I finally pulled together my video travel diary from Key West and Miami Beach!
We went late last month and I can’t wait to share with you 🙂 Stay tuned for my Key West travel guide and packing list! For now… I present my Key West travel vlog!
We went late last month and I can’t wait to share with you 🙂 Stay tuned for my Key West travel guide and packing list! For now… I present my Key West travel vlog!
This one is an absolute game changer! I was luckily able to expense the $85 fee through work, but it is good for 5 years! That’s an average of just $17 per year. If you fly just 3 times per year, it’s less than $6 per flight. If you fly as much as I do, it is well worth the cost. The process is pretty simple: you sign up online, then have to go get your fingerprints taken and answer some questions, either at an airport or another location you can find on the TSA Pre website. There are so many advantages, but my favorites are that you don’t have to wear shoes through security, and you don’t have to take your laptop out of your bag. This is a huge advantage when I’m traveling for business and always have my laptop! This is the most important of the airport hacks; it will save you so much time and stress! If I could recommend only one thing, this would be it.
The main concern here is shoes. Make sure they are easy to slip on, but also make sure you’re wearing socks. I absolutely hate wearing sandals or flip flops while flying, mostly because of the germs I could potentially acquire (airports are nasty), and also because my feet get freeeeezing once we are in the air. I’d prefer socks and real shoes simply so my feet don’t get frostbite and fall off. Plus, what if someone accidentally steps on your foot? Do you want it to be a bare foot, or covered in sock and shoe? I’d take the latter.
Also, dress for the climate where you are going to land – but make sure you layer up for the flight. If I’m leaving Michigan in January for the Caribbean, I’ll probably wear my only pair of jeans, a t shirt, and sweatshirt for the flight. I also tend to wear leggings a lot – especially on long flights.
Finally, this isn’t something I ‘wear’ but is worth noting: when I’m traveling abroad, especially to second and third world countries, I like to lock my luggage. It gives me peace of mind knowing that people aren’t going to be able to steal from my luggage when it’s out of my sight!
So there’s a story behind this airport hack. One where (surprise!) I am a huge idiot. I arrived at the airport to fly to Spain to study abroad, and I was going to be gone for over 2 months. I purchased a bunch of full-size toiletry products to take with me (including shampoo, conditioner, face and body wash, lotion, sunscreen, etc.) When I went to check my huge bag, it was overweight by about 5 pounds. Like an absolute dumbass, I thought “oh! my toiletries are very heavy. I’ll just throw those in my carry-on.” DOH! I checked my bag and went on my merry way to security. Where, of course, they wouldn’t let me fly with all those huge liquid/cream products… so into the trash they went. I was very sad to be wasting perfectly good product, and so much money!
TLDR: don’t put liquids in your carry on! You will be forced to throw them away or check your bag. And this will make you sad.
Use appropriate luggage for your trip length! You can get away using a carry on only if you’re going on a trip for 4-5 days, but if you are someone who needs full size product, then you’ll have to check your bag. No need to bring a huge suitcase if a small one will do!
Also: going on a hiking trip? Check out my Machu Picchu packing list to see what I recommend bringing! 🙂
Do you know who prints boarding passes anymore? Old people and newbie travelers. Don’t be that guy. Download the app for the airline you’re flying and use that to choose your seats, download your boarding pass, etc. That way, you don’t have to stop at the airline’s counter or kiosk, and can head straight to security when you arrive at the airport. This one is the no-brainer of my airport hacks.
Also, make sure you get educated & up your game on credit card points! I was able to fly to both Hawaii and Peru for free in 2017… here’s how.
This one only applies if you are driving yourself to the airport. At the Detroit airport, I have 3 options: off-site parking, long-term, and short-term. When I’m flying for vacation, I’ll park off-site if I can’t get someone to drop me off at the airport. This is the cheapest, and only a five-minute shuttle to my terminal. Long-term parking is good for when I travel for work and will expense parking, and i’ll be gone for at least 1 night. Short-term is SO awesome for trips where I am in and out the same day. The short-term parking lot is basically the closest parking area to the terminal, so you can be in your car about 10 minutes after deplaning. If you have planned out where to park ahead of time, it’ll save you time and stress on your departure date!
