A Day in Zurich, Switzerland

It's a well-kept secret that there is a rivalry between Bern (the capital of Switzerland) and Zurich (the largest city in Switzerland). Growing up in the outskirts of Bern, I was always biased towards the city named after bears and never spent much time exploring Zurich. After having spent a day exploring the city with family though, I might have to give it more credit. But first things first...

 

A Day in Zurich, Switzerland

 

Being right on the Limmat and Lake Zurich, the city is surrounded by water and offers beautiful views.

 

A Day in Zurich, Switzerland

 

A Day in Zurich, Switzerland

 

A Day in Zurich, Switzerland

 

We spent our day in Zurich wandering through the old town, admiring old fountains,...

 

A Day in Zurich, Switzerland

 

A Day in Zurich, Switzerland

 

A Day in Zurich, Switzerland

 

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... explaining old buildings to my niece (she may more likely have been fascinated by the birds) ...

 

A Day in Zurich, Switzerland

 

A Day in Zurich, Switzerland

 

... walked past one of the oldest hotels in Switzerland, Hotel Storchen (established in 1357), which has its own ferry terminal ...

 

A Day in Zurich, Switzerland - Storchen

 

A Day in Zurich, Switzerland

 

... and found ourselves in front of the Oro De Cacao store.  We couldn't resist the idea of some hot chocolate and had to check it out.

 

A Day in Zurich, Switzerland - Oro De Cacao

 

Oro De Cacao is a brand new Swiss chocolate producer - and it's so much more than that. I am a firm believer that Swiss chocolate is the best chocolate in the world (I'm also slightly biased, being Swiss and all). However, this store takes the chocolate experience to an entirely new level.

 

A Day in Zurich, Switzerland - Oro De Cacao

 

Dieter Meier revolutionized the chocolate production process by using cold extractions to break cocoa beans into cocoa powder, cocoa butter, and the parts that give chocolate its bitter taste. In the end, you're left with a very intense and flavourful piece of chocolate which is not bitter at all and is also not overly sweet.

 

A Day in Zurich, Switzerland - Oro De Cacao

 

A Day in Zurich, Switzerland - Oro De Cacao

 

Completely in awe with this new technology, I had to get a sample of every variation they offered!

 

A Day in Zurich, Switzerland - Oro De Cacao

 

And of course, we couldn't leave without trying their home-made hot chocolate which was beautifully rich. I also took some chocolate bars home and love to treat myself after a long day at work. Given the intensity of the chocolate flavor, you only really need a small piece to satisfy your cravings.

 

A Day in Zurich, Switzerland - Oro De Cacao

 

A Day in Zurich, Switzerland - Oro De Cacao

 

Thank you Oro De Cacao for having us and providing us with a wonderful chocolate experience!

 

We spent the rest of our day in Zurich raving about the chocolate we just tried, and enjoying the beautiful Christmas decorations everywhere.

 

A Day in Zurich, Switzerland

 

A Day in Zurich, Switzerland

 

A Day in Zurich, Switzerland

 

A Day in Zurich, Switzerland

 

Although we were only there for a day, Zurich impressed me with its old-town flair and international spirit. Have you been to Zurich? What did you like best about the city? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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5 Romantic Getaway Destinations for Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day is less than a month away and it's the perfect opportunity to get away with your significant other and celebrate a romantic weekend out of town. While a weekend seems short, imagine flying out on Friday evening, waking up in a new place with the promise not having to do anything but enjoy your day together. It's no secret that I love weekend trips as I feel I get so much more out of the two days off work. We usually fly home late on Sunday or very early on Monday morning and go directly to work. If you're looking for a domestic or international getaway, these are my 5 favourite romantic getaway destinations.

 

Romantic Getaway in Charleston

 

Located in South Carolina and being right on the water, Charleston has as much Southern charm as you could possibly imagine. The cobblestone streets and colourful houses transport you back in time and you might just feel like never going back home!

 

5 Romantic Getaway Destinations for Valentine's Day - Charleston

 

5 Romantic Getaway Destinations for Valentine's Day - Charleston

 

Go on a romantic stroll through Battery Promenade and Waterfront Park, enjoy the sun and the ocean front, and make your way through the French Quarter on your way to dinner. If you are looking for no-frills, affordable, but extremely tasty seafood, try 167 Raw. They don't take reservations and tend to get very busy so make sure you get there early. If you're looking for a romantic place to dine, make sure you try the Darling Oyster Bar right on King Street. They immediately won me over with their ambiance and their menu left nothing to be desired.

 

Wander the Streets of London

 

What is more romantic than going to Europe for a weekend? While this might be a tight travel schedule, you can think about taking the Friday or Monday off to make it a long weekend and get 3 full days out of your weekend. London is not just one of my favourite cities in Europe, it's also relatively easy to get to as a lot of airlines fly there directly.

 

5 Romantic Getaway Destinations for Valentine's Day - London

 

5 Romantic Getaway Destinations for Valentine's Day - London

 

The city has so much history, culture, and beautiful architecture - I could wander around the streets, feeling like I was in a Sherlock Holmes movie all day. On a sunny day, I highly recommend walking along the Thames towards London bridge and immerse yourself into the busyness of this great city! Make sure to stop by Borough Market, stop by the Shakespeare Globe - what could be more romantic (?) - and if you are looking for some amazing dinner views,  check out Sky Pod Bar at Sky Garden. Don't forget to snap a mandatory picture with the Tower Bridge on your way there!

