How I Stayed Safe While Traveling

How I Stayed Safe While Traveling

This past week I was fortunate enough to be able to spend a week in Missouri with my husband and his family. With everything going on, these are the precautions and steps I took to be sure I was safe during my travels.

1. Face mask. It sounds like kind of a duh, but face masks aren’t required in most Missouri establishments. Not only did I wear my mask in the airport and on the planes, but also when I went grocery shopping and out and about with the family.
2. Planning things outdoors and at home. Bruce’s family has a lake house right on the edge of Table Rock lake, so we spent lots of time there social distancing on the water as well as taking walks and canoeing down the buffalo river. We also played pool and ping pong at the house when it was raining. Doing things outdoors and away from a lot of people makes things fun and safe.
3. Hand sanitizer. It might sound like another duh thing to do, but you’d be surprised how easily you can forget things on vacation. After every stop and after touching things I would not touch my face and hand sanitize as soon as we were back in the car. Just these simple steps can help keep you safe!
4. Wiping off common surfaces on the plane and off. First thing I did, and always do when on a plane is wipe off the tray table, headrest, arm rests, seatbelts, and any other surface I might be tempted to touch. Also wiping down any lakeside chairs or handles that other people might have touched.
5. Keeping up a good vitamin and sleep schedule. I usually start taking emergency a week or so before traveling and a week or so after to get my immune system prepared for a trip. I also try and sleep as much as possible to give my body time to fight off anything I might have caught or some into contact with.

The 3 Places you Have to Visit on your Next Trip to Joshua Tree

The 3 Places you Have to Visit on your Next Trip to Joshua Tree

1. Joshua Tree National Park, this May seem like an obvious one but I had been a few times and had never gone to the national park! I thought, eh hiking really isn’t my thing, but once I finally went I saw that some of the hikes really aren’t that bad and the views off the rocks I was able to climb were beautiful!

2. The Station doesn’t sound like a whole lot but you won’t miss the giant cowboy out front. This very instagramable spot sells cute nick nacks and cold drinks for anyone who needs a refresher after being in the sun all day. This was one of my favorite spots to walk around and snap a few pictures.

3. The Crochet Museum and surrounding art. This is tucked away in someone’s backyard but it is the cutest thing to see! The crochet museum is world famous and you can go in and look at all the different crochet items collected. After the museum walk around and discover the mirror balls and the secret deck above where you can look over the town. My favorite part is the ability to walk around and admire what people have created without security on you if you get to close to a mural, but with that being said respect the art and keep it beautiful for everyone!

Joshua tree isn’t very big but it’s a wonderful place to explore on a weekend. There’s food, art, nature, and the people are friendly. Next time you want to take a trip, I highly recommend making Joshua Tree a must see.

My Trip to Auschwitz

My Trip to Auschwitz

I debated about writing this post for awhile now, but I decided it was important for people to know and thoroughly understand what happened there. It’s been almost 80 years since the Nazis started their plan of mass extermination for the Jews of Europe and we cannot let it be forgotten.

For me, ever since I first picked up The Diary of Anne Frank when I was a little girl, I became fascinated with the Holocaust and WWII. After reading dozens of books about the Holocaust and infamous Concentration Camp, Auschwitz, I told myself I would visit soon, before it was all gone. Last April, I got to cross that goal off of my bucket list. My fiance and I traveled to Poland for literally 24 hours, just to visit Auschwitz, the largest of the death camps during WWII.

The camp is about 2 hours outside of the city of Kraków by bus. We booked an English speaking tour that picked us up right from our hotel. Once we were headed out to the country side, we were prepared for the tour with a documentary of the all too familiar sights of what had happened there.

Our first stop was the Auschwitz Camp 1. This camp was mainly for prisoners of war and processing paperwork. Just as the sky darkened and rain drops began to fall, we were greeted by the famous sign “Arbeit Macht Frei,” which translates to “Work Sets You Free.” This camp outlined more of the logistics for us as well as showing the horrors the Nazis tried to cover up. When the allies finally reached Auschwitz, most of the objects taken from the Jewish, whom were sent there had been burned. Only 1% of everything in total remained. Shoes, hair brushes, actual strands of hair, eye glasses, suit cases, and photos were all displayed in front of our eyes from those who could not escape this reign of terror.

The next stop was what a lot of people actually think of when someone mentions Auschwitz. It is the camp where most of the prisoners were kept and killed. This was the place that, en route to, scared prisoners jumped out of the cattle cars to meet their deaths. Most of the wooden barracks have disintegrated, but the train tracks and ruins of the gas chambers still stand. During this part of our tour, it started pouring rain in 30 degree weather, and my mind instantly wondered how people could survive in these conditions without so much as a jacket or extra pair of clothes. The horrors were again intensified when we visited one of the last standing stone barracks. In these barracks, we were confronted with rows on rows of shelving. Each one of these shelves held 3 prisoners or more, the only comfort was a thin layer of straw.

Visiting Auschwitz was a look into the horrors of the past, and not to mention the inclement weather seemed fitting, only helping me realize and appreciate what I have now. These people who were sent there had their families, homes, lives and identities stripped away all for a senseless and inhuman ideal; those who were affected, the events and horrors that took place should not be forgotten. I am lucky that I was able to visit this place that seems so unreal in books, only to be reminded that they not just stories, but lives lived.

Things You Should Know When Traveling to the Big Sur & Monterey Area

Things You Should Know When Traveling to the Big Sur & Monterey Area
  • Big Sur is essentially restaurants, buildings, and trails all following on the side of the highway. Be prepared to pull over to grab a quick bite.
  • There is no reception in Big Sur, however most places have WiFi and are happy to give you the login if you just ask.
  • Big Sur is expensive, bring snacks, water, and try not to fill up your gas tank there. You think gas prices are bad now, we spent almost $6 a gallon!
  • The famous Bixby Bridge doesn’t have a sign or anything significant around it. Just look for the crowd of people and pull over and park where you can.
  • Carmel by the Sea is easy to miss but hard to forget, make some time to visit this wonderful town.
  • Carmel by the Sea and Monterey are only about 10 minutes away from each other, so going back and forth is a viable option.
  • Plan ahead and get tickets if you want to visit the Monterey aquarium.
  • The 17 miles drive is a lot of beaches and trees, but for 10 dollars per car it was a nice way to grab some good pictures.
  • If your into baked goods, you have to visit Carmel Bakery! It’s been there since the 1800’s and one nite of their soft pretzels will tell you why!