Packing for Vacation

Packing for Vacation

Are you planning any trips for this summer? We’ve been brainstorming a family vacation, and the planning often reminds me of this funny quote: “A vacation is like love — anticipated with pleasure, experienced with discomfort, and remembered with nostalgia.” J. Crew just launched their summer collection, which is full of pretty pieces. Here’s what I’d pack for a sunny trip…

Vacation Packing

1. Lightweight cardigan for summer evenings.
2. Ruffle skirt to wear to dinner.
3. Suede flats.
4. Straw hat for reading by the pool.
5. Striped pants.
6. Block-heel sandals.
7. Straw tote.
8. Linen tank in lovely colors.
9. Eyelet top to show off glowing skin.
10. Denim shorts.
11. Gold bangle.
12. Blue sunglasses.
13. String bikini.
14. Chambray seaside pant for hunting for shells.
15. Metallic slide sandals that go with everything.

Vacation Packing

Straw tote. Blue sunglasses. Eyelet top. Denim shorts. String bikini.

Although swimsuits and denim shorts are summer staples, it can be hard to find versions that are just right. But J. Crew has the most flattering swimwear — I’ve sworn by it for more than a decade. And their shorts hit at the right part of the leg. (I’ve worn these for years).

Vacation Packing

Buttoned shirt. Disc hoop earrings. Flirty skirt. Comfy heels.

After a day outdoors, don’t you love dressing up for dinner? A white shirt feels crisp and cool, and these block heels are easy to walk in.

Vacation Packing

Straw hat. Pink sunglasses. Floral dress. Metallic slide sandals.

When squeezing things into a wheely suitcase, go for multi-tasking items that can transition from day to night. This floral dress would look beautiful at the beach and at late-night cocktails.

Vacation Packing

Tie-waist pants. Suede flats. Gold bracelet. Linen tank.

For an outfit that pops, you can pair playful pants with a simple top. Looks cute in person and in vacation photos!

Packing for Vacation

For a chance to win a four-night trip to Hawaii and a J. Crew shopping spree, Instagram your vacation must-haves with the hashtags #jcrewpacks #contest. Here are the details, if you’re interested.

Are you traveling anywhere this summer? What will you pack? See J. Crew’s full summer collection here, if you’d like.

P.S. 16 genius tips for family trips, and Toby and Anton’s guide to NYC.

(Portrait photos by Julia Robbs. Packing photos by Christine Han. Styling by Veronica Olson. This post is sponsored by J. Crew, a brand we’ve loved for years. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Cup of Jo. Joanna’s denim chore jacket in photos is also from J. Crew.)

  1. Jennifer says...

    Joanna, I love you and Cup of Jo! I would also love to see you promote brands that have a more transparent supply chain and haven’t become some of the worst offenders of fast fashion out there. I was a loyal customer of JCrew for about 20 years, but no more. The quality is unforgivably bad these days that their clothing barely lasts a few months before virtually disintegrating. One can only assume this is by design since they used to sell high quality products that would last for years, which means they know how, they’ve just chosen a path that leaves customers endlessly purchasing new items and rapidly filling up the landfills. And *donating* doesn’t really make the problem go away. The majority of poorly made clothing ends up in landfills.

  2. Mary says...

    Two weeks in Paris with my husband and three kids to celebrate my 40th birthday and my son’s 1st birthday. We have rented an apartment in the Marais for two weeks and plan to just walk, shop, play, picnic and eat, eat, eat. have bought all new clothes for the kids and myself — I just love the planning and packing of outfits almost as much as the trip itself!

  3. ciao, I’m Italian and loved your suggestion! My vacation? Sardinia, the isle with blue water and white beaches….. and I’ll remember what you wrote?

  4. aga says...

    Love the earrings!

  5. I’m packing for a trip to Santa Fe as well speak and this will be the first time I actually plan outfits ahead of time, rather than just tossing weather appropriate clothes in my bag and hoping for the best. I feel like after this trip I’ll never go back to being so careless. I hate trying to figure what to wear on vacation, but if I plan it all ahead I can just throw on the outfits and head out!

    http://www.shessobright.com

    • Joanna says...

