Concert season is easily the most exciting time for music lovers (which is essentially everyone). It’s the perfect opportunity to road trip with friends and see all of your favorite artists in one place. Surely, it’s the atmosphere, the concertgoers and the memories you make during a string of 3-day weekends that make any summer one to mention. And this isn’t your first rodeo, you’ve skimmed over a few summer music festival packing lists and you have the basics down: Toothbrush, reservations, tickets, phone and cash in-hand. But here’s a concert travel guide with a few things that you’d want to be sure not forget:
One down and one more to go! New Year’s Eve is right on the heels of Christmas and soon we’ll be welcoming a new year. The clock ‘til 2016 is dwindling down. With each New Year, we reevaluate where we are in our lives, revisit our goals for the upcoming year and plans for the future we’ve already set in motion.
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What’s with all the work and no downtime? There are after Christmas sales, vacations to plan and a whole summer to prepare for (it’ll be here sooner than you think). But after all the spending for the holidays I bet your financial security is a priority as well. Don’t fret. You can get money back for splurging on winter getaway deals when you use Splender. Book your next vacation, baecation, or even staycation with the new, online cash back shopping site now through Dec. 31 and get the largest extra cash return of the holiday season.
Do you know what season it is? Vacation Season!!! Whether you’re travelling to another state or another country, there is always one thing we all keep in mind…COMFORT! Dealing with airport security and sitting on long flights, why wouldn’t we? However, we shouldn’t have to sacrifice looking fabulous to be comfortable. Now we’ve already provided you with some Vacation Wardrobe Essentials, so why not add a Travel In Style Guide? This guide will ensure that you’re not only comfortable throughout your travel, but that you look good too.
Joggers: H&M | Bag: Nordstrom Rack | Shirt: H&M | Sandals: Steve Madden
Joggers are a great alternative to sweatpants and leggings, not only do they look better but they also feel amazing! Pair them with a slip on sandal to ensure that you breeze by TSA, and a simple blouse for a sleek and chic look. Be sure to carry a tote bag filled with all your airplane essentials.
So a few weeks ago I shared with you all that I’ve been tapped by Capital One to share some of my travel experiences as well as my dream destinations with you all in a series about the new Capital One Venture Rewards Card. I’m especially excited about this series because I’ve always recapped my past travel experiences for you guys but I’ve never shared what destinations are on my bucket list. In the first post, I revealed that Thailand is my ultimate dream destination, for a number of reasons. From the food that I ADORE to the beautiful landscape, the shopping and of course the excursions, I adore everything about Thailand and can’t wait to set my feet on Thai grounds one day. Until then, a girl can dream. So here’s a list of the things that are part of my dream travel itinerary when I finally make it to Thailand:
Eat & Play in Bangkok
If you know me, you know I love to eat. I LOVE good food. I’m a fat kid at heart and I’m not ashamed. Thai food happens to be one of my favorite types of cuisine, so first on my list of to-do’s is hitting up the Floating Market in Bangkok to get some authentic Thai cuisine. There will be plenty of time to sample the food at the restaurants. But when I go away, I like to try food from the most authentic sources whether it’s a mom & pop shop down the road or a street vendor in the local neighborhood. So the Floating Market is my first stop in Bangkok. Girl’s gotta eat.
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Call me corny but my intrigue for Thailand grew even deeper after reading NY Times Bestseller “Eat, Pray, Love” about a woman’s international journey to finding herself with her last stop being in Thailand. Temples were such an integral part of her trip – for meditation, self-discovery and so much more. I couldn’t go to Thailand without exploring the luxurious and regal Temple of the Emerald Buddha inside the Royal Grand Palace in Bangkok.
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And finally, I couldn’t leave Thailand without fulfilling my America’s Next Top Model dream of posing atop a Thai elephant and taking a flawless picture. It must be done! Let’s hope I have enough courage to actually get up there when the time comes.
Sleep & Relax in Phuket
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After Bangkok, I’d be headed to Phuket to experience the pristine beaches, epic private boat rides, marine wildlife and relaxation of the secluded islands in the area. Phuket has some of the most beautiful beaches on the planet. So this is where you’d find me for the rest of the trip.
My dream accommodations would be the Anantara Phuket Villas. Each villa has it’s own private plunge pool (get your life!), there’s an exclusive spa on-site, a cooking school, a myriad of private restaurants and more! This is one of the top-rated hotels in Phuket. With a rewards card like the Capital One Venture Card, you could easily book a stay here on your favorite travel website and use your rewards to wipe the slate clean. You could even charge your transportation to and from the airport to the card and use rewards towards your statement. I mean…Anantara here I come? I can just feel the cool water in between my toes.
For years, I’ve been hearing that Thailand has the BEST massage therapists in the east and that their spa services are so reasonably priced. Obviously one of the things on my itinerary when I get to Thailand is to book an outstanding masseuse for a back massage on site.
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I also love sampling local and exotic fruits. So that’s another thing I’ll be snatching up from the local markets – authentic fruits and delectables native to Thailand.
