Keep Calm and Carry On

So I've found myself in airports at lot lately, a few times for work, but also for personal reasons which inspired me to write this post.

I am by no means a travel expert, but I have gained some experience in the last couple years/months giving me a pretty good idea of what to, and what not to bring in your carry on.

Since my SO was recently transferred to the states for work I have been traveling more regularly to visit him and will be heading there this weekend so I figured why not post about packing while I am packing. My roommate is also in a long distance relationship (as in across the continent long distance) and has become a bit of a travel guru herself so I picked her brain as well to come up with the below must have list.

First things first, you'll need the perfect bag. Both of us have lulu bags, mine is a tote (similar here) and hers is a back pack and there are benefits to both, so really this item is completely dependent on what you like best.

1. Reading Material

If your like me, you can't go anywhere long distance without a book, or five. But I wouldn't recommend bringing all five along in your carry on. Instead invest in an e-reader if you can, they are great for travel and you can download as many books as you want. I have a kobo and I love how light and easy to pack it is.

2. Face and hand lotion

Because it is dry AF and having a good hand/face lotion helps you to feel fresh after a longer flight. Avoid overly scented products as well since your in pretty close quarters with your neighbors and you wouldn't want to irritate them. 

3. Lip Chap

Same reason as #2, it's dry AF and nothing is worse than chapped lips. Plus if your like us and you're are travelling to see your SO, they will likely appreciate your hydrated luscious lips in comparison to the nasty dry alternative.

4. Gum or mints

Handy for a few reasons. The first, and most obvious reason is the whole ear popping sensation that comes with flying - gum significantly helps with that, don't ask me why. Just chew it.

The second and probably most important, because your breath will smell rank, and, for the very same reason as #3, you'll also want fresh breath.

And lastly, you can thank my roommate for this one, gum/mints help curb cravings, especially on long flights when you feel like the lining of your stomach is slowly deteriorating from hunger. Which brings me to my next item...

5. Snacks

In my humble opinion you can never have enough snacks. Trail mix is a good go to, as well as granola bars and the odd sweet treat. Anything that isn't too loud, messy, or smelly and that has some healthy components to it (the last thing you want is to arrive bloated, feeling hardly as attractive as you felt a few hours ago).  

6. Deodorant

For obvious reasons.

7. Noise Cancellation Headphones

Because, as much as you might love babies - which I do, love babies - on a long flight they become tiny terrors in just minutes and cancellation headphones can help correct the pure hatred you might (will) feel deep down inside towards them.

8. Face wipes

For before you go to sleep and after you wake up. Particularly nice to have on longer flights when you want to freshen up and apply a bit of makeup before landing. 

9. Makeup

I don't recommend wearing a lot of makeup on a flight, since it will clog your pores and probably not last nearly as long as you'd like it to but here are my must haves.

9. Water bottle

I am sure you are all aware of the outrageous cost of water in airports. So avoid those extra fees and bring your own re-fill-able water bottle!

10. Passport/wallet

I feel like I shouldn't have to include the very obvious items like your wallet and passport, but I am going to mention them here just in case your having a particularly forgetful day. Personally I am not immune to such days. Just watch, my next post will be titled "how not To forget your passport for an international flight".

Safe Travels! xx

Into the Woods

My recent excursions may not be as distant and worldly as Europe, but they have been just as exciting none the less. In fact, the most recent place I have visited is probably more adventurous and fulfilling as any. My family's cabin on the lake.

I am the kind of person who loves to spend my time in nature just being, so spending a week in a cabin smack dab in the middle of the woods fits the bill just fine. I wouldn't call it luxury by any means, but who needs elegance when you have the bluest of blue lakes in front of you and the sun setting over the mountains? Not to mention the feeling of utter freedom that comes with a lack of makeup and mirrors, social media, distractions, and insecurities that the real world so often brings.

