Ever heard of Joseph Oregon? I sure hadn't! Such an underrated place! When Jake & I decided to drive up to Seattle, I was trying to find a place in between Salt Lake City and Washington to stop and I found a little town called Joseph. Joseph Oregon was incredible!
If you're heading to the beach this summer it's important to have a beach bag that can hold all your essentials. It can be tough to find a bag big enough to hold towels, snacks, electronics, & that's easy to clean! Hear are a few suggestions of beach bags to purchase that will make a difference too!
In my previous travel post, ETHICAL STYLE LIVING OUT OF A CARRY ON FOR 3 WEEKS: CLOTHES TO PACK, I focused on clothes to pack! Here's what I packed as far as shoes, extras, & essentials! Jake & I decided to pack lite for our trip to Europe because we didn't want to be hauling around massive suitcases through the train stations and airports. So this meant packing three weeks worth of clothes into one tiny suitcase. So what do you bring?
Jake & I decided to pack lite for our trip because we didn't want to be hauling around massive suitcases through the train stations and airports. So this meant packing three weeks worth of clothes into one tiny suitcase. So what do you bring? It was a challenge for sure! It gave me a bit more appreciation for minimalism and capsule wardrobes. I tried to focus on basics and similar color patterns. So here is what I brought and what I would recommend! With a little blurb about the ethical brands of course! :)
Spending a bit of time on the Amalfi Coast was the perfect way to end our three week trip. We stayed in the BEST B&B up in the hills of Sorrento. Casale Antonietta is a family owned B&B with an incredible view, kind staff, and a wonderful place for nature lovers.
We spent two full days in Rome! The architecture, history, & food was amazing! Wish we had a bit more time to explore, but it gives us an excuse to come back one day! We stayed in an Airbnb near the Colosseum which turned out to be a great location! It was about a 10 minute drive to the train station, a 15 minute walk to Trevi fountain, & a 20 minute drive to the Vatican.
During our stay in Rome our Airbnb host was nice enough to share some suggestions for affordable pasta shops in the area with us! We stayed in the Colosseum area which was a great location! These hole in the wall places in the Colosseum neighborhoods were way cheaper and way better than most of the actual restaurants we ate at.
Florence was a hustling and bustling city! We spent three days in Florence and I still feel like there was so much we didn't see. We definitely had some chaotic times during our time here, haha! Read on!
It started at dinner. From the outside it looked like a quaint little place. The reviews online were good. It was an older restaurant with neighborhood charm. One of those restaurants where everyone scribbles their names on the wall. The white walls were covered in an array of colored signatures.
Venice was my favorite place so far we've been so far! The beautifully colored buildings and the canal make this a relaxing spot to vacation. We stayed slightly outside the main part of the city in the Santa Croce district at Hotel Dalla Mora. This was a great place to stay! It was super close to the train station when we arrived! The hotel was right on the water
Trying to do Paris in two days was a struggle, but we managed to do A LOT! We stayed outside of the main city in a neighborhood, Le Marais. This was a great location about a 15 minute ride away from the Eiffel Tower. There were plenty of cute restaurants in this neighborhood within walking distance! Before we went to France we kept hearing that stereotypically the French aren't too welcoming towards Americans. But overall we had a good stay! I even made a list of a few restaurants, here, that were very welcoming to us and had good food!
One of the things I was most anxious about when traveling to Paris was communication. Jake and I don't speak any French and we heard the stereotypical rumor that French people aren't very welcoming towards Americans. We had good experiences for the most part! Here are a few restaurants that I felt went above and beyond to make us feel comfortable and were happy to speak to us in english.
After enjoying a full english breakfast at our hotel, we got an early start to the day with our fast track tickets to the London Eye. From here we got a prime view of the city. A bit foggy, but still beautiful!
Finding a hotel that matches your values can be a challenge! Believe it or not it's possible! During our stay in London we stayed at the Qbic Hotel, a certifiedB Corp. I'm so impressed with their initiatives and dedication to sustainability.
For me, loud noises, large groups of people, and crowded spaces are triggering. All of these are characteristics of your typical tourist attractions. For the most part I've done pretty well. We've spent the past four days exploring London. However, one attraction in particular really had me on edge, The Tower of London.
As many of you know I've been living at home in Dallas for the past few months until we make the move to Seattle. I've been able to visit quite a few of my favorite social enterprises and wanted to create a guide! If you're planning to travel to the Dallas area this summer here are some wonderful suggestions so that your travels can make a difference!
Gearing up for your summer travels? Make sure you have luggage that will last! These three awesome brands are ethically crafting products essential for your summer travel. Check out how they empower others!
Terra Thread Lupa Tote is my personal favorite beach bag! This roomy bag can fit towels, snacks, and so much more. Terra Thread's Duffel Bag is great for weekend trips too!
After living in Nashville for four years and running The Honest Consumer for two, I've learned about so many wonderful businesses that have a positive impact on this city and beyond. If you live in Nashville or are traveling to Nashville, I encourage you to check out some of these amazing places.
Matter Prints gives new meaning to traditional patterns by creating bold, modern statement pieces. Founded with inspiration and compassion, Matter Prints demonstrates the importance of slow fashion by working directly with eight artisan communities, positively impacting around 1,287 individual artisans.
When walking into this chic ice cream shop, you will be greeted with a warm smile followed by a welcoming HOWDY. Howdy Homemade is an ice cream shop in Dallas that trains and employs young adults with down syndrome or autism.
Haiti will break you in the most beautiful way. The Haitian people are welcoming, kind, and have an amazing culture. Despite what the American media might tell you the Haitians are some of the most hardworking, resourceful individuals I have ever met.
As many of you know I am in Haiti through my university's study abroad program. Today we visited the social enterprise of REBUILD Globally, Deux Mains Designs. The work done by Deux Mains Designs is incredible! Deux Mains Design creates shoes and accessories using locally sourced leather and recycled tires.