Travel Itineraries


Itinerary: NY Summer


The Musts: NY Summer


The key to a good NY summer is to be outside! Here are some top outdoor spots in the city:


TO DO
Outdoor Workouts

Get Outdoors

Have a picnic at Central park
Go to a movie on the lawn in Central Park
Do an outdoor workout
Citibike


TO EAT

Eat Outdoors

Literally any outdoor restaurant in Brookfield Place is ideal: Le District, PJ Clarke's, Seamore's, etc.

Packing Cubes

TO DRINK
City Vineyard

City Vineyard
Grand Banks

Grand Banks
Pier 17

Pier 17
Dumbo House

Dumbo House
Gitano

Gitano
Gilligan's

Gilligan's
Roof at Park South

Roof at Park South
Refinery Rooftop

Refinery Rooftop

TO WEAR

Comfortable chic. You can go jeans and a basic tee or a summer dress. Sneakers are perfect for both this season.




Itinerary: Chicago


The Musts: Chicago


Another place I've been to twice and loved more the second time around: Chicago!


TO DO
Chicago River

The River

Conveniently situated in downtown's North River neighborhood. If you get the chance to come here on a warm summer day, I would. Better yet, go for happy hour. Even with drizzle, the outdoor cafe's were buzzing and it's a vibe.

Second City

The Second City

I went to "Grinning from Fear to Fear" [2 written scenes and 1 improv] and it.was.hilarious. I'd bet money on all of their other feature shows being just as amazing. And yes, this is where Vince Vaughn went in "The Breakup".


TO EAT
Cabra

Cabra

I had the best (only) Peruvian dinner I've ever had on top of the Hoxton Hotel, compliments of Top Chef's Stephanie Izard. Order everything, except the himachi tiradito - go tuna here.

Hampton Social

Hampton Social

The cutest brunch spot! Okay, okay - Chicago is all about "cute" places to eat. I chose this place over Somerset (better food) and I'm happy I did because it actually belongs in the Hamptons + live music.

Paradise Park

Paradise Park

This place is pretty young, BUT, maybe thats the fun in it. Embrace the gimics like: Prosecco's with popsicles, a bathtub full of White Claw, and Instagram worthy backdrops! Neighborhood: Wicker Park

Big Star

Big Star

SKIP

Do not eat here unless your starving, and even then, just order the chips. Bottomless and oddly similar to origital Fritos. Neighborhood: Wicker Park


TO DRINK
Big Star

Big Star

The food might not be good here, but the drinks are strong. Careful with those pitchers of margarita! Neighborhood: Wicker Park

Machine

Machine

Correction, Machine: Engineered Dining & Drink*. So you can guess what's going on here right? Neighborhood: Wicker Park


TO WEAR

Layers are the name of the game here. Even in the summer, temperatures drop quickly at night.






Itinerary: LA


The Musts: LA and More



TO DO

LA is pretty amazing - where else has beaches and mountains? There is so much to do from surfing to shopping, working on your fitness to going to wineries, hanging by the pool to scooting around on a bird, and so.much.more.

Malibi Wine Safari

Malibu Wine Safari

Fun and quirky! See animals, The Bachelor mansion, drink wine, plan your wedding...just don't get stung by a bee!

Griffith Conservatory

Griffith Conservatory

"Hike" to the Hollywood sign via 1 of 2 paths. Ask a local to take you off the path if you're feeling athletic.

Strip Tease Class

Strip Tease Class

The most hilarious time you'll have. You might even find you have skills! Wear shorts, it's easier to grip the poll.

Dance Classes

Continue admiring the dances you see online IRL. Head to Millenium Dance Complex or The Playground!


TO EAT

Of course there are tons of great places to eat. Here are a few favorites in Malibu, Venice, Santa Monica, and LA:

Malibu Farms

Malibu Farms

Nobu Malibu

Nobu Malibu

Cha Cha Chicken

Neighbor

Neighbor

Delilah

Delilah

Catch LA

Catch LA


TO DRINK

Like food, drinks are plenty in LA. Some favorites:

EP & LP

EP & LP

Bungalow

Bungalow

Doheny Room

Doheny Room


TO STAY

SKIP the SLS. Unfortunately the cons outway the pros here for us ladies. Cons: bad lighting and mirror space, cute bathtub that overflows every time you shower. Pros: drivers accessible during the day and apples in the lobby :). My 2 favorite hotels I've stayed at are:

The Sixty

The Sixty

The London

The London West Hollywood


TO WEAR

Dress to impress!






Itinerary: Costa Rica


The Musts: Costa Rica


I am OBSESSED with Costa Rica. I've only been twice: once to Santa Teresa to ring in the new year and once to Tamarindo for a yoga & adventure retreat with Ketanga Fitness (Check them out - Britney is an amazing yoga instructor and Stacy an amazing planner!). Although the activities are the same both places, they have a different vibe - Santa Teresa much more remote and Tamarindo more built up. I felt safer in Tamarindo and more adventurous and free in Santa Teresa. And I highly recommend them both.

