What to Pack – Hawaii Edition featuring Ashley from Her Sparkle

Fashion blogger, Ashley Fehr Hajjar, shares her wisdom on what to pack on your Hawaiian honeymoon 

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We absolutely love finding fellow jetsetters with similar interests as us. Ashley, from Her Sparkle, a blog focusing primarily on the stylish bride, is a global jetsetter who loves fashion, jewelry and blogging. Ashley is here to share her two cents about what to pack on your honeymoon to Hawaii. Enjoy and be sure to take notes.

Hi everyone! I’m Ashley from Sparkle Sense and Her Sparkle (set to launch in the next couple months!). I’m so excited to be starting this series with Wanderable on what to pack for your upcoming Honeymoon. The first edition is what to pack for Hawaii! Links to all items highlighted below. Happy Honeymooning!

 

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1: Shoshanna Fringe Coverup // 2: Clover Canyon Romper // 3: Mara Hoffman Cut Out Maxi Dress // 4: Tory Burch Espadrille Sandals // 5: Wildfox Pineapple T-shirt Coverup {sweatshirt here} // 6: Zinke Striped One Piece // 7: Stuart Weitzman Wedges //

We could not love this more! We hope you enjoyed these amazing packing tips as much as we did. We definitely have some shopping to do before our next trip to Hawaii! Thanks Ashley!

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Cruise Control: Grow Your Sea Legs with AmaWaterways and Wanderable

Ever considered a river cruise? Well, you should– with Amawaterways and Wanderable. 

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As lovers of the water, we are very proud to announce our partnership with AmaWaterways, a true revolutionary in the field of river cruising. This sweet, family-owned business specializes in custom ships built to make your voyage truly comfortable and majestic. We went to the trouble of going to Paris & Normandy just for you, Wanderers, so you can peep some pics from our glamorous, cozy, magical trip with Amawaterways, below. It was really hard…but, you know, someone’s gotta do it.

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The Wanderable Team (and their boyfriends) in the small town Honeflur, one of the stops along the Seine

River cruises are a great option for all ages of travelers…more seasoned couples who might be enjoying a second honeymoon or renewing of their vows, or young spritely things just venturing out onto the ocean for the first time. With so many different activities and experiences available on the ship, the experience is whatever you desire it to be– the daily tours are top notch (and their are multiple ones each day, depending on your interests) but if you’re into going it alone, grab a bike from the boat and venture out. You won’t be disappointed.

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Normandy by Bike:  A must

Did we mention that Amawaterways was an all-inclusive trip? This is a big plus: you don’t have to get nervous that you’re racking up crazy bill.  You can sit back, relax and enjoy every moment. This gives you the freedom to try new things, hang out with new people (your fellow cruise mates will become permanent pen-pals by the last day) while getting a holistic travel experience.

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You can sit with us: the cool kids table on the Amalegro

Plus, Amawaterways likes to keep it small: so you’re not getting onto some monster cruise liner.  With only about 200 people on board (including the crew) the personal touch can be seen in everything they do.  The cruise director actually came up to our group on the second night and told us about an off-the-beaten-path, 2 star Michelin restaurant in Caudebec, inside the chef’s house. He offered to make us reservations because he knew we were foodies.  Seriously, you just don’t get service like that every day.

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Marcus, picking up fresh baguettes for dinner from a small town in Normandy. 

Rudi, the president of Ama, discusses his philosophy: “We love what we do — providing our guests with the best travel experiences possible. In fact, ‘Ama’ is derived from the Latin word for “love.” It is a concept that permeates every aspect of our river cruises, from the design of our ships to the development of our itineraries to the high levels of service we deliver to our guests.”

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 The sunrise from our Stateroom on the Amalegro sailing along the Seine 

AmaWaterways is truly a stellar brand, and we are thrilled to announce to you that we’re launching 5 itineraries with them today. They are: Douro, Portugal;  East AfricaProvence & SpainVietnam, Cambodia, & the Mekong and Paris & Normandy.  Plus, the first three couples that registry get some special treats: chocolate and champagne in their room, and a a private champagne reception with the captain before the welcome dinner.

