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Top 10 things for someone with itchy feet to do during self-isolation

Coronavirus has affected all our lives in one way or another – and the world is a markedly different place from where it was when we saw in the new year. It is a hard time for many and the level at which humankind has unified is a heartening thing. We are in it together… but I say that knowing full well that this togetherness is going to follow a period of staying at home. That in itself is a challenging thing and so we are looking to fill our days with meaning.

Let me start by saying this is a necessary thing – we don’t travel today so we can travel tomorrow and you are doing a service to your community, friends, and the vulnerable among us by staying at home as much as possible. Normal is a state of mind – and this is our state of normalcy for the time being.

While isolation a...


Midnight In Bangkok, Thailand

A few hours before midnight, we got picked up from our hotel in Bangkok for a chance to experience the city in a way we wouldn’t have otherwise.

Our day had started with one of the most popular spots in the city (the Grand Palace, Khlongs and Wat Arun – see it all here) but one of the best ways to truly enjoy a city is to go where the locals go which is perhaps why I enjoyed this evening bit so much.

See, this evening, we would be off on a food tour and to be perfectly honest, I’m typically a bit wary of food tours.

I’ve been on some really amazing ones but food tours can also be a bit “Meh!”...


Where To Stay In Amsterdam – The Best Areas & Neighbourhoods

Getting There

Amsterdam Central Station is the city’s main public transportation hub.

Virtually all GVB trams and buses start their route in front of the station, which faces the historic center.

Most also stop at Dam Square in the center of town.

2. The Jordaan

where to stay in amsterdam neighborhoods Jordaan

Once renowned for radical politics and rowdy sing-a-longs, the Jordaan has evolved over decades of gentrification from a working-class area into an upscale neighborhood for arty professionals.

With its cobbled streets, gabled homes and tree-lined canals, the picturesque district is a living picture postcard with an eclectic mix of art galleries, sidewalk bistros, and trendy boutiques.

Beginning at Brouwersgracht just west of Central Station, the Jordaan arches around the western Canal Ring between Prinsengracht and Lijnba...


Turn Your Home Into a Travel-Inspired Sanctuary

We are all spending a lot of time in our homes with self-isolation and social distancing these days and I know many people are starting to get a bit of cabin fever.

If you are like us, you are already dreaming of the next place you’ve always wanted to go to.

Rwanda to see the gorillas, anyone? That’s our bucket list item.

It looks like it is going to be a bit longer in self-isolation, so we thought we’d share some steps to help you make your home your own personal sanctuary.

Since we work from home, Dave and I spend a lot of time in our place.

In the past, we always had the knowledge that we’d be back on a plane in a couple of weeks.

But now, we aren’t sure when that time will be.

With warnings coming in that the crisis could go on for months, we all want to make our time at home as comfo...


My Favorite Comfies to Lounge in At Home

my favorite comfies to lounge at home

It’s been a lot of days in sweatpants and Uggs around here…but they have been filled with tons of puppy kisses! While my team and I are working from home on big projects, loungewear has definitely become my go-to.

To be perfectly honest, I’ve had to do laundry solely for the fact that I went through all of my sweat pants! Does this sound like you?

In an effort to stay comfy and cozy at home, while still feeling cute and *slightly* put together, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite pieces to lounge in!


Isn’t this “Good as Gold” sweatshirt so darling? Talk about cozy, too!

Joggers + Sweat Pants

For when you’re wanting to feel put together but also super cozy… I love this Culver City set from Free People — and it comes in SO many different colors!

How cute is...


Listen to Mother Earth

Life has always held uncertainty at its core, but daily life as we know it has now come to a standstill. Humanity all over the world is facing an invisible but very real threat: SARS-COV-2, otherwise known as COVID-19. Businesses closed, public spaces empty, and only essential workers in fields like healthcare and supply chain remain active out of necessity. Aside from them, only those who are ill-informed and have a false sense of invincibility still roam the streets. This pandemic, the likes of which we have never seen before, is a serious matter. Mother Earth is very clearly telling humanity to sit still and take a breather.


Necessary changes like physical distancing will likely feel extreme at first, jarring you from the comforts of routine and a sense of normalcy...


The Grand Palace And Khlongs Of Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok was one city I’d wanted to visit for a long time.

Ever since we went to Phuket and Phi Phi Island, Thailand very swiftly rose in the rankings of some of my favourite places to holiday in and thanks to that, the capital city has beckoned for quite some time now.

Visiting Bangkok, we arrived in the evening and it was dark by the time we got to the hotel (the LiT BANGKOK Hotel) so between the jetlag and the travel exhaustion, the only plans we have for the evening was dinner and bed. (I mean, I wouldn’t say no to a nice cocktail or a glass of wine though… ? ).

The Grand Palace And Khlongs Of Bangkok, Thailand (2)

I maaaaay have ordered more than one mail meal! (In my defence, the portions were small so doubling up made sense…).

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The Grand Palace And Khlongs Of Bangkok, Thailand (5)

The next morning, after a marathon sleep sesh, we got up bright and early eager to exp...


An essential 7 point roadmap to the re-discovery of Rome and Lazio

I live in Italy, in Rome. My family lives in the north. With the outbreak of the coronavirus, we find ourselves in the eye of the storm. It’s all incredibly calm. Streets are empty. Churches are empty. The cafes and piazzas are empty. There are only people lined up outside the supermarkets. Ten people at a time are allowed, so you have to form a queue. Not something Italians are used to.

Cities are empty. Hospitals, however, are full. The data from the past two days looks slightly encouraging. But the Coronavirus has taken so far more than 5,000 lives. Some etymologists say “OK” comes from the message “0 killed” or “0 K” used during the American civil war. We long for the day when we can write OK on the board. Meanwhile, we sing the national anthem from the balcony.

Also, we...


Famous People Buried in the Pere Lachaise Cemetery of Paris

Growing up, I was a huge fan of Jim Morrison. So I had to visit his grave at the Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.

I ended up visiting the Cimetiere Pere Lachaise when I was 21 years old, and I had the privilege of going back again to see it with new eyes seeking out its other famous residents.

Paris has other cemeteries that are worth visiting, (Montmartre and Montparnasse both have famous residents) but Pere Lachaise the largest cemetery spanning an area of 110 acres (44 hectares) Pere Lachaise is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon in Paris.

It is possibly the most visited grave in the world.

Not only is it popular for its size and artistry of its tombs it also houses some very famous souls that died in Paris and chose this as their forever resting place.

Cimetière du Père Lachaise


Things to Buy and Use (to Stay Sane) During COVID-19 Isolation

Things to Buy and Use (to Stay Sane) During COVID-19 Isolation • The Blonde Abroad

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