Can you guess where it is? (Hint: it's in the same state as my hometown!)
A couple of days ago we celebrated the Chinese New Year! Who's headed to China this year?
What's your favorite sport to watch in the Winter Olympics?
Double date 🐧💕🐧
I spent the majority of my 20s single. I traveled solo. I was the third wheel. I was the “single” friend.
For years before meeting Meyer, I would have people feel genuinely sorry for me when they found out I didn’t have a boyfriend.
I could have just spent an hour talking about the success of my business, having traveled to over 50 countries on my own, displaying self-confidence and wisdom beyond my years— but the second I said I was single, I instantly became a crazy cat lady, loudly displaying a countdown timer to infertility.
The conversation would literally go from “WOW! You’ve done so much at such a young age!” to “You better lock it down before you’re too old to have kids.” (*insert a real LOL here*) I spent my 20s seeing the world, learning about what I truly wanted out of life, growing a business and selfishly focusing on becoming an awesome human.
Some people meet their soul mates in their teens, and others might find love where they least expect it. There is no “how-to” guide for life OR love. So, don’t compare your life to others— especially on Instagram.
Love yourself first. Accept yourself. Truly. Flaws and all. It’s one of the most cliche things to say on a day like Valentine's Day. But, self-love isn’t important. It’s necessary.
Believe in yourself and do what you want in life. Appreciate the journey. Surround yourself with friends, family, and people that bring out the best in you. THAT is the true secret to happiness.
Add Bali to your travel list this year!
Happy Chinese New Year!
Looking back on some of my favorite experiences in this wonderful country in honor of the Chinese New Year today!
South Africa is very well-known for it's outstanding wines, but Cape Town actually has a great craft beer scene as well! There's nothing like cracking a refreshing cold one in the summer heat.
I've compiled a list of my favorite local beers and some great tap houses to check out in the city. CLICK below to learn more:
These could come in handy:
If you know me, you know my cocktail of choice is a Gin & Tonic! Today I'm sharing my favorite local gins and places to try them in Cape Town.
What's your go-to cocktail?
I recently traveled to Botswana where I had no cell phone connection and I truly got to unplug for a bit. It's great to take a little break now and then 😌
If “The Notebook” had been filmed in Africa 😜
The Okavango Delta in Botswana is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen! While staying at Sable Alley, we took a mokoro to discover to experience this peaceful wonderland of the delta.
Shot on DJIglobal MavicPro | Edited with @tbapresets (yes they work on video in Premiere too!) https://theblondeabroad.com/lightroom-presets-x-blonde-abroad/ | Natural Selection |
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! 💘
In honor of this day of love I'm sharing my favorite date ideas for all around Cape Town-- if you don't live in Cape Town you can still use these as starting points and research similar places in your hometown.
Comment below your favorite date night (or day) activity...
Comment below your favorite book of ALL time...
Get started planning your next holiday in Europe!
Grab your towel and flip-flops, it's time to hit the beach!
I can't stop looking back at my incredible holiday visiting the Christmas Markets in Europe! After scrolling through my camera roll, I picked out some of my favorite photos from all the different markets.
Click below for some major inspo for your 2018 winter holiday!
Custom playlist for a custom trip!
Just a few more days until the Mardi Gras celebrations begin!
Sweep your love off their feet this year❤️
Check this out if you're visiting New York soon!
Namibia is full of epic deserts and great ocean views. When these two natural landscapes come together, it makes for one EPIC African road trip.
Details on my awesome drive through the dunes below:
Good to know these things about the big merger:
One of the best ways to see a new country or state is to drive through it! I've had some epic road trips from the deserts of Namibia to the Ring Road in Iceland to the iconic Pacific Coast Highway.
Check out some of my favorite drives around the world below:
Getting ready for V-Day!
Kalahari desert oasis 🌴
Lemonade in hand and zebras on the horizon. Definitely one of the prettiest pools I’ve ever seen!
Tag who you’d want hang here with below!
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Every time I visit Namibia I find new adventures. It's the perfect place to really get in touch with the outdoors and marvel at the earth's natural beauty.
I had the absolute pleasure of staying at the incredible Spitzkoppen Lodge and experiencing a true eco-escape.
Read more below:
Caption this below!
Shot on FUJIFILM X Series US | Edited with @tbapresets: http://bit.ly/2nHzoXd
Interlaken, Switzerland is such an incredible snowy destination to visit in the winter. Thankfully a trip here doesn't have to break the bank.
Making small changes to your itinerary like choosing hostels over hotels and hitting the grocery store instead of the spendy restaurants adds up!
Click below for more tips on low-cost ways to see this beautiful city:
Where are you headed this month?
Hakuna Matata ✌🏻🇧🇼
Meet the meerkats of the Kalahari! At Jack’s Camp in Botswana, I got to hang out with these little cuties! As a tourist, I am very cautious about human interaction with wild animals. These animals are completely wild— as they should be— but have been habituated, meaning their behavior is not affected by the presence of humans. They have come to see us as part of their normal habitat— not as a threat. While you should never touch them, they might not respect the same of you lol! With the guidance of a game ranger and meerkat researcher, I simply sat down and these guys ran right up to the top of my head as if I were no different than a termite mound!
Shot on GoPro Hero6
Masks ✔️ Beads ✔️ Beignets ✔️ Time to get ready for Mardi Gras!
Mardi Gras coming soon! Who is celebrating?
If you're headed to the heart of it all, New Orleans, click below for my tips!
Where are you traveling this month?
Dreaming of warmer weather? It's just about that time to plan a tropical getaway.
Check out some inspiration for a trip to Puerto Rico below!
I love discovering special little places like this!
Thank you to those of you who have reached out about the current situation in South Africa. If you didn’t know, Cape Town is experiencing the worst drought in history; they are going to be the first major city in the world to have the taps run dry.
If you are planning to travel to Cape Town and/or want to learn more about what is going, please read Natalie from Tails Of A Mermaid's guest post below!
A big thank you to Nat for putting this together! xx
Talk about a romantic getaway...💘
Now that we have made our 2018 Travel Bucket List, it's time to make some travel RESOLUTIONS!
It's time to stop making all of the excuses (no time, no money, no one to go with, nowhere to start) and commit to making this the year of new experiences.
Click below for some of my ideas on resolutions to make 2018 the year of travel and comment 2018 travel resolutions below so we can keep you accountable!
Just 23 more reasons why I love diving all over the world.
Want to step up your photography editing game? See how I edit my photos, and learn more about my Lightroom Presets collections below!
Today is the LAST day of the FIRST month of 2018! The end of January has got me seriously thinking about what I want to accomplish and the adventures to be had for the rest of this year.
If you're needing some ideas, check out my 2018 travel bucket list below!
What's on your bucket list for 2018?
Step 1) plan a spring break trip, Step 2) make a great spring break playlist...
Belize is known for its INCREDIBLE marine life and diving experiences. Unfortunately the stunning coastal life in Belize is being threatened by a species called Lionfish.
With the help of the Hamanasi Resort dive team, I went face to face with the source of the problem and got to learn more about what we can do to fix it.
CLICK below to learn more about this issue:
Cat videos, cat cafes and now cat sanctuaries...what's next?
The Galapagos are all about their natural beauty and exploring the beautiful islands. There are so many adventures to be had in this incredible destination so it's important to pack accordingly.
After my trip to the islands back in 2016, there were a few key items I wished I had with me.
If you're planning (or dreaming of) a trip to the Galapagos, click below for what to pack!
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