Goals for 2019!

Is it just me or is every year going by faster and faster? I cannot believe that it is already 2019!! The best part about it thought that there are 365 days and 365 chances to do what you love and what makes you happy. I always try to set some kind of goals for the year ahead and usually a lot of those have to do with travel.

So here we are again, 2019 is upon us and below are some of my goals for the year. Hopefully they inspire you to create some of your own as well.

2019 Goals

Professional Goals

More IG Stories – I said this before and I will say it again, I suck at doing stories. I love looking at others and engaging with other people on their stories, but somehow can not get my self to post more. So, this year I am going to try to set a goal of at least doing one story a week, to get in the habit of it and then picking it up more often as the weeks go by.

Revamp my website – I want to take this year to focus more on my blog and make it look more professional. I am looking to add more sections to it, make it look cleaner, and update it more often.

Travel Goals

Explore more of Chicago – now that I have been living here a few months, I really want to venture out more and see more of the city.

One out of country trip – this is already planned so I am already making progress on this goal but maybe I can add another to the list :). I will be making my first trip of 2019 to Mexico for my birthday and cannot wait to share the experience with you guys.

One in country trip – this will also be ticked off because of two bachelorette parties, but I am hoping to take another one for leisure as well. On the top of my list are: Nantucket, somewhere in Oregon, New Orleans, and Disney (I still have never been).

One solo trip – I have always wanted to do a solo trip. It is something that is out of my comfort zone, so I am really hoping to accomplish this one this year.

Personal Goals

Exercise more and eat healthier – I feel like this is always everyone’s new years resolution/goal, but I have let my fitness down a bit in the past year. I am just trying to come back up to speed and do some form of exercise at least once a week and eat better in order to make my body feel and look better.

Take better care of my skin – now this is not to say that I do not take good care of my skin, but I want to put more effort into my skin and body routine. There are times when I get lazy and decide that other things are more important than taking care of myself.

Make more time for myself – to add on to skin routine, I want to also make more time for myself. I am always on the go and overbook myself with plans most of the time, so I just want to take more me time and plan less. This year is a lot about taking more time for myself and concentrating on me vs other people all the time.

Miscellaneous Goals

Finish a series of a show – for anyone that personally knows me, they know that I have show problem. I have this tendency to watch a million shows at one time, which then makes me behind on everything and I can’t ever catch up/finish a show. So, I am hoping to at least finish one series this year which sounds easy, but for me it might take a whole year haha.

Read at least 3 books this year – I love buying books and bookstores in general, but when it actually comes to reading those, I definitely slack in that department. I am definitely better than I was before, but I am hoping to at least read three books this year and spend more time reading vs being on my phone/computer.

Those are just a few things I am hoping to work on and concentrate on this year. I will do a middle of the year review to update you guys about where I am at and to also make sure I keep myself accountable.

Let me know your thoughts? Do you have similar goals as well? How do you go about sticking to them and make sure to actually accomplish your goals?


Happy Travels – xoxo Dre ❤

A Look Back on 2018

I cannot believe how fast this year has flown by. I can honestly say that this was one of my favorite years for travel. I got to go to some pretty cool places and hit off some items off of my bucket list.

I have highlighted my trips for this year below and some of my favorite parts about them.


Travel Highlights of 2018

January:

Tulum, Mexico – this was probably my favorite place I visited this year and one of my faves overall. I cannot begin to describe the feel of this place because it is incredible. There is so much to do and every place is unique and gives you major gypsy vibes. The beach is beautiful and the food gets better at every place you eat.

Recommendation: make sure to check out Casa Malca which used to be Pablo Escobar’s house.

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Euro Trip: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia is a new country filled with beautiful sights and lots to do. I may be more biased when talking about it because I do have family that lives here. For those of you that do not know; I was born in Croatia, but most of my family lives in Bosnia and Herzegovina. But nevertheless it is a country filled with rich history and some amazing destinations. I wanted  to share some that are near and dear to my heart, so if you ever find your self in these places you have some insight on them.


Prijedor

Prijedor – I was just recently in this city celebrating my grandpas 80th birthday. It is where my dad grew up and that whole side of the family resides. This city is getting renovated more and more each year and you can find more and more to do every time you visit. Although, it is not a vast tourist destination, the summer is filled with locals and tourists from surrounding areas, so if you are looking for a little more of an outgoing experience, that would be the best time to go. 

There is a beautiful river called Sana that you can swim in, in the summer and spend all day soaking up the sun. Or put on your walking shoes and head downtown for some shopping, coffee and delicious eats. At night, make sure to hit up the many cafes and clubs that are around town.

Also make sure to visit Kozara National Park. This is probably one of my favorite parts about being in Prijedor and all though it is about a 30 minute drive or so, it is absolutely stunning. I have been in the summer and the fall and I cannot begin to explain how beautiful it is. In the summer it is filled with lush green forest and stunning views. In the fall, the leaves start falling and changing colors and it is just breathtaking. If you go during the winter then you can find yourself in a winter wonderland, accompanied by skiing and snowboarding. There is also a hotel that you can stay at, just make sure you book in advance in the winter because it gets crowded due to the snow sports.

Another great day trip or weekend trip is to go see Banja Luka (about 45 mins out), which is a bigger city filled with a lot more to do. You can spend the day shopping in the center and getting some of the best cevapi (a grilled dish of minced meat, a type of kebab) you will ever have. Banja Luka has some of the best, so if you find yourself there; it is a must! In the summer, you can enjoy many outdoor concerts and all year round a vibrant nightlife. 

