Be Open to Life

A photo from Montreal
This photo was taken in Montréal, my fondest memory of 2018.

This post is a little different to ones I normally do. Usually I am writing about my travels/travel wishlist, languages, Youtube recommendations, etc. I love writing articles that provide entertainment, motivation and/or value. However, if you asked me years ago when I was younger what I thought a “blog” was my answer would’ve resembled something like an online diary. A place to talk about yourself, your experiences/feelings, etc.

While that form of blogging is farm from dead, it definitely isn’t the major form anymore. More and more people enjoy not only including personal tidbits, anecdotes and experiences in their blog. But also they provide guides for their readers, info on how to start a business, etc. Things that are a tad less “personal.” I definitely think both ends of the spectrum are needed. Which is why I wanted to share my thoughts about being open to life.

If you’re interested in hearing my thoughts about this, please, keep reading.

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7 Brazilian Cities to Visit: More than Rio & São Paulo

Ordem e Progresso

If you have seen any of my previous posts regarding language, you probably know one of the languages I’m studying is Portuguese. Specifically, Brazilian Portuguese. There are a plethora of reasons why I want to learn this fun language, but traveling throughout Brazil is one of them. Who knows? Maybe I’ll live there to work for a year one day. But I do know that I want to improve my language skills so when I go I can converse with Brazilians in their native language.

I use various resources to improve my Portuguese, including talking to Brazilians via apps/websites like HelloTalk, iTalki and Tandem. I’ve spoken with my Brazilian Uber driver once and he also gave me advice and tips about visiting Brazil. But what is a common theme people tell me is that there is more to Brazil than Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Yes, even Brazilians from those cities tell me so. While those cities are amazing and are definitely on my list of cities to see, keep reading to see what other cities in Brazil I can’t wait to experience.

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Goals Four: February 2019

What goals do you want to achieve this month?

Welcome back to my blog (or welcome if you’re new). This is my second installment for my #GoalsFour series on my blog. The last one I did was in December. Basically, in each post I will discuss what I want to accomplish over the next month or two. I will list four areas of my life that I want to work on or four things I’d like to accomplish.

At the end I will also list four things I did well since my last #GoalsFour post, whether it was something intentional or unintentional. It’s good to remind yourself of the areas you did well in. Because even if you didn’t hit the goals you set out, maybe there were other areas in your life where you took major steps forward. Thus, the purpose of this series is to motivate me, give myself a kick in the butt which I need from time-to-time but also appreciate the work and growth I made. So, if you’d like to read what goals I have out to accomplish, keep reading.

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January 2019 Moving Vlog

Hey all! If you’re interested in seeing me prepare for an impending move, check out my January moving vlog! Here I am packing, going through my things and I even show a few of my few favorite travel products. Most of which I got from Amazon or somewhere really cheap like TJ Maxx/Marshalls. I’ve listed some of the products mentioned below so you can shop if you’d like. I’d receive a small commission from the Amazon links if you purchase an item, but there’s no extra cost to you!

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Best Apps & Online Resources for Language Learners

For many years I thought that if I didn’t have access to a class or I wasn’t living in a foreign country, that I wouldn’t be able to effectively learn a language. I have since realized how wrong I was. Lucky for those of us today we have access to an abundance of resources online, many of which are absolutely free. I’m not knocking classes or living in a foreign country. I took Spanish classes since middle school and I’m so thankful for that because it taught me grammar rules, basic vocabulary, recognizing patterns and how to study. And one of my dreams is to live abroad.

However, if those two options aren’t available to you right now or don’t interest you, I compiled a list of resources to help language learners. These include apps and websites that you can use from the comfort of your home or on your phone during a lunch break at school or work. No more excuses as to why you can’t learn a language because this is the ultimate guide.

If you’d like to discover what resources at right at your fingertips, keep reading.

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12 Unique Airbnb’s in the U.S.

Use Airbnb to find more than apartments, find unique properties.

Airbnb is a great option if you don’t want to stay directly in tourist locations, want to feel more like a local or save a few dollars rather than going to a hotel. When I dream about and fantasize plan my future trips I love going over to the Airbnb app or website to see where I could stay in cities around the world and in the United States.

While most Airbnb’s are beautiful apartments or spare bedrooms, Airbnb also offers an array of unique homes from tiny homes to RVs to boats. I decided to compile a list of some of the most interesting looking Airbnb’s around the United States. Just to note, because these unique homes are well, unique, they tend to be a bit more expensive than the average Airbnb’s you can find. People understand they are paying for the experience. I tried to filter to properties that are $100 or less per night at the time of writing this post.

But remember that there are some surcharges and fees you have to pay, so the final prices can vary. Buzzfeed wrote an amazing article discussing the problems people have with Airbnb because the advertised price is practically never the final price. However, keeping that all in mind, I still believe these properties are worth the money if you want to have a fun, unique experience. So, if you’re ready to discover some amazing places, keep reading.

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10 Dreamy French Cities I Can’t Wait to Visit

Bonjour everyone! Welcome back to my blog. Or welcome, if you are new. One of the primary reasons I started this blog was to express my desire to travel the world. As well as to have a place to document my future travels. As of now, I haven’t been to many places. But the traveling love and itch for adventure is still very strong. Due to platforms like Pinterest, I am able to discover many places to add to my list of places to see. By the time I am 30 I’d like to say I’ve been to every single continent. Ambitious? Maybe. Doable? Absolutely!

You may have read my previous post about Spanish cities I can’t wait to visit. Europe in general is the continent I am most looking forward to exploring in my life. France happens to be one country with an abundance of cities, towns and villages that look like they can be out of a storybook. In fact, some places are rumored to have inspired classic Disney films like Beauty and the Beast. In this post I am going to document the 10 cities/towns/villages in France I can’t wait to visit. I’m not going to include Paris because well, duh, it’s a must. Plus, everyone knows of it.

Are you from France? Tell me, what are your favorite French cities? If you’re ready to read of more places throughout France outside of the home of the Eiffel Tower, continue reading. 

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