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Almost time for my next trip, on Monday I'm heading to Seattle! So excited! Since I'm packing for fall, sweaters, jackets and jeans are a must, and they take up quite a lot of space. So fingers crossed I can fit everything I want to bring! I figured I'll tell you all a little about how and what I pack for most my trips and make sure you read the tips down below!

How I pack:

My goal is always to start thinking about packing around 2-3 days prior to departure. Mainly incase you need to do some laundry before hand or if there is anything last minute you need to buy, like gifts and for me, Swedish treats that friends are asking me to bring haha. But hey, sometimes it's easier said than done and I think we've all been there stressing our butts of trying to get the packing done smoothly and on time.

I usually start with just throwing stuff into the suitcase out of the closet, like statement items I know for sure I want to bring, then I go on to basic iteams. And when my whole bag is like a mountain of clothes I start to organize them on the bed in categories, like pants, tops, dresses and so on. That's when I get a better look at it all and can notice things like, I for example could have picked out 7 dresses for a winter trip. As an example this is what I'll pack this time.

Clothes: T-shirts, Sweaters, Blouses, Jackets, Jeans, Other pants, Skirts, Dresses, Underwear, Workout clothes, Shoes.

Tech: Laptop, Camera plus lenses, Chargers for them all, adapter for my laptop plug, headphones.

Accessories: Side bag, Clutch purse, Scarves, beanie, Jewelry, brushes, hair clips/ties, nail polish, make-up, perfume, lotions, face creams,

For the Carry on/Purse. Passport, papers, a good read, empty water bottle, toothbrush (for long flights), gums, snacks, hand lotion.

Tip 1: A few trips back I started using those plastic vacuum storage bags to get more space in my bag. In the beginning I used the ones where you have to vacuum the air out of the bags, but since you probably are going to a destination where you won't have access to a vacuum on the return trip, I decided to get the smaller bags that you roll out the air from. I always do this as the last thing before closing the suitcase though, just incase they do start to inflate back a little.

Tip 2: Wear your bulkier iteams like a coat and boots on the plane to save space, but just make sure you don't layer too much since it an get pretty hot and heavy carrying them all around if you have a layover. If you have a direct flight I really recommend doing it though.

Tip 3: Don't forget to fill the space inside your shoes! It might feel like an obvious tip but it's easily over looked. I usually end up filling them with socks or delicate things that I don't want getting damaged.

Tip 4: Invest in a travel bag for your jewelry. I got one like 2 years ago and it has made my life a lot easier! Mine has 5 compartments with zippers and I can organize it with rings in one, earrings in the other and so on. It makes them all stay in place and not tangle, plus if you keep using it during your stay you'll always know where your jewelry is.

And remember this is how I pack for a long trip with a suitcase, there are other things to think about if your only going away for a weekend trip or lets say you only have a carry on bag.

Now I better take my own advice and start preparing for this upcoming trip, I'm so excited to see Mike again and be back in Seattle!


Linn Jansson

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Monday again.. Only 1 week left before my next trip and I couldn't be more excited! On my way to work today I stopped by some stores to just waste time cause I was a little early. Always gets my inspiration going!


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During the Canada day weekend in July me and Mike went up to visit our friends in Vancouver and one of the things we decided to do was the Sea to Sky Gondola. We drove up towards Squamish on highway 99 and right before the Stawamus Cheif was the parking lot entrance to the gondola.

One of the gondolas and Stawamus chief

The ride starts at sealevel and within about 10 minutes you're up at the summit lodge at 885 meter, and like if the views during the ride wasn't pretty enough once at the lodge you could walk around a huge deck and get a sweeping view of the valley and the Howe sound.
From the lodge platform we walked over the Sky Pilot Suspention Bridge to get to Sky Pilot viewpoint, there we stopped for some pictures and kept going on a little loop trail.

View of the summit platform and bridge from the Sky pilot viewpoint

We then ended up in front of the lifts again which was like a centerpoint, with a playground and a foodtruck (no idea how they got it up there!). As part of their summer activities they had an axe throwing station and the guys obviously had to try it haha, and Cynthia too, I was the only one who didn't want to but I didn't mind at all cause then I got to be the photographer and to be honest it looked really hard!

There are many trails to explore up at the summit and we decided to try the Panorama Trail, a 1.6km loop trail. And for being on top of a mountain it was a very easy and nice trail that you can easliy do with kids or without workout gear. I would highly recommend doing this trail and it is especially worth it once you get to the Cheif overlooking platform that has amazing views of the Howe sound, the Squamish spit and of course as the name apply, great views of the Stawamus Cheif!

