There are so many travel souvenirs to choose from, how do you know which one is the best? When we travel, we often look for something tangible that will define the experience. Sure, we have photographs and the memories, but there is something about acquiring a physical artifact that makes us remember our connection to a particular place and time.
For many years I have been obsessed with finding the “right” travel gear. We have a stack of discarded luggage in our basement that didn’t pass the “test”. It was either too large or too small, too cumbersome, didn’t have enough pockets, or was simply poorly made. Any of those qualities would immediately relegate it to the back corner of the basement post trip, never to be seen again. Before our vacation this past summer, I was determined to find the “perfect” carry-on for our journey. We are minimalist packers. On a two week vacation we will take two rolling duffles, a backpack, and a carry-on travel tote for our family of five. I do not allow the kids to bring… [Read More]
Holiday Lettings, a TripAdvisor.com company, has asked if I would like to collaborate with them and share some guest posts on my blog. My first post for Holiday Lettings is about where to find unique tapas in Spain, written by Felicity Howlett. Since I lived in Spain during college and have returned several times since, I loved reading all of her restaurant recommendations. Here’s what she had to say:
Chicago is one of the best cities to visit during the holiday season. The holidays begin in earnest in Chicago with the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival at the end of November. There is a spectacular night time tree lighting parade down Michigan Avenue, with Mickey and Minnie serving as the Grand Marshalls, complete with floats, balloons, and marvelous marching bands. The ceremony concludes with a stunning fireworks display above the Chicago River. The holidays are a wonderful time to find yourself in the city of Chicago and its suburbs because the city puts forward its most dazzling display of entertainment for locals and tourists alike.
Today I am thrilled to have a guest post from Claire of World Traveler in Training. Originally from North Delaware, Claire moved to Germany in February 2012 for a job at the University of Hamburg. Her parents are expats from the UK, so she grew up traveling quite a bit. She occasionally finds herself traveling for work, visiting destinations as varied as Berlin and Kathmandu. When not working, she and her husband try to take long weekends trips across Europe and blog about it along the way. If you haven’t visited her site, head over to World Traveler in Training and check it out. She has some amazing trips, tips, and photos to share.
You might have noticed that my website has undergone some serious upgrading in the past few weeks. Thank you to my loyal readers for bearing with me while it was “under construction”, and we were working through the kinks. I think it is finally ready for the big unveiling and have decided to celebrate with a holiday gift card giveway! I had been considering this rehab for months, and thanks to a recommendation from my friend Heather Wilson at Life of a Traveling Navy Wife, I was put in touch with the incredible blog designer Amanda Grove of The Suitcase Designs. Amanda did a bang up job if I do say so myself. Amanda also has a travel blog called Living in… [Read More]
This Thanksgiving I am thankful for many things: my family, my friends, my blogging community, and my loyal readers. I have truly been blessed this year and am grateful to have received such wonderful response to my new travel blog. The support I have received in these past 9 months is overwhelming, so thank you! Today is a happy day indeed because I was nominated for a Liebster award by my friend and fellow caffeine lover, Anne Marie at Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeinated. Thank you so much, I’m taking your blog love and paying it forward.
If you find yourself on the road this holiday season with kids in the back seat, you will want to have some books on board to entertain them along the way. Here are some of our favorite books to put your family in the holiday spirit as you make your way to and from your destination. “Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.” -Hamilton Wright Mabie Books for Younger Children/Read Alouds: Gingerbread Friends by Jan Brett Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn Buena Dream Snow by Eric Carle The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie dePaola The Christmas Wish by Lori Evert Pinkalicious: Merry Pinkmas! by Victoria Kann The Last Christmas Tree by Stephen Kerensky Froggy’s Best Christmas by… [Read More]
Like it or not, the holidays are just around the corner, which means it is time to start checking items off your to do list. If you know someone who loves to travel, here are some of our favorites: 2014 Holiday Gift Guide for Travelers 1. J. Crew Dreamy Cotton Pajamas Whenever someone travels not only do they want a comfortable bed, they want a comfortable pair of pajamas. This pair from J. Crew is comfy and cozy, perfect for winter evenings (or days for that matter). 2. Cinda B Super II Tote This is hands down my favorite carry-on travel bag. It has a ton of room inside with interior pockets and a zip closure. Any frequent traveler will love this bag as… [Read More]
When our Elf on the Shelf first arrived six years ago, I had no idea the amount of work I was creating for myself. At the time, I had three children under the age of six, and I made a big production about the arrival of our new little friend. I read the book that came with him from the North Pole and asked them to select a name. I thought it would be something great, something grand, so I waited patiently while they debated, and finally settled upon the best elf name ever…Dave. Yep, Dave the Elf. In my mind Dave was going to be the most marvelous, creative, fantastic elf in all the world. Not only would he arrive on the… [Read More]