How to Travel the World While Working a Full-Time Job and Side Hustle

If you’re looking for a little help and motivation in this area my girl ShaSha at Busy Being ShaSha has you covered!

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It’s already hard enough trying to find a little “me time” in the mist of a crazy hectic schedule. And it’s next to impossible to find time to take off of work to visit more than 1 or 2 of the places that are on your bucket list.

If you’re looking for a little help and motivation in this area my girl ShaSha at Busy Being ShaSha has you covered! On top of being a travel blogger, ShaSha is also a loving wife,  super supportive friend, holds down a full time job and a recent first time home owner! Congrats Love!

I had the pleasure of hosting ShaSha as a panelist during Girl Talk: Catch Flights Not Feeling at Brunch & Bubbly earlier this month. With all of the information she shared you’re going to want to Bookmark this post and come back to it often to get your travel game RIGHT!

ShaSha breaks-it-down and answers some of her most received questions regarding the best travel sites and apps, traveling with Spirit Airlines, finding time to travel while working 40+ hour work weeks, if PSA pre-check is really worth it, and how to make it though a vacation with your hubby or bae.

Flight Sites and Apps I Use to Find Deals:

Hopper-App

Google Flights

SkyScanner- App

AirfarewatchDog

The Flight Deal- Follow their FB page

Secret Flying- Follow their FB page

Airfare Spot- Follow their FB page

Main Pool

Helpful Links:

1. What You Need to Know About Flying on Spirit

http://www.busybeingshasha.com/blog/tipsforflyingonspirit

2. How To Schedule Travel When You Have Limited Time Off From Work

http://www.busybeingshasha.com/blog/howtoplantravelwhenworkingfulltime

3. How To Shorten Your Wait in the Airport Security Line

http://www.busybeingshasha.com/blog/airportsecuritylinetips

4. Eight Essential Tips for Your Next Baecation

http://www.busybeingshasha.com/blog/baecationtraveltips

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all images courtesy of http://www.busybeingshasha.com

You can catch all of ShaSha’s wanderlust adventures on her blog, Instagram or connect with her through email at: contact@busybeingshasha.com

What are some places that are on your bucket list to see this year? So far I’ve been to LA, New York, Vegas and of course Texas. I’m hoping to visit a National Park this year and a couple of beaches. If you’ve ever been to a National Park or have an favorite beaches please leave me some suggestions below!

Xoxo,

Amanda

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Top 5 Travel Tips To Find Your Inner Explorer

Join the wanderlusters of the world and have the travel life that you’ve alway dreamed of with these 5 top notch tips!

Tired of always seeing other people go on several trips a year while you’re at home watching the women from Real Housewives of Atlanta arguing in Los Cabo, or Jamaica, or wherever they are arguing while on a beautiful vacation. 🙁 Join the wanderlusters of the world and have the travel life that you’ve alway dreamed of!

This is definitely a post that you will want to Bookmark and save to come back to later, because it’s packed with super helpful information, a ton of links and helpful tips.

Funny, Witty, Knowledgeable, Helpful and Cute are a few words I would use to describe Amber; who is a Travel Guru and contributor to The Culture Supplier. I had the pleasure of meeting her though a friend that came to the first event I ever hosted for Because Women Love Brunch. Megan! Hey Megs, thanks for the intro! 🙂

Because Women Love Brunch had the opportunity to host Amber as a panelist for our Girl Talk: Catch Flights Not Feelings at Brunch and Bubbly in Dallas, TX a few weeks ago! Here are 5 top notch travel tips Amber provided:

1. FLYING FOR THE LOW-LOW 

Favorite Sites

  • Google Flights 
  • Hopper (sends travel notifications/updates to phone)
  • Cheapdfw.com 
  • Escapehouston.com
  • The Flight Deal 
  • Skyscanner
  • Airfare Watchdog
  • Momondo.com
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Quick Tips: 

  • Be flexible with your dates. If you have the flexibility to move your travel dates, DO IT! I saved $500+ by simply moving the date I traveled. 
  • Don’t be afraid to depart from other cities. If you see a deal from another state/city, it may be cheaper to book a flight from there.
  • Don’t procrastinate. Deals book quickly. If you see a deal, grab it as soon as possible! 

Link: http://www.theculturesupplier.com/traveling-tips/secrets-find-flight-deals-summer/ 

2. BUDGETING

Sites/Apps

Links: http://www.theculturesupplier.com/traveling-tips/budgeting-trip/ 

3. HELP! MY FRIENDS WON’T TRAVEL WITH ME

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If you’re having problems securing travel arrangements with your friends (because we’ve all been there), I suggest embarking on a solo trip and/or joining a travel group. A few groups include:  

  • Nomadness 
  • We Go Too World 
  • Tastemakers Africa 
  • Black Girls Travel Too

Quick Tips 

  • When planning a group trip, make sure all personalities will mess well. If your best friend is Kenya Moore, I suggest leaving her behind.
  • There are also numerous travel groups/chat groups that you can join. This is a great way to make connections all over the world and find people to vacation with. I’ve listed a few groups above and in the attached link. Check them out! 

