It would be impossible for me to tell you about my trip to Bali in one blog post. It might even be impossible for me to tell you about my trip to Bali in five blog posts. But Bali was a 2017 goal for me and I want to share it with you – so the first way I’m going to do that is by giving you snapshots from Bali.
You guys, I can’t honestly believe that I have lived the majority of my adult life without TSA PreCheck. Time and time again I ended up in the airport security line envying all of the travelers by passing the long, non PreCheck lines. They’d breeze their way through the checkpoints, shoes and liquids intact. I’d like to refer to my life before TSA PreCheck as the “dark ages” of my life. Now that I have it, I can’t imagine why I didn’t have it before. And so begins the tale of how TSA PreCheck led me to In and Out Burger.
Have you ever just stepped into a new place and immediately you felt at home? That’s how I felt when I got to Seattle and it’s how I felt when I spent a long weekend in Portland. What can I say? The Pacific Northwest was calling, and I had to go!
I was sitting at work one day when I saw a post about really cheap flights to Denver. I went to the Frontier website, typed in Charlotte, just to see what would come up. When I saw that I could fly to Denver and back for only $130, I started texting my friends to see if anyone could go. If you know about my trip, you already know that no one could. It was last minute, I’ll admit, I didn’t expect anyone to be able to. But I was finding it hard to talk myself out of buying this ticket. When else would I be able to fly to Denver for $130? Maybe never! So after an hour or so of debating, I booked a flight for my first solo travel adventure!
Cinque Terre isn’t a hidden gem in Italy anymore. In fact if someone finds out you’re going to Italy, most likely they’ll tell you you HAVE to visit Cinque Terre. It may not be a hidden gem, but it’s still a gem. In fact, it might be the most beautiful place I’ve ever been. The Amalfi Coast in Italy is also beautiful but I think I might just prefer Cinque Terre.
One of the biggest complaints I hear from my friends (and maybe I’ve had this thought before) is that we didn’t learn anything about personal finance in school. I can still recite the quadratic formula but when I graduated college I wasn’t quite sure what a 401k was. Shout out to my 8th grade math teacher, though, that quadratic formula really stuck with me. We get a lot of ridicule about this and though some of it is warranted, the world of personal finance is confusing. Should I be paying down debt? Do I need a savings? What about my student loans? Is your head spinning? Cause mine was! Luckily for you guys, I dug straight into personal finance when I graduated and I’m here with a comprehensive personal finance guide for millenials. Trust me, you need this.
I made a goal at the beginning of the year to make it to Seattle this year. I have always wanted to go and this year I felt drawn to it. Well, I used five of my vacation days in May to go to Hawaii with my BFF and then a considerable amount more during the rest of the summer to attend to some family matters. I really had accepted that it wasn’t going to happen this year. I just kept repeating “it’s not a 2016 goal”. But, when I realized I had TWO vacations days left and a BFF who wanted to visit Seattle just as much as I did, we booked a planet ticket. We left on a Thursday after work, had 3 full days and flew back on a Monday. What a perfect 72 hours in Seattle.
The best part about flying is that you can literally be anywhere you want in the world in a matter of hours. It might be more hours or less hours, but it’s always just hours. One of the worst parts about flying is that it can be stressful, a lot of waiting and really an unorganized mess if you don’t prepare before. There are few things worse than boarding your flight and realizing you don’t have headphones (there’s probably a crying baby right next to you because of course). Need some tips to help survive your flight? I’ve got you covered.
If you told me when I was fourteen that someday makeup would be a hobby of mine, I would have called you crazy. First off, I was an independent, strong 14 year old who didn’t need to wear makeup because I was focusing on school and work and sports (let’s laugh a bit about fourteen year old Jacqui). Second of all, makeup isn’t a hobby, I would say. But guess what? I can still focus on “important” things and *love* makeup. I love trying new products, switching up my eye shadow and browsing the isles of Sephora for something new. It’s fun and it makes me happy. But because of this, I do have a lot of makeup. A lot of makeup that is precious to me and I don’t necessarily want to travel with. What if it gets lost? I leave it somewhere? It gets crushed some how? Traveling with my home makeup bag just made me nervous, so I had to come up with a plan.
There are very few things in life that I think can’t be cured by tea, the ocean, a trip to Ulta or a boozy brunch on a Saturday or Sunday morning. Who doesn’t love gathering a group of friends for mimosas and biscuits on a Saturday morning? We are heading into perfect brunch weather as we transition from summer to autumn. The heat from the summer is fading, giving way to brisk mornings and perfect afternoons. Call up some friends and make plans for brunch on Saturday at one of the best boozy brunches in Greenville, SC.