Best Gifts For Traveling Fashionistas

The holidays are upon us again!

It’s that time of year when the streets are being decorated with twinkle lights; when gingerbread and mince pies can be found on almost every corner; and when Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” blaring out of every shop (no complaints!).

It’s also the time of year when we start scratching our heads, thinking long and hard, trying to find that oh-so-perfect gift for the travelling fashionista in our lives.

Well, look no further!

This year I’ve rounded up the best, most amazing, useful and luxurious gifts you can wrap up and give to your favourite traveller. Here are the top ten gifts for the travelling fashionista in your life. Read more about Best Gifts For Traveling Fashionistas

Eight Days, Four Cities, One Carry-On

 

In March 2016, my boyfriend and I traveled to Prague to meet up with one of our best friends for a week of eating, drinking and gallivanting around Central Europe. We had a jam-packed schedule: in just eight days we’d be visiting four countries, traveling nearly 600km through the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary, and relying completely on public transit.

Because we had so much ground to cover in such a short time, I didn’t want to waste any of it trying to haul a wheely suitcase up and down cobblestone streets, on and off of buses, and up and down stairs, so I opted for my trusty and beloved MEC Dragonfly 25L daypack.

Now, 25L isn’t a lot of space at the best of times. The daypack had been ideal for overnight trips and the occasional long weekend spent in a warm destination, but this trip would be neither of those. No, this trip was taking place in late-March and while that time of year is technically spring, the temperatures made it feel a whole lot like winter. This meant I had to budget my space even further to accommodate for bigger and bulkier clothes.

This would be my daypacks true test.

It wasn’t easy, but thanks to a few key strategies, I was able to pack exactly what I needed to feel cute and comfortable, and stay warm during our eight-day trek through Central Europe.

Here are my four strategies to making the most of just a little space:  Read more about Eight Days, Four Cities, One Carry-On

what to pack for barcelona

Packing Guide For A City Break to Barcelona

 

Barcelona, Spain is the perfect destination for anyone in denial that winter is coming. As the days get shorter and the temperatures get colder in many cities in Northern Europe, Barcelona somehow continues to bask in sunshine and temperatures in the late teens, even in November.

Although making the choice to go to Barcelona is easy, packing for Barcelona can be a challenge thanks to its warm days and cool night. To make things easier for you, I’ve put together a quick and easy guide to help you look cute and stay comfortable on your next city break to Barcelona.  Read more about Packing Guide For A City Break to Barcelona

What to Wear in Lisbon in Autumn – Carry On Only!

In Autumn 2015, my boyfriend and I decided to take a break from our lives in Canada and go live in Madrid, Spain for a year while exploring other parts of the continent.

Our European adventure started off in Portugal. It was early-October and we were looking for a vacation destination that would let us cling to summer and ease into fall, and Lisbon did just that. Daytime temperatures rarely dipped below 20C and, other than one day where the skies opened upon us, we basked in glorious sunshine while we explore the city of seven hills.

It was perfect!

What made it even more perfect was that during our time in Lisbon, I was able to hone the ideal travel wardrobe, one that could conveniently fit in a piece of carry-on.

To ensure you have the perfect early-autumn getaway to Lisbon, pack these six pieces in your carry-on.  Read more about What to Wear in Lisbon in Autumn – Carry On Only!

what to wear in Madrid in Fall

What to Wear in Madrid in Fall

As I packed my bags in anticipation of our move from Ottawa, Canada to Madrid, Spain in October 2015, I was convinced I would be the frumpiest person there. My day-to-day fall style veers more jeans, tees, and cardigans, and I imagined Madrid – and all of Spain – as a sea of voluptuous brunettes wearing bandage dresses and towering over me in stilettos.

I was prepared to stand out – and maybe not in the best way.

what to pack for madrid

On those first few days that I explored the capital, I was shocked to find out that most of the stereotypes I had developed about Spanish women were in fact wrong. The ladies of Madrid (Madrileñas) had a distinct style, one that combined comfort and confidence, and looked both chic and badass.

The ten months that lived in Madrid, I spent my time exploring the city, eating all the food, and taking notes on just how to dress like a Madrileña. Read more about What to Wear in Madrid in Fall

plitvice lake what to wear

Packing for Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of the most beautiful natural sights in all of Europe, and it’s a must add to any Croatian vacation itinerary.

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is located in the middle of Croatia, about 130km south of the capital, Zagreb, and 118km north of Zadar, making it the perfect destination for a day trip (or two).

Plitvice Lakes National Park is a system of 16 stunning turquoise lakes linked together by waterfalls located in the middle of a large forest complex. The lakes cover a distance of more than 8km, ranging from an altitude of 1,280m to 380m, with trails and paths winding alongside and through them.

No matter your style, whether you’re a hardcore hiker, athleisure chic, or a fashionista, you can visit Plitvice Lakes, take in one of the most beautiful wonders of the world, and look great and feel comfortable doing it.  Read more about Packing for Plitvice Lakes National Park

what to wear in london

What to Pack for London in Summer

London is one of the most interesting and stylish cities in the world. Each year, the capital of the United Kingdom attracts nearly 20 million visitors to see Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, to ride the double-decker buses, and to visit the legendary Harrod’s.

If you’re one of those lucky people who has plans to visit London this summer, you might be wondering just what you pack for your trip to the Big Smoke.

And unfortunately, this isn’t an easy question to answer.

The weather in London is unpredictable, to say the least: one minute you’re cruising the streets with the hot, bright beams of the sun blasting down on you, and the next minute you’re running for cover because the skies have opened unleashing a torrent of rain upon you.

These shifts in weather can make it difficult to pack for a day, weekend or week long trip, but if you can remember to tuck these six pieces into your bags, you should be prepared for almost anything Mother Nature throws your way. Read more about What to Pack for London in Summer