If you’re itching to travel but don’t have a budget, here are a few ways you can travel for free or affordably. Save this post for future travel. 1. Homeexchange.com. A friend of mine introduced me to this site. He has been traveling for years this way. If you don’t have a lot of money […]

Travel

September 6, 2021

Ways To Travel For Free Or Affordably

Ways To Travel For Free Or Affordably

[dropcap]T[/dropcap] hroughout the years I’ve traveled a lot but the one thing that remains consistent is overpacking. No matter how thought out my check list, there is always somethings else I have to bring. So I put a few bags to the test to find the best carry-on bags for organized travelers. I’m a light […]

Travel

October 21, 2018

THE BEST CARRY-ON BAGS FOR ORGANIZED TRAVELERS

THE BEST CARRY-ON BAGS FOR ORGANIZED TRAVELERS

Resort: Korakia Palm Springs, CA [dropcap]T[/dropcap] his year started with a transition of many things in my life: More work, new car and new house. Needless to say, with so many things occupying my time (including a list of family members and friends who came to visit), I haven’t had the urge or time to […]

Travel

September 6, 2017

LABOR DAY GETAWAY

Labor Day Getaway

[dropcap]I[/dropcap] never thought my first time in China would be a quick four day trip, but its surprising how much you can see when you hit the ground running. As luck would have it I found a nonstop red-eye arriving in time for breakfast. When I landed I was surprised how much traffic there was. It […]

Asia, Beijing, Travel

March 18, 2017

FOUR NIGHTS IN BEIJING

Monika Freeman Beijing China

  [dropcap]U[/dropcap]pon meeting people for the first time some of the common questions asked are: “What’s your name?, “Where do you work?” and “Where do you live?”  The jet-setter in me is more interested in travel so I have a tendency to ask, “What’s your favorite place to vacation?” More often than not I get the same response […]

Hawaii, Maui, Travel, United States

October 31, 2016

MAUI TRAVEL GUIDE

Maui Travel Guide 2016

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]ne of the perks of growing up in the United States is the convenience of traveling to Mexico. Though I’d traveled across the border as a teenager living in Texas, the Mexican states Quintana Roo and Yucatán had been on my bucket list for years. At that time my starving student budget combined with moving to […]

Mexico, Travel, Tulum

September 8, 2016

MY ULTIMATE TULUM GUIDE: TIPS, LODGING, ACTIVITIES, AND MORE

THE ULTIMATE TULUM VACATION

Taking a vacation? Checkout my travel services.  [dropcap]P[/dropcap]lanning a vacation can be the most tedious chore. With so many companies competing for the best deal it’s tough to narrow it down to one. With the help of travel apps, books, online services and agencies we have a wealth of resources at our fingertips. The problem isn’t always planning a […]

Travel

August 2, 2016

LODGING WITH AIRBNB

LODGING WITH AIRBNB

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he last two years have been high travel periods for me. I’ve been to over 30 countries and counting. With so many wonderful places on my bucket list I vowed never to be a repeat offender and visit the same places twice besides Paris. That was until Greece happened. There is something magical and pure about this country. It is one of my top 5 favorite […]

Europe, Greece, MYKONOS, Travel

July 25, 2016

EXPLORE MYKONOS

EXPLORE MYKONOS

The verdict is in and the winner goes to Korakia Pensione! After almost two decades of traveling to Palm Springs I have finally narrowed it down to the most romantic private oasis in the desert. While Palm Springs competes for posh, hip luxury hotels and Airbnb’s, nothing comes quite close to the Korakia. Trust me, I have […]

California, Travel, United States

July 8, 2016

FAVORITE HOTEL IN PALM SPRINGS

FAVORITE HOTEL IN PALM SPRINGS

With another Paris Fashion Week behind us, and a new stamp to add to my passport, I’m feeling a little nostalgia for my American in Paris days. After a magical trip I decided it was time to share my love affair with this city and how to explore Paris like a Parisian. As most of you […]

Europe, France, Travel

March 15, 2016

HOW TO EXPLORE PARIS LIKE A PARISIAN

HOW TO EXPLORE PARIS LIKE A PARISIAN

People are constantly asking for my travel recommendations and what websites I use to book fights. The truth is, I’m a loyal Delta Skymiles member. As often as I travel (Hello, 250 days a year!), having status with an airline not only expedites the airport process, but it earns you miles for future travel. Last year I […]

