What to do, what to do.
Let’s say your friend calls you randomly one nasty freezing grey day in the Spring and says casually, ‘Hey so I’m headed to Cannes at the end of May, wanna come?’. How would you react?
I was on my way to swim practice with the kids on my headset in the car, on a cold and rainy grey day in early April. It had probably snowed 6 inches the day before. I was in an endless cycle of work, swim practice, dinner, groceries, dishes, and laundry with a touch of regular migraines thrown in for spice. What would you have said?
I’m pretty sure some profanity came out of my mouth, let’s get real here, and I sputtered something along the lines of, ‘DUDE. Dude. DUUUUUDE. What the fuh? For serious? DUDE.’
My speech gets really articulate under duress, stop judging me.
Initially I said no. No, I’m sorry, I can’t leave for two weeks at the end of May right when the kids are finishing school for the year and doing all the end of school performances and plays and all the rest of the end-of-year-wrap-up-nonsense. We don’t have piles … >> find out more…
// While I’m away in Europe (hopefully not getting knifed on commuter trains) I’m running a series of Top 10 Favorite Posts on Petit Elefant for your reading pleasure. These 10 posts are some of the most popular posts on Petit Elefant, so enjoy! See you soon. //
I travel a lot, too much sometimes. No that’s crazy, there’s no such thing as too much travel. I love roaming the globe, but I hate packing. It’s the worst thing. It’s the most chaotic, stressful, over-involved what-am-I-supposed-to-take-what-if-I-pack-the-wrong-things events of travel. It’s a necessary evil, the packing business, but I’ve figured out the least stressful way to make it work for me.
I roll my clothes. I roll them on hotel beds one piece at a time until they’re so compact there’s extra room to do a little airport shopping. I always bring a snow globe home for my little guy and now the only way to get them through airport security is to buy them on the other side of said security.
Next time you pack a bag, try it and see. You may like it, Sam I am, you make like it on some ham.
ROLL YOUR CLOTHES TO PACK … >> find out more…
It’s time for a top 10 countdown, of the blog post variety. I’ve never done this, but I thought it would be a fun idea since there’s a lot of content some of you haven’t seen. There’s a lot of good stuff in the early years, and I’d love to share it with you because, today I’m leaving on a jet plane. Don’t know when I’ll be back again.
Just kidding, I do. In 10 days. But it’s always a good time to throw out some John Denver lyrics to make things sound melancholy.
Things are actually pretty awesome because today I’m heading to Paris! I know, don’t hate me. I’m jealous of myself. It wasn’t a planned thing, it just happened, and when life presents you with amazing opportunities, the thing to do, I’ve found, is grab the brass ring and get on board. No matter what. When my husband booked 4 tickets to Warsaw a couple of years ago I packed my bags and rearranged our whole life so we could take a month-log family trip to his home country. It wasn’t super convenient at the time (it never is) but we did it anyway.
We … >> find out more…
How to make a travel laundry kit; it’s what’s on the agenda today.
I travel a fair amount in my life, mostly with kids, plenty without. Regardless, there’s always, ALWAYS some sort of laundry emergency when I travel. I tend to spill when I eat, all over the front of whatever it is I’m wearing. It’s kind of an epidemic, but whatever, no need to alert the authorities or anything, it’s just part of the treasure of being me. And at some point of all this regular travel (it was pretty early on), it occurred to me I needed to bring a travel laundry kit with me wherever I go. Goest. Goeth. Trip, trippity, travel. That way I’m presentable for at least a portion of my trip, wherever in the world I happen to be.
It’s pretty simple really, how to make a travel laundry kit. The trick is remembering to replenish it every time you unpack your gear. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been on the road only to realize I have no quarters, or you know the important stuff like, oh, laundry detergent.
Here’s how it all comes together:
// Trip to London for the weekend? Hey, a girl can dream. I’m dreaming, always, of England. (Okay, let’s be honest, sometimes, a lot of times, I’m dreaming of Costa Rica). But guest travel blogger Gemma lives in Sweden and travels wherever she can, whenever possible, lucky girl, and today Gemma lays it all out for us: exactly what to pack for a weekend trip to London, and why. This is the business. // (Editor’s note from Allison)
Have you ever suffered from “vogue shock”? You step out of your hotel room, thinking you’re a foxy lady… Until you realize you’re surrounded by a million modelesque European women that have a natural taste for exquisite style. All of a sudden, you’re stuck on Oxford Street wearing your “comfortable shoes” that are covered in grass stains, and a baggy “I heart NYC” sweatshirt. You feel totally self-conscious and want to dump your luggage into the Serpentine or secretly desert it inside of a double-decker bus.
