looked at the customer service industry with pity and a promise to never go back. But this summer changed everything. I cannot be more grateful for the experiences I’ve had and the people I’ve met through my summer…

No “Could’ve Eaten That” Regret Here

Food is pretty much reason #1 I travel. These are some of the spots we hit up to try some traditional French cuisine. Key word: tried. Montreal Poutine // 181 Rue Saint-Paul E // Montreal What I ate: The Classic Cheese and Gravy Poutine on a rainy patio What I thought: If Trump and Putin…

Skipping Leg Day: Zahra Treks Tobermory

After establishing that the combination of Zahra and nature is like a pair of socks and sandals from our Hamilton trip last week, I found myself in yet another commitment for an intense adventure up North to Tobermory. We drove 4 hours north of Toronto to the Bruce Peninsula National Park on the shore of…

Doin’ It For The ‘Gram: Exploring Hamilton’s Waterfalls

With hectic flights and changing time zones, I forgot that Zahra Travels started off as an incentive for cheap and local adventure. While Hamilton isn’t across the street, it’s a lot less commercial compared to Niagra Falls and closer than the Iguazu at the Brazilian border. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m as “city” a girl…

My postcard mouth always wishes you were here

Recently someone told me that they dedicated their entire Friday night to Zahra Travels because of my biggest fan, who happens to be my beautiful sister, lamely shares everything I publish, ever. Mind you, this ‘someone’ and I are not even mutuals on Facebook but I was so honored by the words she chose to…

Cheating on Toronto: Zahra Takes Ottawa

I’ve been in a long term relationship and I love my partner, but sometimes I just need some alone time to recoup. I’m not cheating, but I never believed in monogamy in the first place. I came to Ottawa with the expectation of three buildings: one being Parliament Hill the others the two universities in…

The American Nightmare in Houston, TX

*Note: I do not hate America or Americans. This is an opinion piece and based solely on my personal experiences. As travel avid as I am, I’ve never been a fan of the U.S. With all the Vegas glamor, the Hollywood glitz, and the Southern hospitality, it somehow never appealed to me. Alright, maybe I’m…

“See You Later”: A Short Love Story

I want to tell you a story. If you don’t want to believe it, don’t, but as much as it pains me to write it, it awes me every time to have this beautiful person happen to me. I felt like I was in a movie or maybe it was a cruel prank by faith….