Traveling the world can be transformative and life-changing. When you make the decision to venture out and learn about a place or a culture that is new and unfamiliar, you are opening your mind, heart, and spirit up to a learning experience that can inspire or spark growth, renewal, restoration, a heightened sense of a being, and a new connection to the world around you.
Ok, perhaps I’m being a little bit too deep here, but I can tell you this: traveling and seeing the world is FUN! Recently, my boyfriend and I took a much needed vacation to Aruba, a small island located in the Caribbean.
We had such an amazing time, and it wouldn’t be right for me not to share my experiences with my favorite people – you guys! Before I get into the fun part of telling you all that there is to do and see in Aruba, allow me to share a few tips with you on preparing for your next #SLAYcation:
I am efficient and effective when it comes to planning most things, but being that this was my first time traveling outside of the country, I hired a travel agent so that I could ensure that everything was booked and planned for properly. Hiring a travel agent can also help you to save coins, as travel agents often partner with airlines, hotels, etc. and receive discounts. Plus, it saves you the headache of having to search high and low and in-between for the best prices for your flight, hotel, or even car rental. I highly suggest hiring a travel agent if you are planning to travel abroad for a lengthy period of time. If you’re need in one, let’s chat!
One thing that I did learn about planning for a vacation is to build your wardrobe for your trip months in advance. The reason being is because you can often find better deals and save a few coins by buying pieces out of season. So, if you are planning for a warm and sunny getaway during the warmer months – that is late spring or summer – then purchase your swimwear during the fall and winter months once it has gone on sale. This will also help to avoid having to rush at the last minute to pull looks together. We want your slay to be effortless. Ok, babe?
When traveling to another country, I do suggest carrying multiple forms of payment. This includes exchanging some of your money for the currency of the country that you will be traveling to. If you’re a shopaholic like myself, I found it helpful to have cash or Aruban currency on me as to avoid ATM fees. Having a debit or credit card on hand is also good in the event that you have to have one on file in order to secure your stay at a hotel or resort, and it is also good in the event of emergencies. Be sure also to make a couple of photocopies of your debit and/or credit cards, and leave one of those copies at home with a trusted friend or family member. The other copy should travel with you, in the event that you lose your card(s).
This was my first time traveling outside of the U.S., although Bae has traveled here, there, and everywhere. I really didn’t know what to expect, but I knew that I wanted to enjoy myself and have a good time. After all, that’s what vacationing is about…right? Aruba looks nothing like Atlanta, and I guess I shouldn’t have expected it to. The climate is different. The air quality is different. The terrain is different. The landscape is different. The buildings and houses are different. Once I began to understand that we weren’t in Kansas anymore, Toto, the trip became more enjoyable. If you’re traveling to a new place for the first time, be prepared that it can – and most likely will – be very different from what you’re accustomed to. Travel with an open mind, and remember to have F-U-N, fun!
Now, prior to traveling to Aruba, I was working hard to get my summer-ready body together. I mean, HARD! I was attending Zumba and Body Works classes at my local LA Fitness twice per week and jogging in the park one evening per week. That’s five workouts per week, babes. FIVE. I was [somewhat] watching my diet and aiming to eat healthy on a daily basis. I drank a half-gallon of water each day. And you know what? I STILL wasn’t beach-body ready. Bummer, right? What I learned, however, is not to wait on the “perfect” body to travel. Slay, anyway, honey! Although traveling can be a motivation for us to get our ish together, it shouldn’t stop us from wearing that two-piece bikini or that sundress that we’ve waiting to rock. Whether your body is where you want it to be or not, put on something that makes you feel good and wear it with confidence!
Because I love you guys, I also put together a few #SLAYcation approved looks. Check out my picks for some inspiration for your next trip!
Want to know more about all of the fun that Bae and I had in Aruba? You can listen here!