Daycation. Staycation. Baecation.

Let’s talk about getting away for a few. Now when I speak about getting away, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to go on this big elaborate vacation that requires you to be on a flight for 15 hours. Getting away can simply be a daycation. Nowadays, with everything going on in the world, it’s healthy to pull away for a few days and just go on a road trip, which brings me to speaking about a daycation.  

While on Angie’s podcast, listen to it here. I spoke about me not ever experiencing a Daycation and maybe a week later after that episode was recorded, my lover and I took our first daycation together. We went on a road trip to Florida which was about 3 hours away from New Orleans. It was such a spur of the moment trip and we had a blast. While on the way there, we stopped to pick up wine to enjoy while on the beach. By the time we arrived, we were able to catch daylight and watch the sunset. It was very romantic and just to think that getaway cost us less than $100. So the next time you’re looking for something fun and exciting to do, gas up the car and take a road trip to the nearest state. Also, be sure to create a playlist to enjoy cute sing-alongs together.

I also had my first Staycation while my lover was in town. He rented a really cute Airbnb for us to enjoy 12 days of just us. It’s the closet we’ve ever been to living together, LOL. He found the location on his own and he did a really great job. We stayed in the lower 9TH ward area across the canal if you’re familiar with New Orleans. It was really close to the Chalmette area. We stayed in a double shotgun house and the owners were on the other side. It was a one bedroom and perfect for just us two. When you first walk in, you’d walk into the kitchen/living room area, the bedroom and lastly, the bathroom. Like all Airbnb’s the home came with kitchen appliances and utensils as well as basic seasons, etc.  We went grocery shopping because we knew some nights we would want to stay in and cook dinner together and since breakfast is my thing, I knew I would want to cook breakfast.  A staycation is exactly what it sounds like, staying in your own city and booking either a hotel or an Airbnb. It’s nice for a weekend getaway or to just add a little us time to your relationship.

Now we’re all pretty familiar with a Baecation but just in case you’re not, it’s simply going on a vacation with your Bae. In 2018, I posted a picture on my vision board of a baecation and before the year ended, my lover made sure this was something we did. You can see here about all the fun we had while in Bali. This was our first baecation together but we have more coming up in the future. I am so happy to have someone in my life who enjoys life and traveling just as much as I do. I really enjoy getting away and immersing myself into different cultures. I love to see how other people are living and if it’s something I can add it to my life. Traveling is something that makes my heart smile and I see myself doing more of it in my future. I’ll be sure to document and take you all along on my travel journeys whether it’s a Daycation, Staycation or a Baecation.

6 Places To Eat At While In NOLA

Paris Takes Nola! Many of you may or may not know but I was born and raised in New Orleans so it’s only right that Paris Takes NOLA. One of the many great things about living here is the endless amount of great restaurants we have to offer. New Orleans is one of the best places to visit for a girls or guys trip (hence the movie Girl’s Trip) there’s a lot of activities and things to do when visiting but one of the main things is to eat good food!!!

On this video, I am capturing the “6 Places To Eat At While In NOLA.”  These are the hidden gems where the locals enjoy spending time, eating good food, and supporting small businesses. So the next time you’re in town, be sure to stop at either one or all of these locations and be sure to let them know that Paris sent you!

Locations In Order: Who Dat Chicken & Shrimp-Wuzzam Wings with Ranch Fries. Cafe Du Monde– Beignets. Genes Po-Boys– Roast Beef Po’ Boy. Pra Lees– Crawfish Nachos. Red Rooster– Snowballs + Yakamein. Tasty Treat– Blackened Pasta.

Laissez les bons temps rouler!!!

Bali Recap: All The Fun We Had!

Bali is definitely couple’s paradise. We had an amazing time starting off each morning with breakfast at the hotel. We stayed at the Puri Sading Hotel. The room and the views were beautiful. The breakfast was great and so was the customer service. Each day we had something exciting planned so we hired a driver to give us a full tour around Bali. He came promptly every morning after breakfast to ensure we were able to get a full day worth of activities. December is usually their rainy season but it didn’t rain at all any of the days while we were there. The weather was between the mid-80s and low 90s. I researched and learned that the best time to go would be in the summer but I’d advise you to book a flight and go when you’re able to. If the tickets are looking right, don’t miss out on your chance to experience Bali.

Here are a few things to do while you’re there! I’m only recommending things we did because we had soooo much fun!!!

Every morning we went downstairs to have breakfast outside of our hotel. We ordered the Indonesian breakfast.