 

5 Romantic Getaway Destinations for Valentine's Day - London

 

Relax in Cancun

 

If you're all about escaping the cold this time of the year and relaxing on the beach, there is no better place than Cancun, Mexico! Depending on where you live, it's only a short flight away and Southwest Airlines even flies there (to learn how we save 50% on flight cost with Southwest, check out this post). After only a  short few hours flight, you can relax in the sun, listen to the waves crashing, and eat your body weight in guacamole and chips. Romantic evening walks in the sand and margaritas by the pool will make this trip the perfect romantic getaway and is exactly what we did when we were there (read the full story here).

 

5 Romantic Getaway Destinations for Valentine's Day - Cancun

 

5 Romantic Getaway Destinations for Valentine's Day - Cancun

 

Get Away for a Cabin Weekend

 

How about spending the weekend with your loved one at a cabin in the middle of nowhere? Enjoy 48 blissful hours of alone time at a rustic and cozy cabin - away from the hustle and bustle of our busy lives. We love staying at the Minnie Lake Ranch House which is part of Douglas Lake Ranch in BC, Canada but there is no need to travel that far. These are some of my favourite cabin getaways that are currently on my wish list:  rustic cabin getaways, Wisconsin cabin getaways, Michigan cabin getaways, Colorado cabin getaways.

 

5 Romantic Getaway Destinations for Valentine's Day - Cabin Weekend

 

5 Romantic Getaway Destinations for Valentine's Day - Cabin Weekend

 

5 Romantic Getaway Destinations for Valentine's Day - Cabin Weekend

 

Visit the City of Love - Paris

 

No romantic getaway list would be complete without Paris - the city of love! While it is a bit more difficult to travel to from the U.S. for just a weekend, it is very much doable (see how we spent a weekend in Paris here) and you won't regret it. As the center of romance, ornate architecture, delicious pastries, and wine, how could you possibly go wrong with Paris? While it's not very warm in February, you can still stroll through the streets in Montmartre - an area of the city, enjoy a macaron or two at Laduree, be dazzled at Galeries Lafayette, and most importantly, have one of the best salads I've ever had (think melted goat cheese and roasted potatoes and not much lettuce) at the quirky Le Relais Gascon.

 

5 Romantic Getaway Destinations for Valentine's Day - Paris

 

5 Romantic Getaway Destinations for Valentine's Day - Paris

 

What is your favourite romantic getaway? Let us know in the comments below and make sure to tag us on Instagram on your next weekend trip!

 

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Skiing in Switzerland

Growing up in Switzerland, I never understood what everyone's fascination with the Alps was. Being surrounded by mountains was all I knew and I wanted to experience the big city life instead.  Things changed very quickly though, once I moved to Illinois - the flattest state in the U.S. I miss mountains a lot! Every time Kyle and I go back to Switzerland, we like to spend some time in the Alps and go skiing if there is snow and the weather conditions are reasonable.

 

Skiing in Switzerland - Crans-Montana

 

I have been to a few ski resorts in Switzerland but grew up exploring the hills of Crans-Montana, a ski resort in the French part of Switzerland, in the canton Valais. It's a two hour drive to get there from Bern and you can either drive via Lake Geneva and stop in gorgeous Montreux and visit Chillon Castle on the way, or you can drive through the Bernese Alps and take the Lötschberg car train which is a fun experience by itself. If you have never heard of the car train before, check out this video. The first time I took Kyle there, he was stunned.

 

Skiing in Switzerland - Crans-Montana

 

Crans-Montana is 1,500m or 4,920ft above sea level and from there you can access the glacier Plaine Morte which is 2,927m or 9,600ft above sea level. Because the ski resort faces south, you often get the sunniest skiing conditions and best views of the Alps and the Valais.

 

Skiing in Switzerland - Crans-Montana

 

You can even see the Matterhorn from Crans-Montana, although you'll only see the backside of it which makes it difficult to recognize.

 

Skiing in Switzerland - Crans-Montana

 

After a bumpy ride up in the cable car, Kyle and I couldn't wait to finally hit the slopes and go skiing in Switzerland for the first time in 4(!) years.

 

Skiing in Switzerland - Crans-Montana

 

Skiing in Switzerland - Crans-Montana

 

Skiing in Switzerland - Crans-Montana

 

Skiing in Switzerland - Crans-Montana

 

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Skiing in Switzerland - Crans-Montana

 

The morning was a bit foggy but it cleared up soon and we were lucky to get the most beautiful views and blue skies!

 

Skiing in Switzerland - Crans-Montana

 

Skiing in Switzerland - Crans-Montana

 

Skiing in Switzerland - Crans-Montana

 

Skiing in Switzerland - Crans-Montana

 

Skiing in Switzerland - Crans-Montana

 

We were happy to notice that skiing is like riding a bike, although our legs were starting to get sore. After a few runs, we even had enough confidence to go down a double black diamond run but regretted our choice as soon as we looked down the hill. Check out my Instagram stories if you're curious to see the run!

 

Skiing in Switzerland - Crans-Montana

 

Skiing in Switzerland - Crans-Montana

 

Arguably, the best part about skiing is getting away from the busy city life to enjoy a day in the snow and sun.

