Happy Weekend! It is about time that I drop another video on you .. y’all ready? If you weren’t already itching to travel this one should do the trick! I grabbed my pal Lex and went to Chile last April to visit Santiago, San Pedro de Atacama and Valparaiso, all thanks to a badass deal on TravelPirates!
So v quick back story on my Chile trip — I came in from working an overnight flight and stumbled upon an error fare with Copa Airlines — who by the way are amazing to fly on –talk about throwing it back old school they had meals on meals on meals. I’m telling you they even fed me for my puny three hour flight down to Panama!
Back to the story, so I had been wanting to make the trek down to Argentina, but when I saw the numbers I couldn’t resist, so I jumped ship and purchased my fat round trip ticket for a whopping total of $190 dollars from DC to Santiago. WHAAAAT. Like how awesome?
When I began to start researching Chile and which direction to go because we were limited on time and because it is like the longest skinniest country ever, I realized how much this South American treasure had to offer. You can literally do anything there. You can get caught in a desert storm or go glacier hiking – eat seafood by the coast or stuff your face with the best steak and potatoes you’ve ever had — dive right into the heart of a city or choose a place that is a little more desolate. Like you can seriously do ANYTHING!
Pick your adventure and your direction and you are bound to have an incredible time!
So fast forward a few months after I purchased my ticket I mentioned to a few pals to keep their eye on Chile .. I predicted it would be the number one spot to travel to in 2018 .. dun dun dun dun! Low and behold! My trusty sources at Lonely Planet released their top countries to visit in 2018 and guess who made the number one spot .. You guessed it people. Mother – Freaking – CHILE! You can peep that list RIGHT HERE! Go. Pack your things and go.
Side note — this is my fourth year in a row predicting the number travel destination for the following year .. I think I may be on to something. Maybe i’ll set out my predictions for 2019 around April!
ANYHOOOO check out my video below! And if you havent already, make sure you like and subscribe to my Ohmyitskye YouTube Channel and stay tuned for more fun things happening all throughout this year!
I feel like I have been in a relationship with travel for a very long time.. and though I haven’t stopped moving in the last year.. In fact, I think I have traveled the most consistently this year.. I think my relationship status with wanderlust has currently changed.
Life as a flight attendant definitely has it perks. Living on the road 98% of the time comes with a lot of quirks and you begin to live as full-time nomad. While most people become regulars at their favorite local restaurants or bars, I’ve become a regular at several places, they just happen to able all over the country.
In LA there is a quaint greek spot by my hotel and my favorite noodle bar down the street. New York has a sweet spot that serves the freshest dim sum in the heart of Flushing. I have my coffee place in San Diego and the fresh peanut butter stand from the Saturday market. The perfectly spiced kabab from my Lebanese treasure in Detroit. Our shuttle drivers greet me with their warm smiles and tell me ‘it’s been too long.’ The den in Boston is stock piled for the crews that come by, equipped with la-z-boys and books just to make you feel at home. And how can I forget the bartenders in Baltimore that still remember you drink order even if it has been a few of weeks.
How can I explain all the beautiful that comes from being a regular in a situation that isn’t the most regular. All of the familiar faces and places are what make this job the best and unique career on the planet.
So when you finish work on Friday night and head out to meet your friends, I do the same. It just happens to be somewhere else. A few weeks ago we took our after work outing to Venice Beach for some Poke and carnival food. I’ll take the California sunshine all day — plus it keeps my hair perfect! Check out my latest video for some Cali INSPO or if you need a travel pick me up. When I have really long layovers I call them my f-acations (Fake Vacation) — because I get to play in new places — working seriously feels like a dream sometimes!
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Next up on the agenda — Yes I did crawl into a bin to take a picture. Yes it was hilarious watching me shimmy myself up into that damn thing. Yes the plane was empty. No I did not injure myself on the way down. Yes I have photos. So here you go!
**Disclaimer – please do not try this on your next flight. It will make for a very unhappy flight crew haha!**
We arrived a little bit earlier than expected so we had about twenty minutes of down time and decided to have a little photo shoot! I never expected to get such great feedback from this photo — it was a silly, fun twenty minutes between flights that turned into a ton of hysterical photos. We were cracking up the entire time.
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Quick update on me — Between my job and free time I have been traveling nonstop for the last few months. However I’ve manage to collect a few videos and photos along the way to share with you! The next couple weeks I’ll be featuring Central and Southern California! What to do, how to get there and so on and so forth!
So enough back story lets jump into that good — good. A couple of months ago we decided to rent a car on one of our trips and take a stroll up to the Sign of the Stars.
