One of the best parts of @nobuloscabos was the chef’s garden centrally located in the resort. I love the thought of having dinner at sunset surrounded by what was grown on property to be used in the kitchen.
@rmfperfectlandingtravel and I are packing up and heading out tomorrow to one of our favorite places to “pop” to- anything that just takes a couple of hours to get is a great little pop!
We’re spending the week getting educated, learning new information and practices, and seeing some new properties we haven’t seen before, all of which we’re super excited about and can’t wait to share!
St. Vincent & The Grenadines stole my heart last week. Those beautiful waters, fantastic cozy properties to unplug and get away... so much to love! If the Southern Caribbean isn’t on your bucket list, it should be!
Packing Tips for Europe in the Spring or Fall - swipe through to see the outfits up close
The shoulder seasons of spring and fall are great times to go to Europe. The weather is comfortable and the crowds are greatly diminished. We loved our recent trip to Italy in April for these very reasons. But packing can be a little tough when the weather goes from mild during the day to cool in the evenings with chances of rain mixed in. We thought we’d share some info about what we packed and general packing tips for this time of year:
1. Scarves are your friend! They help keep you warm when temperatures turn cool in the evening, they can give you a pop of color in photos, and they can make you look like you’re wearing a whole new outfit even if you’re repeating some items. Heather brought multiple scarves and rocked this travel tip! Rita brought one scarf and looked like she was wearing the same outfit multiple days. Don't be like Rita. Lol!
2. Bring an umbrella and a rain jacket. We had beautiful weather some days and rain on others. An umbrella in a fun color can add some interest to your photos on those rainy days.
3. Check the weather forecast in the days leading up to your trip. Sure, things can change but you’ll have a general idea of the temps and conditions while you’re there and can pack accordingly.
4. Plan your outfits, don’t just pack pieces. Taking photos of your outfits before packing is also super helpful. It might seem excessive but it can really help you stay organized as you pack and, while on your trip, you can refer back to the photos to jog your memory about what you were planning to wear with what.
5. When planning outfits make sure bottoms, jackets and shoes can do double duty - be worn for at least two outfits.
6. One or two cardigans in neutral colors, a neutral military jacket and a denim jacket are great options for adding layers when temperatures vary greatly during the day/evening. A lightweight down vest is also a great option that’s easy to pack - I wish I had thought to bring this.
7. Get some packing cubes. They will change your life!
One night this week at dinner I was trying to make conversation #thestruggleisreal and I said something like how I have noticed that Vietnam has become such a foodie destination #travelagentthoughts . And my youngest daughter said, and I quote, “do people actually travel for food?” Ummmm 🙋🏼♀️
I have had so many amazing food experiences traveling and this photo depicts one... a purely free for all charcuterie board and local beer in Brussels at an amazing pub on the Grande Place. The food and beer were amazing but the memories we made around that table I will never forget.
Where has your favorite food memory been? I really want to know. Because I’ll probably want to go there. 😊
16 4822 February, 2019
Clam chowder ✅ cold local brew ✅ fresh oysters ✅ amazing views ✅
We’re talking itineraries today, and we love to give recommendations for fun food stops and must see spots for your stay as well! @hogislandoysterco is a must stop in San Francisco, perfect to enjoy the views!
I loved following along on social media this sweet couple’s New Zealand honeymoon last fall.
They had adventure, relaxation and romance.
They saw mountains, the beach, vineyards, geysers and FJORDS!
They got to do and see so much and make some unforgettable memories at the start of their lifelong journey together.
And to top it off, yesterday, Valentine’s Day, @shelby_roye announced they are expecting a baby!! I couldn’t be more excited for them! These two sweet people now get to share their love with another human!
I’m not saying I had anything to do with it but that honeymoon was pretty awesome!
Congratulations Shelby and Seth! I can’t wait to follow along on your parenthood adventures!
I read an article this morning with a list of things to pack in your carryon so I thought I’d post what I packed in mine for our recent trip to Europe.
I have a small wheeled bag that can fit under the seat if necessary. It has a trolley sleeve so I can put it on top of my suitcase for wheeling through the airport and getting on trains. I also had a tote bag. For most trips I can get away with just the tote but on this trip I brought my big dslr camera so needed the extra room.
