Why I wanted to start a travel blog

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As we settle into the middle of September, I find myself reflecting on where I was two years ago at this time. September has always been a season of change for me. However the changes that that particular summer had brought were vastly different than anything I had experienced before. My mother had suffered a brain aneurysm at the beginning of August and was in the hospital. I had flown home from Nicaragua, where I was supposed to be living for that next year, to be with her. My days were spent visiting her and processing what was going on.

I needed something in this time in my life. I needed something to focus my energies. I have always found a lot of healing in creative endeavors, so I decided to start a travel blog. Except life in that moment did not really allow for travel, so I decided to start my blog with a bit of a different focus.

My love of dresses

At some point in time, I just started wearing lots of dresses. I feel like it was somewhere in late college or the early years of my “career” (I use quotes there because I have not followed one specific career path after graduating … and I am completely okay with that). My friends would always comment on how many dresses I had. I think in that past year I had counted over 50 in my closet. My personal style was very much defined by a dress.

I remember a friend of mine telling me months before the birth of my blog that I should start a blog about my dresses. I thought “hmm well that’s interesting. However I really am not that interesting.” So when I decided to take the plunge and start A World of Dresses, I took that idea and tweaked it a bit. I had this passion to travel because I have always loved meeting people from around the world. Women all over the world wear dresses, so I envisioned my blog as a space where they could tell their stories while wearing whatever dresses made them who they were.

One morning I did it

I remember waking up on a morning in September. I don’t think I had anywhere to be and I was feeling rather down. I had thought about starting my own blog before and just decided to do it that morning. I don’t even think I had put on a bra yet and I don’t think I had eaten breakfast. My breath likely smelled as well. But I had my laptop in front of me and I found a blog post much like this one about how to start a blog.

I decided that buying a domain and hosting package through Bluehost was the best. It was affordable and the company had great reviews. Two years later, I still say the same exact thing. They have been wonderful to work with. Right now they are offering plans for as little as $3.95/month. Check it out here.

Why pay?

You might be wondering why I decided to pay when you can start a blog for free. Yes, there are lots of free options out there. I think the pay vs. free debate really comes down to why you want to start a blog and what you plan to do with your blog. If the purpose of your blog is to inform family and friends of your life, a free one is perfect! However if you wish to accept money for sponsored content and advertising, you really need your own domain.

Basically when you have a free blog, you really do not own your content. The platform does. However with my blog, I can say that this is my work. I 100% own it. As a blogger, there are many opportunities to collaborate with brands within your niche. They will want to see that you truly own your website.

When I started my blog, I knew I wanted to take it to that level. The idea of having to migrate a bunch of posts over to another site six months down the road just did not seem like fun. So I decided to jump right in and buy a plan with Bluehost.

This plan was the best of both worlds. You can actually install wordpress right onto Bluehost. That meant that I didn’t have to code anything. I just picked out a theme that worked well with my blog and started blogging!

The best way to start a travel blog is to just go ahead and buy the domain. Then no one else will be able to pick the exact same thing. It’s really the best.

The evolution

I feel like for many of us bloggers, blogging is a journey. I for one had no idea what I was doing or how the blogging world worked. I knew that I needed social media channels and an e-mail list. However for the first several months, it was just me interviewing people and posting stuff. I gained some page likes on Facebook and sort of got the hang of Instagram. I finally understood what hashtags were all about.

Several months in, I discovered a ton of other fashion bloggers through link parties. I started to read and comment on other blogs. They started to do the same for me. The more I read, the more ideas I got for my blog. Then in the winter and spring, I really started joining Facebook groups for bloggers and really became active in them.

If there’s one thing bloggers need to do right away, it’s connect with other bloggers. There are so many ways to support each other and collaborate. I have had the pleasure to become friends with bloggers like Ana from Faded Spring, Kristin from Countdown to Friday and Tif from Bright on a Budget. Furthermore, I’ve met all of these ladies in person. We are so much stronger if we can work together.

The transition to travel

When I started my blog, I knew traveling wasn’t an option in my life at that time. However I still loved travel. So I chose A World of Dresses because I knew I could blog about travel with that name. After I moved to Spain, it just seemed natural to start blogging about travel more. Although actually my first travel post was about my trip to Portland, Oregon with my friend Cece. That was such a good week.

wore in Portland

At this time, I stopped featuring other women. I was busy preparing for a move. Then once in Spain, I was busy adjusting to a new country. So I blogged about fashion and travel.

Now I have brought back the interviews. On Wednesdays, I feature different women with a Q&A. It feels good to share the spotlight.

Future plans

In the past two years, I’ve grown my blog into a small following. I have had the opportunity to collaborate with different brands. Am I living fully off of my blog? No … or not yet, as I should say.