There you have it… my five airport hacks to help you travel quickly and smoothly. Tell me – what on the list will help you the most? Am I missing any airport hacks that you use? Let me know in the comments below!
No, I’m not sponsored. Nobody else paid for my flight. It was free as in ZERO COST.
How did I do it?
Easy. Credit card points. Let me explain.
If you are interested in being able to fly for free, the first thing you need to do is educate yourself. Do you have a specific destination in mind? Do you live close to the hub of a major airline? What are your travel priorities?
I had a lifelong dream of going to Machu Picchu. A little desk research and I knew that I had to fly into Cuzco, Peru. Most airlines (especially from the US) don’t fly straight to Cuzco… so I had to fly through Peru’s capital, Lima. OK. Flights from Detroit to Lima were around $900-$1,400, depending on the airline. However, Detroit is only about a 4-hour drive to Toronto… and flights from Toronto to Lima were around $500. Progress. The airline was Avianca, which is a huge carrier in Latin and South America. Perfect.
Once I knew how much my flight was, I converted the flight cost to points with that Airline. Once I knew how many points I needed, I had to make a decision on which credit card to open to receive that number of points.
A great resource for anything points-related, and especially tips on how to fly for free, is The Points Guy.
I decided on Chase Ultimate Rewards, specifically the Chase Sapphire Preferred credit card. When I applied and was sent the card, I believe I had to spend $4,000 on the card in 3 months. Luckily, my dad helped me out by putting part of a trip to Europe on the card and paid me back. After I hit my spend threshold ($4,000), my account was credited with my bonus: 50,000 miles! That put me well on my way to paying for my free flights.
Because I do a decent amount of flying for work, I also randomly opened up a Delta American Express credit card. On the Delta card, you get free checked bags and double points on Delta flights. Detroit is a Delta hub so that’s the airline I use most often, because there are a bunch of flight options and usually they’re less expensive than the other airlines. When I opened my Delta card, my spend threshold was lower (I think $3,000) and the bonus was the same: 50,000 bonus miles.
After I had my 50,000 miles in my Chase account, I needed another ~10,000 to book our flights to Peru. On this particular credit card, I get a point for every dollar I spend, plus double points on things like gas and restaurants. Here’s the tricky part: you have to put all of your expenses on the credit card, until you earn the number of points you need. Don’t let this be a trap! Make sure you pay your card off at the end of every month. I do not encourage spending more money than you have in your account AT ALL.
Finally, you’ve hit your goal number of points! Chase makes it very easy to redeem their points directly on the Ultimate Rewards website. I was able to redeem my points to fly for free round trip from Toronto, Ontario to Lima, Peru.
For the Delta card, I had been acquiring points without a real destination or goal in mind. I had about 30k before I applied for the credit card, and then got the bonus of 50k, making my total about 80k points. One day, a coworker pointed out that he had come across a Delta flash sale to Hawaii… only 35k points per person (which is extremely low redemption threshold!) Without giving it a second thought, I booked 2 tickets for the following January, when winter in Michigan would be at its worst. And just like that… my boyfriend and I were going to Kauai, Hawaii for free!
Let me know in the comments if you’ve ever been able to fly for free! Where did you go? Where are you planning for your next trip?
This tip includes both clothes as well as extra gear you’ll need throughout your hike. I already have written my Machu Picchu Packing List (with a free printable for you!) so be sure to reference that when preparing for your trip. My A1#1 top most important advice is to wear long pants every day. There are SO MANY bugs out there in the jungle, and I promise you will get bitten. I’m one of those people that normally turns down bug spray because “I never get bit”… well, that was wrong.
