Israel Video Highlights | 2018

It’s February 11th.

Last year on this day, I boarded an international flight to Israel.

So, to help me reminisce, I decided to edit some video footage into a highlight video – it definitely gives me all the feels.

Editing the video made me realize how much my heart longs for Israel. I loved it with everything in me.

I will be back.

Until then, hopefully this video gives you a glimpse into the treasure of a trip we had in Israel.

Iron Kettle | Bed & Breakfast

I’ve never been to a bed and breakfast before.

To be honest, I never really wanted to. The idea of a personable travel experience kind of scared me.

However, last week, Brian & I had the opportunity to visit the Iron Kettle in Comber, ON. It was part of a work getaway – a retreat to plan out 2019 and connect with the other members of the team.

My first impression

Comber is a pretty small town, established in 1848 – if you blink, you might miss it. It’s quaint, and the perfect location for a B & B.

As I do with every other travel experience, I researched everything I could about it. I read every aspect of the website, read articles and even watched some videos. The thing that stood out the most to me – and what I loved about it – was that they do not serve alcohol. I don’t know entirely why I loved that so much, but I did.

Bags in tow, I instantly felt nostalgia tug on my heart as we stepped through the front door. If I closed my eyes, I could very well have been walking through the front door to visit my Oma & Opa.

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The foyer was beautifully adorned with an 1800-style trim & wood details that perfectly framed the entrance. A bucket full of knitted slippers were available to keep your feet toasty warm.

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Food

We arrived at noon and the owner, Benjamin Leblanc-Beaudoin had prepared a spread of culinary cuisine. There was no denying that he is a chef, by trade – foccacia, prosciutto croissants, root vegetable salad. After eating lunch, I knew I’d probably eat more than I should over the next 24 hours.

After a few hours of working and brainstorming with the team, we sat down in the dining room for dinner. Warm bread welcomed us as we gathered, followed by a salad of baby greens, honey roasted carrots and macadamia nuts tossed in an apple cider vinaigrette. My favourite part of the salad was the macadamia nuts! For the main course, we had a choice of lemon poached salmon or grilled rib-eye steak with mashed potatoes and a roasted medley of vegetables that invigorated every taste bud. I had the salmon, which had a burst of flavour in every bite and tasted like nothing I’ve ever had before! For someone who has never really cared about food, I absolutely loved it! Dessert looked amazing – vanilla creme brulee – and for a split second, I almost caved and ate it. Instead, I watched as everyone savoured every spoonful of the perfectly carmelized custard.

Sitting Room

After dinner, I pretty much-needed a nap. Food that good should never be followed up by work. However, since that was the purpose of our retreat, we retired to the sitting room. There was more than enough room for all 10 of us to sit around the room, comfortable enough to engage in a planning session.

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Accommodations

Brian & I stayed in the Iron Kettle Room, located on the main floor, just inside the foyer and at the base of the stairs.

Each room is equipped with a queen bed, a bathroom (with a shower), a bathrobe, toiletries, ceiling fan and a sitting space. There is also wi-fi throughout the house, so people like me can stay connected to our kids. We also had a portable heater in our room due to the fact that it was -40 outside.

Just a little chilly.

The bed was quite comfortable and surprisingly warm, given the fact that it was so cold outside.

I woke up to the sweet aroma of breakfast and coffee – the perfect way to start the morning.

Final Thoughts

I loved the atmosphere – especially the feel that the house had in the wake of the polar vortex. Everything was clean and beautiful. The owners (we only met Ben) were so personable and I loved hearing their story and the history of the house. Also, we felt so welcomed that it was almost like we were old friends.

For my very first experience at a B & B, it was definitely an impressionable stay. Although work brought us there, it absolutely felt more like home.

If you haven’t been there, I would highly recommend checking it out.

Money Saving Tips | Disney World

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve done any travelling.

Just kidding.

I seem to be in the mode of booking vacations just before or just after each vacation.

I’ve had my Facebook memories hitting me up with past cruises and Disney vacations, which is absolutely pulling on my travel heart-strings even more than the norm.

We try to take a vacation of some sort around April or May, but that didn’t happen this year. We took a big trip to Israel in February, so that meant we needed to save, save, save before we booked another vacation.

So, until then, I’ll be dreaming of all things vacation.

