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Solo Travel: 6 Lessons I’ve Learned

August 3, 2017

A little over 3 years ago I caught the solo travel bug and ventured to California for Coachella.  There was some initial fear leading up to the trip, however, it ended being eye-opening and truly one of the best experiences I’ve had in my life. Next week marks my 6th solo trip and to celebrate I’m sharing the lessons I’ve learned along the way. Lesson 1: You are the master of your destiny Solo travel is the ultimate indulgence.  It…

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No Carry On, No Problem: A Travel Hack for Budget Airlines

July 13, 2017

Even though you know 3 Ways to Travel like a Pro, sometimes ending up on a budget airline is inevitable.  With such cost-effective fare, you lose the luxuries other airlines provide unless you’re willing to pay a hefty fee. I recently flew Spirit and the cost to take a carry-on roundtrip was damn near close to another flight! To make matters worse, they had just reduced the size of their free personal item to “18 x 14 x 8 inches (45 x…

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3 Ways You Can Travel like a Pro

July 6, 2017

Many of us wish to travel but often don’t do so because of the many costs associated.  But what if I told you that you could take these trips by simply making these (3) slight adjustments to your current thought process & lifestyle. Let’s begin… 1. Be Flexible with your Dates & Destination If you asked me “Where to next?” I’d have no idea to be quite honest. Although I’ve shared a 365-day bucket list (here) earlier this year it solely…

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Adventures in Puerto Plata, D.R.

June 8, 2017

It feels so good to be back home after traveling the past few weeks!  As some of you may know every year I make it a point to escape the city and embrace the island life. This year, thanks to a deal my friend &  I discovered on Groupon brought us to Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic. Getting There Short flights are my favorite and this one was no different being just 2 hours away from Miami! Although Puerto Plata…

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Monkitail, where Japan meets Hollywood

May 5, 2017

The Diplomat Beach Resort has done it again! Last weekend I got to experience the grand opening of their latest restaurant Monkitail, a Japanese concept by celeb chef Michael Schulson. Growing up in South Florida I’ve got to see the resort continue to transform & reinvent itself.  The aesthetic and ambiance of the new lobby leading into the restaurant is definitely a wow-factor and makes you forget you’re dining at a resort. Their cocktails feature twists on classic cocktails along with…

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A 365-Day Bucket List

April 11, 2017
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Reunited and it feels so good! This past week I received my new passport book after sending it off almost a month ago. Needless to say, I will never procrastinate when it comes to renewing again (it expired in November). To spark some major travel goals I got the 52-page book so in order to fill it, I need to visit at least 2-3 countries a year for the next 10 years. To celebrate, here are 5 places off my…

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Applying for/Renewing a U.S. Passport

February 28, 2017
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 Between last year and now nearly 49 million peoples (including mine) passports will expire. With the recent travel ban, wall talk, and other crazy happenings having a valid passport is definitely a must!  As the last renewal process for most young adults was completed by our parent(s) here’s a quick guide for renewing your passport (yay adulting!) or applying for the first time. First Time Applicants/Minors 1) Fill out the DS-11 Form. Based on your travel needs determine whether you want…

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A Labor Daycation

August 31, 2016

Summer ’16 you’ve had an amazing run but with all good things must come to an end.  In reality, this means nothing to us in South Florida except being most people’s last 3-day weekend of the year; the rest of the world is trading back in their swimsuits & sandals for layers and coats with the season’s official wrap this Monday. From previous posts you all know I’m definitely not one to pass on taking the opportunity to travel; as normally with extended weekends (whether holiday or self-created) come Friday I would be on…

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A Weekend in Curaçao

July 2, 2016

What happens when you mix pre-birthday excitement, insomnia, your boyfriend being out of town and Google Flights? A spontaneously booked trip to Curaçao. Getting there was a mere 2.5 hour flight from Miami which was amazing as I love quick getaways! However as the plane prepared to land my initial reaction was like a scene out of Catfish. Where was the lush greenery and white sand beaches that you see in all the pictures?  A little discouraged yet still eager to explore…

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Summer Must-Haves

June 18, 2016

Being in Miami where it’s already been a mix of scorching hot days, torrential downpours, and humidity so thick you can slice it with a knife; leaves little excitement for the official first day of Summer this Monday. Kicking it off with my travel plans to Curaçao next weekend, here are 5 of my absolute must-haves!  #1 & 2 – Sunnies & Sandals Although these items are pretty obvious because you need to avoid the dreaded squinty eye while showing off your freshly pedicured piggies. Summer is a great time to experiment with funky colors &…

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