The open road. The fresh air. The opportunity to freely blast and belt out your favorite tunes as you explore lands previously unknown… The road trip is an experience everyone should have at least once in their life. And the effort you put into planning yours will greatly impact the memories you make.
If you’re like me and heading out Kerouac-style isn’t the approach you’d prefer — planless, penniless, thieving, and hitchhiking (yikes!) — then you should absolutely start with a list. Continue reading “North to South’s Ultimate Road Trip Planner: Packing List — With Free Download!”
Before I met Ian, the nicest camera I ever owned was probably the one on my cell phone. Well, he fixed that faster than you can say “interchangeable lenses,” and gave me my first digital SLR (a Canon T2i) after just two months of us being together. That was three years ago. Since then, the digital cameras I’ve “owned” include a Canon EOS M, a Sony a6000, and finally, my beloved Sony RX100 III. The T2i was a great camera to learn on, the EOS M I never really grew fond of, and the a6000? It was GREAT! Until I tried the RX100 III and just HAD to have that instead. Keep reading to find out why AND to see my favorite photos I’ve taken with this camera. Continue reading “Sony RX100 III Review: Why It’s the Best Travel Camera I’ve Ever Had (and Why I Sold My a6000 to Buy It)”
Packing is all about prioritization… identifying what you don’t need to make room for what you do. Despite our destination, when we’re paring down our packing list, this stuff always makes the cut!
Read on to find out what items keep us well-organized, working efficiently, and exploring comfortably on our travels. Are any of these items on your packing list? Continue reading “Our Travel Essentials: Our Favorite Travel Gear, Gadgets and Wear”
The winter holiday season is upon us, and with it comes the question I’ve always had a difficult time answering: “What do you want for Christmas?”
And this year I think it’s the hardest. Continue reading “20 Holiday Gift Ideas for Women & Men Who Love to Travel”
*This article originally appeared on my new blog, Stylish Travel Girl: A Fashionable Travel Community, and has been modified for the North to South audience.
Nothing lets you customize your packing strategy more easily than the packing container; they come in nearly every shape and size imaginable! Earlier this year (before we owned packing cubes) Ian and I completed a 3-month Europe trip and shared one carry-on bag between the two of us. That is something I NEVER plan to do again — without the help of some packing containers, that is.
We’ve scoured the web and compiled our personal packing experience to bring you the very best packing container solutions for staying organized as a carry-on traveler. Packing cubes, garment folders, jewelry organizers… the gang’s all here! Never used a packing cube before? You just might fall in love. Read on to discover the best container combination to suit your personal carry-on packing needs. Continue reading “Intro to Packing Containers: Organize Your Carry-On in 4 Steps! (from StylishTravelGirl.com)”
*This article originally appeared on my new blog, Stylish Travel Girl.
I’ve been experimenting with a variety of camera set-ups the last few years. (Since Ian’s a photographer, the opportunity to try new camera gear is always there.) For me, the Sony a6000 takes the cake. It’s got all the right bells and whistles — no tacky gimmicks — and is an easy-to-use, fashionable tool for documenting my travels. Continue reading “Sony a6000 Review: A Stylish Travel Camera (from StylishTravelGirl.com)”
Let me get straight to the point here.
I have never found a legging as flattering as the Lucy Hatha.
Continue reading “Lucy Hatha Legging: My New Favorite Casual Bottoms for Travel”
Getting ready for a big trip but don’t want to check your luggage? Travel carry-on! It’s a much simpler way to travel, and now that checked bag fees are so common, it’ll save you money, too. Continue reading “High Sierra Wheeled Carry-On: A versatile, highly transportable bag with straps (tested in Europe!)”
Seasons to Wear ‘Em: fall, winter + spring
When you’re a minimalist traveler shopping for shoes, quality is extremely important. Early this year, I needed boots for a trip to Norway. They had to withstand cold temps, rain, and possibly snow. I’ve never put as much effort into a shoe search than I did for these boots. And my efforts were well rewarded. I found myself a warm, waterproof, quality boot that was also stylish! Continue reading “Merrell Decora Chant: Keep your toes toasty in cold climates with this boot (tested in Norway!)”
Early this year, Ian and I decided to embark on a full-time travel adventure (and we’re still going). In order to make our transition as simple as possible, we decided to get rid of most of our stuff. I knew I had a lot of clothes in general, but as I was filling up donation boxes I was quite surprised at how many shoes I’d accumulated during my always-on-the-go life. I had a go-to pair for any situation. You ladies know how it goes. A few pairs I’d never even worn. Some shoes I’d worn a little too often, but they were too comfortable to replace. Many I hadn’t worn in a year or more, but since I always had plenty of closet space, I never felt the need to part with them.
I needed to “pare” down my pairs. I now own 4 pairs of shoes that I take on my travels. With these shoes, I’m covered for 99% of the conditions I’ve surrounded myself in. Versatile. Comfortable. Stylish. In a word: perfection. Continue reading “Happy Feet, Happy Travel: 4 Perfect Shoes for the Active Female Traveler”