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 John (the cruise director), Marcus, and the Captain of the Amalegro

So, Wanderers, even though a river cruise might not necessarily be the fist thing you think about when you think about going to Europe or Africa, we dare you to think differently.  With Amawaterways and Wanderable, it’s all about five-star service, amazing experiences, meeting new people, and exploring a different world.

Check out some more amazing pics from our trip with Amawaterways, and #WanderOn.

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Marcus, the cheese expert (it’s all about the cheese in France. But you knew that)

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Private cheese tasting for the guests on the Amalegro at the Chateau de Bizy

 

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See what I mean? 

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#WanderableGypset: The Broke Backpacker

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Will, the Broke Backpacker, is a self-described “wandering adventurer, travel writer and amateur photographer.” Although, judging from his photos below, we’d like to call his bluff on the “amateur.” He starts his bio on his well-trafficked site by saying, “I like to get muddy, naked and painted.” He has lived in India for a year, worked on bars in Vietnam, herded goats in the Holy Land and conquered the highest navigable pass in the world armed with a poorly drawn map and a packet of ritz crackers. Will insists that if you know how to travel cheap, you really can travel forever, and his beautiful blog generously teaches you the tricks of his trade. We had to interview him for our Gypset series, for obvious reasons, and he graciously obliged.

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Wanderable: Walk me through an average day in your un-average life.

Broke Backpacker (Will): Pretty hard to do to be honest as every day is totally different. Sometimes, I wake up early, do a bit of a workout and then hit the town / mountain / beach or jungle to explore for the day! Other times, I have work to do and end up spending most of the day on my laptop… but I try to avoid that!

W: How did you come to lead such a life? Did you always want to be a traveler, or did you just fall into this?

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BB: I’ve always wanted to travel, I like maps… since I was a kid I have been obsessed with putting pins in maps and collecting National Geographics. I first started travelling when I was 18 and although there has been the odd hiccup I would not change it for the world…

W: Which Wanderable Experience would you most love to try ?

BB: Wow! These look pretty awesome – Ok, I guess I would have to go for one of the Hawaii experiences, I have never been there– it looks likes an amazing place to be.

W: What pays the bills?

BB: I make some money off my website but I also write articles for a few travel companies on a freelance basis – this is what keeps me travelling and pays for flights!

W: What do you miss about “home” (where you’re originally from)?

BB: Crossfit. I am obsessed. My biggest complaint about travelling is I miss out on my workouts… I actually wrote an article about the 7 things I miss about home just last week.

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W: If you could bring anything/anyone from home, what/who would that be?

BB: I miss a couple of my friends particularly badly – we’re like brothers. I also miss my actual Brother! But I am heading to the Philippines with him in a few months 🙂

W: Advice for aspiring backpackers? Go.

BB: The best advice I can give anyone who want’s this kind of lifestyle is make the transition, make an active decision to get out there and explore on your own. Don’t wait for the perfect time, the perfect flight or the perfect travel buddy – none of these things will ever align, just grab your pack and hit the road.

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 W: What location is on your bucket list, and why?

BB: Iran – I’ve heard the people are amazingly friendly and I’m a mountain junkie… there’s a lot of mountains. I would also love to explore Papau New Guinea, it’s raw, untamed and largely unexplored by the backpacker crowds.

W: What are your go-to travel essentials?

BB: I never travel anywhere without my Morakniv Knife. My iPod Touch is also super useful, I can write entire articles on a super bumpy bus!

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W: What was the best thing you recently ate?

BB: Just today, I found one of the best ice-cream parlours I have ever visited… in the middle of a tiny fishing village in the middle of nowhere.

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Wanderable Gypset: Mike & Anne of HoneyTrek

Wanderable Gypset: Mike and Anne Howard from the incredible travel blog, HoneyTrek! 

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On this #TravelTuesday, we caught up with Mike and Anne (also known as HoneyTrek), two American newlyweds who thought a one week honeymoon wasn’t nearly enough to celebrate a new life together.  They quit their jobs, rented their apartment, and set out on a 675 day honeymoon around the world. They’ve been featured in Conde Nast Traveler, Mail Online, The Los Angeles Times, and now, the Wanderable Blog! We’re obsessed with these two: they truly embody everything we’re about. Read on to hear about their incredible journey, their travel essentials, which Wanderable experience they would love to try, and how they really travel for adventure, and live for love.