 

Skiing in Switzerland - Crans-Montana

 

Skiing in Switzerland - Crans-Montana

 

Skiing in Switzerland - Crans-Montana

 

And while you're out there enjoying your day, make sure you stop by one of the slope bars and restaurants and enjoy a glass of gluhwein and local charcuterie.

 

Skiing in Switzerland - Crans-Montana

 

Skiing in Switzerland - Crans-Montana

 

Skiing in Switzerland - Crans-Montana

 

Skiing in Switzerland - Crans-Montana

 

Skiing in Switzerland - Crans-Montana

 

For all the non-skiers amongst us, I can still highly recommend a visit to Crans-Montana. You can take the cable car to the slopes to enjoy the views or stay in the resort town, to go ice skating ...

 

Crans-Montana by night

 

... go on a walk around the lakes ...

 

Crans-Montana by night

 

Crans-Montana by night

 

Crans-Montana by night

 

Crans-Montana by night

 

... and enjoy the holiday decorations.

 

Crans-Montana by night

 

Crans-Montana by night

 

Have you been skiing in Switzerland or would you like to go? Where is your favourite place to go? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Skiing in Switzerland - My favorite resort and views of the Alps
Skiing in Switzerland - My favorite resort and views of the Alps

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Exploring African Village Mloka, Tanzania

Ever since I was little, I have been interested in experiencing different cultures and seeing how other people live. To me, seeing how other people live helps me understand their history and their goals better.

Our African Safari didn't 'just' include game drives (check out this post), a boat safari, (see this post) and a walking safari, but we were also given the opportunity to explore a remote African village nearby called Mloka. I, of course, jumped at the chance to see how the locals live.

 

Exploring African Village Mloka - Tanzania

 

We booked our entire safari with Takims Holidays and loved every aspect of it! Abbas made sure that everything is taken care of, from the accommodation to the flights, airport transport, etc. If you are looking to go on a safari, you can use our exclusive discount code THENEXTTRIP20 to get 20% off your safari with Takims Holidays!

 

After only a few minutes drive, we saw the first signs of civilization and passed by what we assume is the local gas station.

 

Exploring African Village Mloka - Tanzania

 

Exploring African Village Mloka - Tanzania

 

Exploring African Village Mloka - Tanzania

 

Exploring African Village Mloka - Tanzania

 

Exploring African Village Mloka - Tanzania

 

Mloka has a school, a small medical clinic, and a few shops, but the grounds it is built on are not very rich. Farmers thus live on the other side of the river, where they can grow their crop. Kids commute across the river by canoe to get to school and their parents make the journey to sell their goods or work.

 

Exploring African Village Mloka - Tanzania

 

Exploring African Village Mloka - Tanzania

 

This commute isn't an easy one and it's also quite dangerous. The Rufiji river is a great place for hippos to spend their days (check out this blog post if you want to see some hippo pictures) and they tend to get very territorial. If they see a canoe approaching, they might mistake it for another hippo and start attacking it. While hippos are vegetarian, people can still die from getting bitten, crushed, or getting eaten by crocodiles if the boat is flipped. Hippos are in fact claimed to be one of the most dangerous animals in Africa!

 

Exploring African Village Mloka - Tanzania

 

The canoe schedule seemed to be quite a simple one. Once the boat was full, they would embark to the other side where people were already waiting to use it to get back.

The Rufiji river also serves as a source of water for the locals. However, transporting water from the river up to Mloka isn't an easy task as the ground is sandy and motorized vehicles are rare.

 

Exploring African Village Mloka - Tanzania

 

After answering the millions of questions I had (yes, I am that kind of person), our guide took us to the center of the African village. Being away from the river, the temperatures seemed to rise by the minute and being used to chilly weather from living in Chicago, I was struggling to adjust.

 

Exploring African Village Mloka - Tanzania

 

Exploring African Village Mloka - Tanzania

 

Exploring African Village Mloka - Tanzania

 

Mloka was everything I thought an African village would be - simple, hot, and buzzing with life! We stopped at the local markets...

 

Exploring African Village Mloka - Tanzania

 

Exploring African Village Mloka - Tanzania

 

... walked around the town square ...

 

Exploring African Village Mloka - Tanzania

 

Exploring African Village Mloka - Tanzania

 

Exploring African Village Mloka - Tanzania

 

Exploring African Village Mloka - Tanzania

 

Exploring African Village Mloka - Tanzania

 

... admired one of the few buses in and out of Mloka and other local vehicles ...

 

Exploring African Village Mloka - Tanzania

 

Exploring African Village Mloka - Tanzania

 

Exploring African Village Mloka - Tanzania

 

Exploring African Village Mloka - Tanzania

 

... and went for a drink at the local pub (where I got yelled at for trying to take pictures so you will just have to believe me!).

 

Exploring African Village Mloka - Tanzania

 

My main mission though was to find the perfect souvenir to take home - an African wrap skirt! We went to every single shop there was.

 

Exploring African Village Mloka - Tanzania

 

Exploring African Village Mloka - Tanzania

 

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Unfortunately, I didn't find one to take home but splurged on some hand-made earrings in the shape of the African continent.

 

Exploring African Village Mloka - Tanzania

 

We left Mloka to head back to the Selous Game Reserve and I was extremely impressed by how the locals manage to be seemingly happier than our society is when having so much less to work with. Our excursion truly inspired me to be more grateful and content with what we have.

Have you ever visited a remote African village? If so, share your experience with us below!

