What to Pack – Italy Edition Featuring Ashley from Her Sparkle

The ultimate Italian honeymoon packing list by fashion blogger, Ashley Fehr Hajjar

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Remember Ashley, our incredibly talented and well-traveled friend from Her Sparkle? Well, ICYMI, she shared with us the perfect Hawaiian honeymoon packing list and has returned with the ultimate Italian honeymoon packing list this time around! Check it.

Going on an Italian getaway for your honeymoon and need some ideas on what to pack?! See below for Her Sparkle’s latest packing list for Italy.

When traveling abroad it’s always a good idea to bring some stand out pieces {gorgeous options seen below – we picture ourselves sipping wine on the Amalfi Coast in one of these dresses!} as well as some simpler & more practical items {such as the scarf to throw on with jeans + white tank AND of course the beach bag & flats}

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1: Floral Print Dress // 2: Scarf // 3: Blue & White Maxi Dress // 4: Pink Ankle Strap Heels // 5: Turquoise Swing Dress // 6: Monogrammed Striped Beach Tote // 7: Lace Up Sandals // 8: Floral Swimsuit

Welp, we’re definitely going to do some damage with this packing list. Also, is anyone thinking of taking an Italian getaway ASAP?! Thank you Ashley for sparking our wanderlust and sharing your wisdom 🙂

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The Top 5 Travel Snapchat Accounts

Wanderable is now officially on Snapchat! Check out our fav travel accounts now.

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Today is a good day. Wanderable has officially joined the world of Snapchat and we are all so excited to share all our adventures with you in real time. Read on for our take on the top 5 travel Snapchat accounts (plus don’t forget to follow us @wanderable)!

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5. jeromejarre

This 24 year old French jetsetter is well known for his appearance in a popular Vine video and can be found Snapping all of his adventures, no matter how big or small, and spreading numerous positive messages on the app as well. Jerome can also be found engaging his followers in various photo challenges. This is one account you are definitely going to want to follow.

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4. caseyneistat

This producer and filmmaker is anything but ordinary. He makes sure to snap his many adventures on the regular, filming in a way that makes his followers feel as though they are right there with him. Casey is one of the most well-known, and entertaining users on snapchat so you would be silly not to follow this travel guru. You may or may not develop a major case of wanderlust, and get a few laughs along the way.

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3. topdeck.travel

This tourism company has teamed up with YouTube legend, Jimmy Hill, and UK-based agency Thinkhouse to utilize the up and coming realtime messaging app. This account is deemed the “world’s first Snapchat travel show” and includes Hill’s European adventures, explorations and more. This is one account that should be followed asap.

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2. Marriott Hotels

Being the first Snapchat campaign for hotel brands, Marriott has utilized Snapchat to appeal to the younger traveler, as a storytelling device, mainly to support the brand’s Travel Brilliantly campaign. Marriott has partnered with various influencers to get their message out there (Casey Neistat – above – being one of them) and connect with users on an emotional level.

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1. National Geographic (Discover tool)

Our number 1 travel Snapchat account would have to be the one and only National Geographic. When Snapchat introduced its “Discover” feature this past January, 11 different publications immediately joined, National Geographic being one of them. National Geographic, along with many other major companies, are using Snapchat to draw in the Millennial generation. We must say, it definitely seems to be working (have you checked out their daily snaps?!). All you have to do is swipe left on Snapchat to find this Discover tool

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As you can see, Snapchat is not going away anytime soon. Follow our many adventures @wanderable now! Will you wander with us?

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Spotlight: The Lazy Travelers

Besties, Ashley & Carolyn of The Lazy Travelers share their stories and travel tips.

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Ashley & Carolyn at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

Ever dreamed of traveling the world with your bestie? Of course you have, as have we. Ashley and Carolyn of The Lazy Travelers have made this dream a total reality. These two gypsets conquer the globe one glass of red at a time, and have had their fair share of adventures (downed pints in the Irish countryside, got locked in an Austrian dungeon in the middle of night, etc.). As you can see, these two travel gurus live an unaverage yet incredibly fascinating life. Ashley and Carolyn have taken the time to share with us their story, their traveling tips and much more.

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Ashley & Carolyn in Budapest

How did you two meet/become best friends?

On the seventh grade school bus! Once we found out we had every single class together that year, we were pretty much inseparable.

How did you guys get the idea to start a blog? Was it something you always dreamed about?

