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.

 

 

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The Best Travel Moments of 2014

Museumplein Park in Amsterdam

This year has been weird. Because I try to keep this blog strictly about traveling, I’ll just say this: I left Korea thinking I had a solid plan and a solid career start. When I came home, nothing worked out as … Continue reading

Virtual Blog Tour

About a month ago, the inspiring Vernette of Vernette Out Loud nominated me for the Virtual Blog Tour. I haven’t done one of these in a long time but seeing as how Vernette was one of the first bloggers I started corresponding with when this all started two years ago- and that I love catching up with her blog- I couldn’t say no.

The Virtual Blog Tours is all about the creative process and has three simple rules:

1. Compose a one-time post which is posted on Monday (date will be given to you from whoever passes on the tour).

2. Answer these four questions about your creative process which lets other bloggers and visitors know what inspires you to do what you do:

  • What am I working on?
  • How does my work differ from others of its genre?
  • Why do I write/create what I do?
  • How does your writing/creating process work?

3. Pass the tour on to up to four other bloggers. Get their permission first, give them rules and a specific Monday to post.

So, here we go:

1. What am I working on?

In terms of blogging, I’m always working on finding post material and committing to a somewhat regular posting schedule. I’m in the middle of a Halloween Series, where I outline and review one Halloween Destination for the month of October. I missed one week but will be leaving for an overnight trip to experience another destination in just a few hours! Outside of blogging, I’m writing for the travel site called TrazeeTravel.com, preparing for my first writer’s conference, and building my writing portfolio.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genera?

Like millions of other blogs, it’s geared towards solo female travelers. In that respect , it’s not very different at all. I try to make the posts sound like narratives– so the readers feel as if they were there also. In the beginning , I had a grand vision of the blog being a go-to place for people who don’t normally travel ( broke students, the anxious, the young) but over time, it’s become more of a memory book/portfolio for me. I still try to write in style that will attract and interest readers and share tips that have helped me in the past, but more so I blog now to remember my trips and details and to create material I can use when applying for writing jobs. And of course, everything is pink here…so, there’s that.

3. Why do I write/ create?

Writing is my happy place but because I’m also trying to make a career out of it, my happy place also gets a little frustrating at times. When I update my blog, I feel like I’m advancing and planting a bit of personal inspiration for later. When I’m not feeling well or feel like I’ve reached a dead-end, I look through my past posts. I see all the things I’ve done and experienced and that makes me think, just keep going for a bit longer and maybe you’ll get to experience something like that again. So far it’s worked every time.  So I write because I know it’ll force me to keep writing and traveling later on.

4. How does my writing/creative process work?

For travel writing, it starts with the photos. I look through my old photos and that normally brings back enough details to make an entertaining/ informative post. I keep a notebook and pen to write details but more often than not, I forget to do that in the moment.

If I’m feeling meh about writing that day , I’ll spend a day scouring over other travel blogs. That normally gets me excited and eager enough to focus on getting words on the page.

And that’s my writing process!

Thanks again , Vernette! I’d like to invite the following to continue this tag on November 17th:

Ellen of Travelling the World Solo

Beckaronney of Life of a Plant Lover & This and That

Snapshots: Amsterdam & The Red Light District (And the FOOD!)

Red Light District of Amsterdam

In “Meeting Corrie Ten Boom & Anne Frank” and “How a Smile Changed my Trip to Amsterdam“, I wrote about being inspired and rejuvenated in Amsterdam. While searching for new post material, I realized that there are lots of experiences … Continue reading

Missing the Train to Hogwarts: A Day at Leavesden Studios

I couldn’t go to London without making the trek out to Leavesden Studios. Since filming of the Harry Potter movies concluded , the two studio stages, J & K ( See what they did there?) have been turned into permanent … Continue reading

Best of China: Metting the Terracotta Warriors

How bad would it be to admit that I knew nothing of the Terracotta Warriors before researching my trip to China? After noticing my itinerary included a stop at the famous site, I spent a whole afternoon googling . By the end of the night, the Terracotta Warrior was among my top three list of place I as most excited to see, right after the Great Wall and the Forbidden City.   My trip was a few months ago now, so when I  think back to my time at the museum I only remember trying to find the perfect spot to see every detail, bouncing off of other visitors in the dark galleries, and the amazing home-cooked meal we had after the visit.

 

Let’s refresh the memories together.

 

The Terracotta Warriors were discovered by farmers in China’s Xi’an territory in the 1970’s. They are thought to be over two million years old.

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Arm from far away
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A closer look.
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Each warrior was uniquely hand made. If you look long enough you would notice different shoes,hair styles, facial features, and uniforms on all the men. They were also individually painted at one point. The vibrant colors started to fade after evacuation.

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Notice how the warriors vary in look
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The warriors are part of a much larger stone kingdom. The statues were made on the orders of an emperor who wanted his empire cemented so it would last even after his death. His chariots are even posed for war in the case of new threats.

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Terracotta translates into baked earth.

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The army waiting in ranks
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Not all survived the wait
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