I love the rush of finalizing travel plans!
Over the weekend I was able to confirm that May will be a hub of activity with two back-to-back adventures. A little bit of West Coast, a little bit of East Coast – hell, a little bit of Western Europe to add to the mix would be fab… but I shouldn’t get ahead of myself.
Once the initial excitement tones down, the daunting task of packing becomes a reality. I love my pieces and my products, but for some reason I cringe at the thought of systematically weeding through everything. I don’t know about you, but I hate packing. I love planning, researching, booking, going, and documenting - but dread packing.
So I’ve decided to challenge myself to not only stick to a capsule wardrobe, but… dare I say… only taking carry-on luggage. I am open to tips & suggestions for those of you that are savvy travelers. My most shinning moment is scaling things down to an overflowing tote bag and not exceeding 50 lbs at check-in!
I’m a fan of helping one another when and where we can.
My standpoint has always been rooted in creating a dialogue. Traveling, blogging, and social media are a two-way street. We all learn from our experiences & why not share them with one another to some degree.
I created my blog & continue to pour myself into it because I keep discovering things that I feel travelers need to know about. Be it a tip, link, or an easier way to do something, I share my varied content with all viewers as I would with a close friend – ‘You need to know about this…!’
I’ve decided to take this a step further and also create or repost content pertaining to blogging. I frequently come across templates, articles, industry news, or techniques that would be of interest to other bloggers – no matter what your niche is.
Say hello to B2B or “Blogger to Blogger.”
Photo Credit: Burberry.com
Last week I was invited to a Valentine’s Day event hosted by Burberry. A few sips of Rose Champagne and a nibble of mini chocolate cupcakes whilst surrounded by the latest Spring/Summer 2013 leathers, silks, and tailoring that defines Burberry was… heavenly.
A few things obviously caught my eye. I spotted a few pieces that would make for a great travel ensemble. They lend themselves to being mixed and matched for a flexible travel wardrobe. I can totally picture myself sporting this delicious cropped leather biker jacket, clasping a perfect small leather saddlestitch bowling bag, and tying on an abstract floral print scarf for a pop of color!
They can be dressed up or down and are completely versatile for making your way through customs, lingering in a museum, or dining in a local haunt. Pair one or all with flats, skinny jeans, and a couple of bangles for an easy chic look.
Whether you travel infrequently or are a full-blown jetsetter, no one wants to lug around bulky toiletries and beauty products.
Sure you can use some of the products provided by your hotel, but you never know if it’s really going to mesh with your skin type or color treated hair. Parched skin and stripped strands are far from globetrotting glam.
For the longest time I picked up essentials from Target and Bed Bath & Beyond. Honestly, they’re great options and I still frequent their aisles. But should you be searching for products that are a bit more luxe, make you feel a bit more looked after, and still abide by the 3oz rule, I wanted to share some resources worth lingering over:
Photo Credit: 3FlOz.com
I often wonder of your experiences with support. Do the people that surround you in your personal life “get it?” Do they understand what you’re working towards? Do they understand your level of commitment, the hours of research, and the deadlines? Do they get that you’re translating your curiosity into tangible content that’s shared with others?
What perception do the people in your personal life have of your passion?
Had a difficult conversation with a loved one recently.
We have two different perspectives on travel. For me it’s my passion, for them it’s a hassle….I’m generalizing a bit.
We were in conversation about a few recent and upcoming trips and it left me a bit down. We both went or are going on the exact same trip, but it’s interesting (or heartbreaking) that we have two different takes on the experience. Everyone is entitled to their own thoughts and feelings. I don’t want to be under the illusion that you’re having an amazing time; I prefer people to be frank. That being said, I try to put it in perspective and find a way to work within it.
The conversation confirmed my position as a solo traveler. Sometimes I just want to go. I don’t want to be held back by someone elses budget, time restraints, interest or lack of interest. I’m not saying that this person or any person you enjoy spending time with isn’t an amazing individual. But when it comes to passion, you really want to share it with a kindred spirit.