5 Things You Need to Know Before Your Next Big Trip

Whether you’re traveling to Spain for the summer with friends, or taking a road trip with your family around neighboring states, there are some things that all travelers need to know before their next excursion.


Here is a list of five things that I wish I would have known before I took my first trip. Enjoy


  1. Dress like the locals (blend-it)


Dressing like everyone else once you visit a new location is something that I definitely wish I would have known before I took my first trip. Nothing is worse than sticking out like a sore thumb in outdated fashion trends. Take it from when, when traveling it’s best to blend in, especially for safety purposes.


  1. Eat where the locals eat


If you’re going to travel to a new destination, why not try new foods while you’re at it!  For starters this is a great way to test out your palate and to see what the locals like to eat, as well as getting a chance to see the town for yourself from a different point of view.


My blog on “The 5 Best Food Cities in America” is a great place to start when planning on where to eat next during your next vacation.


  1. Take lots of pictures (No selfies allowed)


I’m guilty of going to new places and only taking pictures of myself or background scenery. Instead of doing this, try taking pictures of actual monuments or stable pieces.

This will come in handy when creating a photo album of all your past adventures and beyond. You’ll thank me for it later.


4 Pack lightly, and bring extra cash


This is a two part rule that I should have followed the first time I traveled. For starters I packed way too many things and I brought too many things back with me as well.

Talk about double trouble! When traveling for the first time, you want to only bring items that you actually need and will use. There’s no use of carrying around a heavy suitcase if you don’t have too.


  1. Learn to Relax (Do not Disturb)


Need I say more? When you’re on vacation enjoy it! Don’t dwell on those reports that need to be submitted when you get back. Turn your phone off and enjoy the scenic area with family and friends.


If you’re interested in more blogs similar to this one, read my blog on “What You Need To See In San Francisco”.



Travel Ideas: Iceland

With a population of only 300,000, Iceland can feel like the most isolated place on earth, yet its capital Reykjavik, is only a three-hour flight from London and just under six from New York.

Reykjavik is relaxed and welcoming, yet possesses a cultural life that holds its own against other European capitals. Most buildings are built simple and low to beat the North Atlantic winds. However, the city is also graced with grand civic architecture inspired by Iceland’s natural beauty, such as the soaring central tower of Hallgrímskirkja.

Many of the country’s most popular sights are within easy reach of Reykjavík. Immerse yourself in the spirit of Iceland, at the Blue Lagoon. Then spend a day or two in The Golden Circle, an area which encompasses three of Iceland’s greatest natural wonders; Thingvellir National Park, the Geysir Geothermal Field, and Gullfoss.

Iceland’s main ring road strings together an endless series of epic landscapes. Less than two hours drive east of Reykjavik are two of the world’s most beautiful waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. Continue eastward towards Vík, Iceland’s southern-most village, where you’ll find the dramatic landscapes of Black Beach, Reynisdrangar, and Dyrholaey. Follow the ring road for another two hours into the ethereal light of Jökulsárlón Lake, where icebergs break away from Europe’s largest glacier and float for years before tumbling out to sea.

Head north and feel the earth rumble at Europe’s mightiest waterfall, Dettifoss. Then explore the Myvatn region, a tranquil lake surrounded by nature in all its violent beauty. Take a careful walk through the boiling landscape of Namafjall, lose yourself amid the lava pillars of Dimmuborgir, and peer into the caldera of Krafla Volcano.

Known as the Capital of the North, Akureyri is the perfect place to warm up and enjoy some creature comforts, before heading off into the wilds again. In Iceland, every side road is a story waiting to unfold. So come, and live your own Icelandic story, it’s one you’ll keep telling for the rest of your days.

Information Courtesy of Expedia.com – check the link here.

Spanakopita (Greek spinach pie)

Chef in disguise

Raise your hand if you hated spinach as a kid or if you still do..
I was one of those kids who wouldn’t get with in a mile of anything that contained spinach.
Mum only made spinach in soup form and despite the fact that my mum was and still is a very talented cook and baker, there weren’t enough Popeye episodes to convince me to try that green soup.
Blissfully taste buds evolve and one of the perks of being a parent is that you have to abide by the rules if you want your kids to do the same. How on earth would my kids “Taste the food in front of you at least once before deciding that you hate it “ if their mum hates spinach and wouldn’t get near it?!
After so many trials and errors, pinterest boards, recipes that worked and those that the birds…

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Sticky date pudding cake

Chef in disguise

If you had to go through all your earthly belongings and  choose only 100 things. You are only allowed to choose the things that bring you joy. You have to let go of everything else.What would you choose?

Currently I am reading “a 100 pieces of me” (by Lucy Dillon), I am still about a quarter of the way through it but I really like the book. The idea of going through your life with a new set of eyes, keeping only what makes you happy, leaving behind all else is intriguing to say the least.
As we go through life, we all hang on to things for various reasons, some we love, some we feel safe with, others remind us of who we are, or who we want to be.Some are precious tokens worth keeping while others are nothing more than luggage that weigh you down.

When we decided…

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