 

 

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Exploring African Village Mloka - Tanzania

 

 

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Favourite Christmas Activities in Chicago with Chicwish

Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year. Living in a city like Chicago, there are so many great ways to experience the holidays if you need a little help getting into the Christmas spirit, or if you just want to take it all in!

 

Favourite Christmas Activities in Chicago with Chicwish

 

I feel like no trip downtown into the Loop is complete without a quick visit to the Bean. It’s my favourite Chicago landmark, and no matter the weather or time of day is always so photogenic.

 

Cloudgate or Bean - Favourite Christmas Activities in Chicago with Chicwish

 

Cloudgate or Bean - Favourite Christmas Activities in Chicago with Chicwish

 

One of my newest favourite pastimes (you might already know if you follow me on Instagram) is lobby hunting! There are so many great hotels and office towers in Chicago and it seems that each year they try to out-do each other in Christmas decorations!

My favourite office building decoration was by far the tree at 77 W Wacker Drive and you easily see why! (Hint: their ornaments are my favourite colour!)

 

77 W Wacker Drive - Favourite Christmas Activities in Chicago with Chicwish

 

77 W Wacker Drive - Favourite Christmas Activities in Chicago with Chicwish

 

As far as hotel lobbies go, the lobby at the Conrad Chicago Hotel surpassed all my expectations. Located on the 20th floor, it is secluded from the shopping fever on Michigan Avenue and made me feel more relaxed the moment I stepped off the elevator. The lobby is flooded with natural light. Once you make your way to the floor to ceiling windows to catch a glimpse of the fantastic city view, you can't help but admire the colourfully decorated staircase and Christmas tree.

 

Conrad Chicago Hotel - Favourite Christmas Activities in Chicago with Chicwish

 

Conrad Chicago Hotel - Favourite Christmas Activities in Chicago with Chicwish

 

Conrad Chicago Hotel - Favourite Christmas Activities in Chicago with Chicwish

 

Conrad Chicago Hotel - Favourite Christmas Activities in Chicago with Chicwish

 

Finally, a Christmas tour of the Loop would not be complete without stops at the the Macy’s Christmas windows and the Christkindlmarket. Both attractions are so popular that I suggest going as early in the morning as possible to avoid the crowds if you're visiting on a weekend, or try to stop by on a week day.

 

Christkindlmarket Chicago - Favourite Christmas Activities in Chicago with Chicwish

 

Every year, I treat myself to a gluhwein, which tastes just like at home in Switzerland, but this time I couldn’t help myself and caved for some hot chocolate.

 

Chirstkindlmarket Chicago - Favourite Christmas Activities in Chicago with Chicwish

 

One thing to keep in mind when exploring the city in December - it can be really cold and windy. Big thanks to Chicwish for keeping me warm as I explored Chicago’s Christmas wonders this year. Their cozy sweaters are the perfect combination of fashionable, cute, and warm! I have been wearing them non-stop since they arrived in the mail. I also love the elegance of the Cape Coat which will easily make any winter outfit look more put together. If you're curious to see how the sweaters and the coat fit, you can check out my try-on Instagram stories which include sizing information.

 

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These are just a few of my favourite holiday traditions in Chicago, and we didn’t even get a chance to ice skate over to Millenium Park, admire the Zoo Lights, or take a ride on the holiday train! What is your favourite way to celebrate the holidays in Chicago?

 

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Brunch at RM Champagne Salon

Thank you RM Champagne Salon for having us. A part of our meal was gifted to us by RM Champagne Salon to allow us to experience their full service and be able to tell you about it. All our opinions are our own.

 

If you ever find yourself in Chicago looking for a great fire-side brunch spot with unforgettable mimosas, I know just the place for you. The RM Champagne Salon is tucked away in the middle of the West Loop and easy to miss if you don't know where you're going.

 

Brunch at RM Champagne Salon

 

Brunch at RM Champagne Salon

 

A sign indicates to walk through the cobblestone alley to get to the entrance and start your culinary experience. The RM Champagne Salon is known for romantic dinners and their outstanding seafood, but they recently started serving brunch on weekends starting at 11am.

 

Brunch at RM Champagne Salon

 

Brunch at RM Champagne Salon

 

With their antique mirrors, chandeliers, and marble fireplace, RM takes you back in time and provides a relaxed yet luxurious ambience. Their attention to detail is mirrored in the service and food presentation. You don't have to take my word for it - see for yourself!

 

Brunch at RM Champagne Salon

 

Brunch at RM Champagne Salon

 

Brunch at RM Champagne Salon

 

When a few girlfriends and I  were planning to go for brunch, we decided to try the RM Champagne Salon's new brunch menu as none of us had experienced it before. We explored the idea of enjoying a drink or two with breakfast and our waiter highly recommended the mimosa bar. Little did we know, RM Champagne Salon provides a fully customizable mimosa bar allowing you to combine your champagne of choice with mixers and garnishes.

 

Brunch at RM Champagne Salon - Mimosa Bar

 

Brunch at RM Champagne Salon - Mimosa Bar

 

Brunch at RM Champagne Salon

 

Their mixers include a variety of fruit juices, and the garnishes are as pretty as they are tasty!