Not at all. We were both working for the same company, and the work/life balance was… lacking. After a lot of post-work wine one night, we brilliantly decided we would run off to Dublin and open a pizza shop. We created a full presentation for Ashley’s husband, who immediately talked us off the ledge. Apparently he didn’t agree that there is a major hole in the Irish pizza market.

A blog seemed like less work, so we bought the domain and just started writing!

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Ashley & Carolyn in Nob Hill, San Francisco (via Flytographer)

What do you do when you’re not roaming the world?

Ashley just moved to London and Carolyn is back in Philadelphia after a few years in NYC, so we’ve been doing a lot of hometown exploration and weekend staycations!

We also enjoy drinking wine whilst wearing comfy clothes and gchatting/whatsapping/snapchatting each other excessively. Standard bestie protocol.

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 Ashley & Carolyn at the Brooklyn Bridge 

What is a typical day like for the two of you when you’re traveling together?

We’re big proponents of getting to know a place by aimlessly wandering, which means we don’t really have a typical day. If we’re in a city, we’ll get up, grab breakfast, and then pick a neighborhood to explore on foot. We also find ourselves renting a car for at least one day on most of our trips, and going on a bit of a roadtrip. Recently, we were in San Francisco for four days, but went out to Napa for a night so we could get a taste of the wine region.

Whatever we do, almost all our travel days include a few hours spent in a local bar, pub or cafe, people watching and taking it all in. Oh, and instagramming, mildly obsessively.

How many places have you traveled together?

Our first real adventure together was a week long pre-college program in NYC when we were sophomores in high school. Not sure how we convinced our parents of that one, but they fell for it.

Since then, we’ve been up and down the US East Coast together, all over Europe… it’s hard to keep track! Most recently, we were in South Africa for a week, which was incredible.

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Stellenbosch, South Africa 

What is your absolute favorite place you have ever traveled? What is one thing people NEED to do while there?

We can’t pick a favorite!! BUT our recent trip to South Africa was one of our best experiences to date.

There are so many things worth doing–wine country, safari, Cape Town–it’s an insanely beautiful country. The thing that made our time so memorable was two days spent with a local charity called Newkidz on the Block. They help establish loving homes for orphaned, vulnerable and destitute children, and the co-founders, Hilda and Michael, are such incredible people. We raised funds in the weeks leading up to our trip (and still are!), and it was so uplifting to meet the kids and caretakers who benefited from everyone’s donations.

It also made us realize that giving back when you travel doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming. It’s not all or nothing–you don’t have to dedicate your entire vacation or honeymoon. It’s wonderful if you can, but even just donating one or two days really makes a huge difference.

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Ashley and Carolyn painting murals in a daycare with Newkidz on the Block!

Which destinations are on your bucket list?

It’s way too long to list! Our recent reunion in San Francisco made us realize just how much of the US we haven’t seen. We also have our sights on South America. Chilean wine country, Machu Picchu, the Galapagos? We’d settle for any of those! We also definitely want to go back to Africa sooner rather than later, ideally to Botswana, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Kenya…

Seriously, the list is just too long.

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What is your favorite part about traveling the world? What is the biggest challenge in traveling?

It sounds cliche, but we genuinely love experiencing new cultures, trying new food and meeting new people. We can get a little cranky about the actual act of traveling, and usually just want that part to be over.

Our husbands would probably argue that we get a LOT cranky, especially on the return journey, but whatever. Who likes to leave vacation?!

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Sunset in South Africa 

What is the last best thing you ate/drank?

Kevin Arnold Shiraz paired with spicy dark chocolate at the Waterford Estate in Stellenbosch, South Africa! And not that Kevin Arnold, we asked. We were met with blank stares.

What are your 5 tips for traveling internationally?

– Don’t put pressure on yourself to see everything! Instead, narrow your personal must-sees to 2 or 3 things that you can’t miss, and check out more if you have the time. Chances are high your favorite moments won’t be zipping through a museum or snapping photos of a building you heard was important.

– Try to learn key phrases in the local language, but don’t let it stress you out if you panic and forget everything as soon as you land! When all else fails, hand signals and an apologetic smile work wonders.

– If you’re unfamiliar with the local cuisine, scout out the regional fare in advance and mentally list a few dishes you know you have to try. This also helps if you’re a fan of ignoring recommendations and just picking a restaurant that looks cute. Even if you can’t read the full menu, you’ll at least have a vague idea of what to order!

– Check out the local public transport situation, as well as how much a cab should cost from the airport. There is nothing worse than wondering if you’re getting scammed the second you step off the plane.

