Toiletry Mélange

Carry-on 3-1-1 Toiletries

In the United States carry on toiletry requirements is referred to as the 3-1-1 rule. 

3 (more accurately 3.4 oz) ounces of liquids and gels (100 ml)

1 transparent plastic bag  

1 bag per person

  • Opt for carry-on toiletries. Each liquid and gel toiletries need to be in a separate container measuring up to 100 ml (3.4 oz) or less. Not permitted are large bottles that are half-full and rolled toothpaste tubes.
  • Carry-on toiletries need to be in one clear transparent zip-top bag (per passenger) measuring up to 15.24 x 22.86 cm (6 x 9 in) and must be able to completely close. 
  • If you are staying at a hotel, check beforehand to see if they supply items such as shampoo, conditioner, lotions, and razors. Do they have a hairdryer available? 
  • Buy toiletries upon arrival and try out what the locals use.
  • Of course, you can pack your essentials. Hence eco-friendly travel reusable containers made of Silicone to top up your personal favourites.

 

 

Toiletry Mélange

Travelling light is recommended and having good quality skincare and hair care is essential. As I am super sensitive to chemicals and perfumes, I am always on the lookout for Organic and or Natural products and Hypoallergenic scents that are subtle and not overbearing.

Essentials brands to pack include Kiehl’s who offers fabulous Travel size products, found in their gift section. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser is a gentle liquid formula that cleanses without over-drying the skin and perfect for all skin types matched with Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream, complete all-day hydration for all skin types. Don’t forget your sunscreen, either! Garnier Ambre Solaire Sensitive Anti Ageing Sun Cream SPF50 comes in an ideal travel size and don’t forgo bringing a hat.  


Other necessities include:

  • Body wash
  • Natural deodorant (Aluminum & Paraben Free)
  • Q-Tips
  • Nail file
  • Tweezers
  • Razor 
  • Bamboo toothbrush (doing my best to forgo plastic)
  • Travel size toothpaste (I opt for Jason Natural as I cant do conventional toothpaste; it burns).
  • Dental floss
  • Sanitary protection (if needed)
  • Light makeup if you use

Don’t forget any prescription medications you take, as well as paracetamol (for head and body aches), and a small first aid kit, especially blister protection and bandaids (called plasters in the UK). Anti-diarrhea and heartburn tablets can come in handy as well. Of course how you pack also depends on where you are traveling to and most of the time you can find all the above conveniences at local pharmacies. It is fun to visit local shops and try out local brands.

Dry shampoo and soaps seem to be all the rage, but I have not tried them yet to determine likeability.

 

Let Talk About Hair

Mine is curly and frizzy and everything in between. With London water being hard on top of limescale, my hair has become unruly and brittle. My go-to is Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor Deep Conditioner, and now they offer the perfect Aussie Travel Kit! Can’t ask for a better combination. It is not necessary to wash hair every day so this little deal can last a couple of weeks. 

 

Magical Baby Wipes

Another necessity must-have to bring along everywhere is baby wipes. Not just for babies, this multi-purpose product has over 20 uses! Perfect for beauty, toilet, and wiping off your hands. I picked up the idea when my sister was using them on her newborn kids. When I hiked my first backpacking trip in the Utah/Arizona desert (more to come), I found the many uses baby wipes provided.

 

Dr Bronner’s Everything in One!

One of the best products for body wash (including washing your face, hands, hair, shaving, brushing your teeth), and just about everything imaginable is Dr Bronner’s. There are 18 uses in this product! I opt for the Organic Baby Unscented Pure-Castile Liquid Soap, but there are a plethora of Organic and Natural scents to choose from as well as soap bars.

 

 

 

Cornwall, England

 

Coast of St. Ives, Cornwall, England © Natalie Rabinowitz

Cornwall is the Cape Cod (Massachusetts) of England. I absolutely love this region and while I mentioned that I would be writing about my favourite towns, Cornwall is a county in the Southwest of England and at the top of my list of favourite places. A rugged peninsula with some of the most stunning beaches you will ever come across, including moorlands, some of the best hiking, and charming harbour fishing villages. There is a laid-back vibe in Cornwall and some incredible coastal hiking. Might I say, not easy at times and moments of vertigo (for me) where it looks like you might just hike into the ocean.

The best option to get to Cornwall, if not by car is by train (trainline.com) or by air (skyscanner.com); depending on the area, you want to visit. Of course, by car is the fastest and most direct, but I have opted to not drive anymore since leaving the States.

The first two times I went to Cornwall was by air (about one-hour from Heathrow) as the airport is in Newquay and I was staying within the vicinity of Tintagel then Port Isaac. I booked a taxi in advance as I wanted to take advantage of the short amount of time I was planning to stay in Cornwall. (Usually a three day weekend).

My last two trips to Cornwall (Penzance then St. Ives), I opted to take the train, which was about 6 hours. Not that bad if you are a fan of train travel and beautiful scenery along the way. The train is direct to Penzance and if visiting St. Ives; you will have to switch to another train or a 30-minute bus ride.

 

Some highlights of Cornwall and so much more to be discovered!

 

Tintagel is a small coastal village with almost everything in walking distance. It is the birthplace of the Legendary King Arthur in which you can visit Tintagel Castle, the medieval fortification with its striking views and impressive coastline. Make sure to take advantage of the entire area and visit the powerful statue of Gallos at the top of the cliffs.

Gallos by Sculptor Rubin Eynon. Photo © Natalie Rabinowitz

After spending a day at Tintagel, I hiked down the Coastal Path South towards Port Isaac. Google map shows the hike to be about 4 hours. It took me all day. Not only because some areas of the trail where quite vigorous but the views were too breath-taking not to stop and enjoy. Along the way, there were soft sand beaches rooted between cliff crevices and remnants of wildflowers from early spring. A highly recommended hike. While the walk starts easy, please note that it does become a lot more rigorous in areas and becomes a hike.

Coastal hike. Cornwall, England © Natalie Rabinowitz

Activity level: Moderate, Difficult

Port Isaac is a quaint English fishing village in the countryside put on the map thanks to the quirky comedy TV series Doc Martin. Small enough to walk through the town with lots of winding streets and cute cottages. An idyllic place to hang out, relax, and explore after a long exhilarating hike. I arrived during the Big Swim where swimmers swam from neighbouring Port Gaverne to Port Isaac Beach, raising money for various charities. Port Isaac is a must-see of quintessential England.

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Port Isaac, Cornwall, England © Natalie Rabinowitz

My return trip to Cornwall, I opted to hike from Port Isaac and spend the evening in Padstow. Another rigorous hike with absolutely stunning ocean views and hidden beaches. With clear weather, I was able to see up and down the coastline for miles. While the walk starts easy, please note that it does become a lot more rigorous in areas and becomes a hike.

Padstow is a more significant port town, even though it is small, the harbour is vibrant with the hustle and bustle of tourists and families but idyllic for singles who love the outdoors. Soft sand beaches are abundant within walking distance along the coast. Great leisure walks that are not strenuous if you are looking for something laidback.

Coastal hike. Cornwall, England © Natalie Rabinowitz

Activity level: Moderate, Difficult

Penzance is a port and market town in the far West of Cornwall. At one point, smugglers and pirates passed through. The city has a rugged feel to it and unusual locals. One can fly or take the train. I opted for the train as it is a direct route. By flight, you would have to rent a car or take a long bus ride from Newquay. The train takes about 6 hours, but there is some beautiful scenery to view along the way and who doesn’t love train travel. trainline.com is a user-friendly site to find all your train travel needs within the UK and into Europe.

