Friday Five 02/05/16

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!

On to this week’s Friday Five.

Your First 500 Users

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.


8 Dreamy Hotel Beds You Won’t Want To Get Out Of

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…


Whatever – I’ll Just Date Myself

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.


Locals are an Untapped Market for Tours and Activities Companies

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!


Top Destinations by Travellers

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.
 Happy Friday!

Friday Five 01/29/16

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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.

Love In The Time Of Communal Showers

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 Problems

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.


How an Archaeologist Revived King Tut’s Tomb With A Chocolate Cake

This. is. incredible.
I mean, all his creations are. I would just hate to be the one to take the first bite off such a masterpiece…but, then again, it’s chocolate. Kinda hard to resist. 🙂


50 Reasons to Love The World

The one that resonated with me the most was #4
Because I trekked in the Gheralta Mountains in northern Ethiopia, and it reminded me that travel is the cure for thinking you know or have seen it all.
– Audrey Scott, BBC Travel contributor


This Author Wrote A Beautiful Handwritten Note To Herself As Inspiration

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.


Happy Friyay!

Friday Five 01/15/16

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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.

On to this week’s Friday Five!

Write in 2016 

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!

Travel Writing Roundup November 2015

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!

How To Increase Blog Traffic Using Pinterest

Another handy guide to building blog traffic – it’s been helpful so far. I’m spending this weekend creating Pinterest images for all our posts, and then pinning away.

10 Things Americans Get Wrong About America

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.

American people on average work more hours with less vacation, spend more time commuting every day, and are saddled with over $10,000 of debt.

19 Food Trucks You Need To Visit In India

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.


Friday Five 01/08/16

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.


On to this month’s first Friday Five.


The Zen of Ice Cold Showers

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 🙂


Top 10 Travel Memories of 2015

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.


Don’t Settle: 8 Things Traveling Does That A Boyfriend Never Could 

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?!


Photo Journal | Chasing Fairytales in Cesky Krumlov

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!


Quiz Time! Which country should I visit in 2016? 

I got Colombia.
You want an assault on your senses this year. Get your awakening in Colombia, where the colourful cities and lush countryside will have you enthralled.


What did you get?! Happy Friday!

Friday Five 12/11/15

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!
Here’s this week’s Friday Five!

America’s 20 prettiest national parks in winter

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.

5 Trends that will change how companies use social media in 2016

I rather enjoy reading all these trend forecast-type articles. Who knows if these ‘trends’ will be used, but it’s interesting to read them, especially from a social media management POV.

There’s a makers paradise at the heart of San Francisco


43 Overlooked Places Every Travel Lover Should Have On Their List

Definitely time to step up my travel game in the upcoming years. Some of these I’ve heard of, and definitely don’t think they’re overlooked, but others I’m curious about.

Spicy Garlic Tofu

Every recipe I’ve made from their site has been delicious. I do believe most of this weekend will be spent cooking up Chinese food, because that’s just what I’m craving. Doesn’t this sound good?!
I have to say I’m really enjoying Lena Dunham’s podcast series Women of The Hour. I downloaded the episodes a while ago, but just got to listening today. Worth the download. Happy Friday!

Friday Five 11/20/15

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A few snapshots from beautiful Salzburg.
Salzburg Old Town
Salzburg panoramaSalzburg at night
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.

A Caffeine Free Coffee shop just opened up in NYC

Hmm, we’ll try it once, but I don’t think caffeine-free is my thing to be honest. I drink coffee to be a functioning human being…what is the point otherwise?!


Need A Same Day Massage? There’s an app for that

I love this! A same day massage…gone are the days of pre-booking a massage and the anticipation leading up to it. I want a massage, and I want it NOW! (Yeesh, what is technology turning me into?)


Your Guide to Etiquette Eating Abroad

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.


Seeking Purpose One Experiment At A time

Like many design challenges, our lives are filled with uncertainty, shifting constraints and expectations, and the journey is certainly not linear.


Backpacking Switzerland on a budget

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).

Friday Five 11/13/15

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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!
On to this week’s Friday Five.

10 Cool European Christmas Markets

Can’t wait to check out Prague and Vienna’s Christmas markets…stay tuned to our Instagram, it’s going to be image heavy!

Why Is Makeup So Expensive?

A fascinating read for anyone that’s makeup obsessed (like me).
“the ingredients in these products often account for no more than 15% of the cost, according to Randy Schueller, a cosmetic chemist who has been in the beauty business for more than 30 years”

Secrets To Being An Effective Millennial Leader

Learning to be the best leader you can be is quite intimidating.
“God gave you two ears and one mouth for a reason.”
Listen twice as much as you speak. Be a fly on the wall, and take time to absorb everything that you hear. As you listen and take notes, realize that you do not know everything.
Such important advice that I often need to hear, because I forget it. 🙂

Watch These 5 Ted Talks to Increase Your Emotional Intelligence

We are always in constant need of developing ourselves whether it be mind, body or soul (if you’re spiritual). Sometimes it can be doing something as simple as watching a Ted talk!

How I Overcame My Fears and Became an Entrepreneur

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.
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