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I’m doing a lot of traveling over the next few months, so I thought it would be fun to share my strategy for planning a trip. I like to avoid the chaos of trying to figure out a new city while I’m there and kind of in a rush, so looking at a few things ahead of time really helps me enjoy my time!

location, location

Since I’m usually traveling for business, I always start by figuring out where most of my meetings or events are, to know what part of town I’m going to be in a lot. It’s not ideal to have to commute all over the city, especially if you’re not familiar with where things are, so I try to keep that to a minimum.


where to stay

Based on that, I find a hotel or an Air Bnb that gets good reviews. I usually prefer hotels, but lately I’ve been seeing a lot of really cute Air Bnb’s where you can actually rent out the whole place with friends for a great deal! Yelp usually has pretty reliable reviews, but I also like to check on Instagram under “Places” or location tags. If people are posting pictures of it, you know it’ll be a cute choice!

Breakfast in Bed at 1 Hotel


photo ops

My next priority is finding the best photo ops. There are so many ways to find great photo inspiration for your trip, but my go-to’s are Instagram and Pinterest. I typically start with a quick search on Pinterest, because those photos are going to be the ones that are circulating the web because a lot of people have liked them. Once I find a photo I like, a lot of times it will link to someone’s Instagram where there’s a whole bunch of photos from their trip and a ton of great inspo! You can also look at the “suggestions for you” under the follow button to find more bloggers with similar photos. To save the photos, I like to use the Bookmark feature on Instagram if I’m doing a quick browse, but then I put screenshots of everything in a photo album on my phone so that it’s organized and easy to look through while I’m on the go. Last tip – as a last resort, I’ll check out a few reliable online resources to see if they have a City Guide. My favorites are Cereal Mag and Trotter Mag.

plan a great trip


great food

I usually come across a few food places I definitely want to try when I’m browsing for photo ops, but food tends to be much more of a personal preference. I usually try to ask around on social media (or in real life) to find out what my friends have tried if I know anyone who has been there, or I look for food/travel blogs that have done reviews on restaurants. Google/Yelp are also perfect for reviews and figuring out price range.

Coffee Shop



Let’s be honest, I would not make it through any full trip without lots of coffee, so it’s pretty important that I know where the good coffee shops are! Have you guys heard of the app, “Coffee by Trotter?” It has totally saved my life when it comes to finding good coffee. I think it’s a couple of dollars through the app store, but it shows you where nearby coffee shops using your location, tells you how far away they are/how long it will take you to walk or drive there, and it also shows you photos from the top Instagrams taken in that location – so cool! I feel like this one is a must have if you’re a coffee drinker and you like something more interesting than the local Starbucks.


Ok, this is so not the fun part, but it really helps to budget ahead of time! I always feel better if I have a certain amount of money set aside for my trip so that I don’t have to worry about it while I’m away. Traveling can get really expensive since you’re typically eating out a lot and spending on once-in-a-life-time opportunities that you can’t do from home. But worry about what you’re spending while you’re on vacation can totally ruin the fun. It feels so good when you know you’ve already saved for it and you can relax!

I think I do everything else on the go for the most part! Do you guys have any travel strategies or specific ways you plan? I’d love to hear them!

  • Dillon Wells
    Posted at 21:09h, 08 February Reply

    I travel a lot and always struggle to find coffee places so that app seems awesome! Love this post! xx

    • michelle
      Posted at 09:05h, 09 February Reply

      Yes, you’ll love it!

    Posted at 00:01h, 09 February Reply

    Gorgeous photos, loved this post! Perfect for my trip plannin’ for summer! X


    • michelle
      Posted at 09:05h, 09 February Reply

      So glad! Thanks!

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    Posted at 04:28h, 09 February Reply

    I always love to travel and i will keep in mind your word and yes your outfits are so stunning

    • michelle
      Posted at 09:05h, 09 February Reply

      Thank you! xx

  • Shloka
    Posted at 07:39h, 09 February Reply

    These are all such amazing tips for planning a trip – no wonder your trips always look so beautiful!


    • michelle
      Posted at 09:06h, 09 February Reply

      Haha aw thanks Shloka :)

  • Mireia
    Posted at 09:34h, 09 February Reply

    Absolutely love it!

    Mireia from TGL

  • Lorena / Lo89 Blog
    Posted at 13:28h, 09 February Reply

    Perfect tips that I’ll keep in mind! I’m planning on going to Trujillo in March, Florida in April/May & Cuzco in June so this tips will help a lot! I’m gonna try Air Bnb in Cusco, I’ve heard a lot of good things about it.
    Thanks for the tips!! ❣️

    • michelle
      Posted at 13:43h, 09 February Reply

      Sounds amazing! I want to try Air Bnb more too!

  • Steal4Style
    Posted at 01:05h, 10 February Reply

    So interesting post! When travelling, there is always great to hear some tips. SO thank you for sharing! Have a nice day!

    • michelle
      Posted at 12:40h, 13 February Reply

      So glad you enjoyed!

  • Kathryn
    Posted at 09:02h, 10 February Reply

    As a frequent traveller, these are great tips! We thought we were the only ones who scour pinterest pre-trip :)

    • michelle
      Posted at 12:40h, 13 February Reply

      haha, you’re definitely not alone!

  • Laura Mareno
    Posted at 05:05h, 11 February Reply

    Really good tips! At the moment I’m traveling a lot so this is very helpful! have a nice day:D

    • michelle
      Posted at 12:40h, 13 February Reply

      Great! Where are you traveling too?

  • Mel
    Posted at 02:07h, 13 February Reply

    Loving these tips! I am going on a few big trips this year and will definitely keep this post in mind when it comes time to planning them :)

    • michelle
      Posted at 12:40h, 13 February Reply

      So exciting! Where are you going?

  • Stephanie Castillo
    Posted at 07:03h, 16 February Reply

    Great traveling tips and looks, thanks for sharing! :)


    • michelle
      Posted at 11:57h, 16 February Reply


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