- When you are sightseeing and come across a public restroom, use it. You never know when you will get another chance.
- When departing in an airplane, play “Love like a sunset, Part I” by Phoenix when your plane begins to taxi down the runway. That song always seems to mimic the momentum of taking off, and if it syncs up with lift-off, it feels like magic.
- Bring currency with you for tipping, even if they accept credit cards.
- If you’re not fluent in the native language, be ready with guides and translation apps, even you know some of language and the citizens generally know English. It’s just polite to not assume anything, and you’ll learn more.
- Take a nap if you feel like you need it. (Unless you are jet lagged, then see next point.)
- Never nap when adjusting to a new time zone. I know you are so sleepy but you WILL REGRET IT. Look alive and push through. You can do it!
- Only carry what you need. Only copies of Important documents should be on you, plus the cash or cards you need. It’s safer and traveling lighter feels better.
- Just check the bag. Fighting for overhead space is the gladiatorial fight of our modern age.
- Don’t overplan. You might be more tired on some days, discover an unexpected place you want to visit, or get a last minute recommendation from one of your Insta-followers. Have some flex time.
- Always take photos.
Some photos from my trip to the Northwest (Oregon & Vancouver, Canada) in September 2017:
Delicious breakfast in Vancouver.
View of the bridge from the bike trail in Vancouver.
Totems in the park in Vancouver
Inside the Public Market in Vancouver.
Japanese Gardens in Portland, Oregon.
Sunset view from my hotel in Vancouver.
Vanilla Jill’s Ice Cream Shop in Eugene, Oregon.
Canada sign in Vancouver/
Public Market in Vancouver.
Breakfast Biscuit at Pine State Biscuits in Portland, Oregon.
Famous burger at Stanich’s in Portland, Oregon.
View of Vancouver from the bike trail.
Trees in a park in Eugene, Oregon.
View from a hill in Eugene, Oregon.
Biking in Vancouver.
And from my Bestie trip to Connecticut in October 2017:
A delicious burger I had on my birthday.
A very attractive statue of Nathaniel Hale in Hartford Connecticut.
Mark Twain’s real house in Hartford, Connecticut.
Me, in a giant chair at Club Getaway in Kent. CT.
Kent, Connecticut Town Hall.
Mark Twain’s house made of Legos.
Me and my best friend in Connecticut.
Lauren Graham FaceTiming the crowd at the Gilmore Girls Festival.
Slovenia is beautiful. It’s the kind of deep green and blue place you’d expect to see in children’s books about castles and dragons. It’s also the kind of place I’ve never thought about visiting and might not always find quickly on a map. (Fun fact: A lot of mail meant for Slovenia mistakenly ends up in Slovakia.)
Coincidentally, Slovenia was featured in two documentaries I watched recently. In the Netflix series, Chef’s Table, there’s an episode about a Slovenian Chef named Ana Ros. She cooks amazing food inspired by the sloping hills and clear rivers of her town, nestled in Slovenia’s Soca Valley. In Where to Invade Next, Michael Moore visits Slovenia to highlight their free university system and progressive politics… in addition to the gorgeous mountain landscapes.Now that I know more about Slovenia, it’s on my ever-growing list of places I’d love to visit.