Friday, April 17, 2015

A Travelers Wedding

So a lot has happened to me unexpectedly since starting this blog (happy things, of course!) and that has led to a break from the blogging world. But, alas, I am back and feeling ready to update. I hope you continue to follow my journey, through marriage (yes, I got married!) and continuously traveling the world when able to!

I thought it would be fun to post some of my wedding pictures and show what a traveler would add to his or her wedding! With the addition of my favorite color pink, which is apparently not a color for the month of December but I couldn't imagine a wedding without it, I also gave my wedding the theme of "Travel".

Let me back up a second first for those who didn't even know I was getting married or even heading in that direction...

I didn't know I was heading in that direction either!!
It all happened so fast! I was at the point where I didn't think I was going to get married and my sole purpose was to travel until love found me at the right time. I was putting my focus on this blog, continuing my food journey in hopes of starting my catering/side biz called "Tastefully Global" (more on that soon!!), finding ways of travel, and was about to accept a position to teach English in Brazil!
All these exciting things to look forward to! Around that time, something inside of me was telling me to focus on finding my travel (life) partner before I took steps towards this other journey. I was focusing more on God, allowing myself to look out there, and what do you know...right when I was about to give up on looking, he came out of nowhere! All thanks to God and his timing!
This guy travels like me, loves the same things that I do, we have the same life directions, goals, and everything that's important in life! I met him in May 2014 (our year is coming up soon!), he proposed and I said YES in July (in 2 months of getting to know each other!), and at the end of last year on December 21, 2014, we said our "I do's!", and we've been together ever since!
Yes, it's been a whirlwind and fast, but I wouldn't have had it any other way! We went on a month long honeymoon through Southeast Asia and I cannot wait to post about our honeymoon adventure! But first, here are a few pictures of how a traveler throws a wedding!

What's a travel wedding without postcards? I found this Postcard bulletin board at Aarons Brothers a week before the wedding! The names you see on the postcards are the seating arrangements with the word "love" in different languages for each table at our venue.
Here we have our Guest Book Globe where our guests signed different parts of the world, favorite states/countries, where they are from, or where they'd like to head next!
What are your traveling tips for wedded bliss?

One of the tips given to us from one of my friends!
Our gifts and envelopes world suitcase! My mom found this and the other one shown above as a set at Ross way before I started planning my wedding! How cool is that?!
If you aren't international, the next closest thing to it is to find a place that transports you to a different country! When I saw this place in person for the first time, I knew this was it for me! Get married in Italy and California at the same time...of course! This is Michael's Tuscany Room in San Pedro, CA. This was all but a dream!

Our Sweetheart Table

A few examples of the love words in different languages. TEST TIME: What languages are these words in?

And what song would a traveler pick for the last dance? :)
And I'll leave you with a few pictures of the lovely wedded Mr and Mrs!

Reima and Anwar

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Yungas Road, Bolivia and Still Wedding Planning...

Sooooo I didn't think wedding planning would be taking up the majority of my time! I've had all these blog topics I've wanted to write about but I am currently still working on invitations that I wanted to send out last week!;)

I can't wait until everything comes together and the day is finally here! All I will say for now is our theme is "Travel" and our color is pink.:) When everything is settled, I will jump on it with the posts and looking forward to new posts after the honeymoon!

So for now, I will post the link to my story that was featured on Girl Gone International! Check out their articles and incredible stories from other female travelers exploring our incredible world as well. Here is their link: Girl Gone International

And here is the link to my article in last months issue: Conquering Fear On Death Road

Here I wrote about surviving the World's Most Dangerous Road, my experience, and facing my fear was the best thing I ever did on this adventure through Bolivia! I hope I encourage all to face your fears or at least always try in everything that you do in life.

Don't forget to check me out on instagram: loveatraveler. I am posting there daily!

Next up, I'll introduce you to my soon to be traveler husband! ;)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Honeymoon is BOOKED!

So excited! I am beyond ready for a HONEYMOON ADVENTURE! Originally we were looking at an adventure in both Australia and New Zealand but with a look at the plane ticket prices, we decided that we can go at another time when it'll be more affordable - looking at end of December/beginning of January.

We decided to let go and think about where we really wanted to go.....and that was quite simple! We looked back to when we first met and thought about the first country that we both wanted to go next on our list and it happened to be the same country ----Thailand! And that's how we picked our honeymoon!


And ummm.....can I just go now?:)

Official Wedding Date: December 21, 2014!
Honeymoon: Set after the New Year! Couldn't believe how much we saved on the plane tickets!

At the moment, I haven't really looked up places for the Honeymoon because I've been focused on the Wedding Reception (We are getting married at an earlier date; doing a private ceremony!) and not much of a planner when I travel anyway, but since it's a honeymoon, I want to have a better idea to make it fun, special, and adventurous!

Have you been to any of the above countries? I welcome all your ideas, suggestions, and must sees! I'm more of a seeking the unknown type of traveler and so is my other half, but I'm open to anything! Thank you so much for your suggestions!


