5 Tips For Traveling With Anxiety

“If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough.”
-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!

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5 Hotel Tips From An Ex-Hotel Worker

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.

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10 Beauty Products You Can’t Travel Without

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!

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Announcement: I’m Movin’ On Up!

Announcement: I'm Movin' On Up!

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!

Make sure to subscribe to my e-mail updates on the right so you don’t miss a thing!

P.S. If you’re struggling with time management, make sure to check out my last post here!

Learn From Me: Airport Transfers

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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.

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Costa Rica Is For Everyone!

Costa Rica For Everyone

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!
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Blogger Update: Plan To Change Your Plan

Plan To Change Your Plan

As a natural-born planner, the hardest thing for me to do is veer off course of a well thought out plan. But guess what? Life happens! Things are always going to come up that you didn’t plan for. A lot of unnecessary anxiety can be completely bypassed by going in the with right mindset. Plan to change your plans!

Working my way into the blogosphere has been uphill climb (I still have a LONG way to go), and the plan I have now is completely different from what I started with. When I jumped into this world head-first I never imagined, nor could have imagined, the roadblocks I would hit.

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The Struggle Is Real: Traveler’s Guilt

GLAMTREKKER Costa Rica PoolWhether you travel to vacation, write about it or photograph it, you may experience some form of traveler’s guilt some day. This can rear its ugly head in many ways – from worrying about work, to feeling like you should have brought the kids, or in my case, feeling like I should be adventuring instead of relaxing. (Hey! Even travel bloggers need some R&R sometimes!) Here are a few helpful tips to tame that rambunctious guilty voice in your head.

First off, lighten up lady (or gent)! Sorry to break it to you, but you’re not that important. I know it’s hard to swallow, but you’re not. The world will indeed go on while you relax on the beach sipping piña coladas in Mexico. You’ll be amazed at how self-sufficient people can be when their crutch (you) isn’t available to answer all the questions. Whether it’s your assistant, your boss, or your babysitter – they’ll figure it out. Plus, who wants to pay for those international phone calls anyway? If it a real emergency they’ll find a way to contact you, so relax!

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Stop Being Photo-Shy & Let Your Freak Flag Fly!

The first time I used a selfie stick was at Grand Canyon, Arizona.

The first time I used a selfie stick was at Grand Canyon, Arizona.

For some people taking recreational photos and selfies isn’t a difficult thing – just point and shoot, right? When I first embarked on my Instagram and blogging adventure it never occurred to me that I might feel awkward taking pictures.

When you start taking photos for a purpose, and not just for fun, you realize that sometimes you need to do some pretty weird things to get the best shot. Keep in mind that your picture is competing against millions of others for likes and comments, so it has to be great!

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