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It doesn’t matter whether you’re booking a family getaway or heading off traveling alone, there are some things that you can’t forget when you start the planning process. It’s easy to miss something when you have so much to plan and book, so here are a few of the most important things that you absolutely can’t forget.

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Transportation

If you’re traveling abroad, you will need to look at flights. It’s better to book these well in advance, as the prices will sky rocket when the seats start to get filled up. You also need to consider how you’re getting to and from the airport, both in your country, and in your holiday destination. If you are planning on driving to the airport, you will need to book a parking ticket, although it would probably be much cheaper to take a train or get a lift elsewhere. If you’re planning to use public transportation abroad, you might want to book a travel pass for your chosen country, to save yourself some cash.

Accommodation

Although hotels are the most obvious holiday accommodation, they might not be for you. There are plenty of alternatives (many of which are cheaper) that you could use instead. You are sure to find motels and holiday apartments, homes, and cottages wherever you are planning on visiting, but if you wanted something more exciting you could look into booking something more unusual. Unique holiday accommodations, such as tree houses, lighthouses, and camper vans are very popular of late and are sure to offer you more excitement than your usual hotel room.

Insurance

If you’re planning on traveling abroad, you must make sure that you purchase travel insurance. A lot of people decide against booking travel insurance, as they don’t think that anything could go wrong. Although this may be true in many cases, it certainly isn’t for all of them. The last thing you want is for your holiday to be completely ruined by something that could have been helped, had you purchased holiday insurance.

Activities

Many people opt against putting too much planning into their day-to-day activities of their holiday, and much prefer to wing it instead. If all you want to do is visit the beach for a week, then this is completely fine, but if you want to experience the culture of your holiday destination, and see as many landmarks as you can, you will want to put some thought into what you’re doing. If you don’t know, at the very least, what it is that you want to do on your holiday, it’s likely that you’ll do very little. This is both a waste of money and time and will leave you disappointed by your time away.

Hopefully, this will help you a little when it comes to the planning process of your holiday, and stop you from forgetting anything important, or making any mistakes. All that you need to do right now is decide where it is that you actually want to go and visit.

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What’s the best way to follow up the perfect wedding? The perfect honeymoon, of course! It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have the best holiday of your life with your new partner, and it’s probably something that you spend a lot of time thinking about during the planning process of your actual wedding. If you want to make it just as memorable as your wedding day, then how about choosing one of these exotic locations?

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The Maldives

A honeymoon in the Maldives will make any of your friends green with envy. This remote location offers honeymooners some of the most beautiful golden beaches that are bordered by crystal-clear waters. It’s warm, there are plenty of luxurious resorts to indulge in and there are plenty of romantic locations to explore with your partner. There’s even an underwater restaurant in the Maldives that, while expensive, offers you an experience unlike any other on the planet. As you wine and dine with your partner, you’ll be surrounded by tropical aquatic life 5.8 meters beneath the surface of the ocean.

Kyoto, Japan

In comparison to the beaches and nightlife of the Maldives, Kyoto offers the complete opposite but still manages to be exotic in its own right. Rest and relax in this tranquil city with picturesque sights, iconic cherry blossom viewings and traditional teahouses. If you have any kind of interest in Japanese culture, then it doesn’t get much better than a honeymoon to Kyoto. It’s a refreshing sight compared to the hustle and bustle of city life, and there’s plenty of romantic locations to visit if you want some beautiful and memorable honeymoon photographs.

Machu Picchu Pueblo, Peru

Exotic means adventurous, and there are very few places on earth that offer the kind of excitement and adventure that Machu Picchu Pueblo offers. Though the name might sound strange or even silly, it’s one of the world’s great historical sites, making this one of those once-in-a-lifetime places that you have to visit before you retire. Hotels and food in the area are generally quite cheap despite offering plenty of luxuries. There’s a lot of trekking involved, so unless you’re ready to be on your feet for most of the day, you’ll probably want to take it easy in Peru. There’s so much wonder and charm to uncover in Machu Picchu Pueblo that you’ll leave feeling enlightened.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

When you want to go big, you go to Dubai. It offers some of the world’s most luxurious hotels and resorts, yet at the same time gives you access to wonderful beaches, desert tours and a wide range of delicious foods. With so much to see and do in Dubai, it might even feel surreal. It’s definitely one of the more exotic locations in the world to visit for a honeymoon. You’ll feel like royalty in most of the luxury hotel, yet you can get adventurous in the desert with camel rides and jeep tours.