The first photo shows the small things that were in the wheeled bag. I had a small toiletries pouch with things to freshen up at the end of the flight - toothbrush and toothpaste, makeup wipes, face spray for hydration, deodorant (duh), hairspray to fluff up my hair ☺️
The other things you see I had in that small pouch that’s on the right in the back - Clorox wipes for the gross tray table, emergen-c which I always take before and during trips bc no one has time to get sick, chapstick and lipstick, eye drops, hand lotion (again, hydration), Tylenol pm and melatonin (this trip I took a melatonin and slept for a few hours so didn’t need the Tylenol pm), and hand sanitizer (I’m not a big hand sanitizer user normally but planes are gross).
The next photo shows everything that was in the wheeled carryon - the pouches with the small items (the biggest pouch in the back had a change of clothes...just in case), my camera, gloves + a few extra pair...just in case, umbrella...bc Northern Europe in the winter, voltage converter and plug adapters, and my Skyroam Solis (which I wrote about in an earlier post).
The last photo shows what I had in my tote bag - travel docs and pencil pouch, travel blanket, magazines and my kindle, electronics organizer with charging cables, battery packs, headphones, etc and my iPad.
I don’t have a tote bag I love for travel and am on the hunt for a new one. I want one with a trolley sleeve on the back. If you have one you love tell me about it!
Thanks for reading this mega post! I hope you found something interesting to help with your next trip. If there’s something you can’t live without on your travels I’d love to hear about it!
Fun fact: I grew up in the country. Country as in farm with animals and land and chores. Lots of chores.
Flash forward and I am now a city girl through and through. I love ALL the cities - foreign and domestic! Lol! New York, Chicago, London, Seattle, San Francisco, Paris, DC, my current hometown of Houston...and all the rest!
When choosing a vacation destination I am drawn to cities. Sure, I like a good beach trip every once in a while but I love city trips! I love the food, the shows, the shopping, the museums and monuments and history. The hustle and bustle. All of it.
When it comes to choosing a vacation destination what’s your favorite? Mountains, ocean, lake, far-away-from-everything-nature? Or are you a city person like me?
Either way I can help you find the perfect destination for YOU, full of the things you like to do. Or full of nothing at all if that’s what you prefer. 😊
For Travel Tip Thursday I thought I’d give a review of this little device we used on our recent trip to Europe. It’s a portable Wi-Fi hotspot and power bank called Skyroam Solis. You can purchase the device and then buy day passes for unlimited Wi-Fi in over 130 countries. The day passes are $9 and you can connect up to 5 devices at a time. There were 5 in my family traveling and in the past we’ve used the international day pass provided by our cell carrier which is ATT. My husband has an international plan on his phone for work so he was good but the other 4 of us needed something. To go with the ATT plan it would have been $280 for the 4 of us for 7 days. With that you have the same plan that you have at home which for us is unlimited talk text and data.
I purchased the device with 5 day passes when there was a sale before Christmas for $200. I added 2 more day passes which brought the total up to $218. I could have rented the device with 7 day passes for $115 but since I travel quite a bit I thought owning it would be useful in the future.
How did it work? Generally it worked pretty good. Every once in a while there was a glitch in connecting to it and sometimes texts didn’t go through but overall I was happy with the connectivity and ease of use. You just have to remember to charge it each night and activate the day pass each day.
What I didn’t take into consideration is that everyone in your party has to be near the device in order to be connected to it. For our family this was mostly fine except when we were at a museum or attraction and separated from each other.
Since I have older college age kids who wanted to do some things on their own I think in retrospect I should have just gone with the ATT day pass for each of us for this trip. But if you have younger kids that will always be with you this is a good option for staying connected.
I think I’ll definitely get some use out if the device during my travels when I need to be connected to the internet for work when the hotel Wi-Fi isn’t that great so I’m still happy with the purchase but for our particular needs for this family trip to Europe I should have just gone with my cell providers plan.
4 2711 January, 2019
This year we put our money where our mouth is and gifted our family with a trip to Europe for Christmas.
Jim and I lived in Brussels Belgium for a time and our oldest daughter Jordan was born there. We’ve gone lots of great places as a family but we had never taken our kids to Europe. With Jordan graduating college this year we decided it was the perfect time to go.
