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Florence, Italy

#duomo #viewfromthetop #giottosbelltower

  • Would you follow GPS coordinates to an undisclosed location for a mystery get away?
  • The world’s first space hotel is set to open in 2022. Book your stay now!
  • It’s not too late to book a last minute trip to London for the Royal Wedding this weekend, but you will need to be up extra early to catch a glimpse of the couple.
  • Searching for the perfect caption for your ‘Gram worthy travel photos?
  • Travel to Hawaii is still safe for visitors despite the Kilauea Volcano eruption.

Road Tripping from Vegas to the Grand Canyon – Part 2

I loved Sedona. It is absolutely beautiful there. Everywhere you turn there is another stunning view. We started our day walking around the downtown area and doing some shopping. It was mostly touristy shops but there were a few nice stores as well. Then we checked in for our Pink Jeep tour. The Pink Jeep tour was SO much fun! Our guide was great, he was a Sedona native and made the experience so awesome! We chose the Broken Arrow tour which is a crazy off road experience down Broken Arrow Trail. We bounced all around in the jeep and at some points it felt like we would bounce out, but it was a blast. We stopped at several different places to take pictures and walk around. Each place we stopped had amazing views.

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Thank goodness for seat belts!

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The pictures really don’t do this place justice. It is so beautiful and literally every direction you turn you are surround by these amazing views, each formation a little different than the others. After our Pink Jeep tour was over we asked our guide where we should have lunch. He suggested Mariposa, so that’s where we went. It was realllly good. But the view was even better. It has the most amazing outdoor space with the most incredible 360 degree views.

We made one last stop at the Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona to take in the views and then we were headed back to Williams, AZ. It was finally time to see the Grand Canyon! After arriving in Williams we spent the night at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel. We had tickets for the train to the Grand Canyon bright and early the next morning.

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Stay tuned for the last part of the trip, where we finally made it to see the Grand Canyon.

If you missed part one of the trip check it out here.

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Friday Favorites – Summer Can You Hear Me?

Anyone else feel like this was the longest winter of their LIFE? I’m a summer lovin’, flip-flop wearing, beach days and sunshine girl! Summer is by far my favorite season. With the warm weather FINALLY making an appearance it seems like summer may actually be on its way. Without further ado…. my favorite things about summer.

ONE. I am lucky enough to live a short drive from the beach. The beach is my happy place, and I am looking forward to many weekends spent by the water this summer.

 

TWO. Wearing allll the summer things. I do not like winter clothes. Never have, probably never will. Give me all the bright colors and flip flops.

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romper / top / dress / bikini / sandals / earrings / sandals / straw bag / earrings

THREE. With the days getting longer and the weather getting warmer I look forward to long walks through the neighborhood to wind down the day. It so nice to be able to de-stress, spend some time outside, and get in some extra exercise. Win, win.

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FOUR. Besides weekends at the beach I have a few trips already planned this summer. I always look forward to summer vacations when the weather turns warm. I’m excited to share all our summer travels with you!

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FIVE. My final favorite thing about summer is being able to have cocktails outside on a patio, roof top, beach, or porch. I have been very into the Aperol Spritz since the weather turned warm. It tastes better with a side of sunshine. What’s you favorite summer cocktail?

 

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Sunset Beach, St. Maarten

#chasingsunsets #watchingairplanes

  • Every time I hear this song on the radio I think of sitting on Sunset Beach watching the planes land at SXM
  • Would you go on the worlds longest cruise? 254 days. I. Would. Not.
  • Pack your bags and head for Alabama to check out America’s best restaurant. The James Beard Foundation annual awards were announced Monday. Check out all the other winners.
  • The most epic road trip.
  • Learn to shop like a royal.
  • Add these rainbow mountains to the bucket list.

 

Road Tripping from Vegas to the Grand Canyon

I have wanted to see the Grand Canyon for as long as I can remember. When people talk about it, they always seem to be in such awe of what they have seen. I got the chance to go on a road trip from Vegas to the Grand Canyon with my aunt for her birthday, and it was everything people said it would be. We flew into Vegas, spent five nights in different hotels each night and saw some truly beautiful sights.

The trip started off when we landed in Vegas just in time to make it to see the Cher concert that we had tickets to. Everyone was all, we’re gonna miss Cher, and I’m all but we can’t skip dinner. So I started my trip to Vegas shoving airport Burger King in my face as we waited at the carousel for our bags. We got in an Uber and headed to the Monte Carlo, where we were also staying the night, passed our bags off to the front desk (I did a quick outfit change in the hotel lobby bathroom) and headed for the show. To be honest, I am not a huge Cher fan so I had no idea what to expect. It was a great show! Even if you weren’t into the music, the costumes, the hair, the scenery…it was all something to see. I was blown away by the fact that she is over 70 years old still putting on such a huge show and her costumes and hair are unreal. She changes so many times during the show and SO quickly. I was so impressed by that. We walked around Vegas a bit after the show and took it all in. This was my second time going to Vegas and it is still such an overwhelming place to me, I can’t decide if I like it there or hate it there! Have you been? What do you think?

