THE BIGGEST WAY TO SAVE 100’S OF DOLLARS WHILE TRAVELING... 💵 Spent your dollars on local flavors, not local restaurants! My first solo trip to Spain at 18, I assumed that not being home = eating out. I visited a restaurant and ordered pesto noodles, bread, and an iceberg salad for about the value of $18. Then it hit me. I could make all of those things in my mini kitchen for less than half the price, and all the money saved can be recycled into more travels! During my solo travels I ate for less than $10 a day for all three meals plus snacks, and I ate like a QUEEN. I learned to ask locals at the market what they enjoy cooking simply, and they usually offered help picking local flavors and sometimes invited me over to cook it, too! I usually save about $15 a meal and feast with wine and dessert much better than I would at a budget/mid range restaurant! Here’s how you can do it: Ask locals in the markets what they eat! Don’t run to the yogurts and packaged goods right away when you can cook like a local! I’ve made pasta in Italy, English eggs and potatoes in London, and grilled fish in Morocco. More often than not, you’ll get cooking advice and even help! No stove? Find the local bakery for goods and the produce markets for fresh fruit and salads. Here’s a list of easy meals you can prepare in a basic kitchen/on a hot plate: - sandwiches - scrambled eggs - fresh salads - pasta - pita bread pizzas - fruit salad - rice with steamed veggies - bruschetta - croissants with local eggs and cheese - local bakery goods with jam or Nutella - locally made yogurt and fruit - apricot salsa on fish - easy eggs on toast - fried potato slices - stir fry - skillet lasagna - fajitas - local bakery treats for dessert! Have you tried cooking on your travels before? Let me know how it went! Outfit @nastygal captured by @madirogers
“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience (and clearly, she’s a smart lady).” -Emerson (and Amy too 😘) Nature doesn’t worry about when it will rain again or when the sun will come out next. She just patiently trusts. Trusts that what should happen will, exactly when it should. There are so many lessons that nature can teach us and so much beauty to see from her crazy science experiments (like this rainbow-colored hot spring in Yellowstone). I’d love to hear...how does nature inspire you m’dear?
One thing I’ve learnt this week: ⠀⠀ You need to give yourself permission to be happy now. Not when you lost weight, not when you found your soulmate, not when you have more money. We seek excitement from future events, but once those goals are met, the temporary pleasures will pass and they will be replaced by the next fantasy. Thus, devote your full attention to your inner self and appreciate being in the moment. Happiness is never external, but a way of living and appreciating life. It’s not reality, just the way you perceive it. So go and shift your focus from the outcome to watching yourself grow ❤️
What you focus on multiplies. So: What are you focusing on today? This week? This month? What actions are you taking to get to your mini short-term goals? What causes are you promoting, and are you focusing on the SOLUTION or on the PROBLEM? Where do you want to be one year from now? Are you focused on that, or on how you’re not there yet? Life is all about choices. What are yours? Make them well - even if it’s just the flavour of ice cream in your hand. 🍦🍧🍨 Photo by @mylondonfairytales.
Guess who is about to have jet lag for the next forever?! - Finally home from 2 weeks of exhaustingly successful travel 🥰 I visited 5 new countries - Canada, Ireland, Croatia, Bosnia & Austria. Check my highlights for details. All of them were seriously the most beautiful places I've ever visited. Side note: for the people who responded to my poll in my story, no, I’d actually never been to Canada before last week. Weird, considering it’s the country I grew up closest to. Anyways: go places. Experience things. Travel might not actually be the only thing you can buy that makes you richer, but it's definitely the best thing (...along with festival tickets... more on that soon 😏)
Still intrigued by this natural bridge that’s only visible at low tide. I walked across it to Charles Island again the other day when my cousins were in town. One of the park rangers was on the bridge warning people to be back to where he was standing no later than 12:03, or else they’d be stuck on the island until the next low tide. 😂 . . While I don’t want to test it out for myself, I am curious what happens if you get stuck over there. Do the park rangers come rescue you in a boat? Do you have to pay a $500 fine? Do you have to have a sleepover on the island with the nesting birds? . . ❥ . . Have you ever gotten stuck somewhere and needed to be rescued? Whether an island, an elevator, etc.? I have actually been stuck in an elevator twice. Once with just one other person. Another time with about 30. Neither time was very fun. 🙈
After a much needed hiatus from social media, I’m back & more mentally on my game than ever! ✨ It’s not often that we put the needs of ourselves first but taking a break, refocusing & charging up our own battery packs is good for not only you, but also everyone around you! 🤓🔋If you’re struggling lately, whether it’s with posting content, stress, relationships or even motivation through the course of your everyday life, here’s the sign you’ve been looking for: Take. A. Break. 👏🏼👏🏼 You owe it to yourself!! What are some of the ways y’all unwind or recharge? 🤔
Pirate Tower, Princess Tower, or something else? . What does this structure make you think of? . It’s really just an enclosed staircase for beach access built in 1926 for a Los Angeles senator. You can find the tower by walking on & around a group of rocks from Victoria Beach in Laguna (most parking will be along PCH near Nyes Place & Upland Road). But if you want to get up close, make sure to check the tide schedule because it can become inaccessible during high tide! . . . #piratetower#victoriabeach#california#californiadreaming#californialove
STORY: as a kid, during the summer I’d get super self-conscious about my physical appearance (for many reasons). But, a big one was that it’d be a normal thing that people (people I knew and complete strangers) would say my eyes were “scary”. I’m guessing because as my skin got darker, they appeared to be brighter and “scary”, “striking”, and “animal-like” against my skin tone?? (yeah, those adjectives were used. oh, racism. I mean, would you ever ask a white girl if her green eyes were real?!) I was never sure how to respond to it... I was a super shy kid and didn’t like any attention drawn to me. so I’d just avoid eye contact and conversation. I already felt ugly, I didn’t want to be “scary”, too. But over time and with a lot of work, I’ve really fallen in love with my skin tone and the rosiness it gets from its red undertones. and how my eyes are different colors — and that it’s highlighted even more against my sun-kissed skin. my confidence and self-love definitely had to come from within first before I accepted and eventually loved all the rest of me. but I’m so glad I’m able to have gotten to that point because lemme tell y’all. the sun on this island shines light on every. single. color. shade. and feature. and I feel stunning. bewitching. and myself. 🌞🌿