I met Ariel in college. In the last year, she has become a new mom and a new blogger (find her at ariel loves) covering a range of topics from home design to travel. As the travel bug has bit me hard again, I asked Ariel if she would be willing to share her tips and tricks for traveling with a baby. Below: Ariel with her husband Michael and daughter Adina.
Argentina and Uruguay here we come! Yes, that's right, David and I booked our flights for our annual trip abroad and I am beyond excited. We loved Chile so much last year, we decided to continue with a second year of South American adventures. In the past, I've written a few posts (here and here) about my own thoughts and tactics for travel and vacation planning, so I'd like to use this very real example to showcase my strategies in action.
Let's be honest, coffee makes the world go 'round. Well, it at least makes my world go 'round. I am far from a coffee snob, but I love nothing more than sipping on a cold brew in the summer or wrapping my hands around a warm mug in the winter. I don't need anything fancy; basic coffee with a splash of skim, whole, or almond milk hits the spot.
A few years ago, DC got its act together in the coffee department. This city saw a boom of new and independent coffee shops, cafes, bakeries, and roasteries open their doors. Suddenly, we all awakened to the greatness of better quality beans. Don't get me wrong, I will happily gulp down my Dunkin' Donuts, and sometimes pop into 7-Eleven even with other options in the neighborhood, but the increased variety in coffee date spots is welcomed.
Over the past four years my family and I have gathered biannually in New York City to watch my youngest brother's dance performances. Jesse (you can read his guest post here) has been pursuing his BFA in Ballet from Marymount Manhattan College, and will be graduating this weekend. While supporting Jesse has been the primary purpose of these trips, they have also served as precious family time. We've all grown older and moved away from home, so finding time for all five (now seven) of us to get together is more difficult. As Jesse's college dance career comes to a close, I have been reflecting on my family's time getting to know a city as regular tourists, which I believe has been a unique opportunity; "next time" was always an option.
In Part 1 of this series I tackled a key question in planning an unforgettable trip: where should you go? I discussed my own thought process in narrowing down a world of unlimited options by considering things like length of travel, weather preferences, and group dynamics. Whether you are actively planning your next adventure, or simply daydreaming about it (like me), the next step in the process is determining your budget. I know, sticking to a budget may make you feel constrained, but I promise it's the key to a guilt free experience.
Who here has drifted off during school or work into that wonderful daydream where you imagine all of the things you would do if you won the lottery? Me. I dream up all sorts of scenarios with personal chefs and extravagant shopping sprees, but when I really think about it, I want an unlimited travel budget and the vacation days to go along with it. The travel bug bit me hard after college and has been flowing through my veins ever since. Over the past few years, I have been privileged to explore some wonderful places (mostly with David), and have learned a few things about planning, budgeting, and prioritizing in order to create unforgettable experiences. Stick with me on this multi-post series and I promise your next trip will be equally as perfect.
I love traveling, especially to big cities. My respect runs deep for those of you who like hiking/camping/backpacking for days, taking in nature's finest, but I am not you. For me, the best kind of trip includes busy sidewalks, noisy traffic, and attempting to live like a local in an unknown city with millions of strangers. Let me be clear, trips/travel and vacations share many similarities, but are not the same. In fact, my husband and I had this exact conversation during our recent week in Chile; vacations aim to bring complete relaxation back into you life, while trips aim to bring a little adventure and a lot of exploration. I prefer trips, David would like us to take more vacations. Regardless of our views, we loved our week in Chile; amazing sites, delicious food, interesting history, and friendly people. This post covers two areas: 1) a brief overview of our trip, in hopes of convincing you to consider Chile for yourself, and 2) lessons learned about stress and anxiety while traveling.
Walking enthusiast, kitchen experimenter, sports lover (watching, not playing), and future world traveler.
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