Aside from my beautiful Instagram photos, traveling with Remote Year hasn’t been easy. I get homesick, I miss out on major milestones with friends and family, I have deadlines in different time zones, I am overlooked for promotions, I am easily overwhelmed with social anxiety, I break down with language barriers, and I also get burnt out more often than you think because I’m only human. On the other hand, I didn’t sign up for this one-year program because I thought it would be easy. I signed up because I felt that I wasn’t growing personally and professionally and wanted to push myself outside of my comfort zone. As an artist, I am a curious being by default with a need to break complacency. I wanted a global perspective and an intense immersion into cultures I wouldn’t have fully gotten to experience if I stayed in my bougie Los Angeles neighborhood. I am now well aware that I should be careful what I wish for because this so-called glamorous year also comes with a heavy dose of fatigue, struggle, rejection, headaches, late-night crying, and loneliness. Traveling to a new city, sometimes new country each month with multiple side trips in between takes a toll on your health and well-being but is also something that I’ve recently accepted as part of my new life.
The first month of the Remote Year experience begins in Mexico City. Mexico City or CDMX is the 5th largest city in the world, only outnumbered by Tokyo, NYC, Sao Paulo, and Seoul. I am living and working in quirky Condesa: one of Mexico City’s coolest hangouts and a neighborhood that is well worth the time to explore during any visit to here. It is filled with leafy streets and loads of Art Deco and Art Nouveau architecture.”Condesa” means “countess” and it is named after María Magdalena Dávalos de Bracamontes y Orozco, the Countess of Miravalle, whose lands stretched from what is now Colonia Roma to Tacubaya.
Traveling can be stressful and overwhelming at times. From the long lines to crowded spaces with unfiltered air, it can take a toll on your mental health and overall well-being. It is always best to pack light with items and products that will benefit or enhance your travel experience. When boarding a flight or bus, here are some musts that I can easily throw in my bag for ultimate comfort:
- Burberry: Reversible Merino Wool Cape
- Bach: Bach Rescue Remedy Natural Stress Relief Pastilles Lemon Flavor 1.7 oz
- Caudalie: Caudalie Beauty Elixir – 1 oz
- Dr. Bronner’s: Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps Lavender Hand Sanitizer – 2 Ounce
- Brookstone: Night Flight Travel Sleep Mask
- Egyptian Magic: Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream | Natural Healing for Skin, Hair, Anti Aging, Stretch Marks, Cellulite, Irritations, and more | 100% Natural Ingredients | 6oz Bundle (Pack of 2)
Note pictured, but equally as important: lots and lots of water!