Friday, August 22, 2014

Travelers Giving Back

Without further adieu, I introduce you to my fundraising page:
I feel so strongly about giving back to the world what it gives me every time I take my first steps in every country I've been in the past and the countries I cannot wait to explore in the future! I grew up with the huge love of wanting to help others and give in as many ways as I can: my time, money, clothes, shoes, food, etc! I believe when you give to the world without expecting anything in return, that is the greatest gift one can get!
Like I mentioned in a previous post, when I travel, I always give food, snacks, money/change, and sometimes the clothes off my back when I see an opportunity that would benefit another human being. I just thought that if I opened up my fundraising page, it would give the opportunity for those to either help me out and give as well, encourage others to do the same when they travel, or spread awareness of delving deeper into our travels and stepping out of our comfort zones!
There are tons of travelers in this world that board daily flights to explore the many breathtaking parts of this world and I know not one person returns to their homeland without a sense of change after experiencing life in a different part of the world.
This is how Travelers Giving Back will work:
I will keep everyone up to date of my travels and when I'll be heading out to a country through my Facebook page: Love A Traveler, Twitter: loveatraveler, Instagram: loveatraveler, and my fundly page (link above and left side panel!). That's when I will let anyone know I will be taking all proceeds and donated items to the country with me. I will research a neighborhood, local children and/or adult organization, or even someone I come across of my travels itself. I will post, mention, and show where all the proceeds and donations will go. That's important for both me and those who are giving to show that you can trust Travelers Giving Back and see where your heart is helping others.
For those who are in the state of California, I will hold garage sales and bake sales and have 100% of the proceeds go straight to my charity travels. You can participate by mailing in your donations or even joining me in helping making a difference in the lives of others!
For those located in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, I can mail treats if you are interested (I make pretty tasty treats, if you are wondering!;) and of course can mail in anything you no longer use to support this worthy cause of sharing love with the world!
If you are a fellow traveler and would like to partner up, LET ME KNOW! There are so many travelers out there and I hope to come together with you and everyone to make this happen and become alive! The more partners, the more places we can reach and make a difference!
I hope that I am able to inspire just one person to click on my fundraising link above, check out my page, donate, and share with everyone they know! It's my way of saying thank you to every country that teaches me certain things that I can't get anywhere else or in my own hometown. And if not, I hope I have inspired you to give back when you jet off to new lands in search of new beginnings, lessons, sites, and inspiration!
Thank you for your time and I hope you will join me in making the world a happy place, one travel at a time!
~Reima, Love A Traveler 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Giving Back to the World

If you haven't already, check out my Facebook page and like it! Link is on this page.:)
Lately I've been seeing what's going on in this world and it makes me want to make a change for myself. If I can make one person happy, that'll be the best feeling in the world!
"Charity begins at home, but should not end there." - Thomas Fuller
Usually when I travel, I always try to give as much as I can to anyone in need, whether it be any snacks or treats I have, food that I'd like to share, or clothes off my back or in my backpack.
But I feel like I can do more. I want to do more. I need to do more.
"You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you." - John Bunyan
This is exactly what I just posted on my Facebook page:
"I saw this photo posted on Instagram and it got me thinking. It got me thinking that I want and need to do more. Usually when I travel, I always end up giving my snacks or food to people in need through every country I've been to. Sometimes... if I have extra clothes I will give them as well.
But I know and can do more. I want to. It's in my heart to do so. So I wanted to throw this idea out there. What would you prefer me to do:


What's your opinion or thoughts on this? I give to US charities when I get involved with my running events and currently looking into volunteering my time to food banks and such around the Los Angeles area, but it's important to me to also support the world when I am in their country, especially because I am a
#globalcitizen and consider the world my home. I want to give back to the world because the world gives so much back to me through lessons and experiences in each unique country I've been to.

Would you like to help out with this? Let me know! Please pass this message on to anyone you think would be interested or share this on your own wall to get the word around! Spread the word around!

#love #passion #givebacktoyourcommunity #charity #world #mothernature #people #travel #loveatraveler #help #traveler #solofemaletraveler #expat #globetrotter #spreadtheword"
Please comment below, tweet me, email me, or get on my Facebook and let me know your thoughts and opinions on this! Is there another way I should go about doing this? Any advice you may have?
1) Should I set up an online account for strictly the charity? Paypal, perhaps or anything out there I haven't seen?
2) I'm open to items that will be donated to be dropped off or mailed to my address.
3) As far as the bake sale, I am passionate about both baking and cooking. ;) It may be a local idea (Southern California) but I have before and could mail goodies all in the name of charity! I promise the treats will be worth it! I'd stick to US/Canada/Mexico, and maybe other countries, depending on shipping costs.
4) Anything else I'm missing or need to consider?
5) If you'd like to get involved and/or partner up, contact me! I'd love to work with anyone who wants to do their part to make this world a better place!
The trips I currently have planned are:
October 2014
January-February 2015
South Korea, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and uncertain but likely: Indonesia and Laos
Not planned yet but looking into more of Mexico, Central America, South America, and the southern part of Africa
"It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving." - Mother Teresa
I hope that this will challenge everyone to help me give to those in need and/or encourage anyone to do this themselves when they are off exploring other countries. It's my way of showing how much I care about the world and appreciate what I'm given through experiences and lessons as I trek on through each country I explore.
Stay tuned as I continue to work on making this happen. Again, please spread the word and let me know if you would like to help or partner up. Thank you!
"For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For beautiful hair, let a child run their fingers through it once a day. For poise, walk with knowledge that you never walk alone.
People, more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself and the other for helping others." - Sam Levenson