 

Brunch at RM Champagne Salon - Mimosa Bar

 

Brunch at RM Champagne Salon - Mimosa Bar

 

Brunch at RM Champagne Salon - Mimosa Bar

 

The mimosa bar is served with a tower of nibbles consisting of bite-sized sandwiches, macarons, fresh fruit, truffles, and puff pastry treats - and let me tell you, it was absolutely scrummy (for all the ones who love the Great British Baking show as much as I do, you know what I'm talking about. :-))

 

Brunch at RM Champagne Salon - Mimosa Bar

 

Brunch at RM Champagne Salon - Mimosa Bar

 

I'm already a foodie but having everything come in bite-size format, makes me even happier!

 

Brunch at RM Champagne Salon - Mimosa Bar

 

And the picturesque presentation didn't leave anything to be desired.

 

Brunch at RM Champagne Salon - Mimosa Bar

 

Brunch at RM Champagne Salon

 

With our eyes bigger than our stomachs, we couldn't help ourselves and also ordered some of our favourite appetizers.

 

 

The avocado toast was a sight for sore foodie eyes. The cheese platter and the salmon dip did not disappoint either.

 

 

 

We left RM Champagne Salon extremely full, slightly tipsy, and in awe of their new brunch. All of us decided that we'd be back and would rave about this place for days to come!

Don't take my word for it but check RM Champagne Salon out yourself! You can make reservations here or give them a call at (312) 243-1199.

 

 

Cheers!

 

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How To Relax on a Plane with These In Flight Yoga Poses

This might not surprise you, but I love flying! It’s not just the thought about going someplace which is new and exciting, but the actual in-flight experience as well. Being on a plane is one of the only times I’m not expected to work or be online so it’s a time when I can relax completely. If you are like most people, you probably feel the complete opposite and dread flying. I want to share some tips with you on how you can make flying more relaxing and how to not feel as stiff and tense when you get off the plane. (You can read about my tips on how to get over jet lag here.)

 

How To Relax on a Plane with These In Flight Yoga Poses

 

A lot of people have high muscle tension after flying, especially after long-haul flights, and have swollen legs and feet. Part of the reason for stiffness is dehydration and the consumption of too much sodium (airplane food is filled with tons of salt and sugar because your taste buds can’t taste flavors as well due to the altitude and pressure). However, the biggest issue is that we tend to sit in our tight seats for hours without moving.

 

How To Relax on a Plane with These In Flight Yoga Poses

 

Wearing comfortable clothing while flying makes a big difference. Joriki has the most comfortable leggings I have ever worn and they are perfect for long-haul flights. You can combine them with a light top and sweater in case it gets cold.

 

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How To Relax on a Plane with These In Flight Yoga Poses

 

While it’s not always easy to get up and stretch in the hallway and the back of the plane (after all, we wouldn’t want to pause that movie or wake up the person next to us) there are easy and useful stretches you can do in your seat. And if you do these after the flight attendants dim the cabin light, you won’t even get any awkward stares!

 

I’m not a yoga instructor and am not offering any physical advice. This post is aimed at providing ideas on how to stretch during a flight. Please make sure you don’t strain yourself when trying these poses.

 

In Flight Yoga Stretch and Breathing

 

To start, interlock your hands and lift your arms straight up stretching your upper body, shoulders, and chest. Focus on your breathing – inhale and exhale slowly, counting to 7 for each inhale and exhale.

 

How To Relax on a Plane with These In Flight Yoga Poses

 

How To Relax on a Plane with These In Flight Yoga Poses

 

 

In Flight Yoga Foot Point and Flex

 

To get the blood in your feet flowing, sit upright with your feet on the floor. Lift one leg up slightly and point your foot. Keep this position for a few seconds and then flex your foot, making sure you spread the toes wide apart. Point and flex a few times and put your leg back down. Repeat this stretch with the other leg.

 

How To Relax on a Plane with These In Flight Yoga Poses

 

How To Relax on a Plane with These In Flight Yoga Poses

 

 

In Flight Yoga Knee Hug

 

This might be more difficult for people who are very tall and struggle with the confined space on a plane. I also suggest removing your shoes and putting on socks if you are not wearing any out of respect for your seat neighbours.

Place both heels on the edge of your seat, hug your knees with both arms and pull them towards you. Hold this position for a few seconds while breathing slowly, then release.

 

How To Relax on a Plane with These In Flight Yoga Poses

 

 

How To Relax on a Plane with These In Flight Yoga Poses

 

 

In Flight Yoga Shoulder Stretch

 

This works best if you have a blanket you can roll up to a “blanket burrito”.

Sit up straight with both feet on the ground. Roll up your blanket and place it vertically against the backrest of your seat. Lean against the blanket so that it aligns with your spine and keep your arms at rest. Breath in and squeeze your shoulders upwards and backward. Exhale slowly and bring your shoulders down.

You can repeat this pose a few times but make sure you don’t strain yourself when squeezing your shoulders.

 

How To Relax on a Plane with These In Flight Yoga Poses

 

How To Relax on a Plane with These In Flight Yoga Poses

 

How To Relax on a Plane with These In Flight Yoga Poses

 

How To Relax on a Plane with These In Flight Yoga Poses

 

 

In Flight Yoga Spinal Twist

 

By far my favorite in flight yoga pose is the seated spinal twist. Sit up straight with both feet on the floor and slide forward on your seat so that you have space between your back and the backrest. Place the right hand on the seat with the fingers pointing backward. There might not always be enough space to do so, in which case you can make a fist instead. Grab the right corner of the seat cushion with your left hand, or if that’s not possible, place your left hand on the outer side of your right knee. Straighten the spine and twist to the right, looking over the right shoulder.