Wait, I mean, we just got back from our third vacation this year.

(but I’ll still be dreaming of all things vacation)

We have visited Disney a few times as a family. I am a crazy vacation planner and I hate wasting money, so I put together a list of things that can help you afford a trip to Disney.

Discount Travel

Fly on a discount airline.
Lately Spirit has been flooding my eyes with $50 flights. Choosing a discount airline can really help save you money (as long as you don’t book extras and don’t over pack). Try Spirit or Frontier.

Road Trip
Yes, I know this isn’t necessarily an option for everyone (like if you’re travelling overseas), but for those who live in the US or Canada, it is not only possible, but it can save you money. You can use sites like Gas Buddy to map out your fuel stops and estimate an approximate cost of fuel to drive.

If driving isn’t an option, try to fly on a Tuesday or Wednesday, they are the cheapest days to fly (my absolute favourite airline is Southwest).

Vacation Resort Certificates

A lot of people stay on Disney property because they don’t know there are super amazing money-saving options (and maybe some people just love Disney more than others). I may have mentioned it in a post before, but resort certificates are basically unused timeshares that companies sell on discount sites. I always check out Sky Auction. The site is a bit overwhelming when you first see it, but once you know what you’re looking for, it’s not as daunting.

Vacation Resort Certificates are usually sold under the heading ‘Hot Deals’ or ‘Deal of the Day.’ They run between $250-$300 (US) for a week.

We have stayed at beautiful resorts equipped with full kitchens, laundry and much more. In 2017, we stayed at one that slept 10 and was less than 10 minutes from Disney.

I’ll just insert here that I’m extremely picky when it comes to places I will stay.

Disney Tickets

This really depends on your specific desires for what parks to visit, etc. When we went in 2017, there was an option to buy a 4 Day Ticket and you also got 4 Fun Passes, which could be used for the water parks (Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach) or mini golf. This type of ticket only seems to be available now if you choose the park hopper option. I don’t personally recommend the park hopper because from my experience, I’ve been too wiped out to travel to more than one park in a day. Plus there are so many things to do at each of the parks, I’m not even sure where you would find the time to go to another park (unless you are a frequent Disney visitor, then maybe you’ve been there, done that and ready to just experience your favourites at each park…I don’t know, if you’re a park hopper, let me know why you love it in the comments below).

For our most recent trip (2018), we were able to get the Canadian Resident Discount, which saved us some money.

Food & Drink

If you are going to Disney with the intent on buying food and drinks while you’re there, be prepared to spend an arm and a leg.

You are allowed to bring in food/drinks within reason to the parks. We went to the grocery store beforehand and stocked up on snacks and protein bars (ok, and some brownies) and threw them in a backpack like this one. It’s great because it has a ‘water bottle’ built into it. You can ask for water at any station and they will give you a cup of cold, ice water for free. That allowed us use our money for more meaningful things (like Starbucks!!), plus it’s healthier than pop (which will cost $4-5 each). Then when we left the park, we would swing by a restaurant for a light meal.

Disney Paraphernalia

Besides food, this is where they get you.

If you stay for the show at the end of the night, chances are you or your kids are going to see all the flashy, glowing Mickey Mouse things and impulses may kick in. Let’s just say, if that happens, you’ll easily spend $20 on something you could’ve bought a few miles down the street for a buck. Orlando is packed with stores that sell Disney goodies. We went to Target and Wal-Mart and found whole sections stocked only with Disney gear.

Go prepared. I actually bought a Cinderella dress from the Disney outlet in Michigan for my daughter before we left for Florida in 2012. I spent $10 on it. The same dress in Magic Kingdom was far beyond that.

Extras

Don’t forget that there will be little extra costs laced throughout your trip. The best way to save money is to be prepared (like planning for the $25 parking fee per day).

Speaking of preparation, make sure you go online ahead of time (30 days in advance/60 days if you stay on Disney property) and book your Fast Pass+. Map out how you want to visit each park. That way, you can get the most bang for your buck! Beware, though, you’ll end up exhausted and sore by the end of your trip. It’s just all part & parcel for the experience.

I have a very intricate way that I plan my travels. I like spending my money on things that matter, rather than spending all my money just to get somewhere.

Disney is expensive, there’s no way around that. However, there are ways that you can experience the happiest place on earth without breaking the bank.

