I LOVE to travel and use every bit of my vacation time to explore our beautiful planet.
Truth be told, it wasn’t always that way.
Like many Americans, I wasn’t using all of my vacation time each year. When I did use it, the time was spent getting things done around the house.
Who am I kidding? I was probably Netflix and chillin’ half the time.
And the travel planning process wasn’t always fun, either. It was either too time-consuming, stressful, expensive, or anxiety-inducing.
So as much as I yearned to travel, I wasn’t doing much of it.
In 2012, all of that changed…
Out of the blue, my youngest sister passed away. Her death was unexpected and led to a lot of anxiety and survivor’s guilt.
I spent a good year or so in a fog, wandering around like a zombie (but not the cool kind, like on The Walking Dead).
A year later, just as I was starting to claw my way out of that funk, I nearly lost my life due to a bilateral massive pulmonary embolism (blood clots in both lungs).
My sister’s sudden death and my own near-death experience made me resolve to NEVER let anything prevent me from getting to all the places on my ever-expanding travel bucket list.
Just a few months after my PE, I touched down in Sri Lanka, determined to travel whenever and wherever I could.
But the universe had other plans, yet again…
Not long after returning from Sri Lanka, I started experiencing debilitating pelvic pain after my period.
It was so bad that I was bedridden anywhere from a few days to 2 weeks every single month. Eventually I was diagnosed with suspected endometriosis.
Despite the setback in my health, I was determined to get better so I could get back to tackling my travel dreams.
After tons of research and countless medical appointments, I traveled to Atlanta, GA, for life-changing laparoscopic excision surgery by the team from The Center for Endometriosis Care.
Surgery confirmed that I had severe stage 4 endometriosis and the team of surgeons who worked on me spent nearly 5 hours removing endo lesions, adhesions, fibroids, and ovarian cysts, as well as my appendix, a fallopian tube, and part of my small bowel.
Recovery was tough to say the least. I was out of work for 2 months and spent nearly a year in physical therapy and other follow-up appointments.
But I didn’t let this setback take over…
During my recovery, I kept my spirits up by planning out a few trips that I had always dreamed of taking so that I could hit the ground running as soon as I was physically able to travel.
And you know what? I found that travel planning doesn’t have to be time-consuming, stressful, expensive, or anxiety-inducing.
In fact, I found that I liked the planning process.
But how’d you go from hating travel planning to loving it, you ask?
Let me give you a hint: technology is your friend.
I’m sure you agree that technology and the internet have changed the way many things work – often for the better.
During my recovery, I found that was most certainly the case when it came to planning and booking vacations.
And I figured, if I could do a 180, so could others. So I decided to start a blog to share my tips and travel guides with others via blogging.
On March 29, 2016, Frost + Sun went live.
Since then, I’ve been using up ALL of my vacation time to travel the world.
Any spare time I have, I use it to blog about how to make travel easy, affordable, and fun by using everyday technology.
Now that I’ve been blogging for several years, I’ve also started to write about blogging and Pinterest marketing in order to help fellow bloggers share their hopes, dreams, and wisdom with the internet, too.
I hope you’ll stick around to learn all of my tips and tricks so you can start traveling the world with ease and blog about it, too!
Education and work experience
- B.S.C. in Communication and American Studies – University of Miami
- M.A. in Journalism – Northeastern University
- Certificate in Web Design – New England Institute of Art
To learn more about my work experience, connect with me on LinkedIn.
Popular posts on Frost + Sun
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- 10 of the Best New Year’s Celebrations Around the World – Reader’s Digest
- The Perfect Itinerary for 3 Days in Boston – Bobo & Chichi
- Best East Coast Hikes: Kid Friendly Hiking Travels – DQ Family Travel
- 37 Unique Destinations To Add To Your 2018 Bucket List – Passport Voyager
- 17 of the Best Books to Read While Traveling – My Five Acres
- Amazing Animals In India, Nepal And Sri Lanka – Castaway with Crystal
- This is the Best Paris Itinerary 4 days Plan of Marie Antoinette Sites – Fill My Passport
- Travel in 2018 : Travel bloggers share their dreams – Travel to Recovery