i’m headed to stockholm, sweden on monday with denise and i’m VERY excited. i visited about 3 years ago for blogshop (here) and it was one of my favorite places i’ve been. i was teaching then and didn’t have a ton of time to explore, so i’m thrilled to be able to dive deeper into the culture in sweden. i’m working with scandanavian airlines who now has a non-stop flight from LAX to stockholm. we are staying at the hotel haymarket by Scandic, which looks full of style and amazing design details…i’m sure inspiration will be everywhere judging by the photos.
ALSO!! there’s a BIG GIVEAWAY we’re hosting with Scandinavian Airlines, Visit Stockholm and Visit Sweden with a prize including 2 round trip airline tickets from LAX to stockholm, a 4 night hotel stay in the haymarket hotel…basically you win the trip we are going on! you have to enter, stockholm is so amazing!! (full terms and conditions of the “Stockholm Like a Local Contest” found here).
we are meeting up with stockholm cool girl hanna stefansson who’s going to show denise and i the fun things to do in the area. and looking at her adorable style, i have a feeling she’s going to know all the right spots…
to enter the contest go to @visitstockholm, find your favorite stockholm spot shown on their feed and comment on it with hashtag #stockholmlikealocal along with why you would like to experience that spot in person. also, don’t forget to tag a friend that you’d like to go with! (make sure to tag them at the end of the comment so it doesn’t turn into a direct message)*
*open to US residence 18 years and older, airline tickets depart from LAX only, winner is responsible to get themselves to LAX. contest open from january 14th 12pm PST and closes 5th of february 2017 at 11:59pm PST. full terms and conditions found here.
i’m always dreaming of new hotels to visit. i just love the whole experience of a well designed hotel…from the room keys, to the decor, to the restaurant, to the robes, to the bathrooms. they make me so happy! expedia asked me to share 10 hotels i’m dreaming of staying at and here are the ones currently at the top of my list…
what’s your current favorite hotel? i’d love to know!
i’ve been to events here but never had the chance to stay the night. the location is perfect and all of the room details are cozy and modern. there is also a killer wine bar right down stairs which is an added bonus to staying the night!
pink hotel, with an outdoor bathtub!? not overly priced and breakfast is included in their room rates! mexico is always on my bucket list, so many different places to explore and visit. it never gets old. remember this trip i took to tulum and also mexico city?
this one has been on my list for a really long time! i think it’s time i take a road trip out to utah. i’ve had friends visit and they say it’s amazing. i love traveling abroad but there are also many places in the states that i still want to visit. like the grand canyon, can’t believe i’ve never been there!
i’ve only ever driven through big sur but it’s one of the most beautiful places i’ve ever been and this hotel has stunning 360 degree views. i’d love to stay in one of their treehouse style rooms and soak in their infinity pool. i’d also like to visit the hot springs at the esalen institute which is not far from the inn.
the swedes really do have such great style and taste. i love the traditional style of the rooms mixed with pops of modern colors. the hotel is housed in an old townhouse which gives it a very comfortable and relaxed feeling.
joanie went here on her honeymoon and said it was amazing. i love how it’s built into its surrounding so it barely stands out or takes away from the natural beauty of the area. how about those hanging chairs?!
this post was made in collaboration with expedia. all opinions and hotel selections are my own.
something i take pretty seriously is being prepared, especially when i travel. i have a list of items that i bring with me on the plane so i can stay hydrated, stress free, and comfortable. knowing exactly what i’m going to bring and having a ritual of sorts is really helpful in maintaining some sort of control over my crazy travel schedule.
i’ve been really open on my blog about the fact that i deal with anxiety on a pretty regular basis. i’m able to manage it successfully most of the time but there are circumstances, like travel, that increase my anxiety and stress level (a lot). i’ve wanted to manage it as naturally as possible through therapy, breathing exercises, etc. and one thing i’ve found that is really helpful to me are products from a brand called Rescue. they are made from a mixture of flower remedies and are all natural and non-habit forming which is really important to me. they offer a variety of products but i personally think the rescue remedy spray and the pastilles work best for me.
i originally heard about Rescue from a mom friend of mine who used the products to calm everyone in the family down during stressful situations and she recommended i give it a try. stress is inevitable so i always have something on hand to help me manage it so it doesn’t become debilitating and keep me from being able to live my life. have you ever tried Rescue products? do you get stressed when you travel? what are you tips and tricks to trying to stay calm? i’d love to know.
i just got back from mexico city last week and had a really great time. this is my third trip with el camino travel(nicaragua here, colombia here) they always plan such amazing experiences, so i’m always happy to go on these trips! they handle all the travel details, find all the cool spots, and even send a photographer to capture the trip. makes travel very easy. they are also doing customized itineraries if you want them to plan your next trip.
now…here’s a peek inside our mexico city trip with my two girlfriends, anna and denise.
we checked into our little bed and breakfast, chaya, on the rooftop and i was so impressed with it. there were so many unique details, plants all over the place, great authentic breakfast every morning, and such a cozy vibe. we really loved staying there.