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adayofalanna

Inspiration, travel, and the pursuit of happiness.

Welcome to 2o17

Greetings from Mexico,

Today I have officially been living in Mexico City for a little over a month which seems to feel like an eternity. I really enjoy living here and my Spanish is improving slowly but surely. It is very surprising how much you can still survive without knowing the language proficiently. Anyway, I have no idea where the next months will bring me but I will keep you updated. Much love. Xoxo.

-Alanna

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I’m Back with a Surprise

Hey!

How is it going? Good? Well, I’m glad to hear that. I have not been writing in my blog very frequently due to life and such. This time around I want to make more of an effort to get back to blogging more. As it is something I enjoy very much.

These past few months have had many ups and downs, it has been crazy. Since graduating college in May well you could say things didn’t go as planned. That is alright though because I learned that everything happens for a reason, some things are not meant to work out.

It is especially difficult as my pursuit is unlike others whom hold the american dream dear to their heart. That is not my ideal life. My journey has been interesting one could say and some call me crazy but that is okay. My dreams are my dreams and I refuse to let others opinions change what I want. Other people will always have something to say no matter what you do. That is why I just don’t care what others think because in reality they are just unfulfilled with their own lives.

The year 2016 has ultimately been like getting hit by a plane but yet one of my best years at the same time. I traveled to places I would have never imagined in my wildest dreams. I once stood looking over an Island in Croatia and that’s where I promised myself to always follow my dreams and travel the world. I am thankful for everything because in the end it was a huge learning experience for me.

Just know if you’re a recent college graduate you may be confused and lost but don’t worry I have been there and you will figure it out. All in time my friend.

Stay tuned: I will be having a surprise for everyone 

Below: Images from my time in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

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When Nightmares Turn into Reality 

As many of you have seen Americas new fate, we begin this new era. Americans are afraid, sad, and really..devastated. We made jokes of this in the past but now this is our fate. It is no longer funny as people fear their lives and equality in America. This morning when I heard the news I shed a tear. Our new president who is a racist bigot let me remind you who belittles women and does not want rights for the LGBTQ community. All day I have avoided social media, fleeing the truth of what has happened. Tonight, I looked on social media once again and seen dozens and dozens of stories of racial discrimination. As a person who is an American  born citizen but is half Mexican I know my looks change people’s perspective of who I am. Racism in America has been hidden for so many years but now is showing its true colors again despite our new president. Our president who enables these people and pretty much tells them hey it’s okay to be racist. When it is not. I fear the equality for my niece and nephew who will have to face this head on. Today, my sister told me she had to explain to her children what racism is, that truly breaks my heart. I hope Americans stay strong and fight for our rights. Remember, we are all equal no matter the color, sex, origin, etc. We are one. 

-Alanna

Sky High Plane Tickets, Get Them for Cheap!

Have you ever dreamed of traveling but felt discouraged as you searched the plane ticket prices? Fear not, there is ways to get cheaper flight tickets. Here is a few tips for that vacation you have been dreaming of.

  1. Plan ahead of time, this will give you time to receive a ticket at a cheaper price.
  2. Use multiple air travel websites to compare prices. My favorite is Skyscanner. Others include: Cheap O Air, Priceline, Kayak, and more.
  3. Get your ticket(s) on the right day. Try to buy on Tuesday or Wednesday it could save you big time.
  4. Don’t get a one way to your destination. What does this mean? Think about buying two separate tickets to get to your destination. If you’re going to different countries sometimes this helps cut the cost a lot.
  5. If you travel a lot get a credit card through one of the airlines and gain reward points. Maybe get a free flight to the destination of your dreams.
  6. Check the season. Is it high tide or low tide season at the destination you wish to go to? This will make a big difference in price.

 

Hope these tips help! Safe travels!

-Alanna

 

Mexico? Life?

Hello hello!

