30 Places Every Millennial Girl Needs To Travel To BEFORE She Turns 30

30 Places Every Millennial Girl Needs To Travel To BEFORE She Turns 30

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I am a travel enthusiast. There is nowhere I do not want to go.

Traveling the world is one of my biggest goals in life and I am determined to make it happen. The world is so big and I would love to see every inch of it at some point or another.

However, if I can travel to these 30 places before I turn 30, I will feel as though I have accomplished more than enough.

1. New York City, New York

2. New Orleans, Louisiana

3. Grand Canyon, Arizona

4. Las Vegas, Nevada

5. San Francisco, California

6. Los Angeles, California

7. Nashville, Tennessee

8. Honolulu, Hawaii

9. Walt Disney World, Florida

10. Chicago, Illinois

11. Nassau, Bahamas

12. Cozumel, Mexico

13. Cancún, Mexico

14. Bridgetown, Barbados

15. Basseterre, St. Kitts

16. Philipsburg, St. Maarten

17. Montego Bay, Jamacia

18. Christiansted, St. Croix

19. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

20. Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

21. Tortola Baths, Tortola

22. San Juan, Puerto Rico

23. Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

24. Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

25. Oranjestad, Aruba

26. Mykonos, Greece

27. London, England

28. Paris, France

29. Barcelona, Spain

30. Rome, Italy

Okay, so these are 30 places I want to go out of like, a million. I have traveled to some of these places and would not hesitate one second to go back.

Every new place is like a new adventure, and traveling will forever be so exciting and intruiging to me.

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I Visited The "Shameless" Houses And Here's Why You Shouldn't

Glamorizing a less-than-ideal way to live.
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After five hours of driving, hearing the GPS say "Turn right onto South Homan Avenue" was a blessing. My eyes peeled to the side of the road, viciously looking for what I have been driving so long for, when finally, I see it: the house from Shameless.

Shameless is a hit TV show produced by Showtime. It takes place in modern-day Southside, Chicago. The plot, while straying at times, largely revolves around the Gallagher family and their continual struggle with (extreme) poverty. While a majority of the show is filmed offsite in a studio in Los Angeles, many outside scenes are filmed in Southside and the houses of the Gallagher's and side-characters are very much based on real houses.

We walked down the street, stopped in front of the two houses, took pictures and admired seeing the house in real life. It was a surreal experience and I felt out-of-place like I didn't belong there. As we prepared to leave (and see other spots from the show), a man came strolling down on his bicycle and asked how we were doing.

"Great! How are you?"

It fell silent as the man stopped in front of the Gallagher house, opened the gate, parked his bike and entered his home. We left a donation on his front porch, got back to the car and took off.

As we took the drive to downtown Chicago, something didn't sit right with me. While it was exciting to have this experience, I began to feel a sense of guilt or wrongdoing. After discussing it with my friends, I came to a sudden realization: No one should visit the "Gallagher" house.

The plot largely revolves the Gallagher family and their continual struggle with (extreme) poverty. It represents what Southside is like for so many residents. While TV shows always dramatize reality, I realized coming to this house was an exploitation of their conditions. It's entertaining to see Frank's shenanigans on TV, the emotional roller coasters characters endure and the outlandish things they have to do to survive. I didn't come here to help better their conditions, immerse myself in what their reality is or even for the donation I left: I came here for my entertainment.

Southside, Chicago is notoriously dangerous. The thefts, murders and other crimes committed on the show are not a far-fetched fantasy for many of the residents, it's a brutal reality. It's a scary way to live. Besides the Milkovich home, all the houses typically seen by tourists are occupied by homeowners. It's not a corporation or a small museum -- it's their actual property. I don't know how many visitors these homes get per day, week, month or year. Still, these homeowners have to see frequent visitors at any hour of the day, interfering with their lives. In my view, coming to their homes and taking pictures of them is a silent way of glamorizing the cycle of poverty. It's a silent way of saying we find joy in their almost unlivable conditions.

