Monday, January 9, 2017

Air Travel Must Haves

1. Space Saver bags
These are absolute heaven! Especially if you are traveling with only a carry on. We use them for ski travel and it makes things so much easier, and gives us so much more room in our bag for all of the extra stuff we need. They are the best!
2. Headphone splitter
This is a big one if you usually have a travel companion. Thomas and I occasionally watch a movie or want to listen to the same music (normally I just want to sleep), and this headphone splitter has made doing that so much easier. You can fit up to five headphones in it, so this is perfect for watching movies with a person on either side of you!
3. Ginger Candies
AKA motion sickness saver! I am the queen of motion sickness. I get it in the car, on a plane, sitting down, standing up, laying in a bed. You name it, and I've had motion sickness in or on it. I've tried tons of different candies, like these Queasy Drops, but so far the ginger candy chews are my favorite. If you truly can't stand the taste of ginger the Queasy Drops are definitely the next best thing!
4. Your favorite chap stick
I don't care where you are going, what activities you might be doing, you need chap stick. Not only does the elevation of flying dry you out, but chances are wherever you're going isn't going to be so kind on your skin either. Save yourself the trouble and just pack a few different ones! My favorite for cold climates is Burts Bee's and my favorite everyday chap stick is the Rodan Fields chap stick!
5. These water bottles
While I love both my Yeti and my Rtic cups, they are difficult to use on the airplane. I love having a bottle that I can close up and put in the seat back or on the floor without having to worry about spilling it! These stainless steel water bottles are perfect, and they are far cheaper than the pricey S'well Bottles!
6. Poo-Pouri
Need I say more? No one likes a stinky airplane bathroom. Actually, I don't even like going to the bathroom period on an airplane, but sometimes, you gotta go!
7. RFID Card Sleeves 
Some people have no idea how these little guys can literally save you when traveling. I know I sure didn't. There are so many crazies out there trying to steal all of your info, but if you have your credit cards, traveler ID cards, or any other important card (or passport for that matter) in a RFID protected sleeve, you can save yourself the trouble of identity theft and/or having your accounts drained! There's so many great ones like these super hero ones!
8. The most amazing travel pillow ever
I think anyone who has ever flown and tried to sleep understands the importance of a good travel pillow. I have tried a lot. I mean a LOT. This is the one and only travel pillow I would ever actually recommend. It is so perfect. I don't know how they do it, but I get the most comfortable sleep with this little guy- and he isn't annoying to lug around the airport!
9. Bose QuietComfort headphones
Y'all know me. I'm frugal. I don't like to spend money on things that I know can be bought for a cheaper price in a similar product. But you guys, THERE IS NO COMPARISON with these headphones. None. Don't tell me Beats, not Sony, not any of those. These headphones are the king of all headphones. You know the noise you hear on the plane? The general cabin noise? The noise you can hear even behind all of the other leading headphones? There is none of that with these headphones. Not one single bit. It is pure magic. These are worth every single penny!
What is something you just can't live without when you are traveling on an airplane?

Friday, January 6, 2017

Foodie Guide to San Diego

Food Guide to San Diego
You want to know the FIRST thing we do when picking a place to travel? Okay, maybe not the first, but easily one of the first couple of things we do... Find all the food! Thomas is truly the best at this, I don't know where or how he gets all the hottest local spots (and all the big ones too), but he always finds them!
In case you missed it, on Monday, I shared my favorite areas to hang out in when checking out San Diego, and now I am back with all the hottest places to grab a bite to eat!

1. Donut Bar
This famous little hot spot is the perfect stop if you have a busy day ahead. There are SO. MANY. DONUTS. And they are GIANT. We snagged two Monte Cristo donuts, a maple bacon, a pop tart donut (donut with a pop tart in the middle), a lemon blueberry and a Homer- which is exactly what you might think! All of them were delicious, and I am SO glad we had four people to help even out the tasting!

2. BarleyMash
Brunch Brunch Brunch. If you've been following along for any amount of time, you know I have a serious love affair with brunch. We had actually received a rec to go here for dinner and enjoy the nightlife from a friend, but never made it. We popped in for brunch and fell in love. If you enjoy all of the typical brunch items, but amplified this spot is for you! We snagged some favorites like their super sticky cinnamon roll appropriately called the Sin-A-Bun, a veggie sweet potato hash, the breakfast burger, and lots and lots of bloody Mary's from their extensive bloody Mary bar!
3. Pacific Beach Fish Shop
This is one of those super local spots that Thomas dug up. Tucked away outside of the city is this little fish market and shop. The main attraction (for us) was the halibut fish tacos. Sort background- Thomas' family is from Alaska, and his mom really knows her fish, especially halibut, so we were on the hunt for halibut fish tacos. Unfortunately they were out of halibut, so we opted for the Ono fish tacos and they were amazing! Actually, all of the tacos we got were amazing. I loved how you chose your fish, then your seasonings and then if you wanted them fried or grilled! Options make me happy!
4. Casa de Reyes
This delicious spot in the heart of Old Town San Diego is fabulous for some Al Fresco dining! We love sitting in the open patio area munching on chips and salsa, and margaritas. Lots of margaritas. We all shared their tortillas soup and enchiladas. They were good and definitely reminded me of some of our favorite restaurants at home!
5. Buon Appetito
This spot in Little Italy is perfect for a nicer dinner out. We came in for our one nice dinner of the trip, by nice I mean we got dressed up, wore something other than comfy shoes, and drank lots of wine. Thomas' mom and I shared their risotto and it was one of the best risottos I have ever had. She and I also shared the insulate tricolor, and holy YUM. The boys shared some kind of meat & pasta dish and it was fabulous. Definitely a great stop if you're in the mood for something a little more formal- don't forget to make a reservation!
6. Rust General Store
I mentioned this spot in my Places to explore in San Diego post, but this general store is just too fabulous to miss. Both Thomas' mom Janet and I love finding unique things, aka walls filled with tons of different spices and chocolates. So as you can imagine, we were both in heaven. The ladies in the general store were so friendly and incredibly helpful. We ended up taking home lots of their chocolates, unique salts and other goodies!
7. Extraordinary Desserts
If you are willing to look for it, you will find it. This immaculate spot is hidden away in somewhat of an industrial area. They have cases and cases of gorgeously decorated desserts and fun sweets to see!

