To Travel is to Live

One of my all time favorite things to do is travel. We usually try to see at least one new country and one new U.S. city each year, and last year we checked out two U.S. cities (St. Augustine and San Francisco - Wine Country) without any new stamps on the passport so I'm determined to break it back out this year.


We haven't done much planning or research yet for 2018, but we do have a beach house booked with friends who will be bringing along their toddler for a joint family beach weekend in Siesta Key. Living in Florida for over 7 years, and believe it or not I still have not been to what is considered the most beautiful beach in the continental U.S. Can't wait!

Preliminary Planning

Our preliminary plans that we've tossed around are another weekend in a new U.S. city as a family or just the 2 of us, and an international tropical vacay just the 2 of us while my mom watches lil' miss which she always jumps at the chance for. It's a win-win. We get much needed couple time, and Serena gets quality nana time.

U.S. Cities on our mind

Denver - a Rockies game, hiking, some brewery hopping, and of course Red Rocks Amphitheater.

Nashville - this would be an adults only trip so we can take in the live music and pop in and out of bars along the way.

International Beaches and Resorts on our mind

Costa Rica - Beaches, hiking, waterfalls, zip lining, and beautiful resorts? Yes please!

Turks and Caicos - Ever since we missed our cruise stop a few years ago and wrote off sailing with Carnival ever again (a full recap on their deplorable customer service can be found here), we've been itching to check out this beautiful island. Check out that water!

Of course we always have cruising on the mind as well. We'd love to check out a new to us Royal Caribbean ship or finally check out Princess or Celebrity.

Emily and I have also been talking about a girls trip to Charleston since it's within driving distance and neither of us have ever been. If you'd like to join, let us know!

Traveling in style, but remaining comfortable is also key. I used to show up to the airport in the comfiest clothes possible, which left me sometimes looking frumpier than I would have liked. I now tend to reach for comfy dresses or cozy chic pieces like leggings over jeans, because who wants to wear jeans on a long flight?

I can't rave enough about this dress (which now comes in 6 colors, and I kind of want them all)! It's super flattering, and was insanely comfortable for a cross-country flight to San Francisco and hitting the ground running site seeing as soon as we checked in and dropped off our luggage. And as if you haven't heard me talk about my favorite rose gold Superstars they were perfect for running through airports and climbing the giant hills. FYI size down as they run pretty large.

Dress | Shoes 

Leggings {40% off}Booties

My fav faux leather leggings are also super comfy for traveling, and sitting for long periods of time. They can be easily dressed up or down with a pair of slip ons or a fabulous pair of heels once you get to your destination and want to check out a great place to eat or grab a drink.

Faux Leather Leggings {Less than $20} | 

For a list of all my previous travel recaps, you can always find them on my Travel Tab here or below:


San Francisco, CA
Sonoma and Napa Valley
St. Augustine, FL


Tallahassee, FL
Islamorada, FL Keys


Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - friend's destination wedding
CT - NYC - Boston
Key West, FL Keys
Eastern Caribbean Cruise


Chicago, IL
Barcelona, Spain
Mediterranean Cruise
Marseille, France
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Lisbon, Portugal


Bahamas Birthday Cruise
Miami, FL
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
NYC and CT


Ocho Rios, Jamaica


Key West, FL Keys
Western Caribbean Cruise


Las Vegas, NV


Southern Caribbean Cruise
Las Vegas, NV
Cancun, Mexico

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  1. Girl, you have travelled to some wonderful places and you do it in cute style!!!! Nashville and Turks and Caicos are on our list too. Charleston would be amazing! I hope you get to go to each and every one of your dream destinations! xo

  2. Charleston is my favorite city- I would always say yes to a girls trip there!! Nashville is also a blast, so if you need any ideas I have a bunch for you of fun things to do! :)

  3. Such fun travel plans lined up for this year! You are going to love Siesta Key! I would love to visit costa rica and turks & cacos. Both with their own charm! I hope we make it to Charleston for a long weekend this year! xo Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis

  4. This makes me want to travel so much! We don't get to often because of my husband's work in law enforcement, but I am hoping after the baby is born, we can take a fun trip!!

  5. Yay for travel! We’ve only done two real getaways without the kids but love them. Turks is one of my very favourite family vacays and a cruise is also awesome with a kid over 2!

  6. You've had a lot of travel! So fun! We're trying to do as much as possible as newlyweds!

    Katherine |

  7. turks is INCREDIBLE. such a great, SAFE and gorgeous island. we went a few years back and LOVED IT.

  8. You need to go allll of the places! Siesta Key is on our list of beaches to hit, so I can't wait to hear your thoughts. One if the best parts about traveling with little ones us doing it with friends! Happy Monday sweets!

  9. We definitely plan to travel a lot more this year too! We just booked a trip to Miami and are planning an international trip for Steven's graduation--still deciding on a destination!! A girls trip to Charleston sounds like a BLAST! It's so gorgeous there!

