First Flight of 2018

Shalom Everyone,

In regards to my first post of the year, “Stepping Into 2018 like…”, I’ve begun to conquer one of the goals I’ve had on my list, which is to travel. Recently, I returned from my first trip of the year and wanted to share some tips and helpful hints that may be useful if you’re traveling anytime soon. Hope you like!

Disclaimer: This is exclusively from my point of view. You may find that that my “myths” are actually your truths. Let me know your opinions in the comments or email me!

 

So I started my trip by trying to book a flight to Atlanta. We initially planned on flying straight into Orlando, however, ticket prices were not cheap. You know how they say flights are cheapest on Tuesdays 6 weeks before the date of your departure? Well, that was a myth.

Tip 1: If a flight is expensive, it’s just going to be expensive. You might find something that varies by a few dollars, but nothing that is going to be tremendously different if you buy it on a Tuesday six weeks before, a Friday two days before, or Monday the day of. 

The flight going to ATL was pretty smooth and that’s coming from someone who hates flying.

It was my first time in ATL and I got to see the town for a couple days before the 5 hour road trip to Orlando. I loved it. The vibe was amazing and it was just cool to see people that looked like me everywhere I went. I could see why it’s a popular destination to move to. As soon as I stepped off the plane, I felt comfort. The only thing that draws me away from making a permanent move is that TRAFFIC. Ugh! The traffic in Atlanta is a problem. If you’re driving somewhere, you have to add on at least 30-40 minutes just for traffic.

After two days, my cousins and I started on our road trip to Orlando, FL. It was about 5 to 6 hours and that leads me into my second tip.

Tip 2: Always have some form of entertainment when on a road trip. Whether it be a full playlist, a good book, or some car games, you will need something to keep you entertained or a 5 hour ride could feel like 8 hours. 

Orlando was amazing! And by amazing, I mean hot! We stayed at a resort right outside of Sea World with an amazing discount.

Tip 3: Utilize your family, friends, and networks. We were able to stay at such a beautiful resort in an amazing location because my cousin works for the hotel chain and was able to get the family a substantial discount. If someone has a connection somewhere or to something, it doesn’t hurt to ask. 

We gathered down in FL to have a surprise party for our grandmother turning 80 years old. She was definitely surprised to see everyone and had no clue about anything. I hadn’t seen my nana in about 5 years so I was just happy to be there. The rest of the time we spent there was about laying out by the pool,  having fun, and celebrating my cousin’s birthday too! We went out to experience the nightlife on the Universal promenade.

Tip 4: If you’re in Orlando and looking for something to do at night with “grown folks”, the Universal Studios walk is awesome. It’s filled with restaurants, bars, and clubs that cater to every type of music genre. You don’t have to pay to get onto the promenade, however, there might be a small cover to get into some of the places depending on the day and time (we didn’t have to pay and it was a Sunday).

After three days in Orlando, we traveled back to ATL and ended our mini vacation with a night at Top Golf. If you haven’t been to Top Golf, I highly recommend trying it out. It’s a great time.

I tried something different this time and put my photos in a video collage. It was my first time putting one together, but I think I did okay.

 

 

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Canada, eh?

Im baaaack!

I took a short hiatus because I was up north in Canada. Although I was only there for seven days, it was a trip that required a lot of preparation. Nonetheless, I had a great time being away from home for a week and being a tourist in another country.

My mom and I rented a car and began our journey north. We made our first stop in Elmira, NY for two days to take part in a wine tour. We did a tour with Crush Beer & Wine Tour. They took us to four different wineries where tasted six different wines at each. By the third winery, I felt a little tipsy. It was a lot of wine for one day but well worth the money.

The wineries themselves were really peaceful and beautiful to look at.

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The fashion behind it

I wore this olive green romper I got from Macy’s in Herald Square along with a calf length cream lace cover up. That, I bought from TJMaxx. I wanted chic yet comfortable since it was hot and I knew I would be moving around a lot that day. Side note: My mother was inclined to wear that hat. It blew away multiple times.

 

Our next stop was Niagara Falls.

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We were fortunate enough to have a room that had a view of the falls and the Skylon tower. In the two days that we spent here we did a tour that took us throughout all of Niagara and of course we rode the boat that took us super close to the waterfall itself.

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The nightlife in Niagara Falls is actually poppin! It’s great for families and couples. They had a club, loads of bars, and a street filled with arcade games, funhouses, mini golf, etc. Plus, there were plenty of restaurants so you never go hungry.

The Fashion Behind it

Since Niagara was all about sightseeing, I was more inclined to dress comfortably. Plus, I didn’t know what to expect from being on that boat. I wore an Under Armour threadborne tank top, which is known for being super comfy with a cotton feel but dries fast like dri-fit material. I wore that along with black workout pants.

Our final stop was Toronto.

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This is one of my new favorite spots. If their winters weren’t so long and harsh, I would consider moving there. I just really hate winter.

Nonetheless, my mom and I spent all weekend in Toronto. It was a lot of fun and such a great place for young people my age. We had tickets for a hop on hop off bus tour that took you all over Toronto and our tickets were valid for two days. So we took advantage of that visited all these different spots like the distillery district where they are known for making alcohol, Soma, which is known for having “the best chocolate in the world”, The Bata Shoe Museum, Chinatown, The CN Tower, and the center of Younge & Dundas Square. Those are just a few.

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The fashion Behind It

Toronto is like a city and you never know who you might see. I did a lot of walking too so I was going for cute and comfortable. I wore a mix of dresses with sneakers, sandals, and shorts. I just tried to make sure my face had a slight beat. 

 

All in all, I had an amazing time. This vacation was different being that it was more sightseeing and walking rather than relaxing on a beach for a week. But I’m glad my mother chose this place. If you are ever going to Canada, here is some advice:

  1. Drive. Just drive. I contemplated driving the entire time we were planning and I’m so happy we did. It makes life 10X easier, your’e comfortable, and you can stop when you want.
  2. Take advantage of all of the tours. Tours can sometimes seem very cliché and touristy but it was really easy to see each place for the short time we were there. The hop on hop off bus tour was my favorite.
  3. Stop at the Duty Free store on your way back to the states. The prices are really great. I bought a full bottle of mojito flavored Bacardi for $12! They have designer bags and cologne for good prices too as well as last minute souvenirs.
  4. Bring your passport. I heard a lot of back and forth about whether or not to bring my passport in order to cross the border so I brought it just in case. I’m glad I did because that was the first thing the patrol officer asked for when I rolled down my window. I’m sure if I didn’t have it he could have used my license or something else, however, I think using your passport is the simplest way. Also, I had to ask to get my passport stamped because they usually don’t do it. I’m trying to keep my passport tatted.
  5. Try new places and foods. This is what I do if I go to any new place and especially another country. I try to avoid eating at places that I would on a regular basis. Why would I want to eat at Applebees there when I can eat at Applebees here? Yes they might have more native foods on their menu, but I would rather not eat at a franchise at all.
  6. You can pay in American money, Canadian money, or both over there. However, they always give you Canadian change.

 

Sorry this post was so long! I just had to tell you all so much!     Peace and Love :]