Ghosts of The Past

Ellis Island

Ellis Island is quite the interesting destination, one half of the island is well kept while the other half is slowly fading away. Thankfully, My parents and I were able to go on a hard hat tour of the unrestored contagious disease ward since it is still safe enough to explore. Of course my mother, who is a nurse, clutched her purse like an old virus was going to mug her during the tour.

Ellis Island Hard Hat Tour

There is an eerie feeling as you walk along the corridor and face the split between the general hospital and contagious disease ward. It is one thing to read about historic sites like Ellis Island but to see these buildings in person really sends chills down your spine. The man leading our tour was actually a descendant of someone that passed through Ellis Island so he included stories that his grandfather passed to him.

Who knew that the Ellis Island hospital was such a trendsetter? Due to their protocols, there were no records of any nurse or physician dying while helping the poor souls within the contagious disease ward. Tragically, Ellis Island suffered at the hands of a city that didn’t want to care for it until the late eighties to early nineties. The years of neglect Ellis endured is evident when you look out the windows in the wards and see nature slowly creeping in.

For ninety minutes, we were pulled into a world of history and heard about the fight to save Ellis Island from literally falling apart. It is truly heartbreaking that the general hospital has become so dangerous that they do not believe it can be salvaged. walking into the empty and worn down rooms and looking at the gorgeous murals, created by artist JR (click here to go to his website), really left a lasting impact. It is time to save Ellis Island before one of the most important pieces of American History is lost.

Next time you go to Ellis Island, take the hard hat tour and learn about the fight of history vs. nature while admiring the beauty of what was left behind.

Fun Fact: The Muralist, JR, used photos from the archives and used a material that will naturally fade away so it won’t hurt the buildings!

Here is a slideshow of some of my favorite photos I took while going on the hard hat tour!

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If you are interested in going on a hard hat tour visit the Statue of Liberty Cruise ticket website here to learn more about this one of a kind experience!

Want to help Save Ellis Island? Go visit their website here!


5 Tips For Traveling With Anxiety

Back in 2018, I made a huge step towards conquering my anxiety when I traveled to Ireland and New York City! Traveling has always been something that causes an extreme amount of stress, so this was like a test to see just how much progress I have made since my major anxiety attack I had a few years ago. The trips were amazing and I am happy to say that I will be traveling again soon!

During my adventures I was able to figure out a few tips and tricks to help make the journeys less stressful on me and keep my anxiety from flaring up, which is why I decided to create this amazing post! If you suffer from anxiety and are looking for ways to travel safely and enjoy yourself, this post is for you!

Here are my 5 tips for traveling with anxiety:

1. Make sure to pack enough medication to last at least 20 days after the end date of your trip and keep it in your carry on!
Anything can happened on a trip and it bringing along extra medication ensures that you can handle any situation thrown your way. Keeping it in your carry on eliminates the extra stress of worrying about it being lost in your checked bag.

 2. Remember to keep your loved ones updated!
I found it helpful to call my parents or at least send them photos almost everyday. If your anxiety was acting up during the day, you can talk about it with your support system back home and hopefully help you relax more and keep your anxiety at bay.

3. Keep a few of your favorite podcasts, audiobooks, or songs on your phone/iPod!
Sometimes, the world can be a little too much to handle. If you are feeling overwhelmed while walking around a strange city, pop in your headphones and listen to a few of your favorite things! My personal go to is the My Favorite Murder Podcast, I love being able to tune out the anxiety by listening to my favorite podcasts, especially while I am stressed out on the plane.

4. Travel in a group!
You don’t have to travel alone, traveling with others can help you lose track of your anxiety and embrace the experience with friends. Traveling with friends or even making friends within a travel group can help you create a support group that you can turn to if your anxiety is having a severe flare up during your trip.

5. Remember to breathe!
Breathe, you are going on a trip that could change your life. Enjoy the experience and don’t let your anxiety flare up. When it starts to emerge , focus on the beautiful surroundings and the different people. Be proud of yourself, you managed to conquer your anxiety and leave your home to go on a grand adventure!

I hope these tips help calm your travel anxiety a bit. Traveling is a stressful process but just know that you can handle it! Seeing the world will help broaden your horizons and introduce you to new experiences, people, and allow you to create memories. Time to use these tips and leave your comfort zone!

Have a wonderfully literary day!