Much like a non-f*ckboy or flawless bundles, travel buddies are hard to find! Howevs, when you find that person or group, there’s not greater feeling than conquering the world together. After bonding over a trip to Nairobi/Zanzibar just weeks apart from each other, I found a kindred wanderlust spirit with Corey and Tahirah. In terms of international travel, the goal of iSo14Below is to show readers how to get anywhere in the world for the low, explore their destination like a local, and look fly as f*ck doing it. These two fall into all of these categories.
After drooling over their IG pages on their latest voyage, that found them in Portugal, I knew Corey and Tahirah needed to bless ya’ll with a city guide!
Name/Social Name: Tahirah Hairston // @tahairy
Hometown: Detroit, MI
Fave Bar or Restaurant in NYC (for now):: Cafe Henrie in the LES for their dragon bowls. For drinks: Chilos in Bed Stuy for the frozen Rose.
Favorite Place to Travel in the World: So far… Santa Teresa, Costa Rica and Nairobi
Current Song Addiction: “Pussy Print,” Gucci Mane and Kanye
Name/Social Name: Corey Stokes @coreytstokes
Hometown: Flint, MI where they still need clean water. Obama, whats good?
Fave Bar or Restaurant in NYC: Pillow Cafe, shoutout to owners Robin and Biola!
Favorite Place to Travel in the World: Anywhere in Africa and London
Current Song Addiction: Chance the Rapper – Finish Line / Drown (mostly Noname because she slays her verse)
Castles: While we were in Sintra, we checked out the Pena Castles and photos don’t even do them justice. It’s a bit of work to get to the top and if you’re afraid of heights, keep it cute sis. The goal was to get there early to beat the crowds but, black, so no. Definitely a challenge to get a photo without a family in the background because apparently we were the only one in a 5-mile radius who had respect for the IG stunt photos. Tahirah had a moment towards the top, but we survived and hit it to the beach immediately….immediately (hey, Joanne!)
Adraga Beach: We spent two days in Sintra, this magical little town with castles, hills and beautiful beaches. It was where I fell in love with Drake’s album because riding through up and down the hills in an Uber with no traffic and the speakers blasting gives you a different experience. Agrada Beach is by far the most beautiful beach that I’ve ever been to, the only downside being that the water is freezing (but I promise you get used to it). The beach is small and full of caves and private beaches that you can climb to. It feels more private and secluded than the other larger beach we went to Guincho. You could also tell it was full of locals doing their normal weekend routine. There’s also this great little beach restaurant where you can order Rose for $11 per bottle, grab some wine glasses and a cooler and take it to the beach, as long as you bring back the glasses.
Partying: Honestly, the nightlife in Lisbon took me by surprise. It’s quite and cute during the day, but at night people get lit. I always take advice about nightlife in other places with a grain of salt because New York is so lit, and I’m usually a little disappointed. Well, Nairobi proved me wrong and so did Lisbon. The clubs in Lisbon close at 7 am, the drinks are cheap and the music is good.
We scammed our way to Lisbon with these super cheap flights (that also led to us to be stuck in Amsterdam for a few hours longer than we planned). We got our tickets for under $300 during the high season when tickets are normally $1500. The wine there was obviously pennies ($7 bottles of rose, bihhhh) due to the fact that it’s made like around the corner in Porto. I had a glass attached to my person like my name was Mariah Carey. Also, getting around in Lisbon and Sintra is easy and cheap with Uber. We even had a magical Uber driver with wi-fi and a Smeg mini fridge, he saved us twice.
Everything Off the Beaten Path
Docks: We ended up finding out about Docks from two different locals in Lisbon. I found out about from a girl in a bathroom line, and Corey found out about it from a friend’s cousin who lives there. It was by far my favorite club experience there. Docks played Afrobeats, dancehall, hip hop and R&B and there were so many fine-ass men and everybody dances.
Park: If you go to the 6th floor of this parking structure in Lisbon, you’ll find the hidden rooftop bar Park surrounded by greenery and wooden seats. It was the first place, the locals recommended that we go to. The music didn’t blow my mind, but the atmosphere was great. It’s a pre-game spot that the locals go to before heading out to the real club.
Cinco Lounge: It’s like a New York speakeasy with drinks that I can afford. It’s this chill little bar with a booklet full of drinks that you’ll need a flashlight to get through. When we went there was maybe 4 other people there, it felt very intimate and the drinks were super yummy.