      Eva! Do you have a favorite Airbnb or do you just choose a new one each time? We live in Providence, RI and have a 1 year old. We’ve been airbnb-ing all over RI since he was born. Would love to spend some nights on Jamestown. We’ve stayed at several of the @moore.house rentals in Tiverton/Little Compton, would recommend them to you and your family!

  6. Amanda says...

    For the second summer in a row we are getting an Airbnb on Jamestown, RI. My kids are 5 and 2. It’s beautiful, family friendly (incredible commuity-built playground next to the sweet *air conditioned* public library!), the beach at Mackerel Cove is shallow and sheltered for little ones, and Newport is a ten minute bridge drive away. Unlike Newport, Jamestown has a cozy, chill atmosphere.

  7. Love those tie-waist striped pants! How cute!

  8. Chelsa Williams says...

    we live in Austin (and that feels like a vacation every weekend – there is so much fun stuff to do and places to explore) however, this summer we are headed to the NC coast for a week of nothing but sand & waves! Cannot wait. My son’s birthday is on July 8th – this year he turns 2! We decided every summer we would celebrate with a beach trip (and built in fireworks!) Love having this tradition to look forward to! JCrew has all the summer essentials – especially their swimsuits. One piece suits are so cute and effortless – LOVE them!!

  9. Jill says...

    My husband and 12 yr-old daughter and I are going to China (all over) to see where she was born (she’s adopted). We will also be in Tokyo for a bit. I know it’s the heat of the summer and humidity in July. Yikes. I live in skinny jeans and tees in Los Angeles, it rarely gets too hot, even in summer. Any packing tips on what to bring for hot humid weather that is in cities and not beaches is recommended.

    • Jill says...

      I also want to add that it’s very casual and dirty, so sadly, no white pants, skirts.

    • stephanie says...

      No jeans– go more linen and quick dry materials from Athleta, Lululemon, etc. Lots of tshirts to change often. A couple knit dresses for dinner. Comfortable walking sandals, both dressier and sporty. I always bring a Splendid waffle cardigan on the plane so that’s my one warm thing. oh and obviously a rain poncho!

    • Robin says...

      I’m packing for a trip to Kyoto right now! Lightweight dresses/skirts are stylish and comfortable. Good walking sandals. Remember to bring slip on shoes – at least in Japan you will be taking them on and off all the time.

    • Jill says...

      oh, thanks so much Robin for the tip on the shoes!

    • Mary says...

      I live in hot, humid Singapore, land of the eternal summer (90 degrees every day). My top tip is to wear only natural fibres. If you have even .01% of polyster in your clothes, you will feel sweaty and uncomfortable. On weekends, I live in denim cut-offs & light cotton tops with Birkenstocks or light cotton dresses with sandals or sneakers. When flying, just pop on a pair of leggings and cardigan over a long dress/tunic and remove the leggings & cardigan when you arrive. I do this for my kids too.

    • Jill says...

      thank you for the tips. very helpful

  10. Nicole says...

    I am 8 weeks post-partum and just went on a vacation to California. Needless to say, many of my pre-pregnancy clothes did not fit, but my trusty J crew jean shorts still looked good! Wore them everyday- no shame. This year, I may invest in a bathing suit, too- so cute.

  11. Lisa says...

    My boyfriend, parents, sister and I will go on a 17-day transatlantic cruise from Germany to the US, with stops in Norway, Iceland, Greenland and Canada. We are beyond excited :) We actually deboard in NYC, but will only be able to tour the city for 1 1/2 days. For us, trips like this are great to glimpse at a number of places, and then based on that, decide where we’d like to stay for longer.
    Because anything can happen to us weatherwise, I’ll pack basics that can be layered for tours in colder, rainy weather, and some nicer items for restaurant visits or so. Also, I won’t stuff my suitcase, but rather do some laundry after a few days.

  12. Kim says...

    We’re taking our 9-year-old daughter to Ecuador to visit Quito, Guayaquil and Cuenca. While in Quito, we’ll visit the “middle of the earth” where she can put one foot in the northern hemisphere and one in the southern hemisphere. Can’t wait!

    • Blandine says...

      I loved it! All the different ‘scientific’ experiences were a lot of fun!

  13. LAETITIA RETTORI says...

    Paris with the Family, Ibiza with my husband and Cannon Beach just me and the kids on our list this summer! I splurged on a Solid and striped ballerina swimsuit and i’m packing some dresses that can be easily dressed up or down with different types of shoes + a large straw tote, a few books (just ordered the Handmades’ tale) and some aloe mist!

