6 Travel Risks People Forget

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I love traveling and my personal goal is to go abroad every year. Every time I travel, no matter how many times I travel, I learn something new. Seasoned travelers and newbies alike, we all need to be aware of the potential pitfalls when on our adventures. Whatever the kind of holiday you’re going on, it pays to prepare.

Some people like to wing things when they travel, but I like to prepare. I prefer to plan what I do, where I’ll eat and what I’ll wear. As a frequent traveler, I also prepare for worse case scenarios.

Some things are just out of our control. Even when we think we’ve planned for every eventuality, the strangest things can go wrong.

1. You crash the car rental

This happens way more often than you would think and it’s common to have the odd close shave, often through no fault of your own. It can be tricky navigating foreign roads and sometimes quite stressful. Knowing the car is a rental isn’t exactly reassuring. This is a risk that can be mitigated by making sure you have the most suitable cover, don’t skimp just to save money in the short-term, with a reputable car hire agency. It’s often worth doing, as having a rental car does enable you to visit many places that would be difficult to get to otherwise.

2. A hurricane or flood affects your trip

Natural disasters are more frequent these days and it’s something that is completely out of our control. If one of these affects your holiday, it’s not really something you can avoid apart from preparing ahead as much as possible. Don’t worry though, the chances of a natural disaster are still very small! Travel insurance is a good policy to cover these moments.

3. You contract food poisoning

Most of the food you indulge in on your adventures will be a treat, but every now and then a dodgy meal can upset even the most robust tummies, especially if the cuisine is unfamiliar to you. If this happens to you get plenty of rest and water when you are able. I also always pack antacids.

4. You catch a fever or virus

Check before you travel to see if you need any vaccinations. Sometimes it can be hard to fully protect yourself and some people can even be sensitive to mosquito repellents – making it even more difficult. This one can be life-threatening, so take all the precautions available to you to ensure a safe and happy trip.

5. Your bag is stolen with your passport, credit card or medication

This sort of thing happens far too often and it can be a challenge not to let it spoil your trip. When your belongings are stolen it’s always upsetting, but it can be extra scary when you’re away from home. In advance of your trip, look for the best cover you can find – you should be able to get up to $15,000 luggage and personal effects cover.

6. Zorbing or ziplining

Adventure activities are so much fun, and I really enjoy doing these on my holidays. However, they can be scary at the same time. If you’re going to do something extravagant and crazy on your trip then just make sure you listen to all the instructions and follow the safety guidelines. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to play in a zorb ball or whizz along a zipline – both are great activities, especially for groups!

Red, White &Blue

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Looking for some red, white and blue inspiration for July 4th? This tri-color, while also patriotic, is also one of my favorite summer color combos. I wear it a lot – see here and here.

This year, I’ll be spending the holiday with my family in Virginia Beach, camping, grilling out and kayaking. How are you spending the time?

I’ve restyled this Chicwish skirt, which I last styled with a white off the shoulder top here. Which styling of it do you like the best?

The skirt is very versatile and fun to mix and match! It’s perfect for BBQs, picnics and fun day out!

Tusculum Farm, Chicwish Dress, Kate Style Petite, DC

Tusculum Farm

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Looking for a charming wedding venue close to Washington, D.C., or just a weekend escape from the city? Look no farther than Tusculum Farm, which has been converted into a quaint bed and breakfast with a luxurious pool. There’s also a small lake and barn that would make for a charming backdrop for a wedding.

The original cottage was built in 1747, and the owner’s have done a wonderful job maintaining the property while keeping its authenticity. You can rent out the entire farm or just come stay for a weekend – either way, you’ll feel relaxed and rejuvenated after your stay! I can’t wait until I can make it back out for a visit!

Chicwish Strapless Jumpsuit

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I love that jumpsuits can both be casual and elegant. This Chicwish strapless jumpsuit definitely makes me feel put together! Since it’s monochromatic, I added a pop of color and interest with floral heels. You could also pair with hot pink heels or another statement color to contrast the gray.

I tend not to wear necklaces when I wear strapless. Do you prefer to pile on the jewelry? Leave comments with how you style strapless jumpsuits!

