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10 Tips for Traveling On-the-Go (Like a Pro!)

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Remember two months ago when I was still gushing about my summer travels in Europe and just couldnotforthelifeofmestoptalkingabouttravel???

Well, if all goes according to plan, I have some pretty exciting news to share with all of you in the coming weeks (!!! so stay tuned). Until then, I’m throwing back to some of the best travel hacks that I learned during my time abroad–if you’re planning a sojourn anytime soon, you’ll want to keep a few of these in your back pocket so you can travel on-the-go like a total pro!

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10. Pre-print any documents you might need: directions, contact info, spreadsheets.

When you’re on the go, it’s always a good idea to print everything you need in advance. My friend recently sent me her crazy detailed Europe spreadsheet containing hostels, dates, rates, train times, and planned sites, which are all useful to keep on hand, but it’s also a good idea to print a few maps if you plan on traveling internationally without a data plan. That being said…

9. Contact your mobile provider in advance for international data and texting plans.

Before I left for Europe, I contacted my mobile provider and asked them about affordable international data plan options. I ended up purchasing a plan for unlimited international texting and something like 200 MB data for emergencies–thankfully, too, because I ended up using all of it (and then some!). While the price tag was pretty hefty, it felt good to know that I had a fallback in case I needed it.

8. Invest in a sizable external battery pack for your phone.

My friend lent me an external battery pack before my trip to Europe and it pretty much saved my life.… Read more

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Gratitude Notes: 2016 in 100 Words

2016 has been a crazy year: a year of new friends, a year of relationships come and gone, a year of travel and adventure, a year of smiles and tears and lots of heartfelt laughter. Here’s to sharing some of my favorite moments with all of you in photos and 100 words (per category, of course!).

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Dapper Day, Disneyland! (November)

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Challenge Ropes Course with last year’s Global Sibs (January)

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Sweet times at the LA Cookie Convention (February)

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Spanning four generations of wonderful on Chinese New Year’s (February)

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Swim meet with some of my favorite swim club alumni <3 (March) 

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 Guess who works for Nickelodeon now??? (July)

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Graduation celebrations with one of the coolest kids I know (June)

 Swim Alessio

A pic with this guy before going off to visit him in Bari, Italy in August! (June)

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 Meeting Peter Pan for the first time in Kensington Gardens, London, UK (August)

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Swim club end-of-year banquet (June)

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Our Global Sibs’ big victory celebration at the end-of-year bonfire (June)

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My first big outdoor rock climb! (October)

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The usual order at Disneyland: double-scoop chocolate-dipped sprinkle waffle cone with cookies ‘n cream and cookie dough (October)

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The bright group of Peruvian high school students who came up one day and wanted to chat all about American culture! (October)

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The best Disneyland adventures partner ever (April)

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 Hanging out at the Hollywood Bowl with one of the most amazing friends and confidantes a girl could ask for (May)

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Remember Pokemon GO? Yeah, we were pretty cool with our water Pokemon raids (July)

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The best 48 hours ever in Cork, Ireland with an amazing friend (August)

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When you couldn’t ask for a better partner-in-crime and ice cream adventures at Disneyland (November)

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This year’s AMAZING new Global Sibs family! (November)

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We didn’t really run the city, but they gave us medals anyway so…and we accept.Read more

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Vancouver, Rain-couver…

I’ve been hiding out from you guys this past weekend….in Vancouver! And guess which totally lovely lady blogger I got to meet while I was there?

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Yep, Nancy from Gotta Get Baked! <3

Have you all met Nance before? I just assumed you all have–I found her blog only a month ago and instantly fell in love with her free-flowing, sharp, sassy writing voice. In some ways (and I hope she’ll back me up on this), I felt like I’d found a kindred blogging spirit. I left a comment on her blog–she moseyed on over to mine and left a comment on my blog–professions of instant (er, platonic) love were exchanged, and before we knew it I was on my way to Vancouver and we were chatting like two old dog ladies over dinner. Except sadly, I don’t own a dog (but Nance’s is cute enough for the both of us!)

She’s as articulate and funny in real life as she is in the blogosphere, so you’d better go read her blog right now. Maybe even before you {gasp} finish this post! Did you click over? Good! Let’s move on.

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I will be honest: I have never met a fellow food blogger in the flesh before. If this dinner date was any indication, though, I think meetings in the future will be absolutely frickin’ awesome.

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Nancy and I got dinner at a restaurant whose name totally escapes my mind at this fatigued, post-conference moment…but it was a stylish, low-key and incredibly wonderful spot in the BC area with great butternut squash soup, fabulous ambience, and just the friendliest waiters ever.

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