Sunday, 22 September 2013

What to pack when going on holiday?

This is a question I ask myself a million times every time I know I am going somewhere. Having been in so many situations in which I overpacked so many clothes and other useless things that weren't even looked at once I got to the destination, taught me to plan my packing process better so that I can avoid carrying 20kg and really only take the necessary. There was a point in time where I just decided I was not going to make the same mistake again, because honestly, its a mistake that can cost you a lot of $$$ ! Paying for overweight luggage at an airport is not something we are all excited to have to do and unfortunately, I have been there and done that, rather too often! So no more of that!

I usually apply this "technique" regardless of going
abroad for a whole year, whole month or even just for the weekend. I start by making a check list of things I MUST take with me.

þ Tooth brush 
þ Bikini
þ phone charger
þ Book

After I have done my check list, I count the days I will be away and decide on how many pairs of bottoms and tops will I need. You will always need more tops than bottoms. If I go on a weekend trip, I usually just take one pair of pants, and probably three tops and one jacket that would go well with all three tops. However, in case I am going somewhere for a longer period of time, I always plan outfits with pieces of clothes that I can mix and match (therefore creating more and more outfits with the same pieces). I have learned that regardless of how much we lose that jacket, if it only goes well with one particular outfit than it is not wise to take it with you! We can wear that one later... Creating the outfits definitely takes longer than just packing whatever you have in front of you but it will definitely make your life at the destination easier and you will definitely be less prone to overpack. I always count the days I will be away, and do a maximum of two outfits per day (day and night) but of course always mixing and matching! 

Other than this, packing becomes very easy! Don't take large bottles (suncreens, shampoos etc). Just get a little one which you can fill and it becomes much more lightweight and saves a lot of space. Once thing I have definitely learned too is that rolling your clothes definitely saves up some space IF you are travelling to a hot place (rolling shorts, tank tops, light jackets etc) because if you try to roll thick sweaters, proper jeans, and heavy jackets... it will just make everything extra fat! 

So basically this is what I personally do to try and avoid overpacking or packing the wrong items! We all know there is nothing more frustrating than having a heavy suitcase and still not know what to wear for dinner! 

Monday, 16 September 2013

Gracias Tamariu

We often come across places that are worth going back to. That is exactly how I feel about this little town in Costa Brava, Spain. I was there for 3 days and could have easily spent a few more days there. It is a small bay, with lots of yummy restaurants for those who love paellas, seafood and fish and little more than that. Being such a small town, village in my opinion, is what made it so welcoming and enjoyable. I truly found it to be a great gem in the coast of Spain. Of course the peak season is spoiled with high priced hotel rooms and that's why I think it would have been much more pocket friendly to have searched for a serviced apartment to rent as I did see quite a few of those there. I believe this is a great place for anyone who is looking for a "sleep-eat-lay in the sun" holiday...and for those who enjoy scuba diving, that is also a possibility here! I also noticed there was a boat rental company which rented out different sorts of boats, meaning that you could just grab your partner/family/friends and head off to other wonderful beaches (many of these with no road access!). Tamariu is about 1h30 from Barcelona which makes it quite accessible and it is definitely worth the drive. I went there in August, which meant that everything was more crowded than usual, but I still had a lovely time. If I could choose to go there again, I would definitely consider to go around the end of June, try to rent an apartment instead of booking a hotel room and enjoy the beautiful weather in a beautiful scenery.

Sunday, 15 September 2013

The Time is Now

Having been travelling for a while now, I decided it was time for me to share my experiences with a larger audience then just my friends and family. It was once said that “happiness is only real when shared” and that is exactly why I have created this page. I hope you enjoy reading about my travelling experience as much as I enjoy reading and listening about others’ travels. One thing is for certain, the world is too big not to wonder through it and hopefully, this page will inspire you to seek more and more beautiful experiences.