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Travel Bucket List: International Countries

It would be a great opportunity to be able to get on a plane and travel to certain destinations at my own discretion.

I’ve been to the Philippines and that’s about it for international destinations, unless I count my stopovers in South Korea. The airport is really nice.

As far as other places here in the U.S., I’ve been to Dayton, Las Vegas, and more recently, New York. It was a short weekend, but it was great to travel as an adult and tourist. Vegas is great, but it gets old real quick. I hope to visit New York again and check out more great spots along with other cities in the U.S. But I’d love to get more stamps in my passport and learn about other countries.

Here are the top 10 countries I’d like to visit if I had the money and vacation time to do so!

CANADA

Oh, Canada! Since middle school & high school I wanted to visit the country up north, specifically Vancouver. The main reason had/has to do with my love for television. I remember always wanting to do a road trip just so I could see where exactly my favorite tv show, Smallville, was filming. For some reason I thought that if I was able to road trip it to Vancouver, I could easily meet Tom Welling, Kristin Kreuk, & Alison Mack. I’d still love to make it to Van city to see where some current shows film. I’d also love to visit Toronto to see my Degrassi people and where Drake started.

But other than my love for television, I’d like to go sight seeing at places like Niagara Falls and Old Quebec and even visit the top of CN Tower to get a view of Lake Ontario.

FRANCE

Bonjour, je m’appelle Adele! For those of you that don’t know, I took French for four years from middle school to high school. Too bad I only retained a few things. If someone spoke slowly to me in French, I’m confident that i’d probably be able to pick up a few words.

Je voudrais aller Γ  Le Louvre et L’Arc De Triomphe. If I wrote that correctly, I just said, “I would like to go to the Louvre and the Arc De Triomphe.” These were a few destinations we learned about in French class. I’d also love to admire the architecture of all the castles and palaces like the Palace of  Versailles. And of course what would my trip be without visiting the Eiffel Tower? I’d love to see it during the day and how it’s lit up at night. The hopeless romantic in me pictures someone proposing to me right in front of it in the city of love, Paris.

ITALY

Let me start off by saying that I love Italian food. Pasta is life. By saying that, i’d want to navigate through Italy and eat all the Pizza I can.

I’d want to admire the art, see Da Vinci’s Last Supper and climb the steps of Duomo di Milano (Milan Cathedral) and then I’d go to the Trevi Fountain and make a wish. Visiting Verona, the home of Romeo and Juliet would be amazing too!

But most of all i’d want to visit St. Peters Basilica and just sit and pray for a little.

UNITED KINGDOM

I want to be clichΓ©. First, I’d visit the Buckingham Palace. I’d want to stand next to a guard and try to get them to crack. But I don’t want to be obnoxious. We both know I wont pester them. I’d just stand there and smile awkardly. Then i’d pretend to make a call from a red phone booth and cross Abbey Road. Maybe, I’ll meet a cute british boy who’ll charm me with their accent and then we’ll go find a Nandos and have lunch.

JAPAN

Although I’m a bit claustrophobic, I’d love to cross the Shibuya Crossing. I mean, it cracks me up how I see people stand in the middle and almost stop pedestraim traffic to take a picture. I’d want to do that to, but I don’t know if I have the guts to do so.

Tokyo Disney is on my list and visiting my friends who are stationed there is also a must. Oh and food. I’d go around to find the best sushi and desserts.

SPAIN

I dont’t know much about the landmarks and history of Spain, but like other countries, I’d want to explore the architect and the beauty of the building and culture.

AUSTRALIA

Of course I’d love to visit the land down under! It would be so cool to celebrate the New Year here since it’s the first country to celebrate. I’d like to watch the fireworks go off at Sydney Harbor Bridge.

THAILAND

Just like Spain and Australia, I’m not too familiar with famous landmarks or even the culture. But it’s definitely another Asian country I’d like to visit.

I’d want to visit the many islands and I’d be very down to eat the streetfoods. And shopping, always shopping.

GREECE

I want to have my own little Sisterhood of Traveling Pants moments and meet someone to take me out of my comfort zone. I am forever a hopeless romantic.

But mostly, I’d like to visit all the places we’ve heard about in Greek Mythology and history. I’d want to visit the Parthenon and the Temple of Olympian Zeus.