Chicwish Contrast Black & White Maxi

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The temperatures are rising and summer is setting in. I love wearing maxi dresses in the summer because they are so easy to throw on. This one is from Chicwish and fits loose, but I like the boxy shape. I’ve dressed this up with wedges and my sun hat, but I could easily get this hemmed and wear it with sneakers to run to the grocery store!

If you prefer it to fit tighter, then definitely size down! I loved styling it like this because it made me feel like “My Fair Lady,” from the movie!

Sedona, Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon, Monument Valley

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I went out to Arizona for my sister’s bachelorette, and we had an amazing time. I was totally blown away by the natural beauty of the state and the desert!

If you are a looking for a great place to visit for a long weekend that is inside the U.S., check out Arizona and Utah. We were there for only a week, but could have stayed for two weeks. There is so much to see, and it is a great place if you love hiking, the outdoors and majestic vistas.

We stayed at an Airbnb in Sedona, but the town is tiny enough that it doesn’t really matter where you stay. I chose our place because it was spitting distance from Bell Rock, one of the most well-known rock formations in Sedona. We climbed around it to catch this breathtaking sunset over Cathedral Rock, another amazing formation that you can hike around as well.

The second day, we hiked Soldier’s Pass, found a hidden cave not to far off the trail, and Devil’s Bridge. The trail is not always easy to identify. I recommend you download the All Trails app on your phone. You don’t need cell service for the app to work. You can preload the trails you plan to hike so that you can track if you are on the right course.

Then we drove up to the Grand Canyon from Sedona, which took about 2 hours.

We spent about 6-7 hours at the Grand Canyon, hiking into the Canyon for 3 miles and then exploring vistas along the rim. There is also a small museum that is worth visiting to read and learn more about how the Grand Canyon was formed.

We then drove up to Monument Valley on the border of Utah. The road follows the Grand Canyon and we stopped to watch the sunset, which was breathtaking.

I’m wearing Chicwish Embroidered Maxi Dress. This dress will definitely be on repeat all summer. I actually wore a lot of maxi dresses on my trip to keep my legs covered from the sun on days we weren’t hiking but driving from one location to another. This one is very well made and is lined and has great embroidery and pom details! It does run on the slightly larger size.

Overall, it was a butte-iful day! These rock formations in Monument Valley are called “butte” and they are dotted throughout the landscape, but the East and West Mittens are the most popular and famous… thanks to John Wayne’s many wild west films shot in this very location!

The dessert this year is having a super bloom thanks to the high-levels of precipitation over the winter (i.e. snow). There were so many flowers and beautiful cactus throughout the dessert. We had a Navajo guide take us around to find hidden Anasazi ruins. Their cliff-dwelling pueblos are tucked into many of the rock formations and blend into the scenery so well. There were even pictographs still visible on some of the walls.

We stayed in Page, Arizona, and explored Horseshoe Bend and slot canyons in the region. I found it fascinating that many of these world-reknown sites are just recent tourist attractions. The tribes that own the land have only recently invested in making it a tourist attraction – driven in part because the local coal mines have shuttered. To see Horseshoe Bend is only $10 per car that drives up. We booked a slightly more expensive tour ($98 per adult) that let us get a private view of Horseshoe Bend to avoid the crowds and also access to Secret Canyon, a small slot canyon.

We always like to try different things than the standard places so we visited Cardiac Canyon and many others. While they were awesome because we were the only ones there, Antelope Canyon was the most picturesque. If you are limited in time, then I’d recommend just doing Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon. Upper Antelope Canyon is better during the morning. At 10:30 am, there is a spot in the Upper Antelope Canyon that gets a beautiful sunbeam. We booked last minute (as in we walked up on the day and decided to take the tour). We got really lucky though and there were very few crowds so we got a spot with ease and did both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon back-to-back.

The photos above are from Lower Antelope Canyon. It’s pretty deep and can get dark in some places so bring a camera that works well in low-lighting.

Upper Antelope Canyon is shorter, but can be even lower-lighting than Lower Canyon. Especially if you go in the afternoon (like we did), be prepared for poor lighting conditions. They charge extra if you want to book the photographers tour, which allows you to bring your tripod and go slower to take photos you want rather than being in a larger group and moving faster.