Tuesday, August 23, 2016

How Instagram Can Enhance Your Travels

Going into college, I knew that I wanted to study abroad. But where? Didn't know. When? Didn't know. How? Really didn't know. So naturally, my first step was to literally google "UGA study abroad programs." That search basically gave me all the logistics that I needed. I knew the different cities, dates, classes, and prices offered for these programs, but how could I feel drawn to or connected with a destination by a list of information and some dated photos on a UGA website? That's where social media surprisingly took a role in my journey to the best decision of my college career.

I knew a ton of people who had studied abroad in college, so I figured why not look through their albums on Facebook to see what all they did on their trip? This eventually led me to stalking people on Instagram months and even years back to see their study abroad posts. With the advancement in technology and specifically in social media platforms today, it's super easy to get 'lost' searching. One click led to a new page, that led to a new account, that led me to a completely different city. 

The beauty of social media today is that you can pretty much find anything. Someone posts a bomb ass looking sandwich? They probably tagged the restaurant's account or at least added the location. Cute shoes that you have to have? I'm sure they tagged the brand or hashtagged the store. Easy- add it to the list! So after hours of searching a stalking hashtags, locations, and random account searches, I found so much real-life information about the cities that I was considering studying abroad in. The the end, I knew that Valencia, Spain was the place for me.

After finally deciding on a destination, I went back to the Instagram accounts of people that I knew had studied or visited this city and began making a list. I wrote down restaurants, clubs, museums, and so many other cool things that I wanted to see or do. It was so easy. This process led me to another epiphany- I can probably find other blogs or accounts based in this city from a basic Instagram search. I ended up finding Valencian food accounts, annual music and arts festival information, and cool boutiques around the city. So thanks Instagram- I owe my carefully detailed and mostly completed bucket list to you.

Discovering how easy it was to find out information about a certain city through Instagram and other social media sites has definitely affected my travels. Now when I go on a trip, I search that city or place on Instagram to find local accounts, blogs, tags, or cool locations. This is such an easy, practical and free resource to use when traveling. 

So next time you're preparing for an adventure, take to social media before a travel agent or other traveling companies. You just might come across some truly honest, authentic, and helpful recommendations that you wouldn't otherwise find. And those little spots will change your entire trip and lead you to views that you never knew existed.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Colombia pt 2 // Medellin

Going into my second week in Colombia staying in the city of Medellin, I didn't really know what to expect. I mean, my first few days in Cali had been so amazing, but everyone kept telling me, 'oh wait til you see Medellin...' Well, they were absolutely right. Medellin is a whole different world. This city is massive. It's busy, it's colorful, it's lively, it's beautiful. I honestly felt like I was walking the streets of New York or Atlanta, but just with a little different flavor- there was a breathtaking mountain view in every direction. I cannot put my last few days in Medellin into words… the city just speaks for itself. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Colombia pt 1 // Cali

If you asked me to describe my opinion of the most ideal trip ever, I would probably give you a very detailed summary of my two weeks in Colombia, South America. This adventure was the perfect mixture of relaxation, exploration, and culturation(?) I mean, it was everything I could have asked for and more. We danced, we shopped, we ate (too much), we drank, we explored, and I know that I for one learned so much. I love being fully immersed into a different culture, and that is exactly what I experienced in Colombia. I practiced my Spanish, I tried foods that I had never even heard of (talk about some incredible fruit), and I experienced first-hand some of God's most beautiful creation through indescribable views of mountains and sunsets. 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Tequila Sunrise

& so summer begins...

MATE the label tank top here or here // Free People cardigan - similar & similar // Urban Outfitters shorts - similar // Birkenstocks here

I always look forward to a summer wardrobe. Tanks, shorts, and sandals to compliment the tan skin and bleached hair that accompanies the season change. Summer is such a feel good time of the year. Blaring Sublime with the windows rolled down, pool parties with your closet friends, late nights that turn into early mornings, and as many trips and adventures that you can possibly squeeze into three short months to liberate that free spirit of yours. Summer is good for the soul, and I plan to fit all of these things in to my break. That definitely includes sister-sister dates to Atlanta and eating at our favorite dive. And what better thing to wear than my new Tequila Sunrise tank from Dainty Lion?? (everyone loves a good insta giveaway, right?) This tank embodies the spirit of summer, and I know I will get some good wear out of it over the next few months. MATE the label has some of the coolest graphic tees and tanks if you're looking for your own summer staple. Be sure to check out Dainty Lion on instagram and maybe you'll just win your own Tequila Sunrise!


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Chelly Day 1

In honor of all of the recently announced music festival lineups, especially Coachella, it's time to reminisce on one of the hottest, fastest, most exhausting, and greatest weekends of my life.


A$AP Ferg

A$AP Ferg


Ellie Goulding

I get this indescribable feeling when I think back on this weekend. I'm not sure if I could even put this trip into words… and Day 1 was nothing short of amazing. It was the perfect kickoff to the most incredible weekend. A$AP Ferg. Haim. Bastille. Grouplove. Ellie Goulding. Outkast. Never in my wildest dreams would I expect myself to be in the presence of all these insane artists in just one day. Apart from the music, the festival itself was so cool. The food, exhibits, camp grounds, tents- there was always something to explore. And the sunsets every night?...breathtaking. I'm near convinced that I will never see a more beautiful sunset than the ones at the Polo Fields of Indio, CA. These pictures do not do Day 1 justice, but at least they are fun to look at.
I will never forget the moment dancing to Tongue Tied at Grouplove's show with my best friends or singing our lungs out to Anything Could Happen at Ellie Goulding's show under the setting golden sun. Those specific memories will forever be instilled in my heart, and I'm thankful for that.