    Rosy Outlook

  10. I love travel a lot too and it is for sure something I will do even more. Totally agree with travel is living! :) I am going to China next month and then Paris, London and Barcelona in march. Thinking of a road trip down south somewhere to find my dream place to live this summer. ;)

    Please stop by at every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for linkup parties! Hope to see you there!

    Grace Liang

  11. I've got a trip in March to siesta key! I'm so excited!!!

  12. Turks and Caicos is on my list! Siesta Key looks beautiful ;) traveling is so good for the soul!

  13. Charleston is on my list too. That's amazing, you've been to so many places.

    Nina's Style Blog

  14. Travel is life. I cant imagine not travelling. Love your travel goals for the year!

  15. Love this post idea (and all your travel inspiration). I definitely think a couple trip needs to be on your agenda. ;) I've never actually been anywhere in the Caribbean, but it looks lovely. My friends all rave about Turks and Caicos... and those unaffected beaches look amazing, so that's my vote. ;) Denver always seems to have good fare sales (at least from here), so that would be my second vote. ;)

  16. So many fun trips! I love Siesta Key, it's so gorgeous! And I've been thinking about driving up to Charleston for a long weekend before I go back to work but depending on when you guys go, I might be down to go again!

  17. We decided against a big trip this year, but have kicked around a city weekend somewhere we haven't been.

    We're looking at Italy in 2019 with my family.

    Siesta Key looks fabulous!

  18. Agreed! Traveling is just the best thing ever. If you go to Denver I would highly recommend making a week out of your Colorado trip and getting a rental car to explore Colorado. While Denver is a fun city you don't really get the full experience until you've driven the mountain passes and visited Telluride, Aspen and Silverton.

    Can't wait to see pics from your trips!

    Have a wonderful week!
    Carly at A Modern Mom Blog

  19. Sounds like you guys have fun travels in mind!! No one ever has Birmingham on their trip list. Boo! Haha. Turks would be so awesome! I have been to Nashville a few times and it is always a good trip. It has been awhile since we have been though. We hit up the other side of the state a lot more with Chattanooga, Knoxville and Gatlinburg. Gatlinburg would be a fun trip to take Serena when she is a little older!! I hope you get a stamp in your passport soon!

  20. Obviously, let me know if you do make it to Charleston - happy to help with suggestions! Denver is an awesome city, too. I've never been to Costa Rica, but it's absolutely on my bucket list.

    Meg, Borrowed Heaven

  21. Denver is such a fun trip, as is Nashville. I have an email full of Nashville recs from some locals I can pass on if you would like. I have never been to Charleston, that sounds like fun! I have such an urge to travel abroad it is killing me, I need to plan a trip!

  22. I would love to travel more often too.
    It makes me feel accomplished

    Much Love,
    Jane | The Bandwagon Chic

  23. That will be so fun to go to Siesta for a joint family trip! My in laws go to Siesta over the winter and rave about it. I've heard amazing things about Turks & Caicos -- the water is just gorgeous! Can't wait to hear what you decide!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

  24. I have a serious case of the travel bug! Of course you know Charleston gets my vote!! :)

  25. Oh girl you are giving me a strong case of wanderlust right now! I would love to go to Charleston with you ladies, but I am excited to say I have a bachelorette party there in April. I would love to meet up with blogger friends again this year. Denver has been on my list for awhile and I think you would love Costa Rica. Check out Tamarindo and the Arenal Volcano area!
    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

  26. So many fun travel ideas! I've always wanted to go to Charleston.

  27. I don't see CA on your vacation list?! :) I kid...but Nashville has been on my list forever too. It seems like such a fun place to visit!!


  28. I am so jealous that you get to travel so much! All of these destinations sound amazing, I have been dying to go to Nashville!

    xx, Elise

  29. I love to travel, too! We're thinking Hawaii, Montana, and Colorado this year- time to plan!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  30. You've been to so many amazing places! I really need to get my travel bug in gear and plan some trips! Great motivation to get going!

    Whitney & Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  31. You are one lucky lady!! We would love to get a trip in this year, but with the baby coming this summer I think we will have to hold off a bit. However Charleston is high on my list for our next trip!! I am loving the dress you shared, the hem line is SO cute! Hope you're having a great week :)


  32. Yes to all the travel! My vote for you is for Nashville! B and I went back in October and we had SUCH an amazing time! There is so much to do and see and EAT there!

  33. I officially have wanderlust! All your trip ideas sound great - Nashville and Turks & Caicos have my top votes for you! I think I need to finally get that dress for myself - everyone just raves about it!

  34. Traveling is definitely a great experience. I am going to travel more this year. Can't wait.

    xx, Maryam

  35. I love traveling. Yes to Costa Rica. I went to the Guanecaste province area (Tamarindo) and I loved it. One of the best vacations I have ever taken. I have always wanted to go to Nashville. So many of the places you listed are on my bucket list as well!

  36. My parents are getting closer and closer to going to Florida for a month or two in the winter and have neighbors who go to St. Augustine, so I'd love if they ended up going there too, so we had an even bigger reason to visit! You've been to so many amazing places- I'm going to have to check out some of your older posts, like your trip to Fiji!