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Timeless Travel Tips

I travel a lot, and I foresee a lot of travel in my future, especially with Nick at my side. We have our honeymoon coming up, so I felt inspired…

I travel a lot, and I foresee a lot of travel in my future, especially with Nick at my side. We have our honeymoon coming up, so I felt inspired to share some of my travel tips with you.  Plus are coming up on spring and summer, and those are the times when most people travel. If you travel a lot or plan to in the future, there are a few useful packing tips that you NEED to know to make the process much simpler. These have really come in handy for me this past year because I have been on the road and in the air a lot!

  1. Use packing squares. These are zippered pouches that come in a variety of sizes and help you stay organized as you pack and unpack. I found mine on Amazon! I pack my pajamas and other comfy clothes in one square, my nice clothes in another, my toiletries in another, and keep going until I am all packed. They neatly stack in my suitcase, and when I am unpacking, I just take the squares and put them directly in the drawers where I am staying. It saves so much time because I don’t have to unpack and then re-pack at the end of my trip.
  2. Download all the apps. I download every single app that I think will be helpful beforehand, such as the hotel chain app and the airline app. That way I can check in to any flights ahead of time and get flight updates, and also check into my hotel.
  3. Take photos of important documents. I take photos of my ID, passport, boarding passes, and any other important documents just in case they get lost or stolen. I also send pictures of these documents to someone who is not traveling with me, in case they need to get me a new copy if they get lost or stolen while I am gone.
  4. Bring a padlock. If you are traveling internationally to another country, bring a small padlock with you to lock up your purse or backpack. Pickpockets are ruthless! Before you know it and without you noticing, your wallet and other important documents can be stolen in the blink of an eye. Lock your purse even when you are wearing it. You wouldn’t believe how sneaky people can be.
  5. Make things easy on yourself by using simple travel hacks. Store your phone charger and headphones in a glasses case to keep them from tangling and fraying. Store your bobby pins in an old tic tac container. Take an empty pill container and store your jewelry in the compartments. Clip a binder clip over the end of your razor to protect the blade and the things you pack from getting ruined by the blade.

Happy travels!

Chels

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Travel Workout, No Equipment Required

I have been traveling around a lot lately promoting my new book (YAY!), and I’ve noticed it is taking a toll on my fitness regimen. I like to workout and…

I have been traveling around a lot lately promoting my new book (YAY!), and I’ve noticed it is taking a toll on my fitness regimen. I like to workout and make it a point to exercise during the week, but my travels have thrown me off of my groove! I want to stay in shape while I travel, but sometimes hotels don’t have gyms or there is no equipment available. That is when it is important to have a workout like the one below up your sleeve! Here is a full body workout, no weights required.

50 jumping jacks

10 burpees

40 Russian twists

10 crunches

10 lunges (on each leg)

10 wide leg squats

30 vertical leg crunches

30 jumping jacks

10 tricep dips

10 squat jumps

10 pushups

25 bicycle crunches

50 jumping jacks

1 minute wall sit

Repeat 2-3 times

I guarantee if you do that two or three times in a row you will feel like you got a 5 star workout in. You didn’t even need to pick up a single weight!

XOXO, Chels

 

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5 Tumblr-Worthy Hidden Gems around the U.S.

If you’re like me, then you love finding beautiful places to explore, especially when you didn’t even know they existed!  I always scroll through Tumblr and Instagram and find the…

If you’re like me, then you love finding beautiful places to explore, especially when you didn’t even know they existed!  I always scroll through Tumblr and Instagram and find the most beautiful spots that I can add to my bucket list.  Here are five that you should add to your own “must-see” list!

  • Garden of the Gods – Colorado Springs, Colorado.  If you’ve never been, this place is amazing!  It’s filled with huge rocks and trees surrounded by the beautiful Rocky Mountains.  If you want a good photo op, then this is the spot for you!   
  • Tamanawas Falls – Mt. Hood National Forest, Oregon.  If you want to submerge yourself in nature, visit this jaw-dropping waterfall.  It’s a big of a trek to get there, but it’s so worth it!Chelsea Crockett - Fort Jefferson
  • Fugitive Beach – Rolla, Missouri.  This place isn’t the most well-known in the country, but where I’m from, it’s a go-to hotspot!  People around the St. Louis area love to go there to hang with friends and even cliff jump!
  • Blue Lakes – San Juan Mountain, Colorado.  You’d never think that this blue of water actually exists in Colorado, but you’d be surprised at how vibrant the water is!  It’s so pretty and the mountains are an added perk.
  • Fort Jefferson – Key West, Florida.  Fort Jefferson is a historic landmark that’s been around for decades and is now a beautiful tourist destination!  Look at the picture to the right to see for yourself!

Which spots do you want to visit?  Share with me in the comments below!

  XO – Chelsea

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Cheap, Simple, and Easy Travel Hacks

I travel a lot, and I foresee a lot of travel in my future! We are coming up on spring and summer, and those are the times when most people…

I travel a lot, and I foresee a lot of travel in my future! We are coming up on spring and summer, and those are the times when most people travel. If you travel a lot or plan to in the future, there are a few useful packing tips that you NEED to know to make packing much simpler. These have really come in handy for me these past few months because I have been on the road a lot!

  1. Easy charger storage: Grab an old sunglasses case and store your chargers and headphones in it! This is an easy way to keep all of your essential electronic accessories in one place, and it protects them from getting tangled or broken in your suitcase.
  2. Bobby pin tip: I never know where to pack my bobby pins, because wherever I pack them they always end up disappearing by the end of my trip. Store them in an empty Tic Tac container to keep from losing them!
  3. Jewelry storage: Use an empty pill container to store your jewelry! This keeps it from getting tangled or broken and also helps you not to lose it. Nothing is worse than losing one of your favorite earrings during your travels!
  4. Protect your razor: Clip a binder clip to the end of your razor while traveling to both protect the blade and protect the things you pack from getting ruined by the blade.
  5. Lotion storage: If you want to bring travel-sized amounts of lotion or things of that sort, squirt a little in a contact case! These are perfect for storing liquids during travel because the lids close up nice and tight and prevent any leakage.

Happy travels!

XOXO, Chels

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Tips for Traveling Solo

Our world is a beautiful, wonderful place that is meant to be traveled and explored. That being said, it is also a dangerous place to travel for a woman traveling…

Our world is a beautiful, wonderful place that is meant to be traveled and explored. That being said, it is also a dangerous place to travel for a woman traveling solo. When I travel I take a parent with me as often as possible, but I know a few of my friends that have traveled solo or with another girl friend. I’m also starting to travel a lot more on my own. Traveling solo can mean a ton of freedom because the only person you have to worry about is yourself! But, there are a few things girls need to know before they go off and travel by themselves, just for safety reasons. Here are a few of the super-important ones.

  1. Fill your family in: Before you leave, give your family back home your itinerary. Let them know what your travel schedule is, where you will be staying, and other such info in case they need to get in touch with you or if something goes wrong.fullsizerender-70
  2. Take photos of important docs: Keep photos of your passport, ids, ticket numbers, and reservations with you or in the cloud online so you always have access to them in a crunch.
  3. Pack light: This is so that criminals are less likely to rob you. If you are towing a large suitcase with a Coach purse on your arm, you are more likely to draw a robber’s attention. Small bags are also easier to get around with.
  4. Don’t keep your money in one place: Keep some cash and a credit card on you, and then keep another set in your bag, and then another at the place you are staying just to be safe.
  5. Don’t wear both headphones: Stay alert by only wearing one headphone. If you have both in you are less likely to hear if anything sketchy is going on around you.
  6. Bring a selfie stick: Solo travel means no one is there to take your picture on a moment’s notice. That is the beauty of selfie sticks! Plus, it means you don’t have to hand your camera to a total stranger to take a pic of you.

And, above all, have fun! Just have a safe time while doing it. 🙂

XOXO, Chels

 

 

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How To (Happily) Travel With Friends

Traveling with friends can be fun! Heck, me and the ChelseaCrockett.com team took a trip to LA last year and had a blast! And I took a trip to Florida…

Traveling with friends can be fun! Heck, me and the ChelseaCrockett.com team took a trip to LA last year and had a blast! And I took a trip to Florida this past summer with a few of my closest gal pals. But, traveling with friends isn’t always a walk in the park. Face it, even your closest BFF can sometimes drive you batty. Here are a few tips on how to stay sane when traveling with friends!fullsizerender-56

  1. Pick wisely: Be smart when picking a travel companion. Pick a friend (or friends) who you really get along with and who you genuinely like spending time with. A bad pick can end in an even worse trip!
  2. Communicate: Before the trip gets underway, talk to each other about what you want to get out of the trip that way no one ends up disappointed or feels left out. You want to make sure you all have the best time ever!
  3. Be considerate: Make sure you keep an eye on how your friend is doing aka their mood. You want to make sure you are both energized and happy to explore! If they are feeling tired or fatigued, be sensitive to that and let them rest up before going on more adventures.

From short road trips to week-long getaways, any type of trip with a friend is a good one! The memories you make together will last a lifetime.

XOXO, Chels

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International Travel Tips

I don’t do much international traveling, but when I do I have a love hate relationship with it. I love traveling and having new experiences and seeing new things, but…

I don’t do much international traveling, but when I do I have a love hate relationship with it. I love traveling and having new experiences and seeing new things, but I DON’T love the long process of getting from point A to point B. In order to make the most of my international travels, I follow these handy travel tips to help me arrive feeling my best.

  1. Fuel yourself up: In-flight food isn’t always the best, and it is crazy expensive, so get a nice healthy meal before you board your plane. It is so worth it! Also, pack healthy snacks like nuts or dried fruit or granola bars so that you don’t load up on junk during the flight. You will feel so much more energized after healthy snacking!images (1)
  2. Prepare to freshen up: I always pack a small travel sized makeup bag in my carry on with me that I can pull out throughout my day of travel. It has a toothbrush and toothpaste, makeup wipes, deodorant, and other items that can help me feel fresh after a long day of travel. Feeling fresh while traveling makes it way more bearable!
  3. If possible, carry on all your luggage: I know, it is hard to pack all of your essentials into carry on luggage, but try your hardest! Nothing is worse than finding out your luggage has been lost when you arrive at your destination. It will also save you tons of time because you can avoid waiting for your luggage later on! You can walk off the plane and straight to your car.
  4. Drink Up: You will likely be given a small cup of water during your flight, but that isn’t going to cut it. Bring an empty water bottle with you and fill it up once you get passed security. Airplanes dry you out because of the circulated air, and traveling can be exhausting, so keeping yourself hydrated will keep you energized and awake.

Good luck, and have a blast wherever your international travels take you!

XOXO, Chels

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DIY Simple Travel Hacks

A girl who likes to travel can never know too many travel tips! Anything that makes the process of getting from one place to another easier should definitely be brought…

A girl who likes to travel can never know too many travel tips! Anything that makes the process of getting from one place to another easier should definitely be brought to our attention. I found a few DIY travel hacks that make packing and traveling simpler and easier on your part!

  • Jewelry can be one of the trickiest things to pack. It can often get tangled or simply lost in your suitcase. One way to sort your earrings is by using an old pill separator. Put a different pair in each of the different days so they don’t get lost or mixed together.
  • Another way I’ve seen people store their earrings is in empty chapstick tubes. Depending on how many you need to take, pick the best method for you!
  • Use a pot holder for storing your straightener or curler. It works as a heat-safe travel case so you don’t have to spend the money on an actual one!Chelsea Crockett - Headphone Hack
  • For chargers or headphones, use an old glasses case like the picture on the right. Wrap them up to save some space and simply line them up so they don’t get tangled together!
  • Instead of throwing a bunch of bobby pins in your bag, use an empty tic tac case. They fit perfectly!
  • To prevent shampoo or conditioner spills, use plastic wrap to cover the lids or place the entire container in a large Ziploc bag. Especially with altitude changes, this tip can be extremely helpful!

There’re so many more tips and hacks that can be extremely useful for travelers! Find the ones that benefit you and make your life easier!

Love, Chelsea

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Solo Travel Tips

Our world is a beautiful, wonderful place that is meant to be traveled and explored. That being said, it is also a dangerous place to travel for a woman traveling…

Our world is a beautiful, wonderful place that is meant to be traveled and explored. That being said, it is also a dangerous place to travel for a woman traveling solo. When I travel I take a parent with me, but I know a few of my friends that have traveled solo or with another girl friend. Traveling solo can mean a ton of freedom because the only person you have to worry about is yourself! But, there are a few things girls need to know before they go off and travel by themselves, just for safety reasons. Here are a few of the super-important ones.

  1. Fill your family in: Before you leave, give your family back home your itinerary. Let them know what your travel schedule is, where you will be staying, and other such info in case they need to get in touch with you or if something goes wrong.
  2. Take photos of important docs: Keep photos of your passport, ids, ticket numbers, and reservations with you or in the cloud online so you always have access to them in a crunch.International-travel-map-passport-and-itinerary
  3. Pack light: This is so that criminals are less likely to rob you. If you are towing a large suitcase with a Coach purse on your arm, you are more likely to draw a robber’s attention. Small bags are also easier to get around with.
  4. Don’t keep your money in one place: Keep some cash and a credit card on you, and then keep another set in your bag, and then another at the place you are staying just to be safe.
  5. Don’t wear both headphones: Stay alert by only wearing one headphone. If you have both in you are less likely to hear if anything sketchy is going on around you.
  6. Bring a selfie stick!: Solo travel means no one is there to take your picture on a moment’s notice. That is the beauty of selfie sticks! Plus, it means you don’t have to hand your camera to a total stranger to take a pic of you.

And, above all, have fun! Just have a safe time while doing it. 🙂

XOXO, Chels

 

 

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ADVENTURE: Traveling to Europe 101

One of my writers recently got back from studying in Europe for the past 5 months, London to be exact. While she was there, she was able to cross off…

One of my writers recently got back from studying in Europe for the past 5 months, London to be exact. While she was there, she was able to cross off 10 countries along the way. I mean c’mon…TEN?! I was so curious how she made it to that many countries without being a millionaire! Her answers surprised me. Check out how you can travel through Europe on a budget too!

Getting around Europe is crazy cheap! Budget airlines like RyanAir, EasyJet, and WizzAir offer round trip airfare for as little as $50 round-trip. Say whaaaat?! If you’re traveling with a group of friends, try Air B&B. It allows you to rent apartments in incredible locations, aka a block away from the Colosseum, for an amazing price, especially if you are splitting with friends. Another fun route to go is with hostels! Hostels are like one big slumber party. It’s a large room with bunk beds and lockers. You can request a one gender room if you’d like! It’s a great way to get to know people your age and hear all of their travel stories. You just might learn a thing or two!Chelsea Crockett- hostel

Another amazing thing Lexi mentioned was how students get in free almost anywhere! Iconic landmarks such as the Louvre, Palace of Versailles, and the Prague Castle are completely free; not to mention the other sweet deals you can get at almost any huge landmark.  

If this doesn’t make you want to jump on a plane, I don’t know what would! Let’s go Insiders!

            Chelsea

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Airport Hacks

If you follow me on any social media accounts, you’ve probably noticed that I travel a lot!  Although I hit up the airport quite frequently, it’s easy to forget about…

If you follow me on any social media accounts, you’ve probably noticed that I travel a lot!  Although I hit up the airport quite frequently, it’s easy to forget about all the rules and regulations, or leave an important item at home.  I recently came across some great airport hacks that I turned into a list to keep me on track during all my ventures.  Keep these amazing hacks in mind during your next airport adventure! Chelsea Crockett- airport bag for liquids

  • Many airports have started requiring small zip lock bags to hold all of your carry-on liquids. Keep multiple baggies in your purse and carry-on for the future!  I’ve forgotten this step many times!
  • I always get thirsty on a plane, but don’t feel like buying a $7.00 water bottle! Throw an empty water bottle into your carry on and fill it up when you see a water fountain.  If you’re a frequent traveler like me, you’ll save lots of money!
  • Bring your own snack! If they aren’t already opened, they’re good to go!
  • In the winter I always worry about my luggage being overweight, since winter clothes are so much heavier! Wear your heaviest items, like a big coat, tall boats, and jeans on the plane!  This way, you’ll save some extra weight for a little shopping! 😉 haha.
  • Collect unused toiletries from the hotel. They’re great for carry-ons!
  • Did you know that your birthday, an anniversary, or even traveling alone can give you free perks?! Just let someone working for the airlines know and you may get upgraded, get a free snack, or get a little gift.  It’s worth a try!
  • If you’re flying into a country without data, download the Google maps offline app so you’re never stranded!
  • Airports are one of the easiest places to catch germs. Keep hand sanitizer or wet wipes on hand!

Happy travels!

            Chelsea

 

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Cute & Comfy Travel Outfits

If you’re like my family, one of the main things we do during the summer is travel, travel, travel!  Some days spent flying from coast to coast or riding the…

If you’re like my family, one of the main things we do during the summer is travel, travel, travel!  Some days spent flying from coast to coast or riding the train for several hours can be exhausting… But that doesn’t mean I don’t like to dress in a nice outfit!  Although some of us girls want to be comfy during our travels, we can still find an outfit that provides both style and comfort!

T-shirt dresses have been in style for a while now and I don’t think they’re going anywhere!  Chelsea Crockett - T Shirt DressYou can usually find them for a cheap price at almost any store including Forever 21, Target, etc.  They’re super easy to throw on with a cute pair of sandals or sneakers, whatever your style may be!  If you’re going for more of a girly look, pair your dress with sandals, simple jewelry, and a fedora!

If you want to go a little more casual, you can wear comfy leggings with a simple flowy shirt. Throw on a cute, boho headband and a pair of converse! Jewelry always makes an outfit better, so don’t be afraid to accessorize (I know I’m not!).

Rompers are always on the top of my list for a go-to outfit. If you find a casual one, it can surprisingly be really comfortable (and don’t forget stylish!). They’re easy to throw on like a dress as well! Let me know below in the comments what your favorite travel outfit is!

-Chelsea

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How to (Happily) Travel with Friends

Traveling with friends can be fun! Heck, me and the ChelseaCrockett.com team just took a trip to LA and had a blast! But, traveling with friends isn’t always a walk…

Traveling with friends can be fun! Heck, me and the ChelseaCrockett.com team just took a trip to LA and had a blast! But, traveling with friends isn’t always a walk in the park. Face it, even your closest BFF can sometimes drive you batty. Here are a few tips on how to stay sane when traveling with friends!

1.      Pick wisely: Be smart when picking a travel companion. Pick a friend who you really get along with and who you genuinely like spending time with. A bad pick can end in an even worse trip!

2.      Communicate: Before the trip gets underway, talk to each other about what you want to get out of the trip that way no one ends up disappointed or feels left out. You want to make sure you both have the best time ever!IMG_9774

3.      Be considerate: Make sure you keep an eye on how your friend is doing aka their mood. You want to make sure you are both energized and happy to explore!

From short road trips to week-long getaways, any type of trip with a friend is a good one! The memories you make together will last a lifetime.

XOXO, Chels

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Travel Checklist: The Must-Do’s

One of the most anticipated times of the seasons changing is for spring break to finally roll around. Most of us will be spending our days off making Netflix our…

One of the most anticipated times of the seasons changing is for spring break to finally roll around. Most of us will be spending our days off making Netflix our best friend or catching up on some ZZZ’s. Others will be visiting relatives or traveling simply for the fun of it! Whenever I travel, I like to keep a list of must-haves and must-do’s before my trip. Here are some travel tips if you feel yourself getting stressed before your much needed vacay!

  • First off, I’m all about capturing the moment wherever I go. Most of the time, I just snap pics with my phone. But if I want to get a little fancy, I have to remember to bring a camera and all of its necessities! Remember to pack its charger (or batteries), and a clean memory card that will hold all of your photos.
  • Before I pack my suitcase, I always look up the weather in my destination. Make sure you’re prepared if you need a coat, swimsuit, shorts, etc.Chelsea Crockett - Packing
  • I always try to travel as light as possible, but being a girl that can’t always be the case. Before I pack my clothes into my suitcase, I lay out everything I’m taking. If I have way too much (oops!), I put away the shirts or pants I definitely don’t need until I can finally fit everything!
  • Sometimes when travelling over break you might miss a couple days of school, more or less. Before you take off, try to get all of your homework done and over with. No one likes to stress about homework when you could be relaxing on the beach (or wherever you’re headed)!

Enjoy these tips and enjoy your trip :)! – Chels

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Long Flight Travel Tips

I recently had a friend travel to Europe so we started brainstorming ways to help her enjoy the long flight! Here are some ideas that we came up with: 1. …

I recently had a friend travel to Europe so we started brainstorming ways to help her enjoy the long flight! Here are some ideas that we came up with:

1.  Bring Comfort in Your Carry-on!  It’s always good to pack a neck pillow, an eye mask, earplugs, and/or headphones. These items will allow you to catch some necessary ZZZ’s before landing at your destination. Chelsea Crockett- long flight essentials

2.  Bring Novels and/or Magazines!  Long flights or car rides are always a good time to chill and take time to read.  Whether you like to dive into a long novel or catch up on the latest Seventeen Magazine, reading can make the time fly!

3.  Bring your IPad, IPhone, and/or IPod!  Before your trip, be sure to download your favorite music, movies, books, and games.  Many hours can be spent entertaining yourself with these gadgets!  If you are flying with family or friends, why not challenge them to a friendly competition with one of your games.  A little competition is always good!

4.  Bring Snacks!  Airplane food is filled with sodium and preservatives…..not my favorite and certainly not healthy.  Pack some nuts, fruit, protein bars, etc. to keep yourself satisfied and not agitated because of lack of food.

I hope these tips will help you the next time you find yourself on a long journey to your favorite destination!

Bon voyage!
Chels

 

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Overcome Jet Lag…FAST!

If you’re an avid traveler like I am, overcoming jet lag is very important.  If you’re wondering what jet lag is, it’s when your body has trouble adjusting in and…

If you’re an avid traveler like I am, overcoming jet lag is very important.  If you’re wondering what jet lag is, it’s when your body has trouble adjusting in and out of time zones.  This can consist of disturbed sleep patterns, weakness, and disorientation.  Many don’t know how to respond to their body feeling this way and end up hurting themselves even more.  Keep on reading to find out how to get back on track…fast!Chelsea Crockett- time zones

Before you leave, make sure to rest up!  Sleep as much as possible.  If you’re planning on going to a faraway destination, try changing up your sleeping pattern before you leave to adjust easier.  If you’re traveling east, go to bed earlier and wake up earlier.  If you’re traveling west, go to bed later and wake up later.  Once you journey has started stay hydrated!  Drink as much water as you can.  Also, take caution with sleep medication.  Taking it to force your body to sleep will not help you adjust naturally.  This will cause you to be tired longer.

If you arrive to your destination in the morning, stay up as long as possible!  Forcing your body to get on a certain sleep schedule is the quickest way to adjust.  If you arrive at night, go to sleep right away.  If you’re feeling tired, try to get as much natural light as possible.  This will help your body set its natural clock.  If you’re going away for a weekend or taking a short trip, it’s easier for the body to just stay on its “home” schedule.

Next time you travel, try these simple tips to keep your body fueled…but most importantly, have an amazing time!!

Chelsea

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