Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Exploring the Florida Underground

Hello, Friends!

If you have seen my Instagram recently, you would have seen that I spent some time in some caverns the other day. As part of our annual trip to Alabama, we decided to stop in a little town in North Florida to explore the Florida Caverns. I had never been in a cavern before.

The cavern tour was my mom's idea. We broke up the trip into two legs in order to fit in our cavern tour. We pre-planned our stop, pre-ordered our tickets and were all set for the night tour. We decided to go for the 1.5-2 hour night flashlight tour.

The tour guide turns off all the lights inside the cavern then we "hike" about half a mile to the cavern entrance and basically crawl in. There is this sign on your walk up to the cabin where the tours start.

After a quick orientation about the caverns, we were free to explore! It was awesome. We crawled through some small spaces and narrow hallways. It was fun to hear about how the caverns were discovered. My sisters and I took a TON of pictures.

The next day we completed our trip to Alabama to drop off both my sisters in college. They are currently going to school together for the first time ever. They also live 8 blocks away from each other. Keep an eye out for my Bama Trip post that's coming up (yep, E you were right!).

Have you ever been in a cavern?

Monday, August 14, 2017

12 Trips to Take with Your BFF

Hello, Friends!

Let's be honest, the best thing about your best friend is that you can do absolutely nothing together and still be the best day ever. You can talk, or not talk, for hours about everything and nothing. You can ask her those things you can't ask anyone else.

Because of that, you and your BFF definitely deserve a break from the everyday craziness every once in a while and take off to some fun, exotic place. Being out of your element, or even just relaxing without a care in the world, it is always better with your bestie by your side. Traveling with your best friend will bond you like nothing else.

My bestie and I came up with a list of epic getaways to take. Here are some of our favorites that we hope to go out on. Don't worry about taking some fancy trip, even just one will make sure to cement your memories for a lifetime.

one// NYC

There's nothing quite like the Big Apple. All the stuff to do, all the lights, all the food. How could you possibly go wrong? There are so many things to do in the city, even if it's just for a long weekend! I spent one night in the city with my bestie and we ate in Little Italy, then sat around Times Square. Its definitely on our list to go back.

two// Roadtrip

This is my bestie's number one thing dream trip. She's planned it out, crossing the entire country, hitting all the national parks and crossing back. One day we will leave everything behind, pack our car and hit the road. Until then, we will keep dreaming of this epic road trip.

three// The English Countryside

My bestie and I are part of a trio and it so happens that our third lives in England currently. So we are actually, currently trying to plan a trip to visit her before she moves back. Seeing all her AMAZING pictures is making me die with jealousy. I can't wait to see her. 

four// Italy

Or more specifically Florence, or Cinque Terre, or Vienna. Italy is just a magical place! It would be awesome to go with my best friend. I know we can rent a vespa, eat gelato or pizza, and enjoy our trip pretending to be real Italians.

five// Montreal

Poutine, poutine, poutine. They also have beautiful outdoors. Montreal's got everything worth indulging in, but in French. It is alluring, charming, and everything you'd want to share with your BFF.

six// Savannah

The beautiful cobblestone squares and canopy of Spanish moss, there's no dreamier place to feel time stands still. There's nothing like the South. Between the hospitality and Southern charm, it's a perfect place to visit.

seven// Stockholm (or Oslo, or Copenhagen)

Thank you, WOW Air, for making it a lot more doable to jet off to Scandinavia on a moment's notice. If Sweden, Norway, or Denmark weren't on your radar before then now's the perfect time to keep an eye out for deals. Definitely should go hopping across Europe

eight// Machu Picchu

Who better to be with when you're traipsing through Peru than your best friend? It is a majestic, once in a lifetime trip. One that is better with your best friend by your side. Taking a train or hiking through remote parts of Peru to reach an incredible part of history.

nine// Tokyo 

Take a little hop to Asia with a vibrant and nonstop city like Tokyo. It marries the fast-paced, technologically advanced world with the traditional Japanese culture in an amazing way.

ten// Thailand

Going here is a dream of mine. I want to see the monkey temple, the elephants, and all the incredible things that are unique to Thailand. Imagine practicing yoga together, overlooking the water.

eleven// Buenos Aires

I'd love to take my best friend to my home. I want to show her around my stomping ground, maybe go down south to Tierra del Fuego. Visit Patagonia and all the penguins. It'll definitely be a great time to bring my best friend to my family's roots. She's basically a part of the family at this point.

twelve// Nashville, Tennessee

Its the country music capital of the world. Visiting the South and all the fun things to do in the city. It is definitely a long weekend, exploring together would make for a great weekend getaway!

