Santa Fe

Last winter, I had the opportunity to take a quick trip to the country’s oldest capital city. I couldn’t possibly pass that up, amiright?! While I have been to New Mexico before, I had never stopped in Santa Fe so, to me, that’s reason enough to go!

Pre-flight selfie. Obvs.

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Since I only had one day to do a little sight seeing I didn’t waste any time. Directly nextdoor to our hotel was this beautiful church with such intricate design elements you’ll only find in this part of the country.

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One block from the church was the town square that, even in January, was still decorated with lights and even had some left over snow! I was surprised at how cold it was here in the desert.

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The main drag in Santa Fe is lined with shops and cafés so you know I had to take a stroll. I even came across the famous El Dorado Hotel!

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That’s all I had time for on this quick trip to Santa Fe but I enjoyed it nonetheless! Have any of you been to this southwestern city?

-L

 

 

 

 

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7 Ways to Keep Cruise Costs Low

Cruising doesn’t have to break the bank.  Check out the final installment of my 5 article series with Cruise Radio to read all about my recommendations for keeping costs low! 

7 Ways to Keep Cruise Costs Low
-L

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To Travel, With Love…

From as early as I can remember, I’ve always loved to travel. My mom always used to tell me that I could have had a decent bank of sky miles by the time I was one year old! We flew for free back then (perk of having family members working for Delta) but that’s beside the point. We frequently took road trips all over the south and southwest as well. I would get way too excited about staying in hotels. Actually, I still do.

It’s only been in the past couple of years that my love for travel has evolved from being something really cool to do as a kid/young adult to something awe inspiring and dare I say emotional as I’ve grown older. Let me explain…

Several members of my family currently work and/or have retired from the travel industry. My maternal grandfather retired from Delta as a “Red Coat”. My father and step-mother are air traffic controllers. I have an uncle who is a commercial pilot. And, my paternal grandfather retired from Eastern Airlines. So, to say it sort of runs in my blood would not be an understatement. And yes, I do believe that these kinds of things are ingrained in us from the beginning. The lyric “I got it from my mama” didn’t come from nowhere as they say. 

I’ve recently started traveling for work so I’ve been flying quite a bit. I was sitting on the tarmac watching the line of planes in front of us take off down the runway when I felt my throat tighten up and tears fill my eyes. My mind was going from the science behind flight, the excitement of just being on a plane in general, the trips I had planned with my brother, the logistics of air traffic control, and the list goes on. I felt a few things; excited that I have a job that is allowing me to travel; inspired by the said excitement to continue doing what I love to do; giddy about the physics of how fast planes have to be going before they can take off, and how the shape of the airplane helps the air lift it up; amazed at how the pilots have to be able to detect wind patterns and speed to manage the angle of the plane in order to remain on course; intrigued by the level of concentration it takes for controllers to keep planes appropriately separated and therefore the passengers safe. I’m a bit of a science nerd, I’ll admit but it was all pretty overwhelming in the moment. 

But, on top of that, the traveling I’ve done in the last couple of years compared to when I was younger has become so much more interesting and inspiring. When we’re young we don’t always appreciate what we’re actually seeing/doing/eating, etc as we travel. As an adult, I feel like I’ve completely engrossed myself in each destination. Regardless of if I’m traveling solo or with a group, I try to make it a point to eat what, and where, the locals eat and not just run to the nearest American chain restaurant. I try to really absorb my surroundings when I travel. 

Travel has changed me. It has made me a more patient and open-minded person. In the last 12 months it has been something I’ve come to rely on to take me away from life’s attempts at bringing me down. And, while I’ve always been eager to learn, travel has even taken that to a new level. I don’t know where, or who, I’d be today today without it. And, not to be a total cliche but, I can’t wait to see where travel will take me next. 

Is there a destination that has completely changed your perspective on travel? I must go there. 

-L

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5 Tips for Navigating the Caribbean

If you’re like me, then the Caribbean markets can be overwhelming. But, there’s so much more to the islands than that! Click the link below to check out my 5 tips for making the most of your trip! 

5 Tips for Navigating the Caribbean
Stay traveling!

-L

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3 Ways to Track Your Cruise Expenses

If you’ve ever been on a cruise before, then you know how easy it is for your money to suddenly disappear. I’ve listed out 3 ways that I find helpful for keeping my spending in check onboard. Click the link below to take a look! 

-L

3 Ways to Track Cruise Expenses

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5 Reasons to Book a Suite

If you find yourself booking a cruise anytime soon, I would encourage you to consider booking a suite versus an interior cabin. The perks are endless. Read all about it here in my article on Cruise Radio’s site! 🙂

Stay traveling. 