*If you chose Santa Teresa, know that most places only take cash


TO DO
Yoga

Yoga

Santa Teresa: Horizon + privates
Tamarindo: Ketanga Fitness

Surfing

Surfing

Santa Teresa: Privates w/ Richard
Tamarindo: Iguana Surf

Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

Santa Teresa: Privates w/ Adrian
Tamarindo: w/ Pablo

Zip Lining

Zip Lining

Tamarindo: Canopy Pura Aventura

Montezuma

Hiking

Santa Teresa: Take your ATV 30 min to jump off the waterfalls of Montezuma

Beach

Beach

Venture to Playa Hermosa in Santa Teresa. But can you really go wrong with a beach?

ATV

ATV

Santa Teresa: A small lot between Hotel Santa Teresa & Jobbies Longboards

Catamaran

Catamaran

Tamarindo: Marlin del Ray
Great for drones + jumping into the water


TO EAT

Obviously go for fish when you're in Costa Rica. It's fresh AF. PS - not every restaurant looks the same in Costa Rica, just my favorites :)

Katana

Santa Teresa: Katana

By far the best ambiance and food in Santa Teresa

Ranch

Tamarindo: Black Stallion Cafe

Family style dinner and a nice ride up the mountain to see the stars

Sushi

Tamarindo: Bamboo Sushi Club

It doesn't feel like you should be getting sushi in Costa Rica, but do it.


TO DRINK

Every day is an appropriate day for happy hour in Costa Rica. And if you're looking to go out later, the whole town goes to the one place each night. Ask a local every day and they'll let you know!

Happy Hour

Santa Teresa: Banana Beach

Sunset drinks and bonfires. Need I say more?

Salsa Dancing

Tamarindo: Crazy Monkey Bar

Get local, or not. There's a live salsa band in one area and dj in the other.


TO WEAR

Bathing suits, workout clothes, shorts, and cotton dresses should do the trick! Definitely invest in a one piece wetsuit. Mine is from RipCurl.

ALWAYS WEAR FLATS! No one is wearing heels/wedges + it would be impossible to walk in them.






Itinerary: France


The Musts: 2 Weeks In France


I've been to France two times now and have to say, I enjoyed this second time around much more. Here were the key differences:

Trip One Trip Two
Europe trip France only trip
5 days in France 8 days in France
3 locations: Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Paris 4 locations: Champagne, St. Tropez, Cannes, Paris
got around by Uber/subway rented a car through the end of Cannes

From trip two, I've put together a list of things to do, places to eat, and of course what to pack and wear in each French city:



Champagne

TO DO

#1 on the list couldn't be more obvious - go to the champagne houses! One is probably enough though. The history of champagne is the history of champagne no matter what house tells you.

Recommended: Veuve Cliquot

Skip: Moet Chandon. This is where basic middle aged people who are suckers for advertising go. Yes, Moet Chandon is the most consistent selling brand, but it feels like your tour guide is a robot. We get that Moet Chandon sells and we get that Napoleon Bonaparte was your friend. Next.


TO EAT

Le Parc Restaurent Les Crayeres. Get the tasting menu #treatyourself


TO WEAR

Easily be in the same floral maxi all day. Bring a jacket for the caves of the champagne house



St. Tropez

TO DO

This is a shopping and partying town! If that's not your scene, skip it.

Not into napping? There is a cute bar on the corner of town with live music, very cheap drinks, and amazing service.


TO EAT

Lunch: 50/Beach Club

Dinner: L'Opera. Be prepared to be entertained all night


TO WEAR

Make your outfit multi-functional if you plan to be out all day and night. I wore a bathing suit under a basic bodysuit and wrap maxi skirt. I was able to change into shorts when the skirt started dragging at night with 0 problem.



Cannes

TO EAT

Lunch: Le Guerite. This restaurant is remote, which is half its charm. Take the ferry to Isle de St Margueirte (15 minutes, 15 euro round trip) and take a sketchy walk through the woods - don't worry, you're on the right path.

Dinner: Medusa


TO DRINK

Nightlife: Baoli


TO WEAR

Day: Any beachy ensemble is perfect

Night: Think classier beach ensemble



Paris

TO DO

If you've never been, go ahead and sprinkle in the tourist attractions, just don't overdue it.

Pro tips:

  • Take the train to Parc du Jardin to see the Eiffel Tower
  • See the buskers and I love you wall in Abbesses

Looking for a tour? Food tours > walking tours. I HIGHLY recommend Secret Food Tours in Martes. And do not book dinner this night!


TO EAT

There are so many options in Paris. Pro tips I picked up from my amazing food tour guide: If there is a special of the day, don't eat there. The smaller the menu, the better the food.

Looking for a bakery? Montmatre has a different water system than the rest of Paris, which makes their bread even better. My favorite artisan bakery: Coquilecot.


TO DRINK

Nightlife: You can't really go wrong here, but definitely make a night of hopping around speakeasies.

  • Lulu White: filled with Canadian bartenders
  • Little Red Door
  • Experimental Cocktail: way better than the location that shut down in NYC


TO WEAR

Shoes: a nicer flat, easy-to-walk in bootie, or fashion sneaker should do the trick