Unexpected Delays

I’m sitting here in Baltimore, at the airport.

I’m waiting for a flight home – well, to Detroit.

I booked this Spirit flight over the Southwest flight because the layover was shorter – only 52 minutes.

…or so it was supposed to be.

Let’s start from the beginning.

Our flight from Orlando to Baltimore was delayed because of an incident with a passenger on the flight before ours.

It was all good, though.

He apologized to us after he was walked off by the officers.

After he exited the aircraft, we were able to board.

The flight was mostly uneventful, until the captain came on the speaker and announced that we would be experiencing some turbulence during our landing.

That may have been an understatement.

My kids said they felt like they were riding the Slinky Dog Dash at Hollywood Studios.

I’d agree with that.

As we decended into Baltimore, the weather was wet and visibility was poor from our window. I didn’t even see the ground until moments before we touched down.

We applauded.

I couldn’t help but feel like something was wrong with the plane.

I said a little prayer asking God to have them check the plane before we took off again to Detroit.

You know what?

They did.

They announced that they needed to run some diagnostics on the plane and we would be delayed an hour.

No biggie.

An hour went by.

No word.

Nothing.

Finally, they announced that our flight would be delayed for 4.5 hours.

People started screaming and that’s when you start to see things that make you shake your head.

They offered everyone vouchers.

It was 8:45pm.

I waited in line for our vouchers.

The options were

  1. Get a refund, find your own flight
  2. Get a $7 food voucher and wait the 4.5 hours
  3. Rebook the same flight for the next day, 7:30pm

We took option 2. It was really our only option because we had nowhere to go in Baltimore.

It was now 8:52pm, I walked down the corridor to the food places. They all seemed to be closing their gates.

I asked the lady at McDonald’s.

Yes, they all close at 9pm.

McDonald’s gave me all the food they had available – a 10 pack of chicken tenders, 3 fries and 2 ice cream cones.

Now, as I write this, everyone is sitting, charging their devices, sharing food and waiting another 2 hours for our plane to arrive.

So much for my decision to book the shorter layover.

It’s all good, though.

The way I look at it, there are two ways to process this.

  1. Get mad at everyone and everything.
  2. Be grateful for our safety.

I choose option 2.

I choose gratefulness.

I would much rather arrive 5 hours late, than not at all.

So, for that, I am grateful that Spirit has my safety in their best interest.

All in all, our travels home took us more than 12 hours, but we arrived.

Safe.

Cosmopolitan Luggage Review | Personal Item

Ok, I did it.

It’s all booked.

The car.

The Disney tickets.

The flights…

…with NO LUGGAGE!

Yes, we are taking the kids on vacation in December to Florida.

I’m serious. I love vacation. I love organizing it. I love experiencing it. Maybe most of all, I love figuring out the challenges of finding the best prices and packing in the most efficient way.

I really want to save for a Disney cruise, but until I wrap my head around spending 2 years’ worth of vacation resources on one trip, it’s not going to happen. Although, we did go to Israel, so I guess anything can happen.

Let’s get back to the topic of luggage.

You all know how much I like to save money, so once again Spirit came through with $50 flights. You also probably know that if you want luggage (including a carry-on), you have to pay for it.

I opted out.

That means that I have the challenge of packing 4 people in 4 pieces of underseat luggage!

18″ x 14″ x 8″, to be exact.

I thought the challenge was going to be packing, but I’ve come to realize that the real challenge is going to be finding the perfect underseat luggage.

It seems that there’s no standard underseat luggage size, so I was out to find one specific to the exact allowance for Spirit.

After much searching, I found one.

Yes, only one.

The sad part is that I can’t even find it online – only in-store at Wal-Mart in Canada.

Nonetheless, I found it.

It is exactly 18″ x 14″ x 8″!

That means that I will be able to maximize my packing!

It retails for $69.97 CDN, which is reasonable, but still on the higher end of reasonable.

I’ll explain why.

The stitching and manufacturing have a few flaws, but nothing that I’m upset about. The lining has some exposed rough edges, the stitching has some inconsistencies and one of the wheel housings is attached on a slight angle (but doesn’t affect the wheel moving).

These are the only cons and are all things I can live with as it will be in my care/hands at all times. Plus, I’m not super rough on my luggage. If this was checked luggage, or even a carry-on, it would be a different story.

