The Root of The Matter: How To Pack For Your Mane

Regular Sized Hair Appliances vs Mini Sized Hair Appliances

For most women, travel can take its toll on our heads of hair. From weird curls that spring up without warning to hair dryers that take down the electricity at your bed and breakfast overseas, traveling and packing for your mane can end up being your main packing problem. At the same time, packing for your hair can take up a great deal of space in your suitcase. From hair appliances to bottles of shampoo, I wanted to get to the root of the matter. For my upcoming three months in Europe, I need to be as compact as possible. This week I’m sharing how I go about packing compactly and smartly for Continue Reading

Avoiding Bankruptcy When Shopping For a Summer Flight To Europe

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As I shopped for my flight to Europe this upcoming May, I read article after article about how to score the best-priced flight. Some experts told the day, the very hour in which you should book your flight overseas. Others recommended going in the off-season. The flights will be cheaper and so will the accommodations, car rentals and meals. I didn’t want to go in the off-season. I wanted to experience Europe in the summer, when places are actually open and the scenery can be at its most bright and vivid. The true challenge of shopping for a flight to Europe is scoring a good deal in the Continue Reading

Packing Predicament: How To Keep Your Shoes From Taking Over Your Luggage

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This post is part of a new series I am introducing in which I tackle a packing predicament. If you have a packing problem in need of solving that you would like to see featured here, shoot me an email and I might feature an answer for you.  Time and time again, I pack up my suitcase with a sense of accomplishment. I gather up all of my clothing items and fit them accordingly, admiring just how easy the whole process seemed. When I reach the end of the road, the end of the line with my clothing items to pack, there is always dread over what comes next. I must then find space for shoes, those Continue Reading

How I Afforded Traveling The Greek Islands

Crete Beach

I put off traveling to the Greek islands for one reason and one reason only. Travel to these pieces of paradise always seemed to cost the price of purchasing one of the islands. Flying all the way to the Greek islands was a charge that appeared as insurmountable as climbing Mount Olympus. Those accommodations with infinity pools to the sea on Santorini remained on Pinterest boards and stayed there due to the reality of what those would cost. Finally in September, I made it to the Greek islands after years of resenting my wallet and bank account for holding me back. And while traveling the Continue Reading

How To Dress Up on Winter Travels Without Trying in 4 Easy Pieces

Winter travel

For most travelers, how they pack is mostly dictated by comfort and the quest to blend into the destination. While I pack according to both comfort and where I am going, there are those events that creep into our travels where we must dress up, ditching the cozy airplane sweater for something fancy. In the winter, it seems like the traveler must get all dolled up more than any other time of the year with the holidays in December, January and February. However, packing for such a feat can’t lord over too much space in our bags. A dressier look can’t lend too many components that won’t work Continue Reading

It Was All Greek To Me: Survival Tips I Deciphered On The Greek Islands

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The traveler  walks through doorways into new lands and is forever changed. Suddenly this unknown world we have envisioned and dreamt about is known. Throughout my travels on several Greek islands, I passed through doorways that told a different side to Greece, one I didn’t quite picture before I crossed thresholds. While too much preparation can lead to boredom on the road, there were a few elements to Greece I wish I knew before I put one foot in front of the other.   Bring Cash and a Secret Stash for Out-of-Order ATMs While I was well aware of Greece’s financial woes, I didn’t think Continue Reading

How To Be Cute and Compact For Holiday Travel

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The last time that I had to pack for “home” for the holidays, I was in college and still somewhat of an over-packer. I would lug home a giant suitcase, usually one that I had to check and wait for at baggage claim. After years of already being home for the holidays, with little travel required, I am now faced with returning home for Thanksgiving and packing accordingly. I can’t just run down to my apartment if my jeans split at dinner. And yes, that did happened one year but I blame the pants, of course. Coming home for the holidays has its packing challenges. An over-packed bag with no Continue Reading