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Blogging: The Realities Behind the Screen

Blogging: The Realities Behind the Screen

What really is blogging? What is it like to sit behind the computer screen? I talked about how this journey started in a couple previous blog posts. Check out my 6 month blogiversary and my 1 year blogiversary. It’s so stressful to meet with people in different industries and make a good impression. Do they even know what bloggers do? Will they want to work with me? You want that great shot, but there are so many people getting in…

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How to Choose the Best Airbnb Rental

How to Choose the Best Airbnb Rental

Hotels are great for when you want to be pampered and take a break from life. Then there are those times where you want to blend in and experience life like a local. You choose to stay at an Airbnb rental. But how do you avoid a nightmare experience? How can you as a guest choose from all the Airbnb options out there?  Filters are your Friend Narrow down your search and feel less overwhelmed. How many people can the…

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Road Trips: Your Ultimate Planning Guide

Road Trips: Your Ultimate Planning Guide

Road trips are so much fun. It’s just you, your friends and the open road. But lots of people hate driving long distances. How can you make dreaded road trips just a little bit more bearable? Or if you love them already, make them even better! Road Trip Buddies First, think about who you will travel with. Your company is very important. It will make a big impact on how the trip goes and how much you enjoy the trip….

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Asia Shopping Haul: South Korea and Taiwan

Asia Shopping Haul: South Korea and Taiwan

We talked about eating in Asia. Now let’s talk about Asia shopping! I only love to shop when I’m away from home ironically. Asia is a shopper’s paradise. There are traditional markets and highrise department stores. But my favorite place has to be the subway stations! South Korea Skincare is a staple in South Korea. You may have heard of the Korean 10 Step Skincare Routine. I recommend the Myeongdong area of Seoul for all your skincare needs. It’s Skin…

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Airbnb: My First Experience in South Korea

Airbnb: My First Experience in South Korea

Airbnb. I’d heard so many things about them. Honestly, I was scared. I was worried that something bad would happen. And that there would be no hotel desk to run too. For years I stayed away from Airbnb. I’ve even stayed in hostels, but was afraid of Airbnb. Then my last trip to South Korea came along. Seoul Location My first stop was in Seoul. I stayed in the Wolgok/Korea University area. There were a lot of apartments on Airbnb.com…

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Travel Scavenger Hunt

Travel Scavenger Hunt

So many travel destinations have popular landmarks. Can you guess a destination by a single image? Let’s see how you do. The first country lies within the continent of Africa. It’s found on the eastern coast and is known for its rich spices and beautiful architecture. We now find ourselves in Europe (below). This country is known for its food and wine. I talked about it in detail in my New York Times Travel Show post. It was featured in…

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Blogging: 5 Lessons After Year One

Blogging: 5 Lessons After Year One

Last month marked one year since I started blogging! I can’t believe that Passport by Design has been on the web for 1 year! It seems like I just made six months. The decision to blog was a very easy, yet difficult one. I knew it was something I wanted to do, but would I be able to continue? Would I run out of steam? Would I burn out? I hope I can help any aspiring bloggers who are on…

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Time Management for Creatives

Time Management for Creatives

When you’re in a creative field you are always doing a million things at once. When you run a blog you have to create content, edit content, edit images, communicate with companies, just to name a few things. Being a Graphic Designer, there are less things I have to “hire out.” That also means I’m responsible for completing more tasks on my own. How can you learn good time management skills while stretching yourself in so many directions? Set Goals…

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Travel Items I’m Loving Right Now

Travel Items I’m Loving Right Now

The new year, arriving tomorrow, will be the chance to visit so many new places and experience new adventures. I’m always on the lookout for travel gear that will make my trip a little easier. See what I’ve been looking into below. Leather Duffle I love duffles because they aren’t rigid and I can squeeze in so many extra items on the sides. The one above is from Nuts and Noble. They have a wide variety of leather items. Each…

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Five Types of Trips to Take Before Age 30

Five Types of Trips to Take Before Age 30

My twenties are coming to an end. As one chapter ends another one begins. When we reach a new milestone we all remember moments that made us happy and those that we regret. In my twenties I feel that I did things that were difficult and left my comfort zone on numerous occasions. All this reflection led to thinking about a 30 year old travel bucket list. I’m not referring to specific locations but types of trips you should take…

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