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I’ll be honest, I originally planned to post today about designer dupes vs fakes but when I saw that today was not just Monday but Monday, September 11th, I couldn’t bring myself to post something so trivial.

I was in 7th grade when we were attacked. I’m almost positive that one of the planes flew over my school during our morning meeting. One of my favorite teachers told us that our world would be different from then on, and she was right. For the first time in my life, I was profoundly scared of something real and I, also for the first time, believed in evil.I started to really take in my surroundings, always scanning for danger and being more observant rather than bouncing along in the little aloof bubble that had always kept me safe, but I’m glad that my parents encouraged us to keep living our lives with an open mind and open heart.

One thing that sticks out for me was being at a hotel in Reading, Pennsylvania not long after and there being a huge banner in the lobby saying THANK YOU FOR TRAVELING. I think fear had really slowed down and scared away a lot of travel. I had, by this point in my young life, been across the country and across the Atlantic and seen a lot more of the world than most kids my age. It hadn’t even occurred to me that I should be too scared to want to leave my home. I love how even from state to state, the United States varies so vastly in the type of people, architecture, traditions, etc.

Kendall has shown me even more of the country recently, and we’re trying to make it a point to see places we’ve never seen before, to keep learning about this beautiful country we live in, even if it’s just a little day trip. I grew up going to Harper’s Ferry annually, and it was a pleasure to take him back there a couple weeks ago.

Harper’s Ferry, WV is about an hour and fifteen minutes outside of DC- a fairly easy drive and worth it. I have to say, I had never been there on a holiday weekend and it was a little packed, but not so bad that it hindered our little trip. We had a great lunch on a deck in the sunshine, enjoying the late summer day, did some hiking, and checked out some of the historical shops and sites. We went a little bit on a whim and with no plan, but you should definitely check out their Things To Do. Hint: it’s super interesting for Civil War buffs.

A high point for me was standing in the ruins of an Episcopal Church and imagining what it was like when it once stood. I highly recommend going for a weekend as there was a lot more to do that we couldn’t get to- mostly a lot more hiking. There are also river tours you can take, weather permitting of course, and I’d love to go tubing next summer!

Kendall and I took these pictures at Jefferson Rock, which was fun for me because I have so many pictures as a little kid at the same spot!

Do you have a spot you love to go to outside of the city? What trips do you love taking in this beautiful country we live in?

 

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Happy late summer fall Friday! My friends seem pretty split on the team summer/ team fall situation, but I know I for one and thrilled that I got to bust out my boots yesterday when it was below 60 as I got dressed for work. Plans this weekend include lunch at the Cathedral and maybe a nap?

My thoughts are with Florida this week. I grew up going back and forth a few times a year and have family and close family friends in both south Florida and the Keys. Please be safe, everyone!

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Lately on The CaroLøve:

I found a really nifty app called Acorns for micro-investing that essentially lets you set it and forget it by investing spare change from purchases you’re already making. I honestly have no idea how to invest, but would like to learn (and save up for a down payment on a house), so this app seems just about right for me. I’ve read a ton of reviews, and it seems as though the one downside is a $12 annual fee for accounts under $5000. The best review I’ve seen about it is on Budgets are Sexy as it lays out all the pros and cons. Because of the nature of my new job, I’m waiting for approval to finish my signing up process, but I’d love to know if you’ve ever used it! If you’re interested in trying it out, you can use my link and get an automatic $5 with your first investment!

I’m all about shopping local and I’m so excited that Shop Made in DC is going to be a thing come October!

I really, really love trains, probably because my cool af grandfather collected models and took me on an overnight train trip when I was little. There’s a train trip in Canada I want to take with massive windows and NO WIFI so you can enjoy the sights of the country and the stars at night. SO DOWN.