Do the same on the opposite side.

 

How To Relax on a Plane with These In Flight Yoga Poses

 

How To Relax on a Plane with These In Flight Yoga Poses

 

 

In Flight Yoga Forward Bend

 

If you’re able to get up and move to the back of the plane, there is usually a little bit of space to stretch. I like doing simple forward bends standing up or sitting down, depending on how clean the floors are on the plane. To do a forward bend, sit on the floor (or stand) with your legs straight. Exhale and bend forward from the hip joints, reaching for your toes with both your hands. Inhale and stretch further as you exhale.

 

How To Relax on a Plane with These In Flight Yoga Poses

 

How To Relax on a Plane with These In Flight Yoga Poses

 

I don’t do yoga nearly as often as I should, but I find that these 6 stretches help me release muscle tension during the flight.

 

How do you fly? Do you usually get up and walk around during your flight or do you remain in your seat?

 


 

An Apple Picking in Wisconsin Kind of Day

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I resisted fall for a long time. After all, I'm always cold as it is and the dropping temperatures don't help with that. However, last Saturday was the perfect fall day - blue skies, crisp air, and bright yellow leaves everywhere. It was an Apple Picking in Wisconsin kind of day.

 

An Apple Picking in Wisconsin Kind of Day

 

An Apple Picking in Wisconsin Kind of Day - Apple Holler

 

A bit less than a year ago, we felt just as inspired to go apple picking and found a great place in Wisconsin - Apple Holler. Their apples are so delicious that I'm still dreaming about them as of today. Further, they offer so many fun farm-inspired activities that I wanted to go back there, rather than finding a new place.

 

An Apple Picking in Wisconsin Kind of Day - Apple Holler

 

It turned out that we were not the only ones thinking that as we stood in line for 15 minutes to get the tickets. If you're wondering whether it's too late to go apple picking you'd be happy to hear that it's not and you still have two full weeks to go! Our favorite apples - Cameo - are actually ripe from mid- to the end of October.

 

An Apple Picking in Wisconsin Kind of Day

 

An Apple Picking in Wisconsin Kind of Day - Apple Holler

 

An Apple Picking in Wisconsin Kind of Day - Apple Holler

 

After you purchase tickets for whatever size bag of apples you would like, you can start your adventure around the premises. Before getting on the little 'train' to the orchards, we made a stop at the pumpkin patch.

 

An Apple Picking in Wisconsin Kind of Day

 

An Apple Picking in Wisconsin Kind of Day

 

 

An Apple Picking in Wisconsin Kind of Day

 

Shop My Fall Look

An Apple Picking in Wisconsin Kind of Day - Apple Holler

 

A little train towed by a tractor will then take you to the orchards where you can pick and sample any apples you would like.

 

An Apple Picking in Wisconsin Kind of Day - Apple Holler

 

An Apple Picking in Wisconsin Kind of Day - Apple Holler

 

Or just run around and have fun play hide and seek between the orchards.

 

An Apple Picking in Wisconsin Kind of Day - Apple Holler

 

An Apple Picking in Wisconsin Kind of Day - Apple Holler

 

An Apple Picking in Wisconsin Kind of Day - Apple Holler

 

By far my favorite apples are Cameos. They are the perfect combination of sweet and tart - and are super crisp. In other words, the only way I like my apples. 🙂

 

An Apple Picking in Wisconsin Kind of Day - Apple Holler

 

An Apple Picking in Wisconsin Kind of Day - Apple Holler

 

After you picked your favorite apples, you can walk or take the cute 'train' back to the main area and indulge in some home-made backed goods - Kyle couldn't resist the Apple Cider Donuts.

 

An Apple Picking in Wisconsin Kind of Day - Apple Holler

 

An Apple Picking in Wisconsin Kind of Day - Apple Holler

 

Apple Holler also set up a cute S'Mores station, a face painting booth, a corn maze, and much to my delight - a farm animal petting area.

 

An Apple Picking in Wisconsin Kind of Day - Apple Holler

 

You can see how I would immediately make new best friends while apple picking!

 

An Apple Picking in Wisconsin Kind of Day - Apple Holler

 

An Apple Picking in Wisconsin Kind of Day - Apple Holler

 

An Apple Picking in Wisconsin Kind of Day - Apple Holler

 

An Apple Picking in Wisconsin Kind of Day - Apple Holler

 

Have you been apple picking this season? What's your favorite fall activity? Let us know in the comments below!

 


 

How To Take Your Blog To The Next Level With Style Collective

In two short months, Kyle and I have officially been blogging for a year and I can't believe how fast the time has gone by. We have met some incredible people along the way and have been to amazing places. But most importantly, we were able to share this journey with you! We wouldn't be here without you and we hope to be able to inspire you to take that next trip you were planning for so long, explore new cultures, and take fashion around the globe! Your support means the world to us which is why I want to share some of my favorite bloggers with you and the reason why we met: Style Collective.

 

How To Take Your Blog To The Next Level With Style Collective

 

What is Style Collective?

