I’ve been on the road quite a bit lately: after a quiet January and February, I was on six long-haul or overnight trips in March. Most of those flights involved red-eyes from California to home, but Chris and I squeezed in a mini-break to Vienna to celebrate our anniversary. Packing for overnight flights has gotten pretty elaborate for me.… Continue reading Packing light, pretty, comfortable: overnight flights (and getting some sleep!)
Warning: this is one of my longest posts ever! Introduction Every winter, I need a break from the dreary Chicago weather. So over the winter holidays, we head south. We’ve had a lot of fun over the past few winters! For winter 2017-2018, we’ve decided to return to Argentina: Mendoza (for six days/five nights) and… Continue reading Returning to Argentina (on points!)
I’m obsessed with packing lists. I can be scatterbrained and I hate the feeling that I’ve forgotten something. So I often review bloggers packing lists to compare against my own, looking for tips and ideas on packing even better than I already am. But my packing lists change depending on circumstances: Purpose. Work travel requires that I… Continue reading Packing light, pretty, comfortable: Having it all!
I spent a lot of time — over two years — planning our trip to Burgundy, France last summer. I did not spend nearly as much time planning on how to travel with kittens. This is because we were not supposed to have kittens when we left. Before our beloved tabby passed in November 2015, we… Continue reading Traveling with Kittens (or, First World Problems)
The travel points/miles game is confusing, ever-changing, frustrating, and exhilarating. Airline Points & Miles This year, we’ve been fortunate to fly all over the world on points/miles: In March, Chris and his mother flew to Paris in business class, round trip, on American Airlines for her birthday. We paid 200K AA miles for these two round-trip tickets. In… Continue reading Using Points & Miles in 2016
Some thoughts on what I’ve learned after planning our Burgundian adventure for so long… I can live out of a 26L backpack indefinitely and still feel stylish, fabulous, and comfortable. I can still overpack with a 26L backpack. There were a few bits and bobs that I could have done without (*ahem* the road atlas!).… Continue reading Our European Adventure: Summer 2016 Edition! Part 6: Lessons Learned
After four glorious, restful, magical, quiet weeks in rural France, how on earth could we go back to our busy, crowded, city life? We tried to plan our last days in France so that our departure was smooth and relaxed and in line with the rest of our vacation. First, we did NOT have a… Continue reading Our European Adventure: Summer 2016 Edition! Part 5: The Return