Checking In: Eden Roc Miami Beach Hotel

Eden Roc Miami Beach Hotel Featured Photo
A few weeks ago I made my last trip of 2017 by trading one beach community for another. I packed my bags and jet-set from the cliff-lined coast of Southern California for the white sandy beach Eden Roc Miami Beach Hotel. This trip was particularly fantastic because I was with my best friend of God knows how many years. Traveling with friends is amazing, but I digress. The hotel itself is located on Miami Beach which is about a 20-minute ride to the airport. Cabs will cost you a flat fee of Read more [...]

Top 5 Airbnb Experiences in 2018

Experiences. If you've followed my travels for any amount of time, it is no secret that I am a lover of two things; Airbnb & travel experiences. I once met a woman who told me her favorite part of travel was never leaving her hotel. Sure, sometimes this can be a much-needed break but I find going out and living, experiencing life when you travel is the good stuff. While traditional hotels are a nice break, there's nothing I enjoy more when I travel then living like a local. Earlier this month Read more [...]

Best Places to Travel in January

best places to travel in January
Travel in January. Yes, January. Now January is not typically a month where anyone jumps for joy at the idea of traveling but let's face the facts here; the holidays are exhausting. Our New Year resolution of losing weight hasn't had a chance to come to fruition just yet, the temperatures are colder than we would like, and we tend to be in a state of grumpiness. So here's one easy New Year's resolution: book a trip somewhere uplifting. It can change your life or just change your mood; the choice Read more [...]

6 Ways To Make The Most Of This Thanksgiving

6 ways to make the most of this thanksgiving
What began as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and the preceding year, Thanksgiving has taken a bit of a new direction over the years. Thanksgiving has become commercialized, like most holidays inevitably end up becoming, we all eat far too much (guilty as charged right here), and at some point, football gets added into the equation. Is there anything wrong with this? Not at all! For some families, they put their spin on Thanksgiving entirely. There isn't a Thanksgiving Read more [...]

Going Home Again

How to go home again
So, did you miss me? I know, I went missing there for a bit. But it is not without good reason; promise. You see I just wrapped up a move back "home." Not any move but an 8,000+ mile move to home. Over the past few weeks, I've been thinking a lot about this word home and how its meaning has changed. It's more of a relative term now than anything else. It has me in a constant state of wonder as to whether or not anyone else ever feels this way. This morning I sat outside on our deck, wrapped up Read more [...]

My Day in Siena | What to see when you only have a few hours

The walls of Siena Italy
"Cor Magis Tibi Sena Pandit." Siena opens her heart out to you much wider than this door! This inscription, located on the front of Porta Camollia; the Northernmost section of The Sienese Gates, is the epitome of what you will feel as you meander down the streets of the city. Now I'll be honest with you; I didn't want to make this trip. I say this not because I had anything against going, but I didn't have any burning desire to leave Florence just yet; even for a day. If you find yourself feeling Read more [...]

Inspirational Travel Quotes to Get Your Bags Packed & Seeing the World

Inspirational travel quote
Travel. Most people love the idea of doing it; they even go so far as to look into doing it. But then something stops us. Sometimes it's fear, life, money or a combination of all three things. Chances are if you're reading this post you are either naturally curious about what it says or are needing a little inspiration into the direction of travel. I empathize with your situation if you fall into the latter of those two statements. Speaking from personal experience, and once the queen of "I'll get Read more [...]

Motivation To Help You Chase Your Dreams

Someone innocently asked me the other day "why a blog and why now?" I replied, "why not?" Based off of their reaction it was obvious they were expecting a long, drawn-out answer; expecting me to say I woke up one day having experienced a great epiphany. Sorry, it's not that exciting. The truth is this was something that I had always wanted to do. This wasn't a new idea for me. It's been rattling around in my brain for some time now. Almost a decade to be exact. I finally reached a point in my life Read more [...]

I left my heart in Amman

In 2015, just two months after a move from Southern California to Bahrain, I took my first off-island trip. This trip took me to the magical Kingdom of Jordan. The country, its people, history, and topography are a site to be seen. The religious significance of Jordan and its geographic location are reasons enough to visit there in their rights. Jordan sits at the crossroads of Asia, Africa, and Europe. It shares borders with Saudi Arabia to the east and south; Iraq to the north-east; Syria to Read more [...]

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Adjust; verb; to change (something) so that it fits, corresponds, or conforms; adapt; accommodate. I've been thinking a lot about adjustments the last few weeks and the multitude of things that we all adjust to, no matter where life happens to take us. How long our commute to work is, where we live, how far away we are from family, the passing of an election year. These are all things that many people will adjust to depending on their circumstances.  So if we all spend a good chunk of our time Read more [...]