9 Easy Traveling Tips

9 Traveling Tips That Are Important For Going Out Of The State Or Out Of The Country

To travel is to live.

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Everyone knows how amazing it feels to plan a vacation, and then finally book it. Once it's booked you feel great because you know you'll be going away in the future. As the date approaches you probably feel a little stressed because you have so much to do whether it's shopping for new outfits or need to get your hair/nails done.

Then comes the dreaded packing! Packing can take forever! i usually just end up overpacking and no even using 90% of what I pack. When it's the day before you start to feel jittery and maybe a little anxious. You're worried about making it to the airport on time, and finding your gate. Once you are at your gate, you can't wait to board the plane because that means in a few hours you'll be in paradise! Here are 4 tips on how to stay calm before your vacation.

1. Pack ahead of time

Don't wait until the last minute to pack your bags or luggages. You'll run around like a chicken with no head if you save it for the last minute. The week before just start putting some items that you know you won't use until your vacation. If you bought some new clothes specifically for your vacation, put them in your bag. If you bought some travel size toiletries for the trip, throw them in the bag! If you pack the night before you will go it will stress you out, guaranteed! It's ok to pack necessities like your toothbrush or medications on the day of the trip.

2. Get dolled up in advance

Everyone loves to get their hair, nails, and lashes done before they leave which is great! Don't save those tedious tasks for the last minute because, chances are it won't work out too well for you. Whenever I'm in a rush my hair stylist is always packed, so I try to get my hair done the week before I fly out. The a day or two prior to the vacation to get those tasks done is when I get my nails and lashes done.

3. Make arrangements on transportation weeks before

Unless you want to drive to the airport and pay a ridiculous amount of money to park there (which you probably don't), you'll have to secure a ride to the airport. Reach out to family or friends a month to a week before the vacation. If you secure a ride early in the game, make sure you communicate with them a week before the flight and make sure they're still able to bring you. If you're going to be driving during the vacation book a car when you're booking your vacation or wait until the week before. Do NOT try to get a car rental the day before your flight. You will be stressed! Renting a car in advance helps you when it comes to packing because, you know the size of the car beforehand so you'll know what your limits are when it comes to bags and luggages. Do the same thing when it comes to getting someone to pick you up from the airport. A few days before your vacation ends, reach out to that person and make sure they can still get you. Please give your ride accurate times!

4. Check in the day before

This is a small thing but it helps keep me stress free the most! A lot of airlines allow you to go online the day fore the flight and check in. Doing that means you don't have to wait in that annoying line. Take advantage of this! The earlier you check in, the better seating you'lll get so this definitely is in your best interest to do this.

5. Say goodbye early

Usually when you're going away everyone will want to see you before you leave. Make plans with them, and see them a few days before you leave! You don't want to be stuck at someone's house the day before your flight.

6. Take time out of work well in advance

Unless you're your own boss, you probably have to go through the wonderful process of requesting time off from work. Once you book your vacation, tell your managers and write it down, or enter it into the system. You don't want to let your job know too late about your vacation. It was cause issues, and you wouldn't like that if someone was going on vacation and left you to figure how to run business.

7. Get to the airport 2 hours before your flight

Flights are unpredictable! Sometimes they get delayed, changed, or cancelled. Getting there 2 hours early gives you enough time to get through security, find your gate, eat, and shop. I enjoy sitting by my gate that way I can get in line faster. You never know how the security lines will be, so prepare for the worst and get there early.

8. Make sure your bags weigh within the specified guidelines

Do yourself a favor and weigh your bags before you get to that airport! If your bag is too heavy you pay a fee, or you will be forced to take things out of your luggage, and throw it away. If you're stuck taking things out of your luggage, that takes times away from getting to your gate.

9. Make sure you aren't bringing prohibited items

Some items are prohibited from being put on a plane, so steer clear from those items. You can find what you can and can't bring here.

I hope these tips are useful for all. They have greatly helped me in all of my vacations, and I will continue to live by these.

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To The Girl Who Hasn't Been Herself Lately

Your spark return, and you will shine like you were meant to.
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Life gets tough. Life gets too much to handle sometimes, and those times make you stronger. However, right now, it seems like you have lost yourself.

It’s difficult when you catch yourself not being you. When you do something or act a certain way and just wonder, “what did I do to deserve this? Why is this happening? When will it get better?” The way you’re feeling is not so much that you’re unhappy, you just feel weird.

Your day will come. I promise you. This is just a phase.

