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...
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...
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...
Holbox An Island on the Verge….

Holbox An Island on the Verge….

Dreamy, sleepy, enchanting, and peaceful are just a few words to describe this island on the verge of becoming a major tourist attraction.  I am blessed to know it before it officially has streets, traffic lights, and bustling tourists from every corner of the earth. The irony of finding a gem is that what makes it so special is also just “about” to morph and change into a town where people will stand in line to take a photo in front of the letters that spell the beach town.  However, I am happy to share my experience with all of you so that you are ready for your first visit. First comes first: GETTING THERE FROM PLAYA DEL CARMEN:  The good news for those of you that want to experience Holbox, is that you no longer have to take a bus to Cancun and then transfer to another bus. There is now a direct bus that leaves Playa Del Carmen at 9:20am (Juarez Station only) and the ride lasts two hours and 20 minutes. It arrives just in time for the noon ferry! The ferry takes about 18 to 25 minutes. ***Special Hint: the red ferry is nicer and quicker. It also costs the same as the blue one. Getting to this island considered as 1 of 5 most peaceful in the world—just got easier! LODGING:  I stayed at Tribu and I am so glad I did.  There were like minded individuals there ready to explore the island and to share memorable times with.  I am aware that the hostel environment is not for everyone, but you can get...
YUMMY Restaurants in Playa del Carmen Cheat Sheet

YUMMY Restaurants in Playa del Carmen Cheat Sheet

1)TACOS: El Fogon Tacos al Pastor (Pork tacos with pineapple) Tacos with Chorizo and queso Tacos with Arrachera (steak) Carnitas Teresita for Tacos de Chicharron or Kastacan as they call it in this region. For more Info: Carnitas Teresita 2)  ARRACHERA (Steak dinner) HC de Monterey & El Fogon both have excellent steak dinners 3) FRESH FISH FILLETS & AWESOME CEVICHE La Tarraya has been a local favorite for over 20 years.  Any of their fish dishes are a winner.  From fish in garlic sauce to Pescado Tikinxic—try them all;)  Winner ceviche with fresh homemade totopos (word here for tortilla chips).  For the health conscious a lot of their dishes are grilled. 4) FRUIT AND VEGGIE JUICES El Nativo Although this place is known for their amazing juices at very affordable prices, their lunch and dinner specials deserve to be mentioned as well.  A local favorite—I cannot stop going here whenever I need authentic meals on my nomadic budget;) 5) BEST COFFEE AND TERRIFIC BRUNCH Cafe Chou Chou:  For more info:  Cafe Chou Chou 6) ITALIAN FOOD WITH FRESH HOMEMADE PASTA: Romeo´s 7) VENEZUELAN FOOD: Kaxapa Factory:  Breakfast, fruit juices that you have never tried like “Venezuelan Lemonade” and awesome overall menu all day.   For more info: Kaxapa Factory 8) ENCHILADAS Piknik (65 pesos Lunch menu) 9) DELICIOUS DESSERTS: Ah Cacao (elote cake) and any of the desserts at Chez Celine.  The corn bread dessert at Kaxapa Factory is delicious too! 10) LOCAL DRINK: MICHELADA (a local favorite).  Order it anywhere!  It is not always on the menu but they will make it for you everywhere. ***BONUS:  MY FAVORITE FINE DINING...