“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!
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.
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! Continue reading →
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.
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!
Last week I was lucky enough to dine at Club A Steakhouse to celebrate my brother’s birthday. This place just oozes class. Nestled in Midtown East, this steakhouse boasts sultry red hues, dark wood, and low lighting that pairs perfectly with live jazz music and big juicy steaks. They even printed special menus that said ‘Happy Birthday’ at the top for us!
I’ve been to a fair amount of top-rated steakhouses in the city, and this one is definitely towards the top of my favorites list so far. The steaks were cooked to a perfect medium-rare, all the side dishes were excellent (we tried them all), and they had a great choice of wines to boot!
I love that they top all of their steaks with little plastic cows stating the meat temperature too. It was nice not having to guess if everyone got the right steak (come on, you know you’re never really sure). Some people might think it’s tacky, but I thought it was a nice touch.
Nothing bums me out more than when you have a delicious steak with mediocre side dishes. Not a problem here – this place had the best of both worlds! You need to try their maple and lemon charred brussel sprouts – it’s non-negotiable. They are to die for! I could swear their mashed potatoes were laced with truffle oil too… So. Freaking. Good.
Hey dolls! I’m here! It’s been a crazy week, but I wanted to make sure to post before I head out towards my first natural wonder of the world today! I won’t have access to post for the next 4 days, but make sure to stand-by for all the deets and awesome photos when I return!
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In the meantime -Anyone have suggestions for cute laptop bags? Let me know!