The day you realize how much you have grown from this point in time will be your reward. It is so hard to see now, and I feel your pain.

Your light will return to you. Your pure bliss moments, they are seeking you. Your laughter where your tummy aches is in your reach.

Our moods change far too often for us as humans to understand why, but the encounters you make every day have this effect on us.

You must remember the pure happiness you experienced before your first heartbreak, before the first friend became someone you thought they weren’t, before you lost your innocence. That was a time of true joy as you had not a care in the world for the things that would harm you. Better yet, you didn’t have the option to experience them because you were just a child.

The world can be an ugly place, and your attitude towards life can change every day. One thing is for certain: you did not lose who you are internally. We all put on a face for the world. For the people who we try to impress. For the life we want to live. For the things we want to achieve.

Your definitive personality is still in the works. Believe it or not, it always will be. Times like this change us for the better even though we can’t see it.

Your happiness will return. You will be a better, stronger version of you. In fact, you will be the best version of you yet.

Once this phase is over, you will be okay. This I promise you.

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9 Things To Do In Nashville If You Have No Idea What To Do

Trust me, I was just as lost as you are.

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Nashville is a great place packed full of lots of really cool smaller great places that all offer their own unique take on the city. If you're like me, though, and have a hard time ~planning ahead~, then this list is exactly what you need. I went around and got lost and tried all the coolest hidden gems in Nashville so you don't have to. Here are some of my faves.

1. Milk & Honey Nashville

Located in the Gulch, Milk & Honey is the coffee shop/cafe from my dreams. It's decorated perfectly for any cute insta story and y'all when I say their coffee is amazing I mean it. Try it. It's so worth it, and pretty easy to find, too! You can browse their menus here.

2. Frothy Monkey Coffee Shop

While we're on the topic of coffee shops, Frothy Monkey is a MUST try. Trust me, I've drunk A LOT of coffee in my lifetime, and theirs is up in the top 10 of the best. They have other good things too, but if you're a coffee person like me, this place is heaven, I promise. It's right off 12th Avenue and within walking distance of lots of other funky little shops.

3. Two Old Hippies

This is the coolest little shop you will ever go into. Tucked away in the Gulch, it's within walking distance of Milk & Honey, so stop by after you grab a coffee and browse. They have everything from handmade clothes to cool books to refrigerator magnets. This is one of my all time favorites and I know you'll love it too.

4. Baked on 8th

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I fell in love the second I saw the cute sign. Baked on 8th has a great atmosphere and even better little pastries, cookies, and cakes. Their cookies were so good it took every ounce of self-control I had to not go back and order 2 dozen. 12/10 would recommend if you're into Instagrammable locations and bomb sugar-filled desserts.

5. Burger Republic

I get it, you've gotta eat more than just cookies and coffee. As far as restaurants go, this place is home to the best burger I've ever eaten, plus the atmosphere is pretty laid back and great, and it's an awesome place to go and watch pretty much any sporting event happening anywhere relatively close to Nashville. Browse the menu so you can know exactly what to order before you even get there here.

6. Fido

In case you haven't noticed yet, I'm a HUGE fan of coffee shops and cafes. Fido was the most perfect little spot. It boasts about its gourmet coffee and great food, and rightfully so. It's also got the coolest funky vibe that makes you just want to sit and stay all day, and it's in a great location and decently close to Vanderbilt.

7. Go see some murals

Nashville is FULL of these bad boys. I know y'all have all seen the countless pictures of those people with big butterfly wings. Well, there's more and they're all around the city and on the side of pretty much every building. It's cliche, but tbh it's also kind of a must do while you're there.

8. Walk around Centennial Park and the Parthenon

This is a really nice place to visit if you're looking to spend a couple of hours away from the concrete of the city, and the Parthenon is a full-scale replica of the one in Greece.

9. Ride one of those little scooters around and explore

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I'm not gonna lie to y'all. I did not ride the scooters. They seem kind of dangerous and I know without a doubt that if I tried to get on one it would not end well for me, the scooter, or anyone within a 3-mile radius. With that being said, though, I did see a lot of people riding them and it looked pretty fun, plus it's a great way to see the city without walking too much. So if you just want to explore, hop on one of these bad boys and pray.

Nashville is a great city full of tons of tourist attractions and amazing musical history, but if you find yourself stuck with nothing to do for a couple of hours before your next walking tour, you're sure to find something on this list that you'll love. So, you're welcome.

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