When I first started traveling for work, for the first couple weeks I honestly didn’t see the point in earning and utilizing hotel, credit card, and airline points. I was under the impression that these companies allowed you to accumulate points but made it nearly impossible to use said points. While this can sometimes be the case, I’ve managed to pay for 6 vacations and saved over $14,000 in the last 2 years!
The Fairmont Banff Springs is nicknamed the Castle in the Rockies. And rightfully so, the resort goes out of it’s way to bring the medieval castle to the 21st century with modern necessities, and somehow keeps all the grandeur of a castle. This hotel is spectacular and truly a once in a lifetime experience.
If you ever find yourself in the most beautiful mountains in the world, aka the Canadian Rockies, then odds are you’re within walking distance of some amazing views. The trick is just to know where to go. Boyfriend and I love being outdoors and we love to hike, luckily Alberta has some amazing walking trails that don’t require advanced equipment.
One thing you’ll quickly learn about Boyfriend and I is that we are not ‘roughing it’ people, we are spoiled brats who can’t go a single day without modern necessities and (of course) wifi. For us, Jasper National Park was the perfect place to get one with nature and experience the outdoors, while also staying at nice hotels.
Being from the flat state of Texas, I was so excited to go to Canada to see ALL the mountains. I was even stoked to make the 5 hour drive from Calgary to Jasper to see all the amazing scenery. It ended up being around 6 hours because we stopped to take pictures about 50 times (#worthit). The sights along the way did not disappoint and the pictures really speak for themselves. Below are a couple of our favorites and places we specifically sought out on the journey.
As our Canada trip gets closer and closer, I get more excited. I’m always excited to go to Canada because of it’s beauty and how peaceful it feels. However, being from the south, I’ve never look forward to the flight. But, that was before I was a self-proclaimed ‘experienced traveler’ and survived a 12 hour long flight. So I’m feeling pretty confident that I can last a 4 hour flight to Calgary. Over the last couple flights I’ve learned it has nothing to do with you as a person and how long you can remain dormant, but rather preparation. Being prepared for a long ass flight is the only way to survive and I’ve finally developed a list of my go-to tips for surviving an international flight. Keep reading to find out what I swear by.
On a normal day, I’m not a DIY person; I’d much rather buy something than make it. However, there are times, and they happen frequently, that I’m looking for something so specific that I have to accept the fact that I have to make something for myself. And the white books that you see in every home decor Instagram is the look that I’m going for and it’s been impossible to find!!! Seriously, I don’t know where they find these white spine books, so we’re making them ourselves.
Recoleta is a wealthy neighborhood in Buenos Aires, Argentina that’s known for its Parisian influence. It was, by far, my favorite part of Buenos Aires and I’d highly recommend staying here on your next visit (mainly because it’s also the safest place in the city). It has so much culture and amazing things to do that you’ll never be bored. Honestly, there were times when I felt like I was back in Paris.
For the longest time, or at least since I learned about tango dancing, I’ve been obsessed with Buenos Aires. I dreamed of strolling down the colorful streets in my red flowing dress and listening to Latin music. Luckily, and unluckily, I got to go for work! On the plus side, almost everything is paid for. But the down side is that I’d be spending a full two weeks in this magical city and only getting to really spend 5 days exploring, well 5 days and 14 nights to be exact. Even so, I wanted to make the most of it and see as much as Buenos Aires as I could. Keep reading to see my travel guide for Buenos Aires and all the amazing things this city has to offer.
La Boca is one of Buenos Aires’ 48 neighborhoods. It’s known for it’s colorful building and tango. It’s actually really beautiful and a top tourist destination. During our tour, we only really went down Caminito street, which is the heart and soul of La Boca. But we also had time to venture down to the docs to see the port and some amazing colored cobblestone.