Three day weekends are my favorite. You only need to take one day off work to make it a four day weekend and with a four day weekend, you can do anything. And by anything, I even mean drive to another city/country that is at least 12 hours away. We drove 12+ hours there and back to spend 48 hours in Toronto.
I have been to a fair amount of places in Europe and in Central America but I had never made it to Canada until very recently. A few friends of mine and I decided to road trip from Charlotte to Toronto. We left after work on a Thursday and ended up in Toronto by Friday evening. We ended up with 48 full hours in Toronto. I don’t feel like we were rushed at all and we got to see the city. Read ahead to find out about the perfect way to spend 48 hours in Toronto.
My first year our of college I felt like a fish out of water. I was in a new town (a small town at that), I was new at my job and I didn’t know but one person in the area (my roommate at the time). Everyone I worked with was older and more established (aka not searching for coins to buy tacos in their couch cushions) and I was having a really hard time making friends. Seriously, I found myself searching the internet for ways to make friends after college. When you leave school suddenly you aren’t forced to be social with people your age. After a year of not making much of an effort, I decided to make some changes. Here are my top five ways to make friends after college.
When I returned from studying abroad in Italy, I looked around my room and felt like something was different. Everything looked the same as when I left, yet something just felt off. After a few days I realized that what had changed wasn’t my room but rather myself. I just had these wonderful four months in Europe, exploring this beautiful continent but you couldn’t tell that by looking at my room. My room is an extension of myself and I wanted to you know how much I loved the world just by looking at it. This began my quest to find the perfect maps for decorating my spaces and pay tribute to my time abroad. I have moved every year since studying abroad but my maps always followed suit. Here are my top five favorite inexpensive maps that I have up to showcase my love of travel.
I don’t know what it is about the end of summer, but it has my motivation seriously lacking. In South Carolina it feels like summer drags on forever. I think part of my missing motivation is going into daydreaming about apple cider, booties and leaves changing colors. This summer has been a hard one so I’m not sad to see it go. I am ready to get some of my motivation back, though. Whenever I get into a funk like this, I make sure to read my list of “Non-Negotiables” I have hanging first thing when arrive at work in the morning. My Non-Negotiables are ten things I don’t compromise on and try to carry with me throughout the day.
I think there’s a common misconception about travel and the internet is partly to blame. The biggest distinction I try to make is that travel is not always a vacation. It CAN be a vacation, but it isn’t always. Travel can be warm, relaxing and rejuvenating but it can also be cold, hectic and exhausting. It also comes with it’s fair share of problems. The thing is, you really have to roll with the punches if you want to make travel a part of your life. Part of rolling with the punches is taking what is thrown at you gracefully and moving on. Take the time Nashville tried to kill me, for example. I took a Friday off work and headed to Nashville for a three day weekend. By late Friday night, I was in the hospital.
At 24 years old, I have been places some people only dream about. Since graduating college two years ago, I’ve been to NYC twice, San Fransisco, Los Angeles, Nashville, Toronto, and Hawaii just to name a few (not to mention my 2 week Eurotrip), which can be really hard to do as a new grad. A lot of people wonder how I can afford to and think that someone else must be financing my trips for me. It’s frustrating to hear, but I wanted to share with you my best travel advice.
Remember when I told you I went to Hawaii with my BFF? Well, her 24th birthday was in July. I wanted to get her the perfect travel gift. Personally, I love birthday’s. I love celebrating my friends with fun things in life, whether it’s glitter or cupcakes or a handful of balloons. I also wanted to get my BFF a present she would love, would mean something and would inspire her to travel more places, cause ya know, there’s a whole world out there. After searching through Barnes and Noble and not finding any good gift ideas for travelers, I began browsing through Etsy till I found the perfect travel gift.
People often think you have to wait to travel Hawaii until you’re older, more established, in love, on a honeymoon, have a lot of money, ect. Well, my BFF and I said “the heck with that!” and we went to Hawaii. We basked in the sun on Waikiki Beach, saw gorgeous sunsets every night, met travelers from around the world and ate lobster on a dinner cruise that circled the harbor. When we first told people that we were going to Hawaii on vacation, a lot people said “that’s too far to go for a week”, “I’m going to wait until I can stay somewhere nice to go”, ect. And if that’s your style, by all means, wait to go! But we had the best week in Oahu and if planning this trip seems a little daunting, keep reading! I’ve outlined the perfect travel Hawaii itinerary anyone can follow.
I was just like a number of people my age when I graduated college. I had a decent amount of student loans. One of my first goals when graduating was to pay off student loans as fast as possible. Though I have not paid off my loans entirely, I did pay off $14,000 my first year out of school. If you have a little bit of courage and a lot of discipline, you too can make a significant dent in your student loans in just one year!