Travel

March 15, 2016

Top 6 Best Airfare Apps

Top 6 Best Airfare Apps

Chicago has a lot going on. With its culture, culinary staples and unique neighborhoods Chicago’s on my list of must-see cities in the United States. My trip to Chicago was everything I hoped for and more. Though I’d been to Illinois many times before this was my first extended stay in the windy city. It worked out well because I was there for 2 […]

ILLINOIS, North America, Travel, United States

February 26, 2016

THINGS TO DO IN CHICAGO

THINGS TO DO IN CHICAGO

I’ve been wanting to travel to Portland for years so when I had the opportunity to go for work recently I jumped at the chance. The city was everything I had hoped for and more. From the convenience of the public transportation system (Max Light Rail), to the abundance of coffeehouses and friendly neighborhood restaurants, I was […]

North America, Oregon, PORTLAND, Travel, United States

February 2, 2016

PORTLAND TRAVEL GUIDE

  After two gorgeous weeks in Canada I made it back to the states. I jaunted off to NYC for new years, but I am definitely missing my Canadian travels while reflecting over the snow and sleigh rides last week. If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen a few of the photos I posted during my stay […]

BANFF, CANADA, North America, Travel

December 30, 2015

BANFF IN THE WINTER

  A few weeks ago I had to go to Miami for work. I travel a decent amount but I haven’t been back to Miami in 5 years so you can imagine my excitement when this opportunity came up. To be fair I enjoy working and love my job, but traveling to exotic locations and getting to enjoy new cities […]

FLORIDA, MIAMI, North America, Travel, United States

December 3, 2015

MIAMI

July 2015 marked the beginning of many transformations in my life. It started in June after a trip to Africa and Europe: I was on a travel high and didn’t want to slowdown. Traveling alone can be frightening for someone who doesn’t travel often,  but being a female often poses other questions which I contemplated long […]

Asia, BALI, Travel

October 1, 2015

Bali On A Budget

  Dress: Alice and Olivia, Sandals: Steve Madden, Sunglasses: Rayban A few weeks before our wedding my fiancé and I decided to take a road trip to Palm Springs for a mini staycation. We holed up in one of our favorite hotels, Parker Palm Springs, for 3 days and enjoyed a little retail therapy and R&R. During our stay we snuck away for an […]

California, North America, Travel, United States

September 13, 2015

PARKER PALM SPRINGS STAYCATION

  For the past decade Santorini’s been on my bucket list. When I got word the TV show I work on, Chasing Life, was going on an early hiatus I jumped at the opportunity to take a vacation. I had already planned a trip to Copenhagen after our wrap date so I quickly changed my trip and extended my stay through Greece. I stayed in […]

Europe, Greece, Santorini, Travel

July 22, 2015

SANTORINI

  36 hours wasn’t long enough so I booked a ticket back to Copenhagen for two more days to see what I missed the first time around. It ended up working out perfectly because a friend from the states who used to live in Denmark happened to be vacationing there at the same time. He took me […]

Denmark, Europe, Travel

July 1, 2015

COPENHAGEN PART II

When you only have 36 hours in Copenhagen you hit the ground running. After 4.5 hours and 10 days in Morocco I was ready to be back in Europe. Denmark is very americanized. They love Hollywood and speak English everywhere so I immediately felt at home. Since it was my first time in Copenhagen I planned a busy day and a […]

Denmark, Europe, Home, Travel

June 25, 2015

36 HOURS IN COPENHAGEN

Scarf: Pucci (Similar Here), Shirt: Poetry (Similar Here) , Pants: Sandro (Similar Here), Shoes: H&M (Similar Here) This year I had the opportunity to visit Morocco for the first time. If you’ve been following my blog you may have read Part I of my journey through Marrakesh. This post is a continuation of my Moroccan diary, […]

Africa, Morocco, Travel

June 5, 2015

ROADTRIP TO ESSAOUIRA

North Africa was a long time coming. After a few persuasive photos of camel rides and ATVs in the desert I booked a trip with two of my coworkers to visit Morocco for the first time. Let me start by saying thank you to both of them. This trip was the most incredible journey I have ever taken, and I couldn’t have […]

