One of the biggest questions that I always get asked is how do you have so much money to travel and my response usually is I don’t, but I make it work. By making it work, I mean I prioritize what is important to me and what I spend my money on. I love to travel and I really want to see the world, so I will invest money in that. I did find some ways that make saving up a little easier, so that I have more money for my adventures.
Ahhh the city that never sleeps…New York, New York ❤
New York is just one of those places you have to see for yourself. Not only is it a world-wide known destination; it is filled with so much to do that you could never be bored.
Now if you are a first timer and not a big city person, then you might be a bit overwhelmed and it might be a scary thought to plan a trip to NYC. Being from Chicago, it is just another big city for me, but when I say big…I really mean it. It is impossible to get through everything in one weekend, but also a weekend is the perfect amount of time as well because you know you will be back.
The city sucks you in somehow and leaves you with wanting more of it, so book that ticket you will not regret it.
Ski season is almost over which means you need to get your butt in gear and check out these fun ski spots in the Midwest. Do not worry, if you cannot make it this year; there is always next year :).
Now the Midwest is not really known for mountain fun, and simply because we do not have any “real” mountains over here. For a girl who loves the mountains just as much as I love the beach, this has become a bit of a challenge. But I did find some spots that are still good enough to get your fix in and are a lot of fun.
There are a lot more spots out in the Midwest to check out and there are still a few more on my list that I am hoping to knock out next year. Below are the ones that I have been to so far and enjoyed:
Alpine Valley (Elkhorn, Wisconsin)
Alpine is the perfect place for beginners. It has a beginners only pass which is really nice for those that want to learn and are not comfortable hitting some of the harder slopes yet. It is cheaper as well so it is a win win. On the other hand, for those that are more expert, you get to utilize the whole mountain and head over to the non-beginner slopes. Another great thing about Alpine is that it has a resort on site, which is perfect for those that want to stay and ski for a few days.
Cascade Mountain (Portage, Wisconsin)
This is one of my faves. It is perfect for all levels and has a lot of good runs. A lot of the mountains around the Midwest are not as challenging, so this one makes it a perfect destination for those that are thrill seekers. It is also a couple of minutes away from the Dells, making it the perfect vacation getaway. You get to enjoy some awesome water parks and the perks of hitting the slopes all in one trip.
Christmas Mountain ( Wisconsin Dells)
Another mountain right by the Dells that is less crowded than the popular Cascade Mountain. The great part about Christmas Mountain is that it has a resort as well, unlike Cascade. It is smaller but it is very suitable for those that want to be in a more relaxed environment and enjoy resort amenities.
Grand Geneva ( Lake Geneva, Wisconsin)
Lake Geneva has many perks in the summer and is such a great place for a day trip or weekend getaway. But come winter, you get to experience all the awesome snow activities. It is a great place for beginners as well, as it offers quite a few easy runs. The best part of this resort is the town itself, there is a lot to do, so it is perfect for those that want to experience other things as well.
Granite Peak (Wausau, Wisconsin)
This is my favorite ski area that I have been to so far in the Midwest. It has over 70 runs and it is the most advanced for the area. The intermediate levels here can be compared to some expert in the other places I have mentioned. Be sure to look at the trail map before hand and start at the easy ones just to get some exposure if you haven’t done a lot of skiing in the past. Granite Peak has a lot of areas to it making it the perfect place for all levels and it tends to be less crowded on the harder trails. Another great part is that it offers ski and stay packages and you get better deals if you go for more than one day and you should! The downtown area is really cute and there is a lot to see and do. It is a great place to head out to with a group of friends and spend a weekend filled with pow and good times.
Wilmot Mountain (Wilmot, Wisconsin)
Wilmot is another great spot especially for beginners. It is newly renovated and is now associated with EPIC which gives you access to some of the best ski resorts out west such as Vail and Whistler. This pass is perfect for those that want to have a place close to home to go to a lot but also take trips out west to go skiing.
The best part is that a lot of them have end of the season deals now or early bird deals for next year, so make sure to check them out asap!
