I Am Taking A Break…

I am taking a break

Oh my gosh, the snow is coming down today in New York City. It is insanely beautiful if you can stay in doors and not travel in the blizzard. I am right now as we speak sitting at my empty, bare desk as I finish packing up my beautiful apartment.

So many emotions have hit me in the last 24 hours, it’s almost hard to comprehend each one. I am sad to be leaving this place I called home for the past year and a half. Astoria, and this building in particular, and this cute studio, has been so good to me. Incredible memories have been made sitting at this desk as I read in astonishment the opportunities that hit my mailbox. Like being asked to be apart of Google #teampixel, to finding out we are all traveling to Sundance, to so many invitations that brought me all around the city to restaurants and hotels I would have never seen otherwise.

I also had so many cozy nights here, tucked high above Astoria and relaxing as the busy city was mere miles away. In the summer I would open up my balcony door and play music while cooking delicious food for the week. Like I said, so many incredible, blessed, miracles happened in this apartment. I am sad to leave, but I will bring these good times and memories with me.

I am also really excited for the next chapter.

Making the decision to pack up my life and go was, for me, completely necessary. Some of you may not know this but I have worked nearly every single day for the last two years. Grinding and hustling so hard for my dreams to come true. And it was worth every moment.

But I am taking a break.

I am longing to go out into this world and explore. To see how others live, to visit people I have met along the way in New York City. To challenge myself to grow in a very new way. To be completely on my own again, and force myself into uncomfortable situations.

I want to see new sights, hear new sounds, smell new smells, and taste new flavors. I am yearning for that inspiration that I cannot get anywhere else other than to travel. So that is exactly what I am doing for the next three months. I am taking off, with a one way ticket, and have no clue where I will be heading. I am packing the very minimum, and I am not going with anyone else. Just ME, myself and my deepest thoughts.

My last day in New York City is this Friday!!! If you have any suggestions on where I should travel, let me know in the comments below! I am taking my laptop and will take tons of photos. I will virtually bring you along for the ride. If you want to follow each step, I will be using Instagram Stories to document as much as I can. Thank you for always be there!

XO, Ellese

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Travel Guide: What To Do In Malibu

There are many exciting places in the world to see and experience. If you’re someone that goes out there and makes those trips happen, then you’ll be fortunate to see pretty much everything you want in your lifetime. Different countries, cities, and sights are always going to offer something unique – a very eye opening kind of experience. When you’re looking for some fun, relaxation, and time to enjoy incredible weather, you might want to head to California. Today, we’re going to take a look at what to do in Malibu, one of the most alluring spots in the state.

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Escape the Frigid Winter with a Holiday in the Sun

Holiday in the Sun

It might not be summer yet, but that doesn’t mean the sun isn’t hanging out in some other part of the world. There are plenty of beautiful holiday opportunities to venture in, even during the winter when it’s freezing in the northern hemisphere. We’ve even got plenty of fantastic places for you to visit during early 2018. Make sure you pack your travel essentials because you’re going to love these sunny holiday ideas!

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Solo Female Travel: The Definition Of Sisters Doing It For Themselves

Solo Female Travel

Traveling can be a fantastic experience, no matter how you choose to do it. It opens your eyes to cultures and lifestyles you would never encounter otherwise. And, by taking you out of your comfort zone, it can teach you a thing or two about yourself as well. Nothing beats going away with loved ones and enjoying luxurious weeks of exploring new areas in each other’s company. In fact, traveling with a partner is an amazing way to re-establish your love, and grow together as a couple.

But, traveling solo has its appeals, as well. In fact, if learning is what you love most about going away, then it doesn’t get better than this. You could wander whenever you want, wherever the mood takes you. And, you can guarantee you would learn a lot more about who you are and what you like this way. Very few instances in our lives do we spend extended periods with just ourselves for company. That may sound daunting, but it’s one of the best ways to discover what our strengths and weaknesses are. Most times, we cope much better alone than we expect. As such, solo travel can be a fantastic way to boost self-esteem.

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#TeamPixel at Google’s Pop Up Shop in New York City

Google's Pop Up Shop in New York City

Yesterday morning was probably the best morning I’ve ever had. I don’t know if it is the end of the holiday parties and I get to let down or the fact I was able to enjoy NYC like a kid, but I laughed the entire hour and a half I spent with Google. I met up with my fellow Team Pixel members in Union Square. I had no idea what to expect, but I was instantly greeted by a row of decked out Pedicabs. Like I said, I instantly began to laugh and smile. I’ve never been in a pedicab before, but always wanted to know what it was like to see New York City in one.

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The New Technology Coming Aboard Royal Caribbean Cruises

I was recently invited to Sea Beyond, where Royal Caribbean Cruises announce it’s latest technological advances and the frictionless experience for those aboard. It was an evening of many firsts. The first time I’ve ever seen gigantic robots dance in unison, which by the way was amazing and I linked a video of it below. It was the first time trying Virtual Reality dining, and eating food completely blind. It was the first to see what the new suites on Royal Caribean will look like, and the luxury is divine. Most importantly, it was the first time I’ve witness facial recognition to check passengers in. It is the effort the massive cruise line is making to ensure a frictionless experience for vacationers to board, relax, and have a wonderful time.

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10 Travel Essentials For Your Holiday Trip

10 Travel Essentials For Your Holiday Trip

Ekk! Thanksgiving is next week which means the busiest travel week is upon us. I too am heading out for the holidays this year and cannot wait! I don’t know about you, but a vacation and a little downtime are exactly what I need. Every year, I pack a small bag and a big bag to travel. Both which get’s through security and on the plane with ease. Yep, I have mastered the art of traveling with only carry-ons. I, in fact, went to Europe for a full month with only one small roller bag and a purse. If you want for me to write a post on how to pack light, let me know in the comments!

Today I am sharing what I bring with me on my holiday travels. It’s typically the same essentials each year. And it looks a little something like this!

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Travel Further for Less in Southeast Asia

Travel Further for Less in Southeast Asia

If you were born and raised in a western household in a western community, then Asia is probably a region full of mysteries and experiences that you’ll want to encounter at some point in life. However, because it’s such a distant and different place than what we’re used to, it can be difficult trying to find the right places to visit and the language barrier can be a problem. Fortunately, it’s fairly easy to travel to Southeast Asia without having to spend too much money, and we’ll be discussing some of those tips in this article.

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Unique Places To Explore If You Want To Travel More

Unique Places To Explore and Travel

Perhaps you’ve done a lot of traveling in your years. In fact, perhaps that’s the problem. You feel as if you’ve almost done too much traveling. You’ve seen everything there is to see, surely? You’ve gone to all the biggest capitals, seen all the most iconic sites (both manmade and natural) and skipped from continent to continent in order to experience every culture to some degree. While that’s fantastic in itself, there’s still very much to explore. There are smaller towns and cities that may never crossed your mind to explore, but contain intricit landscaps and incredible history. That means there’s always more for you to see, should you so wish. And don’t feel bad if you’ve only ever explored your local area because your chance to see more of the world could start right now! Here are some unique places to explore if you want to travel more.

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