Link: http://www.theculturesupplier.com/traveling-tips/helpfriends-travel/

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4. HOTEL ALTERNATIVES 

Lodging can get pricey, especially if you don’t know where to look. Hotels and resorts are the most common lodging options for travelers, but there are other housing choices you may want to consider before booking a place to stay. 

Options Include 

  • Hostels (inexpensive lodging and an excellent way to meet other travelers from around the world) 
  • Airbnb (personal favorite)
  • HomeAway
  • Couchsurfing.com (hosts provide FREE housing)
  • Farmstays (free housing is provided to guest in exchange for labor on a farm). 
Quick Tips 
  • Read reviews and compare prices before booking accommodations.   
  • If you feel uncomfortable sleeping in a hostel or Airbnb, book a hotel. This is your vacation (not mine). At the end of the day, you should be 100% comfortable with the location. 

Link: http://www.theculturesupplier.com/traveling-tips/ditch-hotellodging-alternatives/

5. BAECATION 

Link: http://www.theculturesupplier.com/traveling-tips/baecation-destinations-autumn/

I’ve connected with Amber through her Instagram and you should to! You can also reach her by emailing her at ambrrjones@gmail.com

Xoxo,

Amanda

5 Tips for Successful Mini Photography Sessions

Quickie, Pronto, and Mini Sessions are all referring to less than a full photo session with a professional photographer. You can see all my favorites from my recent pronto shoot with the talented Afritina below. Although the length of your session is shorter and you will save yourself a few bucks. A good photographer is still a good grip money, even at half the rate. But because I love you and I’m in a giving mood 🙂 I’m going to give you some helpful tips and tricks on how to make the most of your next pronto session!

Tip #1: Find the right photographer for the job. A pronto shoot is great if you have specific shots you want accomplish. Which is why I think it’s an awesome way for bloggers old and new to update and refresh their site. Each photographer has their own style and approach. ie. Afritina is great at creating art and seeing things from a different perspective. A lot of her personal photography is girly grunge. And as you can see from our collaboration that touch comes though in the photos she took of me.

Keep scrolling to get more awesome tips!

Tip#2: Provide your photographer an example of specific shots you want to capture. Don’t have your photographer copy someone else’s work, but instead allow them to put their own twist on it. An example for a blogger would be detailed shots of your outfit, shoes, and accessories.

Tip #3: Don’t be on timeBE EARLY. Early arrival allows you to see what the desired site offers. It also allows you to finish any make-up/ wardrobe touch ups. With this tip ypu will be ready to start the photo when your  photographer arrives/ the set start time. (BOOM! You’re already light years ahead of the game.)

 

More tips below!

Tip #4: Pre plan any outfit changes. I am not just talking about what you will change into. I’m talking about where will you change? If you are outdoors are you okay with changing in your car or between two open doors. Lol. Now is not the time to be modest. Ask your photographer if they have an outfit change tent. Bring a friend with a sheet. Whatever works. And change like your a NASCAR driver filling up for gas during a race. Time is money. Literally.

Tip #5: Step away from the filters. A photographer works hard to edit your photos. Don’t trash their work by adding a cheesy Instagram filter. If you would like something adjusted let the photographer know and I’m sure they will fix it for you 🙂

Keep scrolling to check out more of my favorite shots from a pronto session with Dallas, photographer Afritina. You can contact her via Instagram. (It goes down in the DM. Lol. I know I’m corny!) Use the code: Sophisticated for a special discount!

    

If our tips helped you in any way or you just like what you see, leave a comment and let us know below!

Xoxo,

Sophisticated Poser

Super Easy Tips to Take the Best Pictures for your Social Media or Blog

I have a lot of people asks me questions about the pictures on my social media and blog. Random stuff like what apps I use for picture, where do I take my pictures, and the biggest question is who takes them.

This post is perfect for the other half of us social media junk heads and bloggers who don’t have a boyfriend/ bestie/ turned photographer willing to take thirty pictures just so we can say they all suck! Lol

Trust me I have tried it all. Boyfriend. His patience ran thin. Random stranger. Not only is that awkward, but they normally don’t stick around to see if your eyes were closed or your stance was weird. Photo sessions. Nice, but that can be expensive. And who really needs 100+ photos in one outfit?!.

No worries. I’ve tried all of the crazy stuff I mentioned. So the tips I give will be fool proof. You can learn from my mistakes 🙂

I am by no means an expert, but I like to find ways to provide consistent content. And a MAJOR way to do that is through the photos you provide. (Major Key!) Here are my tips:

Tip #1: Use natural lighting where possible. Natural light will always show more detail and create a clearer image.

Tip #2: Keep your back drop simple. Don’t waste time trying to find the “perfect” location. Use what you have -> white walls are perfect! I also love nature shots and sides of buildings. Keep your backdrop simple, so you can stand out!

Tip #3: Detail is Key. It’s the details that puts you ahead of the game!

Tip #4: Find someone that needs practice. Seek a local photographer that is building their portfolio and book a session. You will get a reasonable price and build your network.

Tip #5: Do a mini shoot instead of a full session. Not only will you save money but in a fast moving digital age you don’t need 50+ shots in one outfit. A mini session will give you a couple of good looks.


Check back this Thursday where I will tell you ways how I planned ahead and made the most of my mini photo session with Dallas photographer, Afritina.


Xoxo,

Sophisticated Poser