How To Avoid Overpacking For Your Next Vacation

How To Avoid Overpacking

I’ve received quite a few requests for this post, so here it is! How to avoid overpacking for a trip. I’ve done a month long trip through Europe with one carry-on suitcase, I am currently on a three month trip with that same carry-on suitcase and a backpack. Needless to say, I’ve gotten this minimalist packing approach down to a science. In this article, I’ll share what exactly to pack with you for a trip. Whether that is a week long or a month long. If you are willing, it can be done with two carry-ons. Are you ready? Let’s go!

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What It’s Like To Stay At A Capsule Hotel

What It's Like To Stay At A Capsule Hotel 9 hour Shinjuku Tokyo

I made it to Tokyo!! Finally, after years of dreaming about it, I am in this magical city. Growing up, I was taught several things about Japan. The World War II, Buddhism, Kimonos… not particularly in that order, but you get it. The few things that stuck out the most were, Yen, the Bullet train, and capsule hotels. The idea of sleeping in a pod absolutely fascinated me. So when I knew I was heading to Tokyo, I had to do some research on which capsule hotel I should stay at.

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This Is Why I keep Moving

why i keep moving

“Too often, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut, doing the same thing the same way over and over every day. But if we are going to live at our absolute best, we should constantly be growing and sharpening our skills. We should strive to learn and grow every single day because when you stop learning, you stop growing. When you stop growing, you stop living.

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My Favorite Places In New York City

My Favorite Places In New York City

I am visiting all my favorite places and groging on delicious foods as if I am never going to see these places again! I will literally be back in New York City in three months to get the rest of my stuff out of storage, I am slightly overreacting. In case you have no idea what I am talking about, read here.

I thought, I might as well make a list of my favorite places to eat, drink, and visit in New York City in case you are looking for new recommendations or visiting soon. I broke it up into Astoria (home), Williamsburg (home away from home), and Manhattan ( well duh!).  I hope you enjoy, and add your recommendations in the comments below!


Parisi Bakery– The most delicious sugar cookies you’ll ever have.

Brooklyn Bagel– Also the most delicious bagels and cream cheese you’ll ever have. I always order the whole wheat everything bagel with tofu veggie.

Omonia– Greek Diner that serves up everything you’d want. I would often go here to work for hours and ordered a Greek salad. Also, cheesecakes and frappes are bomb. They made the cake for the movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”.

Tamashii Ramen– Such a great ramen spot that you can go on your own or with friends. I always see people there reading a book and eating ramen, no shame on going alone.

Mom's Bar. My favorite places in new york city
Mom’s Bar, Astoria favorite place for brunch

Mom’s Kitchen & Bar – You will not be disappointed by the brunch specials here. The food is glorious in size and flavor. The handcrafted cocktails are just as delicious.

Monika’s CafeBarWhere the locals go and hang. It is busy at any time of the week, especially during the warmer nights. It sits across from Kaufman theater and has a very European vibe. The feta cheese fries are my go to.

Sek’end Sun– The place to impress your date with the most refined cocktails. You seriously only need one and your good for the night. Go during happy hour for a real treat.

Socrates Park– See some unusual sculpture all year round in this small but cute park. Weekends during the Spring, Summer and Fall months there are many cool free activities (like yoga and movie screenings).

Astoria Park My Favorite Places in New York City
Astoria Park

Astoria Park– This public park has the largest pool in New York City! It also has a track, basketball courts, tennis courts, skate park, and tons of places to just sit and lounge. Summer movies play here and they even have their own 4th of July fireworks.


William Vale– Super luxurious place in Brooklyn with amazing views of the city. Perfect for drinks, but they also have food.

Kinfolk– Both sides are awesome to go dancing. Just go early so you don’t have to pay a cover.

Spritzenhaus 33– The only beer house I’ll go to. The beer selection is insane, jenga on deck, and they have vegetarian/vegan food!

Dziupla– If you are looking for great polish food, go here! Big portions, delicious food, and plenty of options for vegetarians.

Vinnie’s Pizzeria– Everyone has their own opinions on best pizza in Williamsburg, Vinnie’s is my personal favorite. It is just so darn good on it’s own. No need to add a bunch of toppings, but they have several flavors if you are adventurous.

Nighthawk Cinema– Probs the coolest movie theater I’ve ever been to with a full bar and restaurant attached.


Brookfield Place– Palm trees, yes please! They also host several screenings and events open to the public (for free). With Sprinkles, Chop’t, and Shake Shack nearby- you’ll never be hungry.

West Side Highway– Walking the west side highway from Brookfield is a great way to burn off all the delicious food you just consumed while also being by the water front.

My Favorite Places In New York City
Brandy Library

The Brandy Library– If you have sophisticated taste buds, check this place out. Scotch and Whiskey on the rocks for everyone.

Public Hotel Rooftop– Views upon views upon views. Grab a glass of rose and enjoy.

Shopping In Soho– because obvi. Zara, Bloomingdales, Uniqlo, Nike, just a few of my favorites.

Little Cupcake Bakeshop– my favorite cupcakes in the city. Located in Nolita. It is super cute and eco-friendly. They even have vegan treats!

Sant Ambrose Soho– Their salads are bomb, and you feel like a cool kid eating there.

The Cowgirl– Voted for the best nachos in NYC, need I say more?

My favorite places in New York City
Chelsea Market

The High Line– Take a walk from 14th street all the way up to 34th street on this above ground park. There are installations, spectacular city views, food vendors, and places to lounge along the way. It’s a great walk during the warmer months.

Chelsea Market– Roam through the market just to see all the amazing local vendors and restaurants. This is a great place to eat, drink, or pick up a few souvenirs.

The Bowery Hotel– Take a moment to sit and relax in this legendary hotel lobby. You can have a drink and watch as some of your favorite celebrities come walking in.

My Favorite Places In New York City. Union Square Greenmarket.
Union Square Greenmarket.

Union Square Greenmarket– This cute and delicious event happens Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Support local harvests and enjoy scrumptious bites that are actually pretty affordable!

Black Barn– This restaurant has the best food and best brunch! They even have a live jazz band on the weekends for brunch. Make sure you have a reservation, because it gets busy!

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral– It is stunning inside and was just newly renovated. Anyone can enter, no matter your religion.

Bar SixtyFive– Forget about paying to go to the top of the Rock. Instead got to bar SixtyFive at Rockefeller. Completely free to check out the views on the 65 floor. You can even order a glass of wine and still be cheaper than paying to see the top of the Rock.

Central Park– Stroll through the most incredible 800 acre park! I love the east side of the park as it leads right up to the Met Museum.

The Met Museum– One of my favorite museums in New York City. During the Summer, they have a rooftop that overlooks central park. They also have extended summer weekend hours and a live band that plays around 5pm. Check out the costume exhibit while you are there!

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I Am Taking A Break…

I am taking a break, New York City Central Park

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.

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The Ultimate New York Wedding At Public Hotel

The Ultimate New York City Wedding at Public Hotel

If you are engaged, stop everything you are doing. I found the perfect solution for your ultimate New York wedding that will eliminate stress, provide zero traveling between ceremony and reception, leave guests feeling luxurious and comfortable, all the while looking beyond chic. Are you ready for your dream wedding solution? Take a loot at this:

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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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