Wanderable: Walk me through an average day in your un-average life.

Mike & Anne: We spent 675 days running around the world on our honeymoon, trying to soak up, see, and do as much as humanly possible in all 33 countries we visited. Since we got “home” we are still very much nomadic; however, we move at a much slower pace and live longer in the places we visit. For example, we just did a six-week house-sitting gig in the Mazatlan, Mexico and an average day went something like this: Wake up in our apartment in Spanish colonial beach town, walk our two pups along the malecon/promenade and ocean cliffs…stop at our local market for papaya, pineapple, guava, and banana to make a tropical fruit salad, work on our blog HoneyTrek, and help our students plan their dream honeymoons and long-term travels with Trip Coach, take a bike ride to our favorite taco stand for lunch, work until thirty minutes before sunset, grab a Pacifico Ballena beer to watch the cliff divers against the fabulous pink skies, eat freshly made Tostiloco ceviche, chat with locals in Spanish, listen to some live banda music in Plaza Machado, and call it a great day!

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W: How did you come to lead such a life? Did you always want to be a traveler, or did you just fall into this?

M&A: It all started at Oktoberfest in Munich when a German couple told us they had just returned from a 12-month journey around the world, for less than our rent payment!!!…and our jaw hit the floor. So when it came to thinking about where we would go on our honeymoon, our list of destinations was endless, and that German couple’s trip kept crossing our mind. Then we thought, “We’ve got some time to inflate our savings account, we don’t have kids yet, there’s a lot of world to experience, and heck, we’re only young once…will there ever be a better time to travel?!” That night we set the HoneyTrek around-the-world honeymoon dream in motion.

W: Which Wanderable Experience would you most love to try?

M&A:  Hawaii Forest & Trails twilight volcano adventure tour! We’ve always wanted to see the lava run on the Big Island of Hawaii. Walking through a lava tube, volcanic formations and hunting for active lava flows…that would be amazing! 

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W: What is the difference between somewhere you’d want to live & somewhere you’d want to visit?

M&A: You can have the most beautiful mountains and beaches, but unless you connect with the people on a real human level, it’s just a visit. Myanmar, Mexico, Philippines, Thailand, and New Zealand had the warm hearted spirit, plus the natural beauty, that made them feel like a place we could someday call home.

What are you feeling/loving/eating/reading right now?

M&A: Day of the Day Dead! We happened to be in Mexico for this holiday where everyone honors their ancestors with this nation-wide party. In Mazatlan there is massive parade where everyone dresses as skeletons decked out in feather boas, floral hats, and elaborate face makeup. They then walk through historic center, along with the donkeys carts pulling kegs of free beer, stopping at the altars of important figures who’ve passed, and dancing all the way. We got dressed up and joined in with the best of them! But this is just the half-way mark. The next day everyone heads to the cemetery to visit their ancestors and pay homage with a picnic of their family’s favorite foods, drinks, and music. We love this attitude towards death. Rather than mourning a person, remember and celebrate their amazing lives!

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W: What do you miss about “home?” (Where you’re from.)

M&A: Pineapple cottage cheese on whole-grain waffles with Vermont maple syrup! Our friends and family are by far what we miss the most, but pineapple cottage cheese is one of our favorite breakfast foods and it can’t be found anywhere in Africa, Asia or South America.

W: Advice for aspiring Gypsets? Go.

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M&A: The world is massive and you can’t truly explore it on ten-day vacations. You have to carve out the time, open your mind, and mobilize. To get ready to set off into the world, here are some of the most important things you could do today:

Evaluate your savings. Divided your savings account by $40/day, and that will give you a ballpark of how many days you can spend on the road. That was our budget per person…all in: flights + food + drinks + overland travel + visas + gear + lodging + excursions + everything else…so it’s entirely possible! And if you don’t have anything saved, start putting $20 a day for the next two years and you will have enough to travel the world!