Biked to the beach to have lunch. We rented bikes from our hotel and biked to the nearest beach. There were an array of restaurants that served everything from hamburgers to lobsters. We noticed a cute spot so we stopped there to have lunch.

Next door to the restaurant was a massage parlor so we both enjoyed an hour-long couples massage for about Rp 600,000 banknotes this price was included with two sarungs I purchased from them. Which is actually about $41.00 USD. I don’t have pictures because we were nearly nude, lol!

Bali swing: this was one of the main things I wanted to do when I started researching Bali. I follow a few travel pages on Instagram and everyone always visits the swings so of course I was excited to finally get the chance to swing. It was such a fun experience something everyone should do when visiting Bali.

The elephant ride was an unbelievable surreal experience. We actually rode an elephant!!! OMG!! I’ve always wanted to do this.

Sea walker I am not a fan of large bodies of water but I am so happy we did this. I think this is one of the most magical things I’ve ever done.

Flying fish we personally don’t have video just pictures before flying, but this was so much fun. I found a video that shows exactly what we did. Check it out here.

Parasailing this was my lover’s first-time parasailing and he had a great time. I believe he was a little scared but he wouldn’t say. I was happy I was able to do it again with him.

Batuan Temple you can’t visit Bali without going to a temple. Before entering, we purchased the sarungs which was mandatory as a sign of respect.

If you’re looking for something chilled to do I would definitely recommend having drinks and dessert on the beach. The scenery is beautiful and most likely you’d get a chance to hear a live band.

Tegenungan Waterfall this was my first time seeing a waterfall close up and in person. I was amazed at how beautiful it was.

The best vacation and P-day I’ve ever had!!!

Currency In Bali

Before leaving New Orleans and flying out to Los Angeles, I made sure to stop at the ATM I didn’t want to use my card at all while in Bali. That’s just a personal preference for me when I travel internationally.  When we arrived in Bali, I converted some of my cash over at the airport. I would suggest converting some money over so you can pay for the taxi but not everything. Reason being is, there are different money changers on the outside alongside the hotels, restaurants, and shops and the exchange rates are cheaper than the airport.

At the airport, I converted $200 USD which is around 2,912,819.00 before the exchange rates. So basically, we were millionaires in Bali. 😉

Before you book your next travel be sure to read here about the 10 travel apps you must download. During our stay in Bali, we used the Currency Converter app along with Google Translate while we were in China both were lifesavers.

The official currency code for Indonesian rupiah is IDR.

Amounts in rupiah tend to be quite large because of all the zeros. Sometimes prices are given with the “thousand” implied. For example, if someone says that something costs “fifty,” that would mean 50,000 rupiah around USD $3.50.

Indonesian rupiah is colorful, making it easier to differentiate between denominations.

  • 1000s, 2000s, and 5000s are roughly the same blend of colors. The Rp. 5000 banknotes are a little more tan/brown to differentiate them.
  • Rp. 10,000 banknotes are purple.
  • Rp. 20,000 banknotes are green.
  • Rp. 50,000 banknotes are blue (these are very common).
  • Rp. 100,000 banknotes are pink (these are the largest).

If you’d like to check the current exchange rates before your travel be sure to check out https://www.xe.com/

Using a Credit Card

When using a card at the ATM, if your card isn’t accepted or the network appears to be down, don’t repeat the transaction attempt more than twice. Doing so may trigger security mechanisms. Wait a while or try a different ATM to avoid having your card captured by the machine. We actually saw this happen to someone who used the ATM at the airport. My boyfriend used the ATM but he quickly took his card out of the machine immediately after his money was dispensed.

Before using your card be sure to inform your bank about your upcoming travels. Forgetting to tell them that you’re traveling may prompt them to deactivate your card after “suspicious” charges pop up in Bali!

Lastly, Bali isn’t expensive at all. I’ll explain more in the upcoming Bali posts so stay tuned!

How I Had To Mentally Prepare Myself In Order To Embrace Bali.

I went to Bali!!!!! No! I’ll say it again because I don’t think you understand my excitement!!

I…WENT…TO…BALI!!!!!!!!!!

Ok! Now that I got that out the way, let me tell you all about my trip to Bali from the beginning.