I feel ya. I travel quite a bit. I took a break from university life and currently live in Stockholm, making spontaneous weekend trips to random cities, thanks to low-class airfare and my … >> find out more…
A nice road trip with kids? Is it possible? Today we have 3 road trip tips for a nice (no really, NICE) road trips with kids from editor Lyndsey Payzant Wells, a brave traveler with toddler in tow.
(the tulip festival in northern Washington)
Road tripping is one of the great American pastimes. Load up your car, gather the family and you’re on your way. But when you’ve got kids in tow, there are a few extra road trip tips you need to take to be prepared — whether you’re driving to the next city or all the way across the country. To save your sanity, I’ve put together my 3 best tips for a family road trip…along with a few photos of fun places we’ve successfully “tripped” to over the years.
3 tips for a nice road trip with kids:
- 1. Pack accordingly. I’m always tempted to over-pack for road trips, since it’s not like I have to get all my stuff to fit in one carry-on or something like I would if traveling by plane. This gives you a little extra leeway to be super prepared. In addition to your regular daily sets of clothing, toiletries,
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Summer vacation fun, FUN SUMMER VACATION. If you’re dressed in a winter parka, shivering like a baby seal (I’m not sure if baby seals shiver, but it sounded cute) and keep looking at your tropical screen saver, fantasizing about summer skin and fun sandy beaches, then we have something in common.
Although the tropics are great, I am convinced to get ya’ll over to Stockholm this summer. Palm trees and beaches full of Brazilian hotties are definitely beautiful visualizations, but Sweden in the summer is better than all of those visualizations, I PROMISE. The forests, the beaches, the fashion, the music, the culture, the food, the fun, the fact that you will get to experience 19 hours of sunlight everyday! If Stockholm is your perfect vacation-destination, I would encourage you to visit at the end of June, during Swedish Midsummar, the fun festival of the summer solstice; it is completely incomparable.
The first things you will notice are the Swedish flags, proudly blowing over each wooden home.
If you want to have an authentic experience, you’ve GOT to try the food. Fresh salmon and potatoes, perfected sauces, fermented herring, great beer… Okay, I may have casually tried to throw … >> find out more…
// New travel editor Gemma recently took a little weekend side trip in Europe and has the scoop on what you need to see when you travel to Camden Market, England. Which you totally will do after reading this. (I want to jump ship yesterday. But then I always want to travel, especially to Europe.) //
Most adolescent girls had a picture of Big Ben taped on their bedroom wall (next to their 2’ x 3’ Jude Law poster). We all sang “London Bridge is Falling Down” in nursery school as we sat in a semi-circle, marinating in our soggy diapers. We dreamed of prancing through the streets in cute rain boots and hearing the sexy hum of a British man’s accent. We still dream of London and ache for it (especially after seeing “Skyfall”). The very thought of London screams chic! Classy food, high fashion, UMBRELLAS!! And umbrellas it has… But many forget the rare jewel of London that should not be forgotten:
The Camden Markets.
Camden is a different world, a fine blend of heaven and hell (and lots of animal-themed hats).
It is located in the Northwest part of London and should not be missed by … >> find out more…
Paris, France yo. That’s what my friend Heather is here to tell us all about today, because Heather (lucky girl!) took a trip to Paris, France for her 24th birthday. Heather has traveled a lot and is here to share a little bit about the travel bug. (note from Allison)
In 2007 my aunt and I took a long weekend trip to Paris, France for my 24th birthday. It was lovely as ever and Paris, being Paris. It was exactly as advertised: The women were chic the clothes made me drool and I had no qualms about purchasing ridiculously expensive Parisian tights because then I could go home and be all, “Oh, you like these tights? Yeah, they’re from PARIS. FRANCE.” and then flounce away. That was my last trip to Europe. Up until a month ago I was OK with that. I mean, I travel regularly around the continental US though I never leave the “lower 48″. Even though I reside in Upstate New York, I can give you a tour of the District of Columbia with my eyes closed and I recently returned from a 48 hour jaunt through San Francisco. Heck, I once went to Salt … >> find out more…