Let’s Plan a Trip!

One of my favorite parts of going on a trip is to plan it. How I plan a trip usually depends on if I’m traveling with other people or if I’m going alone. If I’m traveling by myself, I often don’t do much planning. I’ll do a little research ahead of time of things I am interested in and would like to see, but I tend to just spend my trip wandering around and making decisions on a whim.

When I’m traveling with friends, I tend to be more of a planner. Mainly because I want to make sure we make the most of our time. For instance, my friend Abby and I are going to Portugal this summer but we’re only going for 6 days so I want to make sure we don’t miss out on anything that we really want to see. However, I’m not a rigid planner, I don’t like having such a strict plan that it doesn’t allow for spontaneity or impulsiveness.

If you’re planning a trip with a group of friends, one of my favorite websites/apps to use is Travefy. Travefy is a web-based app that allows you to add all your travel information into it to create an itinerary (however you can only make changes to your itinerary on a browser, not in the app itself – the only drawback of the app).

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As you can see, there are icons for each day that I’ve placed information. I love that you can track your flights and reservations. You can also upload pdfs and receipts into the app which I love for when I’m in a country without cell service or so I don’t have to hunt through all my emails. There is also a chat feature in the corner that allows you to discuss information with your travel companions. I also like it because it allows you to create notes within the app with information that don’t necessarily fall within the travel itinerary but you want to have it in one place (like the photo below that I made for my New York trip).

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It also comes with a feature to add the cost of each event you’re adding to your itinerary if you want to track your spending. I highly recommend using Travefy as it’s one of the best group planning apps I’ve used. If anyone uses a different travel app I’d love to know what you use.

Next week I’ll finally be posting about my trip to Argentina and I can’t wait to tell you about it. Have a great rest of your week.

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Monday Motivation

Last Monday I was definitely experiencing the Monday blues. Time seemed to be going by extra slow, I kept looking at my watch and only 2 minutes would have gone by. I was struggling and felt like it was the longest work day.

I worked three airport standby shifts in a row. For those who don’t know, airport standby is when we sit at the airport for 5 hours (that’s our shift time) and wait to preboard. Preboarding is when we board a flight for another flight attendant crew that are coming from another flight but are delayed for some reason. We preboard flights to make sure everything is ready for the other crew so they can just get on the plane and take off without having to delay the flight. This is great for passengers and the company to make sure that flights don’t get delayed, but if you don’t get called, airport standby is terrible. You sit there for 5 hours waiting for a phone call that never happens.

This was me: Sunday, Monday and Tuesday and I was going stir crazy. I know every nook and cranny of the Seattle-Tacoma Airport so if you ever have a really long layover there, let me know and I will tell you all the best places to hide, where to charge your phones and the best food there is.

So on Monday, while I was waiting for a phone call that never happened, I decided to make a playlist. This playlist is my Monday motivation playlist. This is a playlist that makes me want to dance (and I definitely danced around the airport to this playlist). I made this playlist with the inspiration from some of my favorite artists (Parachute & Mat Kearney), The Challenge MTV Soundtrack (a really great show that you should watch and if you do I live tweet it so shameless plug to follow my twitter). Additionally I added songs that are great to sing in the car, alone or with friends, or to choose as karaoke songs. I tried to make a mix of 2019 songs and some good throwback songs. Honestly, I just wanted a really good playlist that was a mix of music that I could dance/sing and listen while taking the light rail to work.

Hope you enjoy and if you have any song recommendations to add to the list, comment below and let me know.

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Women’s History Month

Happy last day of March!

Thanks for sticking it out with me, March was a one crazy month. I became lactose intolerant, I got sick for two weeks (just now rounding the corner) and I am in the process of moving out of my apartment. Needless to say, I’m glad that April will a low key chill month (hopefully).

March is National Women’s History Month and it is important to celebrate women (including women of color) and to continue to tell their stories. There are so many important women who have accomplished so much, but there is little known about them.

One of my most favorite recent discoveries is Katherine Johnson. Katherine Johnson was one of the ladies spotlighted in the movie Hidden Figures. She was one of the African American women at NASA that helped launch John Glenn into orbit.  And of course there is Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the OG. And then we have another list of amazing women: Harriet B. Tubman, Ruby Bridges, Susan B. Anthony, Queen Elizabeth I (and the current). There are so many women in history who have done so much, I’m happy that we finally have a month to spotlight everything they have accomplished and the barriers they have broken. Here’s an awesome article from New York Times that spotlights some amazing women as well.

It is important to not only read and learn about these women, but to also hear their stories from them. Here’s a few books that I’ve read that I think are great stories about what women have accomplished.



Some other lists:

Please let me know if you have any more book suggestions as I am constantly trying to find more.

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Mystery Blogger Award

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First off,  thank you so much Sharon for this nomination! It took me a while to get around to it, but I finally did it! Her blog is called In the Thick of It and is a great blog to go check out.

MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD RULES

  • Put the award logo onto your blog
  • List the rules
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Mention the creator of the award
  • State three random facts about yourself
  • Nominate 10-20 people
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choosing
  • Share a link to your best post

3 Random facts about me:

  1. I didn’t learn to drive until I was 18.
  2. My right eye is 20/20 but my left eye is almost legally blind.
  3. I’m adopted

My favorite blog post so far is Being a Flight Attendant: Reserve Life

Here are the questions from Sharon:

  1. If you won a million dollars what would you do with it? Gosh if I won a million dollars, I’d pay off my student loans, pay off my debt and give my mom money and then use the rest to rescue all the cute dogs and cats that are neglected.
  2. If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be? Antartica, if it wasn’t so expensive to get there, I’d already have visited.
  3. Why did you become a blogger? It’s a creative outlet that I love!
  4. Are you a sweet or salty person? Sweets person for sure, I LOVE ice cream.
  5. Would you rather a quiet night in or a night on the town? Quiet night, I prefer reading or watching a movie than going out.

Phew now I have to nominate people!

My questions:

  1. If you could meet any author who would it be?
  2. What’s your comfort food when you travel?
  3. If you could only have one flavor of ice cream for the rest of your life what would it be?
  4. What TV Show are you currently binge watching?
  5. Do you prefer hulu or netflix?

Okay here’s the 10 people I nominate (apologies if you’ve already been nominated):

  1.  Lauren’s Travels
  2. Adam at The Sterling Traveler
  3. The Partying Traveler
  4. Prayers and Passports
  5. Passports and Pigtails
  6. Long 4 Adventure
  7. Mirea Jay
  8. Happy Travel Blog
  9. Le Travels
  10. Stacey Explores

LA Getaway

Thanks all for your patience while I worked through some things. I was definitely burnt out and needed a break, but I’m back and I feel great! Last weekend I went to LA to visit one of my best friends and go to Paleyfest. It was a small getaway trip but it was just what I needed.

Since Jessica moved to LA a few years ago, I’ve been going down to visit her every couple of months. This past weekend ended up being the first sunny weekend LA has had for a while so it was perfect timing. I rented a car for $89 for two days through Hotwire at NU Car Rentals. It’s pretty easy to find cheap rental cars for LA you just have to be patient and check different websites.

That weekend we decided we were going to visit Santa Barbara, but on our way we took a detour to Carpinteria and I fell in love. It is about 2 hours from Los Angeles. It’s a smaller town than Santa Barbara, but just as beautiful and less people. The sun was shining, we had mimosas and laid out on the beach. After our beach time, we went to a quaint Thai restaurant in Carpinteria that was really well priced, $15.00 for our lunch special.

That Saturday we attended Paleyfest with Stephen Colbert. For those who don’t know what Paleyfest is (I didn’t either), it is a Q&A with actors, writers and other people in different tv shows. They have them with the cast of This Is Us, Hawaii Five – O, etc etc. Pretty much any major popular show has done a Paleyfest. The last time I saw Stephen Colbert was when I was in New York in 2017 so it was long overdue to see him again.

Sunday we went and got brunch on Melrose and walked down Melrose. I’ve never been to this area so it was fun to check out and explore. It was also so hot that I was regretting my choice of wearing jeans and was being a baby and complaining I needed Seattle’s colder climate. HAH

Anyways all in all it was a good weekend that I needed to help recover from my rut and now I’m back!

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Little Update

Hi friends!

It’s been about a week since I last posted and I know I haven’t been very good at posting these past few weeks. I had all these intentions after I came back from Argentina to have multiple blog posts about my trip, different advice and tips about Buenos Aires and I’ve hit a bit of a wall.

I’m in a bit of a mental slump where I’m not really motivated to blog. I know that’s not fair to you as readers. I’m working with my therapist to figure out how to get myself out of this mental rut that I sometimes fall into where I loose all motivation for everything.

This ebbs and flows and I haven’t hit one of these in a really long time, so it’s something I’m really trying to pinpoint and work on. So instead of producing terrible blog posts, I’m going to take a step back from this blog and work on my mental health. I love this blog and everything I’ve built so far so I will come back, but I might take another week or two off just to focus on myself.

Thanks for your patience, for your love and your understanding. I’ve received a lot more support and love than I ever expected when I started this blog and I appreciate that so much.

You can follow me on twitter, my food instagram or my recently launched travelgram – I promise I’ll be back!

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Black History Month Spotlight: Lorraine Hansberry

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Thanks for following along so far. I’ve had great reception from friends and family who have appreciated these spotlights. Next week will be my final spotlight and my last spotlight will be Marian Wright Edelman so stay tuned! I know it’ll be in March, but as I took a week off for travels I wanted to still do my final spotlight.

Today’s spotlight is Lorraine Hansberry.

Lorraine Hansberry is the first black American playwright to have her play produced on Broadway.  Her play Raisin in the Sun is considered an American classic today (NPR). Her play Raisin in the Sun is about a black family that tries to move into a white neighborhood in Chicago (SparkNotes).

Hansberry was born in Chicago and attended University of Wisconsin before moving to New York City to pursue theater (Britannica). It was in New York that she began writing  for a monthly paper called Freedom and became an activist for peace and racial justice (FemBio).

Raisin in the Sun is her most famous play to date.  The play spotlights the struggles black people faced living in a segregated city and trying to move up in the world. Her female character Beneatha is highlighted for her positive image of a black woman who is intelligent and career driven (FemBio).

Unfortunately for us Hansberry passed away at age 34 to pancreatic cancer. Not much is known about her life except for a few pieces of work that she left behind after her death.

Here are some books to read more about her: