Hello! My name is Mikala Whitaker, and I am public relations professional and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Aside from traveling and public relations, I enjoy spending my time running half marathons or volunteering. When I'm relaxing, you might find me writing on my blog, snuggling with my two Golden Retrievers or watching The Office.
Feel free to check out my online portfolio at http://mikalawhitaker.wix.com/portfolio
Taking a big trip with your significant other is always so exciting, but it can be challenging too, especially if you’ve never traveled together before. Traveling long distances and into foreign countries is an exhausting and sometimes frustrating experience that will show both you and your significant other at both their best and their worst. For those who have never traveled extensively with their significant other before, it’s certainly a test for the relationship.
I took my first major trip with Jared, my boyfriend, last year when we went to Thailand and Cambodia for a month together. I will say that we had taken some smaller trips together before and had visited each other while apart in our long distance relationship, but this trip to Thailand was like nothing we had ever done before, even individually. Here are some things I learned while traveling extensively with Jared for the first time:Read More »
My career has always been top of my mind. I spent my school years running social media and planning events, and I spent my summers in chilly office buildings at various internships. As my four years came to a close and college graduation came closer and closer, I naturally started applying to public relations jobs in Washington, D.C.Read More »
I decided to travel to Thailand and Cambodia for a month after graduating from college. It was an incredible decision, and I’m so glad that I took a month in between school and work to travel to the other side of the world. Planning a month long trip, though, no matter how fun it was, was certainly a bit of a daunting task, particularly for a country I knew little about.
For this first blog post on the trip, I’ll share our itinerary and the things we did. In later posts, I’ll write more about my favorite places and some of the things I would’ve done differently. If you’re planning a trip to Thailand, I hope this helps!Read More »
Well it sure has been a long time since I’ve posted to this blog, and for that I am sorry. I don’t want to make excuses for myself, but since graduating and working full time, this blog has been in the back of my mind, but something I just couldn’t bring myself to writing.
But now I want to change that. I miss writing about travel. I have so many stories and tips that I want to share. And even though I’ve been working full time and finding it hard to write, that doesn’t mean I’ve stopped any of my travels.
Traveling is exciting, but it can be nerve wracking too, especially as a trip gets closer and becomes more real. As I write this, im sitting in an airport in Raleigh about to board the first of three flights as I make my way to Thailand. I am so unbelievably excited, but I’m so incredibly nervous too.
Stepping out of your home, your comfort zone, into something unknown is always a bit scary. There’s so many things that could go wrong. There’s so much to anticipate. But that’s ok. That what makes it all so exciting.
If you’re feeling nervous before a big trip, just remind yourself of what inspired you to go there to begin with. Embrace the unexpected and get excited. Chances are many tourists have visited this place before you have, and they’ve all loved it. All will be well, and you’re going to have the adventure of your life. You’ve made it this far. You’ve taken the big leap in deciding to do this trip, now do it and don’t look back. Happy travels!
If you want to keep up with my travels in Thailand, stay posted on my blog and also follow me on Instagram @mikala_whitaker.
Have you ever felt some nerves before traveling? What made you feel better about it? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!
Traveling is expensive, whether you stay in hostels or not. Further more, life is expensive, which is something that I’m coming to understand more and more as I’m about to graduate from college and enter the real world. In my previous posts, I’ve written about why now is the time to travel and how you can spend less by staying in hostels. But now might be difficult for you financially, even if you cut down on travel costs with hostels. This is something that I myself am coming more to terms with as I think to myself, How am I even going to even afford rent?Read More »
After living in North Carolina for nine years now, I’ve never heard people talk about Durham very often. Even after moving to the Triangle (Chapel Hill – Raleigh – Durham), I haven’t heard much about it. But Durham is such a cool place, and it’s only getting cooler. Vogue recently named it North Carolina’s hippest city. Here are some reasons that it’s completely underrated: