2o15 Travel Review

For me , 2015 hasn’t been a year of travel per say. It was, however, a year of many trips, some new experiences, and (seemingly) endless roundtrip bus tickets as I resettled in New York. Though I haven’t updated this blog much throughout the year, I have documented it in pictures and quick freeform writing sessions that will end up on the blog sooner or later.

But because this blog is as much a place for me to remember and chart my progress and happy moments as it is a public place to share and research travel, I didn’t want to break my tradition of posting some upcoming and accomplished goals for the new year.

Goals for 2015

This time last year, I was in my family home, miserable, as I wrote down my goals. My goals were, in order: To become an editorial assistant for a publishing company, move back to New York ( since this is where the publishing job were), and travel.

I started the year of as an unpaid intern and went on dozens and dozens of interviews . Although the job search was frustrating and it felt like I made no progress for months at a time, I ended up in the right place. And I get to end the year exactly as I dreamed I would: as an editorial assistant for a publishing company. Job: Check

I  also ended up back in New York. I spent the first part of the year commuting back and forth from Philly to New York. There was a good five months where I had to wake up at 4: 30am every morning and was lucky to be in bed by 11 pm. And although it was challenging to find an apartment on my budget, I’m now all settled and comfy. Living independently: Check

I didn’t travel out of the country at all in 2015. An exciting summer of side trips and Canada were cancelled after a close family’s member car accident in June. But I did get to experience a handful of broadway shows, discover the hidden gems of Queens, spend some lovely summer days and nights at Coney Island, and found a good group of people to explore with. So travel…hmm, I’d give myself a half check for needs improvement.

My goals for 2016 are simple:

Goal 1: I want to kick butt at my job and become more and more involved with the publishing industry.

Goal 2: It’s time to get on a plane again. I for sure want to cross Canada off my list and maybe , I’ll be able to get to Egypt this year too.

Goal 3: Do something with the two (!!!) completed novels I now have under my belt.

I’d love to hear which goals you crossed off your list this year and which ones you’ll tackle this year.

Hopefully, we’ll cross them off together by 2017.



Snapshots:Brooklyn’s Famous Christmas Lights

I’m not quite ready to say goodbye to the Christmas Season , so I thought I would share some photos from my night out in Brooklyn’s famous Dyker Heights Neighborhood.  Every year, scores of visitors flock to see the neighborhood’s … Continue reading

That Time I Went Quiet Clubbing in NYC

I’ve never been as fond of clubs as most of my peers seem to be. After half an hour, the music selection gets annoying, the crowds are overwhelming, and it’s hot. I’m normally ready to go before the hour mark. … Continue reading

Discovering Authentic Japanese Snacks with Candy Japan

candy japan travel

A few weeks ago , I received an exciting surprise in the mail: a package from Candy Japan! If you’re not familiar with Candy Japan, it’s a fast-growing subscription service that brings the tastiest of authentic Japanese snacks right to … Continue reading

Help Me Plan the Greatest Summer in NYC (And Life Update)

It’s happened again.

Months have gone by without me posting a single thing. At least this time , it was for a good reason.

As the regular readers know, I came back from Korea a while ago and since then, have been trying to readjust. I was able to explore the States a little , bounced from one freelance gig to another , and finally started taking strides to do something I’ve been planning on doing since college: have a career in the publishing industry.

It took about six months, an unpaid internship, a few weeks of commuting from Philly to New York almost daily, and dozens and dozens of applications and interviews. At last I’m finally settled with a great job and a great temporary apartment. Since everything changed practically overnight ( I went on an interview, started working the next day , and after losing several apartments , found the best one yet and moved in hours later) I felt like I haven’t really had a chance to breathe until recently.

Now that I have free time again , I can devote it to Girl and Her Pink Backpack.

I have a  lot to update you all on. There’s a whole Caribbean vacation recap to finish, a very yummy ( and my first ) review, some tips and guides, and a whole summer ahead to share with you in New York.

And speaking of a summer in the city, I’d like to create content you’d all enjoy reading. So vote below and tell me which New York Summer Destinations you’d most like to hear about.

Ready? I am!

Horseback Riding Through the Ocean in Grand Turk

View behind the lighthouse

Story time: My first international trip was a family reunion abroad a cruise ship to Mexico. At one of the ports ,  me and a few cousins decided to go horseback riding. Our guide led us into a small town … Continue reading