Make sure your water bottle is durable and closes tightly. I recommend using packing cubes so you can keep your stuff organized in your backpack. Plus, it’s so much easier to slide one cube out of your backpack than empty the whole bag looking for one little thing! Trust me. Don’t forget bug spray, anti-itch cream, band aids, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, a hat, sunglasses, and a warm jacket.
Now this one may not be specifically tips for hiking to Machu Picchu but for travel in general. For two long international flights, I brought all the perfect goodies: a blanket scarf (big & comfy), headphones, headphone splitter so Dan & I could watch movies together, neck pillow, eye mask, ear plugs, a couple books, a portable charger for my phone, and my camera (and its charger). When traveling I usually wear comfy clothes (leggings, tank top, and sweatshirt), SOCKS, and slip-on shoes. Socks are so necessary so you aren’t walking through security barefoot (gross!), and slip-on shoes or sneakers make going through security a breeze. Obviously you’ll be curled up and perhaps trying to sleep, so comfy clothes are where it’s at.
This sounds so dumb, honestly, but make sure your bag game is right. I was under the impression we could bring a duffle bag on our hike (IDK why), and didn’t realize we weren’t allowed to bring one until like a week before we left. Everything had to fit in our backpacks – and mind you, we don’t have big ones. Mine is a 28L Patagonia Refugio (older though, so the design is different) and Dan’s is even smaller, I think. The mesh pockets we both had on our backpacks were awesome for bulky or wet items, and water bottle holders on the side were easier than (and prioritized over) purchasing a camelbak or hydration pouch.
We ended up purchasing a llama backpack from the market in Aguas Calientes so we could avoid lugging our heavy backpacks around all day… a much smaller daypack would’ve been nice to bring (although I don’t regret buying our cute llama bag!). I didn’t bring a purse with us on the trek, just kept my wallet, camera, and phone in my backpack or pocket at all times.
Two words: COCA LEAVES! These are available at most hostels/hotels in Cuzco, or you can purchase a bag at any of the open markets. Coca leaves come from – yup, you guessed it – the same plant that is used to make cocaine. You can either add them to hot water or tea, or you can simply chew on them like the ancient Inca people. Be warned: when chewing on them, your mouth will go numb. Seriously. But if you have altitude sickness, it’ll go away!
Numer five on the list of tips for hiking to Machu Picchu is that the morning you go to Machu Picchu will be early. I’m talkin waking up at 3:15am early. EARLY. And you’re going to be tired and sore, but you have to hike. Again. It took our tour group about 25 minutes to get to the base of Machu Picchu (arrived at ~4:10am) and we were near the front of the line.
We waited until the gates opened at 5 and began what was honestly the most horrendous experience of the trip: climbing the Machu Picchu stairs. I think our tour guide said there were over 1800 stairs. They’re not manmade; rather, they’re windy, natural stone steps that are DIFFICULT AF to climb. It took us basically a full hour, and we reached the top just before they opened the entrance to Machu Picchu at 6am. Pro tip: plan to sweat through your shirt on the climb up… bring an extra to change into or just don’t wear gray cotton like I did (oops). You get the idea.
You could alternatively take the bus up to the entrance and avoid the hour of stair climbing. I believe it was $12 USD (unconfirmed, as I didn’t take it) but I do know you could use credit card. We wanted to take the bus back to town after our day in Machu Picchu, but it was raining so the bus line was approximately a hundred thousand years long. So we walked. It was brutal.
Whether you take the bus or hike the stairs, be prepared! Buy your bus ticket ahead of time, or be mentally prepared for the task at hand before climbing the stairs.
Of all the tips for hiking to Macchu Pichu, this one is my favorite! The site has its own passport stamp right outside the exit of the park. Make sure you go do this and stamp your passport! Obviously it has no official credibility, but it’s definitely fun for another kind of keepsake from your trip.
