My Decision to Make A Major Life Change - Part 1

My Decision to Make A Major Life Change - Part 1

Some people can make it seem like it’s so simple to make huge life changes. “I just woke up one day and quit my job!” And maybe it is that easy for some people. For most though, I would say that's there's a HUGE internal battle that wages. For me, it had been slowly building over the past seven years. The last year and a half was when I really figured out what I wanted to do with this insatiable need for travel and I came up with an exit plan. 

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Tips on How to Choose the Right Airbnb Rental

Tips on How to Choose the Right Airbnb Rental

When it comes to choosing the right Airbnb it can seem like it’s hit and miss with getting it right. It’s really not. It only takes a little bit of work to find the right place that works for you. Having used Airbnb for the majority of my 7 month trip that I’m currently on, I’ve picked up on a few things that have helped me avoid any uncomfortable or unpleasant situations. I haven't had a bad experience with Airbnb (touch wood) because I follow three simple rules every time I choose a place.

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A Budget Friendly 14 Hour Layover in Lisbon, Portugal

A Budget Friendly 14 Hour Layover in Lisbon, Portugal

Whenever I start researching flights I always look for the ones with long layovers, taking routes that I’ve never flown before. It’s like buy one get one free, at the start of my most recent trip to Italy was no different. I found a flight from Boston to Rome, stopping in Lisbon for a good price and since I’ve never been to Portugal it’s the perfect place for a long stop.

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Sextantio Le Grotte delle Civita, Matera, Italy

Sextantio Le Grotte delle Civita, Matera, Italy

My first introduction to the Sassi di Matera in Matera, Italy was through a search for eco-friendly places to stay in Italy. Sextantio Le Grotte delle Civita was fascinating to me because of the concept. They took a carefully chosen group of caves and restored them using period details and materials that I knew I had to see it for myself. 

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5 Awesome Things to do In Naples, Italy

5 Awesome Things to do In Naples, Italy

If you’re going to Naples and expecting it to be pristine, clean and romantic like Rome, don’t. Naples isn’t Rome. It was a bit of a shock to be honest, to see the differences between the two cities and quite frankly all of the other cities that I’ve visited while in Italy. I spent 8 nights there and found some really beautiful things to see while there, you just have to know where to look.

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Alternative Things to do in Rome, Italy

Alternative Things to do in Rome, Italy

Rome is a huge city full of history, a history that dates back over two thousand years. We all know about the Coliseum, Forum, Vatican, St. Peter’s, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, etc. and yes, if you’re a first time visitor to Rome seeing those places is a must. To not go would almost be blasphemous. But after one or two days of that, then what? Rome is so much more than those few sites. There are so many other buildings, neighborhoods, parks and squares that deserve just as much attention. These are not ”non-touristy” places, just less visited and therefore void of the overwhelming crowds.

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How to Find Eco-Friendly Hotels

How to Find Eco-Friendly Hotels

On my recent trip through Europe I wanted to find eco-friendly hotels to try out so that I can recommend them first hand. Trying to find a hotel in general when planning a trip can be a daunting task, but add eco-friendly to the mix and it can seem even more overwhelming. Ecotourism is on the rise and travelers are becoming more conscious about the way they travel. I have a few tips for finding the perfect place. These are the steps that I take for every trip that I plan, it does take more effort than looking for a regular hotel but it's getting easier.

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Alpacas, Treehouses & Dali the Llama

Alpacas, Treehouses & Dali the Llama

Sometimes we tend to think that our experiences are random happenings, but I think that we walk our given paths. Most times unbeknownst and unconsciously. This Christmas season I wanted to travel, but didn’t really want to drive for hours or fly so far from home. I remembered about a treehouse in Atlanta that I had seen on Airbnb and decided to find out if it was available around Christmas Eve, it wasn’t. Though the one that I originally had in mind wasn’t available, I found another one that was available. This one is a lot more interesting because there are cute animals involved.

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Finding Home? - Dar Es Salaam & Mafia Island

Finding Home? - Dar Es Salaam & Mafia Island

The sounds of motorcycles, horns, the call to prayer, people speaking in Swahili, the constant clacking of the cigarette man and his shells letting you know that he's around carry on late into the night. Staying in Kariakoo Market was one of the best places I could have stayed because it was vibrant and alive with people selling everything from car parts to rope, halal meats, fruit, clothes, shoes and anything else you might need.

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Tips for Planning Your Next Trip

Tips for Planning Your Next Trip

One of the most important things about travel is the planning, and fortunately for me it’s something that I really enjoy. I know for some of you, that’s the most tedious part because you may not know where to start. It doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Here are the basic steps that I follow for all of my trips.

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12 Unique Ecofriendly Resorts

12 Unique Ecofriendly Resorts

These 12 ecoresorts are just a few of the many resorts around the world that strive to make a difference in health of the environment as well as the financial health of the communities they operate in. All beautifully designed for comfort and style while maximizing the healing benefits of the natural surroundings. This is why we travel.

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The Value of Small Travel

The Value of Small Travel

When most of us think about travel, we tend to think about those awesome adventures to far away, exotic places. But travel doesn’t always have to be big every time. The day trip and the weekend trip seem to be overshadowed by those BIG trips….the ones requiring a passport and a plane ticket. 

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My First Trip To Kenya

My First Trip To Kenya

My very first trip to Kenya was exciting for a number of reasons, one of them being that I was sharing the experience with my sister. We hadn't traveled together out of the country as adults before and this was a chance for us to spend some together. Our first stop was London on a 14 hour layover, where we did a whirlwind tour of the most popular sites before heading back the airport to continue the second half of our trip.

 

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Chocolate and Mountains Pt. 2

Chocolate and Mountains Pt. 2

When I stopped at the visitor center on my way to check in at the Airbnb I booked, the guy behind the counter told me that if I wanted to see the best views the area had to offer I should go to Mount Mitchell. He explained that it's the highest peak east of the Mississippi and sits at almost 7000 feet above sea level. That's all I needed hear, say no more. How do I get there?

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Chocolate and Mountains Pt. 1

Chocolate and Mountains Pt. 1

I was looking for snow, living in Georgia there aren't too many nearby options for "real" snow. The idea was to plan at least one trip this winter to a place within driving distance of Atlanta that would have snow. That's how I found Asheville, NC. They get a fair amount of snow in late winter, and since they're in the mountains its gorgeous during that time of year. I knew there wouldn't be any snow, but since I needed to do a trip I decided against waiting for the snow to visit. I've been on a mission since I moved to the Atlanta area to see as much of the region as I can between big trips abroad. 

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