8. The Cravory
After we filled up on Fish Tacos we needed a little something sweet. So to The Cravory we went! The Cravory had tons of artisan cookies that I could have never dreamed up, and of course, some of the traditional ones! Stop in, grab a dozen and enjoy them for a few days at home, that's what we did!


Monday, January 2, 2017

Exploring San Diego

Just after thanksgiving this year, we jetted off to San Diego with Thomas' family to do some exploring, but most of all, to enjoy time with family! We made stops at some amazing places, and I've compiled them all here, for you!

Areas to explore in San Diego
Thomas' mom outside of the front door of our AirBnB in Sunset Cliffs
1. Sunset Cliffs
This is actually the neighborhood our AirBnB was in. We probably never would have found it if we hadn't been staying there. This quaint little spot, nestled right on the water (literally) had so many cute stops and fun places to walk around. While we were there, they were hosing a Christmas parade and tons of other Christmas festivities! If you want to hear more about AirBnB check out my AirBnB do's & don'ts post!
Areas to explore in San Diego, CA
Going for a ride on The Giant Dipper
2. Belmont Park
Don't let the look fool you, this little amusement part hosts some amazing times. We stopped here, only looking to ride the Giant Dipper and ended up having an amazing time! The Giant Dipper may look like an old rickety roller coaster, but it is so much fun. We ended up riding it three times and probably would have gone another ten times if we weren't freezing! There is also a few other smaller rides and shops along the way, not to mention a hilarious photo booth that we took FULL advantage of!

3. Little Italy
This little area is every foodie's dream. There was so much food y'all! We had an amazing dinner and checked out some of the adorable shops (can you tell I like food and shops?). (Almost) Everything is down one long street so you're able to see tons of stuff in on long strip. Definitely a must stop if you're looking for some fabulous Italian food.
Areas to explore in San Diego, CA
4. Gaslamp Quarter
This area if fabulous. It reminds me of some of the other ultra trendy areas of places we have visited, minus the over abundance of chain restaurants. The Gaslamp Quarter had tons of neat bars and pubs, mixed with lots of cool shops. I would definitely recommend a night in The Gaslamp Quarter, or brunch there! We went with the later because we spent too much time exploring Little Italy one night, but the brunch scene was just as amazing as the night scene! 
Areas to explore in San Diego, CA
5. Balboa Park
This magnificent park reminds me of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco or Central Park in New York. It is giant! We were visiting during the Balboa nights festival and were amazed at the number of vendors and fun activities there were to do. Balboa Park is also home to THE San Diego Zoo- Hello bucket list! With so much to do and such a huge area, this is the perfect spot to hang out in all day, we sure did!
Areas to explore in San Diego, CA
6. Old Town San Diego
This little area is the absolute best. It reminds me of a little Mexico with tons of Spanish tiling, adobe style buildings small shops and of course, delicious foods. I highly recommend grabbing lunch here, and spending the rest of the afternoon browsing the shops. Parking is a little hairy, but there are a couple free parking areas, and know your car is 100% safe!
Areas to explore in San Diego, CA
Other notable areas:
Unconditional Surrender Sculpture
USS Midway & Museum
Hotel del Coronado
La Jolla Cove
Follow me on Instagram this week to see lots of other awesome shots from our time in San Diego!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Overnight {A New Way to Travel}

You guys know I am so always advocating for affordable travel, especially affordable lodging. Thomas and I have always been such huge fans for AirBnB, but once I heard about Overnight, I knew we had to add it in to the rotation, and of course, let all of my readers know about it!
Overnight's mission is to make travel more accessible to more people.
 Overnight is an app, similar to AirBnB that allows people to find lodging accommodations same day! You don't realize how important it is to be able to have a place that can accommodate you last minute, until the airline cancels your original flight and is forcing you to fly out the afternoon before you were supposed to leave- yep, that was us on our trip to Boston a few years ago. We scrambled to find someplace to stay, and ended up in a not so great place because so many AirBnB listings in Boston required a "request to book!"  If we would have had Overnight, all of our troubles totally could have been eliminated! 

1. Download the Overnight app HERE
2.Open the app & use Facebook to sign in
3. Click the profile icon in the top left corner
4. Select the payment tab.
5. Input code "BELLE" if it has not automatically been added & receive $25 off your first stay with Overnight!

 "People don't take trips, trips take people." 
-John Steinbeck
What's your favorite way to travel?

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