Something I’ve learned in just the few days since turning 45.
It’s okay to be a year older. It’s okay to age like fine wine. It’s okay to feel like 30. And with this melanin I’ve been blessed with, I get that I can pass for younger. But 45 it is.
And it deserves its own celebration because if anything, your new age means you are a living, breathing, amazing being!
What “society says” can kick rocks. Celebrate where you are, just the way you are! Do you. Be you. Love you. ♥️❣️💕
4/18/22 | Posted by Jonelle Henry, DS Traveler
Bite-size tips and inspiration for the traveler on the go.
Whew, new website alert! Okay, so this redesign, relaunch, rejuvenated travel website is kinda special and was a true labor of love.
One of the most important lessons I learned in putting this website together is to be unapologetic and authentic about my business model.
There are 5 million ways to #travel and that's okay. If you're coming to me for help, you want a different experience. PERIODT.
I wanted @dstraveler to reflect my business personality and my current and future clientele. The website is definitely me -- the bougie #travelista who thinks everybody deserves an upscale vacay. Because you do! ~Jonelle
Why do we plan amazing getaways and vacations and never schedule the "rest" part? Anybody else guilty of this or is it just me? We come home needing a "vacation from the vacation." As a travelpreneur, I've had too many "working" vacations to count. It's so hard to completely shut down and relax. And I find myself having to schedule it in jam-packed vacation itineraries.
When designing your vacation, make sure there are a few days where you can sleep in or turn in early. Plan a day with no excursions or schedule. Or maybe treat yourself to a leisure day where you can sit by the pool, do a spa day or just people watch at the beach.
I tell every new client that books with me to watch the sunrise or sunset in real time. No cellphones, no cameras, no distractions. It's amazing what happens on vacations when we sit still and take in the beauty and peace of the world. ~Jonelle
Where are the hidden gems in your hood? I'm talking the spots that don't require a passport or long lines at the airport. Trust me. They exist.
Living in DC all this time and I’m just making it out to the National Arboretum where the National Capitol Columns live. Did I tell you I ❤️ history too!
The monument holds the 22 Corinthian columns that were part of the U.S. Capitol from 1828-1958.
I always tell people travel is more than stamping passports. Most times it’s just experiencing something for the first time and checking out those hidden gems in your own backyard. No stamps needed here and it was FREE! Look for the hidden gems in your city! Plan a day around it. Take it all in. Staycations matter too. ~Jonelle
Isn't It Time to Treat Your Mind, Body & Soul to Some Travel?
“Let the sea breeze blow your hair, let the sunset bring tranquility to your heart, let the distant places you travel allow you to explore yourself.”
It's February...the season of love, right? We could all use some love this season. It's the one thing everyone needs and wants.
Travel is that beautiful gem that sets you on that healthy love course. It's the perfect way to love up on yourself. Flowers, champagne, chocolate? Yeah, sure. All those things are wonderful and great. But did you know that travel is also healthy for you? It's the best sweet treat.
According to Travel & Leisure, here are five ways travel is good for your mind, body and soul:
1) Travel is good for your heart
When you take more vacation days, researchers say it may protect against "metabolic syndrome and symptoms."
2) Vacations can alleviate stress
This may seem obvious to many, but one good vacation could provide a stress-free feelings several weeks AFTER you get home from your vacation.
3) You breathe better
Travel makes you breathe better? Turns out exposure to parks, woodlands, beaches and other natural environments helps your lungs out. So take a very deep breathe on your next vacay!
4) Activates your productivity
Some time away from the office (or the Zoom meetings) can actually help you boost productivity. If you're stuck on a project and need a little boost, step away from the office and use your PTO!
5) Vacays turns you into a creative genius
Taking yourself out of your busy, deadline driven work days and tapping into new experiences and ideas can boost your creative energy. Travel broadens the mind in so many ways.
So with all that research, isn't it time to treat your mind, body and soul to some travel? This Valentine's Day, book a trip away with your boo or go on a solo trip to rejuvenate. Your body will thank you and that's the best kinda love out there.
2/1/22 | Posted by Jonelle Henry, DS Traveler
Happy New Year! And travels? So yeah, we are still in this thing called a global pandemic. It doesn't look like the Rona is going anywhere and many of us just want to scream, pack our bags and get the heck up out our houses. It's time. It's beyond time.
Travel has definitely taken a hit these past few years. People are traveling safely but we are definitely overwhelmed with all the protocol and rules and guidelines that have changed more times than we can count.
Travel isn't going anywhere but we do have to adjust. It hasn't been cancelled but we do have to plan ahead. Most importantly, we have to manage our expectations. There is one thing that hasn't changed about travel and that is the need for our patience throughout it all.
Be patient. It's a new year. A new travel year. Cheers to 2022!
1/1/2022 | Posted by Jonelle Henry, DS Traveler