What is your favorite place to ski/snowboard in the Midwest? Let me know in the comments or send me a message, would love to have more to add-on my list 🙂
Also…I realized from these pictures, I need a new ski jacket haha
Happy Travels – xoxo Dre ❤
I can not even begin to express how in love I am with Tulum. I have seen a couple of Instagram pictures before heading over there and was thinking the place was beautiful. But with Instagram and any pictures in general you are usually taking pictures of the good stuff, but believe me when I tell you every single place in Tulum is absolutely magical and I am obsessed with it now.
I am sitting here writing this post and getting lost in my thoughts thinking of all the incredible places I have seen there. I decided to highlight some of my favorites and my experiences in Tulum. I am not sure if I will even be able to explain it because this is a destination that you just need to go and visit.
Tulum is a city located about an hour and half from Cancun, so it is a bit of a drive to get here. I recommend getting a shuttle beforehand, so that you are not wasting your time trying to get one at the airport and being bombarded by all the vendors.
Being a former Event Coordinator , I had to travel plenty of times for work and my biggest struggle was always how will I pack for this trip. Now, since I have traveled for work quite a few times and for personal reasons, I would say I have become somewhat experienced and have compiled a list of what to bring.
There are a few things you want to determine first:
- How long are you staying?
- Location of your business trip?
- What does the business trip entail?
- Will you have any free time?
Those are usually the questions I ask myself before I figure out what I need to pack. Usually, I end up packing some of the same things because most of my responses to those questions tend to stay relatively similar.
Las Vegas…it is either your worst nightmare or you absolutely love it. I feel like there is not too much of an in between when it comes to this one. Personally, I think Vegas is great. There is so much to do, it is full of life, and you can never be bored but you can go home broke, so be careful haha 😉
I have visited Vegas a few times and have compiled a few of my favorite places and suggestions for first timers embarking on the craziness that is Sin City and for those that just keep on coming back and want to explore more.
Where to stay:
I have stayed at a few of the resorts and below is a snap shot of the ones I liked and their vibes:
There is just something refreshing about a new year. 365 new days…365 new chance. Although many people have all kinds of different goals, mine always have something to do with travel.
Below are 4 travel goals I want to work towards this year and why they should be yours too:
Goal One: Travel More
Now this may be an obvious one but traveling makes you grow so much more than people realize, so this isn’t just for the fun of it. It has a lot to do with you as a person. Now I can’t explain the travel bug feeling, it is just something you have to experience yourself, but trust me when I say the more you travel the more you will want to. Visiting another city or country makes you see the world in a different way. When you are stuck in the same place constantly, all you know is the few feet you see in front of you. That is why I encourage everyone to take at least one trip a year. This does not have to be some expensive luxurious trip to Bora Bora or something over the top. Drive a few hours to a town near you and sit down at a small cafe and take it all in. Just being in a different vicinity will give you a new perspective on things and opens your mind up to so much more that is out there. So my biggest goal for this year is to travel more and experience all this planet has to offer one destination at a time.
Mexico is the perfect vacation getaway and I think many of you that have been can agree. Not only is the weather always perfect, there is so much to do and of course the best part…TACOSSS!
Now I have only been to Puerto Vallarta, so I cannot speak on all of Mexico, but if they are anything close to Puerto Vallarta then they must be amazing. Below is my travel guide to some of my suggestions on things to do in this amazing destination.
Where to stay: Club Regina Puerto Vallarta
Honestly any where you stay in Puerto Vallarta is going to be pretty great. There are tons of hotels to choose from and any location will give you plenty to do. I stayed over by the Puerto Vallarta Marina and I absolutely loved it. I was still close to the downtown area, but also had so much to do around me. My resort was more of an apartment style which I really enjoyed because although it is really nice to have an all-inclusive resort, sometimes I like being able to eat in the comfort of my resort room and have lots of food options. I love being able to try all kinds of food especially when visiting a new place, so I usually do not go for an all inclusive resort unless I am specifically looking for that kind of trip. The resort was beautiful and had its own beach, a few restaurants, and two huge pools. Along side that, they had many activities, such as water sports, beach volleyball and yoga and other fitness activities. I highly recommend it and was very happy with my stay there.