Non-existent internet service and electricity probably helps enhance the escape, and by this I mean utterly no access to the outside world. No showers or running toilets - yes, I bathed, its called a lake, and yes, heaven for bid, we had to use outhouses. It's like living in a different time, where cell phones were a mere mystery, and fishing was the only thing on the to do list that day. Simple and perfect.  I think half the charm of the cabin is the escape from reality because it allows you to just be, completely present and at ease.

Have you ever gone without technology for a certain amount of time? Any other cabins in the woods like mine out there? If not, maybe just turning your cell off for a portion of the day is enough of an escape for you, try it, let me know what you think!

Nothin' but Blue

I don't know about you, but I definitely suffer from a case of winter blues right around March. I know the official most depressing day of the year falls somewhere in January or February but for me, I am at my all time low when my birthday has past, and the ground is STILL brown.

Everywhere else in the world, March = SPRING, chalk full of blooming flowers, chirping birds, and streaming sunshine.

NOPE, not in Alberta. We have NONE of that, or at least not enough to make this girl happy. So, what better way to get away from the brown, than to travel to a city full of BLUE! And by blue, I mean rain!

To escape the brown, me, my mamma and my sister went on a wet  getaway to Vancity for some much needed girls time. We shopped, we drank, we ate and we laughed. It was a great escape from reality and all of the mushy brown stuff.

Some might say the weather was, not ideal, as it rained the whole time, but I am a RAIN LOVER. To me, rain brings a peace of mind, and a sense of adventure. I feel so inspired sitting in a cozy chair with the rain pattering away outside or wandering past adorable cafes with an umbrella above my head. My brain fills up and replenishes on a rainy day.

I didn't bring my camera for this trip, so these pics were all taken with my iPhone and most can be found on my Instagram, but here are some snippets of our rainy adventure. I am so sad it ended, and can't wait to return to my favourite rainy city.

Coal Harbour, taken on a bike tour around Stanley Park

Coal Harbour, taken on a bike tour around Stanley Park

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What spring is supposed to look like!

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49th Parallel, vying for a place in my heart

49th Parallel, vying for a place in my heart

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Hope you have a chance to getaway before summer hits friends! I highly recommend it!

Cheers,

 

K.

Will travel for photos

The mountains were calling a couple weeks ago, so my girlfriend, and fellow photographer, and I decided on a spur of the moment roadtrip to the rockies. 

Check her out, she's a budding entrepreneur and an incredible photographer.

We took a few (and by a few I mean over 1200 combined) photos, and spent the day snapping away until sun down. It was an epic road trip and here are some of my favorites. 

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I promised you some style posts, and swear they are coming soon. 

Stay tuned!

xx 

K

Weekend Getaway

Once fall hit I was badly craving a getaway to the mountains. Driving through the rockies is therapeutic, I could spend hours listening to music and staring out the window. 

We decided on a weekend trip, splurged a little on a nice hotel and explored. Here are some of my favorite photos of the weekend - I've only just now had a chance to blog and relive it, its only been a few months and i'm already itching for another. 

This travel bug thing is tricky to get rid of...I might as well embrace it! 

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Xo  

 

K

Colosseo

The most exciting attraction for us in Rome was the Colosseum. We lucked out and went on the first Sunday of the month, which meant entry was free of charge, the lines weren't half bad either.

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Channeling our inner Gladiators, we explored the place picturing Russel Crow the whole time And quoting the Gladiator  movie under our breaths every ten minutes. I didn't realize they displayed a number of artifacts from that time, I found it to be incredibly interesting learning how they lived their daily lives and the significance of the Roman gods. 

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After the Colosseum was the Roman Forum and Palatine hill. 

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For lunch we went on a bit of a wild goose chase trying to find a restaurant we starred on the map, we never did find it though so we settled for a cute looking cafe just to get out of the heat for awhile, plus Gelato for desert. 

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Our last day was spent packing up, cleaning the apartment and lounging around until lunch time where we set out to find the best Gelato around. Saving the best for last we went to Giolitti, the sorbet tasted like candy and I could have gone back for three more cones. 

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