If you’re planning your first trip to Europe, then this book is a must. I got my first copy of it back in high school and I’ve read various editions of it over the years. It always inspires new ideas for trips to Europe. All of the Rick Steves’ guides are my favorite for Europe.
Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads knows how to travel for food. If you only buy one foodie guide, make it this one.
This series of phrasebooks is hilarious and helpful. I was honestly surprised by how useful it proved to be on my most recent trip to Italy.
These are the most comfortable walking sandals I’ve ever owned that are also cute enough to wear with a dress. I wore them for 10 days in a row with no blisters and barely any breaking in period.
After being given a set of these cubes, I am a packing cube convert! My backpacks and suitcases are better organized than ever before thanks to these lightweight packing cubes.
I’ve had mine for almost ten years and it is my favorite bag ever! There’s absolutely no reason for me to get a new one even after all this time…except for the fact that there’s now a hemp version that I want to try out.
If you’re looking to kickstart something new in your life, begin with any of these books.
Exercise and Nutrition
Exercise and nutrition are the cornerstone of staying well. Even if you manage all your “ailments” from minor skin issues to severe Crohn’s disease, you can benefit from eating well and getting moving. When you travel as often as I do, sticking to a health and wellness routine can be difficult. But it’s still necessary! What I do is drink a superfoods protein shake every morning and exercise 4 – 7 days per week. I get my shake powder shipped to my house every month and I use a Netflix-like service for my workouts. I can access the streaming workouts anywhere in the world (because I can download 7 to use without wifi!) and there are thousands of options so I never get bored. You can order both together (recommended) or just try one or the other.
Shake only: Shakeology
Streaming workouts only: Beachbody On Demand
This organization does so much for IBD patients that I can’t thank them enough. Their Team Challenge program transformed my life in so many good ways. CCFA is leading the research for a cure and supporting patients while we wait for one.
This is an awesome resource by patients, for patients.
The more I travel, the more I see the need for charities and non-profits that are working to make our wonderful world better. These are organizations that are looking out for freedom of speech, human rights, human health, environmental health, animal welfare, and more. If you’re looking for charities to donate to, these are some of my favorites.
Freedom of Speech and Literacy
Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation (my personal fundraiser spring 2017)