  14. Alexandra says...

    We will be going to Berlin for 2 weeks with the whole family (mom, dad, 2 kids), and will stay at an apartment. Berlin has so much to offer for the history nuts (husband), photography and architecture fans (me) and the kids. I especially look forward to seeing the old palais Sanssouci again, plus the small towns around Berlin. J Crew stuff will certainly be in my luggage …

    • Vera says...

      Enjoy our Capital. I love Berlin ? so many things to do. Try Berliner Unterwelten, a tour of Tempelhof Airport and the Jewish Museum. ?

  15. Alex says...

    We’ll be seeing Mammoth Cave in Kentucky and staying in a rustic cabin so I might not be able to quite this cute. I’ll need Chacos and tshirts instead I think! But I think I’ll need that floral dress for all the rest of the summer.

    • Nina says...

      Alex, we went to Mammoth Cave a couple years ago and it was such a neat place! Not sure if this info is at all useful to you, but we’re from NY and one thing I wish I had known beforehand was that just as you’re approaching the park, if you’re driving from west to east, there’s a shift from EST to CST so we ended up waiting an extra hour for our tour which was a little bit annoying with a toddler. But I suppose it could’ve been worse if it had been the other way around and we had missed the tour altogether! So just a heads’ up but you may not even need it!

    • Nina says...

      sorry, i meant *driving from east to west*

  16. Meg says...

    We are finally taking my dream vacation to Italy during the height of tourist season (that’s what happens when you have a school-age kid). I need to pack for the high heat of the summer AND appropriate attire for church tours. I’m eyeing that pretty floral dress, but then again…J. Crew outlet might be a better bet for this maxed-out traveler!

  17. Emily says...

    We are traveling from Kansas to Minnesota for our summer vacation. Trying out this lake resort: http://www.grandviewlodge.com/. The in-laws will come from Chicago to meet us there. So excited for a relaxing getaway!

    • Meg says...

      You’ll have fun! It’s the perfect place for families. Lots of things to do!

  18. Alexandra Marie says...

    I loooove those striped pants. I would love to find a maternity version. I miss my high waisted pants!

  19. Carrie says...

    Just got back. Went to L.A.
    Man, Hollywood Blvd is gross.

    • Olivia says...

      Totally agree.

  20. Love these outfits! I’m finally taking a vacation that’s longer than a week after working non-stop for two years (Tokyo and Bangkok, here I come!). I love the linen tanks–so light and airy and will take up little space in my suitcase.

  21. Maiz Connolly says...

    This summer, I’ll be taking my 12 year old son to NYC for a week. Our first one-on-one trip without his dad and little brothers. I used to live there (for 10 years), but this will be his first time in the city. I’m so excited to see it through his eyes. Anyone have recommendations for things to do with a 12 year old in the city?

    • Lizzie says...

      This sounds so fun and special! I took a solo trip with my Dad when I was about that age and still remember how important and special it felt. I would recommend either the Whitney museum or Natural History museum, as well as taking the ferry to Brooklyn. Also there are so many fun parks to explore. And, the best ice cream at Ample Hills in Brooklyn. Have fun!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that sounds so wonderful, maiz! the brooklyn bridge park is so beautiful, and the natural history museum is always a treat. and +1 for ample hills!

  22. Katie says...

    My extended family stays a week in a big house in the Outer Banks most summers. It’s a chance for me to sleep in, be sandy and sweaty, and not worry about what anyone thinks of my looks. BUT I have so many lovely breezy tanks and sundresses that I want to get wear out of, so I never know what mood to pack for!

    • Becca says...

      me too! no bras, no make up, no worries! :-)

  23. We’re taking our 8 year old daughter to Iceland this summer! Excited for the crazy scenery and cute Icelandic horses. On the hunt for waterproof hiking boots for the whole family.

    • Sorel boots! Super comfortable and they’ll last forever. (btw that sounds so fun!)

  24. Nancey says...

    Off to Costa Rica in 2 weeks for a week, not sure what to pack! AHAHAHGHH. I guess casual mostly for the rainforest, and then a couple of cute summer dresses for dinner, lunch, etc.. bathing suits (2) couple of books and a straw hat. that should do it. Shoes are my issue, very tough call. any suggestions? comfy yet cute?

    • Anu says...

      I highly recommend these Sam Edelman lace up sandals. http://bit.ly/2pU17Dm

      Super comfy and cute, IMO. Currently spending a week in San Diego and they’re all I want to wear.

    • stephanie says...

      Cute flat sandals for dinner, not as cute sport sandals for day trips. Like Keens.

    • Robin says...

      Bring some closed toe shoes for hiking. It can be WET and the footing uneven. One place we went (hanging bridges in la fortuna) required closed toe shoes but I’d recommend them for most hikes. I just brought runners. Not designed for hiking but they worked fine. Sandals/flip flops for the rest of the time though!

  25. Rebecca says...

    Always love J Crew! For my Mother’s Day gift my husband is pushing me to go on a mini shopping spree there. I’m a stay at home mom now and I just haven’t been shopping for myself much in the last 18 months. So excited to get a few new things!

    We’re attempting a quick weekend trip to the Indiana dunes (from Chicago) area with 5 other couples and all our kids! We’re staying in a big house with a coach house. It’s going to be nuts but we’re all so excited about it. Hopefully it will become an annual tradition.

    • JMB says...

      Get a J. Crew card. You save 10% on Tuesdays! <3 And free tailoring. FREE I SAY. FREE. Once I turned regular linen pants into cropped linen pants for no reason at all…and guess what? FREE. Wore them all summer.

    • Kelly says...

      What?! Free alterations…I did not know that. I just ordered me a JCrew card yesterday. What a perk!

  26. Yes! We actually have a few fun trips planned for this Summer… we usually plan our trips way in advance and once we go travel, its basically all paid for. That’s the best way, haha! Our first stop it will be Bermuda. :)
    Love the JCrew pieces too!
    Xx – Fernanda
    https://blogmeandthecity.wordpress.com/

  27. Laura C. says...

    YES!!! AFTER seven years of waiting, we’re going to the beach for a week in August!! I can’t believe it yet! Every year I read your post about packing for vacation and I strongly wished about a proper vacation on the beach… Well it’s coming true yeaaaaah sisters!!!

  28. Leigh says...

    I wish us Europeans could benefit from the JCREW discounts. We are off to southern france with the family to houses we rented with pools not far from coast (both Atlantic, then Mediterranean). Wishing you a great trip wherever you NYers are headed to! Like others on this post, I would highly recommend Portugal in summer with children!

  29. I was just on the J Crew site yesterday looking at pretty dresses for the summer months and thinking about their swimwear which I’ve never tried so this post seems like it’s urging me to take the plunge.

  30. Anna Kleinfeld says...

    Lovely!

  31. I have that hat, but it has a vintage, crinkly look now, after being smashed by my toddlers! I’m telling myself that it’s even better now. :)

  32. Irina says...

    We plan to spend the summer in Alaska working on a farm. We (my husband and I and our dog) are driving there from Washington State in a small car so we really have to pare down the amount of stuff we can take with us. We’re mostly bringing gritty t-shirts, pants, and sneakers i.e. farm work clothes, as well as making sure we have enough layers and some rain gear. Also packing a nice pair of pants and a nice shirt for each of us plus a skirt for me, in case we do need to look more presentable at some point (like crossing the border).

  33. CityMaus says...

    My family is actually in Cape Cod this week and most of what I packed is J Crew! Plus Saltwater sandals and wooden Lotta clogs – easy peasy!

    • Liz C says...

      Oh my goodness, packing for Cape Cod as we speak! But sorry to say my wardrobe is all Gap!

  34. Haylie says...

    I was *just* looking at your older posts on this (packing for a 2.5 week trip around Europe, and hoping to go as light and stylish as I can). You read my mind, but then, you so often do <3

  35. Kelly says...

    Might I suggest a family trip to Portugal? We spent a month there last June with both our kids, then 5 and 2.5. For western Europe, it’s pretty damn affordable, has beautiful coastline, amazing castles and delicious food. Outside of Lisbon, we ran into other Americans only twice, which is always good in my book! Stayed in air bnb’s the whole time, which worked really well with our kids!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, amazing, thank you, kelly!

    • Karen says...

