15, 06, 2017
There’s no denying that we’re all natural born explorers, so the thought of packing up our bags and traveling around the globe is always undeniably intriguing. To travel and to open up to a new place and culture you knew nothing about is a gift that you give to yourself. What you experience and how you experience it can be, but is never going to be the exact same as someone else on the planet. Building your own memories and discovering the unknown in a new country is what makes travel so amazing.
Like many people, traveling the world is embedded in my blood. The idea of walking on unfamiliar ground, breathing in new air (not always fresh mind you), looking up at new scenery, having great conversations with locals, and getting lost in translation has never felt so right. Letting go of fears and uncertainties while being smart about it has always made my travel experiences worthwhile. Some of my most memorable times were of me getting out of my comfort zone, which helped me discover so many things about myself that I didn’t even know existed. I had no idea how independent and brave I was, until I stayed in Tokyo and ate horse sashimi. Or how I saw happiness at it’s truest transparency, and finding the softer and more romantic side of myself out in Toledo. Every single place I’ve explored has always been an experience, lesson, discovery — whether is was a good or not so great memory, I cherished every moment of it all.
Getting your suitcase ready is probably one of the most challenging parts in preparation for your trip. Figuring out the ratio of not over-packing or under-packing can be tricky. Personally a carry-on luggage and an extra bag/purse that can easily be stored under my seat has always helped me control this issue. Durability is also very important, that’s why I had to partner up with Samsonite on their Lipault Paris brand of luggage & bags. What’s even better is that this Parisian brand will be available in Vancouver, Canada later this month, and will be the first stand-alone boutique in North America. And if you live in the US, there are currently 2 “shop in shops” to check out as well. While trends come and go, and are nice to follow every now and then, I still think sticking with classic yet bold colours are the way to go when it comes to luggage. What I say is: You want to be able to spot it and know that it’s yours right away. Another factor to keep in mind is the weight of your luggage; My Lipault has made life easier in that sense by not added anymore unnecessary weight to my carry-on. When you are carrying around a bunch of cute outfits, shoes, and other necessities you’re going to need get all the weight you can get!
Speaking of fashion and what you need to pack, I like to keep it within my needs and what’s best suited best for my destination. Although I’m a firm believer in packing light, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to change everything about the way you normally get ready. In no way do you have to entirely give up your fashionista ways when you go on vacation, but only with minor modifications and tweaks here and there. When it comes to comfort and versatility, try to stick with outfits you’re already familiar with. If you’re going to buy new items, buy them in advance and wear them around your home for a few hours just to get an idea of how you actually feel in them. The last thing you want is to feel uncomfortable while trying to enjoy your trip — I have my share of outfit regrets that I wish I could take back! As for makeup, I know I say it a lot, but keep it simple. I personally think palettes are just too bulky to pack, especially when you only use 2-3 shades in one. As I’ve gotten to know my traveling self more, all I really need is a concealer, eyebrow pencil/gel, mascara, bronzer, lip liner and a ‘My Lips But Better’ lipstick. Other necessities include skincare, which I always remember to keep it all in a clear or liquids bag; and whenever possible, always put products in small travel-friendly containers.
The beautiful thing about wanderlusting is that the possibilities are endless. Just from simply watching a movie, reading an article, or meeting new people can make a city you didn’t know too much about suddenly pop into your mind — you then are eager to research and discover it more. While I have a long list of places and new countries I want to experience for myself, these are the top 3 I’ve been dreaming about.
I’ve mentioned it before in a previous travel post, but Colombia is still heavily on my mind and I’ve really been considering it as my next destination. Colombia has quite the history, and as times are changing rapidly there, I really want to be apart of it all and experience this unique culture. Specifically the cities of Medellín, Cartagena, and Bogotá are places with strong appeal, since each one has something so different and beautiful from one another.
— Sri Lanka
Although Sri Lanka has been newly added to my travel list, just the thought of the inviting beaches along the coastline have made their way into my heart. Mirissa beach especially is where I have my eyes on for it’s crescent shape shoreline, and the fact that it’s apparently one of the best places to spot the blue whale, how could you not want to see that live in person for yourself?
It’s kind of surprising for me to wrap my finger around the fact that Cuba has been added to my list. It’s definitely not a bad thing, but as someone such as myself who isn’t a fan of all-inclusive resort vacations, that’s all I thought Cuba was about. My eyes finally opened up and the intriguingly colourful architecture in the city of Havana has added a spark of desire for me to want to make my way out there someday.