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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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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NYC Birthday Steak!

Club A Steakhouse

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-Ohhh

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!

Make sure to keep an eye on Instagram & Twitter (@glamtrekker)  for updates!

In the meantime -Anyone have suggestions for cute laptop bags? Let me know!

Much love,

Nicole

Best Croutons (& Pizza) Ever

Cheese Pizza, John's Pizzeria Bleeker Street

Cheese Pizza, John’s Pizzeria Bleeker Street

Hello my lovelies! I just had to share my trick for the best croutons ever. A few days ago I went to John’s Pizzeria on Bleeker Street, my personal favorite pizzeria in Manhattan. They also have a 2nd place off of Times Square that fills up 3 stories of a refurbished old church. Both have fabulous pizza, but I love the feel of the eclectic cobblestone Bleeker Street place. Luckily we had 1 slice leftover, which inspired this post!

The goal of this blog is definitely not cooking, but I do enjoy cooking in my free time and I noticed that there aren’t many posts about how to use leftover pizza as croutons. Whaaaaaat?! This is my absolute favorite way to use leftover pizza. It will take a plain salad from 0 to 100.

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Best 5-Star Travel Backpacks

Side view of the Tortuga Travel Backpack

Side view of the Tortuga Travel Backpack

Chances are if you’re an experienced traveler you already own a great travel backpack. For those of you planning or about to embark on your adventure – this is for you.

When I first decided to quit my job to travel I knew the first step towards my goal was to start saving money. This left me with an incredible amount of free time – no more big bar tabs, no more fancy dinners, no more Sephora shopping sprees. I figured I should use all of this new-found free time to research my upcoming adventure.

Buying a travel backpack wasn’t something that had even crossed my mind. “I’ll just use my big suitcase with wheels,” I thought to myself. That notion changed very quickly. After reading travel blog after travel blog I realized that I didn’t think this suitcase thing through at all.

Check it – you have cobblestone streets, foreign airports, and never-ending dirty staircases- and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. my rolling monster-of-a-suitcase isn’t going to cut it.

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If You Write It, They Will Come

Note-Taking Blog Post

Over the past few weeks I’ve discovered that anyone can become a workaholic when you love what you’re doing.

Researching this blog and travel adventure has given me life again. I find myself in an almost OCD-like frenzy plugging away on my keyboard at all hours, and I like it. No, I love it. I’m excited. I’m excited for the research, I’m excited for the blogging, I’m excited for the travel. I’m excited for it all.

In this whirlwind of a week I discovered that I’ve created 7 lists on OneDrive. Suddenly it dawned on me that these lists could easily be turned into blog posts; everything from budget lists, to trip plans, to types of backpacks. That is one of the points of a blog, right? To compile all the information for the readers, so they don’t have to do it themselves? Yaas!

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My 1st 2nd Step

image1(1)The reason I called this post the 1st 2nd step is simple. The first step is deciding to make the career change. The 2nd step (but the first physical step) is putting things in motion. In this case, research!

I made a promise to myself that I will spend the next year of my life planning the start of my new career. A year might seem like a long time, and it is. All good things take time, and planning a huge career change requires start-up money and a solid plan. If it takes me the whole year that’s fine, if it doesn’t and I get to my goal early, then I’ll happily depart abroad ahead of schedule.

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