This post is in partnership with Hotel Teatro & Ace Eat Serve. All opinions expressed are my own.
As I reached another year to celebrate my birthday, I knew I wanted to travel to a location where I can feel "on top of the world." Ever since I traveled to Honolulu for a birthday solo trip in 2016, I always made it a priority for me to travel and enjoy the company of myself and a place I've never been to before. Each trip has made me learn something about myself, and now that I'm turning 25, I wanted to find a quick getaway with an amazing outdoor view. With all the anticipating changes I'm making in my life, beginning the year in Colorado instantly popped into my mind.
Colorado has been one of the top must-see states on my travel list since I could remember. Everyone always gushes about their annual Aspen resort family vacations and Rocky Mountain 14-day hiking trips when I was a kid...and I always got a little jealous. One, I'm not the type of girl who just immerses herself in the wilderness and camp outdoors just to look at constellations and make fire out of wood, nor do people ever invite me to join in these types of escapades. People who personally know me understand that it's just not me (insert clapping with every underlined word).
However, Denver seemed like the best place to change that side of me. Being widely known as the "Mile High City," Denver had the best of both worlds when it comes to urban life and country side views. I didn't think twice about the opportunity to go to Colorado and spontaneously booked the flight...assuring myself that I'll figure out the details later. After exploring the city on my own, here is my detailed solo travel guide to Denver:
This post is in partnership with Hotel Alessandra. All opinions expressed are my own.
When I return home from a trip, I immediately resume the life I'd left off. Seeing wonderful sights and feeling so inspired by the people and culture around the world seems to create an invisible boundary line from the confinements of the old lifestyle and city in which I was raised. Although I keep changing as a person after every trip, the normalcy of my life back home seems to create an even thicker boundary from my never-ending travel bucket list. From working, managing my finances, and being there for my family, I never fully understood Houston's charm in the eyes of a tourist.
That thought changed when I was met with the opportunity to have a weekend staycation at Hotel Alessandra. Not only was it a chance to take a break from my everyday schedule, but it was also a recently new hotel that had the service, amenities, and luxury design that make you see the fancy side of Houston like never before.
This past month, I was given the opportunity to visit the Facebook Office in Austin, TX! Not gonna lie, I was excited outta-my-mind with the offer because I knew that getting the inside scoop of Facebook, the company who also owns Instagram, will give me more insight to being a better content creator- hooray! From the amount of feedback I've been getting from my friends in the blogger community, many ask, "How did you get to visit Facebook?" to which I respond, "I've met the right people who said I can." Facebook tours are exclusively offered to people who are invited from a Facebook employee, and thanks to Instagram, I befriended someone who cared enough for me to visit the amazing company.
As a blogger, my content heavily relies on social media platforms- especially Instagram! With this tour, I was amazed to see the work space of the company who hosts over billions of users who actively use Facebook/Instagram daily. Plus, I had an exclusive interview with one of the Facebook employees to get their personal perspective about the upcoming changes in Instagram.
Thank you to Onyx Hotel Austin for hosting my stay. All opinions expressed are my own.
It's hard to believe that, within a mere 272 square mile city, there's a fascinating charm compacted inside Austin, TX. Yet, with their huge food scene, innovative music events, and thriving tech industry, more people are coming to Austin to get a taste of what makes the city so spectacular. Besides going back and forth from Houston, my home, I don't normally visit the same city twice within a year. However, I've been given more reasons to stop by the state capital of Texas.
Sightseeing around a city wouldn't nearly be as fun without having the best lodging. After traveling for a few years, I learned how important it was to find a hotel that can make me feel right at home. For that reason, I am constantly on the lookout for finding hotels that would provide me a unique experience and comfortable stay. Luckily, I found those qualities at Onyx Hotel Austin's Retro Chic Suite when I stayed for the weekend.
Companies in asterik (*) were mentioned in sponsorship with this post. All opinions expressed are my own.
There's no doubt in my mind that New Orleans is full of culture. The lively crowds, colorful buildings, live jazz music, and rich foods can make anyone who visit the city feel like they are right at home. It's no wonder why people all over the world travel to New Orleans to witness the charm of the French Quarter, Bourbon Street, and Jackson Square. Being 5 hours away from the city and it's popular destination spots, I decided to travel there for the weekend to discover the best way to enjoy New Orleans within the span of 48 hours.
As a frequent traveler, I try to avoid overpopulated areas that make me spend time in tourist traps. I wanted to get to know the local culture of the city and experience what makes New Orleans, NOLA, so popular. If you want to travel to the most popular city in Louisiana and gain a unique experience from the average, stereotypical tourist spots, then read more about my travel guide to New Orleans.
Howdy, ya'll! Although I don't normally say this to people on a daily basis, hearing that greeting always puts a smile to my face; because when it comes to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, everyone is welcome to join in on the country, western fun! And with every Rodeo I attend each year, it brings back old memories of me wearing my cowgirl boots, eating a turkey leg, and watching some of the most intense horse riding competitions. The Houston Rodeo also showcases some of the most popular music concerts! I fondly rememeber my first music concert when Destiny's Child performed at the Houston Rodeo in 2001. It's the one time in the year where I am fully immersed with the southern fun of Texas.
Returning home usually means I'm in recovery mode. And when I mean recovery mode, I....would be wiped out from all the adventures outside the parameters of my country, needless to say. I'll be a complete hermit, going home straight from work as I stay in, watch Netflix with a mud mask, and scope out the next flight deals for my future trip. Sure, I have friends, and I do live in a great city to explore, but my wanderlust would haunt me saying," No, girl. Save money and stay home." I was conditioned to believe that stepping on a plane would be my saving grace, because that's the only time I would ever consider having any fun.
A lot of things in my life had changed since my last trip. As I was ending the year of 2016, I decided to take a lot of risks in my career and personal life. With that said, I wasn't able to travel and ended up cancelling a lot of my trip plans for the opportunities I was offered back home. During my time back at home, I was thinking about the travels I wanted to plan in 2017, and I instantly thought about LA. Los Angeles was a city I (shamefully) had never visited, which is sad, because I've gone to the Philippines, an island across the Pacific Ocean, more times than I have been to California.
Texas culture is a huge part of my life. It is crazy to imagine how much this state has impacted me throughout the different stages of my life. My growth has shaped my appreciation about everything this city offers to the community. Despite the fact that "everything is bigger in Texas," it doesn't mean you have to spend big bucks to have a good time. In collaboration with Katrina from katrinalavie.com, I am sharing 10 things you can do in Houston for free- with the assumption that you have enough gas to drive yourself there. Not only are these activities free, but this fun list also shares with you many of the activities I enjoy doing while I'm in the Houston area. So whether you're on a tight budget or you are interested in what I enjoy, I hope you learned a lot more about my home city! Let's begin:
Just because we reached the fall season doesn't mean the heat in Texas has worn off! If you ever desired to live in an area where it's summer time 24/7, then Galveston is where you want to be. From the nice sand, tropical trees, and friendly people, Galveston has all the perks of being a beach city. However, a good population of Galveston is filled with families and retired elderly, so I would consider the beach scene a "PG" rated version of Miami. Galveston is just an hour away from Houston, and I had a fun day enjoying the beach and reminiscing on my summer travels.
Hi there! My name is Ressa and I am a travel and style blogger enjoying what makes this world amazing.