We have a handful of tips for hiking to Machu Picchu already, but here are some that revolve around everyday Peru life.
Which tip surprises you the most? Let me know in the comments below. 🙂
If you’re interested, here was our cash situation:
We each brought $100 USD to convert to Peruvian soles. I think we each got around 300 soles (September 2017). I don’t remember every little sol we spent, but here are some of our major purchases, including transportation:
I’ve been (politely) forcing (my very patient and willing) family members and friends alike to take short clips of video this summer at our cottage on Gun Lake (in addition to me and the boyf). The lake is an inland lake situated between Grand Rapids and Kalamzoo, MI. We’re about an hour from Lake Michigan, and some of the clips show a little side adventure to Saugatuck! Also at the very end, we hit up Gun Lake Casino.
The videos were shot by everyone, so this is truly a family collaboration! All I did was the editing at the end. Let me know in the comments one of your favorite places to travel during the summer.
When I booked my trip to Machu Picchu, I knew I needed a really good packing list. There are about a hundred million floating around on the Interwebs, from REI to Pinterest to National Geographic. I knew I needed a Machu Picchu packing list that was customized to my needs and my trek. So here you go!
First tip: don’t forget your passport!!! Machu Picchu has a fun stamp you can get, in addition to your Peru stamp when you enter the country!
By the way, check out my Machu Picchu Travel Vlog while you’re at it 🙂
Let’s break this bad boy down into three different categories: gotta have, nice to have, and what to leave home. That way you can see the importance of each item and how critical it is to your trek! I’m basing this list on a 4 day/3 night trek as most of them appear to be… feel free to adjust based on your timeline and the trek you book.
In case you haven’t seen it, check out my experience with the Inka Jungle Trek through Lorenzo Expeditions! You’ll pick up plenty of tips & tricks for the journey that I’m sure haven’t crossed your mind yet.
And without further ado…
There you have it folks, the ultimate Machu Picchu packing list! I’ve even created a little PDF for you to print off to use while packing for your trip. Enjoy!
Tell me in the comments below, what are you most looking forward to during your trip to Machu Picchu?
Hello beautiful people!
A couple weeks ago, Dan and I flew to Peru for a four-day trek from Cuzco to Machu Picchu, lost city of the ancient Inca people. It’s one of the Seven Wonders of the World and absolutely breathtaking in person. I couldn’t believe the mystery, intrigue, and magic that I felt while standing in the city. I did my best to capture our experience in pictures and video, but recreating this experience digitally just doesn’t do it justice — you MUST go see it in person!
If you’re planning your own trek to Machu Picchu, I do recommend our tour group, Lorenzo Expeditions. You can read all about our experience (and see plenty of pictures) here. Please comment with any questions you have and I’ll be sure to answer them! You’ll also be able to find my Machu Picchu packing list here. Have fun!
Check out our Machu Picchu travel vlog here:
Are you planning any trips to the Seven Wonders of the World? My goal is to see all of them, and now I have two checked off the list! Comment below with your next travel plans!
Overall, my experience with Lorenzo Expeditions was a positive one. I plan to write a review on TripAdvisor as well, but wanted to get my thoughts out here beforehand. In this post, you will find tips, tricks, and what to expect on the Lorenzo Expeditions Inka Jungle Trek 4D/3N tour.
We booked the trek probably in April, about 4 months before embarking on our tour. I used credit card points I had been hoarding for two free flights round trip from Toronto, Canada to Lima, Peru (Toronto is about a 4-hour drive from my house in metro Detroit). We booked the Lorenzo Expeditions tour on the same day, as well as our flights to Cuzco (and back) from Lima. That way, we had all our flights and our tour booked. I advise you to book Huyana Picchu or Machu Picchu Montaña at this time too. Personally, I’d recommend Huyana Picchu as it is a shorter hike than the Montaña and you.will.be.tired.
