Episode 52: My Experience as a Tourist in My Own Hometown

Episode 52: My Experience as a Tourist in My Own Hometown

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[podcast_subscribe id="715"] I’ve been talking about being a tourist in your hometown, so I decided to actually do it myself so that I could tell you what the experience was like. I took some time to be a tourist in my hometown of Nashville, Tennessee - yes, Music City itself, and today, I’m here to give you the ins and outs of my staycation, and the information you need to become a tourist in your own hometown as well. Here we go: [01:44] Lodging. The most important part of the vacation was lodging. if you’re doing a staycation, you should still book lodging - staying in your own house makes the experience less authentic than if you were staying at a hotel. You can read this blog post to help you find the…
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Episode 51: Being A Tourist In Your Hometown

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[podcast_subscribe id="715"] I just got back from a weekend vacation in my own hometown of Nashville. I stayed at a resort, visited some great restaurants and bars, and did some tours, just like I would if I was a tourist. If this pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that we need to appreciate the things that we have, and if you’re a traveller like me, to enjoy the destinations that are right around us. Your own city is a tourist destination to others, so why not make it one for yourself as well? Today, I’m going to tell you exactly how you can become a tourist in your own hometown. Let’s go: [04:34] Leave your house. If you’re staying at your own house while exploring the city, you’re not going to…
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Episode 50:  About the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp

Episode 50: About the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp

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[podcast_subscribe id="715"] Today, I’m going to be talking about my hometown, Nashville, Tennessee. Joining me is Staci Flores, Tourism Sales Manager from the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, and we’re going to get into vacationing in Nashville, what to do, where to go, and how to make the most of what Nashville has to offer. Let’s get into it: [02:54] What is the Nashville CVC? The CVC is the marketing organisation for the City of Nashville. Their job is to market the city for visitors, whether they’re there for conventions and meetings or for vacationing. If you’re looking for the best restaurants, tourist spots, or hotels, the Nashville CVC is the place to get that information. The best place to start is to visit their website (linked below), check out their…
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Episode 49: Ask Me Anything

Episode 49: Ask Me Anything

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[podcast_subscribe id="715"] Today is my 1 Year Anniversary Episode! Talking about travel during a pandemic seemed like a crazy idea at first, but I’m so glad I stuck to it, and now we’re here - one year later (okay, I know it’s not episode 52 of my weekly episodes, but at least I’m still going strong). For this special episode, I’m doing an “Ask Me Anything” episode. Let’s get to those questions: [03:00] “How has the pandemic changed how you operate your travel business?” Not much has changed with regard to my operations at my travel business. What has changed is I’ve learned what I do and don’t enjoy doing. For example, those people that get endless quotes but never book a vacation - I’m not about that anymore. I’ll be prioritising…
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Episode 48: Are You a Travel Procrastinator?

Episode 48: Are You a Travel Procrastinator?

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[podcast_subscribe id="715"] Are you a travel procrastinator? A couple of months ago, I sent out an email to my subscribers about an amazing Labour Day vacation package to Planet Hollywood Cancun. I gave everyone 2 weeks to pay their deposit. It’s now June, and people are still calling me and asking if the package is still available. Why? Because they are travel procrastinators. Let’s figure out whether or not you’re a travel procrastinator, and how to solve that problem. [05:47] There’s a disconnect with your future self. For some people, their future self feels a bit like a stranger. If you’re disconnected from your future self, you’re more likely to procrastinate because you’re thinking of yourself today. [07:43] Unwilling to commit to something so far in advance. I’ve read several books that…
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Episode 47: Travel Talk with D. Carrie

Episode 47: Travel Talk with D. Carrie

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[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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Episode 46: How to Pick an All-Inclusive Resort

Episode 46: How to Pick an All-Inclusive Resort

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[podcast_subscribe id="715"] Have you ever asked someone for an all-inclusive resort recommendation, only to get too many options to choose from? Or, have you received a recommendation that didn’t live up to the hype? Today, I’ll be giving you things to look for when you can’t decide on the right all-inclusive resort. Let’s get into it: [01:38] Call a travel agent.If you’re having a hard time finding a resort that suits every one of your needs, asking a travel agent is the best solution.Travel agents travel to many resorts, and they’re able to come up with the best option for your specific needs. [02:17] Know what’s important to you.Whether you’re working with a travel agent or not, you need to know what you want from a resort.If you don’t know…
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Episode 45: How to Cut Cost After Booking a Vacation

Episode 45: How to Cut Cost After Booking a Vacation

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[podcast_subscribe id="715"] Have you ever put together the last of your coins just to go on your vacation, and hoped that you don’t get any surprise out-of-pocket expenses? I’m willing to bet you’ve been there or you know someone who’s been there. Today, I’m going to be giving you the tips and tricks for when you need that vacation, but you can’t afford any of the extras. Let’s get into these tips on how to cut cost after booking a vacation: [02:13] Check luggage. If you want to avoid paying for your baggage to fly with you, you need to get into packing light. Some airlines allow up to two carry-on bags, and that’s more than enough to fit all your essentials. By simply taking some detergent, you can pack…
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Episode 44: Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas

Episode 44: Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas

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[podcast_subscribe id="715"] Today, I’m going to tell you a bit about my three week vacation at Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas. That’s right. I spent three weeks working remotely from an all-inclusive resort in Mexico. You can find it in Los Cabos, Mexico. There, you have a great chance of bumping into a few celebrities, because everyone owns a place there. Cabo is also where you can see the famous “El Arco”. Let’s get into it: [02:18] Riu resorts. The Riu brand is family-owned, and specialises in vacation resorts. They’re based in Mexico, but they’ve made their way to 20 countries around the world. I learned this fact at trivia night during my stay. You’re welcome. [03:07] The Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas Resort. From the airport, you can get there within…
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Episode 43: Travel Talk with Rachel V. Hill

Episode 43: Travel Talk with Rachel V. Hill

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[podcast_subscribe id="715"] Today, I sit down and talk to Rachel V. Hill. She was named one of 11 Influencial black women in travel that you should know. Having her on this show is a dream come true. She’s going to share her story from retiring from her 6-figure job at the age of 27, to traveling the world for 6 years, to retiring as a travel influencer, to running a marketing agency. Let’s jump into it: [02:37] Rachel’s travel journey. Rachel started travelling when she was younger, going on frequent family trips to explore the US - people always assume travelling means taking trips abroad. Her love for travel came from reading books about fascinating destinations all across the world. Through her high school international studies program, she was able to take…
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