Kayti VS the World


24 April 2016

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Despite the fact that I enjoy putting on makeup pretty much every single day, it's a rare occasion when I can be bothered to even brush my hair. Blowdrying? Nope. Brushing? Rarely. Styling? Nope. I don't know what it is, I just can't bring myself to do it. And when I'm traveling, I want to do it even less. So, over the years I've developed my own little routine of how I style my usually flat hair to get volume and beachy waves when traveling with minimal effort. In addition to not wanting to style my hair, I also don't always take as good of care of it as I should. I periodically bleach my ends and don't get my hair trimmed all that often so it's safe to say that my hair is fairly damaged at the tips. A good conditioner will help but it's hard to find affordable options that are hydrating and moisturizing and don't kill my bank account. So, when I was offered to try the Whole Blends Hydrating Hair Care I was curious but tried not to have very high expectations. But I'm not going to lie to you. When I was able to buy the shampoo, conditioner AND the hair mask all for less than $15 I was pretty psyched. My normal drugstore shampoo and conditioner usually cost me more than that.

The formula for this particular line includes coconut water and vanilla milk, so you can imagine how great this product smells. It kind of reminds me of where my family vacations every Summer in Eastern Washington. I don't know why. Whenever I catch a whiff of my hair lately it just takes me right to lounging on the beach in Lake Chelan. The shampoo and conditioner by themselves make my hair feel so fresh and hydrated, but it was when I tried the hair mask that I noticed the biggest difference. My normally obviously damaged ends were smoother, more hydrated and I swear it even livened up the color somehow. Or maybe not the color exactly, but it makes my hair shinier and the gold strands really stand out now. For a department store brand (and considering they were under $4 EACH!!) I cannot recommend this line enough. I was able to find all three products at my local Walmart Supercenter. But enough of that, now onto my travel hairstyle tutorial!

First Things First - Towel Dry

Yep, I actually brushed my hair. Then I towel dried it. And by towel dry, I mean I wrapped it up in a towel while I did my makeup and then brushed it. See? No effort.

Put A Bun On It

Pull your hair up in a ponytail and start to put your hair in a bun but don't pull it all the way through. You should have a small bun on top and then the rest of your hair hanging out of it like a very sad tail.

Take Care Of That Tail

Now we're going to take that ugly tail and wrap it once around your bun. Then, with the remaining bit that's still hanging out you're going to grab the center of the strand and pull it partially through the hairband. So, you will basically have created a little "U" shaped bit like in the above photo.


Now, if you're like me (aka LAZY) you can just leave your hair up until it's dry ORRR if you have your life slightly more together you can use a hairdryer with a diffuser to speed up the process. Or even better, do this at night and sleep with it up - the ultimate lazy girl hack. Not to mention, you can just wake up and get on with your day without too much time fussing around in the bathroom.

Do you guys have any easy hair routines that you seem to gravitate back to, especially when traveling? Again, I can't recommend this line enough. I chose the Whole Blends Hydrating Hair Care blend but they also have blends for Repairing, Smoothing, Nourishing, Color Care, and more! Which blend would you choose?


13 April 2016

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07 April 2016

how to travel when you work full time

A lot of people think that global travel is really only an option for the rich, single and unemployed (or lucratively self-employed). But that, my friends, is a myth. I'm here to tell you that you don't need to quit your job in order to fit travel into your life, it just takes some strategic planning, discipline and patience.

Don't Waste Your Time

This one is probably the most important. DO NOT, under any circumstances, waste the paid time off given to your by your employer. Have the sniffles? SUCK IT UP AND GO TO WORK. I would so much rather go to work and suffer through three days of a nasty cold if it meant that I could spend an extra three days abroad somewhere when I'm happy and healthy. Totally worth the trade off. So unless you're extremely ill or incapacitated... Don't waste your time off. Save it and use it only for travel and emergencies.

Negotiate Vacation, Not Salary

This isn't one that occurs to most people. When you are taking a new position at a company, or perhaps having your annual review, ask for an extra week of vacation instead of a pay raise. What's the worst that happens? They offer you an extra three days instead of five? Take it! They tell you no and you get the raise? Oh well, you tried! A lot of times employers have an easier time "okaying" an extra few days of yearly vacation than a substantial raise. Don't be afraid to ask!

Make Use Of Work Holidays

Now, this one won't be an options for everyone but it definitely shouldn't be ruled out. A lot of big companies have "holiday breaks" that are considered separate from vacation and sick leave. For example, Boeing offers their employees (typically) the time from Christmas Eve to the day after New Year's day is recognized as paid time off that doesn't count against their vacation or sick time. It's like a free week of vacation every year. Does your company offer something like this? If so, use it to it's full advantage. I always book an extra vacation over this time of year rather than opting to spend it at home. The day after Christmas I'm off to a new destination for the New Year. Then I can come back to work feeling refreshed and not quite so depressed that the holidays are over. This year I'm thinking Tokyo!