Penzance, Cornwall, England © Natalie Rabinowitz

A highlight to see outside of Penzance is a stroll along the coast to St. Michaels Mount that was built and established by the monks of Mont St. Michel in France. Best time to go is early and walk across at first low tide to avoid the tourists that will infiltrate by mid-morning. Here is the link to check beforehand for causeway tidal crossing times https://www.stmichaelsmount.co.uk/

St. Ives. A short 30-minute bus ride from Penzance brings you to this thriving town; a must-visit for galleries and Tate St. Ives. A perfect way to spend a cloudy overcast day. Even if the sun is beaming, you don’t want to miss visiting this gem, featuring British artists from the region. St. Ives and most of the Cornwall region has a culture of surfers so if you are looking to learn, St. Ives (and smaller villages dotting the coastline) is worth exploring.

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St. Ives, Cornwall, England © Natalie Rabinowitz

St. Ives also offers some great shopping and if you are looking for the best burgers, visit Blas Burgers.

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Blas Burger. It’s that good, that I am posting a burger selfie © Natalie Rabinowitz

While I don’t write about food, from time to time, I will do a call out, and Blas burgers is one of them. Be prepared to stand in line unless you get there at opening time, 5 pm. If you want to browse their menu, here is the link http://www.blasburgerworks.co.uk/ You won’t regret it.

Carry-on and Check-in Luggage

(updated 26 October 2019)

Smooth Sailing through Security

To speed up going through security, have your zip-top liquid bag easily accessible, empty your pockets, take off your jacket, belt and shoes (in most U.S. cities) and have your laptop and or electronic devices removed from luggage and ready for screening. Let’s face it, who wants to wait behind someone who is jumbling through their “stuff” holding up the line. It is inconsiderate. Let us pay it forward at airport security.

 

 

Carry-on 3-1-1 Toiletries 

  • Opt for carry-on toiletries. Each liquid and gel toiletries need to be in a separate container measuring up to 100 ml (3.4 oz) or less. Not permitted are large containers that are half-full and rolled toothpaste tubes.
  • Carry-on toiletries need to be in one clear transparent zip-top bag (per passenger) measuring up to 15.24 x 22.86 cm (6 x 9 in) and must be able to completely close.
  • There are some exceptions for necessary liquids, such as baby formula and medicines.
  • If you are staying at a hotel, check beforehand to see if they supply items such as shampoo, conditioner, lotions, and razors. Do they have a hair dryer available?
  • Buy toiletries upon arrival and try out what the locals use.

 

 

Carry-on Luggage

Airlines allow passengers to carry onboard one personal item (handbag, computer bag) and one carry-on bag at no charge. For most airlines, the carry-on bag must be no larger than 45 linear inches and fit in an overhead compartment or under your seat. (Linear size is the length + width + height to give you total linear inches. For example, 8″ thick + 15″ wide + 22″ thick = 45 linear inches). However, do check with your airline for their allowable carry-on size and weight limits.

Check-in Luggage

You’ll have fewer hassles checking your bag than going through security with a carry-on. Some items cannot be carried on and must check-in such as a Swiss Army knife or ski poles which are weapons. See the latest list of restrictions in the USA: https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/whatcanibring/all. For all other countries, check with the airline you will be using.

Travelling light is to your benefit even when checking your bag. Why? A light suitcase doesn’t run the risk of incurring an overweight baggage fee. Plus, once you reach your destination, consider that you still need to haul it around. A light bag means greater comfort and freedom.

NOTE: Information changes quickly. Make sure to visit www.tsa.gov for up-to-date regulations. Outside of the U.S., check the airline carrier you will be flying on.

 

By Train

Eurail (www.eurail.com) has no weight limitations but still suggests packing light. In the U.S., traveling by train is less restrictive: Amtrak (www.amtrak.com) allows two carry-ons and four checked-in bags.

Regardless, you will still be lugging your bags around and unless your moving, traveling light is always the best option; especially in Europe with short trips and “city breaks”. Whatever train, plane or ferry you plan on taking, check beforehand. Each will be different, and restrictions are always changing.

Luggage Storage

Gone are the days where you could store your luggage at the train station. I came across BagBNB when I was in Stockholm and did not want to lug my bag around as the hostel I was staying in did not have storage. It’s a brilliant idea. I searched their website for a location, paid a small fee and dropped my bag at a shop for the day. 

Tips for Packing Light

 

If you don’t need it, don’t take it!

  • Layout all your planned clothes/gear and take only half of what you need. Pack your bag and carry it around for a while. Is it comfortable? Is it too heavy? It’s easier to ditch things at home. The less stuff you take, the more room you have for souvenirs.
  • Take older clothing/gear you can discard or donate. Buy new clothing along the way.
  • To determine your bag’s weight, weigh yourself with and without your luggage.

 

Clothing

  • Pack layers based on your destination’s climate and bring lightweight synthetic clothing—they wrinkle less, dry quicker and regulate your body temperature, whereas cotton weighs more and takes longer to dry.
  • Note on colours: Neutral and dark colours hide stains and wrinkles best. White/light colours require washing more frequently.
  • Bring more tops than bottoms.
  • Bring a hat and long-sleeve shirt which doubles as insulation and sun protection.

 

Comfort, Comfort, Comfort

  • Be versatile by bringing running shoes that can be used for running, walking and hiking.
  • If you are going on long, rugged hikes, opt to wear your heavy boots while travelling.
  • Pack your lighter shoes as they will take up less room.

 

Image by chezbeate from Pixabay

 

Carry-on 3-1-1 Toiletrie

In the United States carry on toiletry requirements is referred to as the 3-1-1 rule.

    3 (more accurately 3.4 oz) ounces of liquids and gels (100 ml)

    1 transparent plastic bag

    1 bag per person

  • Opt for carry-on toiletries. Each liquid and gel toiletries need to be in a separate container measuring up to 100 ml (3.4 oz) or less. Not permitted are large containers that are half-full and rolled toothpaste tubes.
  • Carry-on toiletries need to be in one clear transparent zip-top bag (per passenger) measuring up to 15.24 x 22.86 cm (6 x 9 in) and must be able to completely close.
  • If you are staying at a hotel, check beforehand to see if they supply items such as shampoo, conditioner, lotions, and razors. Do they have a hair dryer available?
  • Buy toiletries upon arrival and try out what the locals use.
  • Of course, you can pack your essentials. Hence eco-friendly travel reusable containers made of Silicone to top up your personal favourites.

 

 

Electronics

  • The less you bring, the less you have to worry.
  • Avoid packing sensitive electronics in your checked bags—they’ll get tossed about or stolen.
  • Consider a pre-paid international phone instead of bringing your cell phone.
  • Laptops are great, but a hotel or cyber cafes (even your cell phone) may work just as well with far less weight and hassle. If you do take your cell phone, check with your carrier about charges and consider upgrading to an international plan for your trip. Remember the charger.
  • Along with your camera, bring extra memory cards as they are not affected by x-ray screenings but note that they should be carried on and not put in a checked bag. Undeveloped film can be harmed by x-rays so ask for a hand inspection to avoid damage.
  • Do not pack spare lithium batteries in your checked luggage; these must be carried on per all airline regulations as they are considered a fire hazard.
  • Keep spare batteries in their original packaging or place tape over the terminals to avoid accidental activation or short-circuiting; don’t let loose batteries come in contact with metal objects.
  • Research the need for adapters/converters for electric-powered items.

 

Photo by Alice Donovan Rouse on Unsplash

 

 Miscellaneous Tips

  • Leave jewellery and valuables at home—it’s less to carry and prevents worry about them being lost or stolen.
  • Carry your credit card, cash, medicine, keys and passports close to you in a security belt or pouch.
  • Leave a copy of your information at home and with a travelling companion.
  • Write your name and contact info on the inside and outside of luggage as tags can get torn off.
  • Pack a lightweight, zippered collapsible bag for an extra bag to check or carry on the plane with all your souvenirs.
  • Carry-on all valuables and any fragile items to avoid loss or damage.
  • Do not wrap gifts, as they could be opened for inspection.
  • Keep a packing list for future trips so you can learn from your experiences.
  • Small sewing kit.
  • Bring a pen! The one time I forgot, I needed it.