 

Style Collective is a community of bloggers and #bossbabes, founded by Annie Spano. Annie’s goal was to create a community for go-getters in the blogging industry who support one another, teach each other the ins and outs of the industry, and eventually even become friends.  I joined Style Collective a few months ago looking for exactly that: a community of #bossbabes who I could connect with and who all have the blogging industry in common. Little did I know that I would find so much more than that: Style Collective helped me take our blog to the next level and I have been able to connect with some amazing women.

 

How To Take Your Blog To The Next Level With Style Collective

 

How Style Collective Helped Me Take Our Blog to the Next Level

 

After signing up for their membership program, I dove into their online resources and learned an incredible amount about the blogging industry. From how to find and communicate my mission, pitch to brands, calculate the value of blog and Instagram posts (yes, I was surprised to hear how much Instagram posts can be worth), and how to successfully work with brands (check out our collaborations with JORD and SomSleep), you can learn everything with their e-books.

 

How To Take Your Blog To The Next Level With Style Collective

 

One of my favorite tools available online, is their brand directory which includes contact information of companies who are looking to work with bloggers. Having this information compiled in one place helps facilitate collaborations and partnerships, and build valuable business relations.

 

Meeting Annie Spano - The Founder of Style Collective

 

But Style Collective is more than just an online resource. Annie goes out of her way to connect with #scsisters and build a sense of community. She makes time to respond to individual inquiries, to meet with Style Collective members (yes, I met her in person and she is even sweeter than she is on social media), and has helped me host my first Style Collective get-together.

 

The Style Collective Community

 

Annie is not just an inspiration from a business persective, she is also the reason why I have met some incredible bloggers all across the country. Not only are they successful bloggers, they also all have full-time jobs, family, and support people who are just starting out. How they manage to fit their busy lives into 24-hour days is beyond me.

Let me introduce you to 7 of my favorite #SCmembers who support me every day. I hope they inspire you just as much as they inspire me.

 

  • Renata from Urban Girl Goes Beach Mom is a fashion, beauty, and mom blogger and has two adorable kids. She inspires other moms (and non-moms like me) to be in style. I love her casual chic style and her 5 minute makeup looks she creates every Monday morning on Instagram live. If you're only remotely as busy as she is, check out her quick and easy makeup tutorials! You can read her blog here and follow her on Instagram here.

 

How To Take Your Blog To The Next Level With Style Collective

 

  • Lisa from Trendless Blog works full time, is a dog mom, and is enriching the blogging world with her casual and affordable style stories. I met Lisa in person and she is incredibly sweet, smart, and so knowledgeable about any good sale must-haves. You can't miss her blog and have to check out her Instagram here.

 

  • Kirsten from Diary of a Dirty Blonde is living the jet-setter life every girl dreams of. As a consultant by day, she travels around the US all week long and inspires me with her cool style and travel adventures as a blogger at night. Kirsten won me in a heartbeat with her funny and cute Instagram stories which I'm sure you would enjoy as well. Read her latest travel adventures here and follow her on Instagram here.

 

How To Take Your Blog To The Next Level With Style Collective

 

  • Kaitlin from Exquisitely Average is a lifestyle blogger, works full time as a pediatric occupational therapist, and makes me laugh with her Instagram stories every single day. With her fascinating Trader Joes recipes, her cute and feminine style, and her adorable cat - she is far from average but every bit as exquisite as you would imagine. Her latest Trader Joes finds are on the blog here and I know you can't resist to check out her Instagram here.

 

  • Gargi from Chai Time Daily works full time, is a mom, and in her spare time (I can't believe she even has any) provides the perfect reading material for your daily chai time. I love her boho-chic style and can't get enough of her stories about her boy, her puppy, or her life in general. She is an amazingly sweet person and I enjoy spending time with her - also offline. Do you have a tea time coming up and need something to read? Her blog is perfect and for a short break, I can highly recommend her Instagram.

 

How To Take Your Blog To The Next Level With Style Collective

 

  • Katie from Lifestyle by Katie is a Chicago-based lifestyle blogger when she's not busy with her full-time job. She won me over instantly with her love for fashion and her adorable personality. Only Katie knows how to turn a canceled trip into a breathtaking domestic getaway and smile her way through the week. You can visit her blog here and should follow her fall adventures on Instagram here.

 

  • Jenny from Her Best Always is the go-getter I dream of being. She's an attorney (and we all know how much attorneys work), a dog mom, and an inspiring fashion blogger who blogs about every day casual and work wear. She inspires me with her warm personality and her feminine corporate fashion to be my best every day. If you work in the corporate world and need some fashion inspiration, there is no better place than Jenny's blog or her Instagram.

 

How To Take Your Blog To The Next Level With Style Collective

 

In just a few months, I was able to build a network of amazing #bossbabes and make what I hope are lifelong connections. If you are a blogger and looking to join a community of amazing women who with the same hopes and dreams, the same daily struggles, and always willing to help you out, Style Collective is perfect for you! Sign up here and let me know you joined!

 

Have any questions about the membership? Let me know in the comments below.

 


 

How To Get Over Jet Lag

With my family living in Switzerland, Kyle's family living in Vancouver, Canada, and us living in Chicago, we travel through time zones a lot and have experienced our fair share of jet lag. I want to share with you my best tips on how to get over jet lag quickly after travelling across multiple time zones.

 

How To Get Over Jet Lag

 

What is Jet Lag?

 

Jet lag is a phenomenon which can occur when your personal biological 24-hour clock is altered which often happens after fast long-distance East-West travel. This means any time you fly through several time zones to get from North America to Europe, from Europe to Asia, or any other East-West/West-East combination you could think of, your body thinks it is in the time zone you started in and first needs to adjust to the new time zone.

