How Did I Land a Vacay that was All Expense Paid?

Litty again, litty again! Tory Lanez voice!

So I was on a sponsored trip to Loreto, Mexico where I covered Celebrity Pastry Chef Week at the Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto

The Villa del Palmar is a gorgeous resort, it's surrounded by mountains and water. Equipped with multiple restaurants, a luxury spa,  and a gym, it was so much fun!  The food at Villa del Palmar was so yummy, the tuna tartar was the best poolside treat! I ate everything which I know my trainer is going to make me pay for.

Loreto is a tiny city located on the Gulf of California in eastern Baja California Sur state, Mexico. There were no Black people in this city. Just me. Black women when you start to travel, your beauty will be revered. Don't let the boys in your hood tell you, you aren't beautiful. I was giving life at the resort.

For four days, I ate desserts made by Johnny Iuzzini from "Top Chef: Just Desserts," and Devin Alexander from "The Biggest Loser" while Jonathan Bennett of "Cupcake Wars" hosted. Johnny made the best banana foster fritters but I think he really had a thing for chocolate.

 

The resort has so many activities and gorgeous views. True Story: we took a boat out and went snorkeling at Carmen Island. We get to Carmen Island for snorkeling and I see something big and dark and I'm OUT! I then swim right into rock. My nail comes off. And the big, dark thing I saw? Another rock. I watch too many shark and ocean documentaries.

The trip was amazing tho! I met some of the coolest bloggers who were also covering Celebrity Pastry Chef Week at the Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto

How did I land a vacay that was all expense paid? If you’re in the D.C. area on July 9th, I’m teaching a class called The Fly Girl Guide to Branding at the Greenbelt Marriott.  Tickets are $65 and it includes an all you can eat brunch and a 60 minute session where I'm teaching how to land advertising, sponsorship and the tea on personal branding.  Grab tickets here! Hope to see you there!

I'm in Thailand! Here's Why I'm Traveling With One Love Travel Club!

If someone would have told me that my 2016 would be lit I wouldn't have believed them. At the start of 2016, I was in LA on the struggle bus. I was broke, I had an unsavory living condition, I was working at the whitest startup making no money. I was depressed. LA was no good to me. I ended up talking to Necole Kane of xoNecole.com and I told her my frustrations and how I was about to pack up everything and go back to Baltimore. Necole stated that sometimes you have to take a step back to step forward and that you can reset your life as many times as you want to. 

And what a reset it has been. The level up has been so real! God will level you all the way up if you let Him. So as I type this post in Thailand just know that if God can do it for me than He can do for it you.

I'm traveling with a travel club. I picked One Love Travel Club because I love One Love's values. Wherever the club goes within each country, the travelers must volunteer. While One Love schedules the activities and events for all the travels, all are optional,  except the volunteering day. And I love to give back. And yes, I do volunteer in the states as well (for all those who side eye volunteering aboard). 

Honestly, Thailand was never on my radar to travel to but One Love's Classic Thailand itinerary was way too popping. I loved the fact that it's summer in Thailand, I loved the multiple days at the beach, the Thai cooking class course and the scooter tour. One Love plans awesome trips. 

And they provide payment plans for those who can't drop all the coins for their trip at once (me!). I am not ashamed of layaway! I even put my airplane ticket to Thailand on layaway, I used STA Travels. I flew out of NYC because it was cheaper than flying out of Baltimore's BWI and I put down a deposit and I had up until seven days before my trip to pay off my flight ticket.

Ballin on a budget.

Check out One Love Travel Club here and be sure to follow my Phuket and Bangkok adventures on Snapchat (FlyCarla410).  

And for those who have been following my dating adventures via my podcast, why come, I met a single, professional, no kids, Black man from Baltimore in the Shanghai airport? I walk into Starbucks and see this guy wearing a Ravens hat and I asked him if he was from Bmore. We both had long layovers and we ended up chatting until the morning and until we had to board our flights. He was leaving Thailand to head back to Baltimore and I on my way to Thailand. God has the funniest humor. 

Be sure to check out my new podcast where I spill more tea on our chance meeting and how Big Sean's "What A Year" is my fourth quarter theme song.