Use Your Time Strategically

This one is going to vary depending on how much time you get from your respective employer but typically most people get at least two weeks of vacation and one week of sick leave. What I try to do is this. I break up my vacation time into two trips. Five days for one trip and five days for another trip. But I always join up these trips over a holiday weekend (which has the potential of being a ten or eleven day vacation using only FIVE vacation days, if you plan it right) for maximum time off. I use my larger spans of vacation for destinations that are further away (think 24 hours of flights/airports). I then split my sick leave up over three weekend trips (think less than ten hours of travel time total). Two four-day weekends and one three-day weekend that I will also try to pair up with a holiday to make it a four-day. This is just how I do it personally, but there are so many creative ways to go about using your paid time off so that you really get to use it to it's fullest potential.

Take Advantage Of Long Weekends

I know I just mentioned this above, but I want to touch on it a little more. A lot of times I see people using a long weekend to maybe... drive to the coast. Or go to the next state over. And that's great! But if you want - it has the potential to be so much more. Just in January I spent a four-day weekend in New Orleans and I had an amazing time. I caught a red eye from Seattle to New Orleans, woke up and was able to spend almost four WHOLE days exploring the city (and gearing up for Mardi Gras!). Don't underestimate the power of a four-day or even three-day weekend. Ever tried to do Vegas in a weekend? Well, you won't sleep much but you definitely will never forget it.

Make A Budget

So first, make a budget. Write down your paychecks and expense for each month. How much spending money does that leave you? Now, set up an automatic transfer for a portion of that spending money to be put into a separate savings account every paycheck. I have money taken out of every paycheck that automatically goes into a savings account that I only look at when I'm planning a vacation. It's gotten to the point that I'm so used to it coming out that I don't notice it. And when the time comes to plan a vacation, and I look at my trip savings - I'm always relieved to find that I have so much available to cover the costs. Think of it like a bill. A responsibility you have to take care of every paycheck. Even if you can only spare $100 per paycheck. In five months that's a little over 1k. And be honest, you probably didn't even feel it. Every time I find myself having a lot of extra spending month (like say, when I paid off my car) I up the amount I put into my trip savings by a little bit. It adds up and it makes it easier to justify taking a trip when you're not having to take extra money out of your normal budget to pay for it.


Make Sacrifices

This goes hand in hand with the budget. If you really want to travel. And I mean, REALLY, want to travel. Give up all of the crap. All the extra stuff you don't need - stop spending your hard earned cash on it. For me this meant coffee (I make mine out home now and I get about 20 cups of good iced coffee for what would only get me maybe 2 at a coffee stand), eating out with friends, going out drinking on the weekends, etc. I still go out and have fun, I just don't spend all of the money to do it. Riddle me this. Go through your bank statements for the last 30 days and add up all the money you've spent on frivolous little purchases. Now take that number and multiply it by 12. Does that number surprise you? When I did this myself I came up with $428 (this was a year ago, mind you). That means in a year I could have potentially saved FIVE GRAND! For someone who travels cheap anyway, that's like a small fortune. It's definitely a struggle giving up all of the little luxuries but it's for the greater good!

Take Unpaid Holidays

While some employers may not be able to offer you additional vacation every year, they may be able to work with you on an unpaid holiday. This is time that you would take off from work without pay to use as your own vacation time. A have done this twice before where I took two two-week unpaid holidays and both of the employers were more than willing to work with me. It was just a matter of making sure I had all of my work done by the time I left and that someone could easily go through my notes and pick up where I left off if necessary. This might feel uncomfortable to ask at first, but I think you'll find that most employers are more than happy to work with you if you're trying to facilitate a vacation but don't have the vacation time.


22 March 2016

There are a bunch of ideas out there on how to save money for travel (read how I saved up almost ten thousand in less than a year here) whether you're looking to quit your 9 to 5 to travel full time, afford a couple of vacations a year or just save up for a really big trip. But, sometimes we're looking for more than just a way to save. Sometimes we're looking for a way to travel and make money at the same time. So, I thought I'd share some ways you can travel without having to have an arsenal of cash stashed up before hand. I have considered many of these options for myself, and a lot of them are things I consider to be personally enriching and globally beneficial - so bonus! Enjoy!

ESL Teacher

I thought I'd start with the most obvious choice first, or at least the most obvious to me. Teach English abroad! There are a lot of different options out there depending on your background. They have positions for teachers even with little to no experience as long as you have a degree of some kind. Even if, like me, you don't have a BA - there are also tons of options if you just have an AA coupled with a TESOL or TEFL (which I'm just finishing up now) Certificate. If you're lucky enough to have an employer who pays for your education or if you qualify for financial aid, sign up to for a TESOL Certificate! Mine's only two quarters long, all online and requires only a minimum of one hour a week of assisting contact time. Assisting in an ESL class in your own community is a great way to get some experience under your belt. To read more about ESL teaching and browse some jobs aboard Footprints Recruiting and Go Overseas are both great resources. I'm hoping to teach in Singapore, Bali or Poland when I return from backpacking!

