my next travel destinations x how i plan

Summer 2018 travel

Remember when I traveled all over Europe this past summer? I never thought my blog would have a “Travel” tab up on the top bar, but here I am. If you enjoyed reading about my Europe adventures, get ready for more! Long story short, I’ll be interning this summer with a company that warrants a lot of travel in the U.S. I can’t even explain how excited I am to be interning with this company because I’ll be conducting internal audits and learning about how the company operates. It’ll be really different being able to apply what I learn in the classroom to real, hands-on work.

Even though summer is still half a year away, I’m already planning (Type A problems). Cue up the Pinterest boards and Google Sheets, because that’s how I planned for Europe too: months in advance. I thought it would be fun if I shared some of my destinations that are on the top of my list and how I plan.

First thing’s first: jot down the places I’m dying to go to. I love Excel sheets, so even that initial list is its own sheet. Everything’s pretty tentative at the moment, but on the most basic level, I have the week number (I told you I’d be traveling a lot!), the dates of travel, my ideal locations, and the purpose (people I know that I want to visit).

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Next up? Research research research. I’ll mostly be browsing on Pinterest for my eat/drink/sleep/activities. Sometimes I’ll go on Youtube too for those “travel diary” videos that I love watching to get ideas. Since I have a few connections in some cities, I can skip the lodging part for a few cities, but I definitely start planning my must-see sights and activities. Each city will get their own Pinterest board and Google Sheet.

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As you can see, I’ve organized the columns into neighborhood, the place I want to visit, the category, and any notes that are associated with the activity. I think for the purpose of trying to be more spontaneous, I won’t be making an hour-by-hour detailed itinerary until I talk with whoever I’m traveling with and then schedule everything onto my Google Calendar a month before I decide to go.

Once I have a pretty solid list of the sights I want to see and things I want to do, I look at the area with the most activities and then if needed, find lodging in that area via Airbnb. As of right now, I’m not sure what my budget will be yet, but I’ll keep you posted.

That’s essentially all the planning I do! I like the system I have, but research takes up a huge bulk of time. Plus, planning early is such a fun way to procrastinate (when I do, that is).

Do you guys have any suggestions on places to visit within those cities (or any city!!). Conducting this initial research always gets me so excited.

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful rest of the week!

Jen xx

 

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navy in the pearl

Hello hello!

For all my readers who celebrate, I hope y’all had a wonderful Christmas yesterday. I myself spent my Christmas Eve sleeping in until noon and finishing my favorite book of all time, Anna and the French Kiss. My older sister came home for Christmas so we were all able to open presents together and watch Christmas movies – it was a lovely time.

Last week, my good friend Maggie from my sorority and I spent a fun day together in the Pearl District of Portland. A year ago, we went to Tea Bar, so we vowed to do the same again this holiday break. Funnily enough, you can read my post from exactly one year ago here.

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For those who don’t know, Tea Bar is a wonderfully delicious tea place, serving yummy pastries and bubble tea. My go-to is the Lavender Bubble Milk Tea and the rose croissant. It’s not cheap though, be warned! Definitely a splurge treat.

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Maggie and I weren’t the only ones having a photoshoot inside Tea Bar: practically every customer who came in had a DSLR strapped around their neck. It’s a pretty aesthetic place, I have to admit. I always joke that Tea Bar doesn’t need a social media marketing team, because their customers do the job.

After, Maggie and I walked around Portland to shoot some outfit pictures! The Pearl District is really beautiful and clean. It was freezing, but bloggers gotta blog.

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I am positively obsessed with this ruffle-sleeve top. It’s from Banana Republic, and I just feel super cheery when I put it on. I had to pair it with my white jeans because regular jeans or black ones would be way too dark. And of course, a pair of slate grey booties!

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After walking around the district, we decided to try going on a rooftop for a different perspective. We found a parking garage and went to the very top. The view was gorgeous!

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And that’s a wrap! Have you been to Tea Bar? What pieces have you been donning this holiday break?

Thanks for reading, y’all. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for my 2017 wrap up!

Jen xx

los angeles recap

Hello hello!

Happy Monday! How was everyone’s weekend? Mine was pretty relaxing because I was just trying to catch up on sleep and homework. My sorority had our initiation, but that was the only big thing this weekend.

