To celebrate my 21st birthday, I was blessed enough to travel to California with my wonderful parents and my beautiful best friend, Kendall. We drank lots of wine while strolling through the magical vineyards, laughed until we cried (98% of the time), became olive oil experts, headed to the coast & San Fran, and even soared above the vineyards in a hot air balloon. Napa, you were one for the books.
Spontaneously packed up the Jeep and drove 7 hours North with my childhood best-friend, Kaylee. To start off our adventures, we explored the colorful, Earthy town of Asheville. It’s always refreshing to get lost in a different city.
Hours later we checked into our Airbnb- a modernized, glass house in the midst of thick forestry. The views were delightful, the sounds were peaceful. We fell asleep listening to crickets and awoke to birds chirping, greeting one another.
A notable part of this trip was our eating habits. Kaylee is a vegan and has been for quite some time now. I was willing to commit to this, not only to make life a bit easier for her, but to embrace a healthy, natural lifestyle while we connected with the Earth. We stopped at a local farmers market and stocked up on tons of fruits, veggies and proteins to help us make it through the trip.
The Blue Ridge Parkway/ Pisgah National Forest. My oh my, how I felt alive here. I can’t put into words the state of mind both Kaylee and I were in. However, it’s safe to say we were happy, blissful and at ease. We felt so connected with ourselves and the Earth. Around every corner was a beautiful adventure, and Earth patiently waiting to be explored. We encountered lush nature, ethereal views and breath-taking waterfalls. With no cellphone service and the great outdoors surrounding us, we used our experience to inspire us- to get back in touch with ourselves while leading a wholesome life of simplicity and spontaneous adventures.
A special thanks to Kaylee Davis, for being such a wonderful friend to me for more than a decade. This trip wouldn’t have been the same without you. I’m so grateful to have met you and to still have your beautiful soul be apart of my life. I love ya endlessly.
Decided to welcome summer by adventuring to some of Florida’s natural springs.
I was accompanied by the very lovely Lia Maree Hardy.
What’s better than the warm Caribbean sun beating down on your face? How about paired with an ice cold tropical drink in your hand? Celebrity Cruises can make that all possible when you book a Caribbean Cruise vacation. With the Southern Caribbean destinations, the possibilities are endless. Each island holds the perfect day for everybody. Whether you’re lounging in crystal clear waters or zip-lining above mountain tops- this vacation is one for the books.
Leaving out of San Juan, Puerto Rico:
There’s nothing like kicking off your vacation in a colorful port filled with so much history and culture. The cobblestone roads and old Spanish colonial buildings take you back in time, emerging you into the rich Puerto Rican culture. San Juan never fails to inspire me- I always find myself dancing in the streets and trying many of the islands diverse signature plates.
Destination 1: St. Thomas:
After a night of sailing, waking up to the sapphire waters of St. Thomas will be sure to take your breath away. These scenes reassure you that you are officially on vacation. In port you’re able to shop till you drop and taste the variety of local flavors. Should you venture deep into the mountainous terrain, you’ll find the numerous hidden beaches that are hidden gems to this beautiful island. However, beware of the other hidden gems that may be walking amongst your toes: iguanas!
Destination 2: Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis:
After a long day of basking in the sunshine of St. Thomas, an ideal destination for the next stop would be Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis. Discover French and British heritage while coming across some of the most mesmerizing views of your entire life. This charming island features Timothy Hill: a lookout point where you can see the island dividing the Atlantic Ocean on the left and the Caribbean Sea on the right. Dormant volcanoes and rugged mountains make hiking ideal, challenging your more adventurous side. No matter what paths you may stumble across, every view will be worth it.
Destination 3: St. John’s, Antigua:
I’ve chosen the next destination, Antigua, as a day for relaxing and recovering. I see myself strolling down the colorful streets and checking out all of the local stores. Amongst my stroll, I discover a tree blooming with beautiful tropical flowers- you must always stop to smell the flowers! Maybe I’ll find myself sipping on a warm cup of local coffee, tasting the blend of Caribbean flavors. Antigua is the perfect place to bask in the moment, take a step back and just relax.
Destination 4: St. Lucia:
My final destination would have to be St. Lucia. This is my all-time favorite island, ideal for anyone looking for the ultimate adventure. With a bright and early start, you’re immediately greeted by the famous landmark, the Pitons (two twin peaks towering over 2,000 ft). This port is the perfect end to my list due to its diversity. You can find yourself immersed in the lush jungles, lost in the miles of banana plantations or submerged and relaxing in one of the several warm sulfuric pools. St. Lucia offers the ultimate adventure and takes you away from reality. The perfect end to a Southern Caribbean Cruise.
San Juan, Puerto Rico:
Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis: