As a kid, I think my interest in travel came from my great uncle and a school project in elementary school.
Long before the days of GPS and cell phones, I remember my uncle hopping on his Harley, and hitting the road for Alaska! He sent us postcards, and told tales breaking down on his way back home. But what always struck me most was that he just did it. Also, long before the days of the internet, I was assigned a 5th grade group project to plan a road trip. We could choose anywhere we wanted, but we needed to plan every detail—mileage, snacks, stopping points, hotels, car rental, everything. What was my destination of choice? New York City.
And that is where my travel story begins.
I took a couple of cruises out of Galveston right around the time I met my now husband about 10 years ago, but cruising seemed easily accessible. Getting on a plane and flying thousands of miles away, that on the other hand seemed completely out of reach. Flying was something I had never done, and few people close to me had either, until I met my husband. Airplanes are apart of his daily life, and flying was as simple as getting in a car to him.
After several years together, and eventually married, I guess he'd tired of my gushing over wanting to go to New York City. Finally one day he said to me, "Dana, if you want to go so bad, why don't you just go?" Just go. As if it were the simplest thing on the planet. That very moment changed my life forever.
I immediately started researching, and within a couple of weeks had flights and hotel booked for my mom & I go fly to New York City in December 2013 for a week of mother-daughter bonding and Christmas magic! That trip, far more life changing than the cruises I'd done, changed me to my core. There was something about NYC. And there was something about flying.
Over the next year and a half, we went on several other vacations, creating incredible itineraries for each one, and sharing them with my friends and family on social media. Throughout the time, more than a few people told me I should become a travel agent.
Me? The girl who had only flown for the first time a short couple of years ago? Did travel agents even still exist? Could I really make a living out of something I was actually passionate about and loved?
I scoffed at the idea for 6 months or more, then finally decided to look into it. Until that trip to NYC, I never realized how doable, how attainable travel was, but with careful planning and saving, it could be done! And I wanted to share that with everyone I knew and beyond. I soon found myself launching Discovereighng with Dana Travel. In August 2015, something I never thought I'd do, fly on a plane & travel the world, became my life's purpose.
So here I am today, running a successful travel design company, helping others create incredible vacations just for them. More importantly, I'm showing God's world to more and more of his people. Over the past few years, my passion for this career have grown immensely, and with each passing day I know that I am doing exactly what God designed me to do. What great joy to see my passion and purpose collide!
I could not be more grateful to my husband for his simple words of "just go" and to New York City for opening my eyes to a whole new world. I hope that through this passion of Discovereighng with Dana Travel, I can help you discover a whole new world too!
Awhile back, I had a chat with my mentor, business coach, and friend. He was giving me a much needed kick in the pants about self-confidence. We all have moments like that right? Anyway, he said something that really struck me about YOU, my clients & potential clients clients. Without me, you could be gambling you time & money away! Wow, that is something I certainly would never want!
Would you put thousands of dollars in a slot machine, hit max bet, then pull the reel?
Would you throw thousands of dollars down on the roulette table, bet zero, and hope for the best?
Would you hit "purchase" on a website for a vacation that is thousands of dollars to a resort you've never heard of without speaking to an professional that could help you select the best destination and resort for you & your budget?
I hope not.
I don't know about you, but my precious vacation time and hard earned money are something I do not want to gamble away. But, without consulting a travel pro, you could be leaving your vacation up to complete chance.
You're short on time between work, kids, life, all of the things, so you do a quick Google search & book your vacation. You just know it is going to be wonderful, because those website photos were incredible! Several months later, you arrive at the resort only to realize the beach isn't swimmable or the resort is undergoing renovations with intrusive construction crews.
Or you are so busy wedding planning, you don't have much time to research honeymoon spots, so you book a resort you saw on Instagram. The photos you came crossed looked to sexy and romantic! You arrive for an intimate honeymoon, only to find kids.every.where!
These issues, among many others, could all be easily avoided by working with a travel designer like us for your vacation!
I've been in trenches, been to the destinations, seen the resorts, and I want to share my first hand experiences so we can curate the best vacation for YOU and your wants & needs!
Stop gambling away your precious time and hard earned money, and work with Discovereighng with Dana Travel to plan your honeymoon, vacation, or even destination wedding! Contact us here to start planning today!
Hey y'all! I hope you are had a great weekend and are having a great week so far! As always, things are busy, busy around here. But no matter how busy I am, I keep up with keeping a consistent skincare routine. This is something that is very new to me in the past year. I never did well with a true, consistent routine, and, wow, can I tell a difference, especially when traveling!
Last year, I was introduced to Colleen Rothschild Beauty via several ladies I follow on Instagram. I finally made the investment, and added several of her products to my beauty pantry. After the first application, I was HOOKED! My skin had never felt to soft and radiant. And I am not exaggerating. Since then, I have added several more of her products to my routine, and my skin has never felt or looked better. I stick to this routine while traveling as well, and I don't feel such a drastic change in my skin due to various changes in climates, conditions, and altitudes as I have in the past when traveling or flying.
Paired with a few other products, Colleen Rothschild is game changing, so naturally I want to share this with everyone. I feel like all of my friends are going to get her Discovery Kit for birthday or Christmas gifts! I know that I sound like a saleswoman, but I promise this is 100% authentic! I am a believer!
So, here is my life changing skincare routine. I've linked the products I use and included when & what order I use them.
Night Face Routine
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser | In the shower, I wash off the day's makeup & grime with Cetaphil. This isn't a necessary step, but I like the added wash. Cetaphil is gentle enough it does not strip my skin, so it pairs great with the next step.
Colleen Rothschild Beauty Radiant Cleansing Balm | This would be my #1 pick for my beauty skin routine. This cleansing balm has completely changed my life. The first time I used it, I knew it was going to be a game changer. It is so nourishing, yet melts off your make up. It is so gentle, you can rub it on your eye makeup and open your eyes while washing. To wash off you use a muslin cloth included with the cleanser that gives a bit of exfoliation. I cannot recommend this enough!
Frankenscince Essential Oil | Not only does it smell amazing, Frankenscince oil is amazing for your skin! It is great for helping with scarring, rashes, and burns, but it also helps with anti-aging. I use a roller top on the essential oil bottle, and do a quick roll on my forehead, each cheekbone, and under my jaw line. I apply 2-3 times a week using a jade roller.
Jade Roller | I use a jade roller to not only rub in the frankenscine oil, but for other benefits to my skin as well. It is said to reduce the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles, assist in lymphatic drainage & blood circulation, and eliminate toxins in the skin. You can read some great information on the benefits of jade rolling here. I use this duo 2-3 times a week.
Colleen Rothschild Beauty Sheer Renewal Cream | This is my #2 pick from Colleen Rothschild Beauty. I have never used a face cream that I love, but this is incredible! It leaves my skin feeling silky and hydrated. It does not leave a sticky film, and my skin feels refreshed when I wake up in the morning.
Colleen Rothschild Beauty Extreme Recovery Cream | I recently added this into my routine, and it is so good! My skin drinks up this thicker cream! Creams that I have tried in the past have made my skin feel clogged and sticky, but this is so breathable. I use this cream a couple of times a week, though it you can use it every day. I think this is a great cream for the harsher cold of the winter. Lately, I've tended to use the Sheer Renewal Cream when it is much hotter or humid outside.
Morning Face Routine
Colleen Rothschild Beauty Vitamin C Treatment Complex | This is also a recent add to my routine. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that protects against sun damage and has anti-aging benefits. I put this on a few minutes before my moisturizer, and never even feel it there!
Neutrogena Suncreen Moisturizer | In the past I never moisturized my skin in the mornings. I didn't want to feel like my face was suffocating under my make up. But since using the Vitamin C Treatment and this sunscreen Moisturizer, I realize I was doing the opposite for my skin. My skin was unprotected, and, therefore, free to soak in my makeup, unprotected against sun damage, and subject to the dirt & grime of the day. My skin no longer feels cakey or like it can't breath when I wear make up, and I rest easy knowing that my precious skin is protected agains the sun. I love the lightweight feeling of this moisturizer.
Chapstick | What can I say? I'm a simple girl—I love some regular ole Chapstick! The now have Chapstick with sunscreen, so it is a great addition to my skincare. I apply this multiple times a day, and under lipstick.
Travel Bottles | These are my favorite travel bottles. Though they are not the TSA approved size for carry-on, they are my favorite for checked bags. There is nothing worse than running out of what I need, so this size guarantees I won't run out of my Cetaphil or other soaps or shampoos while traveling.
Travel Jars | I hate to bring my full size jars of beauty skincare products, so these jars are great for carrying just enough of each product for my trip. They are great for giving samples to share with my girlfriends as well.
Plan to Try Soon
Colleen Rothschild Beauty Intense Hydrating Mask | I've been reading up on this hydrating mask, and I hope to try it soon. What appeals my to this mask is that you can wash it off, or just let it soak into your skin. So great for low maintenance!
Turmeric & Neem Oil Brightening Mask | Neem oil is all the rage right now. It is in hair care products for hydrating & strengthening the hair. In this case, paired with turmeric, you get the benefits of hydrating, strengthening, and brightening of the skin.
I want to add that I know the Colleen Rothschild products are pricey. However, I I have had the same jar of the Cleansing Balm since October. So though they are an investment, the products are worth it and lasting!
I hope this encourages you to get into a skincare routine that works for YOU, because implementing a routine has been so amazing for my skin and how I feel.
Note: This post is not sponsored in anyway. These are just products that I use, and truly believe in! Colleen Rothschild Beauty has drastically changed my skin, and I want to share it with EVERYONE!
This post does contain affiliate links via Amazon.
Welcome back to my new blog series, Discovereighng with Dana Travelers! Periodically, with their permission, I’ll be sharing my clients’ vacations and thoughts. In reading these first hand trip experiences, you can see what is possible for you!
Repeat clients, Randy & Wendy recently went on a couple’s getaway to Jamaica. This was their first time to the island, and they loved it! Read on to hear more.
Tell me about any memorable experiences you had. Did you go an exciting tour or excursion? Did you try new foods? Learn something about the people and culture?
We had an amazing Adult Only vacation in Jamaica this year. We decided against any excursion and chose to just stay and enjoy the resort...Sun, Sand and a drink in my hand. The people are so friendly. Despite the numerous guests, they really try to learn you and what your drink of choice is so that when you return to a bar, they "got you man" and start on your desired cocktail. We chose from 9 restaurants and enjoyed all of them. There is an inclusive coffee shop and ice cream/gelato bar too! For me, seeing the fresh mango trees on the resort property was really cool.
What was the best part of your vacation?
The beautiful water color, little to no sea weed on the beach and in the water.
What are your thoughts on working with Discovereighng with Dana? Will you work with us again? Will you recommend us to your friends & family?
I will only use Dana! AMAZING SERVICE.
Randy & Wendy are hoping to return to Jamaica soon, and perhaps plan a getaway to Vegas. I am excited to create many more vacations for them! Thank you so much for sharing your experience!
What about you? Is Jamaica on your bucket? If your answer is, “Yeah mon!” Get in touch with Discovereighng with Dana here to get started planning!
Packing for a vacation has really become an art form for me! I think about efficiency, baggage weight, organization, cleanliness, and how I can pack all of the things. Since having babies, now it is even more of a puzzle! Of course I want to share my tips with you, so I compiled a list of my packing essentials that can all be found on Amazon.
Now, a couple of things don't really have to do with packing. However, they are game changers in the travel game, so I decided to go ahead and include them. Your welcome! :P Anyhow, let's get down to it! Here are my travel packing essentials picks from Amazon.
Rolling Under the Seat Carry On | Shoe Bags | Large Toiletry Bag
Phone Tripod | Laundry Detergent | Power Bank | Jewelry Case
Cable Organizer | Packing Cubes | RFID Passport Cover
Rolling Under the Seat Carry On | I purchased this while traveling & pumping. It was perfect for my breast pump and all of those necessities. Now, it works great as a carry on without breaking my back. Goodbye backpack. I love that it fits under the seat, so counts as my personal item rather than carry bag. So basically, I could still bring a carry on suitcase if I wanted to.
Shoe Bags | When packing shoes in my luggage, I always think about the germs I'm packing along with them. So I decided to start using packing shoe bags. These are big enough to fit 2-3 pair per bag, are washable, and work well alongside packing cubes. Win-win all around!
Large Toiletry Bag | Ok, so I HATE tiny travel sized bottles. I would rather bring my full size shampoo, soap, etc. toiletry items. Problem? Finding a toiletry bag big enough to fit the larger bottles. FINALLY, found the perfect one! Not only do many large bottles fit, but it is also has a hanger. You might wonder about the TSA liquids rule, but I almost always check my bag. This keeps me from worrying about the liquids rule, so this works great for me.
Phone Tripod | This is one of those items that has nothing to do with packing, but has been a game changer for me during travel. You might not always have someone to take your picture and selfie sticks are OUT! This tripod is the perfect solution. My favorite feature? You can wrap it around a railing to keep it in place!
Laundry Detergent | No, laundry isn't something I want to think about while on vacation, but sometimes it is called for. Think activities where you sweat a lot, baby poop getting on clothes, or you need to freshen up your bra—this in the sink laundry pods are perfect! I wash in the sink or even the tub before bed, wring, then hang dry overnight.
Power Bank | Another one of those items that doesn't necessarily have to do with packing, but it is a must for me! Power banks have changed the world. I no long have to worry about a low battery or running out of juice to take all of the pictures I want. A power bank is here to save the day!
Jewelry Case | Ok, I am in LOVE with this jewelry case for two main reasons. 1) the necklace hooks 2) the zipper! I also love that it is a hard case. It is small enough to fit in your purse or the in room safe. I don't typically take a ton of jewelry on a trip, but it is so nice to have options and a place to safely store them.
Cable Organizer | This might be one of my top picks. Having a cable organizer is essential to my sanity when traveling. There are few things worse than not being able to find the cord you need or finding tangled up cords. This solves it all. Love that it is compact enough to slip in my carry on, yet fits all of the cords I need and more!
Packing Cubes | Along with the shoe bags, I recently started using packing cubes. #gamechanger Seriously, these have changed everything about how I pack, and stay organized while packing AND traveling. It is so nice to organize outfits by day, throw the cube in the hotel dresser, and never have to dig for what I'm looking for—it is all in the appropriate cube! Truly life changing! These are easy to wash so they work great for storing dirty clothes for your return trip. Just be sure to skip the dryer! Don't ask me how I know. Ha!
RFID Passport Cover | Last Amazon pick, an RFID passport cover. When traveling where my passport is required, I typically have my passport cover double as my wallet. So, it is great peace of mind knowing that my credit cards and identification are protected with the RFID protection. I love my Fossil passport cover. You can find it on Amazon or if you purchase directly from Fossil, you can have it embossed with your name or initials. Bonus that it is pretty!
Loopy Case | This isn't on Amazon, but I HAD to share it with y'all. Not only has traveling changed for me with the Loopy Case, but my life as well! This phone case is so much better than a "ring" or pop socket on the back of your phone. It is flexible, your finger fits right in the loop, and you can carry so much more in your hands if need be. I LOVE it, and HIGHLY recommend it!
So, what are you packing essentials? Do you use any products or organizers not listed while your packing for vacation? I love hearing new ideas for planning out my suitcases! Be sure to share your ideas and thoughts in the comments. Thank you for stopping by!
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