Africa, Morocco, Travel

May 28, 2015

MARRAKESH TIPS AND TRAVEL GUIDE

When it comes to travel I’m always up for a little adventure. After a quick 48 hours in London I was on my way to Amsterdam to meet my friends for a week. It was my first time in The Netherlands, but true to form, the city was as picturesque as I had imagined. The […]

Europe, Netherlands, Travel

May 19, 2015

CANALS OF AMSTERDAM

A few months ago I decided to take a trip to Europe during a month hiatus from work. I hadn’t been to London in a few years so when my friends suggested meeting there and traveling together I jumped on the opportunity. It’s a great hub for international travel: If you’re a frequent flyer member […]

ENGLAND, Europe, Travel

May 12, 2015

LONDON’S CALLING

Hat: Forever 21 (Something Similar), Striped Shirt: Zara (Something Similar), Pants: Crossroads Trading Company, Bag: Paperdolls Boutique Palm Springs, Shoes: Chuck Taylor Classics  I’ve been vacationing in Palm Springs for the past 11 years but this was my first trip to see the Cabazon Dinosaurs. How have I resisted this landmark right off the side of the freeway for so long?! I love dinosaurs so my inner child took over. A […]

California, North America, Travel, United States

May 6, 2015

CABAZON DINOSAURS

People often ask me how I travel so much for work and my answers always the same, I love my job and that makes it easy, and for me there’s nothing in the world better than the experiences gained from traveling. I’ve been traveling since before I was old enough to walk, but it wasn’t until a few years […]

Travel

March 3, 2015

TRAVEL TIPS

Shirt: Michael Kors, Navy Jacket + Pants : Zara, Black + Gold Bag: Bloomingdales , Black Bag: Zara, Scarf: J.Crew, Leopard + Red Jacket: Vintage I headed to Washington, D.C in early January ’14 to celebrate the birthday of one of my friends. It was the first time I had been to D.C. since performing with my college dance team at the 2001 Inauguration parade and […]

North America, Travel, United States, WASHINGTON D.C.

March 4, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Shirt: Zara, Pants + Jacket: Zara, Bag: Bloomingdales Scarf: J.Crew, Sweater: Vintage WOW, what a year! 2013 came and went in what felt like a blink of an eye. If you follow me on Instagram then you may already know I boarded a flight from Austin, TX to NYC to ring in the new year […]

North America, NYC, Travel, United States

January 21, 2014

NEW YEAR IN THE CITY

Jacket: Topshop, Pants: Zara, Scarf: J. Crew, Sunnies: Dior , Earrings + Ring: Vintage After boarding a 7:30am flight from Los Angeles my friend Bonnie and I finally made it to Europe for our 2014 #TourDeEuro month vacay. First stop on our list, Madrid, Spain. We didn’t spare a minute upon checking in before the sightseeing began. Our journey across the Atlantic started with […]

Europe, SPAIN, Travel

January 15, 2014

MADRID

Every year I visit my hometown to see family and friends. Usually I only get a weekend, but this Christmas I got 10 days. It was nice to spend an extended length of time between Austin and Dallas.  I did the usual: Thrift store shopping and workouts with mom, holiday shopping with my brother and […]

North America, TEXAS, Travel, United States

January 5, 2014

CHRISTMAS WITH THE FAMILY

AUSTIN → NYC, D.C., DALLAS → Home to LA Tis the season and my carry-on is overflowing as I set off to complete my 2013 journey with a hopeful amazing 2014. This holiday season I’ll be spending time with family in Austin, Texas while ringing in the New Year with friends in NYC. From there I’ll visit […]

North America, TEXAS, Travel, United States

December 28, 2013

CARRY-ON IS PACKED

AUSTIN → NYC, D.C., DALLAS → Home to LA Tis the season and my carry-on is overflowing as I set off to complete my 2013 journey with a hopeful amazing 2014. This holiday season I’ll be spending time with family in Austin, Texas while ringing in the New Year with friends in NYC. From there I’ll visit […]

North America, TEXAS, Travel, United States

December 28, 2013

CARRY-ON IS PACKED