      I’d love to know more! We are headed there with older kids (6 and 11) in June-July and staying in Colares. We only have a week and are considering going on to Paris or staying in Portugal and doing more… any tips or recommendations on AirBnBs?

      Thanks!

    • Karen says...

      Also, did you go to Porto?

      Thanks!

  36. Lindsay says...

    Great choices! Love the denim jacket over the dress. We are going to DC next week ( first time, with a White House tour!) With the kids. I am still not fitting in my pre preg clothes and not sure what to take from Seattle to hot humid weather! Should be interesting….Thanks for some ideas

    • Lisa says...

      I took a look ahead at next week’s DC weather – it shouldn’t be too hot (unlike today, yuck!). Wear comfortable walking shoes/flats because you’ll be on your feet a lot. Tory Burch flats are synonymous with the ‘DC Girl’ for a reason. Layers are good because the buildings tend to be kept pretty cool and you’ll want to transition from indoor to outdoor.
      Some DC tips:
      There are a lot of free things to do, but food tends to be expensive. It might be fun for your family to try the food trucks. You can use http://www.foodtruckfiesta.com to find their locations and to see what is available.
      When on the metro escalators, stand on the right and walk on the left. Locals can get downright hostile if this unwritten rule is broken during rush hour.
      Check out the Circulator for bus transportation. They accept Smartrip card payment (like the metro and regular public buses), but tend to be cleaner and cheaper.
      There are plenty (PLENTY) of Starbucks locations, but if you are looking for local cafes, a few favorites for me are Tryst, Big Bear, Compass Coffee (several locations!).
      If you have a sitter for the evening, Rose’s Luxury is 100% worth the wait.

      Have fun!

    • Lindsay says...

      Thank you Lisa!!

    • Maria says...

      I live in DC with small children and there are so many wonderful things to do with them. A lot of the museums (American History, Native American, Natural History) has specific kids play rooms and events (just look at the Smithsonian website). All of the Smithsonian museums are free, including the zoo (even though it’s NOT located on the Mall). If you want to leave the super touristy area, it’s really easy to find a bunch of wonderful playgrounds and (if you’re around on and after Sat. May 27) splash parks – with tons of water features for kids to run around in. Check out Navy Yard as one idea.

      Agree with Lisa – please please please don’t stand on the left side of the elevator (that’s what the right side is for)! And the Circulator bus has great routes, is only a $1 (SmartTrip also works), kids under 5 are free, and it comes every 10 minutes.

      As for weather – it’s mid-90s this week but looks to be mid-70s and overcast next week, so possibly not that different than what you’re used to in Seattle.

  37. Katie says...

    I’m going to visit my (recently long distance) boyfriend in San Francisco in a month. Hoping for a cup of jo city guide for SF in the meantime :)

  38. Ivy says...

    It always seems like COJ’s posts always coincide with my life! lol. Am actually heading to New York this weekend (it’s a long weekend in Canada) and staying in Williamsburg. Any suggestions you have for food/shopping/seeing/what-to=pack would be lovely and much appreciated :)

    • Jenny says...

      Have fun Ivy! Rabbit Hole for bruch! Nighthawk for a film with a cocktail and tater tots! Go to Brooklyn Flea and Artists and Fleas for some great shopping and street food.

  39. Emma says...

    We are going to Austin for the long weekend, my mother lives there and I have been a million times but this time I decided to make reservations at all of the swankiest places, hello barley swine, so the trip will be more exciting than normal.

  40. Kara says...

    We are leaving for Ireland on Friday. I don’t think J.Crew’s summer collection will be suitable for this trip…. :)

    • Christine Baerg says...

      Ha ha, I had the same thought. We’re also leaving for Ireland on Friday. Rain gear but then I live in Vancouver so it will just be more of the same.

    • Lilly says...

      I’m heading for Ireland on Sunday! It really does look rainy, doesn’t it?

    • Christine Baerg says...

      Yes it looks like a lot of rain but we’ll all be in a beautiful country on vacation so the rain won’t matter!!

  41. Sophie Roland Heiðdal says...

    We’re moving from Reykjavík to the Lake District in the North of England at the end of summer, and before we brace ourselves for the big move (oh god, so stressful…) we’re taking a trip to my family’s place in Abruzzo on the East coast of Italy. It’s a lot like Tuscany, but less tourists, and just as much wine. Counting down until sunshine and all that beautiful fresh local produce – both things I’ve desperately missed while living in Iceland!!

