Author archives: Phoebe

7 Summer Must-Have's that Money can't buy

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Summertime is the absolute sweetest (and sweatiest) if you reside anywhere in the Southern USA. There is something particularly intoxicating about summer and the idea of summer vacations. The excitement reminds me of that freedom I felt running through the halls as a child on the last day of school. The entire summer break ahead of you, eyes full of wonder. [...]

10 Adventures to put on your Barcelona bucket list

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'Ser la leche' is a Catalan phrase used commonly as in 'today will be la leche' or today will be an excellent day. I couldn't agree more with this phrase as it pertains to every day in Barcelona. This Spanish city truly oozes with pleasure, passion, history, and the most exquisite tapas and vino in the Mediterranean. Barcelona is my favorite city in t[...]

8 Life Lessons Learned From Traveling With Dad

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The father-daughter bond is one of the most important there is. According to many studies, the presence or lack thereof can be a large determinant of a woman's success in marriage and life. My father is my partner in crime, and he is 46 years my senior. He lived an entire lifetime before I even graced this earth. I'm not sure if it was right timing (if men a[...]

4 Mind-Nourishing Retreats To Book Right Now

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I used to cringe at the words all-inclusive and retreat. They rendered images in my mind of souvenir-filled cruise ship passengers and mid-day Mexican mai-tais. I imagined all-inclusive retreats to be selling myself short, or copping out of the true travel experience. But, the words have evolved in the travel industry and now expand to all variations of expe[...]

7 Places that prove France is more incredible than you Imagined

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You could spend several lifetimes in France roaming the streets of Paris eating baguettes, meandering through the coastal villages of Normandy, exploring the tiny towns with rustic architecture and Chateau-filled hills, and buying 2 euro bottles of wine for dinner every night. With a square mileage smaller than the state of Texas, France sure packs a cult[...]

20 Things To Go Do By Yourself

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There is something to be said for doing things alone, for forging your own path and moving through life to the beat of your own drum. It is a trait we admire in solo adventurers like Cheryl Sayed in 'Wild', or the brave young man Christopher McCandless as he enters the woods never to return home again in 'Into the Wild.' There is something alluring and magne[...]

Only 2 Weeks Of Vacation? Here's How To Get The Most Out Of Your Time

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There is never enough time. Time to see, taste, touch, and explore all the places, cultures, and vast spaces in this world. Finding time to do the things we love outside of work is an ever-present problem. Last week in our Live Travelettes feed we had a lot of American ladies asking about traveling with only two weeks of vacation, as it is the hard truth of [...]

How to Au Pair in Australia

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I wanted to live in Australia since the day I heard Steve Irwin say 'crikey mate' as he cruised around white sandy beaches searching for crocs. When I imagined life in Australia it was a glowing picture of surfers with man buns, poached egg perfection, sun-tanned skin, and days where everyone called me 'mate.' I graduated college and found myself at th[...]

Here's How to Represent Travel on your Resume

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You've just returned from a year abroad, a couple months, or maybe a lot longer. You bought that return ticket by choice, or out of necessity, and now it's time to combine all that you've seen, experienced, and done onto a 9 x 11 piece of paper. Photo via How can you package the personal growth? How do you explain the value you bring to an organization b[...]

Find Happiness With Microadventures

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"How are you doing?" Recently, this seemingly harmless and polite question has been paralyzing. An automatic, 'I'm good how are you' spills out like word vomit. Am I good? Am I – at this point in my life sitting in my office at 2 PM on a Wednesday – happy? I'm not alone; according to Forbes, over 50% of people are unhappy at work, which bubbles over into ot[...]