Happy Friday! If you haven’t been paying attention (or getting pranked), it’s April Fools Day. I’ve never really been into it, but apparently it’s huge with companies, some even creating ads just for today. Who knew?!
Anyways, on to this week’s Friday Five. And, don’t worry, none of the links will Rick Roll you…;)
A great read especially after all the terrorist attacks around the world. Don’t let it stop you from seeing the world!
In the cold light of day, my rational brain takes over, ready with stats that underscore the safety of travel to most parts of the world—the fact that you’re likelier to die in a car crash or be struck by lightning than to be slain by terrorists, or that a city is never safer than it is following an attack, when security is heightened.
If you pay attention to fashion week, you’ll notice that a lot of designers have started to bring back fur and use it on the runway. Which is honestly a shame. But, thanks to the work of someone I’m glad to know, PJ Smith, and the Humane Society of the United States, change is coming. Giorgio Armani recently announced that he was going to stop using fur in his clothing lines, which is HUGE news.
Bourdain is the man. As a veggie, I found this one especially funny 😉
“Oh, I’ll accommodate [vegetarians]. I’ll rummage around for something to feed them, for a ‘vegetarian plate,’ if called on to do so. Fourteen dollars for a few slices of grilled eggplant and zucchini suits my food cost fine.”
Thanks to this Inc. article on the five best podcasts for women, I started listening to Iman Oubou’s weekly Entrepreneurs En Vogue podcast. IT. IS. AMAZING. So far I’ve binged four different episodes, and I’m learning so much. I’ve even turned two of my girlfriends on to it, and they both like it. It’s just so inspirational, and it has seriously motivated me to get off my butt and start accomplishing my goals for 2016.
Watch out, I’m going to be unstoppable! Have a GREAT weekend.
I’ve been feeling pretty under the weather for the past two weeks, with terrible neck and upper back spasms. I’ve been getting by with taking muscle relaxants, but the other day I went out and bought myself a new memory foam pillow – and that seems to be helping A LOT.
All I’ve wanted to do has been to lay down, but when you’re like me and move a lot in your sleep, having a stiff neck is the worst thing. Thankfully, this week has been a lot better, but I can still feel a little stiffness. Maybe it’s just my body’s way of telling me I need to get a back massage stat!
I know I’ve missed a couple of Friday Fives, but not today. It’s the last Friday of February, a leap year! I cannot believe it’s almost March, ugh, where’s the time going?
I loved this, and it’s something I find myself reading quite often. Even though they’re really simple things, I do need to be reminded of them once in a while.
Pick An Industry, Not A Job If you want to become good at something, you need to spend years and years doing that. You can’t do that if you hop from industry to industry. Pick an industry you love and start at the bottom. You will find the perfect role for you eventually.
Great read, I could relate to pretty much all of Paige’s viewpoints. It’s like friend & family (even strangers) cannot comprehend the fact that I actually want to be single, and I’m not looking for a partner. Why is that so hard to comprehend?
Doesn’t she want a go-to person with whom intimacy builds over time? “I think that can be true,” she counters, “but the question is: Are you really spending that time with the right person? I feel like most people are doing it with someone who’s not the best person to be growing that intimacy with.”
I have a love-hate-love relationship with the place I grew up in (I mean doesn’t everybody?!), but this took me back to my childhood. I go back and forth between wanting to move back, and knowing what a potential mistake that could turn out to be, but I am just letting life run its course. For now, I’ll just take short trips to the sand pit to quell my feeling of homesickness.
My aunt is such an inspiration to me, and what she & her family are doing with their life right now is incredible. Read about how their lives are forever changed after a yearlong trip through Europe in an RV!
Happy Friday – I’ll be spending it, and pretty much all weekend, binging on Fuller House! Anyone else doing the same?!
If you haven’t noticed, or maybe live under a rock (I don’t judge, you do you), it’s Valentine’s Day this weekend. It’s never really been a big deal to me, but what has been keeping me entertained are all the singles posts on Buzzfeed, like 21 Memes That All Valentine’s Day Singles Will Relate To. I got a good chuckle out of them!
Asia of Navigable World recently asked Shaine and I what’s the one travel product we couldn’t live without while traveling, and of course, we had to answer. Check out our feature, along with other travel bloggers’ answers in her Favorite Travel Products post!
I can’t tell you how many times men have told me I come across as aloof, and intimidating. I don’t mean to be, but that’s just the way it is. I generally take horoscopes with a grain of salt, but this article does a good job summing me up into words. Other Capricorn women out there, do you agree with it?