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Bliha Waterfall – about an hour out of Prijedor, is a beautiful waterfall as well. Going in the fall was perfect because there was literally no one there. It is more of a popular spot to go to in the summer. The only downside is you get less of the waterfall vs when you go in the summer, but it is still gorgeous. 

Mostar

Mostar is in the other region of the country called Herzegovina and also my mom’s hometown (I am lucky, I know! I get to have family in the most beautiful places). It is a vibrant city filled with rich history and it is well known for the Stari Most or the Old Bridge in English. The old town is filled with cobbled stone streets, tons of restaurants, and shops. If you are lucky enough, you can even catch the jumping competitions. Mostar’s bridge is a popular spot for divers, but do not try the jump if you are not a skilled diver because it is pretty dangerous.

Now, that is not all Mostar has to offer. It is filled with lots of cafes, restaurants, and shops in the downtown area as well. And the nightlife here is amazing! From underground clubs, to pool clubs, you will be pleasantly surprised with the nightlife scene here. 

Blagaj – a tiny village right next to Mostar, is one of the most magical places you will see. It is so uniquely pretty and has tons of restaurants that you can sit and enjoy the river views.

Pocitelj – another village near Mostar that is a great stop for some walking around for an hour or two. The historic urban site is a walled town dating all the way back to the sixteenth century. It is about a 20 minute drive from Mostar, and great spot to get some great views and exercise by climbing to the top.

Kravice Waterfall – a couple hours out of Mostar, you will find a beautiful waterfall. Not only, do you get to see all the waterfalls there, you are allowed to swim in the water as well, so it is the perfect way to cool off a bit in the hot summer days. Once done, hang out at one of the cafes and soak in the views.


I am fortunate enough to have family to visit across the seas, although, I do wish they lived closer so I could visit them more often. But that just makes each visit that much more special and on top of it I always have beautiful places to see.

Do you have family that lives far away from you? Let me know in the comments where in the world they are?

Happy Travels – xoxo Dre ❤

Midwest Trips

Living in the Midwest has its ups and downs, but I have learned to love it now that I am living here. Personally, I am more of a beach kind of girl, so I definitely love the west coast a lot more, but you gotta work with what you got, am I right haha?! Since, I have lived here for a couple of years now, I have had the pleasure of visiting a few places in the Midwest and have compiled a list of some of the areas I enjoyed visiting. (Please note that I live in Chicago, so most of these are around and closer to that area, meaning there is soooo much more to the Midwest than just these trips).


Milwaukee (Wisconsin) – it is the perfect weekend trip. It has that big town small feel. It is filled with lots of breweries and lots of cheese (yummmm). It is fun to go any season because they always have fests going on or things happening. Check out a brewers game in the summer and hit up October fest in the Fall.

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Nashville: the perfect weekend getaway

Oh Music City – filled with some of the best nightlife and live music and of course bachelorette parties. Well at least that is what everyone thinks of when they hear Nashville – or Nash-Vegas, but there is so much more to this awesome city.

I have been to Nashville twice now and loved it each time for different reasons. The first time I went was a few years ago with a few of my friends. The last time I went was just a few weeks ago with my mom, so they were two very different trips for obvious reasons.

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Below are a few of my favorite things about Nashville and they showcase how you can spend the perfect weekend with your friends as well as your family.

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San Francisco: The Golden Gate City

San Francisco is a city filled with breathtaking views and fun vibes. It is the perfect place to go for a weekend or even a couple of days, and you will never be bored. The city has that downtown, coastal and small town feel which can be hard to find in a single location. There are so many things to experience; from outdoor activities, to historical sites, to amazing food… San Francisco has it all.

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I have compiled a list of a few of my favorite things to do and some others that I will definitely be hitting up next time I am in San Francisco. Check them out:

Golden Gate Bridge – this is kind of a given, it is the staple of the city and it is just a must see.

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Girls Weekend Guide: Denver

Denver has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. It seems to fit my outdoorsy personality, so I knew it was a place I wanted to visit. Although, it was a pretty short trip, I know I will be back again to explore more. Denver proved to be a perfect weekend getaway, especially with my friends. It offers so much for you to do and it is such a fun place for a girls weekend trip.


A guide to a Girls Weekend Getaway:

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Where to Stay: 
Stay in the Arts District because it is close to everything and it is a quirky place to be. It is close to bars, restaurants, and about a 25-30 minute drive from the airport. Rent out an Airbnb and enjoy the comfort of having a bigger place to yourself. We all know that us girls need lots of space to get ready, so when you have a bunch of girls stuck in a hotel room with only one bathroom, it makes things a lot harder. Just make sure to think of your luggage because just like a hotel the Airbnb does have certain check in and check out times, and unlike a hotel, you cannot have the front desk hold your luggage. My friends and I ran into a bit of trouble with this because it totally slipped our minds, but we totally made it work. Before check in, we just left our luggage at the brunch place we were at, and at check out we went to a hotel and asked them to hold it for a few hours, but hopefully this can be coordinated with your host instead.

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Dallas Food & Drink Guide

Dallas is a modern metropolis of Texas filled with amazing food and lots of good times. Personally, my favorite part of visiting Dallas was the food and the unique atmospheres the restaurants had to offer. I decided to create a little food and drink guide of some of my favorite places in Dallas for all you foodies out there 🙂


Americano – delicious pizza and a great patio/atmosphere. Located right downtown, go check out the “Eye” after.

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Nickle and Rye – great for some drinks and games with friends. It has an outdoor area as well, and it is located near other bars, so good for bar hopping. Try the whiskey – it is what they’re known for.

Emporium Pies – delicious pies! Go to the one located in the Bishop Arts district and check out all the shops around the area too.

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