Packing for Travel: A Form of Mindfulness & Minimalism

Packing for a trip can be a form of mindfulness and minimalism leading us to be more aware of our belongings. Only being able to select a certain amount of garments, shoes, and goods encourages us to prioritize our belongings. And so often we tend to overpack. What will the weather be like? What events will I be going to? Questions like these cause travelers to pack way more than they need. And these were definitely questions running through my mind as we packed for Dublin a few weeks ago.

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A Few Days in Dublin

If you’ve been following along you know that Jake & I got to spend some time in Dublin! Here’s a little recap of how we spent our time. Yes, I was bad about documenting as we went along, but hey…better late than never! And if you’re planning a trip to Dublin feel free to use this as a guide.

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The Honest Truth About Traveling for Work: How Your Mental Health Can Be Impacted

I think a lot of people my age (early 20s) dream of traveling for work. While it’s not something I do often, I’ve been doing a lot of it the past month which has been exciting and exhausting! One thing people don’t acknowledge about traveling for work is the toll it can take on your mental health.

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Eco-friendly Relaxing: Joseph, Oregon

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!

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Ethical Style: Summer Beach Bags

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!

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Ethical Style Living Out of a Carry On for 3 Weeks: Shoes, Extras, & Essentials

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!

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Ethical Style Living Out of a Carry On for 3 Weeks: Clothes to Pack

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?

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Adventures Abroad: Unwinding in an Oasis in Sorrento

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.

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Adventures Abroad: Just "Rome"ing Around

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.

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Sustainable Pasta Shops Near The Colosseum

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.

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Adventures Abroad: Fun in Florence

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! 

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When in Rome...Have a Panic Attack

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.

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Adventures Abroad: Relaxing in Venice

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

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Adventures Abroad: Paris in Two Days

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!

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Eateries in Paris

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.

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Adventures Abroad: London in Four Days

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!

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The Eco-Friendly Hotel That Matches Your Values: Qbic London

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 certified B Corp. I'm so impressed with their initiatives and dedication to sustainability.

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Traveling with Anxiety: Demons & Dungeons

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. 

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Bon Voyage: On The Way to Europe

Bon Voyage! Jake & I are off to Europe! We'll be out and about exploring for three weeks! Prayers and positive vibes for safe travels would be greatly appreciated! And any travel tips or suggestions are welcome too! We'll be heading to London, Paris, & Italy. I'll be sure and post plenty of pictures from our travels! 

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