 

Luggage Locks

Most airports in the United States require that bags remain unlocked for random security checks. TSA locks can be opened and relocked by TSA agents. Travelling in Europe has fewer restrictions regarding locked luggage.

 

Lightweight Security Items to Consider

  • Money belt/security pouch to secure your valuables close to you.
  • Cable lock or a stainless-steel mesh system that securely hugs your bag.
  • Whistle.
  • Rubber doorstop—put on inside of the door for rooms where security is questionable.

 

Alternative Packing Strategies

  • If you want to go completely light, it is possible to pack your bag, ship it and pick it up when you reach your destination. While this approach reduces your luggage hassles, this is not recommended for international travel in particular due to the substantial duties and fees involved.
  • Or, if you’re a dedicated minimalist looking for a real adventure, you could take what you can wear and buy what you need at your destination.
  • Keep in mind, though, that travelling without luggage may be viewed with suspicion.

 

Doing Laundry on the Road

Unless you are staying at a location that offers laundry or there is a local cleaner, doing laundry is part of travelling light which does not require much effort. Before travelling, choose your clothes carefully and do a “test” wash to see how quickly they dry. Before hanging, roll items in a towel and squeeze out excess water to speed up drying.

Pack a 100 ml (3.4 oz) container of liquid soap in your carry-on or take a soap bar like Dr. Bonners. You can also buy detergent at your destination. A travel clothesline is another easy option versus hanging clothes over chairs and lamps.

 

Image by Igor Ovsyannykov from Pixabay

Gear to Go

 

Having lived in London these past five years and globe-trotting to European cities and exotic locals, I have found that the best way to travel is light with a carry-on.

I prefer to forgo checking in luggage then having to wait at my destination for luggage to eventually show up on the conveyer belt. Of course, some circumstances will require to check-in luggage and also depending on the destination, but I do my best to pack light.

Two of my favourite Gear to Go are from Osprey and Kipling. While options are abundant, this is my prefered failproof brands, and I pretty much stick to what I have tried and tested. Gives me more time to focus on planning my next destination.


Carry-On

European carry on baggage allowance size dimensions is (55 x 36 x 23 cm) (22″ x 14″ x 9″). However, do make sure to check carry-on restrictions and luggage allowance as each airline and depending on long haul travel, varies.

With that said, my all-time favourite Carry-on is the Osprey Women’s Fairview 40 Travel Pack. Small and compact (54 x 35 x 23 cm) (22″ x 14″ x 9″), durable, waterproof, and most importantly, an incredible amount of packing space! It never ceases to amaze me how much I can get into this bag. I have been to Borneo, and Bali combined, and currently on my way to Iceland, with just this one carry-on.

Of course, I throw in a compactable bag for souvenirs I might pick up along the way. I only use a roller bag when going back to the states to bring items back and have to say that I don’t miss having to drag a suitcase around. Osprey is the top of the line for me for all types of luggage.

Outside:

  • Lockable zip access to the main compartment
  • Dual front compression straps
  • Dual front mesh pockets
  • Padded top and side handles
  • A top stash pocket for electronics and sunglasses
  • Zippered rear flap to stow away and protect hip belt and harness
  • Shoulder strap included

Inside:

  • Large compartment (40 litres) capacity
  • Laptop (37 x 30 cm) (15” x 12”) and tablet sleeve
  • Large Zipped mesh pocket
  • Dual Compression straps
  • Key attachment clip

 

Crossbody Bag

I highly recommend also bringing along a crossbody bag. Perfect for hands-free travel so that you can hold onto your phone, grab a cup of coffee, or anything else that might come up.

My favourite crossbody bag is Gabbie by Kipling. Waterproof, compact (28 x 22 x 12 cm) (11″ x 9″ x 5″) yet just the right amount of pockets and excellent storage for travel necessities.

