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An amazing view of the Pacific Ocean! ūüėć

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2015 has been the year of travel for me, and I’m loving every minute of it!

I’ve been traveling quite a bit for work filming / photographing events, and heading to New York City for meetings. ¬†Last week I traveled to Portland Oregon, not for work but for a family trip with my Mum. My uncle and aunt live there and we had an amazing time in the land of the moss and the green! That’s what I kept calling it at least, but more on¬†all of these travels later.

Here are a few of my favorite things around the web this week.

  • I’m a major BBC Radio 1 fan ( always have, always will) and this mashup has been on repeat. ¬†https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vARBXU59BPw
  • These packing cubes really have been a life saver for me. ¬†So easy to pack for multiple stops and different climates. ¬†When I flew into Philadelphia it was 90 but when I went to Portland it was in the 50’s.
  • Read Beautiful Ruins¬†on my flight to the west coast, I can’t believe It took so long to read a book about Italy in the 60’s and Hollywood.
  • This has been the playlist¬†I’ve been listening to constantly while in the air, or driving from place A to place B.
  • This pilot recounts every moment on his flight from London to Tokyo. Such an interesting read!¬†( Plus a great page layout)

Have a great weekend! I have a 3 day weekend and I couldn’t be more thrilled to relax, finish up my posts on Portland and head to the beach!

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The Essentials to Traveling

On route to Carcassonne France

Through out the year, I have been a contributing writer to the website College Gloss which is a website devoted to female college students and covers topics that are related to college and graduation. I wrote a blog on studying abroad and when I came back from Dublin I made a list of what I think are the essential when it comes to traveling. Here are two of the tips I have come up with.

Pack Lightly
One thing that I found to be essential in traveling for a weekend or even a week is how easy it is to make so many different outfits out of a few items of clothes.  Some airlines are a really cheap, but they make up for the low prices by charging for pretty much everything! The carry on bag restriction is very strict with the rule of just one bag.  If you carry a backpack and a purse, you’ll need to stuff your purse in your bag. If you are traveling for more than a few days, this can be difficult.

Here is my suggestion on what to pack for a week of traveling: 2 Jeans, 7 pairs of socks and underwear, a dress, tights, flats, sneakers, t-shirt to sleep in, and two tank tops to wear under other shirts, a coat and a sweatshirt. I managed to pack all of this into my small backpack and I also had a small purse jammed inside. If you can plan your outfits and not wait to the very last minute, you will be set to have clothes for the trip that make you comfortable and stylish.

 Ask the locals

If you want to find something to do, or learn about a good affordable place to eat ask someone who lives there. In our hostel in Portugal, one of the men who worked in our hostel wrote and circled all the places to go.¬† In Porto, we went to a restaurant where there were just locals, and unlike the other restaurants we went to, the menu was just in Portuguese. We had to guess what we were ordering, but the food was delicious.¬† Locals usually love to help show off where they live! Just make sure you don’t wander off with one alone (safety first!)

Click on the link below to check out my full article!

Jet setter: 8 Ways to Make the Most of Your Travels