While we’re on vacation, I’ve asked some of my favorite bloggers and friends to share their dream destinations with you. I asked them these four questions: 1. Go: If you could go anywhere right now where would it be? 2. See: What would you want to see or do while you’re there? 3. Indulge: What would you like to indulge on during your trip? 4. Bring: What key things would you bring with you?
Without further ado, Get Away With Researching San Diego to:
Bring: I am a chronic overpacker. I have a hard time sitting still, so somehow I think I’m always going to knit a baby blanket, finish the complete works of William Shakespeare and do a month’s worth of blogging and reading for the lab –before I even reach my destination (and despite the fact that I’m on vacation). With time I am learning to relax and enjoy the journey. That being said – there are few things I would not go to any country without:
My camera and lenses. My Nikon 3100 DSLR has been my constant companion, from Kathmandu to the Maldives and back again. I am a compulsive photographer and am lucky enough to have friends and loved ones who find the process of having every meal, experience and flower documented to be highly amusing (The Bat no longer brings his own camera – he reaches for mine if he sees something I haven’t already thoroughly documented). I treasure those memories and enjoy using new sights, faces and experiences to challenge (and hopefully better) my photography skills.
A knitting project. Especially helpful for passing time during endless air travel, I always carry a mindless knitting project with me for the journey and long, lazy vacation afternoons. Knitting is relaxing for me, and working on current projects in far-flung places imbues the finished product with a bit more something special.
My Kindle. I have always been a collector of books. However, after moving from coast-to-coast, and then, across the Atlantic, I have given up my collection(s) one too many times. So, while I do buy hardbound books of special significance, those fun vacation reads that I’ll speed through (The Game of Thrones series is my current obsession) get downloaded immediately to my very basic Kindle. Again, great for passing time during layovers and a great, easy thing to pull out while enjoying a glass of wine during a siesta.
A classy, shoulder covering wrap or cardigan and an airy, flowing skirt that matches everything. These are particularly relevant necessities for a trip to most any city in Italy. Despite the oppressive heat of the late summer, all churches require visitors to cover their shoulders and legs out of respect for the general dress code in a house of worship. Some of the best art and cultural artifacts are to be found in the myriad of basilicas and cathedrals scattered throughout Rome (or anywhere in Italy), it would be a shame to be turned away from taking it all in. This is not an empty threat – I do believe the church guides take great pleasure in turning away those that do not follow this particular rule.
Lonely Planet Guide. One of my favorite places in my apartment is the ‘travel shelf’ in our living room. Taking up almost an entire shelf of a monstrous Ikea bookcase is a multitude of Lonely Planet Travel Guides – dark blue bindings with bold, block white lettering proclaiming each place to which I have had the luck to travel. Of all the travel guides out there, the Lonely Planet series are my favorite – the dry, down-to-earth humor of the writers keeps me entertained, their historical perspectives are spot-on and fascinating, while their hotel and watering hole (when in a pinch) recommendations have rarely led me astray. Really. Don’t leave home without one.
Mentions/References: Machu Picchu // Okavango Delta // Angel Falls // Cruise through Alaska // The Bat // Colosseum //Forum // Vatican Museum // Sistine Chapel // Negroni // Piazza Navona // Santa Maria de Trestevere // The Mouth of Truth // The Spanish Steps // Trattoria del Pallaro // Giolitti’s
All Images Courtesy of Researching San Diego