These words changed everything. At the age of 21 and in my 3rd year studying at a conservative private Christian university in Seattle Washington, I knew I had to come out, and that doing so would shatter the world I built up around me. What I didn’t know, is that someone watching my coming out video would 4 years later become my husband.
New Orleans should be at the top of your travel list! Coming to NOLA, I didn’t have much of an impression of the city other than what I’ve heard about Mardi Gras. And really, I didn’t know much else about it. It’s way different than what I had pictured in my mind. My favorite surprise was the architecture. I didn’t realize that New Orleans had such a European feel…
Our first recommendation is to plan fo more than 24 hours in this beautiful city. Madrid is often overlooked by backpackers around the world when planning a trip around Europe, but it shouldn’t be skipped! The vibrant and electric atmosphere of the city will have you wanting to book a trip back before you depart. Madrid should be near the top of your must-see list and here’s why!
Not many can say they’ve slept in a real palace before. I felt like a prince spending a few nights at Libertador Palacio del Inka, a Marriott Luxury Collection Hotel in Cuzco, Peru. Located directly next to the Inca’s largest historic temple, Temple of the Sun, Palacio del Inka holds much of its original character in its ornate guest suites. Many of which surround the Casona de los Cuatro Bustos’ stone courtyard…
We stepped off the train and immediately immersed ourselves in a flood of sounds of the Amazonian Cloud Forest. Beyond us, Machu Picchu staggered hidden behind jungled cliff-sides as scattered clouds fluttered around the bend. I’ll save you the fluff. We’ve all heard of Machu Picchu’s stunning reputation, but what I didn’t know coming to see this great place for my second time is how it would personally affect me…
I’ve never felt so spoiled walking into a hotel than when I first walked into Tambo del Inka after a full day of traveling the Sacred Valley countryside. If you’re planning your journey to Machu Picchu, or looking to experience Andean and Quechua culture, you’ve come to the right place. As you descend down the mountains surrounding Urubamba (which itself sits in a valley at 9,000 feet), the red tiled roof of Tambo del Inka highlights itself amongst the eucalyptus trees. Find yourself in the lobby warming up in front of the massive stone fireplace, then head to your room to prepare for some well deserved time at the spa. There’s really no better way to relax in the Sacred Valley than this.
Bohemian Barranco is a one of Lima’s most artful districts. Full of vibrancy, Barranco melds classical Spanish culture with an oceanfront, free-spirited vibe. Turn down one of the neighborhood’s most classical streets, and just beyond the trees of its flower-filled park lies Casa República…
Now, 4 years later, self-employed and running my own business as a freelance photographer, I question my past choices. Could I have been right about the job-security, guaranteed high-pay, and prestige to make an easy-going life? Could I have been misguided, blinded by my passion to create amongst an army of counter-culture misfits? From what it looked like, the creatives I followed online were wildly successful and doing monumental things all around the world. If they can do it, so can I.
I followed the notion that if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.
Now I understand that by doing what I love, I never stop working.
You have to understand that nearly all of the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market tours leave early in the morning - and many book out in advance. Michael and I are late risers. We missed that opportunity, and with limited time in Bangkok, we set out to get there under any and all circumstances. This is something we could NOT miss being in Thailand. Guide to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market!
My husband Michael and I flew into Bangkok with smiles on our faces, as we were just starting out honeymoon trip and experiencing Thailand for the very first time! With all the chaos of planning a wedding, we actually didn't exactly plan out what we would be doing in Thailand, let alone our first day in Bangkok. Really, we just knew that we wanted to see as much of the city as possible with the little amount of time we had allotted there. And with that, we set off! This is the essential budget travel guide to Bangkok Thailand.
There are plenty more than 8 reasons to visit this incredible city. It is, at it's heart, where the most advanced and high-tech metropolis in the world meets ancient history. Futuristic high-rises tower next to quaint yet powerful shinto shrines. Millions of people file through Shinjuku's Central Station, making it the busiest train station on earth - and yet one can find peace and quiet in neighboring Yoyogi Park. Tokyo is a city for all of the senses. It's overwhelming, brilliantly invigorating, and there's nothing better for a novice traveler than a plunge into the city.
One of the most difficult things to figure out when planning a big trip is deciding where to stay. This was especially true for my friends and I when we started searching for our accommodations on our European backpacking trip. Looking into Copenhagen, we were overwhelmed with the number of options. Then, like an answer from the travel-gods, we took our search to HostelWorld and found this glorious gem... This is the essential budget travel guide to Copenhagen Denmark.
Something that is grossly underrated throughout the world and life in general, is Nordic cuisine. It's iconic, it's amazing, it's everything you didn't know you wanted or needed in life, and more. I'm here to tell you, over latter half of the 20th century, Scandinavia has gone through quite a Renaissance when it comes to the diversity and presentation over their previously classic dishes. As Scandinavia's largest metropolitan area, Copenhagen not only boasts some of the greatest and famously sought-after restaurants, but a huge variety of world-class fare. Whether you're stopping in Denmark's capital city for a quick stopover, or diving in for a long immersive experience, you won't want to miss discovering a bit of what makes this place magical, the food!
Copenhagen has a special place in my heart. It's the city where I tried smørrebrød for the first time, drank my entire bodyweight in beer, and got engaged! I may be a bit biased, but I do believe Copenhagen should be very close to the top of the list when thinking about making a trip to backpack Europe.... This is the essential budget travel guide to Copenhagen Denmark.
I first met Bradlee over a short visit to LA in 2015. We met over a table of Margarita's on Sunset Boulevard, and as the sun lowered and our glasses emptied, we reminisced over the ridiculousness of the internet. Of course we had known each other since like, forever ago. I mean, we followed each other on Twitter! And those on Twitter know that many months of likes, retweets, and snarky replies lined with gifs leads to a life-long friendship. Okay, that may be a gross overstatement. But in this case, after a long time communicating through social media, we were finally having our first in-person hang out, IRL.
As we unloaded about life, YouTube, relationships and everything in-between, I recognized something:
It's not often that you meet an online personality that's unfiltered, and unapologetically raw. That's Bradlee, and it shows through his music. Listen to Bradlee's cover, "Too Good For Goodbyes".
Fast forward to 2018, and we're sitting across one another over a quaint brunch in the heart of LA. Almost 3 years had past, and without hesitation, we dive right back into discussing the arts, our own deep struggles, and our hopes. That's what I personally love, that vulnerability and willingness to be seen. Lucky for me, I had the opportunity to capture a bit of that personality on a fun mini-photoshoot! To hear more from Bradlee, check out our exclusive Q&A below.
Q&A With Bradlee Wannemacher :
What got you started with posting content online?
I saw videos of great singers on the internet and thought, “Hey, I can do that.” So, I started posting and got more and more views as time when on.
When did you first get into music? Did you always sing, or did you start with practicing an instrument?
I always sang growing up and loved music so much that I taught myself piano in high school. Granted I'm still not great, but it is something i am still very proud of myself for learning.
Was there any particular experience or time in your life that inspired you to start creating the content you make?
Watching The Grammy's in 2009 - when Pink! performed "Glitter" in the air, it changed my life. It was in that moment I knew i wanted to be something as magical as that moment I was experiencing.
What’s your favorite video you’ve made?
I made a video called "Let Go" a long time ago and the message in that video was very powerful for me. It was the first thing I remember posting that I felt was totally me from the heart.
What is your guilty pleasure?!
Ben and Jerry's, old rock music, mean girls
What impact do you hope to make online, in the world?
I don't know if I will create an impact, but I just strive to give people an outlet to enjoy and escape reality for a few minutes out of their day. As long as that is happening, then I am content.
If there was one thing you could leave with the world, what message would that be?
Just be kind to one another. It’s a simple concept. It is free to be a nice person to others.
What’s next in the life of Bradlee Wannamacher?
I have been going through a crazy time for me. I left all my dreams behind me and was content where I was months ago. After I broke up with my ex, I felt very lost; still do. Im not sure what is next for me but I can say that I'm getting more and more excited for the future which is making me a little more hopeful.
Who are your favorite musical artists? Any favorite songs right now?
I love love love Sia, Pink!, Bieber, Panic At The Disco, 5SOS, 1975, and Hippocampus. Currently, I'm loving The Greatest Showman soundtrack!
If you could be any PokÉmon, who would you be and why?
I never watched much Pokémon, so imma go with Charzard bc I know he’s a big dragon dude.
Who are your inspirations?
Humans inspire me. Random acts of kindness inspires me. Underdog stories inspire me.
Any advice you have to give to young creators / musicians?
Persistence will prevail.
In this blog I will share some of my favorite spots around the city, from off-the-beaten path restaurants, fantastic accommodations, to what to see when you're in a pinch for time. Rome is the ultimate romantic and beautiful destination that needs to be on the top of your list of where to visit! Here is the essential budget travel guide for seeing Rome in one week!