Tickets for Venice to Panama

I am BACK baby! It was a whirlwind two weeks traveling for work events where I flew to Venice, Italy then straight to Panama. Pure exhaustion and man did I miss my little family, so it feels amazing to be home. In Italy I ate all the food and in Panama I truly took in the beauty outside my balcony each morning over a cup of coffee. 

As far as travel restrictions, I found them to be very similar to when we went on vacation to the Bahamas in the spring. You need to fill out a form online per country, and provide a negative PCR test on top of proof of vaccination. If you are not vaccinated, you are required to quarantine for 3 days upon arrival. The restrictions for Italy and Panama were what I expected, and not hard to follow. Just make sure if you plan on traveling internationally right now that you have screen shots and print outs of everything. A hard copy is preferable to a lot of the airline and customs agents. 

Let me just preface this by saying, when I get a chance to go out and explore I try and experience (and eat!) alllll the things. Especially when in Italy. This was my second work trip to Italy (two years ago we went to Milan - full recap can be found here), and the highlight of both of those trips was the food. Everything is absolutely incredible, and even the prosecco tastes better there. 

A few of us that traveled to both countries as we were about to say goodbye to the U.S. for a few weeks. Oh we were also saying goodbye to sleep - ha!

*Descending into Venice as the sun rose*

Prosecco for 3 Euros? Yes please! 

*First of many pasta dishes of the trip*

I'll just let the photos speak for themselves, it was surreal to take in. It almost didn't look real, definitely a pinch me moment. It was quite chilly especially with the wind by the water which made packing for 2 weeks in 2 different climates tricky. I checked a big suitcase for the first time in several years. 

I've seen the replicas of St. Mark's Campanile Tower at EPCOT and at The Venetian Resort in Las Vegas, but seeing the real deal in person was magical. 

*We arrived by boat on the Venice Canal for the Star Gala*

Dress in Surf the Web {only $45} | Heels 

*Gelato is a must*

*So is tiramisu*

After closing out and celebrating the event in Italy, we had dinner then needed to meet back in the lobby at 3:15 am to leave for the airport. I tried to take "a nap" after packing, but barely dozed off before it was time to head out. A 6 hour layover in Amsterdam was a tease, because it was long enough to want to go explore the city but not long enough to be able to. An 11 hour flight to Panama from Amsterdam, and we arrived at the hotel about 7:30 p.m. Panama time but it felt like 2:30 a.m. coming from Italy. After almost 24 hours of travel - I literally sunk into my bed in Panama following a super hot shower, FaceTiming with my little fam and room service for dinner. 

The view from my balcony where I enjoyed morning coffee and working on my laptop. The best part was watching the ships in the distance lining up to cross the Panama Canal. I also loved listening to the waves each night while falling asleep. 

The resort was beautiful, and after sleeping in the first morning I walked around to collect content (I'm on these trips to cover them on social media), worked from my phone by the pool and enjoyed a much needed dip before working from my room the rest of the day. Sadly, I never read my book. 

Only ventured into downtown Panama City one evening for dinner with some co-workers for a yummy dinner. The best part? The skyline of the city is incredible! 

Now when I say I like to shop my closet, I mean it! I laughed at my mom when she brought my prom dress from sophomore year down with her buried in some bins from her house. Yet, here I am - wearing it to a gala in Panama. It felt so weird yet so amazing to wear something from that long ago, and nice to know I got more than one use out of it. 

And that's a wrap! Two weeks away for work, two countries, two continents, multiple PCR and antigen tests and one AMAZING reunion with my little family. 

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  1. What an amazing trip! Italy was supposed to be our honeymoon in may 2020… but we all know what happened lol! I bet the reunion with your family was the very best!!

  2. This is incredible and I absolutely love that you wore your prom dress! I am so happy that a job you love takes you to the most wonderful places!

  3. How absolutely epic that you get to do THIS for work!! So glad it was work with some fun as well! xo, Biana BlovedBoston

  4. This seems like such an amazing trip ☺️ awesome pictures ☺️ Lovely post dear!

  5. It looks like the trip of a lifetime! So glad you have so many beautiful pictures to remember it by too. The food looks DELISH (especially the gelato)


  6. Oh wow! This trip seems amazing with such a lovely memories. Pictures are just so pretty. Wonderful Post! Have a great day!
    Rampdiary | Fineartandyou | Beautyandfashionfreaks 

  7. Omg, I love that you wore your prom dress! What an awesome opportunity to be paid to see the world! All this food has me hungry!

  8. What an amazing trip! I bet you were just exhausted when you got home!

  9. What a whirlwind! You really are quite the jetsetter. The sights and the FOOD! Yum. Especially in Italy. Panama looked beautiful, too- and so cool you got another wear out of your prom dress!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  10. Absolutely love that you wore that dress - it has held up well!

    Beautiful photos. I miss exploring other countries via food.

  11. Looks like a fun trip! it's nice you got to travel so much! Our borders are still closed as we are Covid 0, but once enough of us are vaccinated they will open up to the other states in Qld and then internationally so the virus doesn't kill too many of us, haha!

    Thanks for joining the #WeekdayWearLinkup! Hope that you are having a great week :)

    Away From The Blue

  12. That was one intense work trip, but what an amazing experience! I'm still so jealous that you were able to hold an event in the glass cathedral! That venue just looks UNREAL. (I laughed when you said the same thing about seeing Venice compared to Vegas and Epcot... I keep telling my husband that Disney isn't going to live up to his expectations now that he's seen the real thing, lol.) Love that you re-wore your prom dress. NGL, if I still I had mine, I would absolutely rewear them. Also... I need an excuse to get dressed up again!!

  13. You travel to the most amazing places for work! I'm glad you got to enjoy the countries while you were there! The food looks amazing!

    Jill - Doused in Pink