The most common Jet Lag symptoms are poor sleep, insomnia, or the complete opposite - being tired in the middle of the day which can reduce the ability to focus, cause headaches, etc.

 

How To Get Over Jet Lag

 

The first time I flew to Canada's West Coast from Switzerland, it took me almost a week to recover from the 9 hour time zone change. I was constantly tired during the day and could not stay up past 6pm. In the morning, however, I was wide awake at 4am and could not sleep for another minute. By the time I was adjusted to the new time zone, I was leaving to go back home again. Everyone experiences jet lag differently. I know people who barely notice a difference and others who are like me and need days to recover. There are a few tips I picked up over the last couple of years which helped me - and can help you - to get back into your normal rhythm faster.

 

My Best In-Flight Tips

 

  • Hydrate: When traveling by plane, most people get dehydrated which has to do with the dry air in flight. Humidity on planes varies but is usually below 20% which resembles humidity levels in the desert. Drinking lots of water is key! A rule of thumb is to drink 8oz (250ml) of water for every hour you're in the air. I bring a refillable water bottle with me and fill it up right before I get on the plane. In addition, every time the flight attendant walks past with water, I grab a glass.
  • Avoid caffeine: Try to avoid caffeine or reduce caffeine if possible. Coffee can promote dehydration and can also disturb your sleep rhythm.
  • Avoid alcohol: Similar to the point above, alcohol can worsen dehydration and can increase the terrible feeling you have when getting off a plane. Try to avoid it if possible. After all, we already don't feel the freshest when getting off a long-haul flight so there is no need to add a hangover to the mix. To be completely honest though, Kyle and I don't always subscribe to this rule as we find it hard to resist the free booze. 🙂

 

How To Get Over Jet Lag

 

    • Flying Eastbound: When flying East to Europe, flights often arrive in the morning. To make sure I can take advantage of the entire day, I try to get some sleep on the plane. Now this can be difficult, especially when flying Economy as space is very limited and it's not very comfortable. I bring my own travel pillow and sleep mask and try to book a window seat so that I won't have to get up every time the person next to me needs to go to the washroom. I also find that Advil PM helps me sleep on the plane. (I am not offering any medical advice and please talk to a medical professional before using Advil PM.)
  • Flying Westbound: When flying West to North America, flights often arrive in the afternoon or evening and you will feel the need to sleep on the plane as it is much later in the day where you started the trip. I usually try to stay awake as long as possible to get my body into the new rhythm quickly.

 

How To Get Over Jet Lag

 

How To Get Over Jet Lag

 

 

How to Get Over Jet Lag When You Get Home

 

Once you arrive at your destination or are back home, adjusting to the new time zone right away will help you recover from jet lag the fastest. This means not staying up too late and getting up at a reasonable hour in the morning even if you have to force yourself, and eating meals at standard meal times to get your body adjusted quickly.

 

How To Get Over Jet Lag

 

After a flight Eastbound to Europe, I often find myself wide awake in the middle of the night and not wanting to get up in the morning. These are my best tips to get some rest after an Eastbound flight.

 

How To Get Over Jet Lag

 

How To Get Over Jet Lag

 

  • Use an Eyemask: Not being able to sleep because there are no blinds or the curtains don't darken the room enough is very frustrating. I always bring my eyemask so that it's dark no matter what my environment looks like. I personally love this silk eyemask which is nice against my skin and doesn't bend my eyelashes in the wrong direction. Plus it comes with a really cute eyemask pouch.

 

  • Use Earplugs: Similar to above, you don't know whether your destination is going to be noisy. To avoid any risk, I bring earplugs to help me fall asleep.
  • Get Som Sleep: Som Sleep is a miracle drink that helps you fall asleep within 30 minutes of drinking it. It includes melatonin which is the sleep hormone naturally occurring in our bodies, and other relaxing ingredients. I enjoy the sugar-free version which is sweetened with Stevia Leaf Extract. In the past, I have tried using melatonin supplements to recover from jet lag but I find that Som Sleep works much better due to the combination of ingredients. You can find the zero sugar drink here:

 

 

  • Get Seranaded to Sleep: Last but not least, Kyle and I often put on Sleep Music Delta Waves on youtube when going to bed. I have hardly ever heard the end of the 45-minute song which attests to how well it works!

 

How To Get Over Jet Lag

 

How To Get Over Jet Lag

 

Following a Westbound flight, I tend to be sleepy in the early afternoon and wide awake in the wee hours of the morning.

  • Stay up as late as possible: The best way for me to adjust is to really force myself to stay up until 9pm or as late as possible on the first day. You might want to go to bed earlier but waiting until a later hour helps ensure that you don’t naturally wake up at 4am.
  • Exercise in the evening: I find that exercising in the evening helps me stay up later after a Westbound flight. Even an evening walk around the neighbourhood helps.

 

How To Get Over Jet Lag

 

Remember that all our bodies are different. Some people might adjust quickly to new time zones, while others take a few days. I find that the more I travel, the easier it is to adjust my biological clock. How do you get over jet lag? Do you have any secret tips? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you, Som Sleep for letting us test your Zero Sugar drink to get over jet lag. All opinions expressed here are my own and I do not recommend products which I didn’t test or am not happy with.