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7 Things I Cannot Travel Without

It has been almost 6 months since I traveled internationally and I am really excited to take off again! Now is the time where I start thinking about what to pack and fun outfits to wear. I only keep a carryon and refuse to bring anything bigger. The lighter the better is a mindset I’ve always had because I don’t want anything holding me back with carrying a ton of stuff! Yes, that means less shoes ladies. Stick to basics ;) Imagine what our eyes get the privilege of seeing. Magic! Planning and thinking about a trip really got me thinking to what I find valuable enough to bring.

PASSPOT
That is kind of a necessity and you obviously know to bring this. More so wanted to stress the idea of making copies. I make two colored copies and keep them in various places. After hearing stories of other people losing it or being stolen got me being SUPER cautious. I keep a copy on my cross body purse if I’m walking around for the day. I’d rather lose the copy than the real thing. Something to keep in mind.

JOURNAL
If you’re like me and like to write or sketch about your adventures and document things, I’d get a journal. There is so much information we take in on when we travel that sometimes we forget the excitement or the little details we found so exciting at the moment. Plus, it’s always great to look back and read what you wrote. I’m always like wow, I sounded really happy there and brings me right back to that moment instantly.

TRAVEL ADAPTER
A definite necessity and better to have with you rather than trying to find it in another country. You can find them anywhere really. I found mine at Target and also make sure you get a Worldwide one because that’s a great excuse for you to travel more ;) Here are some links where you can get one: Amazon / Target / Walmart

FIRST AID KIT
A great thing to have! I started packing a ziploc bag filled with bandaids, antiseptic cream and Advil. One time I cut myself and didn’t have a bandaid with me. Try explaining that to the French pharmacist. So definitely a must!

SNACKS
I get really hungry sometimes (more like handry) and since I’m always trying to fit everything in a day, I don’t have time to find a place. I will get my KIND bars with me because you never know what the situation is. I tell you that they become a lifesaver and you save money and time!

iPHONE
Literally cannot travel without this one! In my last trip, I’ve used it more for photos and videos that I hardly brought my Cannon camera with me. It has become apparent lately that I don’t like carrying heavy things around. I want to be easy to move throughout the day. I like fitting in with the locals. Also, there is wifi everywhere these days which is SUPER!

COMFY SHOES
You bet I’m walking everywhere! I usually bring my Sperry slide on shoes. I just love them and they’re like pillows for my feet, alright! Also just plain comfy flats. Whatever floats your boat! I do however bring a pair of heels because you just never know. You might meet a total hottie and bam now you have a date ;)

Okay now that I have mentally packed, Prague and Vienna, see you in May!!!!

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Adventures in Faro

I am so glad I ended up choosing Faro, Portugal as my 3rd adventure stop. Finishing my trip in warm weather was really smart so I’d like to thank my past self! Such a hidden gem, this exotic little coastal town had so much to offer. From walking around town, trying new restaurants, paddle boarding, to trying a new beach making new friends. My only regret was not being able to explore Portugal a little more but now I have a reason to come back. Below are some photos I haven’t posted yet but I wanted to share!

I have to add that I was really lucky because I had an amazing host from my Airbnb. She was very helpful and offered me tips and gave me a guidance map of places I should check out. So yes, I’m all about Airbnb’s. Plus, unlike hotels you can really get a sense of the local environment so you feel like you’re part of the local community.

Vila Adentro restaurant has so much history. I wasn’t very experimental with the food but it is absolutely beautiful inside with its exquisite blue tiles. I actually got a tour of their cellar/tunnel downstairs and they had artifacts dating back from the 1500s. How insane is that?! I seriously felt like I was Indiana Jones! So if you go, definitely check the restaurant out. It’s located in the old part of town and it’s super romantic if you’re traveling with a significant other.

The best part for me was walking around town and stepping on the cobble stones (not so fun when you’re rolling a carry on). Faro is also very safe at night so I didn’t have trouble or wasn’t afraid to walk home late. It’s very calm and lots of Europeans were there on vacation especially German, French and English. I love hearing different languages. Also people spoke English so just ask if they do and they’ll be really nice. I was a little nervous because I didn’t know Portuguese but it ended up not being an issue.

I hope you get to go someday. Email me or comment below if you have any questions.

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3 Days in Scotland

Despite the gloomy weather, spending 3 days in Edinburgh, Scotland was pretty amazing! The thing that attracted me the most was its gothic style architecture. Having only read one book of Harry Potter, it definitely reminded me of that. The gloomy weather suddenly didn’t matter anymore.

The city of Edinburgh has such a rich and grand history. Scotland itself is known for its greenery and 75% of its energy comes from wind mills. According to the city law, Edinburgh is surrounded by a five miles radius of pure lush greenery and construction to build is not allowed. I fell in love with that fact. We should all be like Scotland!

Probably the biggest reason I came to Scotland is the CASTLES! I booked myself a tour to see a few of them. All were beyond what I had seen in photos. They were all so beautiful. Below are all that I saw:

Edinburgh Castle

Doune Castle

Saint Douglas Kirk

Inveraray Castle

They have a service called Hop on Hop off bus and it takes you around the city which saves time. You can get a day and it gives you the ability to stop anywhere you want. Although I did try it, it didn’t work for me because I only hopped on twice but it’s worth it if you’re traveling with family and have a specific agenda. There are a lot of museums and galleries in Edinburgh and I only saw a few, but this means it’s a great excuse to go back. Scottish National Gallery, National Museum of Scotland and Scottish National War Memorial atEdinburgh Castle are the ones that I saw.

I spent a lot of time walking around. I stayed at an Airbnb and it was a 10 min walk to Prince Street. Edinburgh is a very walkable city and you do not need a taxi or a bus unless you’re restricted on time. Transportation though was the best I’ve seen so far! You can take the train out of Edinburgh from the city center and there are buses that will take you to the airport 24/7. Believe me directions are not my forte so I’m telling you it’s really easy and traveling solo was very safe. I walked around at night to restaurants and bars without anyone bothering me.

Just walk with confidence and pretend you’re a local. Most importantly, smile :)