Welcome to my very first travel diary! This is my first travel related post and I am very excited to share it with you! Please put suggestions and comments down below.
About a year ago, I set an intention that I would travel more and that is what I intend to do! It really doesn’t matter if I travel for business or pleasure. Regardless of what I’m traveling for, I still enjoy getting out of the everyday grind. To me travel is like a renewing of the soul. Research shows that travel reduces stress, keeps your body healthy inside and out, and boosts brain health. Whether local or global, all forms of travel enhances our lives and can increase our life expectancy.
For my first travel diary I visited Miami Beach, Florida. This was a trip for both work and pleasure. I decided to travel from September 27th through October 1st. Right after I booked my trip Hurricane Irma hit, so
I was really unsure about the weather and destruction on shore. Luckily, the storm wasn’t as bad as predicted and the weather was beautiful, but humid during my stay.
This time, I traveled alone. To be honest with you, I was a little nervous traveling by my lonesome. This was the first time I had ever traveled to a destination this far from home by myself. I was traveling some place I had never been. I wasn’t sure what to expect.
Day 1, Wednesday, September 27th
Today was my travel day! I took a long 7 1/2 hour flight from San Jose, California to Miami, Florida. My flight wasn’t that bad though, it was mostly low key and peaceful. When I arrived in Miami, I picked up my rental car and drove to the hotel, which was about 20 minutes away. I decided to stay at boutique hotel in Miami Beach called the Dorchester.
The Dorchester Hotel is in a great location, located on Collins Road right on the Miami Beach strip. This hotel was pretty affordable and offered many amenities. Like a daily happy hour! But, I mainly choose this hotel because it offered a more feel at home approach. It was located in walking distance to most Miami Beach attractions. The only down side was that I did rent a car because I needed to get around, but parking at the hotel was an additional $33 a day. Pretty much every hotel on Miami Beach charges a resort fee and a parking fee. There are parking garages which are much cheaper (around $16 a day) located a few blocks down, but that just seemed like too much of a hassle, so I opted to pay the extra fee for convenience. After checking into my room, I decided to take a short drive around the city. I found a place to park on the stree, and then took a short walk around to people watch. I had a yummy slice of brick oven pizza from this mom and pop restaurant i forget the name of. I had to wake up early the next morning, so I decided to go back to the hotel and get some rest.
Day 2, Thursday, September 28th
Today was my birthday! I had a cake ordered from a bakery located in Downtown Miami called Unique Designers Cake Bakery. I then had a promotional photoshoot early in the afternoon. My shoot took place mainly out doors and I realized quickly, that the weather in Miami is nothing like California’s weather. The weather was very hot and humid.
Later that evening, to celebrate, I strolled Ocean Avenue and found this great Tapas Restaurant to eat at. There were a lot of people out enjoying the warm weather. It was about 9pm when big drops of rain started pouring down. That was my que that it was time to head to my room for the night.
Day 3, Friday, September 29th
I had another photoshoot, this time very early in the morning. After, I decided to do some site seeing. I drove out to Little Haiti which is about 15 minutes away from Miami Beach. I’m going to be honest with you, I was a little disappointed. I expected there to be more mom and pop shops and I pictured a bustling market place, but when I arrived at about 11:30am it was very quiet. There was not too much of a market place either, so I walked a few blocks to set up my camera to take pictures of the art work around the neighborhood. Once finished walking around the block, I started to sweat bullets. As I mentioned, the weather is very hot and humid. If you are a curly hair’d girl like myself, or have very frizzy hair I would recommend and up do or braided style.
I missed two Happy hours since I’d arrived and refused to miss another!
Day 4, Saturday, September 30th
I woke up wanting to lounge on the beach this morning, but chose not to because it was so dang on hot! I decided to opt for lunch at Sushi Samba. After lunch I walked around a little, did some more sightseeing, and shopped a little. As the evening approached, it stared to cool down and there was even a slight breeze. I
thought that this would be the perfect time to head down to the beach.
Day5, Sunday, October 1st
I had to wake up at 3am for my Flight back home. It was a bitter sweet day. I missed home, but I also wished I would have been able to stay a day or two longer.
Over all I had a great time, and I will definitely consider traveling some where else alone. Next time I visit Miami though I would love to visit again with my husband on a romantic getaways, or experience the night life with my girls.
Until Next time my Lovelies!
Tanisha billops Author of, “A Prostitute’s Guide to Success.”