Panorama Trail and Cheif Overlook Platform

This experience was well worth the money and I would gladly go back anytime!

https://www.seatoskygondola.com

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Best made up food day after mudcake day in my opinion haha!!
Happy Cinnabon day out there!

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Just dropped off mom at the airport, she's heading to Paris for a few days with work and I'm super jealous! Even though I've heard both good and bad things about Paris it's still a place I'd love to visit, mainly for the history and the sights but to just get my own opinion on it as well. Which brings us to the topic of this post, my bucket list! I've never actully made a bucket list before, I feel like I have one in my head but I've never gotten it down on paper or something like that. So here we go..

Places in the world I still dream of visiting!

Lofoten Islands, Norway

Paris, France

Grand Canyon Natl Park, AZ, USA

New York, USA

Yosemite Natl park, CA, USA

Yellowstone Natl park, MT, USA

Aruba

Masai Mara Natl Reserve, Kenya

Banff, Alberta. Canada

Tuscany, Italy

Iceland

Hawaii, USA

Australia and New Zealand


What is your dream destinationt? Is there a place you think I should add on this list? Tell me!


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So today was my second day at my new job. I am now working at the K-märkt Café in Teatern here in Stockholm. This opportunity really came at the right time for me, and especelly perfect to do between my travels.

And isn't it pretty?!


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Yesterday we had some family friends over for dinner! The garden house really makes the perfect spot for cozy fall evenings like last night. We had amazing appetizers and reindeer file as main course, with a chocolate mousse cake as desert!


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The view from Starbucks!

Inside the Monte-Carlo Casino

So during our Nice trip me and Mike decided to take the train to Monaco for the day. It took us about 20 minutes and cost €12 per person there and back! We arrived in Monaco around 9am and since Mike had been there before he lead the way. Our time goal was to reach the Larvotto beach around noon, and on our way there we passed the African garden, the Les Pavillons shopping globes, took a quick glance at the Monte-Carlo casino and then took a little break at the prettiest Starbucks I've ever been too! It was all outdoors on a wooden deck and just had the most amazing view! We stayed for a bit while enjoying our coffee and then went for a walk through the Japanese garden.

After laying on the Larvotto beach for 2 hours and having our lunch there we walked all the way over to the viewpoint over the first port, Port Hercules. And for you who haven't been to Monaco, when I say walked over I mean trekked haha! Monaco is definitely not a flat city, so many hills and steep climbs. Once we got to the bottom of the port we grabbed some drinks, Mike had a beer and I got a Strawberry Daiquiri. We needed a little break before walking up the next big hill to the palace.

Monaco-Ville which the "hill" or area is called reminded me a little bit about old town in Stockholm. Very narrow alleys filled with cozy restaurants and shops right next to a palace. We walked around up there, got some Macarons and checked out the view of the other port, called Fontvieille. We also decided to have our dinner up there. After that we went for some more drinks and walked back to Monte-Carlo Casino, and after checking that out it was time to head back to the train station and go home. It was a really fun day trip which I highly recommend if your on the French Riviera and have time. But just be prepared to walk a lot! I think we walked something around 12-13km that day, and that was in flip-flops and heels ladies!


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What an amazing vacation it has been!

I landed in Nice on Monday around 3pm and waited there for 2 hours until Mikes plane from London landed. We then took the airport bus in to town and went grocery shopping. We where staying in an apartment hotel so we had a full kitchen and decided too just buy breakfast and make it ourselves for the whole week.

Once we got to the hotel which was rather tricky to find we where a little disappointed with the apartment just cause it was so much smaller than what the website made it out to be. But I think it had more to do with how warm and tired we where cause looking back at it now it wasn't too bad haha!

We stayed in the little town Villefranche Sur Mer, just a bit out of Nice. A very quite and picturesque little place, with mainly local people and day visitors, but we figured it is probably a lot busier during high season. Most of the days we spent in Villefranche, but we also did some exploring, first by foot too the towns "next door" Beaulieu Sur Mer, and Saint Jean Cap Ferrat. Both places where more "jetset" and glamour than what we first expected, with fancy shops and big yachts laying around! But again since it was low season it still felt very inviting and not over done. Plus there was a lot of restaurant options by the harbor and that was unexpected and fun!

Then on Friday and Saturday we took the train in to Nice. (Super easy and cheap, highly recommend!) On Friday it was because we wanted a change of scenery and to try new restaurants. And on Saturday it was a little cloudy so we did some sightseeing and shopping. We then stayed in Nice for the whole Saturday evening and ended up going to three different bars, it was a great and fun night!

We also took a day trip to Monaco which I'll make a separate post about!

If you want more tips on what not to miss or restaurants and so on, feel free to comment down below and I'll happily try and answer!


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