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Work Experience

4 Odd Jobs In The Travel Industry - Part I

Traveling is a multi-trillion dollar industry, as billions of people go on trips every year. Although there are several types of conventional travel occupations, some people chose to try some not-so-conventional paths: BED WARMER After spending time on a long flight, you want to reach your hotel as fast as possible. The only problem is that due to the bed being cold, it becomes harder for you to relax. Well, this is no longer going to be an issue, thanks to bed warmers. They are professionals employed by hotels, to get the mattress ready for guests. These employees have to wear special suits and lie on beds for 5 to 10 minutes. MANNERS POLICE When people go on a trip, freedom tends to get to their heads. Sometimes, tourists tend to exhibit inappropriate behavior, such as removing their shirts and sitting in public. In Venice, this is a common problem, which is why the city decided to use manners police. They are volunteers, who go around and warn tourists about their inappropriate behavior. These individuals also have the power to ask traffic cops to stop offenders and fine them.

Boulogne-sur-Mer, France

Things I love about Boulogne-sur-Mer, in France

• The beach is amazing and very calming • The two caps, Cap Blanc-Nez and Cap Gris-Nez with their beautiful view. • The old city fortress, an interesting travel back in time

Work Experience

4 Odd Jobs In The Travel Industry - Part II

COCONUT SAFETY ENGINEER A full-grown coconut weighs at least two kilos (4.4 lbs). Given the fact that palm trees can reach up to 30 meters (98.42 feet), these fruits can fall at high speeds. If one manages to hit your head or any part of your body, it can cause significant injuries. An unpopular yet surprising career in the travel industry is coconut safety engineers. They have to make sure these ripe fruits don’t fall on the heads of guests. Their job is to pluck ripe coconuts from palm trees. MONKEY MEN In Amanbagh, a resort located in Ajabgarh, Rajasthan, India, it is common practice to provide savouries to the guests. However, the problem is that monkeys tend to steal these goodies. The resort decided the best way to handle this situation is to use monkey men. These individuals roam around the property to ensure the primates don’t cause any problems. They use a variety of tactics to scare away the monkeys so that the guests can have an excellent experience. The travel industry sure does have many unusual and less-known jobs. It often makes you wonder whether you can create your own special profession and turn it into a career!

Birmingham, United Kingdom

My recommendations of things for visiting Birmingham for 2-3 days

- The Jewellery Quarter ( it's considered touristy, but it's a lovely area! ) - BBC Birmingham at the Mailbox - Sea Life ( aquariums are classic, but very relaxing and enjoyable every time! ) - Last but not least, Birmingham's canals! Absolutely beautiful, check the Canal Quarter, the narrowboat trips departing from the marina next to Brindleyplace, and canal-side bars and restaurants at the Mailbox mall. These are just my favorites, but there's so much more to do in Birmingham, definitely deserves more than 3 days! Hope you have fun!

China

What I loved about my trip to China

Everything. Just do it. As soon as you can. It's so worth it. Even if you don't go to a big city. Definitely a must!

Ideas and Perspectives

Why My Stories Matter More Than My Photos

Today, I learned that my stories matter more than my photos. We live in a world where people are obsessed with photos from our last trip, brunch or concert... instead of sharing impressions, personal experiences or feelings about the places we've explored. I moved to Melbourne for work and stayed there for 2 years. I had a blast there, met incredible people, worked with brilliant coworkers and explored sick places (Tasmania deserves to be visited once in a lifetime!) When I came back from Australia, I threw a party to reconnect with a few friends. We were having drinks at my favorite bar when someone asked me about my last trip to Tasmania. I grabbed my phone, opened my Instagram app and commented on my gallery… That's when it hit me: instead of telling stories, perspectives and personal impressions, I was basically captioning my Instagram feed. It was sad because I could have done the same with photos from Google Images or Flickr. Photos are great at what they are supposed to do: illustrate stories. Words give a perspective that images cannot match. When people ask you questions about a destination you've explored, ask yourself: “What made this trip special to me?”. It’s very likely that your answer to that question will please your audience.