– Pack light, especially if you have more than one stop on your itinerary. We speak from experience when we tell you that there’s nothing worse than unpacking and repacking piles of unnecessary clothes every three days.

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Ashley & Carolyn in Cape Town, South Africa

What are your favorite travel essentials?

Chapstick and a big scarf! We can’t board a plane without either one. Also, on the subject of packing light, packing cubes are a godsend. They make organizing your suitcase so, SO much easier, and are a major space saver.

If you could choose one of our Wanderable Experiences (we have over 2,800!), which one would it be and why?

Welp, just fell down a rabbit hole and literally want to go on ever single trip. Like… is the Treehouse Lodge even real? Or this eco resort??

…Do you guys do best friend registries?

Not yet, but stay tuned!

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Wanderable On The Road with Raump LA

Travel guru, Andrew Tyree, shares his go-to foodie spots with us during our LA Tour.

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Our tour guide, Andrew showing off his passport – stamp tattoo

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Close-up of Andrew’s rad tattoo

Last month, the Wanderable team had the privilege of hanging with Andrew Tyree of Raump//Coast to Costa while in LA for some first-class treatment and a peek into the fabulous experiences that our partner offers. Between a cocktail class at Gracias Madre, pastrami sandwiches at Wexler’s Deli, and a brewery tour at Angel City Brewerywe couldn’t have been happier. This is definitely something you’re going to need to check out for yourselves (just look at that pastrami sandwich…mouth watering right?!). In between stops, we caught up with Andrew to get the inside scoop on where the inspiration for his company came from and why foodie tours are the perfect idea for Date Night.

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Pastrami sandwich at Wexler’s Deli at the Downtown LA Grand Central Market

How did you come up with the idea for Raump LA & Coast to Costa?

I came up with Coast to Costa first because I had lived in Spain for almost 4 years and fell in love with it. Upon arriving back in SF afterwards, I worked in a Spanish restaurant called Contigo in Noe Valley (go there and tell them Andrew Tyree sent you) and developed relationships with many Spanish wine makers and restaurant owners. I had organized group trips back to Spain with friends for various reasons and figured, why not put all of my contacts together and take groups of Americans on food and wine trips to Barcelona…so I did. That was in 2012 and now I do trips to Spain, Mexico and this year Cuba.

Raump was developed because I moved to Los Angeles only to discover that the city that I had left 15 years ago had reformed and changed in a lot of amazing ways. I now want to showcase neighborhoods that were too sketchy to go to when I was young that have now become amazing artistic communities. It’s warm and friendly and has a TON to offer in DTLA and the east side of LA.

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Handmade cocktails at Gracias Madre (shaken, not stirred)

Why LA? Why these places in particular?

LA is where I’m from. When I left, I thought that I would never come back. Since then I have lived all over the world and seen many beautiful places….Los Angeles is my HOME, though. I’m 33. I needed to come home.

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 Avocado toast and an IPA (breakfast of champions)

Why do you think these places are perfect for Date Night?

For Angelinos, the East Side is like this mysterious side of town. People don’t venture out this way as much. What could be better on a date than some unexpected, super rad parts of your own city that you never knew existed? It’s more of a fun, interesting date. Don’t expect candle lit dinner and sharing the same spaghetti noodle!

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Wanderable couple enjoying the Angel City Brewery Tour

What is your favorite restaurant in Los Angeles?

My favorite restaurant in LA is Bestia. The use of old warehouse space. The design. Industrial as it comes. Abandoned buildings turned into culinary cathedrals. Chef Ori is SICK! He and his crew make their own charcuterie. It is head to tail. They balance it out with the lightest, best deserts imaginable!

 In Spain?

In Spain, well, in Barcelona, the Boqueria Merkat because of all locals just hang out.  Also Tapas24 for, duh, tapas, and my friend’s restaurant Momo’s in the Gracia neighborhood. He based the menu off his personal travels all throughout Asia and serves it in small plated, sharable, Spanish style. In Sevilla, Levies! It was my first experience with Spanish cuisine and I crave it weekly to this day.

What is your favorite bar? Why?

My favorite bar in LA is the Gold Room. I met my wife there! Cheap drinks and no frills. Bar 107 for the quirky decor and crazy dance parties. Tony’s is like my Cheer’s, they always know my name and am always glad I came!

Theive’s Tavern in SF is my favorite bar in the world because I met some of my best friends in the entire world there!!

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Sunrise on the I-5 on our way home from LA

What destinations are on your bucket list?

Cuba, Cuba, Cuba. I can’t get it out of my head. Now that we are ALMOST allowed to go, I am becoming obsessed with the idea of going. I met a man on my last Coast to Costa trip to Tulum, Mexico, who is on the board of tourism and am going to arrange a group of about 15 to go down there this year, as soon as everything is all settled. I cannot wait!!

ALSO, Valle de Guadalupe because that’s where my wife and I are heading for our HONEYMOON!!! WOOOOOO HOOOOOOO!!

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Valle de Guadalupe

We cannot thank Andrew enough for giving us such an awesome tour of LA. Be sure to check out Raump the next time you’re in LA (HINT: Date Night) and of course Coast to Costa when in Spain. We’ll definitely be back in LA to experience some more Raump fun ASAP (and hopefully Spain as well)!

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Spotlight: Delovely Details

Here at Wanderable, we wholeheartedly believe in dreaming big. Our new friend, Nicole of Delovely Detailstotally embodies this mantra by having turned her dreams into a reality. What started off as a fun hobby, quickly turned into a successful operation with her husband Drew by her side. Whether you’re looking for a personalized engraved hanger or a fancy-shmancy personalized stir stick, Delovely Details is your answer. These are the perfect customizable wedding gifts and can even be found on Etsy. So what are you waiting for? Check it out!
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What’s the inspiration behind your company? How did it start?

My two best friends got married just a few months apart from each other. I was a bridesmaid in one and a maid of honor in the other. Having to be in two weddings, just a few months apart, can be costly. Two bridesmaid dresses, several showers, gifts, bachelorette weekends, it all adds up. When their wedding days came, I knew I wanted to give them something meaningful and special. Not having a whole lot of extra cash around, my husband and I used an old school woodburning kit to burn their new married names on hangers to hang their dresses on. It was a hit and everyone insisted that I start to sell them. The rest is, as they say, history.

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What is your absolute favorite item on the website?

My favorite item on our website is the new stir sticks we have. I love that we can completely customize them, and they aren’t only for weddings. We brought custom stir sticks to all our family gatherings over the holidays, to baby showers, and to birthday parties. Even on nights where it’s just my husband and I, sometimes we will throw a stir stick in our drink just to make ourselves feel fancy.

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How did you and your husband meet? 

My husband, Drew, and I actually met while we were both attending high school, rival high schools to be exact. My best friend was dating one of Drew’s best friends. They introduced us and we just hit it off. Now they are married and we are married. We are one big happy family!

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What is it like working as a husband/wife team?

Running a business and being married has made for a very interesting relationship. Unlike most people believe, we do not get tired of each other. If anything, it is completely the opposite. I think we crave more time together because even though we work together, we don’t get a lot of “couple-quality” time in. We make sure we understand that during certain hours of the day, we can be “business partners” but firstly, we are always “husband and wife”.

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Do you travel a lot for work or for pleasure? What is your favorite place you have ever been?

 So far, all of our traveling has been for pleasure. However, that’s actually going to change a bit this year, which is exciting. We try to plan a big vacation once a year and for the most part, it’s been to Europe. My absolute favorite place, probably has to be Positano. I can’t help but smile when I think back on it.

What destinations are on your bucket list?

 I really want to see the rest of France, Amsterdam, Iceland, and Hawaii (I have never been!). It’s really hard to come close to narrowing it down. I want to go everywhere!

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What advice do you have for any aspiring dreamers/designers?

 I think my biggest piece of advice is to follow your own path. That goes for traveling and designing. Let things inspire you, but create your own work. You’ll be much happier down a road you made than trying to navigate someone else’s.

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What are you feeling/loving/reading right now?

 I’m feeling really excited about upcoming trips we have planned! I’m loving all the amazing people I’ve met in my industry. I’m reading Amy Poehler’s Yes, Please. (She’s hilarious!)

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If you could choose one of our Wanderable Experiences (we have over 2,800!) which one would it be and why? 

 My husband and I leave for UK and Ireland in less than 100 days! On our last trip to Paris, my husband surprised me with a professional photo shoot in front of the Eiffel Tower. The pictures from that shoot are my favorite souvenirs I’ve ever gotten from any place I’ve ever been! So I love that Wanderable offers photo shoots for some of their cities! I’d definitely sign up for a photo shoot in Dublin, Ireland!

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What did we tell you? Are these not the greatest and most unique gifts? AND they are affordable. What more could you ask for? Keep Delovely Details in mind when picking out your next wedding gift or even birthday gift! We cannot wait to see what else Nicole and Drew have in store!

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