Travel Plans

I have been telling a lot of people about my blog lately, so, naturally, their first question tends to be “well what is it about?” and I’ve had to go into my speech about how “it’s a travel blog. But I’m not currently traveling, so it’s kind of just a general blog? But about travel? Kind of? Until I have the time to actually travel” and that’s not really cutting it. So, I’ve decided to make a post sharing the traveling adventures that I have coming up! This way, people can know what they should expect to be reading about on the blog.

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Chorus Tour

For those of you that don’t know, I am a part of the A Cappella Chorus at my college, and this year we are touring to The Ascending Voice IV conference, which is located way out in beautiful Malibu, California. We are staying there for a few days, so expect lots of beach pictures. We are also stopping along the way in places like Colorado, Oklahoma, and Nebraska, as well the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas. You can expect some tips and tricks on surviving long bus rides as well as proper ‘host home’ etiquette.

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Road Trip to Florida

A little later in the summer, Ryan and I are planning to go on a road trip down south. The details haven’t all been solidified yet, but we are hoping to stop along the way in Ohio (hopefully at Cedar Point, if we can swing it), Nashville, and Atlanta before hitting the beach for a few days. More details on this trip, and how we are planning for it, to come.

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Camping in Canada

Another trip that Ryan and I are planning for this summer is a quick camping trip up in Canada. Luckily, Canada is only a few hours away, and a Canadian camping trip is the best way for us to get some more budget-friendly international travel under our belts in preparation for a bigger trip to come…
We plan to see some of the beautiful landscapes that Canada in known for (hopefully by kayak) and share that with you! You can expect to see some posts about preparing for budget-friendly camping and beginner international travel.

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Royal Oak Weekend

Since Ryan and I are planning a couple of big trips this summer, and our budget is still pretty tight, we are hoping to go exploring a little closer to home. One of my favorite places, locally, is Royal Oak. The city is full of culture and has a very interesting vibe, plus there’s no way that you can run out of things to do. Some of my favorite restaurants and shops are located in Royal Oak, as well as a super cute indie movie theater that Ryan and I frequently stop at. Bonus, the Detroit Zoo is located right down the street!

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Family Road Trip

I had some separate international plans of my own for this summer that ended up not working out, but, because of this, I’m able to tag along with my parents on their summer trip! I don’t quite know all of the details on this trip yet either, but I do know that we are supposed to spend some time in New York City and head over to enjoy the east coast. I’m sure we will visit a lot of family friendly vacation spots (which hopefully includes some fresh seafood somewhere on the coast).

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Possible adventures that may be happening

Of course nothing is set in stone, and plans have a way of working out in unexpected ways. The plans that I’ve already mentioned are not all solidified as of right now, but are all very likely to happen. I also have some other adventures that are more up-in-the-air for the summer that I will mention below.

Summer Camp

I’ve applied to be a camp counselor this summer at multiple camps. Some of the camps that I’ve applied to are in the area, while some are a couple hours away. No matter what, camp always seems to be an adventure, and hopefully I will have some time to explore while I’m there.

Chicago
As well as camp counseling, I’ve been given some opportunity to go out and work in Chicago for a couple of weekends this summer. If this works out, I will have a place to stay and be able to explore the Windy City, while conserving enough money to make my other plans happen as well.

Virginia Beach

There’s a chance that I might find myself out in the Virginia Beach area this summer. For some reason, it keeps popping up within different conversations, which I find is usually a sign that I should do something. I’ve got a couple of friends staying out in that area over the summer, and my best friend has family out there. In years past, there has been talk of a white water rafting trip out there, so who knows, maybe this summer it’ll come together.

With Love,
Nikki

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Mini-venture

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Being a full-time student with a choreography job, a teaching job and having rehearsal every night doesn’t leave a lot of time to relax, or do anything really, especially with finals just around the corner. At times like this I find that it’s even more important to make time to go on adventures and get out of stressful atmospheres. Today I found myself with a few extra hours to spare, so Ryan and I decided to take a mini-venture.

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Since neither of us have money to spare, the less expensive the outing, the better. Luckily, there happens to be a really great library in downtown Rochester. It may be nerdy, but I get really excited about the sheer amount of books in this library, and I find the atmosphere very calming.

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Another plus side to the Rochester Hills Public Library is their travel section. For me, the next best thing to actually traveling is planning exciting trips, so I decided to pick up a few travel books for some upcoming trips that I’ve been thinking about.

