Hi dolls! I just wanted to take a hot minute to thank you all for your continued support and give you a little update. I’ve been a busy little worker bee, setting up some really exciting lux US experiences to share with all you in the upcoming weeks.
-Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Most people who have known me since college or earlier were shocked to find out that I travel the world alone. Having suffered through years of severe anxiety, I was the last person anyone would think of when they heard the term “solo-traveler.”
Travel became a type of immersion therapy, which basically means I put myself in anxiety-inducing situations. Armed with my 5 tips for traveling with anxiety, I was able free myself of the crippling fear that was preventing me from creating a life of travel that I love. Now you can too!
Picking one hotel to suit all of your needs in a sea of (sometimes) hundreds can seem like a daunting task to even the most experienced traveler. Whether you’re traveling domestically or abroad, ensuring your stay will be comfortable is an understanding concern. Here are 5 Hotel Tips From An Ex-Hotel Worker, so you’ll never have to feel like you’re drowning in hotel hell again.
Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve had just opened in Dorado, Puerto Rico and I couldn’t get there fast enough. After working in 5-Star hotels for 6 years, I became accustomed to the finer things in life, and the bar I set was high. This glitzy and glamorous sanctuary on the Atlantic Ocean was more heavenly than I ever could have imagined. Allow me to take you through my dreamy Puerto Rican vacation that went off without a hitch!
I’m sure you all are all too familiar with hair and makeup woes while on vacation in the tropics. Are you tired of your face melting off of your face? Sick of post-swim raccoon eyes? Check out this must-have list of 10 beauty products you can’t travel without.
Men have it so much easier sometimes. Right, ladies? The only thing I can remember any of my ex-boyfriends worrying about is how fast they could get off the plane to grab some decent food. Meanwhile, I’m trying to fix that sad flat spot on the back of my head, my creased concealer, my dry lips, dry skin – all-dry-everything.
After years of research, successes, and failures, I’ve compiled a list of the 10 best beauty products you can’t travel without, and they haven’t let me down since. Best of all, they all can come with you in your purse or carry-on!
Whether you’re moving to a different state or a different country, moving is stressful – really stressful. Being a bit of a gypsy, I’ve moved more times than my age in years. Over 38 moves, I’ve gotten this down to a science and I’d love to pass on my tips to you. After all, practice makes perfect amiright?
It’s quite clear that I’ve bitten off more than I can chew with my new-found travel blogger life merging with my day job. With that said, I’m excited to announce that I will finally be quitting my hotel job to become a full-time travel blogger!
My new adventure will include both International destinations and a full U.S. road trip. I also have a few new projects in the works to debut over the course of 2017 including consulting services, a travel store, and more!
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P.S. If you’re struggling with time management, make sure to check out my last post here!
Working at hotels has given me a unique view into people’s lives. I’ve heard travel horror stories from dozens of people – everything from simple lost luggage to your hotel neighbor being a human trafficker. Travel itself isn’t dangerous, but life, in general, can be . You always need to play it safe. Just like you wouldn’t get into a strangers’ car at home, you probably shouldn’t do it in Panama either.
Travel can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. My first solo trip was a 4-night stay at a 5-star hotel that totaled around $4,000 by the time I checked out. Flash forward to my 2016 trip to Costa Rica, which topped off around $1200 for 4-nights at a 5-star hotel. HUGE difference!
Whether you want to bask in the sun, surf the Pacific, hike a volcano, or zipline through a dense jungle – Costa Rica has something for everyone. Nestled between Nicaragua and Panama in Central America, lies the beautiful and welcoming country of Costa Rica.
On top of the wide array of adventure (and relaxing) activities available, this country could not be easier to travel to. If you’re American, then you’re in luck – I didn’t have to exchange a dime of my US currency!