How is everyone? Good? Living? Recently I spoke of how I really don’t know what I’m doing. I had a thought of moving to Mexico…then an issue arose. I found it is very hard for people/Americans to find a job there and if they do it probably won’t pay well. You usually do not see Americans going to work in Mexico because of this issue. Mostly for vacation. The cost of living in DF is kind of high compared to other places in Mexico. You can relate it to living in Los Angeles but with its own spin. My job hunt ended rather…well you can say disappointing. For now I think my best bet will just be visiting as much as I can. Maybe, live there for a short period of time. Who knows!

Thought of the day: just because things don’t work out, doesn’t mean you should give up.

-Alanna

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Chaos

Hello!

It has been some while since I have written, two months roughly. Right now my life is in a bit of a chaos. The high from traveling is no more and I am beginning to see reality. Right now my travel plans are on hold as I am unsure of where I will be going or if I am going. I think at this point in my life I have many things to figure out, then maybe I can travel. No matter where you run or go your problems will follow.

I think all college graduates go through this, an initial reaction of wtf am I doing with my life? It’s one of those things that is not talked about much, people just say enjoy your years of college as it will be the best years of your life. When you’re in college you think no way how can this be the best years of my life? Quizzes, tests, research that’s no fun (sarcasm). When you look back though you will realize it really was, the best years of your life. College was one of the best learning experiences and I made life long friends that made it even better.

Now, I can only hope and pray for the best to come. As my future is unknown but I will keep looking for what is right. Remember, always do what makes you happy!

-Alanna

America the home of the free…

Hello ladies and gentlemen! 

Wow how is everyone?! Great I hope! I am now back home in the United States. It has been almost one week home and I am more ready then ever to go back on my adventure. However, we all know that’s not how life flows. Of course I have to go get a job and work for a while then back on the road I go! Here is some photos from my trip. Also, if you’re reading this comment if you want me to write about anything more specific. Places, food, tacos jk, just let me know! 


My life is a movie? 

Only 2 days left before I return home. It’s crazy how fast time goes. Summer is almost over and soon I’ll have to start my real adult life. I still cant believe I graduated college and will not be returning. 

Lately, I have been thinking a lot of what we humans are really capable of which is anything. We can learn to adapt to so many different things it’s amazing. When people say that what you wanna do is impossible, it is possible. When you know what you want you will do anything to get there, even if that involves momentarily discomfort. I am very excited to begin this new chapter in my life. I want to learn how to speak different languages, meet new friends,achieve my traveling dream etc. I know this new chapter means I will win some and loose some. I will loose friends, meet new ones, find bad ones, but eventually find those who are great for me. I hope to be more involved with my family and be great full for all I have. 

Ending note..go to Croatia it is the most beautiful country I have ever been to! I really love Split and Dubrovnik has very great islands and history. Budapest is also one of my favorites it’s a hidden gem! Sometimes this all seems like a dream and it is unbelievable! I am so happy I did this I will never forget. 

Croatia🌴

Today is July 16th, 

My trip is almost over but I am ready to return home and begin my new life. I found backpacking is quite the experience but I more enjoy staying in one place at a time for a certain time period. I am excited to go home and eat loads of ketchup and drive a car yet again. Plus not being lost all the time lol. 

What have I learned from backpacking? I learned that anything in life is possible if you want it enough. Dreams only come true if you make them. People always say o my gosh you’re so lucky to go there and there. However, traveling is not always cake and ice cream. There is difficulties such as being lost, not being able to find your hostel, not knowing what the hell people are saying, missing your flight, paying extra fees or hidden fees. I find now through most situations i just stay very calm and accept the fact that it’s happening, as long as I tried there is no more I can do. You must accept the things you cannot change. 

On another note, traveling is a lesson and a great experience. I have now seen some very beautiful places that not many people see. I am blessed as not everyone has this opportunity. I have met great people from all walks of life and made some great memories. I also learned how much I take things for granted when I don’t have it. I have only about 100 dollars left and its interesting trying to make it all work. Though it would be nice to just to go straight back to Mexico or Barcelona to live, I can’t. Unfortunately, in life you have to work for what you want. I have hopes of moving to one of these places in the near future. Just know anything is possible. Money is important but it doesn’t need to determine your happiness. 

Service announcement if you have not yet been to Croatia, GO!!!!

Xoxo, 

Alanna

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