7 Easy Steps for Travelling Internationally with Only a Carry On

Friday, 24 May 2019
When you're trying to make the most out of your holiday time, the last thing you want to do is wait at the airport for your bag to be unloaded from the plane and placed on the baggage carousel. I don't know about you, but I hate giving over that much control to the airline. What happens if they lose my bag? 

Many assume that one cannot go on a multi-week holiday with only a carry-on. This is not true! It is totally possible. Take control of your holiday by keeping your luggage with you throughout your travels. Here are our top tips for travelling with only a carry-on with a free packing checklist. 

Whatever you think you need, cut it in half.
If you're newer to international travel, it is no surprise that you will be guilty of overpacking. Thinking you may need a new outfit for every day so that your trip is Instaworthy isn't worth the potential extra cost from the weight.  Try and find clothing items that can be mixed and matched. 

Eliminate the "Just in Case"
We've all done it. We pack something just in case we go somewhere that we might need heels or a fancier dress or something spectacular. Instead of packing the 'just in case' items, opt for hiring outfits when you get to your location. This way, you save on luggage weight, you keep more room for souvenirs, and you can still get the most Instagramable photos. 

Travel with Layers
Items like jackets and boots can take up a lot of extra space in your suitcase. So don't pack them. Airplanes are typically pretty dang cold so wearing multiple layers will help make the flight more comfortable while also leaving more room for other items. Just don't be that person that puts every layer on themselves so that their carry-on makes weight. 

Pack Multipurpose Items
To save some space in your carry-on, pack items that can be worn in multiple ways. Maxi dress can double as a dress and a skirt, scarves can be made into head wraps, coverups, or skirts. Packing these items will help ensure you're packing less but getting more variety in your wardrobe. 

Marie Kondo That Suitcase
Don't just throw all your clothes into your suitcase and call it a day. Shoes should go at the bottom of the bag so that you don't dirty your clothes. Folding your clothes Marie Kondo style will help create extra space in your bag. You'll have no trouble fitting all your outfits into your bag!

Buy When You Arrive
If you happen to mistake your flight date like I have in the past, packing a proper bag might not be in the cards. The beautiful thing about travel, there will be clothes to purchases where ever you arrive. If you buy on arrival, you'll be able to get some unique, memorable pieces to add to your wardrobe. It may not be the most cost-effective packing method, but it definitely is a fun way to start your trip. 

Utilise Laundry Rooms
Most hotels and hostels allow access to laundry service. There may be a small fee involved but doing your own laundry whilst travelling helps you save heaps of space in your luggage! Plus then you don't have to carry around dirty clothes for your entire trip. 

Don't make the same mistakes of travellers past. If you follow these tips, you'll have no problem packing for an international trip using only a carry-on bag. For my fellow seasoned travellers, what are your favourite tips for packing?

And until next time...
Stay curious!

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9 Things You Must Do In San Francisco

Friday, 17 May 2019
San Francisco is an incredible city with so much to do and see. It can be quite overwhelming when trying to decide what to do and see. I've visited San Francisco several times and each time I find something new and exciting. There are always incredible shows, foods, and shops to explore. Do you want to get the most out of your San Francisco trip? Here are 9 things you must do! 

Walk Across the Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge is practically synonymous with San Francisco. Yea sure you could drive across the bridge, but why waste the gas, further pollute the Earth, and rob the driver of the spectacular views when you could walk!?! There are a few free car parks on both sides of the Golden Gate Bridge. Many, like Fort Point or Marin Headlands, offer incredible views before you start your walk. 

The Golden Gate Bridge is 2.7kms and will take you about 35 minutes one way to walk. Take as long as you wish so that you can fully appreciate the beauty of the city and the magnificence of the Golden Gate Bridge. 

Drive (or Roll Down) the Most Crooked Street
Lombard Street is famous for being one of the most crooked streets in the world. With it being situated on a steep hill, with lots of curves, its fun for anyone to drive down (unless you get seasick). Not a fan of driving, you can walk down as well. This way you can get a better view of the Haunted Montandon House, the Real World House, and the house from Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo. 

While Lombard is a crooked street, it isn't the most crooked in SF. That title is held by Vermont Street. Here, you'll miss the flocks of tourists and get some great views of the city. Come out on Easter Sunday to participate in the Bring Your Own Big Wheel's Race. Don't forget rolling down either street is perfectly acceptable. 

Drinks at the Top of the Mark
Tired from exploring all day but still want to take in the wonder views of SF, head up to the Top of the Mark for some excellent cocktails. Here you'll be blessed with 360-degree views of the city along with some awesome live music and dancing. Unless you're popping in early, it's highly suggested to make reservations. Trust me, it's well worth it!

See the Sea Lions at Pier 39
While I'm not a massive fan of Pier 39, I am an enormous fan of animals. And how could one go to SF and not see the giant, awesome sea lions?! After the earthquake in 1989, these sea lions made the pier their permanent home. While sea lions are generally friendly, they may bite humans if they feel threatened so remember, if one gets close, don't try to take a selfie with it. 

Explore Haight-Ashbury 
One of the best parts about SF is how multicultural and unique the entire city is. Haight-Ashbury definitely fits within the SF aesthetic. This hippie neighbourhood is home to some beautiful, colourful Victorian style homes, vintage clothing stores, dive bars, amazing bookstores, and a variety of awesome restaurants. Ride the Magic Bus or take a free walking tour to ensure you don't miss anything from this unique part of San Francisco. 

Practice Some Mindfulness at Grace Cathedral
You don't need to be religious to appreciate the stunningly beautiful architecture at Grace Cathedral. Grace Cathedral not only offers some stunning spots for photographs but there is also yoga and two labyrinths. Here you can quiet your mind and practice some mindfulness. It's a great place to escape the business of the city. 

Slide Down the Giant Slides
Tucked away on Steward Street is the ultimate playground to let your inner child roam free. Located at Steward Mini Park, you'll find two long, concrete slides that are definitely not for the faint of heart! Grab your bestie and some cardboard and race your way to the end of the slide. 

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There is a second pair of slides located in Bernal Heights. This slide is made of metal and has a sweet little dip to help get your speed up. If you're a little afraid of the concrete slides, try your luck here first. 

Find One of the Hidden Swings
There are several giant swings sprinkled throughout San Francisco. But be warned, they are not always up at the locations you may find online. There is a beautiful swing by the Golden Gate Bridge, but unfortunately, it often gets taken down. So make it your mission to check out all the spots where a swing might be. You'll be sure to get some killer shots all around San Fran. 

swing set swing with a view

Escape Alcatraz
Just like the Golden Gate Bridge, no trip to SF would be complete without a visit to Alcatraz. Alcatraz is the infamous federal prison that housed some of the most notorious criminals until its closure in 1963. Tickets sell out fast, so you definitely need to book your tour in advance. If you're brave enough, there is even a nighttime ghost tour of Alcatraz!

San Francisco is a wonderful city with so much to do and see. Each trip, you'll fall in love with the city more and more. If you've ever visited San Francisco, where are you must see?

And until next time...
Stay curious!


Revelio the Magic at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hollywood

Friday, 10 May 2019
When it comes to theme parks, California seems to have it all. When the Wizarding World of Harry Potter first announced the opening in Florida, I must admit I was gutted. Californai always gets the awesome theme parks first. WHY FLORIDA?!?! WHY!! So when the news that Universal Studios Hollywood was opening the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, I lept for joy! 


How to Avoid Traveller's Gut

Friday, 3 May 2019
Whenever you're travelling the last thing you want is to be knocked on your behind for a few days because you got the Rangoon Runs. But it can be a tricky thing to avoid, especially when you're travelling to a country who has different culinary practices to that of your home country.