Getting Around the UK & Ireland

UK & Ireland RouteOur next trip is coming fast – in 10 short days to be exact! We have our backpacks and most of the necessities we need for traveling, so now it’s just a waiting game until it’s time to pack!

In the meantime, I wanted to share our itinerary so you can see how long we’ll be staying in each location and how we plan on getting around. This is a great example of how you can plan the important details ahead of time, but still leave lots of open time to be spontaneous while you’re there.

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5 Essential Mardi Gras Packing Tips

Normally I hate packing, but packing for Mardi Gras can actually be fun, because you’re basically just preparing to party for several days in a row!

As I’m getting ready for my fourth trip to New Orleans during Mardi Gras, I thought I’d share some packing tips that might come in handy for the Carnival newbie:

Wear Mardi Gras Colors

Mardi Gras costumesYou may have noticed that Mardi Gras celebrations are traditionally defined by three different colors – gold, green, and purple. But did you know that each color has meaning? Gold stands for power, green represents faith, and purple means justice.

I usually like to coordinate at least some of my wardrobe to incorporate these colors. It’s definitely not a necessity – you’ll see people from all walks of life wearing all different types of clothing (we’ll get into costumes later) and sometimes no clothing at all – but if you have some clothes that match these colors, it’s a fun way to accessorize and fit right in with the Mardi Gras theme.

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