School yourself in the art of mileage hacking. Whether your trip is in three months or three years. We read books, blogs, and even signed up for a course to learn how to maximize our miles and we were able to earn 430,000 frequent flier miles in the eight months leading up to our trip. It was no small task but considering it saved us $11,8834 in flights, it was well worth it!

Join the travel community! It’s a big step to put your life on pause, but talking to people who’ve already done it is a big support! Meet Plan Go is a great community that hosts meet-ups for anyone considering a long journey, and if you need someone to breakdown the essentials of traveling the world and help you make real plan of action, reach to us: TripCoach@HoneyTrek.com. We’d love to help!

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W: What location is on your bucket list, and why? 

M&A: We would love to go to Egypt and explore the ancient civilizations, camel through the desert, scuba dive the Red Sea, and cruise up the Nile river!

W: What are your go-to travel essentials?

M&A:

STERIPen. This UV-light water purifier allowed us to make our own water in every country, and not consume a single plastic water bottle (yes, we don’t even drink the free ones) since April 2012. It has saved us over $2,190 and kept approximately 4,400 plastic bottles from a landfill.

A good smart-phone is the best gadget you can have on your hip. From GPS applications, to currency converters, to language translators, to passing the time on long journeys….the uses are literally endless.

Our own pillows and sheets. It might sound like a space-splurge but it makes every single place we rest our head feel a little closer to home

A jar of peanut butter. It is the perfect travel food, high protein, no refrigeration needed, and oh so tasty.


W: What are your favorite & least favorite words (one each, and they can totally be in another language)

M&A:

Favorite Word: “Delicious”  We learned this word in every country we visited. When you can tell the grandma cooking at the street stall that her food is delicious it will brighten her day and always spark up a friendly interaction…even if you don’t know a single other word in that language, learn delicious!

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Least Favorite: “Touristic”  It usually means: A fabricated experience in “authentic” clothing. When we hear that word we usually walk in the other direction until we find a side-street with a yummy street stall, pull up a small plastic chair, and get ready to say delicious :)…that’s when the authentic experiences really happen.

W: What has recently taken your breath away?

M&A: The Starlight Aromatherapy Bath at Verana in Yelapa, Mexico. It was unlike any couples spa treatment we have ever experienced through 675 days of honeymooning. The hostess showed us into the outdoor spa on the cliffs and 100s of candles were shimmering around the steaming bath, massage tables, and flower-covered bed. Then she said, “It’s yours for the night, Enjoy!” Unbelievable. Giving each other massages, soaking in the fragrant tub, sipping tea, and counting shooting stars (we saw 14!)—literally took our breath away.

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W: What was the last thing you bought abroad?

M&A: In the adorable Mexican town of El Quelite there was a lady with a sweets stand on the corner of a cobble stone street. She was selling Cajeta, a treat similar to Dulce de Leche but not as sweet and with more vanilla and a crispy topping. She packaged them in homemade pine boxes wrapped in red ribbons that were so cute we brought 12 to bring home as gifts.

W: What was the best thing you recently ate?

M&A: Chiles en Nogada from La Hacienda in Durango, Mexico. It is a poblano pepper stuffed with cinnamon spiced meat, dried apricot, and nuts then topped with a walnut sauce and pomegranates. Delish!
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W: What is the best part about traveling with the one you love?

M&A: Exploring the world, seeing awe-inspiring sights, discovering other cultures and trying new things will give you memories and learning experiences for ten lifetimes together. No one else could possibly understand the magnitude and intricacies of what you’ve seen, but as a couple who’s been through it together, you’ll always have this intensely special connection.

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W: What have you learned about each other?

M&A: Mike likes to push the boundaries of adventure and frugalness, while I enjoy a few more creature comforts, so we’ve learned to find a happy medium. Traveling around the world has brought us more in tune with each other’s needs and desires…nothing can shake us now!

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The Wanderable Gypset: Nicole Anderson

Wanderable will be featuring wanderlust-y individuals literally living their dreams in our new feature, The Wanderable Gypset.  Nicole Anderson is the inaugural bohemian tastemaker in this brand new series.

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What is a gypset?

A gypset is a gypsy-jetsetter, a free spirit who is young and heart and leads an unconventional career and life, traveling the globe and wandering through life at her own pace, in her own style.

