My Favorite Ways to Stay Fit on Vacation

It’s a common misconception that vacation is healthy for the mind but not so much for the body. Sure, you may not have your home gym with you or your stocked refrigerator, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make decisions on where you stay, what you eat and how you travel that will be healthy and keep you fit. Don’t give up on your fitness goal just because you’ll be in a foreign place. Here are some things I love to do when I travel to remain fit and healthy on…


A Breath of Charleston - Visiting After Seven Years Away

The first week of 2018 has already gone by. As I get older, life moves quicker. Every moment seems to slip by. That, or my memory is getting worse, which is why I’ve taken up photography more than usual. In December, I traveled to Charleston, South Carolina – where I lived briefly about seven years ago. I’d wanted to go back since the day I left, but it wasn’t until I graduated college and had a car with a running engine I was able to drive the 9 hours. The…


Beautiful Maine

07 - 28 - 17 My boyfriend and I road tripped through New England. We took my Chevy Sonic north, hitting Philly, Providence, Boston, Hartford, and we didn't stop till we hit Portland, Maine. Out of all the places we went on this trip, my favorite was Portland. It was the most enjoyable experience - camping out the back of my car, mac and cheese for breakfast, lobster rolls for lunch,  holy donuts, and amazing thrift shops on every corner. Portland had a little bit of everything, which I…


An Afternoon in St. Louis

Since I was four or five, I had not stepped foot inside the state I was born. Virtually, I knew nothing of the place my parents met in, fell in love. A lot of my dad’s side of the family lives in Illinois – and if it weren’t for their family reunion, I wouldn’t have seen the arch, the city, or the deserted streets of St. Louis, MO. I visited the city on a whim. It hadn’t been in any original plans, but having already said goodbye to family and with some extra time on our hands, my sister…


A First Timer's Visit to Nashville

I admit, rolling into Nashville, I didn’t expect what I found. In my head, I always pictured the most country of towns. I pictured it small, zero art but plenty of bars. To my surprise, it was much more than that. The drive into the city was beautiful – mountains and hills – and we (my sister and I) hit up the Parthenon first. Again, I expected not much. I expected a little monument, a little park. I never would’ve guessed how expansive it actually was. Walking up the…


Small County Exploration // pt. 2

Mobile Welcome back to the second week of my small county explorations. If you didn’t read last week’s post, you can do so here. After spending the majority of my time in Mobile last week, I thought it would be a good idea to switch it up and take on…


Small County Exploration // pt. 1

This past week marks the first week back in my hometown after two years of living in Orlando, FL. It’s weird to be back in Baldwin County, an area encompassing Spanish Fort, Fairhope, Daphne, and Mobile, Alabama – places I frequented for ten years of my youth. After living in Orlando and watching construction constantly changing the landscape, it was strange to come back to the area and see it virtually the same. If anything, instead of adding new shops, my local mall has lost…


A Rainy Day In Miami

Around midnight on June 6th, my friends and I set off on a mini road trip to Miami. It was the only place in Florida with an OK forecast, and so that’s where we went. Turned out, however, the Weather App failed us.   We sat on the beach for maybe twenty…


Standing at the Edge of a Wonder

There's nothing more breathtaking than standing at the edge of the Grand Canyon during a foggy snow. 🌄 A post shared by Jinapher J. Hoffman (@thejinapher) on May 28, 2017 at 4:07pm PDT In Spring of 2017, my friends and I embarked on a cross country road trip — Florida to California — and our last stop was the Grand Canyon.   Around 3 or 4 in the morning, our mini van rolled at 5 mph on black ice and in the dark, hazy snow past the Grand Canyon’s…


Snorkeling with the Devil at Devil's Den

Whilst living in Orlando, FL, I have been able to visit surrounding beauties, such as Deland, Daytona, St. Augustine – and as of April, Devil’s Den. My friends and I drove out to Williston, FL to visit the notorious Devil Den Spring.     If you don’t know, the spring is actually a sink hole within a cave. The…