Where would you go?

Friday, August 11, 2017

11 Roadtrip Essentials for Your Next Trip

Hello All!

Yesterday we started our official, annual road trip to Alabama! This means we had to pack up the car with ALL the essentials for our 14-hour trip. This year we broke it up into two days so we could enjoy some sightseeing. By the time you're reading this we will be at our destination!

Road trips require a lot of things and preparation. The weekend before we left, my sisters and I made a list of all the snacks we wanted to bring along. The week before that my little sister made us a playlist for the ride. There are many things to keep into consideration for a road trip.

Obviously, there are some things you can't get away with not bringing along. You must have your ID, car keys, full tank of gas, and all the stuff you're moving. I wanted to share some things that you need as a driver and passenger in road trips. Granted, there tends to be overlap between the two.

As the Driver

one// a comfy travel outfit

I definitely respect people that get all dressed up to travel, and I wish I could pull it off, but I end up driving myself crazy. While I am not a person that dresses in sweatpants or PJs to travel, I still try to be comfortable. I'll opt for something warm and airy, like leggings or jeans. Loose Tees are important as well in the outfit decision. I usually opt for sneakers or boat shoes to keep my feet warm.

two// caffeine

I love coffee and it keeps me up, but it also makes me need to stop for the bathroom too many times. Instead of coffee, I opt for tea. Now I've learned this the hard way: pack the tea bags and just order hot water instead!

three// sunglasses

I never leave my house without sunglasses. Living in Florida pretty much trains you to always have sunglasses with you. Even on super overcast days, the clouds will break and the sun is all in your face. Sunglasses are essential!

four// a good playlist

My sisters are the BEST at this. I'm not going to lie, I'm pretty horrible at music stuff. This year we are doing a Spotify playlist, we all had to submit song options then my sisters made a playlist for the ride. I definitely would recommend a book on tape if not. On previous trips, we've played Harry Potter or other books. Both are the best options to keep you alert on the road especially if you're traveling alone. If you aren't alone then you need to have an alert co-pilot to keep you on track.

five// car phone charger

This is essential!! Since we use phones as GPS and music and all sorts of other things, so we need to make sure we are fully charged. We are many phones traveling together so we got a multiple port phone charger for the trip. If not, then definitely keep multiple of the one phone chargers in the car, in case one stops working or anything else goes wrong.

six// gum

Gum is definitely a great way to stay alert and awake. Keeping some in the car for the driver and the passengers is a great way to go. It keeps your breath feeling fresh and for some reason, I always feel more alert when chewing gum. I wouldn't suggest chewing the entire trip though! 

seven// water bottle

Like my sunglasses, I never leave home without a water bottle. I love my orange CamelBak! We packed lunch, snacks, and plenty of water. We don't always realize how dehydrated we get while sitting in the car driving. Lots of people like the glass bottles because they do not have harmful chemicals when they get hot.

eight// snacks

We don't like to stop many times on the trip and we have very particular favorite snacks. We pack all sorts of things, especially things we can't find on the road. I know we probably eat a lot out of boredom, but I'm constantly hungry on the road. Definitely, make a list of the snacks you want so you can pack exactly what you're craving.

as the passenger

one// hand sanitizer

SUPER important! You're going to stop at kinda gross places, you'll be eating, and moving around the car, so you definitely want to have hand sanitizer. I always have some in my purse, but I'd recommend packing some extra hand sanitizer.

two// jackets or sweatshirts

Cars are cold!! My hands always freeze while I'm driving, but as a passenger, I need the sweater or jacket. You can also throw it on like a blanket if you decide to take a nap. 

three// pillow

This is a debated essential. My mom claims that the passengers are supposed to entertain the driver, but sometimes as the passenger, I know I need a nap. Especially after driving for a couple hours I'll sit in the back and nap while someone else is entertaining the driver.

What are your essentials?