Up & Away with Erica Smith: Leaving A Life She Loved To Plunge Into the Unknown

Up & Away with Erica Smith: Leaving A Life She Loved To Plunge Into the Unknown

We've all read the stories:

"I hated the 9-5 grind and my monotonous day-to-day routine, so I quit my job and took off for a life around the world." But what about those who actually love their job and their deluxe downtown life? When the nomadic impulse calls and the desire forms to seek more oomph out of your existence -- do you pursue this peculiar plea, or do you ignore it and settle for the occasional vacation as long as you otherwise get to live a fabulous life? 

Sometimes that internal calling rings so loudly that you see no other option but to answer it. 'FREE YOURSELF. JUST GO FOR IT.' 

Erica Smith is one brave lady who answered. She's currently gallivanting the globe with her husband, Corey, while they both hone in on/develop skillsets that will allow them permanent location-independence.

Eat, Pray, Love: The Italian Way

Eat, Pray, Love: The Italian Way

Back in 2011, Kristen convinced me to do a study abroad trip through the University of Maryland to Italy. Of course, I couldn’t turn that down. 4 years later, I decided to enjoy Italy again, but in a different climate. My line-sister Ayana and I traveled to Italy to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s. Here are some tips and suggestions as experienced during my recent 2 week holiday jaunt in Italia!

A guest post by Tamika F.

If you haven’t seen the movie Eat, Pray, Love, I would highly recommend it. Since I loved the movie so much, I made my entire Italy trip and experience into an Eat, Pray, Love journey (well, something like that -- I mostly just did the eat part). 

Living a Dream: An Indefinite Honeymoon Around the Globe

We all love a great romance, right? You know, those stories where a little girl and boy grow up together and fall forever in love...the kind that only happen in movies? 

Today, we're presenting a behind-the-scenes look at a real life love story that will have you swooning, one that demonstrates young black love at its finest.

Exploring the Emirates with Lauren Winston

Exploring the Emirates with Lauren Winston

Are you traveling to the United Arab Emirates soon?

Contemplating whether or not it's worth the trip? Guest author and fellow urbanista, Lauren Winston, gives a candid look into her recent travel to this Middle Eastern gem. Her experiences and insight are invaluable and will hopefully inspire others to fully immerse themselves into the culture of the Emirati people. 

By Lauren Winston: 

Like many of you reading this post, I snagged those dirt-cheap tickets to Abu Dhabi on the early morning of Christmas Day 2014, and a few weeks ago, my line-sister/bestie, Jessica, and I traveled there for Valentine’s Day.

A Summer in Salzburg, Austria with Candace Dane

A Summer in Salzburg, Austria with Candace Dane

Imagine a summer spent leading global change, interning in a European palace set at lake's edge,

a shimmery beaut' that prominently reflects the surrounding snow-capped Alps mountain range in its calm ripples. Imagine bouncing between borders, jetting off to a new country nearly every other weekend, leaving your mark in London, Venice, Budapest. Can you picture yourself discussing worldwide social solutions, living with people from all over the globe, breaking barriers between your differences, and challenging preconceived notions?

If you're not sold already, you will be after reading this. Recent University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill graduate Candace Dane spent last summer living out the above, as a participant of the Salzburg Global Seminar in Austria.