Thursday, August 10, 2017

Traveling 101 | How To Survive 10+ Hour Flights

Okay, long flights suck. They are unavoidable and somewhat tedious. Before you cue the pity party, you have to remember where that plane will take you and what you'll be able to do after the flight (a little positive thinking, right?) Let me give you a few simple guidelines on making the time go by a little quicker...

BEFORE YOU BOARD >>> Sitting for hours in an relatively uncomfortable chair next to strangers is maybe not your ideal way of spending the day. Before your flight, try and spend a good amount of time outside in the fresh air! Spend an hour at the gym and grab a good breakfast on the morning of your departure. Make the concept of sitting your #1 goal before you even reach the airport!

DON'T OVERDO IT >>> Nothing is worse than hauling around an over-sized and over packed bag with you all across multiple terminals. It's always wise to be well prepared, but not for a zombie apocalypse. It's hard to narrow done the absolute essentials, so you just have to ask yourself... what would best to bring? Find a quality backpack/bag that you can be your designated carry on. I like bags with lots of pockets on the outside to hold my phone, headphones, lip balm and other things I would need quick access to.

GET COMFORTABLE >>> Noise canceling headphones, ear plugs and an eye mask will become the most valuable thing you bring on a flight. For me, nothing makes me feel more claustrophobic than a crying baby or loud snoring passengers. Give yourself a chance to settle in for a power nap. It may be easier said than done for most people, but I can almost guarantee you'll be happier to have these items as a plan B.

STRETCH OUT >>> Remember to get up and stretch throughout the flight. Pay attention to the seatbelt light though and be considerate of the attendants. Stretch your arms, legs, back and whatever else that you need to shake out.

KEEP OCCUPIED >>> Audio books and movies make time seem to fly by (get it? so punny!) A separate battery supply for your phone can be very convenient! Some planes are capable of supplying you with a plug in source, but not all of them. Adult coloring books are surprisingly relaxing and soothing, or grab a magazine and read it from cover to cover. If you dare, strike up small talk with your neighbor, you'll never know what kind of stories they have!

What do you like to do on long flights?
Thanks for Reading!
Love, Nick

What To Bring On Your Carry-On
Flights take a surprising amount of energy to get through, so I wanted to be prepared! Check out my list of things that I brought on one of the longest flights I've ever been on.

My Traveling Diaries
I started my blog in 2013 and have aimed to document all the adventures and roadtrips that I've ever gone on since then.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

How To Be The Best Bridesmaid

After being a bridesmaid 3 times this summer, I'm positive you could hire me as a professional bridesmaid for virtually any wedding! It is heart warming and an honor to be a bridesmaid for your friends, along with a few extra responsibilities. It means that the bride trusts you, values you and knows you can help make her day a little more special. Let me give you a couple pointers to really go above and beyond for your bride!

Budget Your Money >>> Go ahead and accept the fact that you'll probably be spending more money than you originally intended. Begin saving some dollars on the side for your dress, shoes, gifts and of course bachelorette festivities!

Ask Questions >>> Don't be afraid to ask questions. It's far better to know what's going on rather than to guess! Ask the bride what she needs from you and what she expects. If there's any planning, decorating or setting up that you can do, go help!

Be A Team Player >>> Make friends with the bridesmaids you don't know! Break that ice and have fun together! Don't make unnecessary drama and don't be apart of it (unless the boys are the ones causing problems, then give them a really hard time about it). Bride's pick their bridesmaids usually for a specific reason. Each person means a lot to the Bride, so befriend them and celebrate this happy time in your friend's life!

Show Your Support >>> One of the best things for you to do, is to be there for the Bride. Planning a wedding has proven to be one of the more stressful events in someone's life. Do your best to be aware of other's feelings and the situation. Look around and see if anything needs adjusting, pinning or taping. Direct people to where to sit, where to place presents or maybe help you lift something. Lend a helping hand to the mother of the bride, distract the little kids from killing each other, hold someone's baby or maybe even offer to write out the vows for the bride last know, the little things...

Suck It Up & Wear The Dress >>> It's not your wedding. I repeat, it's not your wedding. No matter how you feel about it, if the bride wants you to wear it, then wear it. Remember how we decided we're not creating unnecessary drama?.... exactly.

Make A Bridal Emergency Kit >>> I did a little research for my own wedding day and a list of emergency items! These helped so much more than I thought they would, and I'm so glad that I had it prepared. Take my advice and be that hero to save the day! Something you should also pack are snacks and water! Sometimes there's so much going on that you'll feel like you don't have any time to eat. The bridesmaids and groomsmen will thank you.

Set The Party Mood! >>> If no one is dancing, that's your cue! Get out and have fun! Bring friends and groove to the music! The ceremony is over, everyone is eating and making conversation, now is the time to celebrate that it's over! You did your job with flying colors!