Outside:

  • two zip front and side pockets
  • hidden zip pocket on the back
  • reinforced bottom
  • adjustable shoulder strap

Inside:

  • one main compartment
  • key holder and pen holder
  • one zip pocket
  • one slip pocket

 

Getting in some ZZZ’s

Deciding on lodging is one of the fun parts of planning a trip. One can do the “last-minute scenario”, but I prefer to know there will be a bed waiting for me.

What I love about hotels/hostels in Europe are unique places to stay. Some memorable locations have included King John’s hunting lodge along the Wye River, England, (can I say haunted), a Jesuit university in Venice, and a plethora of private rooms in stylish apartments centrally located throughout Europe.

When looking for lodging, I opt to stay in Old Towns and Historical districts of a city. There are great options to choose from. My go-to is booking.com and hostelworld.com Depending on how expensive a city may be and if I am on a budget, I look for a private room/shared bathroom or a shared dormitory type room; for an overnight. Sometimes I luck out and get an en-suite bathroom. For shared dormitories, I opt for smaller rooms with up to 4 bunk beds. On some occasions, I have shared a room with one person or just myself but meeting other travellers is also great, and we share stories and ideas.

It might be a little more touristy to stay in an Old Town/Historical district, but I like to get up super early and wander the city before it becomes vibrant. There is a variation between the two. Quiet, tranquil, peaceful, maybe catch a sunrise to the start to the day. Look at architecture up close and capture on film before the crowds appear. By afternoon, I am either full of energy meandering through the groups of people or in need of a short nap from the heat.

 

Bed in Paris
Image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay

Favourite European Cities

 

I love to travel and now that I live in London, the possibilities to get on a plane and spend a weekend in another European city is just incredible. Flight time averages about 2 hours, depending on where you are going, and before long, you find yourself surrounded by different sights and sounds.

My all-time favourite travel is by train. Jump on the Eurostar and make connections on mainland Europe is so simple and the scenery that passes you by can be breath-taking.

It is too difficult to say there are only five or ten cities at the top of my list as every location has a story to tell. With that said, what resonates with me is the energy of a city, the people, the history, architecture, and easy access to escape into nature. Here are some of my favourite European cities (not in any particular order) and many more yet to be discovered.

 

Cornwall, England (not a city but a county)

 

1) Antwerp, Belgium 2) Cornwall 3) Annecy, France 4) Barcelona, Spain 5) London, England 6) Seville, Spain 7) London, England 8) Paris, France 9) Edinburgh, Scotland © Natalie Rabinowitz

Coming Soon:   

Bristol

York

London 

Reykjavik

Edinburgh 

Prague

Annecy

Barcelona

Paris

Athens

Amsterdam

Antwerp/Bruges/Ghent/Brussels (Okay, the country of Belgium but its a toss-up with these cities as they are all unique and have something to offer. Chocolate, waffles, Art Nouveau).

 

 

 

 

On the Go

Whether by plane or train (or even a hot air balloon), a wondrous hike, or an OM moment, women are On the Go; exploring and discovering.

As a solo traveller, I envelop myself to blend in and not stand out. Mixing in immerses me in different cultures.

1) Chamonix, France 2) Oslo, Norway 3) Blanding, Utah 4) Robertsbridge, England 5) Ayutthaya, Thailand 6) St. Ives, Cornwall 7) Boulder Colorado 8) Easter Island, Chile 9) Paris France © Natalie Rabinowitz

Of course, this was not the case when I was in Borneo or Tibet with my light complexion and crazy auburn hair. With that said, as a “local” I become the go-to person for lost travellers asking for directions, sometimes even locals. I find it humorous.

The world is big and gets bigger once you decide on all the places you want to see and explore. Some unforgettable travel highlights coming soon include seeing my childhood dream of Machu Picchu and Romania. My love of hiking trails and fourteeners of my former playground in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Wandering the deserts of Utah searching for Petroglyphs to hiking up to Paro Taktsang (also known as Tigers Nest) in Bhutan, and the thrill of winning the lotto to discover “The Wave” in Arizona.