We visited London, Brussels (of course) and Amsterdam. We made some amazing family memories and had just a great time being together. Jim and I were so happy watching our kids discover these new places and love them as much as we do. We both have so many memories of living in Brussels and watching Jordan fall in love with the city too is something I’ll never forget. Our kids will forever remember this particular Christmas gift...and that is priceless.
If you have travel goals or desires for 2019 please contact me. I’d love to help you figure out the perfect destination for you and the things to see and do there that you will love and leave you with memories you’ll never forget.
If you’ve never worked with a travel agent before, give it a try this year. I promise you won’t regret it. 😊
I just loved scrolling through my photos to find my top travel moments of 2018...what great memories and so many fun times with family and friends!
• Nashville to celebrate a big birthday. This was my first time visiting this city and I loved it!
• Los Cabos for spring break. Loved the weather and the two Cabos...San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas...truly something for everyone here.
• San Antonio, Texas for the Final Four...It’s great to be a Michigan Wolverine 💛💙
• New York for my birthday weekend and Bruce Springsteen on Broadway...amazing!
• One of several trips to Austin, Texas this year...Presidential libraries are always a good idea.
• Traverse City, Michigan...my home state is beautiful in the summer.
• Puerto Vallarta to celebrate another big birthday...nothing beats the sunsets here.
• Miami for a quick weekend getaway with college friends.
• Dia de los Muertos in the Riviera Maya...what a great time filled with culture and fun.
2018 was great and we are kicking off 2019 in grand fashion...we are getting on a plane today to Europe! This year we gifted our kids with a trip and I can’t wait for all the memories we are going to make. Follow along on my stories as we visit London, Brussels and Amsterdam over the next 8 days. So stinkin’ excited! If travel is on your list for 2019 please contact me. I love putting together the details for each client’s unique trip and then watching the memories unfold.
Belize...have you been? I worked on a Belize honeymoon proposal this week and was again reminded what an amazing destination it is.
It’s perfect for honeymooners looking to rejuvenate with maybe a little adventure thrown in. There’s beautiful boutique resorts and lodges with spas and attentive service and the privacy honeymooners crave.
But it’s also perfect for families. It’s got adventure and action, culture and Mayan ruins, incredible wildlife in the rainforest, incomparable snorkeling and diving at the coast and cayes, fresh delicious food and smiling welcoming people. Can you tell I love it?! Swipe through the photos to see what I’m talking about.
It’s got unique, luxuriously rustic accommodations from treehouses at eco lodges in the rainforest to beachfront casitas on the coast to private island resorts on the cayes.
It’s easy to get to, especially from Houston. An hour or two ground transfer and you’re in the rainforest or a quick local flight and you’re at the beach.
I’ve been to Mexico, various cities, many many times but this time I got to experience something completely new to me...the tradition of Dia de Muertos. I learned about the ofrenda, the altar tributes that are set up to honor those that have passed, and all of the loving preparation that goes into honoring the dead. I got to experience the parades in the streets and got to see so many people, locals and tourists alike, dressed up with faces painted celebrating their tradition. All of it was so great and I know I’ll always remember this particular trip to Mexico because of it.
We were in Greece once during their orthodox Easter and went to a midnight service and afterwards had a typical Easter feast in the early morning hours with many other local people. It was a unique festive experience I’ll never forget.
We’ve been in Germany in December and visited traditional Christmas markets in small villages. That will get you in the Christmas spirit!
Traveling during special times like that is such a great way to have the immersive experiences we crave while traveling. Is there somewhere you’ve been where you experienced a holiday or unique tradition? I think I’m hooked!
With this lovely flux of fall weather here in Houston, my daydreams drift to Harvest season in wine country! .
Outdoor dining with amazing food.
Beautiful backdrops with amazing wines.
Stories of curation and families embedded in the bottles.
I love both Sonoma and Napa for different reasons, but both are perfect for a getaway! Have you been?
7 5916 October, 2018
Today is American Business Women’s Day!
Side note: I totally love that there is a holiday for everything!
Tag someone you know below ⬇️ that is a great American Bussiness Woman!