We opted for the Inka Jungle Trek because while we enjoy hiking, we wanted some other adventures besides just walking the whole time. Also, my boyfriend Dan insisted on a tour that stays in hostels rather than camping (and I can’t say I didn’t agree!). We wanted to shower every night and sleep in a bed, the ability to charge our phones/cameras, etc.
We didn’t have a problem finding Lorenzo Expeditions’ office the day before our tour, as we were instructed via email. However, we did receive conflicting messages there (that I will get into in detail soon)! Biggest takeaways:
When we arrived in Peru, we each exchanged $100USD to Peruvian soles (a little over 300 soles each). We didn’t hesitate to purchase anything throughout our 8 days in Peru, but if I were to do it again, I would’ve exchanged $120USD. This is obviously dependent on everyone, but we ended up running out of cash for our last couple cabs and almost had to pull out more money from an ATM until I found a surprise $20 bill hiding in my wallet! We spent far too much money at the handmade markets in Cuzco and Aguas Calientes. 🙂
We woke up before bright & early to prepare for our first day of trekking! We stood outside our hostel for pickup at 5:30am. Lorenzo Expeditions told us initially that we would be picked up, then the day before at the Lorenzo office, the woman said something about being at a McDonald’s at 5am… I asked about being picked up, and she said it wasn’t a problem (weird!). We had been told that Day One is COLD so tried to dress appropriately. After (a rather sparse) breakfast at a random restaurant, we purchased a roll of toilet paper (could’ve brought this from home) and a couple bottles of water. I would recommend buying water at the breakfast stop since there aren’t too many places you can purchase it later on Day One.
Then we drove in a van for ~2.5 hours to reach the top of the Andes, to bike down them for ~3 hours. Lorenzo Expeditions supplied us with body armor, jackets, gloves, helmets, and shin/knee guards for the biking. Everything was high quality except the stupid shin guards that kept falling down because the velcro straps were way too loose. Underneath my body armor and jacket, I wore a long sleeve sweat wicking shirt and a fleece jacket, as well as sport leggings. We had three stops before reaching the end of the biking portion, and at the second one I was HOT; I felt like I was more winded and working up more of a sweat than any of my other group members. That’s when Dan realized that my bike was an 8-speed and everyone else had a 21-speed…so I was working harder than them! I took off my fleece to throw in the van at this point.
After biking, while waiting for the van, I was starving and scarfed down a banana and granola bar I packed with me. We had a quick van ride then ate lunch at an absolutely beautiful hostel in Santa Maria (I think it was called something like the Cromaine Lodge… Cromaine?… something “Lodge”). From there, we took the van to go rafting – it was SO much fun, 10/10 would recommend! It was over in a couple hours, and we were freezing. All I wanted was a warm, hot shower… but the hostel didn’t have hot water 🙁 so after a brief, frigid shower, I put on all the warm clothes I had for dinner. After dinner around 8pm, we were off to bed. No wifi at this hostel, and we shared a bathroom with another couple.
What I Wish I Did Differently:
We woke up and were at breakfast by 6:30am. We knew that this was going to be our brutal hiking day, and because of the mosquito mistake from the day before, we both wore convertible hiking pants and sweat wicking long sleeve shirts… we preferred to be super hot rather than covered in (even more) mosquito bites. Honestly, the long sleeves/pants probably kept us cooler anyway since they kept the sun off our skin.
Midway through morning, we stopped at a fun little hut for a break and to learn more about the Inca culture. There were a few places we could buy water along the trail this day, at about 5 soles each. We didn’t have lunch until 1 or 2pm, but it was so delicious. Every single lunch and dinner were 4-course meals (appetizer, soup, entree, and dessert) & this one was probably my favorite. The avocados were unreal! You will not go hungry on the Lorenzo Expeditions Inka Jungle Trek, believe me.