-L

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5 Reasons to Choose Royal Caribbean

Cruise Radio asked me to write a few more articles for them. Here’s the first! I hope you like it 🙂

https://cruiseradio.net/5-reasons-cruise-royal-caribbean/

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2016 Lookback and 2017 Travel Wish List

This time last year I made a list of all of the places I wanted to visit in 2016. You can read about that here. It seemed doable but life got in the way, as it does. I was able to check off 3 out of 10…not ideal but like I said, life really got in my way this year. The three I did check off though are Vegas, a Southern Caribbean Cruise, and St. Augustine. All of which were great trips! 
I am, however, knocking Boston off of my list early in 2017. My birthday is early March so my friend and I are going for a long weekend. I’m super excited about that trip! It will be brutally cold from what I here, but I’m kind of looking forward to that. It’ll be a nice change from the sweatbox that is Georgia. 
As for the rest of 2017, it’s shaping up nicely. Below is my travel wish list and some already booked trips for the year!
Las Vegas – this has pretty much become an annual thing. I’ve sort of fallen in love with it and I’ve still got some Cirque shows to catch up on. 
Europe – I’ve booked a 12 day Mediterranean cruise for late May going into June. I’m also tagging Paris on to the end of it. So, needless to say I’m losing my mind with excitement for that trip!
Mid-West – I’ve never really been to the Mid-West so I’m excited about this one. I have family that lives in Montana, so after some visiting time with them we’re driving to Glacier National Park and down to Yellowstone Park and the Grand Tetons. It’ll be a lot to squeeze in with only a week to do it but I never back down from a challenge. 🙂
NYC – I really want to go during Christmas time. I haven’t done that since thanksgiving 1995! The snow, lights, music, and food is calling my name!
Charleston, SC – I’ve never been and have really wanted to go for a long time, so I’m going to make it a point this year. 
Keeping my list shorter for 2017 will hopefully make it easier to accomplish. I won’t lie though, I’m already making plans for 2018…
Where do you want to go this year? Pick one destination and just go. Just. Go. 
-Stay traveling. 

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Gift Guide for the Travel Junkie

Holiday season is upon us and sometimes coming up with ideas for gifts can be daunting. Fear not young grasshopper… For the person in your life who has (or wants!) more stamps in their passport than stuff on their shelves I give you my list of great gift ideas!

  • Custom pillow.  I have discovered Airportag.com and I am in love.  We’re going steady.  I don’t know where this site has been all my life, but I’m so excited to have found it.  This site has all kinds of airport/travel-related goodies.  The custom pillows, for example, could not be a more appropriate gift for a travel lover!  They have various airport code pillows or the option to customize yours to look like a boarding pass from your recent trips!
  • Passport cover & bag tags.  Functional and cute.  Need I say more?  Passport covers also act as a disguise!  These things are stolen all the time, so a cover makes it a little less obvious that you have important documents on you.
  • Wall maps.  I don’t know about you, but I like to pinpoint exactly where I’ve been and what better way to do that than on a huge wall map?!  If you want to get fancy, Frontgate offers a very nice magnetic map that is framed and can be engraved.
  • Portable charger.  If you’re like me and want to plug your phone up when it drops to 99%, then this is a life saver.
  • Luggage scale.  Now that airlines feel the need to nickel and dime us, these luggage scales come in really handy for us over packers.  I can easily see when my bag is approaching 50lbs of….shoes.  Options people, options! 🙂
  • Poster.  I promise this isn’t an Airportag.com advertisement, I just love their stuff!  This poster is a great addition to any travel junkie’s wall.  It’s colorful and inspires me to visit each of these places. #Goals amiright?!
  • Journal.  It’s always nice to look back on your travels and remember the time you had an Irish Car Bomb, in Ireland.
  • Luggage.  To be a jetsetter you need some kind of luggage or backpack. I have a hard side 3-piece set from Samsonite and I absolutely love it!  This is the type of gift that can really be as budget friendly or as high end as you want.
  • Outlet adapter.  If the jetsetter in your life is going abroad, then this is a necessity. Outlets are very different depending on which region of the world you’re in so gifting one that has various regional attachments is great!
  • Neck pillow/eye mask.  Because nobody has time for you to be drooling on their shoulders.
  • Gift cards.  I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t appreciate one of these.  Delta is now offering them and has recently partnered with Airbnb!  So, anytime you book a stay through Airbnb you will earn Delta SkyMiles.  Winning!
  • Dual volt appliances.  This goes along with the outlet adapter suggestion.  Blow drying your hair will get real ugly if you’re trying to use a higher voltage dryer than what the outlet allows for.  My suggestion is this one from T3.  I have it and love it!  And bonus, it folds in half to be travel friendly!

Ok, so there you have it!  Whether your loved one is puddle jumping the pacific islands or road tripping along Route 66, these things will only add to their enjoyment!  Check out my corresponding YouTube video for some additional gift ideas not mentioned above!  Leave me a comment below if you’ve got any other ideas for the jetsetter in your life. 🙂

Stay traveling.

-L

 

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Live Blog-Day 7 At Sea

Our final day cruising was a sea day and it was both fun and relaxing! Check it out below, we got to tour 3 of the major operations onboard the ship!

Sea Day

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