Let’s get to the pros of this piece!

I love the look and colour of it – quilted black with rose gold zippers/accents. The interior is a soft pink and it’s so pretty and girly.

It has a hidden telescopic handle that extends 27″ (42″ from the ground). The handles are large enough that you can carry the bag like a purse on your arm or shoulder, or lift it like a bag with your hands.

There are 3 compartments, plus 2 mesh pockets on each side of the bag.

The main compartment is huge. I will be able to fit ample clothes/shoes/accessories for our 10-day vacation (comment below if you’d like to see a video on how I pack). There are 3 pockets inside the main compartment that you can use for undergarments, toiletries and/or documents.

The second compartment unzips and has a padded section for a small laptop/iPad. It also has a pocket for a phone and 4 slots for papers/ID. There is also a mesh pocket on the flap-side.

The third one is a single zipper-pocket with lots of space for cords or anything similar.

All of the hardware seems to be good quality. The zippers are thick and heavy-duty, and the wheels are similar to roller blade ones.

The dimensions are exact to Spirit’s allowance, so it will probably be a tight fit. I’m not going to lie, I’m a little worried about how exact it is, especially because I just realized that the wheels stick out about 1/2″. It’s not a hard shell, so it seems to be easily squishable.

What do you think? Should I keep it or keep looking?

Carnival Magic | Cruise Review

It’s no secret that we went on a cruise.

It was pure bliss.

Well, after the first 2 nights.

Then it was pure bliss.

Let’s just say, when you travel during hurricane season, you are almost guaranteed to have at least a little rain.

…and maybe some rocky waves.

We traveled on the Carnival Magic (October 2018). Like always, we booked this cruise last-minute directly through Carnival. We left from Miami and our ports of call were:

  • Amber Cove, Dominican Republic
  • St. Thomas, USVI
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

Stateroom

We stayed in a deluxe ocean view stateroom on the first floor. Many people don’t like the thought of staying on the first floor, but there are so many great things about it – like, being able to get on/off the boat quickly because you don’t have to wait for an elevator to take you to the gangway.

This was by-far the biggest stateroom we have ever stayed in. There was the massive window sill that you could sit on and watch as we pulled into port. We also had a king-size bed (could be separated to be 2 singles), a couch that turned into a trundle-bed and a bunk above the couch. On top of all of that space, we also had a double restroom – 1 full restroom with a shower and a 2nd one with a sink and tub/shower. Across from the couch was the desk area, and beside that, we had 4 separate closets.

So, even though you don’t spend very much time in your cabin, this one was more than enough room to party.

Food

Most people know that I’m partial to NCL because of the food (amongst other things), but I have to say, Carnival did not disappoint. The very first thing we tried was Guy’s Burger Joint – DELISH!!! I think I had a burger/fries every single day.

The dining room was ok. I wasn’t super wowed by it, but it was decent. There was only one night where I took one bite and was turned off by it – they offered to bring me something else, but after that first bite I was finished eating altogether. Except for dessert.

Yes, dessert.

I stayed sugar-free for this cruise, which is honestly getting so much easier. The sugar-free options were absolutely stunning! There was not one that I didn’t like! I should’ve asked what they sweetened them with because there were no adverse side effects that followed. If you’ve ever over-eating a sugar-free dessert, you know what I’m saying.

All in all, the food was delicious.

Ship

Here is where I get a bit partial. I don’t care for smaller boats, skinny boats, large boats or older boats. Maybe I’m a boat snob, I don’t know. Anyway, I find smaller, skinnier, older boats is where you’ll probably find the most opportunity to enjoy sea-sickness. Not my cup of tea, although I don’t get sea-sick very easily. Then, large boats seem too much like a floating city and I don’t want that either. I still want to know that I’m cruising the ocean.

So, all that to say that this boat was one of the rockiest I had ever been on, although I don’t think it was entirely due to its size. I’m still trying to do some research into stabilizers and what makes some boats rockier than others, comment below if you have any insight. I’m sure the tropical depression we were cruising into had some to do with that (we enjoyed storms for a few hours for the first 2 nights), but it wasn’t the first time we have traveled into a tropical storm/hurricane either.

