Goodness gracious, it’s already August! I hate to admit this, but the second August hits I start getting the itch for fall and dreaming of cozy sweaters, crisp mornings, and crunchy leaves. Since we are still in the prime of summer, I’m going to do my best to make the most of the last bit of summer! A few things left on my summer bucket list include: an evening bike ride, playing tennis, watching a movie outside, and homemade sangria! Here’s to making summer last!
Travel Tip: Cross-packing
Unfortunately airlines have a bad reputation for losing luggage (I’ve learned this lesson the hard way!). Although I fully believe in positive thinking, especially while on vacation, I also believe in being prepared when checking your luggage. Whenever Mike and I are traveling together and check bags, we use a cross-packing method. All you need to do is pack half of your stuff in your travel companion’s suitcase and half of their stuff in yours. That way if your luggage doesn’t make it to the final destination, at least you will both have some of your things. If you’re traveling solo, I usually like to include a few extra clothing items in my carry-on or tote bag just in case!
Answering Your Frequently Asked Travel Questions:
What are the best ways to avoid wrinkles when traveling?
Packing wrinkle resistant clothing is the easiest way to avoid wrinkling, but not everything you want to bring with you will fall into this category. With that in mind, here are the best tips I have:
- Unpack and hang your clothes as soon as you arrive and give them a misting of wrinkle releaser spray. You can find travel sized bottles at Target.
- Rolling clothes helps prevent major creases from forming.
- If you hang a dress or shirt in the hotel bathroom while showering, the steam will help work some of the wrinkles out.
- Pack a dual voltage travel steamer. This is an excellent travel steamer.
- If you want to get really fancy, pack your clothes in tissue paper. If you’re traveling with delicate blouses or dresses fold your items with tissue paper. For men’s jackets, turn them inside out and fold with tissue paper. It can even be helpful to line your suitcase with it! This trick has been useful when traveling for destination weddings.
Quoting Johan Lehrer:
“We travel because we need to, because distance and difference are the secret tonic of creativity. When we get home, home is still the same, but something in our mind has been changed, and that changes everything.”
Hotel Spotlight: Borthwick Castle
I’ve been to Scotland a few times and have crossed off many bucket list items like whiskey tasting, searching for Nessie in Loch Ness, and trying Haggis, but I have yet to stay in a Castle! There are no shortage of castles in Scotland, but if I had my pick I think Borthwick Castle could be it! Only 40 minutes from Edinburgh and complete with secret passageways, spiral staircases, and a dungeon! For a more luxury experience, Glenapp Castle looks amazing too!
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