    • Ann says...

      We are headed to Reykjavík (Stockholm, Copenhagen & Oslo too) in early July, any suggestions on what to pack?? :)

    • Sophie Roland Heiðdal says...

      Hi Ann,
      The weather is so changeable here… (the saying is, ‘if you don’t like the weather, just wait five minutes’) so your best bet is to bring a good rain jacket, a warm sweater, warm weather options incase you’re lucky and some comfy shoes for walking – there’s some stunning coastal paths and hikes around the bay. Also bring a few cute outfits for dinners or going out to the bars. It’s a modern and fashionable city and you can spot the tourists straight away by their windbreakers and hiking boots… in the restaurants!! It makes the locals giggle that they were somehow expecting extreme terrain within the city limits ;) Happy to give you any other tips or suggestions for around town? ps. sounds like a fantastic trip!

    • Ann says...

      Hi Sophie,

      Thanks for your reply! We will be traveling with our 2 sons ages 12 & 14. We plan on renting a car and driving the “Golden Circle”. Also booking a visit to the Blue Lagoon either first thing in the morning or later in day. That’s the only thing we have planned for that day, if you have any suggestions of things to do (and places to eat/shop!), I’d appreciate it! We don’t have nearly enough time and hope to at least hit some highlights! Will be sure to leave the hiking boots at the hotel for dinner :) Many thanks!!

  42. those striped pants!! also… j.crew’s cut off shorts that i bought myself two years ago remain THE GREATEST DENIM SHORTS EVER.

  43. Sandra says...

    We’re going to Fire Island (again). We went last year based on one of your past posts about it and had so much fun that when we started to brainstorm about going somewhere else this summer we just kept thinking how much we’d miss Fire Island if we didn’t go again. :-)

    • Sandra says...

      And p.s. … I love the stripe and chambray pants! But I tried that ruffle skirt on in the store and it definitely made me look wider than I am and wasn’t flattering. I think it would be really cute on the right body type, though.

  44. I spy Frankies garden, right? I love that place! That floral dress, paired with the flats and jean jacket scream Summer to me but that white eyelet top is what I really want. If only I was 35 weeks pregnant right now, I’d click over and order all of these items!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes! one of our favorite restaurants :) luckily, we showed up at 11am, and no one else was back there, so we could quickly snap some photos :)

    • Taylor says...

      Speaking of which, has J.Crew quietly discontinued its maternity line? I didn’t take advantage of it with my first pregnancy but would like the option to next time! Looks like their only maternity pieces are on clearance. Joanna, any insight? :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i think they did discontinue it — i’ll try to confirm for sure. target and gap and loft have great maternity basics, as does storq. hope that helps!! xoxo

  45. Lauren E. says...

    Life with my husband is the opposite of that quote: we bicker the entire time we’re planning the trip (he’s an anxious traveler) and then the minute we get where we’re going, it’s the BEST. This summer we’re going to a family wedding in San Diego and then spending time with friends in LA afterward. I can’t wait! Venice Beach, here I come.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      how fun, lauren! that sounds like a great trip.

  46. stephanie says...

    We’re going to Vietnam and Cambodia in July while our kids are at sleepaway camp for two weeks. I need more rugged stuff and less fancy than this, I think. My favorite item from my last SE Asia trip was linen pants from Nordstrom, so I bought a second pair. Lots of lightweight tshirts and a couple tanks, one or two dresses. No denim. One or two Walking sandals– Keens for dirt roads, Naots and Born for fancier and less dirty outings.

    • Maaike says...

      You will have a great time! Vietnam and Cambodia are amazing, my husband and i spent around 5 weeks there last year, it was wonderful. You can either go rough, or quite upscale, with both. Make sure to leave some room in your luggage for shopping, esp. if you go to Hoi An, you can have amazing clothes made there and there is really good shopping also. In Cambodia, there are a lot of non-profit organisations you can buy beautiful crafts from as well, a great way of giving something back!

