Visit Places to Explore Them, Not Just For the Instagram Pic

It’s Time To Start Visiting Places To Explore Them, Not Just For The Perfect Instagram Picture

Would you still want to travel if you couldn't take a camera with you?

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Serene turquoise waters, lush jungles dotted with waterfalls, breathtaking hilltop views of towns overlooking the Mediterranean. I know you've seen these pictures in your feed or on Instagram's explore page, and I know for a fact that the FOMO is real. If it's not just an image of the landscape that ignites a feeling of longing in you, a perfectly tanned, well-dressed blogger alone or with his or her partner usually doesn't help make your life or relationship seem all that great by comparison either.

Looking off into the distance atop a mountain in Norway, casually walking down the cobblestone streets of Paris, or giving a "candid" smile or laugh from the deck of a Tahitian villa are common examples of some of the images I've seen just today on Instagram. How much of this is real though? And why is it that we can no longer go places without trying to show everyone that we went there? What happened to looking, understanding, and loving with our eyes?

After seeing countless snaps of sunsets over Mykonos, couples sipping champagne on a gondola ride through Venice, and dewy shots of the Taj Mahal at dawn, of course, I felt awe at the beauty of the world, its vibrant cultures, and its diverse peoples, and excitement as I add each destination to my mental bucket list; however, these feelings were not the only ones present. For me, it is not the feelings of jealousy or envy that arise in instances such as these, but rather a deep sadness at the fact that I have not yet had the opportunity to experience so much of it. It has been said that comparison is the death of all joy, but with everyone oversharing things once seen as luxuries, like exotic vacations, as if they are commonalities, it becomes difficult to do anything but compare.

Being in college, too, adds an even greater pressure, because as we teeter on the precipice between adulthood and adolescence, figuring out who we want to be, what we want to achieve, and what our purpose is, alternating back and forth between feeling like we're behind in some way, and wishing to stay in this time of our lives forever, presents an even greater dilemma. We long for the days of our childhood when the word "stress" was one used by adults, and our greatest worries were of who we were going to play with on the playground, or who our partners were going to be for the group project. Yet, at the same time, we see celebrities, peers, or public figures who may be younger than us or who are our age having already accomplished so much, becoming financially successful, or having an enormous impact on an industry.

No matter what stage of your life you're at though, I promise you will see these sights and many more beautiful ones, in time. With the commodification of luxury resort stays, first-class flights, and visiting the most picturesque of what the world has to offer, I find that the true purpose of travel has been lost. After a busy week at work or school, all we want is a break. Time to unwind, destress, and escape from the day-to-day is necessary to recharge, so when it comes to traveling and taking vacations, why is it that often the first thing we think or do is, "Let me film this,"? In a few instances, people still film sights and places for themselves, to look back on several years down the line and recall the memories of the trip. With most social media users today, however, no trip is complete without quasi-photoshoots in front of landmarks, or at enviable destinations, solely for the purpose of posting for one's personal circle of followers to see and double-tap.

In viewing travel as an escape from the lives we have worked so hard for, yet as one that is not real or valid unless acknowledged by others, we present ourselves with the greatest contradiction of all: in an effort to see everything, we don't experience anything except for through the lens of a camera or from behind the screen of a phone.

Whether you're traveling across the world, or just down the street, look up at the sky above you, open your eyes, notice the people moving and the life happening around you. Being young, learning, and growing does not mean waiting for life to start, but instead it's the embracing of the fact that life has begun that should propel us to want to stop, experience, and be present in the moment, because how you see any interaction, site, or place in this world is the only view of its kind.

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Top 50 Things You'll Hear A Southern Say

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For those of you who may need a little help understanding the slang of a southern, I made a list of the top 50 phrases and sayings, along with their translations.

1. Bless your heart.

My favorite saying. It is an empathetic phrase that is usually uttered when the speaker believes the recipient to be sweet, but misguided or stupid. It can also be used if the speaker believes the recipient needs to grow up and deal with it, when the speaker says it in a sarcastic tone.

2. Barking up the wrong tree.

Means being misguided or mistaken.

3. Aren't you precious?

Mostly this saying is used in a sarcastic tone in response to someone being offensive.

4. Britches.

Pants or underpants.

An example would be, "Your britches are too short, you can't wear those".

5. Coke.

Regardless if it's Dr. Pepper, Coca-Cola, or another carbonated beverage, it's called Coke here in the South.

6. Fixin' to.

Simply means that you are about to do something.

7. Get the short end of the stick.

This phrase means that you basically got an unfair deal or cheated out of something.

8. Give Me Some Sugar.

Simply means give me a kiss.

9. Hissy Fit.

A hissy fit is a grown-up version of a temper tantrum that is as bad as one that a toddler would throw.

10. Hold Your Horses.

Be patient.

11. Holler.

When you say "holler" you are basically letting the other person know something.

Example: Holler at me when you are ready to get something to eat.

12. If the creek don't rise.

This saying simply means that if nothing bad happens, everything will go as planned.

13. You're as slow as molasses in the wintertime.

This phrase means that you are being EXTRA slow.

14. Muddin'.

Off-road four-wheeler riding with the intentions of getting mud everywhere and possibly losing control.

15. Skat Cat.

A phrase that can be used instead of saying "God bless you" when you sneeze.

16. There's Not A Pot Too Crooked That A Lid Won't Fit.

There is someone for everyone.

17. Pitcher.

We mostly mean a plastic container that holds sweet tea, not the position of a guy on the baseball team.

18. Reckon.

When you say "I reckon", you believe that something is true.

19. Hoot With The Owls, Soar With The Eagles.

This simple phrase means that if you are going to stay up all night, you should be able to get early in the morning.

20. Too Big For Your Britches.

Simply means that you take yourself too seriously.

21. Stompin' Grounds.

Your hometown or where you grew up.

22. Back In The Day.

Back in the day could be a month ago, a year ago, or 20 years ago.

23. You're A Spitting Image Of (Insert Family Member).

Yes, I know I'm a spitting image of my mother. "Spitting image" simply means that you look just like someone.

24. "Darlin, Sugar, Sweetheart"

These words are simply terms of endearment.

25. Buggy.

A buggy is a cart/basket at the grocery store.

Example: Who wants to push the buggy?

26. Quit Crying Or I Will Give You Something To Cry About.

This phrase simply means to quit crying and if you didn't then more than likely you got a spanking,

27. Where You Raised In A Barn?

If you are from the South, you have probably been asked this more than once, especially when you left a door open.

28. Close The Door. You Are Letting All The Good Air Out.

This southern heat is nothing to play with. It simply means to keep the door closed so the air (or heat if its winter) stays inside.

29. You Are Going To Make Me Lose My Religion.

When you say this phrase to someone, it more than likely means that person has done something to irritate you or made you mad. Thank goodness Jesus saves.

Example: You are going to make me lose my religion.

30. You Look Like A Chicken With Your Head Cut Off.

This is said when you are running around like a crazy person. It can be said if you are looking for something that you are searching for or if you are just really busy.

31. Y'all.

The southern way to say "you all".

32. You Can't Carry A Tune In A Bucket.

If you've ever been told this, it means that you can't sing.

33. Have Their Feathers Ruffled.

You normally have your "feathers ruffled" when you are pouting.

34. Two Peas In A Pod.

When you and someone else are "two peas in a pod", it means that either you almost always together or that you two are almost identical in the way you think and do things.

35. Well Butter My Butt And Call Me A Biscuit.

This saying can be used when you are surprised or excited.

36. Don't Let The Door Hit Ya Where The Good Lord Split Ya.

When someone say this they typically mean to get out and don't let the door hit you on the way out.

37. You're As Good As Gold.

When you are "as good as gold", it means that you are well-behaved and obedient.

38. It's Raining Cats And Dogs Out There.

This simply means that the rain is really coming down hard. It's not actually raining cats and dogs, people.

39. I'm Full As A Tick.

This phrase means that you ate too much food.

40. I'm Sweating More Than A Sinner In Church.

When someone says this, it means that they are really hot and sweating A LOT.

41. Pot Calling The Kettle Black.

This phrase is used when one person is guilty of the very same thing of which they accuse another person.

42. There's More Than One Way To Skin A Cat.

It means that there is anyways more than one way to fix something.

43. Shut Yo' Mouth.

Means to be quiet or hush up.

44. Whatever Floats Your Boat.

This saying means to do whatever you want to do.

45. Slap Yo' Momma.

This phrase means that something is good.

Example: This BBQ is slap yo' momma good.

46. She's Like A Bull In A China Shop.

When you tell someone this phrase, you are telling them that they are clumsy or careless in the way that they move.

47. Cuttin' A Rug.

Cuttin' a rug is used to describe dancing.

Example: Let's go cut a rug tonight.

48. Clicker.

A clicker is another name for a TV remote.

49. Slow Your Roll.

This also means to be patient.

50. You're A Hot Mess.

When you tell someone that they are a "hot mess", you are simply telling them that they don't have it together.

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11 Ways To Travel More And Spend Less

Airbnb is just the beginning.

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Everyone wants to travel, but it can be really expensive, especially if you are in college and have a lot of other expenses. Here are a few different ways you can travel while still staying on budget. These are just some of the ways you can reduce travel costs.

1. Airbnb

A hotel that got four and a half stars in the reviews costs $245 a night in New Orleans, Airbnb has options for as low as $28 a night that has five stars rated by over 130 people. In San Francisco, a five star Airbnb costs $46 a night where a four and a half star hotel costs $199. So if you are comfortable with renting out someone's space for a bit, it's a great option.

2. Get a hotel membership

If you aren't comfortable with staying in strangers' homes, this is another great way to save money. Earn rewards and free visits by sticking to one hotel chain. This might be hard if you travel abroad but it will certainly help in the states.

3. Last minute airline deals

If you want to travel to Florida in two days, take a look because airlines often lower prices and have last minute deals. I would be okay going in two days if the plane ticket price went down to $98. And for New Orleans, the flight price dropped from $400 to $155 for a round trip ticket. If I leave for Dubai in four days, my round trip ticket is $984 instead of being around $1300. So if you can get up and go in a short period of time, look out for deals like these.

4. Round trip vs. one way tickets

Most people just go automatically into booking a round trip ticket, but sometimes it is actually cheaper to get two one way tickets. So just take a look before you book the tickets.

5 . Eating on vacation

It may not be as exciting as eating out every night, but even just bringing enough for your own breakfast and snacks will save you a ton of money by the end of your trip.

6. Eating at home

Or if you really want to go out on vacation, eat cheaper when you are home. Cook more, go out less — this will save even more money than the previous suggestion. Or even better, do both.

7. Get a credit card with points or miles

This way everything you do will help you do more things in the future, while helping pay for what you want to do now.

8. In terms of saving up, ask for money

If you really want to travel, for every holiday and birthday, ask for money or gift cards, then save it up to go away.

9. Use public transportation

Instead of taking an Uber or taxi everywhere, use public transportation.

10. Use apps

If you are going out of the country, use apps to call and text people instead of paying for a very expensive phone plan. WhatsApp is a very popular option.

11. Withdraw money, don't exchange

Many times you can avoid fees or at least minimize them by withdrawing money while in the country you are visiting rather than paying exchange rate fees.

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