Nutrition & Fitness

16/8 Intermittent Fasting is Hard But Can Be Worth It

I've started 16/8 Intermittent Fasting. It's basically limiting my consumption of food and beverages to a 8-hour window per day. That means that I need to stop eating food or drinking beverages in the remaining 16 hours. I took some weight in the past 2 months this and I was looking for ways to reduce my calorie intake. I'm starting to climb at a gym twice a week and I wanted to get a proper diet that could go along with it! I've started this intermittent fasting a few days ago and I actually feel great. I feel less tired and stressed. My body feels stronger too which is not something I have expected. It gets harder the days I want to climb but I try to double my portions when that happens. I learned that I didn't need to eat 3 times a day, that I could regulate my own eating schedule based on my needs. That told me that I need to listen more to my body

Travel

4 Not-So-Touristy (But Captivating!) Places I’d Love To Visit In India

It is hard to describe the full beauty of India, you could go on and on forever. Home to countless mesmerizing spots, there is something for everyone in this country. When you hear India, Delhi, Agra, Varanasi, Jaipur, and Ladakh, are some of the places which come to your mind. However, these regions receive high tourism traffic, which may not be ideal if you want to get away from busy city life. Luckily, due to the enormous size of the country, there are several interesting unknown spots in India, let's discover some of them.   KANGOJODI, NAHAN, HIMACHAL PRADESH Located in Himachal Pradesh, you should come here to experience being one with nature. Surrounded by ravines, pine trees, and hills, at every destination, you will feel like taking a picture. You can also experience trekking and adventure sports, two popular activities in these regions. The biggest attraction in this destination is camping, due to the picturesque views. MAWLYNNONG, MEGHALAYA Also known as the cleanest village in Asia, Mawlynnong in Meghalaya is a great place where you can take a break from technology. It is an offbeat destination, where you can have the trip of the lifetime. An eco-friendly and clean village, this place has a lot to offer. There are multiple caves and waterfalls to visit while you are in Mawlynnong. Make sure you walk in the living roots bridge, as it is a unique experience. NUBRA VALLEY, JAMMU, AND KASHMIR When you hear Jammu and Kashmir, the first place that pops into your mind is Leh. While this is a beautiful destination, the high footfall may not suit your preference. Instead, you should head to Nubra Valley. It is a stunning location, which showcases how incredible nature can be when left to thrive. Nubra and Shyok are two rivers that flow through this region, adding to the beauty. TAMENGLONG, MANIPUR Tamenglong in Manipur is one destination you will fall in love with the moment you see what it has to offer. Home to exquisite flora and fauna, its flawless glory and beauty will leave you speechless. If you love eating oranges, you can consume delicious ones, while you are in this location. A tip would be to go during any time between October and April, to experience the best weather. There are many unknown locations throughout India, waiting to become the center of attention. Make sure you have plenty of time on your hands, as once you start your journey in this country, you will probably never want to stop!

Sapa, Vietnam

Ta van, Sapa, Vietnam

Sapa is Vietnam's trakking paradise, with a lot of small villages in the area to discover and it's also here you find Vietnam's highest mountain fan si pan with its 3143m. I felt the village Sapa, was way to touristy and grown to fast so I really recommend you to stay in one of the smaller places around, my choice was Ta van. A lovely lite town 3h hike or 30min bike ride from Sapa. Here you have stunning views and easily accessible hiking trails that you can do by yourself....

New York

Booze Cruise? Yes please!

An evening on the water, with views of 8 NYC bridges and the gorgeous Statue of Liberty <3 If you're a new yorker or in town for a visit, this is worth it! It was a nice evening with an open bar, buffet style food and plenty of room to take pictures or dance the night away! We went on a Thursday and the crowd was great! #Statueofliberty #nightcruise #boozecruise #ladylibery #fun #night #drink #eat #dance #views #boat #nyc

Brooklyn

Smorgasburg Prospect Park

Smorgasburg will be set up every weekend through November! Its worth a trip in if you like food! We really enjoyed the prospect park location. Plenty of room and shade :D Featured here are the mac and cheese dumplings we shared! Its a great place to go with a big group, so you can share your dishes and try more things!! #foodie #fun #brooklyn #prospectpark #enjoyable #walk #eat #macandcheese #dumplings

Brooklyn

Smorgasburg East River State Park

Smorgasburg is an awesome food festival set up in different locations! Saturdays you can find the fun at East River State Park in Brooklyn. I'd recommend sunscreen! You get awesome views right on the water and the most fun food! Like the squid featured above #squid #yakisobanyc #smorgasburg #brooklyn #nyc #food #foodfestival

Peru

Chorros A Chalaca

We eat at a lot of Peruvian Restaurants and this is one of our favorite appetizers! Muscles in a delicious pico de gallo. I can never get enough. We will have to let you in on the secret, what is the best peruvian food in the area?? #food #muscles #eat #peruvianfood #comidaperuano #yum #apps

Travel

I Did Everything Wrong for My First Solo Trip to India... And It Was Awesome!