We took a short break in the hammocks after lunch then kept hiking for what seemed like forever. I could tell the sky was getting darker when we finally reached the cable basket/ gondola-looking mode of transportation to get across the river. After a few more minutes of walking, we reached the hot springs. Dan & I were both miserable at this point and hot water didn’t sound that great, but once we cooled off and had a snack, we ended up going for a dip in the hot springs after all. It felt really good to get the sweat off and to soak our tired muscles in warm water.
Back in the van to head to our hostel in Santa Teresa (Hostel Yuccamama). This hostel had wifi so I could inform my parents I was still alive! We ate dinner at a local restaurant, then the whole group hit a random discoteca for a few drinks and some bonding time. It was so much fun! Eventually… bed time around 11pm.
What I Wish I Did Differently:
We woke up and were at breakfast by 6:20am to be the first group at the zipline tour. Lorenzo Expeditions really made sure that we had a great experience. The external tours tended to rush us (rafting, ziplining), but the zip line was really thrilling. The lines were pretty long and soared over the Urubamba river and Inca Trail, and we had a blast despite rain starting around the 4th line (and continuing on/off throughout the day). After 5 lines and a scary bridge, we were back in the Lorenzo Expeditions van to head to our hike starting point. Maybe 30 minutes into our day’s hike, we stopped for lunch at a cute little outdoor restaurant with a million hammocks.
After a lengthy break, we were back on the trail… hiking alongside railroad tracks that seemed to stretch for an eternity. It sprinkled rain on & off, and I did wear my poncho during the heavier phases, but others got along well with a thin rain coat. I wore a short sleeve shirt this day and continuously sprayed bug spray on my arms without any issues, alternating 25% DEET and 100% DEET; I couldn’t stand to put on my only, stinky long sleeve for the third day in a row.
After we finally reached Aguas Calientes around 3pm, we had a few free hours until our last dinner as a group at 6pm. Dan & I were so tired and swollen at this point, we decided to just shower and chill in our room for a while. We had wifi, which meant an attempted FaceTime with the parents that kept cutting out.
Our last dinner was quite fancy in that we could order whatever we wanted (drinks still costing extra). At this point, I was tired of paying 20+ soles a day just for water, but hey, a girl needs to hydrate. Just be prepared with cash! One thing we weren’t prepared for, is that this was our guide assistant’s last time with us, and we didn’t have enough cash to tip him adequately. If I had known ahead of time that this would be our last hurrah with him, I’d have set aside more money from the start for a tip for him.
We went to bed after a quick stop at the bakery for a breakfast the next morning, when our meals with Lorenzo Expeditions would stop.
What I Wish I Did Differently:
Machu Picchu day! The day we’ve all been waiting for & putting up with all the crap for! Yayyyy!
We awoke at a blistering 3:20am in order to leave the hostel by 3:45. It was about a ~25 minute walk to the bridge to the entrance of Machu Picchu. We got there around 4:15 and waited the 45 minutes until the bridge opened at 5am. Then, came one of the most physically demanding things I have ever put my body through: the steps up to Machu Picchu entrance. Our guide started our tour at 6am, which meant we had one hour to get up the 1,800+ natural rock steps winding their way up a mountain. It was grueling; I’ll leave it at that.
Once you get there… it’s breathtaking. I can’t even describe the magic in words. You have to see for yourself! 🙂
Our official Lorenzo Expeditions guide, Wilian, left around 8:45am, allowing us to eat a disgustingly early lunch and explore on our own. Wilian was awesome and very informed; he was hilarious and a blast to be around. You’ll be lucky if he’s your guide!
Despite paying for it, we opted out of climbing Machu Picchu Montaña (in fact, no one in our group ended up going)! It was too cloudy up there and physically, we were beyond drained. When we finished exploring, the rain was coming down pretty steadily – which meant the line for the buses down to Aguas Calientes were 2 hours long, so we opted to walk. We took it slow, but it was getting really tough to put one foot in front of the other. Back in town, we celebrated with early afternoon beers and pizza. Eventually, we hopped back on the train to Cuzco around 4:30pm, and took a cab from the Poroy station to our hostel (35 soles, not the 20 soles that my Lorenzo Expeditions tour guide told me). We had JUST enough cash left over to buy waters for the night and a cab back to the airport the next day (15 soles from our hostel to the airport).