There’s SO much more I’d love to do in Thailand. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Obviously if I go I’d need to stay for at least a full 7 days to experience all I want. Rewards cards like the Capital One Venture Rewards Card make my Thailand excursion dreams a little closer to reality. You can literally use the rewards to redeem travel rewards anywhere and under ANY carrier. No restrictions and blackouts. It’s the TRUTH. Thanks to Capital One this dream destination might not be a “dream” for much longer. For now, Thailand is all over my vision board and I’m speaking it into existence that I’ll be there within another year or so.
What about you? What’s on your dream getaway itinerary? Exploring the pyramids in Egypt? Feeding penguins in the Galapagos? Share them with the class below!
This post is sponsored by Capital One. All opinions expressed herein are my own and not those of the company.
As you guys already know, anytime I head on a fun trip whether it’s to Palm Springs for Coachella, to Barbados for #CaribbeanCrawl or to South America for a week-long excursion in Ecuador, I come right back here and tell you guys all about it. Just this past weekend, I went on Part of #CaribbeanCrawl and spent a fun weekend in Paradise Island, Bahamas. Travel – both domestic and international- has been a passion of mine for years. Ever since I spent a semester of college abroad in Europe traveling to multiple countries, interacting with people from different cultures, eating food I’ve never tried, and shopping for unique items – travel has been a true passion of mine. I plan to visit as many places as possible before I leave this earth. You learn SO much from getting out of your comfort zone and experience new places, people and things.
With that said, I’m super excited to partner with Capital One’s #YesMiles campaign this summer. The campaign is all about saying “Yes” to those fun travel excursions you’ve been putting off, and taking those trips you’ve been dying to book but haven’t been able to. As much as I love fashion and beauty and all things pretty, travel is where I’ll always invest my money because shoes get old and clothes go out of style, but your travel experiences live with you forever. Capital One is making it easier for frequent travelers to get the most out of spending with their new Capital One Venture Rewards card. It allows you double the miles for every dollar you spend on the card and you can use your miles ANYWHERE and for ANYTHING related to travel. No blackout dates, no restrictions, no expirations. It’s kind of amazing.
My Dream Destination
As part of the #YesMiles campaign I was asked to share with you all what my next Dream Destination locale is. And undoubtedly that would be Thailand. I’ve been dreaming of visiting this beautifully immense Southeast Asian destination for years. Maybe it was after reading Eat, Pray, Love. Perhaps it was after seeing Cycle 6 of America’s Next Top Model and imagining myself swan-like atop an exotic elephant (don’t judge me). Or perhaps it was after having my first taste of Thai food and falling it love with it. I’m not sure when my obsession with Thailand began but it is at the top of my bucket list of destinations.
I really believe that everyone should have a dream destination. Some place on your vision board that you want to experience at least one time in your life. It may surprise you, but dream destinations are easier to get to than you think these days. With resources like travel booking websites, flight price calculators and even rewards cards like the Capital One Ventures card, you can really get to these places much easier than you think. Based on my personal experiences, here are three quick tips for getting to your personal dream destination:
3 Tips For Making Your Dream Destination A Reality
1. Travel in a Group!
The majority of my recent travel excursions (and the ones that were most memorable) were trips I took with my girlfriends. There’s nothing like a great group trip and the beauty of it is that not only do you share amazing experiences together, but you also SAVE by splitting costs for everything from accommodations to car rental fees to appetizers at a local restaurant! On Part 1 of the #CaribbeanCrawl in Barbados, I went with my three blogger friends Jessica of Glamazons Blog, Lexi of LexiWithTheCurls and Danielle of TheStyleandBeautyDoctor. Traveling in a group is a great way to save money and still get to your dream destination. Also, penthouse suites and 2-3 bedroom villas can easily be split and can cost you less than an individual hotel room. The more the merrier!
2. Book A Getaway (Flight + Hotel Together)
Booking both your flight and hotel through the same service definitely has its advantages price-wise. Jet Blue, for example has specific Getaways packages that can save you major bucks simply because you book the flight and hotel stay all in one. Simply plug in your destination and a host of flight and hotel deals will be available to you. Using a rewards card like the Capital One Venture Rewards Card give you the flexibility to book travel on any of these websites, whether it’s airline-specific like Jet Blue or general like Expedia.com. There’s no limit as far as the number of miles you must have to use your rewards, and what’s even better is that if you’re planning to travel internationally (outside the USA), there are no foreign transation fees. #winning
3. Check Last Minute Flight Deals
This weekend I went to Paradise Island, Bahamas and my flight was less than $400 round trip! I booked my flight super last minute (less than 2 weeks before traveling) and I was able to get a really amazing deal. If you’ve been dying to go to a Caribbean destination like Puerto Rico, the Bahamas or Mexico (for example) and you happen to have a little extra money in the bank one weekend – check flights! Don’t be scared to book last minute travel because often when airlines don’t sell out of a flight and have available seats, the prices drop down super low. This is especially true for times of the year when people typically don’t travel like March and September.
I hope these travel tips help! Stay tuned as I’ll be doing research on my dream destination – Thailand- and telling you guys all about what I plan to do when I make it there.
What’s your dream destination? What exotic place have you always wanted to travel to? Leave a comment below and let me know!
This post is sponsored by Capital One as part of their #YesMiles campaign program. All opinions expressed herein are my own and not those of the company.