I traveled to India alone. This was my first solo trip outside of my country so that was pretty scary. I was terrified. As a people person, I was scared that I’ll end up being alone and bored with myself. I was also terrified about India because I read so many awful stories online… of course all of these stories were dreadful: girls who’d be harassed by men, food poisoning or people getting ripped off. When I was on the plane to Delhi though, I got so excited. I think I felt the adrenaline running through my veins. I remember that I said to myself « Oh shit! Why should I care? I’m gonna live something amazing, no matter hat people say! ». I forgot about all my rational fears. It was pure excitement. I did make so many mistakes when I got there: I trusted the first person I saw, stayed in accommodations far more expensive than advertised, got ripped off too many times, ate too much food and got sick, pushed myself too hard and got heat stroke and altitude sickness (yeah: both!). That made me realize that I shouldn’t trust my guts too much. I think I was overconfident and that got me into trouble. I know I need to force myself to be extra cautious when abroad. Because I’m a tourist and that’s exactly why scammers target me because I’m naive and trust people too easily. Don’t read too much before your trip. Of course, get informed about the political context, riots or strikes at your destination - you can get this information at your embassy’s website. Make sure you know what vaccines you need and make sure you update your friends and family everyday while you travel.

Work

How I Quit My Job and Booked a One-way Ticket to Colombia

I’ve quit my job and decided to take a gap year to travel in South America. And… I don’t have any return tickets 😱 For the past year, I realized that I wasn’t learning anything at my job. I was just doing repetitive tasks for a business that I didn’t care about, in a city that I didn’t enjoy that much. My friends noticed that a lot of my sentences started like this: « I wish I were… ». They told me that I didn’t look happy… and they were right! A week after this realization, I walked in my boss’ office and gave him my notice. When I got back to my desk, I booked a one-way ticket to Colombia. I was so relieved when I gave my notice. I was really at the end of a cycle at this company and I was getting sick of my hometown. Besides that, I really wanted to go on a big trip for a long time. My bucket list was getting full of exotic destinations and I wasn’t acting on it. Now I’m actively working on that 🤗 That said, I know I’m gonna need to work / volunteer in South America if I want to travel for a year because I haven’t made that much money to afford such an ambitious trip. I’m scared about that part because my Spanish and Portuguese are really limited. But I’m fairly confident I’ll be able to be useful to a hostel or a charity. I learned to listen to my guts and to my friends. When your friends tell you that you don’t look happy, it’s probably because you need to do something to change that. If like me, you’re a planner, you might be terrified by making the jump without organizing anything. But, trust me, when you make the decision and officially break it to your friends, your brain automatically switches on « SURVIVAL MODE ». It’s all about your mentality, not skills.

Self growth

This is How I Feel After I've Quit Smoking

Today, I decided to quit smoking. I’m addicted to nicotine and I want to stop because it has terrible effects on my skin, my hair, my breath, my lungs and my mood. When I don’t smoke for a few hours, I become despicable to the people around me. The day I realized I needed to quit for good was a month ago. I was at a conference and I had to attend to every keynotes, round tables and speeches since I was representing the main sponsor of that event. I couldn’t smoke a single cigarette. At the end of this very long day, my partner picked me up so we could have a nice dinner together. I barely had the time to smoke one cigarette so I was pretty stressed out. The entire dinner was a shit show. I just got pissed off for no reason and he had to « take it for the team » you know. I basically yelled at him in front of strangers for stupid reasons, just because I was deprived of nicotine.   It’s been a month now without a cigarette. I felt terrible the first week since I felt the urge to smoke, basically every hour. Even now and then, I sometimes want to get a cigarette but I behave. That said, stopping nicotine helped me feeling better. My skin, my teeth, my breath and my hair looks a bit brighter and I don’t smell like cigarette all the time. My partner also noticed that, apart from the first week, I was more relaxed at home.   If you want to stop, there is no miracle. You have to be self-disciplined. Replace your « smoking time » with another activity. For me yoga and meditation have been very helpful. It doesn’t have to be these activities, but find yourself that can replace your habit to smoke.

Self growth

I Just Ran 10k for the First Time And I Feel Invincible

Today, I ran 10k in preparation of the half marathon I’m running in October. I’ve never run a 10k in my life, this was my first time. It gave me hope that I could actually finish my half marathon. For this 10k, I made sure to prepare well. I ate a light breakfast, drank a lot of water and warmed up extensively. I think the most important thing was the pep talk I gave myself. I told myself that I could do it, that when things get hard it’s probably gonna hurt for a few minutes before the pain goes away. And that I shouldn’t stop at any cost. I feel empowered! When I signed up to the half-marathon a couple of months ago, my main objective was to finish it. With my progress, I can legitimately set myself a time as a goal.