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After the library we decided to grab a late lunch, so we went to one of my favorite restaurants, Penny Black. Penny Black has THE best cantina nachos. Seriously, if you like nachos, even a little bit, and find yourself in the Rochester area, you HAVE to try them. For $12.50 you can have enough deliciously sweet and spicy pulled pork cheesy gooey goodness to feed two people, plus if you happen to go between 4-7 during the week, all of their appetizers (including the nachos) are HALF OFF. I’m really excited about it.

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The Cantina Nachos (I only got one picture before they were completely devoured).
The Cantina Nachos (I only got one picture before they were completely devoured).

And finally, what mini-venture is complete without ice cream?!? It started to warm up again today so we were able to eat our ice cream outside for a little bit before heading back to classes and rehearsal and our busy lives. I hope you find some time to make your own adventures this week!! Cheers!

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With love,
Nikki

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Rainy Days

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Living in Michigan means that winter is going to last most of the year, though some of us choose to live in denial. Most of the time I can be found daydreaming about the days when I’m financially stable enough to move somewhere warm and tropical. As far as I’m concerned, it should be at least 75 degrees and sunny all year long.

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This past winter in particular really took its toll on me. I’m not normally one to complain about having to stay indoors because of the cold, but this year ‘spring fever’ hit some time in December and I’ve been itching to get outside every chance I can get. Though all of the colors are currently shades of brown, and the sky is cloudy and overcast, it’s finally warmed up enough to get back outside and adventure (though that may not last long because Michigan weather likes to play practical jokes on it’s residents).

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Luckily for me, my college has a really beautiful campus to explore (for free!). Who said that you have to break the bank in order to have an adventure? Sometimes it’s best to start right in your own backyard, even if that’s just a precursor to adventures to come.

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I also took this opportunity to fully embrace my inner child. I’m never one to pass up an opportunity to put on my rain boots and go splash in some puddles, and that’s exactly what I did! I dusted off my tried and true rain boots and put my hair in braids (the perfect rainy day hair style because it keeps your locks under control and combats humidity) and headed into the great outdoors.

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I also took the chance to break in my new raincoat. My mom recently got me this beautiful Calvin Klein rain jacket as an early Easter gift. It was the perfect time to throw it on because it was just heavy enough to keep me warm, and sturdy enough to keep me dry. Not to mention that by tying the belt in a bow, it gave my outfit a nice soft feminine touch.

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Sometimes the best way to end a rainy day adventure is to come back inside, curl up with a nice blanket and pour yourself a warm drink. Stay warm out there and have fun!!

Cheers!
Nikki

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Hello, world!

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There are two things that I’ve been putting off for quite some time: traveling more, and starting this blog.

I’ve been talking about both for as long as I can remember, and recently it seems that they are the only things that I ever really talk about. Luckily for me, both of those things are things that you just have to jump into, and I’m definitely one to dive right into things.

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If you know anything about me, then you know that I am prone to becoming inspired. The tiniest thing will send me off on a mission, and I will spend the precious hours that I should be using to sleep to look up things on the Internet, send emails to perfect strangers and look up the best times to buy plane tickets.

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Of course, making big changes and taking big steps, while intriguing, can be pretty scary. It’s easy to make excuses, like “traveling is expensive, especially on a ‘broke college student’ budget” and “I just don’t have enough time”. There always seems to be a voice in the back of my mind telling me that I couldn’t possibly do these things, which is exactly why I know that I have to do them.

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Luckily for me, I really hate to spend my own money, especially on frivolous things. While some costs are unavoidable, and every once in a while my paycheck will burn a hole in my pocket, I’ve been pretty successful in saving up funds. I also find that it’s easier to save when you have a specific goal in mind, like a new camera, or a round-trip ticket to Ireland.

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Of all the advice on travel that I’ve read up on on-line, the thing that keeps popping up and grabbing my attention is that if you really want to travel, and you feel like you’re being drawn to it, you just have to do it. You have to stop making excuses, put the money away and trust that everything is going to work out exactly like it’s supposed to.

I don’t want to just survive; I want to enjoy my life. I want to see more of this world than just my back yard, and I want to meet people from all walks of life. Life should be full of adventure and exploration and taking (healthy) risks, and the time to start is now.

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So, thank you. Thank you for reading this. I hope that you will choose to read along with me as I go on adventures, and I hope that they will inspire you to start some adventures of your own.

With love,
Nikki

P.S. During the time that I’m not able to travel, I will be posting about all sorts of things that are important to me, like fashion, beauty and travel. Stay tuned! Cheers!

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