Love Letters to Cities Every Brown Girl Dates

Traveling is like flirting with life. It’s like saying, “I would stay and love you, but I have to go; this is my station.” – Lisa St. Aubin de Teran I’ll admit it. I’m a bit promiscuous when it comes to dating cities. Spending the day with one and waking up with another has become a…

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…

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…

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…

Dating Your City: A New Version of Urban Medicine

In the phases I’m not traveling, I feel as if each new day competes with the last to further grow an uneasy feeling of routine on my skin. For a Sagittarius, the idea of a routine is synonymous with Toronto’s version of the Scarborough RT: gross. Judging by the amount of content produced and relationships…

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…

Getting High with Strangers

In attempts to be all artsy, some people say things like “the world is so big and we are too insignificant in comparison” when looking out at skylines and sea shores. We’ll get back to this reference later. Having never been on top of the CN Tower hiding under the claim that it was way…

Winter Reading Break 2016

Sometimes I think the TTC should just hire me as a spokesperson because I’m such an unapologetic advocate for the monthly metro pass. I do talk smack about the delays and crowding but I mean you only hurt the people you care about the most, right? Also, TTC, if you’re reading this, please don’t phase…

Relax, Toronto is Your Backup Valentine’s Day Bae

After years and years of thought and experimentation, I’ve circled back to my original conclusion that boys are gross and will always let you down. I’ve come to terms with no longer receiving the awkward ‘unknown but actually totally known’ roses on February 14ths from my high school years. Besides, I never really understood how…

Aeroplane Mode on a Subway: Finding Your Personal Space

Calling myself a writer at only this stage in my life seems a little narcissistic (which I definitely am), but I do like the idea of being a storyteller. With so many distractions, a word that has become instantaneously synonymous with life, it’s hard to pick out certain stories without having a time and place to…