A Guide On How To Plan Your Trip.

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This post is in reference to the trips I took to Moscow and St. Petersburg sometime last year.

It was my first time organising a (any, actually) trip all by myself. And it was all last-minute.

It was a Monday, I remember. Woke up on the best side of the bed! 🙂 And decided that I wanted to go to Moscow the next day. So I went ahead and bought my ticket… right away in fact! I had no idea where I was gonna stay. Had no itinerary. Hadn’t packed. Nothing! All I knew was that I wanted to head to St. Petersburg as well after a short stay in Moscow. Ha! 🙂

I thought everything would magically fall into place within 24 hours. You know…

Let’s just say that the hours until my departure were an emotional turmoil.

There were times when I got frustrated because I wasn’t getting immediate email replies to confirm my accommodation. Teared up once or twice. Thought of cancelling the whole thing. But I’m so glad I didn’t.

Because it turned out to be the best time I’ve ever had! 🙂

So here are a couple of pointers to help you plan your next trip:

1. Destination.

First of all you need to determine which place(s) you want to visit. Town, City, Country. Find out if you need to apply for a visa if you’re planning to fly out of the country.

2. Date.

Then choose the precise dates for you trip. Because you need them for the step below.

3. Accommodation.

Now figure out where you’ll be staying. Hostel, hotel or home? For how long? Call or email them to make a reservation. ALWAYS make a reservation.

4. Transport.

Time to book your ticket. Plane, train or bus? You pick. 🙂

5. Itinerary.

And the fun part begins… planning your activities! Find out what amazing things the new town/country has to offer, list them down and schedule them for the number of days you’re going to be there. Make sure to spread them out evenly.

Any more tips you’d love to share? Please do write them in the comment section below. I’d love to hear your opinions. 🙂

Always be kind.

Dee.

How To Plan The Perfect Road Trip.

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When it comes to road trips, my most favourite things are the views! 🙂

It’s almost as if you are going through countless mini-destinations before getting to THE ONE. You know, like the appetizer before the main course. A lil’ extra side dish, if you will. Okay, okay… Hahah! I’m gonna stop now. 🙂

Here are a couple of pointers to help you plan your next road trip:

1. Good company.

If you have a say in this, make sure you pick people who bring out the best in you and vice versa.

2. Comfort is key.

Go for loose-fitting, comfortable clothing. And remember to keep warm if it’s cold, especially during the morning and evening hours.

3. Cue the music.

Carry your favourite playlists along with you because you can’t always rely on the radio.

4. Stock the snacks.

Potato crisps, banana crisps, apples, grapes, passion fruits, groundnuts, water, juice… pretty much everything you can carry.

5. Camera…check.

Lastly, you’ll need to find a way to keep the memories of your trip. And what better way to do that than to take lots of pictures. So make sure your cameras and phones are fully charged and ready to go! 🙂

Always be kind.

Dee.

5 Easy Steps To A Happy Day.

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It’s all about how you start your morning.

You need to take the first couple of minutes of each day to nourish your mind, body and soul. Make yourself feel loved and taken care of. Then, and only the will you feel like you can conquer the world.

Here are a couple of things that I usually try to incorporate into my mornings:

1. Start with gratitude.

While still under my blanket, I whisper a little prayer that’s mostly all about how thankful I am for a new day, personal blessings and new opportunities.

2. Good music.

My kind of morning-music is a mix of Gospel and Afro-Pop! 🙂

3. Break a sweat.

I love jogging. But since it’s winter right now, I kinda skip this part. *hides face*

4. Freshen up.

Nothing feels as good as a warm shower in the a.m.

5. Never forget your breakfast.

And lastly, fill your belly with some healthy energy-packed meal. Cereal is always a good idea! 😉

Always be kind.

Dee.