Now, who has embarrassing wedding stories?!
Thanks For Reading
Love, Nick

I really love documenting significant moments in life, and my Wedding Day was definitely one of the biggest and greatest decisions I've made in my life! Click on the link for all the lovey and sappy goodness!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Traveling 101 | Grab N' Go First Aid Kits

Whether you are camping, rock climbing or spending a day outside, always come prepared! It's better to have the supplies you need and not use them, rather than not having them with you and be in desperate need. This 'Grab N' Go' box is designed to be stored in your sock drawer and an easy grab to put in your backpack before your adventure begins.

  • Band-Aids
  • Neosporin
  • Burn Ointment
  • Gauze
  • Medical Tape
  • Small Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Nail File
  • Nail Clippers
  • Alcohol Wipes
  • Cotton Balls
  • Q-Tips
  • Handsanitizer
  • Tissues
  • Instant Cold Pack
  • Medications (pain killer, etc...)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bugspray
  • Mini Pocket Knife

Are you new to the great outdoors? Say no more. Check out my complete guide on things you can pack, eat and do to make your camping trip one of the best ones yet!

I'm still in the beginner phase of rock climbing, but there's a lot of reasons why I love it! It's physically and mentally challenging and it's all about learning to trust yourself. Check out my guide to the basic equipment and terms you'll learn when you first start climbing.

Equipment is very important for your climbing or canyoneering trips. Let me help you cover your bases and make sure you take everything you could need. 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Journal Prompt | How Do You Like To Relax?

Relaxing and day dreaming is one of my specialties. I believe that taking the time to show yourself a little love is very important. On days that need I need to wind down, I use a couple of methods to melt away stress and detox from a crazy and busy day

If it's a clear and sunny summer afternoon, my favorite thing to do is to grab my hammock and hook it around tall, shady trees and grab a good book to snuggle up with. I love feeling that soft breeze all around my toes and hair and listening to the soft sounds of a park.

One of the funnest things to do is to wake up a little earlier in the morning and head up into the mountains to do yoga. Yoga has helped me train myself to relax and breathe whenever I'm stressed or anxious. I've always been intrigued by it and have many friends that love doing it. It's even better feeling like you're on top of the world and just soaking up the morning sun. It's an incredible feeling.

At night, I will make myself a relaxing warm bath with either bath bombs, Epsom salts or the classic bubble bath mixture scented with eucalyptus. Eucalyptus and lavender are very relaxing scents for me and put my mind at ease. Recently I've been throwing in a few green tea bags to my bathtub concoctions, which helps make my skin softer and something about it feel so good! You also can't forget about lighting a few aromatherapy candles. Sometimes I'll even turn off all the lights so the room is illuminated by candlelight!

What relaxes you?
Thanks For Reading
Love, Nick

Journal Prompt #1 | What Does Your Ideal Day Look Like?
As I open my eyes, I stretch out my toes and take a deep breath in. I lightly kiss Seth on the cheek as I pull off my covers. I slip on some comfortable clothes and quietly head out the door...

Journal Prompt #2 | What Qualities Do You Admire In Others?
It always seemed when I was growing up that my friends never got a long with each other. Every time I would introduce a friend to one another, they would end up hating each other...

Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Weekend Getaway Packing List

The best part about quick trips is that you really don't need a lot. Minimize your list and embrace a little spontaneity! Here's a minimal list of the necessities to take with you over the weekend...

  • 2 or 3 shirts
  • 1 short
  • 1 pant
  • light jacket
  • socks and underwear
  • swim suit
  • hat
  • pajama
  • travel toothbrush
  • travel toothpaste
  • travel floss
  • hair brush
  • bobby pins and hair ties
  • mini face wash + moisturizer
  • contact case and mini saline solution (if applicable)
  • travel deodorant
  • travel perfume
  • minimal makeup
  • medications
  • Phone + Phone Charger
  • Camera + Battery Charger
  • Wallet (with cash)
  • Keys
  • Headphones
Where's the best place to take a road trip to?
Thanks For Reading
Love, Nick

Unsure of what to bring? Here's anything you would ever need...

You don't have to spend hundreds of dollars to have a good time while traveling! I've listed a bunch of things you can do for free in just about every corner of the world! Check it out...

Every trip I've ever documented on my blog! All around the United States to the other side of the world...

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

My Poetry | The Office

The clock ticks
My pen clicks
The screen lights up
and I wait for the ring

Every day, day after day
I begin my work at the sound of a bell
I jot down notes and organize the book
Over and over, tired and overlooked

It pays the bills, the necessary bills
There's only one way it all can be done
I dream of the adventure, the moments and thrills
The fresh air of summer and the bright sun

As long as I keep dreaming, I have no worry
Its a part of life that I can't avoid
I might as well embrace it for it all will hurry
It's far better than being unemployed

The clock ticks
My pen clicks
The screen lights up
and I wait for the ring