Traveling

Traveling anonymously

I traveled to Europe with 2 friends and I did not post anything (besides stories) while I was there. I think this was my only post of my first time abroad hahaha

Feel good

I hate losing... unless we're talking about 25lbs.

Signing up for the F45's 8-week challenge. This grueling—all intensive—8-week program was essentially my "silver bullet" to put brakes to a lifestyle of partying, drinking and other bad habits. Was it hard? insanely, but it was 110% worth it. Why? well... you'll have to keep reading to find out! In short, joining this program was probably the best decision I've made in recent years. The idea behind it is simple: Drop $600 as a security deposit (or what they call a "commitment system") and set yourself to dropping either 8% body fat or 30lbs during the course of 8 weeks. During this time, this is what you get: • Unlimited classes • Professional coaching • Free Lionheart heart rate monitor ($75 value) • 3 Free InBody body scans ($150 value) • A New Member Welcome Pack • Nutritional support including daily meal plans, shopping guides and more. Should you reach that goal and you get your security deposit back, essentially giving you all of the above for free. Yeah, you read that well. FREE. Else, well... they keep your deposit which is paying for all of the above. What did you think? Someone needs to pay for all those classes! Now, I'd say that not reaching that 8% body fat drop kept me up at night a few times. Not because the program wasn't worth $600, but because I'm insanely competitive. However, this all changed one day when I realized that even if I didn't accomplish this goal 100%, I was going to be happy with giving my best shot, for that's all that I could give to it. And yes, giving it my best shot meant saying no—countless times—to drinking. Wanna know how hard that is? try saying no next time someone tells you to have a drink... or hands you a drink directly. That's even harder. Anyways, curious to know how it ended up? Not only did it help me achieve an amazing body transformation—a whopping 7% body fat loss or 25lbs—in record time, but it also changed countless of bad habits and routines that are now part of my overall day-to-day winning strategy. This challenge reinforced me that I could do anything I want if I put my mind to it. Not drinking for 8 weeks? check. Working out 6x a week? check. Waking up at 5:45 am to go work out? check. Meal prepping on Sundays? check. I could keep going, but you get the idea. In summary, this experience taught me that living life on half-measures only gives you half-results. If you want full results, fully commit to your goals, go "all-in", embrace the process and enjoy the results.

Slovenia

Three reasons why you should visit Slovenia

Bordered by Austria to the north, Hungary to the east, Croatia to the south/south-east and Italy plus a slither of the Adriatic to the west, Slovenia is small (only marginally larger than New Jersey) but jam-packed with natural beauty and history. The streets are clean, waste is being recycled; the people are friendly; and Slovenian cuisine is mouth-wateringly delicious. Slovenia was the first former Yugoslavian country that joined the European Union and adopted the Euro, making travelling from Italy, Austria or any other country using the Euro super easy.

Hong Kong

My recommendations for visiting Hong Kong, away from tourists

A walk in Kennedy town on the promenade or at Sunset Waterfront Promenade. Central to mid-levels Escalator - be sure to walk on every street you find on the way. You'll be stunned at the number of cafes/restaurants. Hmmmm.... Manmo Temple. MTR rides. A walk in TST in the evening; watch the avenue of stars as you sip a drink from Nine Dragons or Eyebar.

New Zealand

My recommendations for visiting Auckland

The first thing I would do would be to walk up Mt Eden for a magnificent view of the city and surrounding neighbourhoods. Do it at dusk/sundown and you'll be joined by hundreds of locals (and some tourists) who just go to enjoy the relazed atmosphere. Take the Ferry to Rangitoto Island and climb to the top. Not many tourists (or locals) do it, but again the views are great. Take reuseable water bottles, sunscreen and good hiking shoes. It's all volcanic rock, and the vegetation and wildlife on the island makes you feel like you have gone back in time 1000's of years.

Self Exploration

Celebrate Your Wins in Public, Complain in Private

Long story short, I’m working on a big project at work that requires my full attention. My manager gave me a very short deadline and I feel like that any minute I’m not at my desk, I’m just wasting my time. When I focus on something, I just put my noise-cancelling headset, eat at my desk and don’t talk to anyone. One of my colleagues told me once that I was killing the mood at work because of my attitude. By not engaging with my teammates, taking lunch or coffee breaks or laughing at their jokes… I answered him that his jokes wouldn’t pay my rent and he should do the same. I said it pretty loud in the office space and people started to give me stern look. If that was to happen again, I would make sure to start a private conversation with my colleague explaining that I’m stressed out about this project and that’s why I need my full attention. Also, I’d probably talk to my manager about how insane this deadline is. This situation made me realize that you should be mindful of how you deliver your message in public. If you complain about something, try to keep it in small groups, not in a public space. That tends to affect the esprit de corps of a company.

