Hey babes! I've had quite a few of you ask me for tips and tricks that I picked up in Thailand and I am finally getting around to writing about our trip. I will say that a lot of the general advice I picked up are the same as the tips I gathered from Vietnam (read that post here). We had a friggin' BLAST in Thailand so I am excited to share my experiences with all of you.
After a couple of weeks I have FINALLY been able to sit down for a moment and reflect on the crazy adventure we had in December. I picked up some seriously helpful tips for anyone looking to head to South East Asia any time soon and I am so happy to be able to share them with you. I wish I would have known what I know now - as it would have made some aspects of the trip MUCH more enjoyable.
I could literally write for DAYS about all the wonders of Tulum, but I will do my best to keep it concise. There is something for everyone in this magical, beach-side town that's tucked away in the jungle. Whether you're a foodie, a yogi, a backpacker, a fashionista, or simply are there for the sea views - you're in for a treat.
My family has made the 12 hour road trip to Destin, Florida every year since I was about 2 years old. There is something truly comforting about visiting the same destination every year. The sights and smells all read familiar, allowing me to truly relax and not give in to the FOMO that typically consumes me when I venture to a new city.
The first time I visit a new city, I like to get some of the more "touristy" items checked off the list (read my post about why it's perfectly ok to be a "tourist"). My theory, is that oftentimes the more well-known spots are well-known for a reason : i.e. because they're great!
Now, I know this isn't always the case. I can't tell you how many times I have been underwhelmed by a city's biggest attraction or how often TripAdvisor or a well-intentioned blogger has steered me wrong.
Let me preface this post by adding a couple of disclaimers : this post is not meant to shame anyone into traveling nor is it meant to be an uppity piece about "why I am better than you because I travel". I totally understand that not everyone cares about traveling. I also understand that not everyone is in a position to be able to travel at this time. Both are ok. I am simply writing this post to encourage those that DO wish to travel, to make it more of a priority.
Hello lovelies! After going on my first extended sailing trip (7 days of sleeping/eating/travelling on a catamaran), there are a few things I wish I had brought with me to make the trip a bit more comfortable. I did quite a bit of research beforehand on what to bring, as I wanted to be as prepared as possible so I could spend more time enjoying the trip! In no particular order of importance, here is a list of my top ten must-have items for a sailing trip:
Whenever I have a lull in my travelling schedule, I love exploring the city I live in. Luckily, I live in a really cool city that is constantly evolving, which provides ample exploration opportunities :) One of my favorite things to check out on Saturday mornings is the downtown Farmer's Market - it is always a lively scene full of people perusing local goods with their kids and dogs in tow.
One of my many New Year's resolutions is to be more content in the present. It has been a resolution every year since I can remember due to my tendency to always be looking towards the future. I have a bad (or good, depending on who you ask) habit of always looking to the next thing, usually looking forward to what trip I can plan next. As I sit drinking my coffee this morning, I realized that the first half of my year of trips is somewhat planned out - but I don't have anything planned for the Fall!!! Woe is me. (I also realize this makes me sound super bratty, but my passion is travel. I don't splurge on fancy cars, clothes, or material items specifically because my priority has, and always will be, travel. I also don't have children so I am taking advantage of this responsibility-less time of my life.)