Also, although I’m not a big fan of beaches, I’d want to see Myrtos Beach as well!

PHILIPPINES

As mentioned earlier, I’ve been to the Philippines already. The first time was when I was 16 and I mostly stayed in the province of Zambales. The second time I went was last December, 11 years after the first time. As an “adult”, I made lists of places I wanted to visit, but just like when I was 16, I was mostly in the province. We were in Subic and Manila a few times for shopping and whatnot and even took a whole bus full of 50+ people to Pangasinan and Baguio, but there were so many places I wanted visit.

When I go back to the Philippines, I’d like to go to Vigan and see the Spanish influences in the architecture. I’d love to explore  Manila and Quezon City along with Makati and Tagaytay. Palawan and Boracay is on my list for beaches. I’d even hike a little to see Mt. Pinatubo! There’s even a lot to check out in my family’s province, i’d want to explore more. I just wish it were a little cooler in temperature.

Remember #ItsMoreFunInThePhilippines.

I hope that one day I’ll get to visit at least half of these countries. But writing this list made me realize I don’t know much about other countries. For a lot of countries I wouldn’t know where to even start, but I know I’ll figure out a plan if I do get the chances to step foot in each of these countries! I look forward to learn more about each country and the culture.

If you have any recommendations of places to visit in each country, let me know!

xoxo,

Adele

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Top 5: YouTubers!

YouTube can get very addicting. Watching awesome vloggers on YouTube can get extremely addicting, especially when they put out content you love and look forward to. Today’s blog? My favorite YouTubers. I’ve always watched people on YouTube, but I’ve only started really subscribing to YT channels over the past year or so. I usually love to watch lifestyle vlogs and dance videos, so the following people totally deliver.

Matt Steffanina

It took me a while to really get into Matt’s YT channel. I would see his videos floating around Facebook and think, “Wow, these dancers are skilled.” Sometimes I wish I were a skilled dancer. I always wonder if I have what it takes to dance, like REALLY dance to choreo. Then I watch Matt’s videos and his choreo inspires me and gets me hype. He comes out with new videos every week to the latest hits and it’s great to see how he and other dancers he works with, interpret music. The fact that he also has vids that break down some of his pieces is great as well, because it empowers me to attempt to learn dance moves and add my own flavor.

Alex Aiono

This 21-year-old has all the girls swooning after him. And I am no exception. The first video I saw of his was the “One Dance/Hasta El Amanecer” mashup/cover. He sung in Spanish and it was smooth AF. I think that’s when his viewership went up. He’s made so many covers that sound way better than the original. You can tell he’s such a talented musician considering he plays his own instruments and produces the music. Lately, he hasn’t been too active on YouTube, but that’s because he got signed to a record label and is making his own music and touring!

Megan Batoon 

I’m not sure how or when I came across Megan’s channel, but it was probably because I saw her doing choreo in another YouTuber’s video. Her channel has a little something for everyone. Aside from awesome dance videos, she does How-To videos, cooking videos, weekly vlogs and one of my favorites, her top 5 fave things of the month. Overall, she just seems super bubbly and upbeat in her videos, you can’t dislike her. If you do dislike her, then I won’t judge you, but I guarantee she’ll make you smile at some point. She’s just her dorky self and that’s so refreshing to see. Some days I find myself watching her older videos that I missed and she just cracks me up.

Dominic “D-Trix” Sandoval

Megan’s older brother! Just kidding, but they always joke about being related. They’re both half filipino and adorable. I’ve been a fan of Dom since his SYTYCD days. He was one of my favorites (I like b-boys πŸ˜‚) and to this day, he’s still one my favorite dancers. His YouTube channel contains some funny content from parody videos to food challenges to his “Now Add A Dancer” series. He’s also got this one series where he does trick shots. The latest one he’s done was with Oreo cookies and it had me amazed. I just wonder how long it takes for him to film those videos. But aside from all the funny stuff, he has some really sentimental vids that just hit me in the feels, especially knowing who inspired the videos. My absolute fave video will always be this one:

Shay Mitchell

Shay Mitchell did not get her start on YouTube and isn’t technically a famous YouTube star. But she has a channel that I subscribe to and I’m always excited to see what’s next. Shay rose to fame on Pretty Little Liars but she’s one of the few Hollywood celebrities that actually puts out their own content and videos on YouTube. She’s the epitome of a lifestyle vlogger. I’m always looking forward to her “Shaycation” vlogs where she takes us viewers along with her while she’s vacationing in another country or state. However, my absolute favorite videos she posts are the #SendSammy videos. Sammy is her assistant of 3+ years (correct me if I’m wrong) and Shay always sends her off to do random things. It’s hilarious, but you can tell they are having fun and just want to make us laugh. Or else Sammy really does need a raise.

