2016 is going to be a BIG year for me and for She Dreams of Travel. Why you ask? Well, I actually have very little idea why, but I’m calling it now and putting my positive energy out in the universe to make it happen. With that positivity and some hard work on the plans I have for this year, something is bound to stick.
Yes, folks. I do have plans. You probably got a little worried with my whole positivity bit, but have no fear. I’m not going to spend 2016 with my eyes closed randomly stabbing in the dark at my goals. Someone once told me that goals without a plan are just dreams, and while I obviously love to dream big (hence the name of this site), I actually want to make those dreams a reality. So, besides the classes I will be taking on my free time to continue improving my writing and photography, a lot of new things are coming to She Dreams of Travel.
For the sake of keeping you guys in the loop on what’s to come (and a tiny bit for the sake of keeping me accountable), here are the new series and featured posts you can expect to see in 2016. For those of you who are new here… Welcome! For my veterans… Thank you for following along with my crazy adventures.
Cheers to 2016!
Nothing motivates me to visit a place quite like a picture or video can. Words are awesome (I wouldn’t be a blogger if they weren’t), but a picture or video really seals the deal. With this monthly series I’ll be sharing with you guys the best movies, shows, documentaries and everything in between that are driving my little wanderlusting heart wild. Hopefully you’ll find some inspiration in them like I do, and if you don’t have your own Netflix account, I’m sure at least one of your friends still has the login info from their ex’s brother’s girlfriend or something like that. Get to lookin’!
Living in Europe completely spoiled me with how easy it was to travel not only around Spain, but also around the whole continent. Affordable trains, planes and buses made it feasible to travel far and often. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case in the U.S., but when I moved back here, I promised myself to not let that get in the way of me traveling. With the Monthly Escapes series, I want to show you guys that by being flexible with both your travel dates and even your destinations, it is possible to find good deals and squeeze more travel into your life. Except for a few exceptions (New Orleans for Mardi Gras and Vegas for my BFF’s bachelorette party), I will be traveling wherever the cheapest flight will take me, and if I can’t afford a flight then a bus ticket or road trip will do. Point is, I’m traveling no matter what, and these posts will give you an overview of the trip and how I made it happen.
P.S.S. Yes, that was a shameless plug for my social media accounts. #SorryNotSorry
As I get older and have a firmer grasp of who I am and what makes me tick, I have come to the realization that there are two things that consistently bring pure joy to my heart: 1. Genuine human connection and 2. Eating a delicious meal. Combine the two together and I’m on a whole new level of happiness. I’m getting all giddy just thinking about it! Anyway, in light of this realization, I created the Breaking Chains series to give me a valid excuse (other than “because I feel like it”) to go out and explore the foodie scenes wherever I live and travel. In these posts, which I will publish sporadically when I have time and money to eat out, I’ll give you guys a look at some of the drool-inducing food I’ve been stuffing my face with at various non-chain restaurants. That’s where the name “Breaking Chains” comes from because I hereby officially refuse to eat at chain restaurants. There are too many awesome places out there for me to just stick to the restaurants I can get anywhere. It’s time to expand my foodie horizons. Outback Steakhouse… You will be truly missed, but I’ve eaten your food way too many times.
I’m a big people-person so it won’t come as a surprise to anyone who even vaguely knows me that one of my favorite things about travel is all the incredible people I meet on the road. My best travel stories and fondest memories all revolve around people. My friends constantly make fun of me for the crazy stories I tell them of meeting, connecting with and eventually just trusting complete strangers. Don’t worry, though, I’m not completely reckless. These stories are my favorite ones to tell because more often than not, my faith in humanity has been confirmed by these encounters with strangers turned friends. I have always believed in the overall good of humankind, and with this series I hope to spread a little more of that sentiment. Published monthly, this series is going to feature all those awesome little stories I’ve been dying to tell you guys but just didn’t know how to put in a post. I hope they’ll make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside