traveling to europe // dos & don’ts

i feel like recently i’ve seen a lot of people who are either going to europe or have just gotten back. although i wouldn’t call myself an expert, i do have some advice for those planning a trip across the pond!

1. DO bring converters for the countries you’re going to. in this day and age our phones are everything, but they’re useless if they’re dead.

2. DONT bring a million things that require converters. if you have a camera, ipad, laptop, phone, kindle and basically every electronic known to man (like me), bringing your bare minimum is best so when you sleep at night you are not picking and choosing what to plug in. (this of course depends on your job, but if you must bring every electronic device you own i recommend bringing a power strip)

3. DO make reservations for things you want to do. although it may feel like you’re thinking way too far in advance, some things you want to do may be a popular thing other people want to do! in this case making a reservation for a popular restaurant, play, or tea room may be a good idea.

4. DONT plan out every single day to the hour. this may seem difficult because leading up to your trip all you’re doing is anticipating it. but by creating loose plans you give yourself more opportunity to find things you didn’t know about! it also helps relieve stress because you aren’t rushing from activity to activity.

5. DO take a hop on hop off tour in the larger cities. it may seem sketchy when you’re being haggled on the street to buy a tour but a day pass for a hop on hop off tour in a city you’ve never been is the most efficient way to see all the major cites! (it also saves you money on a tube ticket. knowledge and transportation all in one!)

6. DONT waste your money on cabs. coming from america this may seem like an odd piece of advice, but a lot of european cities (if not all) have AMAZING public transit. so unless you’re carrying a giant suitcase (or something of the same nature) skip the cab and try to navigate public transit, it makes for a fun adventure!

7. DO call your bank and let them know you’ll be out of the country. money is important and you’ll be stranded if all of your cards stop working.

8. DONT take anything people hand you on the street. they will expect money and they will not let you leave until you have paid them. this is an easy mistake to make your first time in europe but that man at the eiffel tower handing your a rose will make you pay for it.

9. DO get cash in foreign currency before you leave. although it may seem scary to carry large amounts of money across the pond, it is the most efficient way to insure you won’t be stuck a) with large bank conversion fees or b) without money because no one will take your card.

10. DONT sweat the small stuff. for a lot of people going to england (or anywhere in europe) from north america is a big deal. it is really expensive and you’ve been waiting years to get this much time off work, but if you spend the whole trip frustrated about what went wrong (and things will go wrong) you won’t enjoy everything that did go right (and things will go right).

 

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laguna beach // 4th of july

hello blog friends. yet again i have left phoenix and i have to tell you ALL about it!

this trip started because jeff (read about how i know jeff in this post) randomly messaged me on facebook because he was doing an internship in california! little did he know that by messaging me on a tuesday that myself and tori would be on his door step that sunday.

tori was already going to be in california for a tournament and i was able to fly into john wayne airport on sunday! (side note: god bless tori for picking me up @ 9am after a long night out! you da bomb ❤ )

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we left the house to find the pacific marine mammal center which was just down the road from jeff’s place which was perfection. the volunteers were awesome and the seals were adorable! if you’re in laguna go check out this place and donate as they are trying to raise money for food and to build water tanks!

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then we just started wandering around (and of course i made these babes model for me)

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we then did our best to find food and stumbled to urth caffe. the food was SO good and the lemonade was on point.

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we finished this night at the beach

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the next day we drove ourselves down to balboa park in san diego. i’d been here once before  but when you add amazing people to the mix it makes everything better.

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we found the homeland

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we started with some food at the cafe outside the japanese friendship garden. jeff’s salad was the prettiest so thats why it got a feature!

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by far my favorite place in the park was the green house (not sure thats what it is called, but that is what it is) and we had a little model sesh again (because why not).

the best part of the day was renting one of the basket things that we got to drive around the park!

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moments before i offered to someone’s picture and tori+jeff drove off without me

the final day in laguna was the 4th of july. although i’ve lived in the states for over 10 years i’ve never been able to properly celebrate the 4th because no one wants to hang out with a canadian on the most american holiday of the year… was needless to say i was ECSTATIC to learn all about it.

we got a stellar deal on groupon to go whale watching in newport so that is exactly what we did. after having an adventure with parking we had a grand old time on the boat! (i felt rather ill, so shout out to matt and jeff for most of these pictures!)

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we finished the night was fireworks and the next morning followed with saddening goodbyes.

 

cannot wait for our next adventure ❤

 

check out the video I made: