We love travel for two reasons: an appreciation for this beautiful Earth we live on, and the people who inhabit it. We strive to make a positive impact on both through conscientious consumerism. Which is why when REI reached out to us to create a sponsored sustainable gift guide, we were thrilled! REI is one of our absolute favorite earth-friendly, responsible, and sustainable companies. We’ve pulled together a list of eco-friendly gifts – from sustainable clothing to stocking stuffers – that are ethical and responsibly made (and sold), so both you and your gift recipient can have the warm fuzzies…both literally and figuratively!
“What should I pack?” is one of the most common questions we get asked. And while we’ve written a bunch of very specific packing guides for everything from cold weather to the beach, we have yet to create a big ol’ chunky ultimate travel packing list. So we’re finally laying out all of our favorite must-have travel items, from travel gear to camera gear to the equipment we bring with us to work on the road – everything a full-time travel blogger (or just like, regular traveler) needs!
I’ve spent years searching for the perfect pairs of travel pants. What I’ve found is that every pair of men’s travel pants falls into two categories: there are baggy pants with cargo pockets & unnecessary zippers, and there are baggy pants covered in like, elephants. But at last, I’ve found 5 pairs of men’s travel pants that are EXACTLY what I wanted. They’re functional, technical, and not hideous – and I’ve put them through the ringer to test them out. These are the only 5 pairs of men’s travel pants you’ll need!
Some people are born to be on the beach. They return from their beach vacation with sun-kissed skin, positively glowing with beachy bliss. I envy those people. While they’re happily soaking up the sun, I’m busy being burned to a crisp, inhaling mouthfuls of sand, swallowing salt water, and trying to get sand un-stuck from places that sand should never, ever be. And it doesn’t help that shopping for swimsuits as a size 16, almost 6-foot tall Amazonian woman is an exercise in torture and frustration. So you can rest assured that every single item on this beach vacation packing list has been thoroughly vetted to the HIGHEST possible standards. I have absolutely no patience for anything that causes chafing, leaves a weird greasy residue, or leaves me feeling hot, sweaty, and uncomfortable. This ultimate curvy girl’s beach vacation packing list is the practical, body positive packing guide you need to hit the beach this summer!
Finding the perfect pair of women’s travel pants is no easy feat. But finding a pair of travel pants that are both functional AND cute? How about functional, cute, AND sized to fit on my tall, curvy Amazonian body? HA! Forget about it. How dare I have such unreasonable expectations?! But guess what: After trying on, returning, trying on again, and field-testing like crazy, I’ve found 5 absolutely amazing pairs of travel pants for women. They’ve changed my packing game, and I’m about to change
It can be incredibly confusing to figure out where to stay in San Francisco. There are a TON of different neighborhoods, each with a completely distinct vibe, history, scenery, and even weather. And despite San Francisco’s relatively tiny size, it can take hours to get from one side of the city to another on public transportation thanks to those ridiculous hills and traffic. Basing yourself in the right spot can mean the difference between walking out your front door to explore, and spending an hour and a half in a bus or train or car just to see the sights. Luckily, we’ve done all the hard work for you! Here a comprehensive guide to where to stay in San Francisco – and where NOT to stay.