Six Great Hairstyles For On-The-Go Girls

Leave the hairspray and curling irons at home. Here are some super cute, yet incredibly easy hairstyles to try while traveling.

1. This easy bun keeps your hair out of your face and looks super trendy,

long hair styles tutorial,jpg2. A simple yet interesting pony tail.

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3. All you need is a head band (and maybe some bobby pins) for this updo.

tuck4. Add a little poof to your ponytail.

ponytail5. A great option for that half up, half down look.

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6. Like a bun but sassier.

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My Top 5 Most Helpful Posts, So Far.

I started this blog back in 2010 to inspire people to get out and see the world. Below are my most helpful posts from over the years. Enjoy!

1. How to Get Your Pass Passport in 24 Hours or Less

For Real!! This is you one-stop-shop for obtaining your passport in a hurry.

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2. Don’t Waste Time In Line

Here is the inside scoop for planning ahead and saving time during your travels.

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3. A New Way To Stay

Ditch the hotel for these more affordable and cooler options.

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4. Learning How To Get Around When You Don’t Speak The Language

Don’t get intimidated in a new place. You can learn enough to get by and make your travel easier.

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5. Packing Light For A Long Trip

No need for a lot of luggage. Learn how to travel light.

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London’s Borough Market – A Photo Gallery

When I told people that I was going to London their list of suggestions always included Borough Market ( 8 Southwark St, London SE1 1TL). Perhaps the most popular market in London (as well as one of the largest and oldest), this venue features the best in local and international fare. My biggest piece of advice for a first time visitor would be to go on an empty stomach and don’t fill up on one thing. Roam and nibble so you can try as much of the wonderful offerings as possible.

Five Pieces Of Travel-Inspired Jewelry

1. Nothing makes me happier than the first glimpse of an airplane that’s about to whisk me away on my latest adventure.

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Wanderlust Your Wings & Fly Necklace (scoutmob.com) $29

2. It’s important to remember where you came from.

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New Orleans Vintage Map Necklace (etsy.com) $24

3. Love these earrings!

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Retro Space, Globetrotter, Vintage World Map Stud Earrings (wanelo.com) $17.96

4. Something To Keep Me On Course

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Compass Charm Bangle (alexandani.com) $38

5. This pretty much sums it up

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“I go to seek a great perhaps” necklace (etsy.com) $10

 

My 5 Most Romantic Trips (and why)

Kauai, Hawaii

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The beautiful Waimea Canyon didn’t disappoint.

While visiting Oahu, I thought it’d be fun to take a side trip to Kauai even though I didn’t think it was possible for Hawaii to be any more beautiful than what I had already seen.  Man, was I wrong. Kauai is like being inside one of those motivational posters with a cheesy message urging you to “work hard and one day you’ll get there”. Well, if you’re in Kauai you’ve made it, my friend. Everything is so beautiful that you’ll spend each day pinching yourself.

Every night was dinner near the ocean before strolling along my hotels private beach. During the day I’d explore the Na Pali Coast, admiring its dramatic cliffs before arriving at Waimea Canyon to drink in one of the most beautiful views I’ve ever seen. I watched colorful fish be fed at Lydgate Beach, ate the best shrimp tacos at a roadside stand and visited the quaint town of Hanapepe.

When people ask me for honeymoon suggestions Kauai is always at the top of my list.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

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This destination was romantic because it was so exciting and out-of-the-box. Everyone in this city seemed to be gorgeous and in love (a great combination, right?). It was a common site to see people making out on benches or cupping each other’s asses as they strolled the streets. It was the place to visit a Sex Hotel.

Aside from all the hotness, this city is a very romantic place to peruse. For maximum romance, I suggest renting a boat and rowing across the lake at the Jardín Botánico. You’ll feel like you’re in a Jane Austen novel for sure.

