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 “You’re so lucky you get to TRAVEL ALL THE TIME”                                                                                             “YOU MUST BE RICH!”              “HOW CAN YOU AFFORD TO GO PLACES LIKE THAT?!” For myself and other backpackers I know, these are the phrases that make our blood boil. Sure, I was raised in an upper middle class family, but I am FAR from privileged. The reason that I, and most others I know, can afford to travel is because we sacrifice. How can YOU afford to have a child? You work hard, and you cut out the things that you don’t absolutely need. Well, traveling IS my…

This past Thursday I handed in my 2 week notice…for a job that I’ve been working at for 2 weeks. Needless to say, it was not the right fit for me. I knew it almost instantly. However, in an effort to appease my parents (yes, adults STILL try to make their parents happy…) I put off quitting right away. I thought, “maybe it’s my attitude” and “okay, is it really THAT bad?” Until one day it hit me like a load of bricks. I’ve developed my sense of self awareness so keenly, that I know when something is right for me or not. So many of us go through our day to day lives, numbed by television, radio, drugs, alcohol, and any other form of distraction we can get away with. But what happens when you silence all of that? When you take quiet time to sit alone and think…

Of course, I’m sure all of you are familiar with this meme. It’s supposed to be comical, but it’s a hard truth for us travelers sometimes. Just because your heart and mind want to get up and go, that doesn’t always mean it’s a feasible option. So, how do you quell your craving for travel when you can’t afford to go far? Act like a tourist Most of us don’t recognize the beauty of what is right in front of us. I grew up in the beautiful city of Destin, Florida and I know for a fact that I took it for granted. People save up all year to vacation in a city like Destin, but I can count on one hand how many times I went to the beach when I lived there. Maybe you’re familiar with the phrase “you don’t know what you have until it’s gone”…well, that…

Ahhhh, Bali. The place brought to fame by the Julia Roberts film, “Eat, Pray, Love” (based on the book of the same title). Since the 2010 release of the film, Bali has become a popular destination for tourists and digital nomads alike. From the bustling streets filled with scooters in Kuta, to the breathtaking rice terraces in Ubud, and even the beautiful waters down in Uluwatu, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in this little part of Indonesia. But before jumping in blindly, I feel that I should share with you some insider tips from my 8 weeks of living in this tropical paradise. Where to Stay Bali has a lot of different activities, to accommodate many types of travelers. Before deciding where to plant yourself, you should figure out what you are most interested in doing. Seeing as my trip to Bali was my first time away from the US,…

“So, where are you from?”  *groan*  As travelers, we have had that conversation a thousand times over. I feel like I should wear a name tag that says, Hi, I’m “x” I’m from “x” I’ve been here “x” amount of time I’m headed to “x” place next *facepalm* How are you ever going to make lasting, genuine memories with someone when every conversation sounds like that? It gets redundant answering the same questions, and you don’t truly get to know someone that way. Instead, here are some helpful tips to get the most out of your conversation with that lovely gent or gal at the bar! What country has been the biggest culture shock for you? This is a fantastic, open ended question. It will force people to recall different quirks about other places, that they may not have brought to your attention otherwise. It also gives you the opportunity to learn about…

Although I’m a nomad, Atlanta has been a home base for me off and on for the last several years. I initially moved to Atlanta in 2014, just before the acting boom (I thought I was gonna be in the talkies!)  but it’s always been a safe haven for me to escape to. Every time I’m in town, however, I get the same question….what is there to do here?!  I must admit, before a few years ago, there wasn’t much. Just the aquarium and some sketchy side streets you probably shouldn’t walk down alone. Oh, and of course the infamous famous Coke-A-Cola museum. Now, I cannot hate on Coke, as it’s obviously a southerners drink, as well as a staple of Atlanta culture. But after a tour through the museum, what else is left to do in this city? Thankfully over the last several years, Atlanta has been growing at a rapid…

It’s inevitable, if you’re on the road for any extended period of time, you begin to miss the comforts of home. Yes, Machu Picchu may be beautiful, but after weeks of camping and taking whore baths showers with a wet wipe, you begin to miss your own bed. You can recall the smell of your house and you yearn for something as simple as having a closet to hang your clothes in. There’s nothing wrong with that; most of us were brought up enjoying these comforts daily and thinking nothing of them. But when you are on the go, you miss that sense of home and familiarity. So, how do you cope? Have a routine – Did you used to go running every morning when you were back home? Maybe you would start your day off with some meditation? Keeping these habits going while you travel is one of the best…

It blows my mind when people tell me they have never stayed in a hostel before! Some people don’t even know that they are a viable option. To me, it’s one of the best parts of traveling. I remember my first solo trip; I was in Bali, alone, and had NO IDEA how I was supposed to meet people. I would go out to dinner, sit at a table and just get lost in my phone…praying nobody (or maybe somebody) would approach me. I was so incredibly shy, I don’t even know what I would have said if someone tried to start a conversation! The anxiety was overwhelming. Luckily I was able to ease myself into my surroundings thanks to Girls Love Travel and handy dandy Tinder. (Yes, you can actually meet travelers on Tinder that don’t have an “agenda”…but we’ll get into that another day). Had I known about hostels before my trip to Bali,…

People come and go. It’s something you learn as you get older. But for travelers, that happens at a highly accelerated rate. By the time you’ve reached your third or fourth country, you’ve gotten pretty good with your “hellos” and “good-byes”…but every once in a while, there will be the one that tears you apart inside. No, I’m not talking about boys here (although there will be plenty of those too!) but saying goodbye to your soulmate female counterpart is just as heart-wrenching. I remember saying goodbye to the first female friend I made while traveling. Her name was Elke, and she’s a beautiful, sassy Aussie! We were inseparable from the moment we met. Drunken nights, pool days, and talks of boys filled our hours together. I even rented a room in the same complex (one room away from her!) just so we could be close to each other. There were…