Having grown up in Atlanta, Georgia, I tend to gravitate towards bustling cities with an eclectic vibe. In order to fully immerse yourself in a city, I think it’s important to get lost without a set agenda, so a walkable destination is always preferred in my mind. Museums, churches, art galleries, boutiques, wine bars and food markets are all places I tend to find myself and have the most luck meeting locals who are eager to share their personal insights on the lovely places they call home. I usually travel to a new place with a few highlights and restaurants in mind but am happy to not check every item off the list so that I have an excuse to return and visit again.
Palma de Mallorca. The pristine yet rugged beaches, al fresco dining experiences, and plethora of boutiques make this one of the most relaxing places you can imagine. Being the capital of the island, Palma is rich in history and gorgeous buildings. Mallorca is a popular boating destination with easy, direct flights from major cities and therefore attracts travelers from all over Europe. Despite its size, the island has a strong nightlife scene in which you are bound to meet like-minded travelers with eye-opening stories.
I recently had the pleasure of experiencing Enrique Olvera’s unique and conceptual restaurant in Mexico City, Pujol. The maiz tasting menu highlights the country’s most important product, corn, and allows you to try ingredients you would have never thought could be so delicious. The restaurant belongs to the Relais & Chateaux collection and has a clean, chic aethetic with perfect lighting so the food can take center stage. The journey to Pujol should begin with a trip to the National Museum of Anthropology and a quick stroll through one of Mexico City’s most vibrant neighborhoods, Polanco.
I have always loved to travel but was able to start my career when I switched to the Hospitality Management program at the University of Mississippi. Strong Travel Services awarded a handful of students the opportunity to attend Virtuoso Travel Week in Las Vegas during the summer of 2016 and fortunately, I was selected. My love of the industry blossomed that week and I began seeking more chances to enhance my education. I was offered an internship with Valerie Wilson Travel over the summer of 2017 and worked on our Meetings & Incentives team in Manhattan. Luckily, it was the perfect fit and I finished my senior year having accepted a full-time position upon graduation.