Paris, France

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Obvious, I know. This city is the epitome of romance and with good reason. First of all, it’s just so damn beautiful. Everything is extravagant and over-the-top gorgeous. Also, there’s the Eiffel Tower which makes you want to kiss someone every time you look up and it takes your breathe away. It’s tough not to be giddy and mushy in this city. The food, the wine, the architecture; it all goes to your head.

Florence, Italy

A sidewalk eatery in the PIazza Santa Croce with the Basilica of Santa Croce in the background.
A sidewalk eatery in the PIazza Santa Croce with the Basilica of Santa Croce in the background.

I went to Florence with one of my best girlfriends. Each morning We’d navigate the narrow roads to our favorite sidewalk cafe for breakfast. Afterwards, we’d walk among the statues at Piazza della Signoria then decide which historic church we’d like to discover that day.

I didn’t have this tug in Rome, Venice, Verona or any other Italian city I’ve been to but there’s something about Florence that makes me want to go there and be in love.

Savannah, GA

The view of Talmadge Memorial Bridge from River Street.
The view of Talmadge Memorial Bridge from River Street.

This seriously southern town is so charming it’s hard not to fall in love with it.

The haunted history adds a spooky edge  while the food is simply some of the best in the south. If you’re there during the weekend you’re sure to stumble upon a wedding or two in any one of the 22 squares that are dotted throughout the city. Savannah is one of these cities where you can plan absolutely nothing yet never be bored. I highly recommend a visit and soon!

The Perplexing Island of Poros, Greece

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Some would argue, and with good reason, that Greece is the birthplace of the savant.  This is the nation that helped shape art, politics, philosophy and sports for the modern world. Over its rich history empires have risen and fallen, philosophers have pondered, artists have created and people have simply been.

“I hate the Greeks because they didn’t leave us anything to discover, just to develop.” – Nitzche

While most gravitate to the capital of Athens or one of the many popular islands like Santorini or Mykonos the bold traveler will look further for the simple pleasures of Grecian life, away from throngs of people snapping pictures and striking silly poses in front of iconic monuments. Luckily, just a short ferry ride southwest of Athens, the island of Poros offers this escape. If Athens is the place to be seen and heard then Poros is the place to relax, lay low and enjoy being alive, something many Athenians do from time to time.

When my friend Stacy and I would tell people we were visiting this island we’d often get the response, “Poros? Never heard of it. Are you sure it’s a real place?”.  We’d laugh and give our assurances. Of course it was a real place, we Googled it and found a Wikipedia entry.  It doesn’t get more legit than that.

However, when we arrived to the dock ready to be whisked away from Athens and I didn’t see our boat I began to wonder. None of the other tourists I spoke with were going to our destination, their vessels were ready and waiting to take them to more well-known islands.

As we waited patiently, and perhaps a little nervously, I joked with Stacy that we were going to be picked up in a tiny fishing boat and forced to catch our own dinner before arriving to a remote island where no one will ever see us again. And while that didn’t sound all that bad I was still curious as to what our next few days would hold on this island that no one had heard of.

“Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is just opinion.”  – Democritus

Our ferry did arrive eventually and upon my first glimpse of Poros my thought was, “Oh, it’s a real place alright. Real and wonderful.”One side of the main road boasts a wide sidewalk perfect for strolling along the water. Small fishing boats and not-so-small yachts bobbed side by side, the patrons of each chatting back and forth to each other.

As I walk along, I exchange pleasantries with a fisherman who is more than eager to boast about his beloved home to a stranger. As he repairs an old net, making a point to show me how he weaves the fabric just so, he exclaims in broken English how this island is the only place for him. When I say that I came for Athens he scoffs, “too busy,” he says. He proceeds to tell me that he goes to the “big city” once a year for supplies but never stays longer than necessary. He can’t wait to get back to his Poros. At that moment I can’t blame him.

“He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.” – Socrates

Opposite the docks are small restaurants and shops, the roads behind wind upward into the mountain causing houses to appear as if they are sitting atop one another.

