Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Why traveling for work is not all that glamours.

When I tell people my job is to travel and develop business offices around the world, they automatically say "how awesome you get to travel!" and yes it is awesome but I'm here to tell you there is a dark side to it that nobody thinks of or tells you. So let me tell you how it works in reality.

There is a big difference in traveling for leisure and tourism vs traveling for work. When you travel for work it usually consists of breakfast, office meetings, lunch, office meetings, dinner and back to the hotel. By the time you make it to the hotel its late, dark and not much time for sightseeing.  Do this all the time and you will begin to get quite lonely which can lead to a mild depression if you don't do anything about it. Other than the tv, and sometimes decent internet, it can get really mundane. When your home you don't realize how entertaining cleaning, doing laundry, or taking the trash out can be! Seriously, trust me! So in order to make time go by faster I suggest finding a hobby that can keep you preoccupied and entertained. For instance, blogging and making YouTube videos is my outlet. This is what keeps me distracted and focused on my time off. For others it can be reading, going to the gym, or drawing. You decide, just find something otherwise you can drive yourself a little crazy in a four walled room with nothing to do.

Homemade food becomes the best thing ever when you get home.  Try eating out 15-21 times a week, it takes a toll on your body, physically and mentally. Everything starts to taste the same and you have minimum control of how they cook the food and what they put in it. Did I mention you also gain weight easily? I would know, BOO! So every time I go anywhere I try to buy a small grocery of fruits, nuts, and water. This helps me ease my cravings and also much healthier then chips, soda, and candy.

The words steamed, broiled, grilled, and salad on menu's should be your choice of meals, this way you can have somewhat of a healthy diet. For breakfast stick to yogurts, granola and fruit not the greasy bacon, sausage, and over salted eggs.


Sunday, May 1, 2016

On a budget? Cartagena, Colombia is the Jackpot trip!

If you’re looking for a quick weekend getaway without breaking the bank, Cartagena is the place to go!  My husband was having a birthday and he sure needed a getaway so with a little research I decided to take him to Cartagena.  The dollar really stretches quite far since $1 is 3.500 pesos.  We stayed at Ibis Marbella for only $195 for 4 nights. The hotel itself was great! The hotel is located in a residential area but is right in front of the ocean.  The rooms are small but if you’re going to be touring around the city, the time spent in your hotel room is going to be minimum. It is one of the safest, prettiest, and most amazing places you will go in Colombia.  We met people from the United States, Switzerland, Chile, Brazil, and more!

We did all of our activities through a hotel named Decameron.  The first day started with a city tour of Cartagena.  We got to ride an air-conditioned bus, which with the heat was a blessing in disguise.  It started off with a stop at Castillo San Felipe de Barajas.  This fort was built in the 1600s by African Slaves and was designed to fight mostly inland invasions since the waterways near the fort are too shallow for many boats.  It is one the tallest Castles I have ever been in!

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