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Heather Hopkins

Exploring this world as much as I can. Passionate about life, health, and happiness.

Art.Travel.Eat.Repeat’s Guide to Seattle

I recently traveled to Seattle, as you’re probably all aware of. I wanted to recap some of the great things I saw and did while I was there in case any of you are planning your own Seattle adventures. I should preface this post with a note on how things work in Seattle. It’s a pretty big city consisting of neighborhoods. It’s a tough town to drive around and park (but we did it, so it’s not impossible). Public transport is decent but doesn’t go everywhere, so when you’re planning your Seattle adventure you’re going to want to look into the things you want to see and do before you decide whether or not you are going to want to rent a car.

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When Life Gets You Down….

This is, primarily, a travel blog, but I like to write about general life happiness and wellness also because the fact of the matter is that most of us can’t live our lives in a bubble where we float from one fabulous location to the next. We can’t all satiate our wanderlust at all moments, and there are days, weeks, or even months at a time where life can feel like a mundane, dreary routine of monotony.

Road Tripping With Kids

If you have kids, you might be thinking it’s too expensive to fly your entire family somewhere for vacation, but you might also be worried about the prospect of spending extremely long periods of time with your kids cooped up in a car. I get it. I get a little nutty on road trips, too, and I’m in my 30’s!

Packing Light!

I can be a bit of a heavy packer sometimes. Perhaps it’s my ADD, but I often don’t pay attention to packing until the last minute before I go on a trip and then I just frantically throw a bunch of things in a bag and hope for the best. Lately, however, I’ve been working on changing my ways because, quite frankly, it’s a pain in the butt to lug a heavy bag through airports, on trains, and around town.

How to Book an Airbnb You’ll be Happy With

I love Airbnb and actually prefer them to hotels for a myriad of reasons (cheaper! kitchens and washing machines!), but I’ve heard a lot of horror stories from people about Airbnb’s being canceled on them at the last minute, awful experiences with the hosts or with the place itself, etc. I’ve never had anything but lovely experiences through the site, however, and I attribute that to the set of rules I live by when it comes to renting Airbnb properties.

Getting back on track after traveling.

Unless you’re one of those lucky people who has been able to create a nomad lifestyle for themselves, then every adventure eventually comes to an end and you’re once again faced with the harsh reality of “real life”. Traveling is amazing and fun and exciting but can also take quite the toll on a person, physically.

I know on many occasions I’ve gone 110% for the duration of a trip, only to come back home and find myself exhausted, disoriented, and 5lbs heavier from all the rich, delicious foods I ate while away.

Thankfully, there are some things we can all do to help get our lives back on track so we can get healthy, get back to work, and start preparing for the next adventure as soon as possible!

Digital Photos are Great, but Photo Books are Better.

There is something I’ve been doing for quite some time now whenever I go on a really big trip, and that is making a photo book of my trip after I return.

Back in the day before digital photos were really a thing, we all used to lug rolls of film with us on trips and then dutifully take them to get developed after the trip was over. I still remember the excitement and anticipation I would feel while waiting for the film to be developed. What would the photos turn out like? I hope they look good! I can’t wait to see them!

Perhaps I’m slightly dating myself by writing about the nostalgia I feel for the excitement of developing film, and it certainly had it’s drawbacks. Have you ever gone on a trip only to get your photos back and they looked horrible? Yeah, I’ve been there.

Exploring Sydney, Australia

I’ve written some posts about my time in Australia before, but I haven’t really delved too much into just how awesome a city Sydney is yet. Allow me to rectify that.

You guys…Sydney is amazing. If you haven’t been there yet, you really should put it on your list of places to travel to. I’ve been to other great cities of the world and I’m here to tell you that Sydney is one of the most beautiful, most exciting cities I’ve ever been to. It’s up there in the top tier of all places I’ve been. I promise.