What kind of content do you like to watch on YouTube? Any recommendations on who I should subscribe to?

xoxo,

Adele

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My List of Travel Essentials

Very rarely do I get to travel, but when I do you better believe I have an idea of what I’ll be doing. I love making lists and itineraries even though I may not follow them exactly as they are written or follow them at all. Yes, I still use a pen and paper to write lists. Sometimes I use the Notes app on the iPhone, but nothing makes me feel more accomplished than when I cross something off my little written lists.

Not only do I try to make itineraries, I make a list of things to pack. My lists vary depending on where I’m going and how long I’ll be there, so today’s post is dedicated to travel essentials.

If you’re traveling domestic for a few days, like a weekend getaway, here’s what I recommend to bring in your luggage:

  • Clothes
    • Four different outfits
      • 2 day outfits for your day adventures
      • 2 night outfits – Chances are you’ll be going out and having a nice dinner or checking out a little bar. You definitely don’t want to go out in your day outfit. You can if you want, but don’t you want to look fresh and dressed up for the occasion?
    • Undergarments
      • This should be self explanatory, but sometimes people forget..
    • Shoes! Have at least two options. Tennis shoes and a little black dress don’t always go together.
    • Bathing Suit
      • If you’re going somewhere tropical I imagine you’ll be chilling at the beach or at a really nice resort pool, so be prepared!
    • PJs
      • Try to change out of your clothes and into some comfortable PJs when you come home at 2 a.m.

If you’re traveling to another state or country for more than the weekend, then bring outfits to last at least one week. After one week, then you could always wash your clothes and mix and match.

  • Accessories
    • Jewelry to pair with your outfits – I’m pretty minimum when it comes to jewelry, but I always try to bring a necklace or two.
    • Sunglasses/glasses/contacts
      • If you have glasses or contacts, don’t forget them. You want to be able to see the beautiful places you visit.
      • Protect your eyes!
    • Purse and/or clutch
  • Beauty and Health products – Just because your away from home doesn’t mean you have to forget your daily routines when it comes to hygiene! Also note, there are travel size things of a lot of products!
    • Shampoo + Conditioner
      • Dry Shampoo is a must for those days you don’t feel like washing your hair or for those times you may not have a shower around.
    • Soap
    • Lotion
    • Moisturizer
    • Face wash
    • Cotton swabs/balls
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Toothbrush + Toothpaste + Floss
    • Hairbrush
    • Hairspray
    • Sunscreen
    • Your basic make up essentials
      • primer
      • foundation
      • powder
      • concealer
      • eye liner
      • eyeshadow
      • mascara
      • blush
      • make up remover
    • Body spray/perfume
    • Deodorant
    • Repellent

Aside from my checked-in luggage, I usually have my carry-on and/or backpack. This is what I usually carry along with me:

  • Passport and personal IDs
  • Cash and credit cards.
    • Cash isn’t always ideal, but if you’re going to another country you definitely want to tip the people who help you in the airport
  • Wallet to carry the above
  • Flight itinerary and tickets
  • Converter for international travelers
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Prescriptions
  • First Aid Kit
  • Glasses/Sunglasses
  • Pocket Tissue
  • Feminine products
  • Cell Phone and charger
  • Portable charger
  • Laptop and charger
  • Headphones
  • Camera
  • Keys
  • Water Bottle
  • Snacks

I’m definitely someone who overpacks. There are times where I come home without using a certain outfit or product. But I think it’s better to over pack than to worry about buying something in another place because you forgot it at home. Just make sure you don’t go over the weight limit!

I won’t be traveling any time soon, but at least I’ll be prepared with this list!

Did I forget something? What things do you ALWAYS travel with?

xoxo,

Adele

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