My long term goals are to continue growing my little space on the Internet. Thank you if you have been with me from the start. Really, thank you to anyone who stops by. You are very much appreciated!

Starting a blog

Is this something you’ve considered doing? If so, I think you absolutely should! No one is you and your voice is unique. As mentioned above, Bluehost has been wonderful for me. They offer an affordable plan and are super easy to use. If any of you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below!

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The Ultimate Guide To Buying A Michigan Bridal Wedding Dress

Michigan Bridal Wedding Dress

Searching for the perfect wedding dress in Michigan is not a simple task. It is common to see brides stressing out a few weeks before their big day because they do not seem to find their perfect dress. A dress searching quest could be very stressful, and you need to press on until you find your perfect pick. Weddings are a once in a lifetime affair for most people, and there is a lot of pressure to get the right dress. Here is a guide that will help you get the perfect wedding dress for your big day.

Prerequisites

There are several things you need to establish before you even start looking for a wedding dress. First of all, think about your day. Are you having a beach wedding, informal wedding, formal ballroom wedding, outdoor ceremony or a traditional marriage? For more information on official wedding venues visit Townsend Wedding Venues. Your wedding theme and style significantly affects the kind of dress you can buy. Consider your body shape and preferences as well. It is important to do some research before you hit the streets. Pinterest and online magazines are great options for this as they have several dresses that will help you get a picture of what you want. You should also be realistic with your choices as a dress that looks good on another person’s body won’t necessarily look good on you.

Michigan Bridal Wedding Dress

Start Early

Never be deceived by the notion that wedding dresses are available and you will just go and pick one in a boutique near you. Start looking for a dress early enough so that you have ample time to deal with the possible frustrations associated with this quest. Normally, it is good to start shopping for a gown nine to twelve months before the wedding day. This gives you enough time to deal with alterations and delivery issues that might jeopardize the marriage if you do not have enough time.

Where Are You Shopping From?

Before you begin booking appointments at bridal salons, ensure you are dealing with reputable entities. Do some homework and check their ratings, reviews and customer testimonials. It’s nice to find out the number of years they have been operating and the qualifications of the consultants working there. A diligent advisor should know all the designers making wedding dresses and the fabrics, design details and silhouettes associated with each brand. Such professionals will help you get your desired pick as they are experienced and know the most suitable dress for the different customer needs.

Price

Before you set out to find a suitable wedding dress in Michigan, have a budget. A budget will reduce your options and give you a simpler time selecting a particular dress. When you visit a boutique, start by telling the consultant working there your projected budget. This will save you time and allow you to focus on the ones you can afford. However, be sure to find out the average price of a wedding dress in Michigan before fixing a budget. You could see this information by asking your peers who are married about the money they paid for their wedding dress. This is vital in ensuring you do not set a minimal budget that will limit the number of suitable dresses you can buy.

Still, under the price, find out the things included in the price before buying any gown. Some clothes may require alterations, and you need to budget for them as well. Some boutiques include possible changes in the overall price while others charge a specific amount depending on the work done on the dress. These are things that affect the price of the dress, and you should look into them.

Payment policy and Delivery Time

Always ask about the payment terms and delivery time before buying a dress. Most boutiques in Michigan will ask you to pay half the price of the dress as deposit and complete the payment once the dress arrives from the designer. Stores have different cancellation policies, and you should be aware of those terms as you never know what might happen between the day you pay the deposit and the wedding day.

Finding a wedding dress is a challenging task that requires patience and shrewdness. Never carry an entourage when visiting a boutique as all their opinions will just confuse you more. Go with a few friends you trust and once you find a dress, stop looking. Continuing to will start giving you second thoughts, and you will start regretting why you picked a particular dress and not another one.

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Women around the World: Diana from the Czech Republic

Diana in the Czech Republic

This week on Women around the World, we are hopping over to a new country. However it’s not a country new to the blog entirely as I was in Prague just a few months ago. However this is the first time we are featuring a Czech girl on the blog. Meet Diana, one of the three bloggers from Czech Souls.

I spent my summer in the beautiful Czech Republic and really grew to love the place. It is absolutely beautiful. So I was very excited to interview Diana when she reached out to me. I’m also super stoked about these dress photos! She was traveling in Asia for 7 weeks and had only a few changes of clothing in her backpack. So when she went to Angor Wat in Cambodia, she wanted something different to wear. Here is the full interview:

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How I spent $0 on accommodation for a week

spent $0 on accommodation for a week

Several weeks ago, I was traveling. In one week, I traveled to Dresden, Berlin, Granada and Budapest. And I spent $0 on accommodation. That’s right. I did not pay a penny the entire week.

