Thailand Adventure and Yoga Retreat w/Cristiane Machado

Thailand Adventure and Yoga Retreat w/Cristiane Machado

I first visited Thailand in 2015 as a solo traveler.  Thailand had always been on my list of places to explore and I loved it so much that I decided to stay a month.  During this month, I explored a “Taste” of Thailand and I realized that it was the perfect trip for the first time visitor.  As a beach lover, I knew that I would love this country and its beaches and it sure did NOT disappoint.  If you are a foodie, this is one of those places that the food is a destination as well.  I loved everything about it.  If Thailand has always been on your list, but you have been afraid of going at it alone, this is just for you. Join me and Cristiane Machado for our energies to blend for your inspiration 🙂 The trip includes TEN nights in Thailand and the itinerary is as follows: Day #1: Arrive at your Bangkok Hotel.  Meet for an optional dinner at the hotel lobby if applicable or rest. (you get to decide) Day #2: We will explore the Buddhist temples of Bangkok: The Grand Palace and Wat Pho (Reclining gold Buddha).  Private transportation will pick us up at the hotel to take us to the temples.  Evening local dinner for all (included). Day #3: Private transportation will take us to the remote beach village of Huai Yang.  It is approximately a four hour trip.  This is away from the noisy tourist path.  Enjoy a place the locals go to on vacation.  You will get your own private cabin for two. Day #3-#9:  Yoga and spiritual transformation...
What’s Nest? (Not a Typo) Travel With Me.

What’s Nest? (Not a Typo) Travel With Me.

  Hi everyone!  As you all know, I have been traveling for three years.  The first year it was very fast travel, the second year it was planned ahead of time while balancing the transition from a stable life to a digital one, and this third year was mostly about finding the balance between being a digital nomad to a more location independent life.  I do not regret any of it, but change is a part of life and I am welcoming the next chapter.  I want to nest. Looking back, “they”said I should not, but I have.  “They”said I cannot, but I will.  “They” said I will not, but I did.  Moral of the story: “Never let others tell you what you can or cannot do.  You DEFINE YOU.”   People think I am crazy for having the life that I have.  I think it is crazy to live the same day 365 times.  It is all just a matter of perspective and personal preference. No lifestyle is perfect, but being a digital nomad has taught me that what I was really seeking was freedom.  You can have freedom by being location independent too, and not having to stay in a particular place solely to keep a job.  I can work from wherever I want as long as there is an internet connection. As a digital nomad, I received many blessings.  I was able to have experiences that enriched my spirit and made me laugh with joy.  However, I also inherited other types of problems.  Trying to find a reliable internet connection wherever I went was beyond stressful.  It...
Are Time Shares Worth the Investment?

Are Time Shares Worth the Investment?

  Lyrics to the hit song ¨Hotel California¨ were probably inspired after a Time Share presentation.  How would you like to vacation like a rock star every year on your budget?  Imagine going to a five star resort every year for less than what a hotel will cost you.  ¨We are not a timeshare.  We are an investment in your quality of life.¨  No matter what a salesperson will tell you, timeshare sales are a business and the bottom line is making money.  In this article we will explore the pros and cons of owning a timeshare by comparing two of the most popular presentations in The Riviera Maya area.  My goal was to visit three of them, but I actually only got through two and the reason for this may surprise you. #1 Vidanta/Mayan Palace Hands down this property is impressive and with every luxury imaginable.  The presentation was, quite frankly one of the most aggressive experiences of my life and when I use that word I am being polite.  You will go through four people before they decide to let you go.  The pressure is so intense that the original salesperson turns you over to his Supervisor.  The Supervisor pressures you and gets upset when you decide not to buy.  Afterwards, you meet a third person which makes another pitch and walks you to the ¨exit¨ to get your taxi.  Once you get your taxi voucher a fourth person comes in and gives you another ¨deal¨ you cannot pass—except for the purposes of researching this article I did.  Timeshares have gotten a bad rep over the years...
Five Things to Do in Ibiza for Introverts

Five Things to Do in Ibiza for Introverts

Foam parties until dawn, music that may forever tarnish your ear drums, sex, drugs, and rock & roll.  That is what people think of when they hear that you are going to Ibiza.  I noticed the party starts on the plane on the way there.  Until this day it has been the most noisy of flights ever.  It got so bad that the pilot faked turbulence just to get us all to sit down and be quiet.  However, I learned that we get the experience we are looking for and moving my booty to booze and other recreational activities was not on my personal plans for Ibiza.  I wanted a lot of alone time, reading good books, and just enjoying the people watching and discovering what it is that makes this place so special.  Ibiza feels like you have landed on another planet and the beaches are as different from each other as if you were in an entirely different place.  I believe this is as close to paradise as possible.  My introduction to Spain was this island before later venturing out to the mainland. I definitely did not go for foodie adventures since the island pretty much caters to tourists, worldwide, but I did discover Pintxos on this island.  All in all it was an absolutely memorable time and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.  To read about food in Spain check out my post: 12 Yummy Barcelona Experiences. #5 LET IT ALL OUT:  On my first day I arrived from London, where it was already getting chilly so I had to quickly get rid...
What My 40´s Year Old Self Would Tell My Younger Self

What My 40´s Year Old Self Would Tell My Younger Self

YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL AND YOU ARE ENOUGH: Seriously, you look great but of course you do not know that.  As a matter of fact, you will later regret not knowing that you were this beautiful in your 20´s. How you look at 25 is very different than how you will look at 35.  You have health right now, which will be drastically taken away from you in your 30´s.  See, you are about to make some poor choices in love and career that will have you taking a wrong turn in life.  This will affect both your health and your body.  Enjoy being 25 at the peak of your beauty, but also start to figure out whom you are on the inside because ultimately that is what will take over.  We ALL fade physically, but our essence can become brighter and more beautiful the more we work on ourselves. Also, you do not know this right now, but YOU ARE ENOUGH.  You got out of college and now you want to prove to yourself that something will come of it.  Let me tell you something, success is not something you achieve as if you will get everything that you want in that next relationship or that next job.  There is not anything OUT THERE that will fill the void inside of you.  It will take you a long time to learn this, but in the meantime, enjoy making all of those mistakes that you are about to make because ultimately you WILL learn and you will be a new and changed person because of it. 2. THE NEXT 20...
HOUSING OPTIONS YOU ARE OVERLOOKING

HOUSING OPTIONS YOU ARE OVERLOOKING

The biggest decision we will make after we decide what destination to visit is HOUSING.  It will most likely take the biggest chunk out of your travel budget and can also make or break your vacation.  Have you ever stayed at a five star resort that was under construction or have an AirBnb nightmare story?  There are many other options out there that people are not considering, but that can save them big money.  Here are five alternative housing options that you can look into: 1) Monasteries:  You do not have to be religious or into spirituality to stay at a monastery.  There are many around the world that have been welcoming travelers.  In some of these places, you can volunteer to serve food or help with chores in exchange for a free stay.  It does not matter what your background is, there is a monastery waiting for you to discover its serene and peaceful welcome. Staying at a monastery is cheaper than a hotel or short-term rental and will provide the safety that you want.  Monasteries come in all shapes and for all budgets.  From the luxurious and pristine to the basic and rugged–surely you can find one that suits your needs and travel style.   For a list of monasteries that you can stay in The United States: monasteries.net For a list of monasteries that you can stay in Europe: Goodnightandgodbless.com The best part about monasteries is that they offer a wonderful alternative to hotels and resorts.  Usually, they offer organic food and it is already a given that it will provide you a serene environment.  In...