The days here are lazy. While you may see a few people scattered along the beaches enjoying the warm breeze, the streets are pretty empty. At night, however, this seemingly sleepy island comes alive. The lights that are strung along the boardwalk begin to shine, music pours into the streets and people seem to appear out of nowhere. As I watch this scene unfold I wonder where the hell everyone has been all day. Preparing for the night, I suspect.

“The art of living well and the art of dying well are one”. – Epicurus

There seems to be no boundaries here, young and old mingle seamlessly. As Stacy and I drink on the patio of a local club we watch in awe as the tough-looking, heavily-tattooed bouncer tussles the hair of children as they walk past; exchanging friendly banter with each.

We are surprised to witness this dynamic where kids and adults are all engaged in conversation with one another,  instead of everyone being annexed off to their designated age groups. No one seems to care that it’s past midnight on a weeknight. This isn’t a special privilege (as it would have been for me as a child) it’s just how life is here.

We decide to head back to our hotel around 2 a.m. well before anyone else seems ready to do so. A man asks us where why we are going so early and we reply we are tired. He doesn’t understand. “It’s still early,” he urges.

We split a cab with two young women, one is carrying a sleeping infant in her arms.  Anywhere else that would have seemed odd and maybe even a little cruel but after experiencing a night here we don’t think much of it. We make an attempt at conversation but the language barrier seems too difficult to overcome at such an hour.

Later, I drift to sleep thinking how amazing it must be to grow up in such a place. The freedom and carefree attitudes I had just witnessed touching my soul. I wonder if  the youth here realize how odd their lifestyle seems to some visitors or how wonderful it is. I assume however that they, just as everywhere else in the world, dream of the world beyond; hoping for bigger and better things in the big city of Athens.

“Youth is the best time to be rich, and the best time to be poor. – Euripides

I believe that an ocean breeze is the best cure for a hangover, that and a strong cup of coffee. I enjoy both of these the next morning at a sidewalk cafe across from the water’s edge. Once again, this small town of not even 4,000 inhabitants seems abandoned. I think back on the night before, how alive this very street had been.

At the table next to me a British guys strikes up a conversation. He is writing a book and chose Poros just because of days like this. He’s been here before and continues to return when he in need of uninterrupted inspiration. I immediately decide that this is also the place I’d choose to write the next great literary masterpiece. A place where the people are pleasant but have no interest in taking up your time because they are too interested in enjoying theirs.

“Time is a game played beautifully by children.” – Heraclitus

As I prepare to leave this island that no one had heard of, my phone dings and I get an email telling me that my flight from Athens to New York the next day has been cancelled due to weather. I was in no hurry to reschedule, happy to just stay in Poros and continue to soak in the sleepy days and spectacular nights. I get around to booking a new flight eventually.

“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” – Aristotle

Note: This piece was originally published in the Winter 2013/2014 issue of Eidé Magazine.

 

Get To Know Amsterdam

Amsterdam may have been my favorite city to visit during my latest trip to Europe. Whether you join the many bikers, hop on the tram or head out on foot, this city is so easy to maneuver. You can get by just fine by speaking English and the people are as nice as you’ll find in any southern town here in the U.S.

I especially loved how soft drugs and prostitution aren’t seen as problems to combat but rather inevitable facets to be integrated into society.

My goal while in Amsterdam wasn’t to cram as many attractions as possible into my short visit but rather explore and enjoy the canals, people and all around culture.

Here are my recommendations of what to do while in Amsterdam:

– Eat at The Pancake Bakery

– Visit the Van Gogh Museum

– Admire a young girl’s spirit at the Anne Frank House

– Eat fries slathered in mayo at one of the many french fry stands

– Explore the Red Light District

– Stroll through a street market

– Pop into a coffee shop like the Bluebird

– Check out Museumplein

– Take a canal cruise at night so that you can peek into strangers houseboats (not creepy at all).

Remember, Don’t Waste Time In Line. Get your museum tickets before you arrive.

Be sure to click on the pictures for fun facts about Amsterdam or for more on this wonderful city click here.