Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Ciao Amiga: Things I learned

 While I am still putting a dent in my photo editing from both of my amazing trips, here's a quick list of random as all get out traveling tips that resonated with me/I learned the last month:
Mexico  on Left, Italy on Right.
  • Fill your shoes in your suitcase with delicate items to save space/ensure safety- I put each piece of my jewelry into individual bags and tucked them inside my sneakers. They were safe from harm and it utilized extra space.
  • Always carry a pen. Mostly for the abundance of forms that will be placed in front of you but also because you're likely without cell service and will need to be able to physically write your number down on that hot foreign man's arm.
  • Don't be friendly at the European train stations. When my Brother told me this, the polite smiler in me scoffed. But once we got there and the wolves ascended with offers of helping me move my bag, or giving me directions, etc.... I was happy to have my Brother next to me telling them to **** off. They're not nice gentlemen (a rare breed as is), they're working you for money. Be confident and own your space. #LikeABoss
  • Bring an empty duffel bag to take back as carry-on if you plan on shopping and to displace the weight in your checked bag. I have never successfully followed this rule ahead of time... but in my next life, I will.
  • Google travel Blogs before you pack with tips about packing for your final destination! Even if the information is old, it will still serve as a reminder of what you really need and what you can leave behind. As my packing could be documented in an episode of 'Hoarders', I appreciate the pressure of someone else telling me what not to do. And it's kind of nice to have it come in the form of a friendly blog, rather than a judgmental older sister (Hi Jocie!, love you!).
  • Bring tall socks for the plane. I can't stress how much I love pulling those bad boys out and trying to seal up to sleep. Cozy!
  • Ensure that you have some non-electronic entertainment- airports nickel and dimeing' with their Wi-Fi charges and ensuring that there's not enough electrical outlets to accommodate more than 3 people means that you are often off the grid. Grab a book and enjoy its steadfast loyalty to you during your travels.
  • Be beyond comfortable saying "No, gracias" constantly in Mexico. Even to little children. Unfortunately, after a few brews, my love of children got the best of me when I was down there. If anyone wants to buy 20 crappy trinkets... please inquire within. Or some Chiclet.
  • Relax in a way you don't at home and without an ounce of shame: order a drink or two on the flight, read a tabloid mag, play a dumb computer game, watch 4 movies in a row... it's so rare that we are forced to relax in such a way without responsible temptation all around us- I say you take advantage of it.
Any random tip that helps get you from Point A to Point B sanely?


Jaime @ laviejaime said...

i agree on non tech things to keep you busy- i brought a book and magazines as batteries die and didnt have wifi when abroad.

alison*elle said...

These are some great tips! I always bring a scarf on the plane too to double as a mini blanket since I'm always cold and airplane blankets can be scratchy. Definitely agree on packing an extra bag too... I always bring my Longchamps which are perfect since they fold up and hardly take up any space!

xo, alison*elle

Pat Hatt said...

Some great tips indeed, but yeah won't do the socks lol

erika sorocco said...

YES to the empty duffel bag - totally utilizing that tip the next time I travel. After all, what is travel without the ability to shop, shop, shop?! :)

Slamdunk said...

Glad to see that you are still making us laugh at your commentary and applaud your pics. Your have a book ready advice is priceless--I have been caught in several of those hurry up and wait scenarios.

Happy belated 4th Miss Caitlin.

Elle Sees said...

I used to do an annual travel week on the blog. I roll my clothes for more space. I love dry shampoo to spray in stinky shoes or clothes.

Unknown said...

My tip : try not to have expectations of what your trip will bring, that way you will be pleasantly surprised and can never be let down :)

Panty Buns said...

These are great travel tips. I never thought to pack things inside my sneakers and packing an empty duffle bag is a great one. It's a nightmare trying to fit everything into the ones you take with you. What? Taking books onto airplanes hasn't been banned yet? It sounds like you had a wonderful time. My random tip: In order to get from Point A to Point B sanely you have to first get up the courage to leave Point A. If I do and learn anything helpful I'll let you know.


Brooke said...

#LikeABoss - Love that! Thats my new fav hashtag! How fun!

Great idea to put your jewels inside your shoes while packing, great idea for space saving!

I am scared to go to Europe, I would love to visit, but I'm afraid! Worried about where to stay, safety, language, money exchange issues! But, it would be so cool to visit!

=) Brooke

PorkStar said...

Tips sound good, however, I can't do the socks thing. Well, not the long socks at least. For a flight of more than 5 hours I prefer light shoes and shorts... and Advil PM to make sure I get zonked out. Simply being tired to fly is not gonna make you fall asleep on the plane, for sure.

ff said...

Think we're headed to Mexico soon...going to have to practice saying no to kids (that aren't mine!) Great packing tip with the shoes!

Unknown said...

Thanks for this nice post and this is very very informative blog

Panty Buns said...

You seemed very well prepared for your trip! I can only hope that you have been having a wonderful time in Italy after having enjoyed a lovely wedding celebration in Cabo. A miracle happened and after two months I finally wrote another post! I miss your blogging and hope all is well with you.


Panty Buns said...

Sorry about commenting on your most recent under this one, but I just couldn't wait to say WELCOME BACK after reading your recent (Sept. 17th, 2013) post titled: "Me Blogging Again: Coming Soon to a Theater Near You"!!!

I read your post from Tuesday, November 13, 2012 you referenced (Lady in Waiting). YIKES! I love the funny photos in it.

What a drag that the host sites for some of the database albums have stopped being a feeder for your blogs. I hope you'll let us know who the culprit hosts were. What a pain it the tush. Congratulations on the progress you've made putting over 25 out of 30 months worth of posts back together. Your blogging is a treat and always has a nice humorous flair. That's an incredible amount of work re-editing and re-inserting photos in all those posts.

I hope your Vacation in Italy was a beautiful one :)


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