But Nina … there must be a catch. I mean come on. You paid something, right? Like you paid $5 a night. Or you got some good discount and you’re calling it “free.” Or … you’re just trying to get us to click on this post, you blogger!

While “How I spent $0 on accommodation for a week” would be some amazing click bait, I promise you that every single bit of that sentence is true. All I want to do is tell you how. As someone who loves to travel and does it on a teacher salary, I am always looking for ways to save money while traveling. It’s kind of a two-part thing. You first save money to travel. Then you save money while traveling so you can travel even more!

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Florida Beach Dresses for Traveling Women

In the design world, spring is often seen in a designer’s resort collection. This summer collection is designed for those who live in a cold climate to go on vacation where it is warmer. When you visit Florida, resort wear is typically a bright colored wardrobe that is geared toward summertime. These wardrobe pieces are easy to make a transition between the city and the beach. Although you don’t need resort wear to enjoy a Florida vacation, it can add a lot of fun to it.

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Women around the world: Ana from England

Ana from Faded Spring

Happy Wednesday! Guys I am so excited to bring you one of my favorite blogger friends this week! Everyone, this is Ana from Faded Spring!! I met Ana through a Facebook group for bloggers perhaps a year or more ago. However I never really had a one-on-one conversation with her until March when I had planned a trip to London. I always like to meet other bloggers in person, so I reached out to her to see if she wanted to meet up. Of course she did. We also met up with Mal from Mal Into the City.

We had the best time laughing about everything. Ana from Faded Spring is such a sweet and down-to-earth person. Like me, she wears lots of dresses. The thing I love most about Ana is how real she is. Over on her blog Faded Spring, she’s not afraid to talk about anything. Abuse and bullying are part of her past. Instead of hiding these things, she writes about them. Through that, others who have gone through the same things can relate and connect with her. It’s really wonderful when you find others who have experienced the same things. You suddenly don’t feel so alone.

Guys I am so excited to share this with you all. I hope you will follow Ana from Faded Spring as well.

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Bites and Sights: a Budapest food tour

Budapest food tour

Budapest, Hungary should be on everyone’s Europe list … now! With amazing food, beautiful architecture and inexpensive prices, Budapest is not to be missed. I had the privilege of traveling to Budapest several weeks ago and I had an amazing time.

No trip to any city is complete without trying the food, so I decided to go on a Budapest food tour. The Budapest food tour I chose was called Bites and Sights, and I was quite impressed. This tour is one of several offered by Budapest Urban Adventures. I love anything with food, so I was excited and ready.

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Women around the World: Maria in Vancouver

Maria in Vancouver
This week for Women around the world, I’ve decided to interview Maria from Vancouver, Canada. I’ve actually known her for a few years now but just over the Internet, like most of my blogger friends. Although if I’m ever in Vancouver in the future, I’m sure we’d try to meet up. With my crazy life of travel, that very well could be possible.
Anyway, so Maria is a blogger at Short Girl Long Jacket. Does anyone else immediately think of that classic Cake song when they read that? She blogs about petite fashion. I’ll admit that I have the opposite problem than Maria. I’ve never really thought too much on fashion for petite women. Reading Maria’s blog helps me to understand it better. Her style is a tad edgier too, which I love.

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A night at the circus hostel

circus hostel Berlin

Berlin, Germany has long been on my list of travel destinations. From the history to the culture, I have known that Berlin is not a city to be missed. I was able to visit Berlin a few weekends ago and I stayed at the Circus Hostel Berlin. I feel like it’s quite fitting that I stayed there as I actually used to work at a circus company back in the United States on the side for about four years. Yes I can make you a balloon dog and also paint your face like Spiderman. I have acquired some random talents over the years.

Anyway, back to Berlin! So I stayed at the Circus Hostel in Berlin and definitely enjoyed myself. I found the staff to be very friendly and helpful. The hostel overall was nice and clean. So many people have this idea that hostels are dirty. Perhaps they assume that when you pay less than hotel, you get less than that. However that is often not the case with most of the hostels I stay in. Circus Hostel in Berlin was clean and well-decorated.

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24 hours in Dresden

24 hours in Dresden

Have you heard of the city of Dresden? It sits just a few hours south of Berlin, Germany. I was very lucky to spend 24 hours in Dresden and I had a blast. The city really is one that everyone should add to their Germany list. It’s a place that I would really love to spend some more time in.

How I arrived

As some of you know, I am spending my summer working as an aupair in the Czech Republic. You can read a little life update here. I have traded sunshine and tapas for amazing beer and green countryside. Oh and I’m not far at all from Prague, which is amazing.

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