Tips for Travel Planning

Charlie and I are leaving for Washington DC next week! Though I’ve been to DC as a kid I barely remember a thing, and Charlie has never been. Traveling as adults is such a different thing for me, especially to places I’ve never been before. As a kid all I have to do is pack up my things and go! 
 
 
1. Transportation, sights, and the area. As an adult with no one responsible for my safety except me it requires some pre-planning lol! I have to do research to make sure I know how to get around, if a car rental is required, or if public transit is sufficient. Charlie and I have also found we have certain types of areas we like to stay when we travel. We’re not really touristy people, we’re not the type that like to take scheduled bus tours. We like to explore the city on our own, experience a place through its food scene, and do our own research before visiting monuments and sightsee.
 
2. Weather and packing. Something we do before a trip is monitor the weather wherever we’re going. That way we can make sure we packed the correct type of clothing for the trip. I tend to be an over-packer (surprise, surprise!) and Charlie prefers to travel as light as possible. As much as possible I try to keep my luggage limited to just a carry on so I don’t have the hassle of a checked bag. Either way it’s always good to bring some “just-in-case” items, you know, just in case. Even if it’s the dead of summer, at least bring a light sweater. If it’s winter bring something for warmer weather like a tank top or a t-shirt. You can always add the tank top as another layer in case it’s blistering cold!
 
3. Buy toiletries when you get there. Speaking of carry on, I always try to buy things like toiletries when I get to my destination. Especially if I’m only taking a carry on. That way I don’t have to worry about the 3 1 1 liquid rule. Once I get to my destination I usually go to a drug store or grocery store anyway, so might as well pick up simple necessities like tooth paste, sunscreen, shampoo, etc.
 
4. Distractions. Truth be told I’m not the best traveler. I get a stint of anxiety whenever we travel so I make sure I have a plethora of things to keep me distracted. I download games that don’t require and internet connection, I download tons of books and magazines, I have melatonin on hand so I can sleep at least part of the way, and I make sure I have at least 2 types of earbuds. I also try to work while I’m on the plane, that way I can get something done and be productive. Basically, anything I can do to keep my mind off being over 10,000 feet in the air I’ll do lol!
 
 
5. Create a general itinerary. Once I have wrapped my head around the basics of my travel destination I start to plan my trip in Evernote. I’ve done a YouTube video on this in the past and I’m telling you – it’s been a game changer. It just makes traveling and all the tiny little details a little more simple. I’m sure you can do something similar in any of your favorite note-taking apps or in your planner or notebook, but I love how Evernote doesn’t require me to have an internet connection (in case I’m traveling abroad), I can collaborate with Charlie or other travel buddies, and I can keep a carbon copy of all my confirmations in Evernote. The best thing is I don’t have to leave the app which is so useful when you’re trying to find confirmation numbers or little details on the spot.
 
I’m starting to get pretty excited to see a new place with my hubby! I’m so glad that Charlie and I travel well together. We’re interested in similar sights and attractions and our travel style is the same. We both like a balance of relaxation and exploring. I guess that lends well toward planning for travel since there’s not much planning to do lol! We both don’t like being pressured to be on a time table, be with a big group, and allow the location to just push us where the wind blows 🙂
 
xoxo,
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Blogging is its Own Artform

You know how they say, “A picture is worth a thousand words?” Though I love photography, I think the art or writing is definitely becoming a lost art. Words are extremely powerful. People underestimate its power. Have you ever heard the expression, “Speak it into existence.” It works, it’s powerful.
 
 
Our words have an effect, it’s just up to us to decide whether it’s good or bad. We can encourage someone or completely turn someone’s day around with kind words. And just as easily, we can tear someone down with hurtful words. 
 
We live in a day and age where photo and video reign. Newspapers are a thing of the past, every magazine is filled with more imagery than written content, heck, even blogs aren’t as popular as they used to be. Let’s call a spade, a spade. But I truly believe that words have this underlying power that people underestimate. I don’t know, maybe it’s because of when you read something there is no concrete visual which allows your mind to create that visual for you. Reading a fiction novel and picture the story as it unfolds in your head versus watching the the adapted screenplay is so much more interesting in my opinion. Just me? Okay.
 
In any case, whether it be for the reader or the writer I believe that writing still has a place in our visual world. Though that place may be growing smaller the art of writing can still hold its own.
 
xoxo,
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Plant Update

I don’t know if you remember, but at the end of the month in May I bought a couple house plants. I have a history of killing even the easy to keep plants so I made it a goal of mine to keep them alive for at least a month. I’m so happy to say that my plants are still alive! Look at me, 3 months later! I’m so proud I can’t even tell you lol.
 
I’ve named my first 2 plants that I bought Romeo and Juliet. Don’t know why I did, but we’re going with that. They’re both doing well and have grown a bit since I bought them!
 
Romeo, my Dieffenbachia plant
Juliet, my Pothos plant
 
Shortly after I bought a rosemary plant from Lowes. I wanted to name him Sergio but Charlie named him Rosemario and it somehow stuck. I’ve had a rosemary plant in the past and it died within a couple weeks of me having it so I was really really determined to keep Rosemario alive. He’s also doing well! He has a home on our back patio where he keeps the flies away and gets all the sunlight he needs.
 
Rosemario, my Italian Rosemary plant
 
I’ve always wanted to keep plants in our house but could never keep them alive. Plants just add so much life, softness, and color to a home – especially ours that leans more to a modern aesthetic.
 
If you have any recommendations for easy to maintain house plants please let me know! I’m starting to grow my collection!
 
xoxo,
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