I thought for so long that if I wanted to do something amazing with my life that I would always have to be doing epic stuff. So I traveled the world solo – and while it was amazing, I realized all the little things I missed at home were what already made my life extraordinary. After sleeping in 44 beds last year and being away from everyone – it was time to hang up the full-time traveler hat and settle down. Part of me knew once I finished my MBA that I would go back to having a regular life – and there is nothing regular about traveling full-time alone.
I went back to work about a month ago and I am now only traveling part-time but plan to keep my blog and social media channels up and running. I am trying to put together a schedule to blog about 2-3 times a week if time allows. I know I have been neglecting my blog a little bit .. and it is not on purpose.
Travel on the horizon:
After receiving a lot of messages across social media accounts and emails about my travel plans, I can share more with you now. I was traveling full-time for the last year and a half and now that I have switched gears, I will be writing more on utilizing long weekends, holiday travels, staycations, and the time off given by employers to maximize my wanderlust spirit.
My next trip (that I know of) will be in June to Salamander Resort in Middleburg, Virginia. I love this area and it is about an hour from my home.
I have this plan to go to Cuba the week of my birthday in December .. I have mixed feelings about this trip because I KNOW the country is more than the street of colorful buildings and old cars that everyone posts on social media – keep an eye out on my write up for that later in the year. Here are 10 tips I found useful when planning my trip to Cuba!
Further out (in the winter) I am booked for a week in St. Lucia. I tend to do my traveling in January right after the holiday when the crowds aren’t max capacity and the weather is good.
I am planning holiday weekend and staycation travel throughout the summer to keep exploring my area and the surroundings. Funny enough, I live right outside of Washington, D.C. and I have access to Virginia, D.C., & Maryland. There is so much to do that is local and I plan to spend my summer seeing and writing about it.
I really want to get to more of the wineries in my state of Virginia – there are over 250!
If you have any recommendations for those areas please do tell me – I am ALWAYS interested in exploring new areas.
I have been spending a lot of time on Twitter and less time on my other social media channels. I feel like I have made a lot of friends and enjoy conversations and Twitter chats on this platform. It is by far the easiest platform to really get to know people and talk about things you have in common with other people. Don’t get me wrong – I love Instagram and viewing photos, but Twitter to me has more substance than a quick scroll, and an occasional like and/or comment. If you want to connect with me on Twitter -you can find me —> here.
On Sunday’s I started a #SundaySunsets chat that goes all day. You can tag myself @eatlivetraveldr, Pam @always5star, and @Roarload – we will be re-tweeting and discussing sunsets around the globe all day, every Sunday. Hope to see you there.
I have been really good about responding to every tweet <3
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I will be changing my blog post structure a tiny bit. I have spent a lot of time focusing on luxury hotels (because that is what my travel style is) and I still want to write about them – but I also want to write about other things like restaurants, city guides, Instagram guides for cities, walking tours, and my life at home. I think travel is so much more than hotels and I want to share that other side with the world. I am always going to stay in hotels and I will always love them and write about them – but there is more to say <3
I have over 40,000 photos that no one has seen before – and so I want to start sharing them in posts.
I am doing more writing for Matador Network – when those articles publish I will share them 🙂
That is all I have for now – and I will be posting very soon as I am working on my next blog post already 🙂