the gift of travel inspiration

Posted by susan on January 5th, 2013. Filed under: stylish travel.

I’ve been suffering from that rampant flu. I’m not 100 percent yet, but today I left the house for the first time in nearly a week. Progress, right? That, and the nonstop holiday celebration last month, is the cause of my absolute neglect of the blogosphere. Needless the say, my sense of adventure – and productivity level – has been at an all time low.

But things are looking up. It’s that time of year when we all start to think about how we’ll make the most of 2013. Like every year, when it comes to travel goals, I’m trying to be realistic. For Christmas, in addition to quality time with family and friends of course, I was blessed with some amazing gifts that are already motivating me to get out of this slump and think about exploring. I thought I’d share them with you in case they send any inspiration your way…

The first is a gorgeous travel bag from my friend, Bryce, which I will be using daily on my commute to work. It’s sturdy, it fits so much more than my laptop, and thanks to the adjustable strap, it’s comfortable. For a commute that includes about a mile and a half of walking (one way) and the commuter rail, comfort is a necessity. And if you look closely, you’ll see that my little Angie loves it too.

The second is from my friend Lisa, who has experienced enough girls weekends to know that I am never well-equipped. I own bags of all shapes and sizes, but all are either too large or too small for just a weekend away. For the girl who claims to “love” girls weekends – and has the audacity to blog about them – it’s pitiful. Now I have a proper, gorgeous Cynthia Rowley bag to add to my motley collection!

The next item is from my sister Jenny, who knows me all too well. A frequenter of bars, one of the first things I look for when entering these fine establishments is a hook to hang my purse. In my book, if there’s a hook, the place gets an extra star. But when there isn’t one, thanks to Jenny, that’s not going to stop me from keeping my belongings safe and off the floor. She got me a hook that latches onto any bar or table and – get ready for it – serves double duty as a bracelet. I won’t have to worry about packing an extra accessory into my purse.

Lastly, my brother and sister-in-law, Matt and Meghan, got me a gift that will keep me thinking about travel every time I look up to check the date. This calendar is not only so pretty that I haven’t been able to stop flipping through it since they gave it to me, it reveals so many cities that I have yet to check off my list.

 

How was everyone’s holiday and New Year’s eve? And more importantly, where are you going this year?

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