Category Archives: Editorials
I just came home from the gym and as often happens when one comes home from the gym after a good workout, I feel amazing and pretty much ready to take on the world.
I cherish moments like these because confidence and pride in myself is something I continuously work at. I didn’t grow up in a home where I was fed positive messages about myself, and because we moved a lot, I didn’t always have a strong support system to carry me through. I spent a lot of my life feeling ugly and weird, and as a teen I felt the pressures of it.
It is why a recent interview with Abercrombie and Fitch CEO, Mike Jeffries, has a lot of our stomachs turning this morning.
Though I don’t normally do gift guides, and there’s no guarantee that I ever will again, I often come across gift ideas that I just must share with you. I am hesitant to call the following gift guide one specifically for moms, because as I see it, it is perfect for pretty much any female traveler I can think of – mom or not, new to travel or pro (and some even more so for men). They put a smile on my face and I think they are great gifts that go to the soul of the traveler.
On Monday, May 13 Residence Inn will be taking over Paul Mitchell’s Raika Studio in New York in celebration of Moms’ MONTH – Residence Inn’s month-long celebration to thank moms for all they do (because one day is just not enough!).
Busy moms will indulge in some quality pampering and relaxation time at the salon and enjoy a free wash house experience and blow-out with the Paul Mitchell products available in every Residence Inn room (another reason to LOVE them). As we get our hair styled, we can enjoy some light treats and refreshments or just revel in the serenity of some well-deserved “me” time.
Sounds fab, right?
So fab, that I am giving one special mom a chance to win a spot at the salon to get pampered too!
Something really wonderful is happening in the world of food. More and more people are becoming passionate about consuming and serving high quality, healthy and responsible food options. It’s a beautiful thing, especially as we learn about all the negative ways in which food affects our health and our habits.
But it’s not enough for us to want to change our habits if other realities in our lives remain the same. Truth is, time is often still limited, and we’re not all pros in the kitchen. There are a lot of different food delivery services out there trying to appeal to those of us who could use the help, but the question remains: How are they getting the food from? How is it prepared? Where is it coming from?
Sometimes it’s not about the destination…or maybe even the journey really, but about who actually knows the lyrics (or seem too) when listening to a favorite jam on the radio.
The new family vacation planning site, MiniTime, is working to take the hassle out of planning a trip with the family, while offering travel choices – from hotels to attractions – in destinations that cater to kids and their adults. How does one know?
With reviews written by families, for families, each designed to highlight what age range each experience is best suited for, as well as insider’s tips to provide potential travelers with little lessons and tidbits picked up along the way, parents are better able to arm themselves with information and resources so that more time is spent having fun when they get to their destination.
The video below has been circulating around the Internet for some time now. I saw it a few months ago, but saw it again just recently when a friend saw it and thought of me – something which I have to say flattered me deeply.
And this is because I believe in this message wholeheartedly. I have blogged about it often, I live each day by the mantra that money is not the answer to happiness, and that we should resolve to live a life that makes us happy, as a opposed to a life that can afford us the things that we think will eventually bring us happiness.
I am having a hard time focusing this morning. I am exhausted from a 5 and half day trip and am feeling the pressure of impending deadlines. It’s taking me a bit to get to things, but I was just getting to it when my phone rang. 212 number. NYC. I immediately imagined it was an agency calling because many agency and brand representatives with whom I have a relationship do sometimes call me for a lot of reasons, and I answer.
Except I didn’t know the rep on the other end of the phone…or his agency. He talked about an email he had sent a couple of days ago. I didn’t recall it. I was mildly annoyed, but patient, because I have been there and when I was, this was the part of my job I hated the most – the one where I was more a telemarketer than a PR rep. So, I listened and I invited him to re-email me his pitch – which he did and which was actually a good one (I can’t use it myself, but I think my readers will love it). Once I got the email, I remembered it was one I had quickly read and deleted while on the road.
Every so often, here on Girl Gone Travel, I like to share a personal story or two to remind people that the person sharing stories on travel and food, beautiful hotels and retreats, is a real person, who experienced some really harsh moments, all of which pushed her to where you find her today.
And lately I have been thinking a lot about where I am today, in my career especially, because conversations on how women can have better control of their destinies and goals are rampant – because women who seem to have these things are talking about it and writing books and appearing on talk shows and saying all the things that we women say to ourselves, many times.
Do you hear the birds chirping outside? That’s the sound of Spring, my friends, and with that are a lot of really excited children and their adults looking forward to Spring Break! Needless to say, now is the perfect time to talk travel with fellow families, share ideas, tips, and even get inspiration of what to do and where to go. I am happy to join family friendly DoubleTree by Hilton and The Motherhood, as well as other travel lovers in this super fun Twitter party tomorrow (see details below).
We hope to see you there!