Layover in Dubia


I have 9 hours layover in Dubai. What do I do? First, travel light. When people talk about traveling light, most of the time they mean traveling with just a carry-on. In some cases, it isn’t practical for everyone. I travel light meaning I travel with international size carry-on along with my purse/tote. So, I can easier carry it on the plane if needed. However, with any layovers I have and I have intentions of leaving the airport, I check in my carry-on leaving me with just my purse/tote. I do not have to worry about the airport having a luggage locker as I prepare to exit the airport.

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The Art of Procrastination Traveling


As much as I love Chicago and it’s unpredictable weather, it is take to go on the road again. This time around, I am taking you to an island country I’m the India Ocean. It is not as remote as San Blas, Panama but it’s a long trip from home and I think it will be worth the journey. Can you guess which country? I have yet to pack or even booked accommodations and I take off in less than 5 days. YIKES! Wish me luck.

Greetings, earthlings!

My good friend, Maab, just started writing after years of proscastination and her words are definitely worth reading.

So for years now, I have wanted to have my own blog. Something about writing for an audience that is potentially both young and old, similar to myself and not, from every crevice of the world seemed so enticing to me, and oh so very overwhelming. What would I write about? Would someone actually read any of it? Even if they did, how would I keep them intrigued, wanting more? Of course, I psyched myself out of starting one (as if i had something to lose, right? I mean, it is free). Years and what seems like an endless number of experiences later, I’ve finally mustered up the courage to give this a go. “What changed from a few sentences ago?” you ask? Well, I am, for one, not as fearful of criticism as I was before, and thus, the idea of complete strangers getting some insight into my life doesn’t absolutely…

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Weekend in Galena, Illinois


I was lucky enough to spend my weekend with some awesome people. My friend Christy invited me to her and her friend’s annual cabining trip and this year’s trip was to Lake Galena, Illinois— a two and a half hour drive from Chicago. However, our road trip took us four hours to get there because of heavy traffic along our route. (side question: where are people going to at 1pm in Chicago? Shouldn’t people be at work or something similar?) Additionally, we make several stops along the way for gas, food and photo ops along the way at Lake Galena’s scenic view and at Thunder Bay Waterfalls. Continue reading

First Post!

Donkey ride from the Aegean Sea coast to Fira, Santorini– Greece

Hi everyone!

I figured I should do a somewhat proper introduction before I take off with my blog. My name is Margaret (I rarely ever respond to Marg but I might as well start) and I just turned 24 years old on June 10th (as of recently, my birth date are significant life markers for me and you’ll find out why shortly). I’ve wanted to have a blog of my own for many years (a lot of people can attest to this– I am somewhat of a procrastinator) but never followed through until now. Well, for one being I do have a lot of much content that is simply stored on laptops, Dropbox and my SD cards and I really want and need an outlet to share my experiences. I want to use my blog as a collection basket of my experiences per-say so I can reflect, in both the near and distant future, of what I can barely remember now. My short term memory is overtaking everything! I don’t want to limit myself by sticking to one category of blogging, so I am classifying this as a lifestyle blog (mainly travels, FOOD, outings, fashion, etc.). Not only will I be sharing my experiences as a black female solo traveler but also tips and tricks I have picked up, from finding good flight deals to traveling alone.

Anyway, bear with me– the last time I blogged was during the Xanga, MySpace and Tagged era so I am more than rusty with this.

Stay tuned,