passport stamps. metro maps. cacio e pepe. far flung shorelines. labyrinth markets. pain au chocolat. jet lag for days. skyline silhouettes. cheap wine picnics. wander-filled walks. roadside coconut stands. canyon sunrise. lost on purpose.
when i was a kid, i used to bring a little notebook along on vacation (more than likely it was some super lit Lisa Frank one) and write about all the stuff we did on our trip. i SO wish i knew where those notebooks were. not only does travel journaling help you preserve awesome memories, it also provides a really cool on-the-go creative outlet. i find that when i'm traveling, i don't get as many chances to be creative unless i'm really mindful about it, and this new style of travel journaling that seems to be all over insta just might be the answer. the notebooks are small, easy to pack, and the pages are blank which means endless possibilities. my favorite journals are the ones that combine writing/diary entries, photos, and sketching or drawing.
a couple weeks ago, i shared part I of my Cinque Terre photo diary from earlier this year. this was undoubtedly one of my favorite trips i've ever taken, and considering i've been walking around NYC this week in 24 degree weather i thought it might be time to share more photos of these summery, sun-drenched italian shores. for the second part of our time in Cinque Terre, we stayed in Manarola, one town north of Riomaggiore (where we spent the first part of the trip). we did a lot of hiking along the cliffs which was breathtakingly beautiful, and ate an outrageous amount of pasta. so hopefully those canceled each other out. here are some highlights:
this past spring i checked off one of my major bucket list destinations: cinque terre in the liguria region of italy. it was even more beautiful than all the photos i've seen, and the people (and the FOOD. and the WINE.) were absolutely incredible. i have so many photos from this trip that i'll be sharing them in two batches, but here are some highlights from my first couple days. i stayed in riomaggiore (the southernmost of the five little towns) for the first part of my trip, and it was totally magical.
as the former president of non-existant support group Overpackers Anonymous, i know a thing or two about bringing too much stuff on trips. that's why i'm starting this packing guide series, where i'll share my fave wardrobe picks and tips for bringing everything you need on your next adventure and leaving everything you don't at home. it's taken me a good 12 years of crazy coast-to-coast, over oceans travel to figure out how to pack a good suitcase, so hopefully this series can spare you some of the nightmare situations i've encountered along the way (helllooooo London trip 2009 where i tried to traverse the entire rainy city in suede high heel boots. poor choice to say the least)
not sure about you guys, but around this time of year i find myself on a lot of planes and in a lot of airports around the country. i think it's safe to say that holiday travel is always stressful AF no matter how you slice it, but we're here to help you keep that stress level to a minimum so you can fast forward to sharing those holiday spirits with friends and fam. we put together a fool proof list of our favorite airplane carry on bag must-haves so you're stocked up with all the essentials you need while in transit this season.
in the spirit of the holiday season (also sometimes referred to as the incessant exhausting travel season) almost upon us, i've been thinking a lot about travel plans. one thing i've been trying (key word here is trying) to implement in my life is a packing discipline to help myself limit the amount of shit i bring with me when i leave my house. while i haven't mastered it yet, i think i've found the key to slowly forcing myself into minimalism: it's called the weekender bag.
ohhhh, amsterdam. you are exquisite. this city is the first place i ever visited in Europe back in 2009, and i immediately fell in love. even though that first trip was in November and it was freezing and raining and i got hella lost, it was fantastic. this past summer, i got to see and explore the city in it's warm weather glory while on tour. here are some highlights:
there's something about landing in a different timezone after a suuuuper long flight that is kind of awesome. some part of me seems to enjoy the challenge of seeing how easily i can trick myself into thinking it's normal to be awake and walking around when i would otherwise be fast asleep at home. this past May, when i flew to Dublin, Ireland to start my 2016 European tour, I gave myself a full day prior to the first show (as I always do) to get acclimated.
coffee walk is a series where i'll be sharing snippets of my mini adventures in different cities, usually while on tour. since i'm a musician, i'm on tour quite a bit and one of my favorite things about tour is that it takes me to some amazing places all over the world. the only catch is, since soundcheck usually starts around 3pm, the only stuff i really have time to do in most cities is get a coffee and take a walk.
we're back on the blog today with a little photo diary from one of my favorite cities in the entire world, New Orleans. i am totally in love with this city for a million reasons, but reason number one is probably that i got married here almost five years ago. we picked New Orleans because of its incredibly unique culture, architecture, food, and unparalleled expertise in having a damn good time. when we came through NOLA on tour this past January, I really only had enough time to grab a coffee and take a long walk, hence this latest edition of my 'coffee walk' travel post series.
