The Happy Hour Section of D.I.V.A Polish offers you suggestions on how to become more well-rounded so that you are able to represent yourself well around others by knowing what you are talking about. There’s nothing worse than a woman who sounds stupid when she speaks..ugh! You have to broaden your horizons by exposing yourself to new things so you’ll have a killer conversation during happy hour, cocktail parties, or any other situation inwhich you may find yourself. This week, we’ll discuss the benefits of traveling.

Don’t laugh after I tell you this, but I know of women in their fifties who haven’t traveled to another state in their entire lives. All they know is their neighborhood and their city. Do you see the problem with this? Their experiences are limited because they haven’t seen other places. They’ve only heard of or read about them on television. They’ve never seen the Statue of Liberty up close or basked in the warm neon glow of Times Square. They’ve never felt the coarse sand against the bottom of their feet wading in the Sea of Cortez in Cabo, Mexico. Have you? I have and because I’ve been to these places, I can talk about them in a lively and engaging discussion during Happy Hour with complete strangers. Is there any place you’ve always heard of, but never been to, but want to go? I dare you to book a trip. Traveling can seem intimidating, but it’s not that bad. You can either book your travel through a travel agent or shop around for low air fares.
If you’re not quite ready to fly, take a one day bus trip to the state north or south of your state. If you live in a place like Philly, drive up to New York or down to D.C. and Maryland. You’ll love these places and you won’t have to spend very much money to enjoy yourself. You can always take the train, too.

Once you’ve got some traveling under your belt, I dare you to travel outside the United States. It’s quite an experience to see how Americans are perceived in other countries. When I went to London and Amsterdam a few years ago, I got mad respect when I flashed my American passport. (You couldn’t tell me nothing—in my Kanye West voice!) International traveling is one of the ultimate happy hour/ cocktail party conversation pieces. It shows that you are well rounded and have culture. Although traveling outside the country may not be on your radar at the moment, I encourage you to get your passport and have it on deck! Don’t wait until the last minute to get one because there are extra fees involved and you’ll never know if you’ll get it back in enough time for your trip.

The following website will tell you all you need to know about getting your passport:

I used to use Hotwire to book cheap hotel rooms and airfares.

You can also contact my girl Racquel Abner, a travel agent, for more information on travel deals.

Would any of my traveling D.I.V.A’S like to share some stories from your travels and how your trips enhanced you? Would some of you bargain travelers like to share some tips on low rates for airfares, hotels, car rentals, etc?

Be blessed,


P.S. Remember, everything has beauty—including YOU. It just takes a true D.I.V.A to see it!

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  1. Racquel on April 30, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    If you want to travel for less, have more fun and make money while doing so…. visit:

  2. Kelli on May 3, 2010 at 10:14 am

    I agree that international travel is the way to go. I would love to expose my child to this much earlier than I was exposed. Are there any recommendations for travelling with a small child. What locations or type of trip would be best?

  3. Friendly Christian on November 7, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Baby ,I am a trip! No really I took a road trip last September to visit relatives in Georgia about thiry miles outside of Atlanta. It was during the storm but I wouldn’t let that stop me. I took one of my sister’s , my youngest son and myself. It was a long weekend but it was worth the trip. I’ve been to Maryland to visit relatives right outside of DC, a few times those were road trips too. I’ve been to Virginia to celebrate a graduation. My sister’s husband graduated about 2 years ago Hampton University. I went with my oldest sister and my youngest son. That was a great experience because we went to encourage them and it was the same year Corey lost his mother, in fact he graduated on Mother’s Day , May 13th. They moved to Delaware since then. Now we’re neighbors, one town apart.I went to Texas twice, once because my daughter was home sick. Her baby brother and I went to visit a weekend. Then we returned for her graduation along with my oldest sister and her oldest sister. That was fun and exciting. I drove to NY when she left Texas she came to Delaware to store her things at my house and I had to transport her to her new living quarters. That was a first and a little scary. She moved to Queens and she’d met this woman via internet, anyway it turned out to be ok. She finally moved out and she’s still in NY but in another location of which I’ve visited on several occasions. I travel to Jersey every Thanksgiving for our family reunion of the siblings and our children. I went on a cruise once and if in better company I would have enjoyed myself, enough said. I agree it is good to travel.I want to go to Baltimore to the was Museum. I don’t like driving and I’m not that fond of flying either. I love to walk but some of these places are too far, I’d be late for work. I’ve recently explored my home state and found it’s beautiful and their our many places outside of Philadelphia that I wouldn’t mind living. My sister and I explore Montgomery County. She moved to NorthWhales, PA, just 15 minutes away from Cheltenham Ave. That side of the state is gorgeous. It is good to get out and about. I love to look at the sites when driving, the trees, water , horizon, sunset. It’s the simple things in life that are beautiful and breath taking. I’ll probably travel out of the country via boat because I like the water and I love the idea of a cruise. I sent my daughter on one for her graduation and she linked up with some family members so she wasn’t alone. I believe you have to see yourself where you want to be to get there.
    Friendly Christian

    • ShalenaD.I.V.A on November 8, 2010 at 3:01 am

      I love to travel because you learn so much about yourself and the place you’re traveling to. For example, you learn which mode of transportation you like best whether it’s driving, taking the train, flying on an airplane or taking a cruise. I took a cruise in 2008 and I have mixed feelings about it. I loved being on the balcony of my stateroom and taking in the sun setting over the ocean. One night, I went on th balcony during the middle of the night and was awe struck by the darkness upon the waters and the stillness of the ocean. It reminded me of the part in Genesis where it says the earth was bare and how God moved upon the face of the waters. That was beautifu. But actually being on the boat made me sick.I suffered from motion sickness and had to wear a band. I don’t mind long planerides given that I have a soft comfy pillow.

      I want to travel outside the US again. IT was fun. I loved shopping in Amsterdam.

      Friendly Christian, I’m so glad you went through the archives and found this post. I think it’s important that we expand our minds and our lives through exploring new places.

      For someone who doesn’t like to drive, you sure did drive alot–LOL! Did y’all talk most of that time?

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