As far as the layout of the ship, it was pretty decent. Everything was easy to find and get to. The water slides were a lot of fun, but made me dizzy for sure! My absolute favourite deck was the Serenity deck (adults only), because they had hammocks/swings, cabanas, padded lounge chairs and a beautiful breeze that kept us from overheating.

Spa

I’m saddened to say that we decided not to get the spa package, although it was quite reasonable with their couple’s rate. We did tour the spa, though, and it had a few steam rooms, salt rooms and a thalassotherapy pool. My only qualm – and my deciding vote on not purchasing it – was that the views were extremely limited. I guess the peaceful view of the ocean is a big deal to me when I’m relaxing.

As for the gym, I didn’t actually go. AHHH! Shocker, I know, but we decided to take the stairs all week, which was a lot of exercise since we were on deck 1.

Ports of Call

This section could be a whole blog post on its own, so for now I will give a very brief summary.

This was the first time we visited 3 of the 4 ports as we have been to St. Thomas a few times before. I love St. Thomas and feel comfortable enough to hail our own cab and head to the beach for some snorkeling. The taxi was $10/person each way.

I was most disappointed with Amber Cove because we didn’t book an excursion and the port was locked down so we couldn’t charter any locals to do anything. We walked around the shops in the port, but I didn’t feel like we got to see anything of value.

My favourite was Old San Juan because we could walk everywhere on our own. It was stunning with all of the colourful buildings and the forts were simply amazing! It was $7/person for the forts and it only took us (less than) 20 minutes to walk between them.

Grand Turk was also a great highlight! I love the beach, and the water was crystal clear. Simply stunning. The beach is literally right off the pier (and goes on for miles), but I was grossed out by the thought of swimming directly in front of the cruise ship. Also, it was crowded, so we walked down the beach and rented some peaceful beach chairs for $5 each. It’s not beneath me to pay for peace when I’m at the beach.

Final Thoughts

I absolutely enjoyed this cruise. I probably won’t sail on the Magic in the near future, but I will absolutely book with Carnival again. It wasn’t my favourite all-time cruise, but it did rank up there in my top picks. I was pleasantly surprised.

9 Cruise Essentials You Didn’t Know You Needed

I have decided that I want to become a professional vacationer.

Is that something that I can just decide? Just like that?

I don’t know, but either way, I’m already working on my next travel plans.

I’ve been on a handful of cruises in my life and each time I learn about things that make the trip more efficient.

Towel Clips

If you’ve ever tried sunning on the top deck of a cruise ship while it is cruising through the ocean, you understand how windy it can get. Towel clips help keep your towels and cover ups secure to your loungers.

Waterproof Phone Case

Previously, I bought waterproof pouches to protect my phone/money/etc. while on the beach or excursions. However, I recently bought a GhostTek waterproof case and it is so much better! I was able to get some very clear photos and videos underwater.

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Conditioner

Salty hair, don’t care. Right? Except, if you don’t have a good conditioner, chances are that you won’t be able to brush through your locks after a shower. With my long, bleached hair, if I don’t have an amazing conditioner, the only hairstyle I’ll be sporting is a rat’s nest…I mean, a messy bun. This time I brought this John Frieda conditioner, which actually worked so well that I didn’t even have to dry my hair to ward off the frizz. It just left my hair as smooth as a glassy sea.

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Wristband Card Holder

There are actually a few different options for this – it really depends on personal preference. The point is to have something to protect your ship card/ID/money/credit cards while out and about. I have a wristband that holds everything, so when I go snorkeling, all my important cards are with me. Some people prefer a lanyard or something similar.

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Snorkel Masks

This was the first time we brought our own snorkel masks and it was well worth it! Instead of doing excursions through the ship, we just took a taxi to a beach and snorkeled on our own.

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USB Charging Station

Ship staterooms usually only have 1 outlet. Let’s just say, it’s likely that the average person has more than 1 thing that needs to charge at the same time. If you have a wall charger that has multiple usb slots, you can charge everything faster.

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ZenGest EO

This is gross, but there’s such thing as cruise poop. I don’t know if it’s something to do with the water on board or something, but many people struggle with digestive issues on cruises. ZenGest (doTERRA’s digestive blend) helps keep your gut in tact and your close quarters from smelling foul.