Some traditions need to be kept alive…I cannot imagine this dying out! I saw La Bohème for the first time at the Vienna Opera, and it was incredible. It’s kind of hard to put how I felt into words, but I won’t forget the emotions it evoked in me. To let a 200 year old operatic tradition die is a travesty!
Ok, so I’ve been obsessed with Season 2 of Serial, which is a podcast from the creators of This American Life, and hosted by Sarah Koenig. Season 2 discusses Bowe Bergdahl, the US soldier that walked off base in Afghanistan only to be captured by the Taliban and kept hostage for five years.
I remember when Season 1 first aired – everyone was raving about it. After catching up on yesterday’s episode, I accidentally listened to an update from Adnan Syed’s on-going hearing. Long story short, it has me intrigued, and I have started listening to Season 1. So, that’s what my weekend looks like!
I love reading Medium, there are so many great posts on the site, it’s sometimes difficult to pick just one. But, this is helpful and something I’ve saved for future reference. My friend and I have an idea that we’re working on, which I’m super stoked about! Can’t wait to get it off the ground once all the background research has been done.
There’s nothing better than a plush, luxurious bed on vacation. I’ve never enjoyed roughing it on vacation, and as a I get older, I find myself getting pickier. The suite at Dharadhevi in Chiang Mai is calling out to me…
Elephant Journal is a great website for anyone seeking to become more mindful in their daily lives, and covers everything from wellness, eco-friendly fashion, the contemplative arts, bicycling to yoga, and sustainability. I follow them on Facebook, and while I appreciate a lot of their articles, this one stood out to me. I related to it on a personal level, and honestly wish I could send it to everyone that asks me why I’m still single or worse yet, when I’m getting married.
This is all too true. I would only go and explore the city I was currently living in when a friend came to visit, only to discover there was so much hidden in my backyard! Now, I’m more aware of things to do, places to see, and most importantly, where to eat!
Look who’s featured! I love collaborating with other travelers, sharing my travel knowledge, and most importantly learning from them! The world is so large, and it’s very idealistic for me to think I’ll be able to visit it all…but I can certainly try! Thanks to do this post, I’ve definitely added more to my travel bucket list.
It looks like winter has ended…there’s no transition to spring or anything, just straight up 90 degree sun. I never thought I’d say this, but I actually miss the cold…and the snow. No matter how much I used to moan about winter in DC, I truly miss it.
Shaine went for a walk the other day, and captured some gorgeous shots of Central Park covered in snow.
The closest I get to feeling chilly is now thanks to all the cold showers I subject myself to. Took a while to get used to, but they do feel refreshing, and I’m definitely more awake after them!
On to this week’s Friday Five.
I realized that I don’t really care for fiction that much, I tend to read a lot of non-fiction books/articles. But, this was a welcome change. Even though it was a piece of fiction, it got me thinking to this one person my friend and I met in Cesky Krumlov. There are a few people you’ll meet in your life that leave a lasting impression on you
Travel is a life-changing experience, and it has definitely helped me gain perspective during challenging periods of my life. Looking back, if I had waited for things to sort themselves out, I would have missed out on creating some important memories.
“Travel is a life-changing experience, and you’ll encounter many new experiences on the road, but it’s certainly not a medicine for your problems.
The world is a big playground, and yes there’s space for you to hide, but eventually the smog will clear and those problems will creep around the corner and confront you when you least expect it.“
Have to end with this incredible note by Octavia Butler. I’m on the path to starting a new project with a friend, and it seems appropriate to write myself a similar note. Do you set goals and positive affirmations? I think I need to start doing them every week or every month…I just crafted my life bucketlist that I keep adding to when I find new things I want to see, try, and do.
So, I start German classes this weekend and I am really looking forward to it. I’ve wanted to learn a new language for quite a while, but I realized that I’m just not cut out for self-learning. I’ve tried countless times before where I would start and keep it up for a week or two, and then life would happen. This way I go to a physical class, ask a real human questions, and I’m more accountable since I paid for it.
I read this the other day, and nodded along, but STILL have not taken the author’s advice. Ugh, I need to start writing daily – how do you get yourself to be accountable? It’s so hard and sometimes I don’t feel like putting pen to paper (more often than not). Attempting to start this weekend…wish me luck!
So glad someone posted this on a Facebook group I belong to. I want to start writing for publications, and this is a great list for any travel blogger/writer looking to diversify their portfolio. I think this is the motivation I need to start writing every day!
If this article taught me anything, it’s that we need to get out and travel as much as we can. I know way too many people that never leave because they’re afraid to leave the familiar…such a mistake. The perspective you gain when you travel is invaluable.