This past Thursday and Friday, I was in Los Angeles! I had to miss some school and I was pretty sick the entire time (thank goodness for DayQuil), but I had the most fun time. I was in LA because of a case challenge that was hosted by Deloitte. My team and I have been working on the case for a month and finally flew down to Deloitte’s office in southern LA to present it.

On Thursday morning, me and three other teammates drove down to the airport at 5am and got Qdoba’s breakfast burritos – it was my first time eating one and it’s actually life-changing. We hopped on our flight at 8am and got to LA at about 11am. Y’all, I love flying.

When we got there, it was around 75 degrees and sunny! I hopped off the plane at LAX with my dream and my cardigan; we checked into our hotel and y’all. The hotel booking was through Deloitte and I got my own room on the topmost floor. I was quite pleased!!

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Then we all headed out to lunch at Little Sister, which I highly recommend. I got a rice paper wrap, but we all shared food among each other.

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We had a few hours to kill before our networking dinner, so we walked around south LA. We stopped by The Last Bookstore (!!!!!), Gelateria Uli, the Grand Central Market and an ice-skating rink. Lots of good laughs and eats.

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We got back to the hotel and all napped a little bit since we were all exhausted. Then, I got ready with the girls for our networking dinner at Perch, which is a rooftop bar and venue space. It was so cool getting to mingle with other Deloitte professionals and the students from other schools! After the event, we all headed up to the rooftop to enjoy the LA skyline.

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The next day was competition day! We got up bright and early and ate breakfast and sat through a couple of presentations, and then we presented near 11am. We got an office tour and then found out that we made it to the final round! We presented again, this time with a much more challenging Q&A section. At 2:30pm, the two winners were announced – unfortunately, not my school – but honestly, we all let out a sigh of relief.

We gathered our belongings and drove to LAX immediately after the awards ceremony. Dinner was at LAX, and then after we found out our flight got delayed, we boarded, flew, and got home to SEA at about 11:30pm. Needless to say, I felt miserable and exhausted – I felt like I could sleep for days. I did get to watch Wonder Woman on the plane though, so I’m not complaining!

Overall, my experience in LA was incredibly memorable and fun; I feel so grateful to have had this opportunity and the people I got to meet and know are people that I’ll cherish forever. It’s going to be so weird to not meet three times a week to research or work on the Powerpoint slides. I learned a crazy amount in this month that I worked together with them though, and knowing that I’ll be going through recruiting with these crazy kids is so comforting. I couldn’t have asked for a better team!

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Jen x

europe travel summary – snapchat edition

Hello!

This might be last Europe travel post, finally. I thought it’d be fun to share a Europe travel summary through my Snapchat stories. My Snapchat isn’t public, so no one but my friends see my stories. However, there are some cute ones from this summer with fantastic geo-tags. Here they are!

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Looking at these photos legitimately make me so nostalgic, but which one is your favorite geo-tag? I think they’re all so adorable!

Thanks for reading,

Jen

dear london | week three

Happy Monday & happy October!!

This is my last London-specific post, can y’all believe it?! London was packed with so many fun adventures, and so I present to you my last photo diary. Heads up for a LOT of pink – I’m not sure why I visited so many places with a pink aesthetic (I’m definitely not complaining).

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The Platform 9 and 3/4 at King’s Cross Station!

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Beautiful houses in Notting Hill. My life flashed before my eyes on this day when I almost got hit by a motorcycle 😳

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Farm Girl Cafe in Notting Hill – so basic, but so good! I’ll definitely be adding pomegranate seeds to my avo toast from now on!

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Couldn’t say no to a photo opp in front of more adorable houses in Notting Hill!

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Booked a reservation at Sketch! It was really stressful because if you cancel your reservation, you get charged 30 pounds. This dish alone was 18 pounds! Very unique though – orange and carrot sauce.

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I recommend going during the day since the lighting is better, but it was still so! aesthetic!!

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Y’all, the bathrooms. ‘Nough said.

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DDF – daily dose of fro-yo.

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The most stunning cafe I’ve ever been to! Peggy Porschen Cakes. The line was so long.

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I hit up the Camden Market and stopped by the Pasta Hand Rolled tent. It was so freaking delicious.

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The professionals over at F5 recommended Wolseley, a high tea place. I went with 5 other girls and it was simply amazing.

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Some Harry Potter Studio Tour photos!

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Aaand that’s it!! I hope you enjoyed following my journey in London – looking back at these photos have me feeling some type of way 😭

Look out for my general Europe wrap-up and reflection soon!

Thanks for reading,

Jen