Planning

20 Tips for Sustainable Travel

20 Tips for Sustainable Travel

Sustainability is a subject popping up in travel discussions with high frequency these days. In my experience, “sustainable travel” can be kind of an overwhelming, yet simultaneously limited term.  Just existing seems to be unsustainable. Sustainable travel is not just about eliminating plastic and flying […]

6 Mistakes I Made Backpacking Asia

6 Mistakes I Made Backpacking Asia

Last year, (2017) I spent three weeks backpacking Asia with one of the other Suitcase Six ladies. Marie and I had an unforgettable time exploring Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Hong Kong together. As I come to the end of sharing my Asia adventures, I wanted […]

Planning Group Travel: HOPE Goes to Norway (Steps 1-3)

Planning Group Travel: HOPE Goes to Norway (Steps 1-3)

Next May, I’ll be leading a group of around 10 people on a week-long trip to Norway – all as part of my job! I currently work as the Mentoring Director for an undergraduate based program (HOPE) which trains college students to mentor juveniles who […]

6 Ways to Save in Amsterdam & Belgium

6 Ways to Save in Amsterdam & Belgium

Amsterdam is not an inexpensive city, and Belgium didn’t do my wallet many favors either.  To be fair, I didn’t make a huge effort to pinch pennies but checking my bank account on the tail end of the trip was a bit jarring. Reflecting on […]

Pinterest for Planning

Pinterest for Planning

While many people are probably aware of Pinterest already, I would be remiss if I didn’t include it in my posts on planning for a trip. I’ve been using Pinterest for about seven years now for lots of different things (cooking, crafting, exercise, room decorating) […]

Six Steps to Pack the Perfect Suitcase

Six Steps to Pack the Perfect Suitcase

Whether you’re the type of person to throw all your things together in a suitcase an hour before heading to the airport or the type who labors over every item anxious to forget something important, packing can be a stressful challenge. Here are six steps to packing your bags […]

Skyscanner: The Site for Cheap Flights

Skyscanner: The Site for Cheap Flights

Over the past few years, the Suitcase Six has travelled to five continents and taken countless flights. In most cases, purchasing the plane ticket to a destination is our first concrete step in planning a trip and its generally the single most expensive purchase we make, so […]

My Favorite Black Leggings: Girlfriend Collective

My Favorite Black Leggings: Girlfriend Collective

For most of the past six years I have been wearing black leggings on a near daily basis. My regular uniform is compromise of mostly black items for a variety of reasons I will get into later, but suffice it to say I am an […]

Packing for a Weekend in Seattle

Packing for a Weekend in Seattle

  This past weekend I went to Seattle to visit with some of the Suitcase Six to visit Tahvi. Below is my packing list – I went really light because I knew I’d be with four of my close friends with whom I could share clothes, […]

Budget Basics: Creating your Trip Budget

Budget Basics: Creating your Trip Budget

Figuring out how to pay for a trip can be one of the most stressful components of travel. I highly recommend creating a budget before any trip for three reasons: 1) you have a ballpark idea of how much money you need to save for […]