5 Things To Check Before Booking Your Holiday Destination

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If you are considering booking a holiday house with a group of friends or with your relatives, you want to make sure you’re spending money on the right stuff. Holiday properties tend to be on the expensive side, so it’s important to make your vacation money count. 

Here are 5 crucial things that can make a huge difference to your trip and your finances when renting a holiday home. 

#1. Location, location, location

So, you’ve spotted an Airbnb ad for a fantastic villa in Milan. This sounds like the trip of a lifetime. The villa is within your budget, and it’s overlooking a gorgeous lake. All sounds fantastic, but before you book, make sure to check where the villa is compared to the airport. The last thing you need is to waste half your budget on transportation to get there. 

Some tips that can make remote holiday homes more accessible for travelers:

  • The host offers to pick you up at the airport
  • You have planned for a car rental 

#2. There is no garage

If you are traveling by car, it’s a good idea to look for properties that are fitted with sufficient protection for your vehicle. For instance, even rural locations can reach out to garage builders to add a protective structure. 

What does it matter?

  • It protects your vehicle from the elements, especially from the snow in winter
  • You don’t have to worry about opportunist burglars breaking into your car
  • It keeps wildlife away from your car

#3. There is no self-check-in

If you are familiar with Airbnb bookings, you probably have been to places that use a self-check-in process. Essentially, self-check-in solutions keep stress at bay when you travel. Check-in with the host means that you need to be there on time. Unfortunately, time is not always something you can control. You can’t predict what the traffic on the road is going to be like or whether your plane is going to be delayed. Besides, the time slot to check in with the host tends to be reduced to a few awkwardly chosen hours during the day, which can force you to book overnight accommodation at the nearest hotel because you’ve missed the window!

#4. There is no cleaning fee

This one may sound strange. Why would no cleaning fees be suspicious? You need to check your contract carefully. Some hosts include cleaning fees as part of the booking costs. This means they don’t expect their guests to leave the place clean on departure. Other hosts do not include cleaning fees, but they might mention that part of the deposit may be deducted if you don’t leave the house clean and tidy. It is worth asking about those in written form if nothing is clarified in your booking agreement. 

#5. There is no mention of bed sheets and towels

It is a rare occurrence as most hosts will provide the necessary elements for bedding and bathroom. However, some hosts ask guests to bring their own bed sheets and bath towels. Read carefully before your book to avoid nasty surprises! 

Have you faced other unexpected surprises while booking a holiday villa? Little things can make a big difference. Sometimes, your host may not realize they have omitted crucial information in their description. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to reach out to the host before making a booking to clarify things!

 

Money Saving Tips for When You Travel

Taking some time away from the stresses and strains of life and going on vacation is something that everyone should do from time to time. Some take this idea even further and go traveling for weeks or even months at a time. It’s an exciting thing to do and allows them to discover incredible things and have amazing adventures. 

Traveling can be expensive, though, so these money-saving tips for travelers are useful to know. 

  

Where Is The Airport?

If you spot a great deal on a flight and you think it’s absolutely ideal for your traveling needs, take a moment to look at the details more closely. Where exactly is the airport that you’re going to be landing at? Just because the name of the airport has a city attached to it, that doesn’t mean that it’s close by, and you might find that you are going to have to spend a lot of money on a cab or train to get to your hotel. 

 

Make Your Hand Luggage Count 

You might need to bring a lot of luggage with you when you travel, but you don’t want to have to pay extra for it. So, make the most of the amount of hand luggage you can bring so you can carry more things with you. It makes a lot of sense to try to squeeze as much as you can into your carry-on luggage. This will save you a lot of money. Plus, if your hold luggage goes missing, which does happen sometimes, you can still keep going.

 

Use The Right Credit Card 

Be careful when you’re using a debit card abroad; there can be some big charges levied if you haven’t told your bank that you’re going traveling, and in some cases, the card might even be blocked. A credit card is a much better way of paying for food and lodgings (and anything else you might want) while you are traveling because it is easy to cancel if it is stolen, and you get protection if anything goes wrong. Choosing the right credit card is essential, and picking one that is created just for travelers can save you money because they don’t charge any extra for being used abroad. 

 

Don’t Buy Currency At The Airport 

You might want to take some cash with you as well as your credit card, but don’t buy your currency at the airport because the exchange rates there are always bad. It’s far better to think ahead and buy your currency well in advance when the exchange rate works for you. 

 

Haggle 

Try to haggle for as much as you can when you’re away, and that doesn’t just mean items you find at a market or bazaar. You can haggle for anything, including hotel rooms. If you wait until just before you’re intending to travel, then you should be able to get some great deals on your accommodation because hotels would rather sell cheaper than not at all. Don’t just settle for the first price that you’re given and always call around and get comparison prices too, as this will give you more chance of securing the best deal. 

 

Book A Hostel 

For those looking for a unique lodging option, luxury hostels might be the best thing to happen to tourism since the bed and breakfast was first invented. Thousands of options can be found online, many of which provide three or four-star accommodations in private rooms – it often surprises people. Of course, for some, this is a step too far, and they prefer to have a luxury hotel with Richard Haworth table linens. If that’s the case for you, don’t worry; the money you’re saving in other areas may well allow you to afford the accommodation you really want. 

 

Insure Yourself Annually 

Annual travel insurance is usually less expensive than single-trip insurance if you often go outside the country. It’s also a good idea to check whether or not your house insurance covers your personal belongings even if you’re away from home. It could be that you don’t need such extensive travel insurance coverage because you’re already paying for your prized possessions to be looked after; you don’t want to pay twice. 

 

Book Your Flight In The Afternoon

Most travelers know that flight prices change during the week, but sometimes they can also change during the day. Studies have shown that, on average, prices are higher in the morning because that’s when most business travelers book. However, if you wait until after lunch, you might find that the flights you were interested in have decreased. 

Things Everyone Should Do While Traveling To Foreign Countries

Traveling to a foreign country can be a fantastic experience. It’s a chance to learn about new cultures and see some of the world’s most beautiful landmarks. However, there are some things that everyone should do while they’re in a foreign country to get the best possible experience. The following blog will discuss some essential things that you should do while you travel to a foreign country!

Eat Local Food

One of the best ways to experience a foreign country is by trying the local food. When you’re in a new country, be adventurous and try some foods that you wouldn’t normally eat. You might be surprised at how much you like them!

Local food not only allows you to get a taste of the culture, but it can also be a great way to meet locals. People are often more than happy to recommend their favorite restaurants or dishes to visitors.

If you’re worried about getting sick from eating unfamiliar food, there are a few things that you can do to minimize your risk. Stick to cooked meals rather than raw ones, and make sure that the meat is properly cooked. Avoid street food unless it’s been recommended by a trusted source. And, of course, wash your hands often!

Attend A Local Meetup Or Event

Another great way to experience a foreign country is by attending a local meetup or event. This is an excellent opportunity to meet locals and learn about their culture. There are often meetups for travelers, so it’s a great way to make new friends as well!

To find meetups, you can search online or ask the staff at your hotel or hostel. If you’re interested in something specific, like hiking or photography, there may be groups that cater to your interests. Attend an event that sounds fun and see what it’s like!

Learn Some Of The Local Language

One of the best ways to immerse yourself in a foreign culture is by learning some local languages. Even if you only learn a few basic phrases, it will make your experience much more enjoyable. Locals will appreciate your efforts, and you’ll be able to communicate more easily with them.

There are many resources that you can use to learn a new language, such as online courses or apps. If you’re traveling for an extended period of time, consider taking a formal class. Many languages have similarities, so if you know one, it may be easier to learn another.

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes when speaking! Everyone starts somewhere, and locals will usually be patient with you. Just try your best and have fun with it.

Visit Some Of The Local Attractions

Of course, you’ll want to visit some of the local attractions while you’re in a foreign country! This is a great way to see some of the most famous landmarks and get a feel for the culture. Do some research before you go so that you can plan your itinerary.

If you’re on a tight budget, there are often free or discounted days at museums and other attractions. You can also find discounts by purchasing tickets in advance or through certain websites. Be sure to take advantage of these deals so that you can save money!

In conclusion, there are many things that you should do while you’re in a foreign country. By following these tips, you can have a unique and memorable experience!

Girls Trip Guide to Savannah, Georgia

Last weekend a few girlfriends and I took a quick trip to Savannah, GA for my birthday. It was my first time in Savannah, and I’ve been wanting to go for some time now. If you haven’t been I highly recommend. Savannah is such a beautiful charming southern town with a lot of history. Of all the things we did, I wanted to share some of my favorites.

What to do:

Ghost City Tours: On Saturday night, we took a ghost pub tour. This was honestly one of my favorite things we did during the weekend. We hopped around to about 4 different bars and learned about the history and hauntings of Savannah, GA. Did you know that Savannah is essentially built on top of a grave? We didn’t see any ghosts (kind of sad but also kind of glad) but still had a great time!

Forsyth Park: You must go to Forsyth Park while you’re in Savannah. It’s absolutely beautiful to just walk through, with all the Spanish moss and fountains. It’s very dog-friendly, so we took Baguette. We even saw someone walking their pet raccoon there.

Where to eat:

Cotton & Rye: Our first dinner was at Cotton & Rye. It was absolutely delicious. This was my type of restaurant, chic and trendy but with amazing tasting food. Their thyme lemonade cocktail was SO good.

Savannah Seafood Shack: Savannah is known for its seafood. We had to try the low country boil while we were there and boy did it not disappoint. Be aware that this is A LOT of food but it was so delicious!

The Olde Pink House: We ate here on our last night. It’s a beautiful old pink house (duh) converted into a restaurant. I got the scallop and shrimp fettuccine and it was AMAZING. This was one of the more expensive restaurants we went to but I highly recommend it.

Where to grab a drink:

Jen & Friends: Go here for a martini. They have all these crazy martini flavors, so many to choose from. I’m not a big martini girl but had to do it for the gram. I got a birthday cake martini and it was delish!

Alley Cat Lounge: After Jen’s we went to Alley Cat. This place was such a fun cocktail bar. We told our waiter what spirit we liked and how sweet we wanted it and he just came up with something for us. They have a million different cocktails to choose from. This would be a great place to go with a group of friends for a casual night out.

Where to Eat in London

Last month, I went to London for the first time with my friends Amy and Vinny. It was a super quick trip. We took the red eye Wednesday night and came back Sunday. I honestly wish I could have stayed longer because I absolutely fell IN LOVE with London. I’m already plotting my next trip back. Before I went, everyone kept telling me that the food in London was not good. So I went in with low expectations. My expectations were wildly wrong because I found some AMAZING food spots in London that I want to share with you. These were my favorites from the trip – ones I would not only highly recommend but would go back again.

Sketch – Go to Sketch for Afternoon Tea. Sure, it’s pretty pricey but you get unlimited tea and refills on the sandwiches and treats. The decor at Sketch was honestly probably one of the best decorated restaurants I had ever been to. It was cool, sophisticated and so instagrammable.

Dishoom – London is well known for it’s Indian food and Dishoom is one of their popular spots. I’m a huge fan of Indian food but I find it not as popular here in the states. I was excited to go to Dishoom and see what all the hype was about. It did not disappoint. The food was so incredibly good. We tried to go again another night but the wait was too long. I would highly recommend making reservations for this place or you might end up waiting upwards of two hours.

Chiltern Firehouse – Shoutout to Jackie Schimmel of the Bitch Bible for talking about Chiltern Firehouse on her podcast. If it’s good enough for Jackie, it’s good enough for me. We went here for brunch. I obviously had to get the avocado toast (which not going to lie, I didn’t think looked very appetizing) but boy was I wrong. This was absolutely delish! Chiltern is a little on the pricey side but if you’re looking for a nice brunch or dinner option I would highly recommend.

Breakfast Club – This is a The Girls Who Brunch after all so I had to add some of my favorite brunch spots. Breakfast Club is a great little diner-esque spot that has an amazingly delicious brunch. Be prepared to wait on line because it’s a popular spot.

Granger & Co. – The cutest little spot in Notting Hill. I mean look at all these amazing drinks. From the coffee to the blood mary – this was a great place for brunch. I got the pancakes – which I would say I normally don’t ever order but they were delectable!

I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get to London. I will definitely be making another trip (hopefully soon!). If you have ever been to London, let me know your favorite spots to eat so I can add them for my next trip!

What to do in Los Angeles – LA Travel Guide

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I lived in Los Angeles for the past four years, so I would say I know the city pretty well. LA is a fun city with great weather and tons to do. But it can be a bit overwhelming because the city is so spread out. So I wanted to create my LA Travel Guide for you and break things up into different categories. It’s a pretty extensive list, so let’s get started!

Where to eat brunch:

Great White – Venice
This is one of my all time favorite brunch spots. It’s small and usually always busy so be prepared for a wait. The food is delish and on the healthier side. Plus everything here is very instagrammable. I highly recommend the Shaken Latte with their Avocado Toast

Franklin & Co – Hollywood
If you like Bloody Mary’s you won’t want to miss Franklin & Co. Also their biscuits and gravy are hands down the best I’ve ever had.

Kreation – West Hollywood, Santa Monica, Venice and more
If you want to get the real LA sense of brunch, go to Kreation. It’s as healthy as it can get. All their foods and juices are made there with super high quality fresh ingredients. Their acai bowls are my favorite!

Best rooftop bars:

Waldorf Astoria – Beverly Hills
The Waldorf Astoria is a pretty new hotel that just opened up in Beverly Hills and it has hands down the best views. You can see all the way down to Santa Monica on one end and Downtown LA on the other. Plus this is a great celebrity sitting spot. I’ve seen Mariah Carey, Gretchen Rossi from Housewives and Tristan Thompson all on the roof!

EP&LP – West Hollywood
If you’re in Weho and looking for a fun spot to go out at night and the weather is good, which most likely it will be because duh it’s LA, go to EP&LP. Opened only a couple years ago, this place is always popping and usually has a line.

Hotel Shangri La – Santa Monica
This is a fun day drinking spot in Santa Monica. It’s a pretty small rooftop bar but it overlooks the ocean. On a clear day it’s got some of the most gorgeous views you’ll ever see.

Where to go if you’re feeling bad and boujee:

The Ivy – Beverly Hills
The Ivy is a well known staple in LA. They have two locations but I prefer the location on Robertson. Their patio is so beautiful. The food honestly isn’t my favorite and it’s very overpriced, but it’s the place to be seen. Plus you can’t beat the decor, it’s adorable.

The Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel –  Beverly Hills
Another hot spot in BH. I’ve gone here a few times for lunch, and I have to say it’s always been a hit. The Beverly Hills Hotel is a classic Hollywood spot.

Baltaire – Brentwood
Baltaire is my favorite steakhouse in LA. If your parents are in town, or you have a work dinner take them to Baltaire. You have to try their lobster mac and cheese. To. Die. For.

Where to shop or window shop:

Rodeo Drive – Beverly Hills
Any movie that takes place in Beverly Hills has at least one scene on Rodeo Drive. It’s a beautiful spot in Beverly Hills with all of the most expensive shops in town. Treat yourself, or just window shop. Either way, it’s a must go see.

Abbott Kinney – Venice
Abbott Kinney is hands down one of my favorite streets in LA. It has the cutest boutique shops, and restaurants. They also have a lot of street vendors selling handmade jewelry and other items. I could seriously spend all day here just shopping and eating.

Century City Mall – Century City
They just completely redid this mall last year and it is seriously the most beautiful mall I’ve ever been to. So pretty I even had a date there, but that’s a whole other story. This was my go-to mall to see movies at the AMC theatre, but also to get Shake Shack. Us NY girls love our Shake Shack.

The Grove – West Hollywood
The Grove is an outdoor mall that’s small but simply stunning. I love it during the winter time because they deck it out with Christmas decor. It was the only part of LA that actually felt like the holidays. They also have great shops and restaurants so definitely check it out.

Best hikes to see the views:

Runyon Canyon – Hollywood
Whenever you say anything about hiking, people automatically assume Runyon. It’s the most common hiking trail in LA and for good reason. It’s got stunning views of the entire city. It’s a great workout, yet it’s definitely still manageable for people like me that don’t really work out.

Solstice Canyon – Malibu
I like this hike because it’s kind of in the woodsy areas of Malibu. It’s not your typical hike, and there’s a little more to look at then just a pretty view.

Griffith Park / Hollywood Sign – Hollywood
Similar to Runyon, this is a pretty easy hike it’s just long. But it takes you right behind the Hollywood sign, which is pretty cool. I recommend you do it at least once. But beware of the horse poop.

Honorable mentions:

Salt and Straw – Venice, Larchmont, West Hollywood
My favorite ice cream EVER. They have different monthly flavors and I would literally go the first week of every month to try them. Honestly, I still think about them every day. Salt and Straw if you are reading this, please open up a shop in NYC. Thanks.

Olive & Thyme – Burbank
If you’re in the valley – go to Olive and Thyme. It’s one of the cutest cafes with seriously the most delicious food. It’s perfect to sit outside and enjoy the beautiful California air with some delicious avocado toast.

Jon and Vinny’s – Brentwood or Weho
Normally I would say, Californian’s don’t do Italian food that great. It’s more of a NY thing. However, Jon and Vinny’s is THE BOMB. If you’re craving Italian food, go here you won’t be disappointed.

Honestly my list could go on and on but here are the main places that I think you should go see in LA. If you have any questions or anything, please let me know in the comments below!

Nashville Travel Guide

Nashville Travel Guide

Top: Blue Life // Shorts: Urban Outfitters // Shoes: Franco Sarto // Bag: Gucci

Ya’ll ready for this? Last weekend I took a trip to Nashville with my old college roommate, Erin. I had never been to Nashville but I heard so many good things so I was super excited to check it out. I LOVED Nashville! Honestly I could totally see myself living there (maybe in the future?). I can see why it’s been such a popular tourist destination recently and why a lot of millennials are moving there. There is so much to do yet it still has that southern charm.

WHERE TO STAY:

Airbnb: We got a place near Belmont University right near the 12 South district. I loved this area. Our Airbnb was super cute and was walkable to so many different shops and restaurants. If you’re going to get an Airbnb I highly recommend the 12 South area!

Thompson Hotel: If you’re wanting to be a bit bougie, stay at the Thompson hotel. I would love to stay here the next time I come. It’s in a great location in the Gulch and the hotel just has such a fun vibe.

WHERE TO EAT:

Bartaco: This was hands down my favorite meal of the trip. It was in the 12 South district. Now I’ll be honest, I’ve lived in LA the past 4 years so ya know Mexican is something I eat regularly. I honestly didn’t have high hopes for this place, but hot damn the tacos were AMAZING. Seriously I think these were some of the best tacos I’ve ever had. Plus they had a cute patio where I was able to bring Baggy.

Cafe Roze: I’m a huge fan of Kristin Cavallari so I had watched a video she did on her favorite Nashville spots and Cafe Roze was one of them. So I dragged Erin here in the rain. It’s in East Nashville which is a little out of the way from all the tourist spots but it’s worth it. I got the egg bowl and OH MY. It was 100x better than I thought it would be. I definitely want to try to recreate this bowl.

Koko’s Ice Cream: Another K. Cav suggestion was Koko’s. This was walking distance from Cafe Roze so we stopped by afterwards. They have all vegan coconut ice cream. SO GOOD. Erin was skeptical because she doesn’t normally like coconut ice cream but even she was a fan.

WHAT TO DO DURING THE DAY:

Uncommon James: If you’re a fan of Kristin Cavallari like I am, you have to go to Uncommon James in the Gulch. This was such a cute store and very instagrammable.

Murals: Nashville has so many amazing murals throughout the city. Some of them have huge lines so be prepared!

Dress: Faithfull The Brand

WHERE TO GO OUT AT NIGHT:

Broadway: Duh. This is probably the most touristy spot in Nashville. This is where you can find all the Honky Tonks, and a million bachelor and bachelorette parties running around. I’m normally not a huge live band at a bar girl, but I did enjoy going to Broadway. My favorite was the Jason Aldean bar because they had live music on one floor but a super fun DJ on the roof.

L.A. Jackson: This is the rooftop bar at the Thompson Hotel. Such a fun spot with great views of Nashville.

It was only a quick 3 day trip to Nashville, but we had so much fun. I honestly can’t wait to go back. If you guys have been to Nashville before I would love to hear what your favorite spots are to add to my list for next time!

Maui Travel Guide

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A couple weeks ago, I was able to go to Maui for a few days to see my friends Tom and Ivette get married. They had the most beautiful ceremony at Gannons in Maui, overlooking the ocean. Since my friends were getting married, I was able to add a couple days to the trip and make it a fun vacation. I wanted to share with you guys some of my favorite places that you need to visit if you’re in Maui!

WHERE TO STAY

Days Inn – This was one of the cheapest hotel options on the island and the hotel itself isn’t the greatest. The rooms are SUPER small. However, it’s right on the ocean. The location in Kihei is great, you can walk or uber around. It’s nice because you can just walk right outside your room and be on the beach. There are also two restaurants right outside so if you want to grab a quick bite you can.

Four Seasons Maui – If you can afford this, stay here. The Four Seasons is huge and incredibly beautiful. Highly recommend if you can afford it!

AirBnb – Most of my friends got airbnb’s for this trip. They all said it was the most affordable option and a lot of them really enjoyed their stay. One of the Airbnb hosts even cooked some fresh banana bread for my friend!

WHERE TO EAT

Piko Cafe – Don’t be fooled by this little hole in the wall at a strip mall. Piko Cafe had THE BEST Loco Moco I had all trip, and trust that I tried quiet a few places. This is a local spot, our Uber driver was very impressed that we had actually heard about it. That’s when you know it’s good. Definitely come here for breakfast.

Kihei Caffe – Such a fun brunch spot. Go early because they always have a line, and for good reason. The food here is delish and they have so many options!

Thai Food by Pranee – If you do Road to Hana definitely stop here for lunch. OMG. Literally some of the best Thai Food I’ve ever had. And be forewarned, their spicy is SPICY.

WHAT TO DO

Four Seasons Maui Spa – I was able to get a lymphatic drainage massage oceanside on the first day of my trip. It was much needed and honestly one of the best massages I’ve ever gotten. Definitely pay the extra $20 for oceanside service. It’s so relaxing to hear the waves crashing as you drift off into relaxation.

Old Lahaina Luau – This was my second luau ever. I went to one in Oahu a couple of years ago. These are always super fun and a must see if you are visiting Hawaii. It’s great because it’s open bar, amazing buffet food and you get to see a show. Many locals told us the Old Lahaina Luau was the best on the island so I’m glad we were able to go.

Road to Hana – I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t really looking forward to doing this because I hate being in the car for long but I’m SO glad I did! Highly recommend renting a convertible for this trip. It’s such a beautiful drive and you get to see some amazing scenes of waterfalls and beaches such as the Black Sand and Red Sand beach.

Maui Travel Guide

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If you guys have been to Maui, I would love to hear what you did in the comments below!

Chilly Spring Outfit

Jacket: Blank NYC // Shirt: Brandy Melville {similar} // Jeans: Rag and Bone // Bag: Gucci {similar} // Shoes: Steve Madden {similar}

Last month I went to Charleston for my birthday weekend. While we were there the weather was still quite chilly. It’s warmed up in Los Angeles, but I know some places are still cold. I wanted to share with you guys my favorite chilly weather spring outfit. I never used to be a turtleneck kind of girl, but this shirt has made me a convert. Not only is it super comfortable, but it’s very chic tucked into any pair of jeans.

Speaking of jeans, this is my first pair of Rag and Bone denim jeans and I would live in them if I could. They are SO comfortable. Especially for being high waisted. I feel like suck you in at all the right places, but aren’t super tight to the point of no return. If you’re looking for new jeans, definitely check these out.

spring outfit

48 Hours in Charleston

Two weekends ago, I went to Charleston, SC for my birthday. I had never been to Charleston before but I’ve been curious about it since becoming obsessed with Southern Charm. Shep or Austen, if you’re single…call me. It looks like such a charming and quant town and I’ve been seeing more and more people travel there lately. I couldn’t wait to go. We only spent 48 hours in Charleston, but it was definitely enough to get a lot of things in! Here are some of the places I would recommend going if you are visiting Charleston for a short weekend trip.

To Do

Rainbow Row: Rainbow Row is located in downtown Charleston. It’s got the most beautiful painted buildings (picture above and below). This is a photographers dream. It’s absolutely stunning.

Magnolia Plantation: Located about 20 minutes outside of downtown, this plantation is worth the drive. They have stunning landscape and gardens. You can take tours of the plantation or just walk around like we did.

King Street: Now this is kind of generic because King St. runs pretty much all throughout Charleston but it’s got the best shopping. It’s such a cute street with tons of different places to stop in and shop, or eat.

Ride a Rickshaw: When you’re walking down the streets of Charleston, you’ll notice a bunch of guys on bikes driving people around town. We took two rickshaw rides during our stay and not only was it super fun but it was a great way to see the town.

Eat and Drink

The Gin Joint: This was one of my favorite spots we went to. It’s a small hole in the wall dive bar. They have this drink called the Bartender’s Choice where you choose two words from a list and the bartender makes you whatever he wants. I highly recommend this, it’s super fun to do. They also had DELICIOUS bar food. The pretzels were amazing.

Cannon Green: This was my favorite brunch spot. Not only is it visually stunning, the food was incredible. They had this banana bread that we shared and it was seriously to die for. They also had a DJ spinning tunes on Sunday, and they give you cute little cards to request a song. The extra touch did not go unnoticed!

Restoration Rooftop Bar: We stopped by here after a long day of walking for a drink and snacks. They had delicious cocktails and the most yummy cheese board.

Black Tap Coffee: I’m obsessed with Julia from Gal Meets Glam and she recommended this coffee place so I had to go. I got a brown sugar iced latte and it was SO SO good. I’m still dreaming about it.

48 hours in Charleston

Overall, my trip to Charleston was such a blast. I would love to visit the city again and explore some more! If you guys have ever been to Charleston, let me know your favorite spots so I can add them on the list for next time!