Guest blog by: Stephanie James
Whether you are a music festival fanatic, in search of the best pizza in town, or looking to enjoy stunning architecture and culture, Chicago is the city for you! The Midwest’s largest city truly is a sight to see during the summer months when the ice melts away, leaving the city with warm weather and calendars jam packed with exciting events happening all over the city. For those of you who are planning a visit to the Windy City in the near future, you are in luck! Here is your ultimate guide to tackling Chicago’s major attractions in the summer!
Thailand has always been a top Southeast Asian destination. Bangkok, Phuket, and some of the more well-known islands are popular among tourists, because the cost of enjoying all Thailand has to offer is friendly on our foreign pockets. I went for the first time, and we decided to spend a few days on a lesser known island, Koh Yao Noi, and had an incredible time.
Singapore is once again the most expensive city in the world, but don't worry. If you want to live your Crazy Rich Asian dreams, but don't have the trust fund to support it, I've got tips on how you can live your best Crazy Rich Asian life in the best Crazy Middle Class Asian style...even if you're not Asian. You can budget travel and still enjoy the finer things in life!
One of my greatest discoveries this year, has been the 72 hour visa free window in China and the Beijing Layover Tour, which makes your long layover in Beijing and probably many hours of travel more than worthwhile.
When I started being able to watch Chanel fashion shows on YouTube, that was like the greatest thing ever. Before then, I didn't have access to the shows. Each season, I couldn't wait to see what Karl Lagerfeld had planned--his vision, his creations, his storytelling. Each show was more than just models strutting down a runway in the latest creations. It was always my dream to attend one of his shows. But today, heaven gained a legend, a creative genius.
Louisville, pronounced "Lou-vull," might be one of our countries most underrated cities. Most people who have been there really enjoy it, but those who have never been are often surprised by my enthusiasm for the city. I think people just assume that Kentucky is all rednecks wearing MAGA hats, the same way some people assume all of California is made up of pot smoking "libtards." After spending three weeks there for work, shooting a movie, I can say that I genuinely love the city, even after having experienced the polar vortex. Also keep in mind, Kentucky is known for drastic weather changes, so I did experience about three seasons whilst there.
An almost daily conversation in my home goes something like this:
Me: "I'm so excited for/to/that/etc.!!!!!"
Chris: "Okay/Cool/Nice." (If I'm lucky I get a "Niiice.")
Me: "It's not exciting to you?" or walking away in defeat.
The French don't even have a way to say, "I'm excited." If you say, "Je suis excité" it means you're aroused, which maybe you can say to your spouse, but you probably don't want to run around France telling everyone how excité you are to be in France.
Twinings is a must visit for any visitor (or anyone for that matter...in my humble opinion) in London Town, and I made a new discovery on my latest visit. At Twinings you can take a masterclass and learn all about the history of tea while tasting fine and varied teas. You can book a private class for a minimum of two people, or a regular class for a minimum of six people, and you can also book a bespoke blending experience for a maximum of six people. So for Londoners, I recommend this as a fun company outing or outing with friends and family. No matter, definitely call ahead or email to reserve your spot! You can check out the details here.
One of my favorite places to visit in England is Bath. It's so full of history and charm, and as a Jane Austen junkie, I like to think I'm walking amongst her spirit there. It's a perfect day trip from London or other nearby cities like Oxford or Bristol, but it's also a great little weekend getaway. Bath is a small city, so there are a few tourist staples one must do in Bath(other than walk around and enjoy the quaint town): 1) visit the Roman baths (duh), 2) visit the Jane Austen Centre, and 3) have tea or a meal at Sally Lunn's for the famous Bath bun.