• Abroad,  Travel Tips

    My Favorite Travel Pack

    A year ago I was in the market for a new travel backpack. You know, for those random European excursions and last-minute carry-on bag-only trips. With a tenancy to be neurotic, I had no problem spending my time researching… and researching… and researching for the perfect pack that would fit all my needs while remaining petite enough for my small frame to carry around without keeling over. When I say I spent time researching, I’m talking about two months reading reviews, asking questions, visiting stores, checking out materials, and beyond. I told you, neurotic. Thankfully, I am an online shopper, for the most part, so I am used to reading…

  • Travel Tips

    Am I Getting Old?

    I’m back! I know I’m a slacker, don’t hate me for it. In the past few months, a lot has been going on! I traveled from Laguna to Kauai to Seattle and back to Laguna. Planned a few very important parties, landed a new writing gig and saw a lot of amazing people. Now that we are entering into the Holidays, believe it or not, things slow down a bit. My poor neglected blog shall receive a little bit more attention.   Going from Kauai to Seattle was quite the culture shock, having opposite climates, and environments. The packing was tough. Although both locations were full of nature, lush greenery,…

  • Travel Tips

    How To Stay Fit While You Travel

    Visiting new places is exciting.  Adventures, making new friends, trying new cuisine, creating memories, exploring new cultures, I mean, what’s not to love?  Whether you are heading somewhere for the weekend or the month, it’s easy for your fitness and health routine to take to the sidelines.  Here’s my strategy for enjoying your time on vacation, while staying fit and feeling good. Opt for adventures rather than piña coladas… It’s always fun to imbibe on vacation, but instead of downing cocktails throughout the day, opt for whatever adventures are calling your name in your new surroundings.  Take the paddle board out; explore the local terrain with a nature hike; hit…

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    Americans Are Lazy

    Don’t get offended. I am including myself in that very bold (and probably controversial) statement. All you Californians are thinking, ‘What?! Lazy? I run 20 miles a day and work out 8 times a week I’m not lazy!” *Insert applause* Congratulations. ** Here is what I am talking about: I have not traveled as much as I would like ( that is changing rapidly), however my most recent Canadian trip taught me that we, Americans, prioritize differently. On my most recent trip, every Canadian I spoke to had traveled to a different continent, most often multiple times and still had plans to visit someplace new.  They made attending “University” a priority, traveling/studying abroad…

  • Local,  Travel Tips

    10 Things I Learned When I Moved To Los Angeles

      **Note: I am a full blown California Girl from it’s Northern counter part (think San Francisco) where hippies are still a thing and everybody wants to be your friend- aka dreamland** L.A. is its own world. It’s an environment full of perfectly altered individuals, streets filled with cars and the only “big city” where you have to call a cab instead of hailing one.  There is such thing as L.A. style, also known as being a “hipster” and having green juice or a nonfat soy latte that is perfectly drinkable at 140 degrees with no foam (because it’ll make you bloat) is perfectly normal.  It’s a place where all artists…

  • Travel Tips

    The Beauty Of Traveling

      You never know whom you will meet along the way as you venture through life; traveling is no exception to that. I am an introvert- I regain my energy (or charge my batteries) by spending time alone, away from others. Those closest to me know I enjoy the quiet and my alone time. I rarely open myself up to others until after knowing them for quite sometime and talking to a stranger would never happen. Until recently.   I’ve learned that my shyness and quietness comes off as cold and snobbish, although it is not intended to be that way, I am working on making it a point to…