Au Pair

This one is kind of a no brainer. Do you have babysitting experienced and a clean background check? Bingo. Bonus if you're bilingual and have a professional education. I've used websites like Sitterycity for jobs within the US but there are great sites for international jobs as well like AuPair.com and IAPA. Obviously make decisions careful and take all the necessary precautions to make sure you're entering safe employment but this is a really great way to get free room and board, a monthly stipend, plenty of free time and a lot of the time families will pay for your airfare!

Cruise Ship Employee

If you don't have a problem with prolonged time on a gigantic ship, why not try looking for a job on a cruise ship? There's tons of different avenues to pursue from bartender to childcare provider to chef to musician to casino dealer. The possibilities are endless. A cruise ship is like it's own functioning little city. They need electricians and plumbers too! Granted you do spend a lot of time out in the great blue, when the ships do dock most lines allow their employees free time to explore the port. Princess Cruises seems to have a lot of employment opportunities and I know a few travelers who have worked with Carnival Cruises as well.

Web Designer

Now, this one requires a little skill and creativity but in this day and age it seems like everyone online has some degree of design creativity and knowledge. I tried to take some courses on this so I could try this route myself but let's just say... I don't have the patience for web design. But there are loads of bloggers out there who use web design as a stable source of income and if you're good at it - you could make a really decent living! It's one of the most travel friendly jobs out there as you can do it all from a computer, as long as you have internet connection for acquiring a customer base and for advertising - you're all set!

Travel Nurse

Again, this one is going to have some skill and education involved but it's one of America's most common career choices this might be an optimal choice for many people. A travel nurse could be many things from RNs to speech pathologists to therapists and even physical therapists. Usually travel nursing jobs are a lot more flexible or at least have more flexible options available than other jobs abroad. You can find short or long term, the pay and benefits are great and most of the time lodging is provided or a stipend for such is available. Two great resources for more information or job searches are TravelNursing.com and Trav Corps.


Okay, I know this one isn't a job per say, but it is an option that allows you to travel and includes free lodging and meals (usually). There are a lot of different ways you could go about volunteering depending on what you're looking for. Some schools and organizations in addition to needing ESL teachers also need "Conversational Practice Volunteers" and a lot of those opportunities are listed on the links I provided in the "ESL" section above. A super popular option among travelers is to "WWOOF it". WWOOFT is basically a network of farms and other hosts who are willing to provide you with meals and board in exchange for between 4-6 hours of work. The United Nation is also always looking for volunteers for both short term and long term work. The UN Volunteer's goal is to create lasting change and have a positive impact on people's lives. They believe that even short term assignments and the smallest bit of aid can have the butterfly effect and extend far beyond the people you are immediately helping. There's also always the Peach Corps which is also volunteer, but also pays an $8,000 readjustment payment at the end of your service. While you do have to make a 2 year commitment and once applying it takes nearly a year before you could possible depart, the Peace Corps offers some great benefits. Along with a monthly living and housing allowance you also have full medical and dental coverage, 48 vacation days, job support once your assignment is complete and so much more.

Obviously, there are a ton of other options available for people who would like to work abroad but these are just a few that I found especially interesting or enriching. If you have any other ideas for job opportunities abroad please share them in the comments! I can't wait to teach English somewhere foreign, if you had to choose one of these - which would you choose?


14 March 2016

Beautiful Things You Need At Your desk

Last week I shared with you a step by step guide on how to "spring clean" your creative space and in turn, your life! This week I wanted to share with you some fun, engaging and beautiful pieces that you need in your home office. Useful items that not only look beautiful but also inspire your creativity! If you haven't gotten around to Spring Cleaning your work space or creative space yet, download my simplified checklist!

Free Spring Cleaning Checklist and Inspiration Guide

So - check out these beautiful things that you need in your work space! I have a few of these myself already but plan on ordering more, just need to put in those extra hours to justify the spending.

Tempest Table and Wall Clock

Let this cute minimalist clock keep your time management skills on track. Either set it on your desk to add a classic minimalist vibe, or hang it on the wall if you don't have enough desk space!

Blogging Day Mug

I think it's always good to have designated items that you use when you're working. A specific desk for your creative processes, specific utensils you use, a specific... coffee mug. Hey! It works! I use this personally every time I sit down to write at home and I adore this heavy duty mug.

Tealight Candle Holders

Work in the evenings? Let these geometric tealight candle holders add some light to your space. Candles don't have to always come in boring jars!

Inspiring Artwork

A mood board is great, but can sometimes feel cluttered. Instead find some art that moves your heart and stirs your soul. Something that inspires you and motivates you every time you look at it. For me, it's this colored India print - it stokes my passion for travel and reminds me to buckle down because I have goals to meet and places to see!

Sapphire Vase

My entire apartment has random vases all over but for my desk, I always look for a vase that reflects a beautiful light. I can just imagine the faded blue glow this would cast along my desk when the sun hit it just right. Ordered this one and can't wait to get it! Wouldn't some pale pink peonies just look beautiful in this?

Marble Journal

Every blogger or self-employed rockstar needs a notebook (or twenty!). I personally love this marble one from Urban Outfitters. I mean come on, look at this thing! I know that everyone is on it lately but I've finally hopped on the marble trend band wagon and I ain't gettin' off any time soon folks!
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