  47. Lauren says...

    We are moving from San Francisco to Boston this summer so we decided to drive instead of ship our car. I just booked all of our accommodations for when we aren’t crashing with family and friends and am super excited to “glamp” outside of Moab, UT in a luxury safari tent for 2 nights! I also found a really cool looking airbnb on a ranch/dairy farm in the middle of Kansas to stay at for a night. Very excited to hit the open road and explore the USA with my husband!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, amazing, lauren!!!

    • Brianna says...

      That sounds amazing! What a fun adventure.

    • Karen says...

      Moab is one of my favorite places on Earth! I’m a big fan of roadside attractions when road tripping. I bet there are some on the way to your destination.

    • Lauren says...

      Any chance you can send links? We may also be planning a cross country trip this summer…

    • Katie says...

      I just got back from a 7-state, 5-day road trip with my sister, and we ended in Moab! (She’s working there this summer so I joined her for the drive from NC to UT.) On our last night we stayed at ‘Under Canvas Moab’. Is that the luxury tents you’re talking about? If so, you’re in for a TREAT. It was incredible, beyond our expectations! Highly recommend doing a few of the hikes through Arches National Park while you’re there. Have the best time!

    • Lauren says...

      Here is a link to the place we are staying in Moab – https://www.undercanvas.com/camps/moab/ – I can’t wait! The airbnb is at a place called Good Karma Dairy. Happy travels everyone!

    • Lauren says...

      Katie! Sorry I missed your comment to me – yes it’s the same place – so happy to hear you loved it!! We are going to stay for 2 night so we can spend a full day hiking around Arches :)

  48. Kellie P. says...

    I can so relate to that quote — I think I have more fun planning vacations than actually going on them! Haha.

  49. Jennie says...

    How fun! I LOVE travel: family trips, girls trips, alone trips, and husband and wife trips! I got back from a Hawaii trip with my husband and he and I and our son will go to France and Italy for 3 weeks this summer. Can’t wait to hear all about your travels.

    • Jennie says...

      And P.S.
      I hope you actually got to enjoy that mid-day Rose!

  50. We’re having a baby in the middle of summer, so no vacation for us and I’m dying! I live for our annual beach trip! I’ve already started planning baby’s first birthday beach bash extravaganza for next summer though! It’s going to be a blast (or as much as a blast as a vacation with three little kids can be)!

  51. Ceridwen says...

    I’m starting to feel rather jealous of you guys in the Northern Hemisphere. Cold and dark her in Melbourne, Australia so think it is time to plan a seaside house with a fireplace to snuggle by and drink red wine. Or a plane ticket to the warm weather!

    • Christina says...

      Today is a beautiful sunny day in Melbourne and we are much luckier than other cities that just rain every day in winter I always think! Enjoy the sunsunshine!

  52. Sarah King says...

    Love that dress on you!

  53. Brianna says...

    I was hoping to get to Portland, OR for my birthday, but my plans have been foiled due to some family stuff. I’m hoping for a trip in the fall – I’ll have more annual leave built up by then and more money stashed away, too.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      portland is such a fun place to visit! sorry to hear your trip fell through — although it will be beautiful in the fall. ava gene’s was one of the best meals i’ve ever had: http://www.avagenes.com/

    • Brianna says...

      Ava Gene’s sounds amazing. I’ll probably be flying solo and I’m excited to eat my way through the city (and go to Powell’s!).

    • Abesha1 says...

      Make sure you visit the Pearl Bakery a block down from Powell’s. If you don’t see them, ask for the chocolate Valhrona shortbread cookies. Rich, crumbly… incredible!

  54. Meghan says...

    We are from Alberta, Canada and traveling to Pittsburgh to visit my husband’s family. It will be our first big airplane trip with both of our boys. Our oldest is a seasoned traveller but our youngest (who is 1) hasn’t been far yet!

    I LOVE all these pieces but they are far out of my budget :(

    • Abesha1 says...

      Visit Pamela’s Diner in Squirrel Hill for crepe-style pancakes and chocolate babka. Yum
      :)

    • Meghan says...

      Thanks! I will! I’ve been to Squirrel Hill but never that diner – I’m excited to try :)

    • Abesha1 says...

      And if you need ideas… all good with kids, or without:
      Frick Estate (café is fantastic, free antique car museum!)
      Phipps Conservatory
      Duquesne Incline (cash only)

      Oh, I miss Pittsburgh…..