RIP MacBook Pro <3

Hey dolls!

Sorry I’ve been MIA the past week. I am sad to report that my MacBook Pro has seen its last day (i.e. blue screen of death). I am making one last desperate attempt to save it by going to the Genius Bar at the Apple Store today. I’ve focused my efforts on Instagram this week since I’ve been computer-less, so make sure to check it out if you haven’t yet @glamtrekker.

Cross your fingers (and toes) for me! I don’t want to have to type full posts on this tiny iPhone keyboard!

Much love,

Nicole

Trip Planning 101

Itinerary Planning Excel

Learning through other’s mistakes is something that many of us have trouble doing. There’s something in most of us that makes us feel the need to learn the hard way, whether consciously or not. When it comes to traveling on foreign soil, ‘learning the hard way’ doesn’t sound very appealing to me – at all.  I’ve compiled a list of itinerary planning tips from the pros, so you don’t have to!

 Make an inspiration board

Don’t: Whatever you do, don’t only plan based on your current knowledge and desires. You might miss out on somewhere you really wanted to experience.

Do: Use a site like Pinterest to discover new places and get a handle on your mood for the trip. Spend several weeks just pinning and get inspired.

Minimize culture shock and keep things interesting on an around-the-world trip.

Don’t: If you live in New York, don’t start somewhere remote with a completely different culture – like Cambodia. Save that for later in the itinerary.

Do: If you live in New York, do start with a city that has a culture like yours like London or Paris.  This eases the culture shock and keeps things more exciting.

Use a map to plan your route – it will save you money.

Don’t : New Zealand -> London -> Spain -> Russia -> Croatia -> Australia

This will waste an incredible amount of money on long distance flights that are unnecessary.

Do: London -> Spain -> Croatia -> Russia -> Australia -> New Zealand

This will maximize your savings and time spent on the ground instead of in the air.

Get it down on paper and research flights.

Don’t: Keep your itinerary in your head.

Do: Get your itinerary on paper or in a spreadsheet. Research the execution of your trip.

You might discover an unavoidable layover in Switzerland for your flight from Croatia to Thailand, like I did. Now I’m incorporating 2 weeks in Switzerland since I’ll be stopping there anyway. Plus I hear that everywhere in Switzerland looks good enough to be on a post card!

 Don’t plan too much

Don’t: If you think planning every second of your trip is a good idea, think again. There’s nothing that can sour a trip faster than missing out on scheduled activities. Save yourself the money and stress.

Do: Come up with a loosely structured plan and list of places you want to see. For example, book your flight, hotel, other transportation and a main event. Have a list of places you want to see and their location handy so you can see what you feel like doing once you get there. If it’s a rainy day you might choose a museum instead of a walking tour of cheese shops. Go with the flow baby!

Hey-Ohhh

Hey dolls! I’m here! It’s been a crazy week, but I wanted to make sure to post before I head out towards my first natural wonder of the world today! I won’t have access to post for the next 4 days, but make sure to stand-by for all the deets and awesome photos when I return!

Make sure to keep an eye on Instagram & Twitter (@glamtrekker)  for updates!

In the meantime -Anyone have suggestions for cute laptop bags? Let me know!

Much love,

Nicole

Real-Cheap Flights To Europe

Adventure Awaits - Cheap Flights

If you’ve ever read my About page then you know I’ve had the travel bug since my first trip to Europe when I was teen. I’d traveled around North America, Mexico, and the Caribbean, but I hadn’t made it back to Europe in years – but why?

Flights were so damn expensive (notice how I said were)! That’s why! In the months before deciding to create GlamTrekker, I started seeing Norwegian Air all over the web, promising discounted flights to Europe. “It has to be fake,” I thought to myself. “How could this be possible?” Being the obsessive researcher I am, I decided to dive into the depths of Google to find out more.

Yo — It’s real! Discount flights to Europe are popping up all over the place. We now have Norwegian Air, Aeroflot, XL Airways (Air France’s discount airline), and Wow Air. Now, don’t start picturing yourself relaxing in a full-recline seat sipping champagne on your way to Spain. Nobody is going to be rolling out the red carpet for you with these flights my love.

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Rome2Rio Will Change Your Life

Rome2Rio Website

Hey dolls! I’m in a planning frenzy with an upcoming last-minute trip to my first natural wonder on the world next week (YAY!!!), but I wanted to make sure to drop a line to all of you! With all the itinerary research I’ve done I was inspired to lend you a helping hand with your own itinerary planning.

If traveling makes nervous because of navigating foreign terrain, then Rome2Rio will change your life (even if it doesn’t make you nervous its amazing). This easy-to-use website makes getting from point A to point B nearly effortless. You can make vague searches for general information by typing in a city, but you can also be as specific as a hotel name or landmark.

With the simple press of a button you can discover every mode of transportation available in the areas specified (even how long it would take to walk) anywhere in the world, the average cost, and even train, ferry or bus schedules. Not only does Rome2Rio show you a list view – it also shows you on a map! As a visual person, the map view makes it easier for me to scope out the trip.

Make sure to subscribe to GlamTrekker on the right, and follow me on Instgram/Twitter @glamtrekker, so you don’t miss a beat of my upcoming trips & pics! <3

Much Love,

Nicole

5-Steps to Your Dream Job

Dusk in Naples, Florida

Dusk in Naples, Florida

There are so many people who have no idea what they want to do with their lives – no idea what would make them happy and no idea what career path to go down. I know, I was one of them. I also know that a 5-Step plan to your dream job sounds insane and impossible, but I promise it’s not.

It’s 100% do-able if you can dedicate an hour or two of your time to create this plan. This isn’t an overnight miracle, but if motivation is your issue then this plan will pave a manageable path towards living a life that you love. We certainly don’t all aspire to be accountants or shift-workers, right? #lifegoals

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