Travel 101

So, I found some inspiration from a Reddit post I saw a short while ago.  This couple from the UK was planning on traveling to the US, specifically San Francisco, Yosemite, and Los Angles, not to mention going to multiple places such as Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge on a budget of 1500 pounds!

They want to travel and do a lot of things while on the West coast and were looking for advice on planning and asked if their budget was enough. So, they took to a forum for answers and for the most part received very helpful feedback and advice on their planning and research. Quite frankly, only having a budget of 1500 pounds for roundtrip airfare for two, plus multiple destinations and excursions, is a vast underestimate of the total cost they'd actually need for the whole trip!

It got me thinking about how for some people who are brand new to traveling they may not know where to start. Or how to budget for a trip with multiple destinations and excursions. So, I decided to take to my…

Do Your Research!

If there's anything I've learned in all my time in college, and even now as a graduate student, I learned that you HAVE TO DO YOUR RESEARCH! However, this doesn't only apply to college students, it applies to everyone and in every aspect of their daily lives.

Why Do I Have To Do Research? Whether you are writing a paper in college, looking for a good daycare for your child, or planning on traveling, it is important that you put in the work it takes to find the best quality information on what you're looking for.

Especially if you're traveling, whether you're staying within your city, state, or country, you need to do research so you're not only prepared financially or on what activities you'll do (although those are also very important and need to be researched), but so you're more aware and knowledgable on the climate, ethics, culture, and safety concerns that accompany your travel destination.

This was something that is going to vary based on where …

Why I got this Tattoo?

Why the Tattoo? Not only am I a traveler but I'm also an avid tattoo collector. I love getting tattoos and collecting a variety of different styles. I'm slowly working on building that collection.
But I digress. So, why did I get this tattoo? For a number of reasons actually. I know, I know, as an avid tattoo collector I got a very Pinterest type of tattoo. Although I'm proud to admit I took this idea from Pinterest, and I apologize to the original person who got it and everyone else out there who hates the typical Pinterest tattoo, but this tattoo has a lot of meaning to me.
It Reduces my Anxiety I love traveling, I love being on a plane, however I have so much anxiety when I'm in a plane!!! I'm always afraid something is going to happen on the plane, or something doesn't go according to the schedule, or we hit severe turbulence or "bad air". It gets so bad that it brings tears to my eyes and I start to low key cry in my seat before we even take off…

Planning on Traveling? Set your Goals!

So, you want to travel? That's great! You already took the first step in the process, and that was deciding whether you wanted to take that leap of faith and travel. It is such a lovely feeling when you've decided that you want to travel, and I hope you remember this feeling every time you want to travel or you encounter an obstacle.

I remember when I first wanted to travel to London. I remember how amazing it felt knowing that I had this ambition within me to travel beyond the borders of the USA! It took many years, but I finally learned how to set goals for myself and I gave myself time to achieve those goals. It was a process learning how to set goals and just understanding why I needed to set goals for myself.

Why It's Important To Set Goals What are goals exactly? states that a goal is "the result or achievement toward which effort is directed". In other words, a goal is something that you have to put effort into and work towards in order to s…

What's Stopping You?

The idea of traveling is a thrilling, breath taking experience. The experiences you'll earn, the memories you'll create, and the people you'll meet are enticing for anyone!

I know for my family when I was younger, it was always about the financial means to pay for the trips such as my study abroad program, or going to Jamaica to see my family, or even just going to another state. Traveling isn't always cheap and that prevented us from going to a lot of places when I was younger.
Learning what's stopping you from traveling is the first step in trying to overcome those obstacles. Without knowing, how can you work on what needs to be changed? How can you learn, grow, and travel if you're still facing the same challenges that haven't been changed? Identifying setbacks in your life will only lead to better goal setting and planning!

So What's Stopping You?In reality, there are so many factors that go into taking a trip. There are some serious things to consi…

Want to go somewhere...But not sure where??

You've seen movies, tv shows, even documentaries which feature different locations around the world. You've seen all the pictures on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms showcasing those beautiful, scenic locations from city streets to mountain tops.

But how do you choose where to go?

The choices are endless, and believe it, it's not easy to choose one when you have a plethora of options to pick from. However, some people know from the start where they want to go. It's not so easy for others.
10 Things To Consider When Choosing A Destination 1. What do you like to do in your spare time?
2. Do you want to explore your own location? Or heritage seeking?
3. Why are you traveling?
4. Are you traveling alone or with others such as your significant other, family, friends?
5. Do you like warm or cold weather? Weather that constantly changes?
6. Do you like to explore off the beaten path or stick to guided exploration?
7. Are you seeking a challenge …

The Wait was Finally Over!

I debated long and hard about when I wanted to do the study abroad program Did I want to do it my sophomore year? Did I want to wait until my junior year? Or even my senior year? After thinking it over, I decided it would be best to wait until I was a senior to do the program. Why? Because it would give me a chance to save money for the costs, to complete most of the required courses for my majors so I wouldn't be eligible for graduation, and to really determine the right study abroad program for me.

Choosing a program was tough. Not only did I have to see which program would fit my financial circumstances, but whether I had a high enough GPA, whether the university and courses offered in London were the equivalent to the courses I'd take here, and if the program was centered around a certain area of study or if it was general. There was so much to think about, and I spent the next 2 years of college doing my research, talking to my professors, and saving my money trying to ma…