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Septembers to Remember!

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Hello Fellow Travel Enthusiasts! We meet again. My sincere apologies to all of you for my absence!! The months of July and August were both quite busy, so I did not get the opportunity to share any new content. However, I am back in action and ready to share lots of nuggets of travel gold with each and everyone of you. So here goes!

Starting out, I would like to share some past experiences, that can help make your next celebration a special one! September just so happens to be my birthday month, so I am doing a bit of a flashback, to share some of my most memorable (birth month) moments from September’s past. I am a huge fan of birthdays, primarily because I realize that another year of life is an incredible gift… and secondary, because I love an opportunity to celebrate!! Can you blame me? Who doesn’t love a grand affair, dinner at a swanky social club, or dancing under the Eiffel Tower? Count me in anytime for all of the above. I am here for all of it and I relish the moments that I get to spend with family and friends.

Some of my favorite memories include one of the best birthday presents EVER…and that was getting my first article published in September of 2013! Can you say, “excited.” That would have been an understatement to describe how I felt that year. Yes, my piece on the beautiful island of Curacao, was published in Global Living Magazine’s September/October edition! I wrote all about this spectacular Caribbean gem and about many of the fantastic places on the island. From the Queen Emma bridge, to Kura Hulanda Museum. Check it out! Then there was that one year (2012) I had a rooftop party in Atlanta (at Rooftop 866,) called the “Sapphire Affair,” where all my guests were charged with the task of arriving in various hues of amazing blues, to accompany the theme of the posh affair. It was fabulous, I even had custom M&Ms with my face on them!! Also, I cannot forget my time in Panama City, where I noshed out on all types of deliciousness and basked upon the ocean for 3 days witnessing creation at its finest….By the way, Captain Andy even let me get behind the wheel, on one of our day trips out. It was the best! I most definitely cannot exclude last year, 2016, from the list, considering I danced beneath the Eiffel Tower, dined throughout the city of Paris and combed the streets in search of great finds (when I wasn’t working that is,) just a couple weeks after my actual birthday with friends. It is going to be difficult to top 2016! However, there was that one birthday I spent in Vegas taking goofy photos with the Blue Man Group in 2009 and another where I spent the entire month celebrating in Tampa, St. Pete, Clearwater and Orlando, in 2011. Oh…and what about 2013, when I had a party at Pier W off the Lake (Erie) in my hometown of Cleveland??…I most definitely cannot leave that year off the list. There have been so many wonderful Septembers to Remember that I am just grateful for them all and always looking forward to the next! I hope you enjoyed this stroll down memory lane and that you got some fun ideas for your next born day celebration. Side note- I had to stop here, or we would have gone on for days, looking back over all of my birthday celebrations! There have been many many more, but if I go on, I will end up having to tell my age ūüôā

Follow me on Instagram at Candacetravels, for more September Birthday flashback photos!!  Until next time, happy and safe travels to you all!

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5 Ways to Make Memorable Experiences Abroad: Summer Edition

Greetings, fellow travelers!!! It’s been some time since we last connected, but I am excited to share a previously written piece, posted on¬†Black Enterprise, on the best ways to,” Make Memorable Experiences Abroad.” It’s summer here in the US, and many are looking for new and exciting places to visit and want some creative ideas on how best to enjoy them. Please click¬†here¬†to learn more about how you can enhance your next overseas journey and create lasting memories. Happy travels and hope to see you in an airport soon!!!

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3 Tips for Spontaneous Travel…

 

How long has it been since your last, spur of the moment getaway? If you took longer than 30 secs to answer, then boy are you overdue for a trip! Not sure when you will find the time to steal away? Well, here are 3 quick tips to help get you out of the office-and on the road, or in the air today.

  1. Pack a Bag

Whether you choose a weekender or duffle bag, just grab something-¬†and fill it up! Yes, pack it and leave it out in eye view. Place it outside of your closet, or somewhere near your bed..so that perhaps, you can trip over it, lol. Let it serve as a constant reminder to you that some time away- is needed soon. Also, don’t forget to toss in your favorite travel ¬†and lifestyle magazines, books and any favorite, non-perishable snacks that you’d most enjoy.

     2. Prepare Cameras & Other Devices

Pull that camera from atop the shelf in your closet and charge up that battery -NOW!¬†Gather your flashes, hoods, lenses, SIM cards, as well as any portable chargers, adapters or¬†other must-haves, for the road. Once you’ve collected all the items, toss them in the bag that you packed, and again, remember to set it outside of your bedroom closet. Yes, that weekender that you’re going to keep bumping into- unless you¬†get serious about getting away!

      3. Create a Checklist

The major benefit of having a check-list readily available, is that you’ve already taken all the guess work out. Remember, spontaneous trips are…well… spontaneous!¬†We’re cheating a little by preparing in advance, but it’ll be oh so worth it. Make a list of necessary contact numbers and must-do’s before leaving the premises today. This will ensure that you’re not disregarding any previously confirmed engagements, nor sacrificing any necessities in the last minute process. Have a person or kennel on hand that would agree to¬†keep your pet or mini-you (like an overnight daycare,or trusted granny, who never turns down time with your favorite little persons,) for a day or two, on short notice. Let these individuals know ahead of time that one day in the very near future, you will be calling them for help! It may surprise you to see just how much they’ll encourage you to do it, too. Also, remember to make arrangements now (by putting them on notice that a spontaneous getaway is in the making) for¬†taking out the trash or picking up the mail.

Sooo, now that you’re ready- you are going to ditch work one Friday, (only if you have vacation time to use…and even if you don’t,) and catch a flight or hop in the car for the spur-of-the-moment time of your life!

Now that you are all set- get ready for some spontaneous travel fun! Share your stories with the Candacetravel team when you return, as well as of any adventures from your last spur-of-the-moment trips. We’d love to hear from you!! Safe travels!

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