today i'm sharing some highlights from our couple days in Switzerland on tour last year. we didn't get to do much sightseeing since we were there for the shows (and spent a lot of time in the car driving past gorgeous rolling hills) but the time we did have was AMAZING. we played Solothurn and Zurich, and i absolutely cannot wait to go back to both and explore more of this beautiful country. We hardly got to see Zurich since it was raining and we got in late, so most of these snaps are from Solothurn. This town is honestly out of a fairytale, and it feels like a time capsule. We had a full tour crew dinner in the square one night as the sun went down, and I will probably daydream about the fig and pecorino ravioli I had for the rest of my life.
the third and final installment of my Barcelona photo diary is here! i took soooo many pictures on this trip and it was incredibly hard not to post 5671 pics all over the blog. you can check out part I here and part II here if you missed them. i mentioned this in the previous Barca posts, but the best thing about this trip was the fact that we spent 10 whole days just hanging out in Barcelona. when we booked, i worried it could be boring to stay in one place that long, but that could not have been farther from the truth. i felt like we were JUST getting settled when it was time to leave! i would absolutely go live in this city for a year at the drop of a hat.
happy weekend guys! today i'm sharing part II of a three series photo diary from my trip to Barcelona last fall (if you missed part I check it out here). this trip was incredible in every sense of the word, and i literally cannot wait to go back. in part I i chronicled the first half of our stay, which was on the Barceloneta beach. i think my favorite thing about this city is that it has all the benefits and amenities of an awesome beach vacay while also having this amazing history, architecture and culture. i feel like that's kind of a rare combination and Barcelona is a perfect mix of both in my opinion. for the second half of our trip, we packed up our beach bags and moved to an apartment in the Gracia neighborhood, which quickly became my favorite part of the entire city.
not too long ago i shared part I of my barcelona trip from last year (and parts II and III are coming soon!) but i'm just REALLY feeling the italy vibes this week, and wanted to share my photo diary from Venice last summer. i gotta say- if you're having a hard time deciding which cities to hit on your trip to italy, you cannot miss this one. the tough thing about italy is that literally every area and little town is amazing, so it's really hard to narrow it down when you have a finite amount of time. Venice is absolutely CRAZY though. it's unlike anything i've ever seen, and even if you just spend a day or two i think it's a must see.
one of the major highlights of 2016 was my ten day trip to Barcelona. ever since i first saw photos of Gaudi's Park Güell architecture, this city has been at the very top of my bucket list. though we were tempted to max out our trip with as many cities in Spain as we could, we decided to just spend ten whole days in Barcelona and it was truly the best decision ever. we did this same thing when I first went to Rome in 2010, and it REALLY allowed us to slow down and get to know the city. if you're planning on heading to Barcelona anytime soon (or anywhere awesome for that matter) i'd highly recommend spending as much time in one place as possible if you're like me and love to wander and explore. since we were hanging in the city for 10 days, we decided to split up our trip and do half of it by the beach and half in another hood.
when i first got my US passport, it was 2007 and i was booked to play on a cruise that would go through Jamaica the following year. i had no idea how many amazing overseas adventures that passport would witness over the next decade, and it's been incredibly fun to collect stamps from all over the world. fast forward ten years, and here i am in 2017 saying a bittersweet goodbye to passport #1 getting ready to trade him in for a brand new one. in the spirit of new beginnings and all of the cool places passport #2 is going to see over the next ten years, i thought i'd round up some of my favorite adorable passport covers. i've learned over the years that it's really important to keep yours looking nice, because if it's beat up enough it can cause issues at customs (which means less time eating croissants in Paris, and i'm really into eating croissants in Paris).
ahhh here we are amidst that awkward stretch of time between the holidays and NYE. i kind of love this little lull at the very end of the year- absolutely nobody is doing anything or bugging you for anything work related (hopefully), and you don't quiiiiiite have to jump into that get-super-healthy-cause-it's-a-new-year thing just yet. since i'm kind of still in holiday mode over here, i wanted to share some pics from my recent trip through one of my fave cities in the whole world during what is, in my opinion, its most beautiful season. i played a show in New York City last week at Irving Plaza, and thankfully had a couple days to explore a few new places and some of my favorite familiar spots. here are some highlights:
cabo is one of the most special places to me for a couple pretty big reasons- i got engaged there, and we also spent our honeymoon there. another equally important reason i love cabo is that the margaritas and tacos are off the CHAIN. we were lucky enough to ring in this past new year with some of our best friends, so here are some highlights: