Category Archives: Kandia Johnson

10 Insider Tips for Shopping Winter Sales in Paris

Note: This article has been updated from it's original release date in January 2013. Fashion obsessed jetsetters take note: The splurge worthy shopping frenzy starts in Paris, France, Wednesday, January 8, 2014, and ends Tuesday, February 11, 2014. So, how far are you willing to travel for a 5-inch sexy pair of Christian Louboutins? What are you willing to do for a classic tweed Chanel blazer with braided trim or some other dreamy fashion frock from Hermes, Lanvin, or Gucci at Read more »

5 Destinations for First Time Solo Travelers

costarica copy Nature Lover, Shopaholic, History Aficionado, Foodie or Spa Girl, which one are you? From eating your way around Singapore to exploring the beautiful cactus filled landscapes around Arizona, choosing a destination with activities to keep you busy, is easy to navigate and safe for travelers is the key to making the best decision for your first trip solo. Traveling solo can be an incredibly empowering Read more »

Travel Savvy: Fall Travel Must Haves

fall final I hate to be the one to tell you this. But it's about time to swap your summer travel must haves for fall season's latest globetrotting gear. Farewell knee-high gladiator sandals, neon colored maxi dresses, straw fedora hats and beach cover ups. Let's give some serious thought to travel accessories that prepare you for cooler temperatures. From chic and comfy ballet flats perfect for sightseeing Read more »

4 Reasons Why Beyonce’s New Pixie Haircut is Perfect for Travel

Beyonce new Pixie Haircut We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to talk about Beyoncé's new short, sassy and fierce pixie haircut. Travelistas take note. The perfect hair style solution during travel is versatile and easy to manage.   Not only does Bey's hairstyle make the cut, but it has many other advantages for the girl on the go. Short hairstyles are super easy to style and maintain during travel. Read more »

Village Hopping Around Lake Atitlan,Guatemala

Guatemala3 After a 3-hour bumpy drive up hills and along narrow winding roads from Antigua, then a 30-minute boat ride from Panajachel across choppy wavy waters, I found myself surrounded by stunning volcanic lake views and gorgeous green mountains. Ahh breath in, breath out...this adventurous trek was all worth it. There are many villages around Lake Atitlan, but the true beauty of this lake lies in the Read more »

Volcanoes, Hot Tamales & Sunshine..Oh My! Antigua, Guatemala

Volcanoes I'm not gonna lie--Antigua, Guatemala was full of surprises. I'm not crazy about nature but was pretty geeked at the sight of smoke oozing from  Volcán de Fuego. I wasn't a huge fan of tamales, but I cooked 8 steamed banana leaf hot tamales filled with pork and ate about 2.  I packed ponchos & rain boots to prepare for rainy season, then danced and sang my heart out during infrequent, short, Read more »

Living Like a Local in Paris

cityofparis6 Why do people glamorize "living like a local" in Paris, but never in Africa, Australia or even Hawaii? Well, I don't know about you but I blame the last scenes of “Sex in the City” and my fellow Americans for painting vivid images in my head of secret passageways, elegant buildings, trend setting fashion, and couples holding hands while strolling down charming cobblestone streets that got my Read more »

Vintage Shopping in Toronto, Canada

Vintage shopping (article repost ladybugsinwonderland.com) It's my last week working in Toronto and I am in need of some serious "ME" time.  So with 24-hours left to enjoy this eclectic city, I take a minute to woosah and get on with my retail therapy.  Lately underwhelmed with the trendy styles from large mass producing retail stores, it didn't take me long to stumble upon the insane vintage shopping scene in Read more »

Oh wait, do I need a travel agent or travel app?

Travel Apps Chances are you're looking forward to that much-needed summer vacation. You have a million activities in mind. Then you're faced with the all too familiar question...Do I need a travel agent for that?! Well, from booking a flight, planning a wine or culinary tour, a private car service, or even arranging a dinner on an iceberg, there are travel apps or a digital travel concierge for just about anything. Meet Read more »

What has traveling with your mom taught you?

Mother and Daughter Camel ride Mother's day is 5 days away and I still don't have a clue what to get my mom. But if it's one thing I know for sure, the gift of travel far outlast any spa treatment, dinner, kitchen appliance, gift card, etc. From riding on camels through the desert in Egypt to walking the strip in Las Vegas, traveling with my mom has taught me some of life's most valuable lessons. So, if your mom is like my mom Read more »