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...
A Story of Transformation

A Story of Transformation

  When I look in the mirror, I like what I see.  I wish I was taller, there are times during the year that I gained some pounds that I wish I could get rid of, and if I could choose, I would not mind having a smaller booty.  These are all silly wishes in the big scheme of things and not anything to stress over. However, what happens when you wake up in the morning and you do NOT like what you see?  Does this not apply to most people at some point in life?  Don’t we ALL have to go through a process of self-love and self-acceptance after pain and disappointments?  Imagine if this feeling went a step further.  What would happen if you feel like one gender on the inside, but your body is the opposite gender?  For one second, imagine living in a Halloween costume that you cannot take off at the end of the night. I do not know what it is like to be born a man any more than I know what it is like to be born a Scottish woman.  I have no idea what a Chinese person feels like when they visit their grandparents after having been born and raised in The United States, but then they are judged by others for not speaking the language.  I have zero idea of what it means to be black and the struggles and prejudice that they go through.  However, that does not mean that I cannot find common ground in their story to reach a place of compassion and understanding for their...
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...
The Un-Life of a Train Conductor Vs. Trump’s America

The Un-Life of a Train Conductor Vs. Trump’s America

When I tell people I was once a train conductor I get a big gasp of disbelief.  It seems I am not the image of a train conductor and I am pretty sure I do not look like Tom Hanks.  However, I really hated it when people didn’t have their ticket or when passengers wanted to use some lame excuse as to how I was “singling” them out because of some irrelevant yet a hot trending issue.  It is not easy being around hundreds of people every day.   Managing different personalities with lack of sleep combined with the over-worked lives of our travelers is a skill that cannot be taught. However, the position taught me how to observe people from all walks of life and how to eventually be able to write articles like this one. The truth is that at one point I LOVED being a train conductor.  I was able to use the train for free and I took advantage of that very much.  I was able to go from one side of the country to the other.  I was able to hop in my car (yes, my car) from Virginia to Florida as I wined and dined on the Auto train.  It was a magnificent time and I enjoyed every minute of it—until I didn’t.  See, riding the train and working on one are two totally separate experiences. I wrote this article to honor all the railroad employees and  staff from the Engineers to the Snack bar employees and Train conductors.  I call it the “un-life” because so much of our everyday lives are sacrificed.  From...
A Taste of Thailand

A Taste of Thailand

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 do not think you can afford it—-I have designed this “Luxury On A Budget” package just for you. The trip includes TEN nights in Thailand and we will be visiting the main attractions in Bangkok as well as experiencing your first island on this enchanting part of the world.    The itinerary includes a visit to The Grand Palace, Wat Pho (The Reclining Buddha), and Wat Arun.  I love my tour groups to connect with each other so I provide a local and traditional dinner so that we can all introduce ourselves.   In addition, I want people to have free time to enjoy themselves.  Whether you are a night owl or an introvert at heart—I will provide input on where to go and what to do.  I will not judge you.  Whatever happens in Thailand is YOUR business:) Once we arrive in Ko Samet, we will do a day tour of Ko Samet beaches as well...