10 Packing Tips

April 25, 2012 § Leave a comment

I’ve been busy gearing up for Europe these days. I’ve never been there before so to prepare I have aggressively been collecting tips and travel techniques I can use. Below I compiled a list of my best packing tips to share with you, applicable to all travel destinations.

1. Select a color theme and pack all of your clothes in those colors. That way you will never have problems putting together an outfit or wonder whether or not something matches (because it all does!)

2. Pack mini booze bottles for the flights. They are below the liquid carry-on limit, are more affordable then the in flight cocktail menu, and you can be more selective of brands. Besides, nothing soothes those turbulence worries like a nice stiff drink.

3. Invest in shoes! You will be walking all over the place so respect your feet and give them a good pair of heels, flats, sneakers, and sandals. Admittedly, I’ve spent the last 2 months shoe shopping for this very reason. I am in love with these sandals, I’ve worn them all day and walked miles without the slightest hint of a blister.

4. Pack microfiber clothing when possible- its easier to wash, quicker to dry, and doesn’t hold stains the way cotton does. Wrinkle resistant fabrics don’t hurt either.

5. Pack multiple travel size toiletries rather than regular size ones. That way you can toss them out as you go, your bag will get lighter, and there will be some room leftover at the end of the trip for souvenirs.

6. Pack granola bars or as my family so fondly calls them “Don’t Be a Bitch Bars.” Don’t be a hangry (hungry + angry) traveler, pack a hearty snack to tide you over from airport to airport and everyplace inbetween. I love Clif Bars because they are so fulfilling.

7. If you are bringing travel books, tear out the pages you don’t need. Or tear out the pages you do need and only bring those. Travel books are heavy and not always worth the weight. Or consider an e-reader to streamline the process.

8. Dress like an onion. Layers! Skip the heavy coat and bring a sweater and light jacket instead, it will take up the same amount of space in your suitcase but will provide more versatility when weather is in flux.

9. Bring or buy a small water bottle. I get so excited about travel I often forget to feed myself, so something as simple as having water at your side can make a huge difference when you’ve been walking all day.

10. Bring a shawl. They aren’t for old ladies anymore! A Shawl or wrap can be used as a clothing accessory, a blanket, and it can be rolled up and used as a pillow. It’s super versatile and easy to carry with you. This one, this one and this one are all at the top of my list.

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Europa! Have You Ever?

March 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

There is a required international field study component to my masters degree which means, drum roll please… bbbbada bbbbbada bbbbada (that’s what my drum roll sounds like)… I am going! To Europe that is. I will be spending 3 weeks traipsing around 6 Eastern European countries this May. Soon enough I will be sharing with you my travels to…

Munich, Germany

Vienna, Austria

Bratislava, Slovakia

Belgrade, Serbia

Istanbul, Turkey

Rome, Italy

I’m so excited I can hardly breathe!

Working On The Move

June 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

Do you do the same thing at work everyday?

I do. And today I walked into my office and had this overwhelming feeling that I couldn’t any more. That one more day of the same tasks might just push me from boredom to insanity. So I began imagining alternatives. I could be a wearer of many hats…  And then I remembered some friends I met while traveling through Argentina, they were an Australian couple who had been in transit for the past 2 years! They saved up what they could and they began to move from one country to the next. And when the money ran short, they would pick up random jobs to hold them over until they could travel on. Over the course of their 2 years of travel they were chocolatiers, veterinary assistants, gas pump attendants, restaurant servers, toll both operators and, of course, tourists. What an exciting way to live!

Could you do it?

Planning For Australia

October 6, 2010 § Leave a comment

Crickee a dingo ate my wallet. Ehhh… bad joke.

I just spent a small fortune on a plane ticket to Australia today! I’ll be spending the Holiday season in Melbourne soaking up the sun and visiting the one I love. Time to start planning…

Azonzo Says Blend In

April 27, 2010 § Leave a comment

These are crap. And they look a lot like some other stupid ads.

What is wrong with being a tourist? We can’t honestly expect people to blend in everywhere they go (trust me, I’ve tried!) Don’t let these ads provoke your insecurities. Make your travels uninhibited and hilarious. Be the guy who pronounces his sandwich bread “folk-a-chia” (focaccia).

A Cup of Jo is right, people are awesome.

Branding Ireland

March 17, 2010 § Leave a comment

I want to return to the collection of Irish and St. Patrick’s Day ads I posted yesterday because not only has the beer, which is now American, tried to sell the Irish image but so have many ads and without success.

In an effort to raise tourism IrishTimes.com asked four advertising and design agencies to create ads to promote Ireland. Below are the results.

Sociological Images makes a good point:

It’s interesting to look at the themes used to represent Ireland and Irish authenticity, and the marketing of them as “products” (which locations and the people and stereotypes associated with them clearly are when we’re talking about tourism).

While some of these ads make me think, none of them inspire me to travel. Disappointing.

Vintage Travel Posters

January 4, 2010 § 1 Comment

I went to a flea-market (for lack of a better term) this summer and fell in love with a vintage travel poster. I guess the poster itself doesn’t matter any more, at this point my love has grown to include all travel posters. I guess the appeal is knowing that at one point, these almost cartoon like drawings used to inspire people to travel.

But these wonderful artistic inspirations come at a price! For some legit vintage posters go here. For a more aforable option look to this or that, and there’s always ebay!

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