What I Wish I Did Differently:
Overall, I would definitely recommend the Lorenzo Expeditions Inka Jungle Trek. The food was delicious, the views were astounding, and the company was excellent. Our group got along well, and our tour guide Wilian was the best! The hostels got better every night, and we were thankful for a clean bathroom and a private (indoor) place to rest our heads for the night. Be prepared for cold and hot, wet and dry weather.
What is your biggest concern with the trek? Any other questions I can answer about my experience with Lorenzo Expeditions?
I have known the bride, Jaclyn, for about 14 years… which means we met in 7th grade, when we were 12. I was the new kid in school and she took me under her wing, and we’ve been besties ever since. When she asked me to be her maid of honor, I wasn’t surprised, but I was very excited and honored that I was the person she wanted standing next to her on the biggest day of her life.
Now I already have a penchant for event planning, so the upcoming festivities were going to be a blast. My mom and I pulled together the shower in early June, but I was looking forward to planning the real deal – the bachelorette party. I don’t think bachelorette parties are something you generally plan more than one or two of, so I knew I had one shot to make this baby perfect… and I’m thinking I delivered.
The only guidance provided by the bride was that she wanted the bachelorette party to be in Milwaukee, where she currently lives & the rest was up to us. So we started planning. I’ll show you what we did below because it was so much fun & hopefully gives you some inspiration for the next bachelorette party you plan or attend!
We reserved 3 rooms at the Double Tree Milwaukee Downtown, one suite and 2 double doubles, which worked perfectly for our 10 girls (and 1 guy)! The co-MOH and I bought all kinds of decorations ahead of time, including penis straws & shot glasses, fun games, penis balloons, a ring balloon, banners, and had snacks & drinks ready to go. We decorated the room, and started getting ready for the night while all the girls arrived to the hotel. At 10pm, we hit up Comedy Sportz – a fun improv show in Milwaukee. They pulled Jaclyn on stage for one skit and she honestly was really funny (check out the clips in my YouTube video!) After Comedy Sportz, we went to a bar called Victor’s and got their champagne package… 4 bottles of champagne, shots for everybody, and pizzas at the end of the night. It was slightly creepy in there, but the drinks were a steal and it was a good atmosphere for a bachelorette party. We came home and went to sleep!
Saturday started off a little slow, which was okay because we didn’t have anything planned for the morning! We got ready and headed down to the Motor Bar at the Harley-Davidson Museum, and I was diggin’ the motorcycle vibes. We sat down and had a ton of appetizers and some delicious beefy bloody marys. From there, we hopped on a river pub cruise, where we went to a couple different bars and had free drinks at each! Honestly, it was an absolute steal – we were definitely feeling the drinks and only paid $35 (+ fees) for the boat tour. We ended up actually staying at the last bar so the bride and her SIL could keep playing cornhole. Finally, it was time to head back to the hotel and get ready for dinner. Dinner was delicious (we ate at The Rumpus Room) and then we walked over to Trinity, where we had bottle service, and I loaded up on one of my favorites, Red Bull Vodkas. From there, the party continued at The Pub Club, where Jaclyn was a dancing queen and we partied the night away. Back to the hotel for some much-needed sleep.
We planned to get up for breakfast around 8:30 before everyone headed out of town… but then we stayed up until 4am so obviously that wasn’t happening. We finally rolled out of bed around 9:30 or 10, and had to pack up to hit the road. I was dropping my friend Brian off at the airport in Chicago, so we had to leave the hotel by ~11am. It was sad to say goodbye but only makes me more excited for the wedding in August!
Have you planned a bachelorette party before? How did it go? What was your favorite part?