Solo Travel (I’m Moving On to Something Better)

Solo Travel (I’m Moving On to Something Better)

Blog, EJtheTravelDiva Blog, Inspiration
What do you do when you come across an amazing vacation package with an amazing price?  You do what lots of people would do – send out a group text to your friends, shouting about a great travel opportunity, and hope everyone is on board.  These are the same people that you have been talking to all day, but then there is radio silence – no one responds.  Every time a notification goes off on your phone, you are picking it up to see if anyone responded to your travel idea because it is such an amazing deal and you don’t want to miss out.  You are waiting by the phone hoping that someone will respond, that someone will acknowledge you.  But nothing. Now you are at the fork in the road – in one…
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Work + Wanderlust: How To Travel While Working Full-Time

Work + Wanderlust: How To Travel While Working Full-Time

Blog, EJtheTravelDiva Blog, Travel Tips
If you are not aware, I have a full-time job. I know that may be hard to believe for some people because it appears that I am always traveling. However, I get four weeks of vacation each year, and I use them all! Trust and believe. Now, I know that the pandemic has been brutal for some people, and I genuinely empathize with everyone. However, the side effects of the pandemic have been beneficial for me in so many ways. Listen to my podcast episode below of how my summer went during COVID-19. One of the best ways the pandemic has benefited me is the fact that my company has had us working from home since the pandemic hit in March of 2020. Working from home has allowed me the…
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Here’s What You Need To Know About Planet Hollywood Cancun

Here’s What You Need To Know About Planet Hollywood Cancun

Blog, EJtheTravelDiva Blog, Resort Reviews
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day and love, and by that, I mean self-love…I jumped on a plane and headed to Mexico, not only to celebrate the day with myself but to check out the brand new Planet Hollywood Beach Resort in Cancun. Entering Mexico Currently, there are no COVID-19 protocols or requirements to travel to and gain entry into Mexico.  A passport is required, as usual, and that is about it.  However, as of January 26, 2021, a negative PCR test is required for all travelers flying into the United States aged two and older.  You must take the test no more than three days before your flight. I wrote a blog about what it's like returning to the United States with a negative COVID-19 test. My original travel date…
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What You Should Know Before Booking a Vacation with your Friend

What You Should Know Before Booking a Vacation with your Friend

Blog, EJtheTravelDiva Blog, Travel Tips
In the words of George Costanza from Senfield, “…trips are relationship killers!” This can be extremely true!  Taking a vacation with someone can make or break a friendship and you should not take the decision to travel with someone lightly. When it comes to traveling with friends, I’m sure the first thing you think about is sharing a room or spending long periods of time together, but what about before you even get on the plane? There are multiple things that can cause a friendship to sink or swim prior to arriving to your destination….if you even make it there with that friend. My best advice when you decide to book a trip with a friend is to use the following guidelines:  Purchase travel insurance:  When you are traveling, you…
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What It’s Like Returning to the US When a Negative COVID-19 Test is Required

What It’s Like Returning to the US When a Negative COVID-19 Test is Required

EJtheTravelDiva Blog, Travel Learning Lessons
As many of you know, on January 26, 2021, President Biden passed an executive order requiring all travelers coming into the United States, including citizens of the U.S., to present a negative COVID-19 test before boarding a flight headed for the United States. The only way to avoid having to take a COVID-19 test is to show proof that you have recovered from already having COVID-19 plus a letter from a medical professional stating that you are clear to fly. With the new rules in place, a lot of travelers have postponed their vacations because the thought of having to find a laboratory in a destination that is not familiar seems too complicated.  As well as find your own transportation to and from the medical laboratory.  That just seems like…
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7 Guest Room Must Haves

7 Guest Room Must Haves

Blog, EJtheTravelDiva Blog, Lifestyle
My dad lives in California and when he comes to his hometown, Nashville, TN, he stays at my house with his wife. The tables turned in July and I stayed with my dad for 2 weeks and then we returned back to my house and he stayed with me for 2 weeks. Now, I believe staying at his house and then having him stay at my house opened my eyes to the things that I did not have in my guest bedroom and guest bathroom. It made me realize that my guest room should have certain amenities to make my guest feel comfortable. As a travel blogger, I want to share with you the mindset of how to incorporate what you see, learn, and perform while always traveling in your…
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My Flotation Therapy Review

My Flotation Therapy Review

Blog, EJtheTravelDiva Blog, Lifestyle
My mother often says to me, “You will try anything!” And I am proud to say that she is right!  I try a lot of new things because I like to have different experiences. Plus, since I started blogging, I really like to try the latest trends not only to see if I like it but also to help my travel clients and followers gain knowledge. With that said, I recently tried floatation therapy.  Floatation therapy is exactly what it sounds like--floating in warm salt water in a float tank. Before my experience, I learned that floating in a pod puts you in a relaxed state by shutting you off from sight and sound. This helps you to do away with not only stress and anxiety but pain, swelling, insomnia,…
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9 Steps to a Self-Care Bath Experience

9 Steps to a Self-Care Bath Experience

Blog, EJtheTravelDiva Blog, Lifestyle
I recently took a trip to Jamaica and stayed at the Iberostar Grande Rose Hall, which was a very nice and relaxing stay.  When I am on vacation, there are so many nice luxuries that I get to enjoy and experience. As part of my stay at Iberostar Grande, there was a butler who helped make my stay even more comfortable.  One day I was having dinner and the butler stopped by to ask if there was anything he could do for me.  I requested that he draw me a bath so when I returned from dinner I could take a soak. This is one of those simple things that I do not take the time to do for myself at home.  At least, it used to be one of…
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Flying During the Pandemic:  What it was like.

Flying During the Pandemic: What it was like.

Blog, EJtheTravelDiva Blog
When I decided to break free from my house after three months of hard-core quarantine, I didn't take the decision lightly—especially since I had planned to visit my 68-year-old dad in Riverside, California.  Deciding to fly from Nashville to California was a serious choice that I couldn’t take lightly. My dad was 100% supportive and wanted me to stay with him for a while, which made the decision a little easier. However, getting on a plane not only put me at risk but it was putting my dad and his wife at risk as well. Going from my airplane travel straight to their house could not allow me to be 100% sure that I would not bring the virus into their home, their bodies. I booked my one-way flight with…
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Travel Insurance Provides Emergency Medical Benefits, Too

Travel Insurance Provides Emergency Medical Benefits, Too

Blog, EJtheTravelDiva Blog, Travel Learning Lessons
Many people truly believe that the purpose of travel insurance is to be able to cancel your vacation and receive a full refund of any monies paid. This belief causes many people to decline travel insurance because they are confident they will be going on vacation and have no reason to cancel.  Therefore, they think spending the extra money to purchase travel insurance is not beneficial. Although being able to cancel and receive a refund is important, it is not the only benefit of travel insurance.  Another very important benefit is Medical Emergency and Evacuation for when covered parties become ill or are injured while traveling. When planning a vacation, we focus on how much fun we are going to have and don’t think about what could go wrong with…
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