Posted tagged ‘travel’

February: Let the vacation planning begin!

February 6, 2011

Living in frigid Michigan, now’s about the time when I start drifting off into daydreams about warm weather and cabana boys. Unfortunately, travel planning has never been my strong suit. I have found Mashable’s 75+ Online Travel Resources helpful in getting me going, but I’m not even sure where to begin. So I’m opening it up to you.

What is the best vacation you’ve ever been on? What tools did you use to plan? What advice do you have for future vacationers?

I’m so excited to hear your comments!

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Does your city inspire you?

October 21, 2010

This past weekend, I ventured to the Big Apple for the first time. I had this preconceived notion from movies and Law and Order reruns that New York was this HUGE city with a gajallion people and that I would feel like Macaulay Culkin in Lost in New York. That couldn’t have been farther than what I felt. I actually felt like home. The city felt welcoming, almost like I belonged there.

Now I’m not saying I’m moving to New York tomorrow or anything (just yet), but the city, without a doubt, inspired me to dream big in my life decisions. Work projects, personal relationships, evening jogs, I feel like I’m actually putting forth more effort in order to produce the results I want.

Does this sound crazy? Does your city (or any city for that matter) ever inspire you?

Here’s what I’d loved about New York:

1. People- There’s not really a typical look for a New Yorker because the demographics are so diverse. And the amount of people meant that I was rarely bored.

2. Attitude- The aura of people in New York was not the stereotypical loud-mouthed asshole. People were confident, but not obnoxious. Vocal, but not rude. Yet striving for the best life they could possibly achieve.

3. Food- China town, street vendor gyros, foldable pizza and authentic ethnic food from wherever my heart desires.

4. Unity- After 9/11, I was told by a friend that New York became a new place where people were caring and generally looked out for one another. The “city of one” energy is definitely present.

5. Lights- Bright lights have always made me feel comfortable. It probably stems from being on stage at dance recitals or something. Bright city lights signify bright future and opportunities to me, which, obviously, I love.

In honor of my love for a new change of urban scenery, I’ve created my ode to New York with pictures from circlebox blog.


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