Spring Break: Unique Travel Destinations

Spring Break: Unique Travel Destinations

With Spring Break coming up you need to know the best place to go. Avoid the crowds and go to the places you’d never expect. Montreal, Canada Don’t head south this Spring Break. Head north instead to Canada. Montreal (above) is a great city year round. It’s an unexpected destination for Spring Break though. Enjoy lots of places to go dancing and incredible food. Anguilla, West Indies If you saw my New York Times Travel Show post, you’d know Anguilla…

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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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The New York Times Travel Show: 2019

The New York Times Travel Show: 2019

Imagine the world at your fingertips. That’s the best way to describe my recent trip to the New York Times Travel Show. Every year it’s held in New York City. It was held this year at the Jacob K. Javits Center. The show is a must see for every traveler and anyone who wants to start traveling in the future. The show runs Saturday and Sunday. It gets better. I attended the show on Friday, which was the trade day….

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Interior Design Inspiration: Bathrooms

Interior Design Inspiration: Bathrooms

With Interior Design there are so many rooms to be designed. The bathroom isn’t usually the first place on you mind. Let’s change that. Bathrooms are great places to incorporate unique design elements. Bathtub The bathtub can become the feature element of any bathroom. It’s the same as a fireplace centering a living room. Choose a unique shape. You don’t have to place it against a wall. Put it right in the middle and let  it shine. Limited Space Even…

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Koreatown, Manhattan Travel Diary

Koreatown, Manhattan Travel Diary

Traveling doesn’t always mean hopping on a plane. I took the train into Manhattan recently. A friend wanted to experience Koreatown for the first time. Getting There Arrive at Grand Central Terminal. Take the # 6 Brooklyn bound (downtown) train. Get off at the 33rd street stop. Use the 32nd street exit. Walk from E32nd street to W32nd street. As you walk from E32nd to W32nd street, you become engulfed in all the hangul (Korean script) signs. Transport yourself out…

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Attending a Trade Show as a Blogger

Attending a Trade Show as a Blogger

The more trade shows I attend the more I realize there is so much to be learned. I learn what to bring. I learn to bring shoes I can actually walk in. Not to mention how to get the most out of each show. If you’re a blogger, or just someone who enjoys going to travel shows and car shows keep reading for my tips. What to Bring Business cards are a great way to get your name out there…

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Touring Grand Central Terminal

Touring Grand Central Terminal

I’m always rushing somewhere. That’s just part of my DNA, for better or for worse. I recently got the chance to slow down and explore more of Grand Central Terminal (Station) in Manhattan, New York. I wasn’t racing to catch a train and had time to just wander. Come with me. If you get lost on the way, use the terminal map. Lexington Passage This is a hallway filled with lots of different shops. There are a few familiar brands…

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Watercolor Painting for Beginners

Watercolor Painting for Beginners

Watercolor is such a unique, fun way to paint. We all painted with watercolors as children. Now try it as an adult. Choose Quality Brushes Choose brushes that have quality bristles. You do not need to spend a lot of money. Choose one or two brushes of high quality instead of a large pack of brushes that lack quality. Experiment with different types. I enjoy painting with bamboo brushes. Purchase Watercolor Paper Normal art paper will bleed when you apply…

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How I Plan My Trips: Accommodations

How I Plan My Trips: Accommodations

I think back to when I was a child. My parents would look in the phone book and book a hotel sight unseen. We’d hope we would get a good one. Those days are long gone. I’ve broken down how I choose my flights when I travel. Now I’m going to show you how I book my accommodations. Reviews The best way to find out about a place you’ve never been is to talk to people who have already been…

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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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