How Traveling Translates Into Self-Care

Eat, Pray, Love was a hit not because Julia Roberts is the cutest; it was a hit because of the recognition in all of us of our basic human needs for loving affection, rest, adventure, delight, independence, and ya, delicious pasta. Deny it if you want to, call it an extravagance, but the reality is that packing your bags and hitting the road is a practice in wellness that no spin class can match.

Think about it: when you go, what drives you? We may not spell it out often enough, but the reality is that to travel is an attempt to fill a hole, or enrich your soul, or overcome a fear.

For me, at least, in 2018 that’s what I’m attempting to do, and often. I set the resolution in January to get out of town once a month, whether the journey takes me 2 hours away to Palm Springs or around the world to the Maldives.

For me, I traveled often in a previous relationship and haven’t done a ton of it since. Why? Fear, maybe? Not totally sure, but I know that I want to reclaim traveling for myself as something that can be fulfilling for me on a personal level and not just an indicator of #relationshipgoals. Being well in the brain is equally important as being well in your physical body.

My first trip of the year? Costa Rica! I just got back, and will be doing a full guide on where to stay, what to do, and where to eat. Stay posted!

Next month? Colombia. April? Tulum. Beyond that – I’m open to suggestions so leave your comments below, BBs!

XO

LB


Three Instagram-Worthy Spots to Visit this Weekend!

Smize, Y’all! Oh, and werk! 

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m always a big sucker for insta-worthy destinations. Feed on fleek? You betcha!

Here are three super awesome places I scouted out for scenic pictures and dope backgrounds. Taking a social media cleanse? No worries! They’re also great places to visit in general.

Lights, Cameras, Action!
[title subtitle=”25 Greene Street”]Blackbody Show Room[/title]

The Blackbody Show Room is home to the world’s first OLED (organic light-emitting diode) display. The space consists of two floors filled with all things lights. We’re talking incredible fixtures and mind-boggling chandeliers! Their “Orange Room” with “raining” lights is definitely a fan favorite.

Plus, it’s that perfect backdrop for your new profile pic.

And, admission to this French light installation is free! If you’re ever in the area, I highly suggest dropping by to relax your mind, body, and soul.

[title subtitle=”22-25 Jackson Avenue (Long Island City)”]MoMA PS1[/title]

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You can find this contemporary art museum in Long Island City, Queens. After walking through the colorful “Weaving the Courtyard” to get to the actual museum, I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed everything the three-floored MoMa PS1 had to offer.

Not gonna lie, there were some disturbing artworks, but I guess that’s just what contemporary art is.

Otherwise, the museum has an incredible selection of art ranging from short films, to simple paints, to sculptures. Come with an open mind but you might want to leave the children you’re babysitting at home.

Oh, and admission is free for all New Yorkers until October 2017 in honor of the museum’s 40th anniversary!

[title subtitle=”State & Water Street (Battery Park)”]SeaGlass Carousel[/title]

You need to check out the SeaGlass Carousel because it is the prettiest carousel I’ve ever laid my eyes on. Even though I’ve “been there” and “done that,” I gladly would do it all over again.

Yeah, I know, it’s $5.00 for just a couple of minutes, but these glowing and rotating fish are so worth the mulah!

Best of all, it’s gram-worthy day and night, inside and out!

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OTHER PLACES TO CHECK OUT

  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
  • Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
  • David Zwirner Gallery

 

Pray tell, what are some of your favorite gram-worthy spots this summer?