   On Dec 6th, I traveled to Los Angeles to meet with my boyfriend so he and I could fly out to Bali together but let’s fast forward to my mental state prior to going there. Initially, I couldn’t get excited about going to Bali to celebrate my birthday because I was thinking about my dad so much. I was in a very sad space for about a week, crying every day just thinking about celebrating a birthday without him being here physically, something I haven’t had to do in 31 years. I was doing my best to “push through” sorta speak and to be honest, I didn’t get excited about the trip until the night before I flew out to Los Angeles. I sat on the floor and cried so hard on Facetime with my boyfriend while I shared everything that laid heavy on my heart. He reminded me of how loved I am by my father, him, and everyone else. He helped me to see that I am actually going to be traveling soon, something I love to do and something my dad always enjoyed watching me do along with living life and being happy. Afterward, I watched one of my favorite movies: Eat, Pray, Love while eating pizza and it made me feel so much better. I had to get my mind right about my blessings. I embraced the fact that I had and still do have a loving father. I embraced that at this moment, I am watching one of my favorite movies and within the next two days, I’ll be in the exact place where the love portion of this movie was filmed. I embraced the fact that I now have a special person in my life who would do anything to make my heart smile like surprising me by booking a birthday celebration to one of my dream places and a place that’s on my vision board, Bali!!! I embraced all of it, traveled to Bali, and had the time of my life!!!!!!

“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.”

It was a mental process accepting the fact that I am celebrating a birthday without my dad here for the first time in my life but being in Bali and with my lover made my birthday so special. Bali was BEAUTIFUL! I have never been on a more perfect vacation, seriously!! From the smallest things like flying with my boyfriend for the first time on a 15 hour flight to China then 5 hours to Bali. To the largest things such as: riding an elephant, sea walking, parasailing, and bike riding to the beach to have lunch. I was just so happy the entire time while we were there. I knew I needed this getaway. I knew my dad wouldn’t want me to be home crying on my birthday. I knew that weeping may endure for a night but JOY will always come in the morning!!!! I knew it and it did!!!!!!

Thank you, GOD! 

Thank you, Daddy, and Thank you, Lover!!!!

How To Travel In Style + Comfort

Traveling in style nowadays consists of me wearing flats while looking stylish and being comfortable. Comfortability has been my main priority when it comes to long flights around the world. I use to travel in high heels but haven’t been doing so as of lately because going through security and sometimes running to my gate causes for me to be comfy, comfy, comfy! From Abu Dhabi to Vancouver to Florida to Dallas and to DC, I’ve been dressing down and wearing comfortable shoes.

Here’s a style travel tip: If you must wear heels, carry a pair inside of your carry on luggage and when your flight lands, go to the ladies room and change into your heels.

Check out my styles below and let me know in the comment section how do you prefer to dress while traveling? Is it Comfy Chic or Dressed to the Tee?!

Waiting on my flight in the Dallas airport.

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Arrived in DC

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Leaving DC with my mom!

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At the airport in Florida.

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Had to visit the Mosque in Abu Dhabi before I board a long flight back to the United States.

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Leaving NOLA headed to Vancouver.

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Leaving Vancouver headed to the airport!

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How To Dress While In Dubai

The dress code in Dubai only applies to public places such as theaters, markets, malls, supermarkets, and the public areas of hotels.

  • You may be given an abaya to wear when you visit an official government building or courts. This is a piece of clothing that covers what you are wearing. The general rule is that you should cover everything from your shoulders to your knees. Avoid showing cleavage, and watch clothing that’s too tight or see through. Women should not wear sleeveless garments.
  • For men, avoid wearing shorts and don’t wear swimwear outside of the pool or beach area. Men shouldn’t wear unbutton shirts or shorts that reveal their knees.

Dress correctly to enter a mosque. If you want to go inside a mosque, there are very strict rules for your entrance. You’ll be provided with clothing you can put over your clothes, called an Abaya for a woman and Kandourah for men. You will be asked to remove your shoes.

 Here I am fully dressed without wearing an Abaya and my hair is covered as a sign of respect.

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  • Women must cover the hair and entire body. A scarf is a good idea when visiting a mosque. T-shirts are fine. Spaghetti strap tops aren’t a good idea but if you’re wearing one, be sure to bring a cardigan to cover your shoulders. Leggings can be worn under short dresses to cover your legs but don’t wear leggings as pants by itself.

 

Here I am standing in front of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. I didn’t go inside but if I would’ve, I’d have to cover my hair, remove my shoes and wear an Abaya over my dress. Each item is available outside of the mosque if you’re interested in going inside.

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  • Men don’t have to cover their hair but shouldn’t wear shorts or sleeveless shirts when entering a mosque.

 

  • The dress code is generally looser at nightclubs or bars. Malls have signs instructing customers to cover their shoulders and knees. Also, be aware that many upscale restaurants, especially those that sell alcohol, will require men to wear covered shoes and long trousers. For women, don’t wear anything that will reveal cleavage or thighs.

