Episode 47: Travel Talk with D. Carrie

Episode 47: Travel Talk with D. Carrie

EJtheTravelDiva Blog
[podcast_subscribe id="715"] This week, I talk to fellow podcaster, dCarrie. She is the host of the Travel N Sh!t Podcast, and she is a solo woman of colour traveller. If you have ever thought you don’t have enough money to travel, or you’re not ready to travel, or you can’t travel like ‘other people’, dCarrie has got you. Even with a full-time job, she has been proving to the world why she is a strong advocate of “we all get to go.” Let us dive into this conversation: [03:58] Travel N Sh!t. Every week on the Travel N Sh!t Podcast, you can hear conversations on how travel intersects with regular life. [05:09] How to better pay attention to yourself. While you are traveling, it’s important to check in on yourself. One of the…
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CoCo Bongo: An Epic Night of Fun

CoCo Bongo: An Epic Night of Fun

EJtheTravelDiva Blog
If you are looking for some nightlife, off the property of your resort, may I suggest CoCo Bongo! Should you find yourself in a destination where this fun energetic Las Vegas meets Cirque du Soleil, then you should make it a point to spend an evening full of good music, entertainment, and fun. What is Coco Bongo? Coco Bongo is a nightclub that plays music with a show. The latest hits, as well as the hottest hits from back in the day. While some of the music is playing, a full show maybe on stage perform that song. You could see impersonators from Michael Jackson to Brittney Spears to The Mask. There are confetti, balloons, acrobats, show girls, dancers, smoke and more! And all of this going on while you…
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My Stay:  Reflect Krystal Grand Los Cabos Review

My Stay: Reflect Krystal Grand Los Cabos Review

EJtheTravelDiva Blog, Resort Reviews
I was on a business trip in Cabo San Lucas and Reflect Krystal Grand Los Cabos was the host hotel for my 3 days of stay.  Located about 20 minutes from the Los Cabos International Airport, the resort sits directly on the beach with stunning views of the ocean. Reflect Krystal Grand is not an adult-only resort and open to all travelers and includes a kids club for the little ones, as well as it is all-inclusive. I stayed 3 days at this resort, and it was an interesting stay.  Here is my review on my stay and the resort. Hotel Check-in As soon as my transportation pulled into the entry way of the resort, I was already feeling some type of way about the resort. The first impression was not favorable.…
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How to Take Good Photos While Traveling Alone

How to Take Good Photos While Traveling Alone

Blog, EJtheTravelDiva Blog, Product
If you travel alone like me, then you know how hard it is to take good photos.  Besides enjoying your vacation by immersing yourself in the destination and being in the moment, capturing good photos is the next best thing.  After all, we live in a society that is all about posting good pictures while traveling.  And just because you are a solo traveler does not mean you can’t capture those quality moments you’ll want to remember. After traveling alone several times and returning from my trips without those moments captured, I thought to myself, “This is not fair!  I wish I would not have been so scared to ask someone to take my picture!”  Returning home with feelings of regret was getting old, so I knew I had to make a change. And the…
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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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