Nom nom, food. There are three that I can’t wait to try out (all in Bangalore). I miss DC’s food truck scene…especially all the Ethiopian food. Googling recipes to make my own Ethiopian meal, I wonder if I can make injera myself. Hmmm.
Technically not the first Friday of 2016, but it is the first Friday Five that I’m writing this year. Looking back, 2015 was definitely a year of finding myself, and finding what it is I want to do in life. I obviously don’t have it all figured out, but knowing solving some of the pieces of my puzzle is a step in the right direction! I’m excited for what the year holds in terms of blogging, travel, and life in general.
After reading this the other day, I’ve started taking ice cold showers. The mind is such a powerful thing, and I’m slowly begin to understand it better…emotions, mindfulness etc.
“Now recognize the fact that you are feeling something unusual but that it’s ok. It’s just a signal from your nerves to your brain. You’re not dying. You’re not in danger. You’re simply experiencing something far outside the normal boundaries.”
If this taught me anything at all, it’s to push yourself and you’re boundaries. That’s what I’m going to be reminding myself to do this 2016, every time I take an ice cold shower 🙂
We got our first blog feature on Port Jam & Co! How exiting is that? I talk about the wonderful time my friend Victoria & I spent in Prague, just living life. Check it out, and let me know what you think. I can’t wait to share with you exactly what we did while we were there…stay tuned.
If you want to read anything from this list, read this. Traveling has always been a passion of mine (thanks, mum), and even more so now that I’m single. I’ve traveled in a relationship (both solo & with my significant other), and traveled single – and, I much prefer traveling single. It’s very freeing, and I’m discovering so much about myself along the way…why would I want to stop?!
Shameless plug, but it’s one of my favorite posts of 2015! I fell in love with Cesky Krumlov, this bohemian fairytale town in southern Czech Republic, and love looking at the pictures. What made it even more special is the unique people we met while we were there. Ah, memories!
In a couple of days (the 13th to be precise), it’ll be a month since I first got on a plane to begin my European adventure! A lot has happened in a month, both during my travels, and with the world at large. I find myself hardly reading today’s headlines, mainly due to the fact of how negative it’s become. It’s so sad that people are letting ignorance and fear cloud their judgment…such a damn shame.
On a different note, it’s December! I’m not sure how that happened, but I am glad that in a few short weeks we will be ringing in the New Year. I have high hopes for 2016 knowing the direction (ok, sort of) my life is taking. Excited to see it all unfold, and where I get to travel to!
I want to walk in any of these 20 winter wonderlands. Isn’t it magical how snow can transform a landscape…if you know me, you know how much I used to detest the snow. The two winters I endured in DC were the snowiest, and every time there was a chance of snow, I stayed home. If ice were a person, it would be my arch nemesis – I loathe it! But, this past trip to Europe, something about the snow falling over Cesky Krumlov made me fall in love.
This time of year is absolutely incredible in Europe – all the Christkindlmarkte opened up this week in Vienna & Salzburg, which we were able to witness. Strolling through with a glass of punsch in hand (we might have taken the first punsch glasses we drank out off…don’t judge!), examining all the vendor’s goods. I love the charm surrounding the holidays, and if you do too, then Europe is the place to be.
On to this week’s Friday Five, straight outta Salzburg.
Whenever I travel, I always make a point to do some research on customs and traditions. Things that may seem normal to us, can be considered taboo in another country. The last thing I’d want to do is offend someone and end up leaving them with a negative impression! Tourists that thoughtlessly demand familiarity in an unfamiliar country are the worst.
Being in Switzerland seriously felt like I was in a virtual reality postcard. The scenery was stunning, everything was so clean and new and just perfect. A week was not enough time, and I’d love to go back just without it leaving a huge hole in my wallet!
Happy Friday. Very soon you’ll be Czeching us out in Prague (I love puns).
I’ll be leaving to the airport in a few hours, on my way to Europe!!!!!!!
If you couldn’t tell, I am E X C I T E D!
Night out in DC, 2013
It’s almost been a year since I’ve seen my friend, Vic, and it’s been four long years since I’ve been in Europe. I was just talking to someone the other day about how the last time we were in Europe was 2011, yet it seems like it was just a couple of months ago. We had an unforgettable summer…wouldn’t trade those memories for anything!
Doing something new and unconventional often times on your own is scary. It’s a lonely road, but I think what helps in this day and age is all the resources we have at our disposal. We’re able to connect with others going through similar journey’s and get to read their stories and interact with them. It’s invaluable. A great read.