Here are five reasons why you should make your way down to Ecuador
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"Your brain gets too comfortable in your everyday surroundings. You need to make it uncomfortable. You need to spend time in another land" so I did just that
This simple trick can save you a surprising amount time over unpacking. Unpacking after a trip should be mindless, easy, and over with by the time you get home.
From festivals, to street food, to endless outdoor activities during summertime, Minneapolis is a seriously overlooked location for a weekend trip. Here's what I did!
The basics for those looking to host on Airbnb for the first time!
Vacation is so much more then getting on a plane and going somewhere. It's a mindset. It's in your spirit. You have to live it. Aside from accommodations, what to do, and where to eat, it's important to know these 5 things you must do on vacation. Every. Single. Trip.
- Only enjoy the presence of others. If you didn't take a solo trip, chances you're with someone you love, friends, or family. Don't bicker, don't hold grudges (I am so guilty), and let things go before they ruin your trip.
- De-stress from school and work. As far as your co-workers are concerned you are without cell service and access to email, even if you aren't. Take advantage of this time to answer to nobody except yourself.
- Never sweat the small stuff I'm not kidding when I tell you I witnessed a married couple almost divorce on the spot over a beach chair...on Valentine's Day. I eventually gave up my chair for them in hopes of saving their vacation and possibly their marriage 😎. Don't be them. I'm a Type A so I understand it's hard to let go of the things we can't control. Just remember, whatever you do, don't be that couple.
- Find joy in every moment I see the neatest things that I never slow down to notice on working days. Sunrises. Fresh cut grass. The beauty marks on my face. Slow it down...
- Be present If you take anything from this post let it be this. I beg of you, put the phone down and shut the laptop. I cringe when I see families or couples at dinner in vacation spots and everyone has eyes glued to the screen. I am absolutely without a doubt addicted to my phone, but with the exception of snapping photos and 1 or 2 reflective posts a day, I keep the phone usage to a minimum. Someone needs to conduct a study that correlates phone usage with unmemorable trips, cause it is SO real.
Enjoy each moment, you'll never get them back.
You'd be surprised what you can pack into 48 hours. As I travel more for work I anticipate more weekend trips, so I'm hoping to make posts like this a regular thing. 2 days in a city is never enough time but it's enough time to see the highlights and decide if it's worth returning. If you get the opportunity to have one weekend in London I hope you consider seeing some of the great things I did!
My London Favorites in no particular order:
- London Bridge
- Borrough Market
- The Christmas Markets (once a year for a month!)
- The National Portrait Gallery
- The Tate Modern Museum
- Oxford Street shopping
- Buy a day pass for the Tube (the underground train). You'll save a lot! I had to learn that the hard way buying one-time passes all day.
- Have a good idea of what you want to see so you can plan your route accordingly
- Take the L and wear tennis shoes. Doesn't mean they don't have to be cute! But leave the heels at home or you're gonna have a bad time.
- Come on an empty stomach and snack all day instead of sitting down for meals. There's so much street food to be enjoyed!
- Shop last! Who wants to carry shopping bags the entire day?
- Experience of the historic overground train stations for yourself. Wow. Movies.
- Some say London is the NYC of England, but I got a DC feel.
See the world!