lifestyle, travel

My Top 5 Travel Destinations

Hey everyone,

I’ve done a fair amount of traveling in my life, but there are still so many places I want to see!

I’m narrowing it down to the top 5 places I’ve never been, but want to go to.

Here they are!

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I’ve been dying to go to Alaska since I was 18 years old. My husband and I are planning to go this year, and I can’t wait to check this one off of my list! I’ve heard so many wonderful things about the amazing views and the parts of nature unchanged by man. I’m also really hoping we’ll get to see the Northern Lights when we go.

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New Zealand
On of my college professors spent her honeymoon in New Zealand and I loved hearing about all of the adventures she and her husband went on there. It seems like such a gorgeous and exciting place. I like to be as active as possible when traveling, and that likely wouldn’t be a problem for me at all in New Zealand.

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Glacier National Park
You may be noticing a trend here…when I travel, I’m not just looking for warm weather or beaches to lounge on; I’m all about the views and what type of nature will be there. Glacier National Park in Montana looks absolutely breathtaking, and I’d love to hike there someday in the future.

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Banff National Park
Most of us have probably seen that iconic Instagram shot in front of the water at Banff. That is where I first found out about this amazing park in Alberta, Canada, but it’s not the only reason I really want to visit it one day. One of my coworkers goes there regularly to ski and it sounds perfect for winter sports as well as hiking and canoeing. I’ve never been to Canada, but this is for sure my top Canadian destination.

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My husband’s family used to go to Aruba every year, so I’m still trying to convince him to take me. I’ve heard from so many people that Aruba is amazing and that the beaches are unlike anywhere else. Even though I like to stay active on my vacations, I’m definitely not against spending some time on these beautiful beaches.

What destinations are at the top of your list?

Have you visited any of the places I mentioned above?

Make me envious by commenting below about how awesome your trips were!

Until tomorrow…<3 🙂

lifestyle, travel

What’s in My Carry-On

Hi all,

I’m a big fan of traveling, and I try to go to at least two new places every year.

When flying, I try to pack as lightly as possible, but still make sure I have everything I need.

This applies to both my checked bag and my carry-on luggage.

I try to keep my carry-on small, because I prefer to keep it with me at my seat rather than in one of the overhead bins.

I also try to keep it light so that I can move around the airport easily and am not stuck lugging around a huge, heavy bag.

Here’s a glimpse of the carry-on I’ve been using to travel lately, and the key items that I keep inside whenever going on a trip.

Kate Spade Bag

Kate Spade Botanical Satchel: I used this adorable nylon bag throughout my entire trip to California last month.

It’s the perfect size for a carry-on as well as an everyday purse when exploring a city like Los Angeles.

iPad: I admittedly don’t use my iPad as often as I should, but it definitely comes in handy when I’m going to be sitting on a long flight.

I’ll usually add some movies or music to my iPad to keep me entertained during my trip, and I have a few other games that I can play on it without Wi-Fi if I get bored.

Bluetooth Headphones: Because my iPhone doesn’t have a headphone jack, I always make sure to bring wireless headphones with me.

Most pairs link via Bluetooth and are very comfortable/stay in your ears well.

I use the same pair for travel and for running, and I haven’t had any trouble with them.

Baby Lips: I’ve already professed my love for Baby Lips in my What’s in My Purse post, so of course I keep a tube or two in my carry-on, as well!

For those who haven’t read my previous post, Baby Lips is my go-to Chapstick alternative, and comes in a variety of great colors.

Books: Again, I’ve discussed my love for books in several previous posts, so it should come as no surprise that I refuse to travel without some reading material.

I usually bring whatever book(s) I’m reading at the time plus one more, but I’m always secretly hoping I’ll finish every book I have with me so I’ll have an excuse to pick up a new one at the airport bookstore. 😉

Top | Joggers

Extras: I tend to keep some extra clothes with me in case my luggage gets lost, because who wants to be stuck without their luggage AND without something comfy to wear?

My favorite emergency outfit consists of a basic tee and the comfiest joggers ever from New York & Company.

I don’t just save these for my carry-on, I own the joggers and matching hoodie in several different colors because they are soo soft and cute.

Water and Snacks: Water is my drink of choice, always and forever, and I like to bring some snacks for the plane ride.

My favorites are plain m&ms and something salty to balance out the sweet; last trip I went with Buffalo Wing flavored Pretzel Crisps (so good).

Phone Charger: The last thing I keep in my carry-on is my phone charger.

Once again, if my luggage gets lost I don’t want to be without a charged phone in addition to everything else.

That’s pretty much all of the extra stuff I keep in my carry-on, aside from the essentials like my wallet and phone, of course.

I try to keep it light and only bring things I need, while covering emergency items and entertainment for my plane ride.

What additional things do you keep in your carry-on bag? Do you keep a small one with you or a big bag with a lot of other items?

Share with me in the comments below, and happy carrying-on! 🙂 ❤