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I’ve learned many lessons over the years when it comes to comfortable travel.
I was the queen of always overpacking AND over purchasing on trips. I’d bring impractical bags and always managed to wear the wrong thing on flights. I’ve dragged broken duffel bags across airports and worst of all, been absolutely freezing cold for an entire transatlantic flight!
Not only are airlines often charging extra for checked bags, there’s an ease and simplicity to travelling light. Getting ready while abroad becomes so much easier when you’re only armed with your favourite pieces. It’s great having to maneuver just one bag when you’re doing a lot of moving around on your trip, and especially within in Europe! There’s often no option of an elevator and an abundance of stairs.
Curious about my must-haves for comfy, but light travel? Be sure to read on below!
Are they really ‘cool’ if I have to tell you they are? Oh well, let’s go with it. Following my recently discovered San Francisco photos, I have so much to share! To catch you up, I went to SF last April with two girlfriends for 5-ish days. We stayed with her cousins for the first few nights, and they were not only kind, but they also had the best suggestions. Any time you can get insider info from locals, it can really take your visit to the next level (if that’s the way you like to travel). We did some really fun activities and I branched outside of my go-to travel itinerary in the best way. But, what good is this info if I keep it to myself? I’ve compiled a bunch of notable things to do in beautiful SF below for you guys, and I hope you enjoy!
My friend Saschie had texted us on a Saturday last March. She was heading to San Francisco for a work trip in April and wanted to know if Kate and I wanted to join her. Within a few days, we’d secured the dates and booked our flights. We’d never travelled together and it was all incredibly spontaneous, but plans came together as seamlessly as the trip itself went.
I had the best time with the girls in San Francisco. We stayed with Saschie’s cousins in Daly City for the first few nights and it was so special to get to meet her relatives. Attending a casual family dinner as an outsider is actually such a beautiful experience. It was also really helpful to have around for insider information on what to do and see and eat while we were there! They were so kind to let us into their home and host us, I’m still really grateful.
When it came time for Saschie’s work conference, we stayed downtown for a fun change of pace. We opted for a lot of touristy SF activities, opting for a hop on hop off bus as our means of transportation. It gave the trip a really nice balance of classic sights and also experiencing pieces of San Fran that I’d never explored before.
At the time, I had so much fun and it’s one of my highlights of 2016. And yet, for some reason, I’d convinced myself that the photos I’d taken weren’t any good or worth sharing. In fact, I forgot about them until I found them on a memory card last week. Which, I think is crazy because looking at them a year later, I am in LOVE with every photo! I’m a huge believer in meant to be, and maybe I was to discover these now to infuse some sunshine into our lives. There’s so much SF focused posts coming your way because it was impossible to capture my love for this city into just one or two posts. First up, here’s a visual diary of our 5 days in San Francisco!
Can’t believe Alex and I were in London and Ireland almost a YEAR ago! Where on earth does the time go? Instagram and photography are such a huge part of my travels (and life in general, really), so finding great places to explore and document can really make or break a trip. I was recently looking back at all the amazing snaps we took on our winter visit across the pond and decided to share a few of some of the best photo locations we shot at around the city.
Though, pretty much ALL of London is Instagram worthy, I’ve also included a few specific ideas for your travel itinerary. So, if you’re headed there soon, be sure to bookmark this one!