**I call this a stroll only because yours truly is not the most athletic one in the room — an abbreviated hike is probably the best way to describe what went down here **
Hi! It’s Wednesday I’ve been pretty awful at keeping this schedule but honestly it’s been life guys. Life has completely gotten in the way. A couple of weeks ago we had Matthew hit us down here in good ole South Florida and although we were fortunate enough to barely even have any palm fronds fall from the sky, your girl Ohmyitskye managed to forget her computer charger in the shuffle of storm preparation. So go me!
And that is when this no post thing just got rolling. Last week I was super sick, so I did nothing but pretend to eat soup, take NyQuil and basically just die on the couch. So that also resulted in no posts for you. So sorry. I’m bad. I know. Please forgive me.
So actually I don’t even know what I came here to talk to you about. I guess not much really, my brain is still on recovery mode therefore its full function has yet to be restored.
Maybe on Friday we can talk about being sick on a plane and what you should do. Although is you are sick, please do not get on a plane. It’s only going to make your life way worse. Stay where you are and pout until you feel better. Only then should you drive to the airport, retrieve your ticket, go through security and board your flight. Just saying.
Alright well that is all folks. Thanks for stopping by. Sorry I have little to no travel advice for you.
Today we are going to talk about mental health. Even though we are in the middle of October.. Mental Health Week was this first week of this glorious pumpkin picking, sweater wearing month. I’m late, but what’s new. Let’s talk about it.
Hi my name is Kylie, I have dealt with anxiety and depression on and off for the last 5 years of my adult life. I’m not going to go into the depths of it because A. It’s a long story B. It is still a little bit too raw to get into too much detail and C. I’m just not ready to blast you with that type of melodrama over the internet. But just know that it exists in my world.
And in my world traveling has always been the cure. It is the thing that grounds me and brings me back to my center. Diving deep into a different culture gives me a chance to take a step out of my brain and peer into my soul. It is the most important thing I do.
Now I am not discrediting the pharmaceutical side of mental health.. because trust me Xanax is a god among drugs and really works when you feel like your heart might explode out of your chest. What I do want to bring attention to is the freedom that traveling gives me, when I am feeling the lowest of lows. And I have found that I am not the only one.
***Hello internet world! I know I have been MIA. We had the Matthew scare down here last week in South Florida, which meant I spent two full days preparing for one inch of rain. That being said, we are feeling super blessed that all we received were mild winds and a little water, our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone that was affected. It’s heartbreaking to see how much damage this storm caused not only to our sister states but also to our Caribbean neighbors. Sending so many good vibes. Below is the post that was meant for last Wednesday, hope it is still semi-relevant. xx Kye***
An art I have perfected, is the art of doing nothing. Yes this is a travel blog. Yes I know, you are wondering why I am talking about doing nothing. But we are talking about the art of nothingness because it does pertain to travel, and it’s importance is immense.
Portland. I was there. Not for long, but I was there. How do you do Portland in in less than 20 hours? Well this is how I did it.
10pm – Go to a brewery, we arrived pretty late so we popped into a pub for some grub and a drank.
1am?? – Go to sleep? Prepare for next day.
9am – For my new internet friends please note that I am not an early riser. If I was though, I would have snuck away to check out Forest Park, it is supposed to be incredible. But since I am a zombie, until I have a fat coffee that is precisely what I did. So 9am..Have coffee (not from Starbucks) ask the barista what you should do for the day and then find yourself a cute delicatessen for breakfast. Latkes for errbody.
10am – Go to Powell’s Bookstore and go get a book! That place is like nine stories tall and an entire block long. I can guarantee they probably have what you are looking for.
11am – Go thrifting.. duh. It’s Portland.
12pm – Sit in a square; or in a park or something that is outside and nature friendly and surrounded by people. There are a ton. Pioneer Courthouse Square, O’Bryant Square, Chapman Square. Just to name a few. Click here for a full list. This would be a good time to start reading your new book.
1pm – Talk to a hippie trying to save the children on your way to find lunch. (This will take at least 20 minutes, but it is kind of crucial for the Portland experience that this happens.. so just do it.)
1:25pm – Go find lunch.. more specifically go find lunch at Food Truck Corner.. Do I need to explain why or do we understand each other? Here is the address.
2pm – Savor the misty weather of this yummy Northwest city. Enjoy your lunch. Walk back to your hotel and pack.
This is how you do a Portland overnight in less than 20 hours. What did I miss? How do you do Portland in less than a day?