Under 30 Experiences Fueled My Life

My first adventure to Costa Rica was with Under 30 Experiences ( U30X) which was unforgettable and a feeling that is almost indescribably. Because I decided to travel with U30X all the planning was done for me, I meet new people, and I was able to awaken emotions/feelings that I have been sleeping on.

The travel company basically took all of the stress and tasks away from planning my own trip. Everyday was filled with exciting places to eat, gorgeous views, and outdoor adrenaline packed activities. Some of those activities included zip lining through the rain forest with Sky Adventure, relaxing in the hot springs, hiking up mountains, visiting secret beaches, repelling down water falls with Quepos Canyoning, kayaking, water rafting, yoga, and exploring city areas.

U30X gave me the chance to travel with liked minded individuals between the ages of 21-35 who enjoy traveling and experiencing new places, foods, and activities just as much as I do, all of which, I meet upon my arrival in Costa Rica. The company encourages others to travel solo to help with stepping outside of ones comfort zone. The people I meet were from several parts of the world such as Chicago, California, Italy, New York, North Carolina, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Washington, Florida, and Costa Rica. I thought it was going to be hard to meet and connect with strangers but sharing the experience we were all receiving made it hard to be shy and and not socialize with each other. I even went on the trip with an injury and everyone was so helpful and thoughtful. I was amazed and thankful that people I just meet helped me up hills/mountains when they could have just left me behind. A new friend, who was very helpful with helping me get around, introduced me to a new way of cultivating my ideas and clearing out bad habits to make room for new beginnings through a moon ceremony which was very motivating and filled with women empowerment.

I allowed for my first U30X to Coasta Rica take me outside of my comfort zone and fuel my life by trying new things like repelling down an actual water fall and sharing my inner feelings through conversations with understanding individuals. Midway through the trip I had a moment when I sat a lone in my bungalow thinking and really searching within myself to gain better understanding of my passions, finding love within myself and others, and just living a Pura Vida lifestyle. During the Cocal community cooking experience I really reflected back on the things I have accomplished in life and the things I want to accomplish. During the experience I had a moment where I walked down to the ocean and my deepest thoughts took over until I heared a little voice screaming “Muchacha!” I was a little girl waving her arms for me to walk towards her to come see what she found in sand and then to join her on the playground.

When interacting with the children on the playground I went back into deep thoughts about my childhood dreams to become a teacher and a writer. Every now and then I feel guilty for staying in the retail instead of going straight into grad school for a MAT program. However, U30X made me realize I continue to do what I do because I am shaping and developing others in several ways outside of a classroom through mentoring, inspiring and blogging. From having personal conversations with others and trying new things the entire experience kind of awoken me in a way to keep going and pushing even harder to accomplish things I want to see happen.

Traveling with Under 30 Experiences gave me adventures and stories I will forever share with anyone who will listen. They even gave me a reality-check and reminded me of the things that makes me happy and the process it took for me to get to where I am. To some traveling may just be something to do because its Spring break, Summer break, Fall Break, Holiday Break and etc but for me, its a time to enjoy the little things in life: mother nature, taking chances, experiencing new things, building relationships and the list can possibly go on. Traveling fuels my life and I hope to fuel someone’s life by sharing my experiences.

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Must See Mexico City: 10 Days in a Culture Capital by Danna Sweidan

Before we go over the itinerary that Sam and I used, I’d like to give five general tips about traveling to Mexico City too.

Tip 1.

The weather is mostly mild and sunny year round, but the altitude (over 7000 ft above sea level) means it’s windy and sudden storms can take you by surprise— bring easy layers and comfortable tennis shoes.

Tip 2.

Don’t try to dress down here. By all means wear whatever you please, but know that Mexico City is very well dressed, basically everywhere. The only place I didn’t see blazers was hiking Teotihuacan’s pyramids.

Tip 3.

Many restaurants are wonderful here, but the magic is in the carts. Almost every street cart and bodega is making delicious, fresh meats and tortas. You’ll see tents full of suited lunch break bankers sitting on plastic stools huddled over a plate of steaming al pastor tacos. Trust these tents, and walk up to them as often if not more than you would Yelp a place first.

Tip 4.

We walked nearly everywhere, but this is a massive city. Continue reading “Must See Mexico City: 10 Days in a Culture Capital by Danna Sweidan”

Dear Sis: Be Bold

Dear Sis Dare to be different, dare to be BOLD!

Being bold is being confident in whatever you do or say. Being bold is having the courage to do something outside of your comfort zone  or just doing something you may be afraid  or uncomfortable at doing.  Being bold is taking risks in life. All of these charters link together  making you the BOLD TYPE.

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What’s In My Travel Bag

When traveling I tend to put so much junk into my bag because I always think when I don’t pack something I am going to need it. Therefore, when I travel I have to strategically think of things I will need and things I can do without. When traveling by flight you become limited on what can go into a carry-on or personal item; shout out to TSA for keeping me in check with over stuffing. LOL! Anyway, my recent travels took me to LA, California  and I wanted to share the few things I carried in my personal travel bag.

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4 Things You Must Do When Traveling

Look for souvenirs outside the gift shop

          When traveling try to avoid gift shops when purchasing souvenirs. There will be unique and original finding when visiting street vendors and random stores you come across while traveling.  Looking for original art became a thing for me when I took my first international trip to Europe. While visiting Europe Continue reading “4 Things You Must Do When Traveling”

Qualatrice Adventure Through New York!

For someone who loves to travel, I have never flown on an airplane. I have traveled by car, charter bus, and grey hound to various locations. So far I had the opportunity to visit Jamestown, Richmond, and Petersburg, Virginia, Wilmington, Tabor City, and Pembroke, North Carolina, Orlando and Jacksonville, Florida, Lacombe and New Orleans, Louisiana, Atlanta, Augusta, and Savannah, Georgia, and Columbia, Charleston, Hilton Head, Florence, Hartsville, Darlington, Rock Hill, Greenville, Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Conway, Georgetown, Augusta, Sumter, and of course Loris, my hometown, South Carolina.

I feel like there are so many things in the world for one  to see, learn from, and take a chance with. I am young and want to see what the world has to offer. Sometimes I am afraid to take chances at things however;my fear does not last long because I end up going forward and striving for whatever I want.

This past weekend I faced my fears and flew on an air plane.  I arrived to the airport 2 hrs. and 45 minutes before my flight which, I found to be very early. However, time went by quickly because I explored every sales and magazine section of the airport. Technically, I was not scared at all. I was curious and excited when the airplane began to back up and take off into the sky. On my very first flight from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to Atlanta, Georgia I was very dizzy and light headed. However, on my second flight I was feeling a lot better. When I arrived in Atlanta, I was amazed at the size of the airport and the different options available. It was almost like an inside mall. There were various restaurants, book/magazine stores, clothing stores, rest areas, express spa, and more; I was in amazement. Since I didn’t have time to get a pedicure before heading to New York, I went down to the express spa to receive a pedicure and 15 minute back massage; I loved it.
Anyway, getting back on track, I enjoyed my trip to New York (NY); I almost didn’t want it to end. There are so many things to do and explore while in the state of New York. On my visit I adventured different locations such as, Time Square, Harlem, The Village, China Town, and more. Right now I am so tired and drained from all the walking and heat I have encountered. Being that I am from the south, I should be used to the heat however; down in the subway is a different type of hotness. It can become very muggy and hot. The only thing I like about the heat there is that there is no humidity.
 I do enjoy living down south on the coast however; I find New York to be very interesting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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