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Travel Inspiration: A Few Of My Favorite Travel Things

This week on the blog, I have a few things to share with you and, particularly, a few of my favorite travel things. I like these posts because I get to share some things that I love and enjoy plus I also get to share a little about me so we can get to know each other better. I’d love to hear yours so if you have any other favorite travel things, on this list or not, just share away in the comments below. 

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Travel Inspiration: A Few Of My Favorite Travel Things

Check out this post for a collection of my favorite travel things - from hacks, to destinations, to cameras and everything in between.

Favorite Travel Hack

Using Google Maps in offline mode is my favorite travel hack because it has come in handy so many times when I just need to get my bearings or get somewhere quickly. I use it so much now that it’s odd to think back to my early travels before I had Google Maps to use (how did I ever get by?!) I shared how to set it up on my Facebook page here.

Favorite Money Saving Tip

Focus more on giving up the everyday luxuries – buying coffee, eating out, drinks after work as much as the bigger things like nice clothes, new gadgets, gym memberships and a home full of fancy stuff. People overlook all the little things but they really do add up!

Favorite Airline

This one is a tie between Hawaiian Airlines and Emirates. I’ve done long haul flights with both of these airlines and both of them have made the flying experience so much more pleasant with their customer service and comfort and I know everyone likes to hate airline food but the food is great on both of these.

Favorite Budget Airline

I flew with Virgin Australia a few times and it was a low cost airline that doesn’t feel like a low cost airline. You can save money without totally giving up your comfort and convenience (like you usually have to with budget airlines) which I like.

Favorite Destination

At the top of my list is Norway. Between the landscapes, the people, the lifestyle, the attitudes, the history, the nature and the food, Norway has it all.


Favorite Souvenirs 

Everywhere I go I collect a shot glass and a magnet. They’re cheap, light, easy to get no matter where you go and don’t take up a lot of room in my suitcase. Each shot glass and magnet is like a memory and it’s cool to look over the collection and think of the travel memories from each place. Since memories are the best souvenir I also always write about my adventures in my Katie Show Blog travel journal (support the blog by picking up your copy here).

Favorite Travel App

I don’t have any app to share that you haven’t heard of before but my favorite would either be Tripadvisor to get a quick idea of a place before I visit or Instagram to upload photos afterwards. Basic, I know.

Favorite Thing to do During Layovers

Probably just walk around. During the flights I’m stuck sitting in one place so I like to take advantage of being able to move around when I have a layover. Usually I just wander around and look in the shops or do a few laps but I always make sure I find my gate first because sometimes they can be further away than you think and need a shuttle to get to, so I make sure I know where it is first.

Favorite Travel Activity

I love activities with wild animals and nature the most! Some of my favorite have been swimming with sharks in Hawai’i, watching the swans on Lake Lucerne, or going on a wildlife safari in Sri Lanka. My other favorite thing to do everywhere I go is just walk around with no purpose and just explore the city I am in. I think you can see and experience so much more on foot and when you don’t have a strict plan.

Favorite Travel Blogger

My favorite travel blogger is and always has been The Blonde Abroad. With high quality writing, photography and videography work to her credit –  she can do it all. What I like best about her is the fact that she creates this work and has become very successful at it without resorting to click bait articles or controversial posts. Instead, she is successful because of the high standard of her work and I admire that.

Favorite Travel Movie

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is my favorite travel movie because it’s such an inspiring movie for the dreamers. Even though it’s not his usual laugh out loud comedy, Ben Stiller is fantastic and lovable in this role and the landscapes and imagery are so incredible that every time I watch it I want to book a trip somewhere.

Favorite Travel Beauty Product

I love the Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil because it is a cleanser and make-up remover in one and it is also so moisturizing on the skin after traveling. I pour some into a travel size container to take on each trip and you only need to use a little bit each time so it lasts for ages!

Favorite Camera

Even though I regularly use my Sony Alpha A6000, I have a soft spot for my GoPro because it’s just so versatile, durable and reliable. Because I travel alone so much the GoPro on my selfie stick makes it so easy to get photos of myself – it’s vain I know but it’s nice to have photo souvenirs of yourself at each place you visit and unfortunately asking people doesn’t always result in a good photo!

Favorite Pre-Travel Tradition

It’s super girly and not important, I know but I love to paint my nails before each trip so they are fresh and ready for a holiday. Nobody notices but me but it makes me feel good so I always do it.

Favorite Thing About Traveling

I like the new and unknown. I love that with traveling I can go somewhere new and experience things that I am not used to and know very little about. It’s too easy to get comfortable in our routines and comfort zones but it’s no way to live and I like the learning that comes with experiencing all the newness.

Best Travel Advice

Always pack a spare hair tie and keep some change in your pocket to give to someone less fortunate that you.

Like I said, if you have any other favorites then please share them in the comments below!


  • wandering_woodsy May 17, 2017 at 7:46 am

    Girly talk…Do you have a nail theme for each place you visit? .I just go black so you can’t see the dirt💅 but end up chipping as not gel so looks worse…😉

    • Katie Mac May 18, 2017 at 12:08 pm

      Yeah, I usually have sort of a theme or look in my head anyway to match the place I am visiting or what I am doing 🙂 I love gel nails though so I taught myself how to do them at home recently and love it.

  • Telma | Blank Canvas Voyage May 20, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Google Maps is amazing!!! We have been using it for quite some time but in India was really helpful. As we made sure we always knew the directions, no scams here!! hahaha
    We often buy people food rather than giving money, but either way is helping towards the less fortunate 🙂

    Telma @ Blank Canvas Voyage

    • Katie Mac May 29, 2017 at 4:40 pm

      Agreed – Google Maps helps out so much! I don’t know how I survived without it! Thanks for the support 🙂

  • C-Ludik May 21, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    I love activities with wild animals and nature too ! I enjoy Mother Nature, more the country side over the city, the landscape to take your breath away rather than the skyscraper 🙂 Regarding favorite souvenirs… Just like the Little Thumb I collect stones that I bring back home from each place I visited. It is MANDATORY ! Once at home I grind them and store them in a test tube. Each tube is as colourful as that part of Earth it comes from.

    • Katie Mac May 29, 2017 at 4:41 pm

      Stones – what a cool idea! I have never thought of that but I love your souvenir tradition!

  • Agness of eTramping June 21, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    Thanks for sharing your favourite things, Katie! I’ve learned so much!

    • Katie Mac June 28, 2017 at 1:12 pm

      Yay, glad to hear. Thanks for stopping by!


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