 

We went to an art museum as well as a safari dinner and I wore this dress which was considered appropriate because it’s loose fitting and covered my shoulders and knees.

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The attire rules are very simple, just be sure you abide by them to show respect.

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It Doesn’t Matter How You Get There, Just Go!!!

This past summer my mom and I took a road trip to Loranger, Louisiana for a women’s retreat. She and I are apart of the Women’s Ministry at church and this is our annual retreat. We stayed on a campsite designed just for spiritual organizations. The campsite was located in the woods so we were surrounded around beautiful nature and not so great wifi service. During this time, I was on a social media break so it didn’t bother me at all. This was the perfect getaway for us both. Have you ever noticed that vacations don’t have to be this extravagant world tour out the country for you to enjoy yourself? Sometimes, a weekend in the woods fellowshipping with your sisters in Christ could be the perfect getaway.

Enjoy the video below and remember to book a road trip somewhere soon if you’re not able to book a flight right now. It’s all about getting away so you can recharge and refocus. It doesn’t matter how you get there, just go!!!

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Paris Takes The DMV: With My Mom

Earlier this year I booked a trip for me and my parents to visit the African American Museum in D.C. for my dad’s birthday. But, after he passed away, I canceled the flights. On their anniversary June 19th, I decided to rebook the tickets and make it a girl’s trip! We had a blast!!! I didn’t know my mom was that much fun. God knew what he was doing when he made her my mom because we would stay in trouble if she was one of my girlfriends. Here’s to more trips around the world! We’re keeping his memory alive by enjoying life and thanking God for an amazing husband and father.

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Let the girl’s trip begin!!

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We went to the Temptations play and had an amazing time.

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On a train headed to the African American Museum.

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We shopped and ate at the National Harbor

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I heard so many great things about this restaurant so we decided to eat at Milk and Honey. It was well worth the hype.

Check out the videos below.

  1. Headed to the African American Museum
  2. At a lounge sipping wine and having a good time while listening to gogo music.
  3. Finally, we made it back to our hotel. It’s been a long night of dancing.

 

 

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10 Travel Apps You Must Download

Google Translate

This is a great app to download to communicate with locals. If you’re traveling without internet on your phone, you can still use the app. You can translate 103 languages by typing and 59 languages when you don’t have an internet connection.

IMG_3737Currency Converter

Have you ever been in another country and you weren’t sure how to convert your money? With Currency Converter, you can monitor up to 10 currencies of your choice. The converter offers live exchange rates, and historical charts for over 180 different currencies and another great thing, you can still utilize this app when the internet is down.

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What’s App

WhatsApp is great for staying in touch with family and friends back home while you’re traveling the world. But it is also great to communicate with locals in a foreign country.  It’s free and works all over the world. All you need is an internet connection.

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My TSA

Have you ever wondered what you can carry on the plane and what you can’t? Have you ever asked yourself what ounce perfume is permitted? The secretly useful MyTSA can answer those questions and more.

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Around Me

 

This app helps you to do just what the names says, find services and establishments near your location. Categories listed include banks/ATM, bars, restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, hospitals, hotels, movie theaters, taxis, etc. Within each category, it lists phone numbers, websites, and reviews. That’s very convenient especially when you’re in a foreign country.

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Sky Scanner

Find travel deals with this app. You can find cheap last minute flights, hotels, and cars. I love Sky Scanner because unlike many other flight search engines, Skyscanner allows you to select “Everywhere” in the “To” box and you’re able to expand your potential destination locations.

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Pack Point

Create a Customized Packing List so you don’t forget anything. Pack Point is a free app that creates a customized packing list for your trip based on the city you’re going to travel to, the departure date, the number of nights you’ll be staying, the weather and any activities planned during your trip.

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Trip It

This is a great app to use to keep your travel itinerary organized and in one place. Trip It takes all your travel confirmation emails such as hotel, airline, car rental, and restaurants and it creates a detailed daily itinerary.  The app also gives directions and maps for each destination. You can also access Trip It when you’re offline. So convenient!

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Gateguru

Have you ever been in an airport and wondered where the nearest chic-fil-a was located? Where you’re in luck because GateGuru helps you find what amenities an airport offers. GateGuru does not cover every airport in the world but includes over 204 airports across the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

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Yonder

 

There are over 20,000 destinations, plus detailed adventures from bikers, hikers, climbers, skiers and more, in this app. You can filter activities by sport or location, and share potential trips directly to your squad via email or text.

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