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Earplugs

Cruises can be noisy. There have been many times where our sleep has been disturbed by waves crashing, engines running, tipsy guests in the hall and toilets flushing. Brian swears by earplugs and always keeps extras in his luggage.

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Water Backpack

This was also the first time we utilized a hydration backpack. It’s great because the pack doubles as a backpack, so you are carrying your water and anything else on your back. Also, it is insulated so the water stays cold and refreshing. There’s no need to lug around a heavy water bottle.

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Have you utilized any of these items on your cruise/vacation? I’d love to hear your thoughts on these.

Budget Wars | Caribbean Vacation

We are home from vacation.

Beautiful.

Caribbean.

Vacation.

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The very first thing – and I literally mean the very first thing I do when we arrive home from vacation is…

…look for another vacation.

I love a good deal and sometimes they just land in my lap – but mostly after I chase after them.

Imagine taking a vacation with the love of your life for 10 days and it costs you less than $1500 for everything – flights, food, lodging, excursions.

How did we do it?

Flights/Travel

As you know, I put a lot of work into finding the best deals for the best getaways. I booked inexpensive flights through Spirit and we packed in one suitcase and one personal item (these are well worth buying!!). I saw people with multiple suitcases and carry-ons, but it never makes sense to me. How do you need so much stuff for vacation? There’s not enough room in your stateroom and it is such a hassle trying to move all that luggage on and off the boat. My goal next time is to pack in my personal item, to eliminate any added bag costs with Spirit.

The other travel gem I found was the bus trip from Miami to Orlando. I booked it through GoToBus.com and it was well worth it! It cost me double just to go from Fort Lauderdale to Miami through the cruise ship – and the trip to Orlando was about 3 hours. I highly recommend GoToBus!

Excursions

I have an interesting view on excursions. We got such a steal on our cruise tickets, that any excursion would cost more than what we paid for our vacation.

I just can’t do that.

So, we like to ‘do our own thing.’ Obviously, you have to be careful with security issues, but for the most part, we like to charter the locals for excursions. They cost less and are way less crowded than ship excursions. If you live life on the edge like that, it can be hit or miss, but that’s where flexibility comes into play. This time we brought our own snorkel gear – and seriously, these masks are genius!

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Food & Drink

Yes, food on the boat is included in the ticket. However, they have lots of options that cost extra. Also, one of the things that I noticed is that people get off the boat and instantly go to a bar or restaurant to eat and drink – which you have to pay for. We almost always stick with eating only on the ship. We also don’t drink alcohol, so that cuts out a lot of added costs (it was something like $56/day for the drink package).

Cruise

Ok, down to the cruise cost itself. How did we get such a steal on this? First thing was that we booked last-minute. Also, it was a flash sale directly through Carnival for those who have sailed with Carnival before. Lastly, it is hurricane season. You have a high possibility of rough waters, bad weather or missing ports. Like I said before, that’s where flexibility comes in. The thing to remember is that hurricane season comes every year between June and December and cruise ships maneuver the ocean waters every single day. They know how to handle the waters. They know how to handle the storms.

Add that all up and you have a beautiful vacation for less. It really makes traveling often affordable.

Now all we need is some friends to join us next time…

What’s In My Travel Makeup Bag?

I’ve always found traveling with makeup to be interesting. Mostly because I like to challenge myself by packing in a carry-on – it just makes so much more sense to me.

However.

This time around, Brian booked our flights and he booked one checked luggage and ZERO carry-ons.

ZERO.

NOTHING.

NADA.

ZILCH.

So, that means packing will be very different this vacation.

Starting with my makeup. I will still have my purse on the plane, so I will still bring a makeup bag stashed with samples. However, I will probably pack more makeup than normal because it can go in my checked luggage.

So, here goes. This is what I’m bringing…

In My Purse

Samples

Travel-Size Makeup

Full-Size Makeup

Tools

  • Foundation Brush
  • Bronzer Brush
  • Blush Brush
  • Highlighter Brush
  • Brow Spoolie

In My Checked Luggage

I think this is the most makeup I have ever travelled with. Last year, when we went to Mexico, Brian successfully convinced me to leave my makeup at home.

Big mistake.

Every night I wanted to add a little get-up to my face, but had nothing. Not even a sun-kissed glow. It rained 5 out of the 7 days.

This time, I’m ready.

But I also hope for lots of sunshine.