As much as I sometimes get down on myself and my shape, I truly believe that fashion has no size.

There are really only so many ways you can arrange a one-bedroom apartment, but when I get that home, I’ll be taking note of these 14 Things Designers Notice the First Time They Enter Your Home.

Do you have this bootie (or one similar) in your shoe arsenal?

WOOHOO! New arrivals from Stella & Dot are here!

The boots from my Instagram story last night are still on sale at Macy’s for under $100! I’ve discovered that I need wide-calf boots and these could not fit/ feel better than they do!

Have a great weekend! Let me know what you’re getting up to!

 

 

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If you’re planning on staying stateside for your next vacation, but you still want gorgeous tropical weather and beautiful beaches, then there are few choices that make as much sense as Florida. Amongst the state’s many attractions, it might be worth considering Miami most of all. Named the Magic City for just how rapidly it grew from a tiny settlement into a coastal wonder, it still has that appeal hundreds of years later and still keeps attracting visitors from far and wide. I’ve been to Miami a bunch myself between having some family and a best friend down there. I’m not attracted to the ritzy nightlife as much as I am the water, sunshine, art, and architecture, but I do believe that Miami has a little something for everyone.

Miami: Aqua Bliss

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If you want the full luxury treatment by the beach then Miami has always been one of the best places to get it. However, the real parties don’t happen on the tourist-packed coasts. If you want to live the high-life, then the high seas are the best place to do it. There are plenty of services like BOAT.ME in the area, able to help you explore the many, many gorgeous coasts, islands, and marine wildlife spots all while enjoying a drink and the company of your friends. Whether you want a day trip or you want to spend your whole time out at sea, the beautiful weather and beautiful waters make it hard to turn down.

Straight from the old world

Naturally, there’s plenty to do away from the water, as well. Miami is a very storied part of our country and naturally, it inherits some of that story from back in the old world. Every state is in some shaped by the European strands of its history, but few have those strands as well preserved as the Vizcaya Museum. Right in the middle of Miami, it’s a stunning building that looks like it could easily serve as the court of European king with antiques from just about every age of Miami’s history carefully preserved and displayed for you to learn more about. The only thing is that it might make your own luxury rented villa look a little drab by comparison.

Finding tropical paradise

Despite the European roots of many of Miami’s settlers, there’s no getting away from the fact that you are, in the truest sense, in a tropical climate. Not that many visitors want to get away from that. In fact, the opposite is true with Jungle Island becoming easily one of the most popular and well-loved natural beauty spots of the whole region. There are more exhibits than you can fit into one day, with gorgeous creatures like kangaroos, orangutans, parrots, and tortoises collected from all over. Many of the exhibits are interactive, too, with people from all over stopping to hang out with the sloths and lemurs of the park. If you’re making it a family trip, this is your chance to wow the kids like never before.

Add a little flavor

Cuba is, of course, very close to Florida. Despite the fact that there are still some heavy restrictions between the two countries, Cuban culture has found its nest in Little Havana and most visitors are incredibly glad it has. Beyond cuisine rarely found elsewhere in the US and lively nightlife, one of Miami’s greatest annual events, the Calle Ocho, very much has its roots in Cuban culture. It’s a street party for the whole family, with all of the noise and life but very little of the stress. If you’re visiting Miami in the Spring, then make sure it’s a March visit so you can have the greatest party of your life.

Find a little Zen in heaven

If you find yourself a little overexcited from all the delights explored above, then you might want a little time to yourself. Key Biscayne isn’t completely isolated, as no part of Miami is. However, it is one of the most pristine and peaceful beaches that the city has to offer. This is where the more civilized fun of Miami happens, becoming the city’s home for the tennis season as well as offering golf courses to spend plenty of time on surrounded by the same beautiful landscapes you’ll find anywhere else in the city. Key Biscayne is the place to be if you want to recharge your batteries. Once you do, then there’s a fantastic water amusement park not too far away, too.

Even when you get past the life, the glamor, and the gorgeous sunshine, Miami’s appeal still holds true. A trip to the Magic City isn’t just visiting one destination. It’s like traveling to five at once, with spots and activities to appeal to just about anyone.

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