I started a YouTube channel! It’s also called Eileen Aldis and has the same lifestyle content you find here: beauty, food, travel, and style. It’s a lot of fun and I have a bunch of ideas for upcoming videos!
I did a really short ‘Get To Know Me’ video – how much can you really learn in about a minute? It’s the YouTube equivalent of the About section here on my blog.
I spent a week in Havana, Cuba with my boyfriend. We had an incredible time full of experiences we never expected: meeting Ernest Hemingway’s grandson while sitting in a hot tub, seeing Rihanna posing in a moving vehicle while doing a photo shoot with Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair, and having Buena Vista Social Club (in its current arrangement) play a free show at our hotel. Read on for my favourite spots and top tips.
Maybe you’ve been there: the official photograph you have to carry around and show people for years is…regrettable. Here I’m talking specifically about passport photos because I recently got a new one, but this is really about any ID photo you’re stuck with for an extended period: your driver’s licence, health card, Nexus/Global Entry, school ID, work security pass, or perhaps a PADI diving card. I can’t tell you how many times my photos for these cards are ones my own mother laughs at (“What crime did you commit?” HAHA, “Didn’t you KNOW they were taking a photo?” HAHA, etc). Often I’d prefer them in the trash than tucked in my wallet. Unfortunately, if I’d like to drive a vehicle, cross a border, or receive healthcare, this is not a viable option.
I like grocery shopping. When I’m travelling, I love it. Supermarkets and pharmacies are two spots I always go in a new place. I like to poke around the aisles, look at the different packaging, people watch, see the prices – a lot of people may find this boring no matter where they are, but I think it’s great. I find it’s often a good introduction to a place and culture. When I’m stuck at home, I look for the next closest thing in my own city: a British tuck shop, bodega, Asian supermarket, etc. Granted this is easier to find in a bigger city.
I have to laugh at myself a little (or a lot) writing a post on trip planning because, in all honesty, much of my past ‘planning’ has taken place mid-flight before touching down at my destination (or googling stuff in the car, if it’s a road trip). And that wing it mentality can be awesome, don’t get me wrong. Some of my favourite trips I’ve had no clue where we were headed after landing. But I’ve learned that a little pre-departure research means you won’t get home and find you’ve missed something you didn’t even know existed (*face palm*). I think the key is to not plan too much. My favourite thing to do in a new place is set out on foot and simply explore. Be sure to leave ample wander time. But part of the fun of a trip is the anticipation, right? Just thinking about it. And, in that way, doing a bit of pre-planning whets the appetite. Here are some ideas to get you started.