We got up the next morning and had the typical Vegas hotel buffet breakfast where we ate ALL the things. We headed back to the airport and picked up our rental car and our road trip was officially underway. We headed south to make our first stop at the Hoover Dam. I had never seen it before, so I was excited to check it out. It was amazing to see it, and I thought it was so cool how half of the bridge is in one time zone and the other half is in another. A new bridge over the dam was built not that long ago, which is the one in the pictures. The original bridge is now mostly for tourists to walk around on and check out the views.

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View from the old bridge over the Hoover Dam.
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Long way down!
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Nevada side of the bridge.

 

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Arizona side!

After taking in all the views of the Hoover Dam we got back in the car to head south for Sedona, AZ. What should have been a 4 hour drive basically took all day. We definitely took the scenic route. We drove part of the way down historic Route 66. It winds through small towns and Indian Reservations, and there were a lot of beautiful views. We took Route 66 into Williams, AZ for dinner. We ate a steak dinner at Rod’s Steakhouse. It was delicious. The town still looks vaguely similar to what I imagine people traveling on Route 66 in it’s heyday saw. It was a fun step back in time.

Once we finished dinner we finally made it to Sedona. We made a quick loop though town to check out the sites before checking in to our room at the Sedona Summit. It was a little ways out of town but I thought it was a really nice place. We had heard lots of talk about the Prickly Pear margaritas in Sedona, so after checking in to the room we thought we would try one at the hotel bar. Turns out they didn’t have a hotel bar, so we took the next best option and found the closest Safeway and got the ingredients and made them ourselves and sat by the pool and drank them. P.S. you can make them at home too! You’re welcome 😉

Stay tuned for our adventures in Sedona and the Grand Canyon.

 

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#WanderlustWednesday

Hawaiian sunsets… is there anything better?
#hawaii #sunsets #daydreams

  • May 11 is National Public Gardens Day, gardens across the country will offer free admission.
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  • This is politics we can get behind….literally. Bipartisan legislation to prevent airlines seats from shrinking further.
  • Get paid to travel the US all summer and promote booze. Dream Job? I think so.
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Friday Favorites – Must Have Travel Products

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  • This is the best lip balm of all times. It’s great for on the plane to keep your lips from drying out, but also for everyday.
  • I always pack wipes to wash my face in a hurry on trips. These are my favorite ones.
  • I have super curly hair and this is probably my favorite new purchase. I have to dry my hair with a diffuser and this one fits ALL hotel hairdryers so I don’t have to pack both anymore.
  • This is the best for refreshing your SPF on the go! It has a cooling sensation when you spray it too, which is great for hot days walking around new cities.
  • So I saw one of my favorite artist who travels a lot cleaning her airplane seat with these on Insta Stories, and I was all that is so brilliant because….gross. And now I always have them in my bag on trips.
  • I love to use trips as a time to try out new cleansers and moisturizers. I buy the smaller sizes because they are easier to pack, and I can always go back for the larger one if I really like it. I think Ulta has the best selection of small travel size products to choose from.
  • I pack everything in this bag which is nothing fancy to look at, but it holds SO much stuff, and the detachable pockets come in handy to use for other things also.

I’m heading to the beach this weekend! I am so excited that warm weather is finally here. Hope you have a great weekend!

 

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Dreaming of this view today! Biking across the Golden Gate Bridge on cheap rental bikes with a bestie was such a great adventure!

#californiadreaming #goldengate #sanfran

  • Get your summer travel plans made by next week to save yourself a few dollars!
  • Which one is at the top of your bucket list? I’m dying to spend a week in an over water bungalow!
  • So what’s the story with travel to Cuba anyway?
  • Ready for the ultimate stargazing experience in the Maldives?
  • There’s still time to perfect your Coachella outfit for this year!

Friday Favorites – What I Packed for Costa Rica

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  • This is the best sunscreen ever because it stays on even in the water, it isn’t super greasy, and it smells amazing (does not make you smell like you are covered in sunscreen).
  • I loved having my big floppy hat with me to wear on the beach and by the pool. Packing hack – fill it with swimsuits, socks, and underwear and put it on the bottom of the suitcase, and pack things tightly around it to keep it from getting crushed.
  • These are my favorite beach flip flops. I have multiple pairs.
  • I searched everywhere for the perfect cutoff shorts. These are them. Costa Rica was very casual so these were perfect for almost everywhere we went.
  • I packed this backpack because it zips into a small pouch (takes up no room in your suitcase), and then you have an extra bag for adventures that require multiple changes of clothes (like our Buena Vista tour).
  • These may always be my favorite pair of sunglasses.
  • I packed an extra bag to have by the pool. It came in handy to carry stuff out to the beach, or back and forth from our room.
  • Again with the sunscreen. EVERY. SINGLE. SUNSCREEN. breaks my face out, except this. Trust me, I’ve tried a lot of them.

 

To see more about our trip to Costa Rica click here or here.