 

1) Pisa, Italy 2) Annecy, France 3) Meteora, Greece 4) Halnaker, England 5) Base Camp Everest, Tibet 6) Alimos, Greece 7) Cinque Terre, Italy 8) Annecy, France 9) Leshan, China © Natalie Rabinowitz

Additionally, my adventures have allowed me to indulge in sea kayaking and pyramid climbing in Belize, with more sea kayaking in Thailand. To expand and learn something new, I signed up to do volunteer work in Borneo with orangutans. After this eye-opening experience, I spent a few days of R&R in the small village of Padangbai, Bali. From beaches and jungles to keeping warm in the cold temperature and high altitude of Tibet and Base Camp Everest, the world abounds with so much to wander and wonder.

As an avid hiker now living in London, when visiting European cities, I prefer to walk and only use public transportation when necessary. I love to get lost in a town, seeing hundreds of years of history, ogle architecture, and discover side streets — the ultimate Urban adventure.

 

Essential Planning

Living in London these past five years and globe-trotting to European cities and exotic locals for me, the best way to travel is light, and I plan accordingly to make the most of my trips. 

1) Trondheim, Norway 2) Padangbai, Bali 3) Amsterdam, Netherlands 4) Paris, France 5) The Wave, Arizona 6) London, England 7) Hallstatt, Austria 8) Paris, France 9) Boulder, Colorado © Natalie Rabinowitz

I am an organized traveller, that plans a full itinerary of things to see and do in the short or long duration of a trip. I also allow for some flexibility and depending on location, will plan downtime days at the beach, soaking in the surf and sand or a days hike.

Oh, the Places to Go!

Come along and explore with me what the world has to offer; an eclectic mix of cultures, cities, history, friendly faces, gorgeous architecture, and stunning nature.

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Natalie

Hello and Welcome

I am Natalie. A former South African who emigrated to the USA for a better future during the Apartheid era.

Dubrovnik Wall
Dubrovnik Wall

While fortunate to have spent summers in France, I lived in New York and Boston before finally settling down along the front range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. One never knows where life will take them. With that, my far-out job allowed me to move to London, where I currently reside; exploring cultures and castles throughout Europe and revel in laid back environments. 

My life has been very eclectic, and as I am now in my fabulous 50s, I have been contemplating a new beginning. What I thought was a midlife crisis (because that is what Baby Boomers to the Generation X era have believed) has turned out to be a midlife reawakening.

 

An Adventurous Free Spirit

I have worked in diverse and exciting industries, mostly in a corporate environment from Fashion manufacturing and wholesale, to a Ski Resort, to office furniture interior design, to uploading imagery commands to satellites.

While I have always retained the stability of a job, I am curious about a different lifestyle that I now seek. As the world has drastically changed, so have I in questioning what the norm is. I am a free-spirit who has been very traditional with the 9 to 5. Let us see where the journey goes.

Along the way, I have and continue to explore the wonderful world we live in. Friends and people meet along the way are always amazed at the places I discover and that I have the guts to travel alone, especially to remote areas. 

My interests include travel, hiking, adventure, as well as history, fashion, art, architecture, archaeology, petroglyphs, culture, and photography.

 

Helping Hand

With extensive travel, especially to third world countries, I realize how much we take for granted when others have the bare minimal necessities to get by. What an opportunity to help those less fortunate as well as animal rehabilitation.

Taking advantage of volunteer opportunities as well as funding individuals that would significantly and positively impact lives is the best way to “pay it forward”. I look ahead to following a new path that will allow for more travel and volunteer work to benefit the environment, wildlife, women and children.

 

Urban Girl on the Go 

Urban Girl on the Go is for Independent, adventurous, consciously aware women who like the excitement of travel and the world around them. Travel destinations, tips and advice, essential toiletries, and fun journals to record your memoirs are just some insights to be shared.

While I haven’t done and explored everything, I have certainly done more than nothing. Come and join me on the road less and abundantly travelled.

Would love to hear from you, whether it is to say hello, have a question, need some suggestions or recommendations.

Natalie