Beach, Please: Epic Guest Room Redesign

Being in the ocean is damn near a spiritual experience for me—and that’s not hyperbole. I never feel more intimately connected to the world and simultaneously so infinitely a small part of it than when I immerse myself in the deep blue. However, I have grown deep roots in a city that does not give…

#MakeTime

Time. That fleeting, ticking thing that seems to fly by, leaving us with never enough to get everything done that we want to do. If you follow me on Instagram (@jzshipp), you’ve likely seen a new hashtag emerge with quite some frequency: #maketime. It is typically either explicitly or implicitly joined with the concept of…

Airport Security in a Snap

For less-than-frequent travelers, the security procedures at airports can be daunting and frustrating. Having gone through my fair share of airport security checkpoints, I put together these six helpful tips to hopefully get you through: Follow the Liquids Rule. I’ve probably been through security at least 100 times over the last decade, and the one thing…

The Virtue of Traveling Solo

What fills your soul in a way that nothing else can? Are you mountains or ocean? Sun or snow? Adventurer or relaxer? If you plan to fill your life with travel, getting to know yourself and your own travel style is incredibly important. And the only way to truly discover that is to venture out…

On Life Mottos and Foreign Grottos

At any given moment, I’m exactly where I’m meant to be. That has been the guiding motto of my life for over a decade, and I plan to keep living by it. There’s a certain peace I get in trusting—and celebrating—the poetry and patterns of life. In a month where I will find myself somewhere…

Snap Back to Reality

Whenever I end a vacation, I have this impending feeling of, “Welp, back to reality.” But I had a moment of realization as I sat at the airport awaiting the return flight from this last vacation: it’s all reality. Yes, my trip to Grand Cayman was a dream incarnate. But it was real. Every. Piece.…

Adventure, Party of 1

At the intersection of hope and fear, we find adventure. That’s precisely where I found myself last week when I was 37,000 feet above the Caribbean heading out on my first solo international trip. My mood was a healthy mix of nerves and excitement. Excited because I was heading to an island I’d long wanted…