The conceit of the show is not the issue. TV shows have a way of romanticizing very negative things all the time. The issue at hand is that several visitors are privileged enough to live in a higher quality of life.

I myself experienced the desire and excitement to see the houses. I came for the experience but left with a lesson. I understand that tourism will continue to the homes of these individuals and I am aware that my grievances may not be shared with everyone -- however, I think it's important to take a step back and think about if this were your life. Would you want hundreds, potentially thousands, of people coming to your house? Would you want people to find entertainment in your lifestyle, good and bad?

I understand the experience, excitement, and fun the trip can be. While I recommend skipping the houses altogether and just head downtown, it's most important to remember to be respectful to those very individuals whose lives have been affected so deeply by Shameless.

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13 Times '@themacrobarista' Saved My Morning

Craving a sugary caramel macchiato before class while trying to achieve your summer bod? @themacrobarista on Insta has your remedy!

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We've all been there...Starbucks addicts who know we're paying the price for the drinks we choose on our hips. What if I told you that you could drink all the pumpkin spice lattes and caramel macchiatos you wanted...but guilt-free?

Here are 13 ways to order modified Starbucks drinks that will save your morning and save you some cals (brought to you be @themacrobarista):

1. Iced Caramel Macchiato

Venti Cold Brew

1 pump caramel syrup

4 pumps of sugar free vanilla syrup

Light cream

Light caramel drizzle

Disclaimer: this one is my favorite and definitely my 'go-to' in the morning!

2. Pink Drink

Venti Passion Tango iced tea (unsweetened)

Ask for strawberry infusion

Light coconut milk

1 scoop of strawberries

2 Stevia/Splenda

3. Cinnamon Shortbread Latte

Grande Blonde cafe Misto

1 pump brown butter shortbread syrup

2 pumps sugar free vanilla syrup

Steamed almond milk

Add cinnamon powder on top

4. Iced Mocha

Grande Cold Foam Cold Brew

1 pump skinny mocha sauce

2 pumps sugar free vanilla

Ask for Cold Foam made with sugar free vanilla

Light cream

5. Vanilla Green Tea Latte

Grande Iced Green Tea Latte

Substitute almond milk

1 scoop of Matcha

3 pumps sugar free vanilla

MIX IT UP and enjoy!

6. Caramel Iced Coffee

Grande unsweetened iced coffee

1 pump caramel syrup

3 pumps sugar free vanilla

Light cream

7. Coffee Frappuccino

Grande Coffee LIGHT Frappuccino

One extra pump of Frappuccino roast (adds 50 cents--optional)

Almond milk

2 pumps Frappuccino base syrup

One Stevia/Splenda

8. Blonde Vanilla Cappuccino

Grande Blonde cappuccino

Substitute almond milk

Sugar free vanilla syrup

1 Stevia/Splenda

Optional: light caramel drizzle

9. Iced Chai Tea Latte

Grande Iced Chai Tea Latte

2.5 pumps of chai

Substitute coconut milk

LIGHT water (this requires water, but it normally doesn't get water)

Two Splenda (optional)

10. Iced Salted Caramel Mocha

Grande Cold Brew

1 pump sugar free vanilla

1.5 pumps of toffee nut

1 pump skinny mocha

Light cream

11. Peppermint Mocha

Tall Americano (in a Grande cup)

1 pump of mocha

1 pump of peppermint

Steamed almond milk

1-2 Stevia/Splenda

12. Pumpkin Spice Latte 

Tall Blonde Americano (in Grande cup)

1 pump of pumpkin sauce

3 pumps sugar free vanilla

Steamed almond milk

XTRA pumpkin spice topping ;)

13. Caramel Brûlée Latte

Grande Americano (only 2 shots)

2 pumps of caramel brûlée syrup

2 pumps sugar free vanilla

Steamed coconut milk (half water/half milk)

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