Feel good

The Day My Best Friend Asked Me To Be Her Bridesmaid

A close friend announced me she got proposed and that she’d love to have me as her bridesmaid.   My friend never calls people, she texts or send stories. She says that the only reason she would call people over the phone is to announce a tragedy. When she told me she had something important to tell me (over text), I was terrified. I was imagining the worst scenarios, wondering who passed away or got attacked. When she actually called me, she probably knew that I was scared so she acted a bit sad and desperate. When she heard my heart pounding, she broke to me the good news. And I felt relieved. That call shook me. I went from fear to excitement in a few words. And when she asked me to be her bridesmaid, I got emotional and cried a bit. It was an epic rollercoaster of feelings.

Dubai

My top 3 things for Dubai

Dubai Theme Parks, Wild Wadi Waterpark, Desert Safari

Travel

A solo travelling experience in Burma !

For the first time, I travelled solo. One of my best decisions ! End of 2017 : I planned a three months trip in South Asia with some people I met on a Facebook travel page. After one month and a half of travel, i decided to quit the group and travel on my own. Cotravel can be stifling for several reasons, and I needed some time just for me and do what I really wanted to do. I arrived in Yangoon, a famous city in Burma. When I went there, it was touristic season but many travellers avoid the country because of politics tensions. I quickly felt uncomfortable : a girl alone with her backpack, it catches the eye ... locals looked at me as if they had never seen a tourist, it was raining...and most of all, one of my eye was victim of a conjunctivitis ! While going to the hostel, a little voice in my head was saying : Take a bus to Thailand ! Don't stay in this country ! After my registration (the hostel was empty...), I collapsed on my bed, thinking about the situation. For the first time of the trip, I felt so alone... I was ready to book a bus ticket to Thailand when I text to my mom and a good friend of mine (thank you Steve ;) ) and they just convinced me to stay and let go. They knew Burma was the country I absolutely wanted to visit and they shared all their positives vibes to help me to overcome my fears. I felt a lot of resistance in my mind at this point but I finally decided first to go to emergencies for my eye. The situation quickly took another turn : the guy who drove me to the hospital was so nice ! He really paid attention to myself : he explained my eye problem to the doctors and stayed with me during the consultation. then he friendly caught me back to my hostel. After two days of treatment, I finally could travel in the country and enjoy. During this trip I met some travellers, and I felt free to stay with them for one, two or four days, and sometimes just two hours... That's why travelling solo is so cool : you can follow someone until his next step, or just have lunch with him. You can change your schedule as often as you want ! Other great thing about travelling solo : you talk with people who are on your road. I spent four incredible days with a 40 years old man who lived in Portugal. In real life, if we had crossed, we would probably never have spoken ! I learned thanks to this experience that I just have to forget stereotypes and follow my intuitions to assure my security. It means talking to strangers you feel you can trust them. I also realized that I was able to organize my trip by myself and ask some help when I needed. My fears disappear as my travel continues. I'm not saying that cotravelling is not good : i had magical experiences about it !! but if your goal is travelling solo, you have to deal with it and go alone. That's the most important lesson I learnt from this experience. And don't forget : most of time, a solo traveller meets a lot of people if he wants to. Solo travel doesn't mean being alone :) So take your backpack and go experiment !

Outdoors

The day we ran out of food on a 7-day hike

Oh my! I’ve just hiked Torres del Paine (« the O » as they say) with my partner and it was epic! It’s been on my bucket list for a long time and I finally got a chance to do it last month. My sister got married and she lives in Chile with her husband so we took the opportunity to extend our stay there and explore Torres del Paine. Originally, I thought this hike was out of my reach. I’m not particularly fit, I hate the gym, and hiking is definitely not my forte. The longest hike I’ve been on was 2-day hike in South of France. When my partner and I decided to go on that trail, I thought I’d die but he gave me a good pep talk that convinced me. When I finished the « O » I was so relieved. If the hike lasted an extra day, I would have given up. It was soooo excruciating. Especially when you know that we actually ran out of food at the last campsite. Anyway, if I had to be honest, I’d say to myself that I will never do it again! But eventually, a few days later, I acknowledged that it was the most epic hike on earth (it’s not like I’ve done much but I feel entitled to say that!) To any hikers who want to hop on this trail: pack more food than you think you’d need. Because there is nothing worse than lacking of food at the very end of the trail. It adds too much stress.