Who is Nicole Anderson?

Nikki is a professional wedding photographer (check out her drop-dead gorg portfolio) who studied Russian literature at Harvard and lives in Singapore with her fiance. Her itinerary this month includes Madrid, Cordoba, Seville, Marrakech, London, Glasgow, and Singapore.

We picked her brain with this lovingly curated questionnaire, and we are happy to reveal the responses to you.

Wanderable: Walk me through an average day in your un-average life.

Nicole: As a wedding photographer, I’m lucky to have a very flexible workday and really no two days are the same. But on most days, I’ve likely gone out for coffee, done some photo editing, made time for reading, thought about going to yoga and then thought up excuses for not going, spent way too much time on Instagram/Style Me Pretty/100 Layer Cake, and somewhere along the way opened a bottle of wine.

W: Did you always want to be a traveler, or did you just fall into this lifestyle?

N: My family spent a summer in Austria when I was 16, and I remember the wild sense of freedom I had wandering around Salzburg. I loved being able to create each day, get lost, hop on a bus, see works of art, discover hidden cafes, and read all afternoon. After college, I had a great job in marketing but I just wasn’t happy tied to a desk. I had no idea if I could make it as a photographer, but I knew it was worth trying. Being able to spend a month in Paris last February during the wedding off-season or book a last minute flight to Culebra with a friend without asking anyone for vacation time definitely confirmed that this was the job for me.

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W: What are you feeling/loving/eating/reading right now?

N:

  • Feeling: blessed
  • Loving : my fiance Daniel
  • Eating: In the past two weeks, Spanish tapas to Moroccan tagines to my friend’s delicious Pakistani food
  • Reading: The Savage Detectives by Robert Bolano and The Debt to Pleasure by John Lanchester

W: If you could bring anything/anyone from home, what/who would that be?

N: If I have Daniel and a good book with me, I don’t need anything else.

W: What location is on your bucket list, and why?

 N: One of the many reasons I love my fiancé is that even while we were traveling on our engagement trip (I asked for a trip instead of a ring!), we couldn’t help talking about all the places we want to go together. There’s such a lot of world to see. For our honeymoon we have already tossed around wildly different ideas, like beaches in Greece + Albania + Croatia OR a wine + cycling tour of Italy OR Iceland adventuring!

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 W: What are your go-to travel essentials?

  • ONA Bowery camera bag
  • Canon Mark III
  • Journal/book
  • A great necklace (currently alternating between a gold and white 31 Bits necklace and a colorful one scored at an Anthropologie sale)
  • Flowy maxi dresses
  • Comfy but cute walking shoes (currently tribal patterned Toms and trusty Birkenstocks)
  • MAC red lipstick and sunscreen
  • A scarf that can double as a picnic blanket when the occasion calls for it

 W: What has recently taken your breath away?

 N: In Madrid, some of Goya’s later paintings at the Prado Museum. In Cordoba, the stunning Mezquita Cathedral. In Seville, the Puente de Triana at night. And in Morocco, an incredible Berber village perched atop a mountain in Ouirgane.

W: What have you learned about your Significant Other other through your travels?

 N: He’s learned that I wait to eat sketchy street food until the last day of a trip in case I get sick and that when I have my game face on I’ll haggle toe to toe with any Marrakech shop keeper! I’ve learned that his shoulder is my favorite travel pillow, he has a way better sense of direction than I do, and that when I’m sick he’ll rush out to get me tea and lie with me in bed reading Borges stories aloud to keep my mind off my stomach ache. And together we’ve learned that we will both shamelessly tie our sweaters around our waists when the forecast has fooled us.

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W: Advice for aspiring Gypsets? Go.

N: There’s always a way to satisfy your wanderlust. I once took a semester off college and was practically broke, so I worked on a farm through WWOOF in Cornwall, crashed with a cousin in London, and Couchsurfed in Italy and France. That trip cost me very little, but it was one of the best of my life. Make friends that live in other cities and countries. A hundred times better than staying in a hotel, and a heck of a lot cheaper too. Be bold in what you ask of the universe.

Follow Nicole’s adventures at www.sorella-muse.com and on her Instagram

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