Stuff I Like

(Travel Products, Books, Blogroll, and More)

I like this stuff. If this stuff were a person, I would nervously call it up, ask if it had a crush on anybody, and then hang up before it had a chance to answer.

But I can’t do that, so I’ve just listed it here. Please note that my love can’t be bought – I have not been compensated for listing any of these links or products.

Do not contact me to have your blog or product added to this list, or else you will incur my Twitter wrath.

Blogroll:

  • Italy Explained – One of my favorite people tells you everything you need to know about one of my favorite countries.
  • Fevered Mutterings – Mike is hilarious and weird. So are his travel stories.
  • The Gastrognome – Advice, stories, and reviews from one of my favorite foodies.
  • Legal Nomads – A site about food and travel, run by my delightful friend Jodi.
  • A Lifetime of Worry – Life, parenthood, and whatever else comes up, through the eyes of my friends Philip and Mimi.
  • Nerd’s Eye View – Pam writes beautiful essays about her travels. Reading this makes me a better writer.
  • Travel Monkeys – My friend Deanna writes about travel and life with her little ones.

My Favorite Travel Products (AKA, stuff I actually buy and use without solicitation or cupcake-related-bribes):

  • Amazon Kindle Paperwhite – Nothing beats a physical book, but this gadget is great for traveling until I accidentally hit the wrong button and then start yelling at it.
  • Dr. Dan’s Cortibalm – My absolute favorite lip balm.
  • Eagle Creek Pack-It Cube – I swear by these – makes packing and unpacking surprisingly easy, and my suitcase is always organized.
  • Kipling Art Satchel – My go-to carry on bag. Lightweight, holds a ton, folds down nicely, and squishes underneath the seat in front of me with ease.
  • Lewis and Clark Quart-Size Toiletry Bag – Durable, waterproof, and great for travel.
  • Nalgene Mini Travel Bottles – Spill-proof and travel friendly. (Note: I actually buy these at REI, because I can purchase the individual bottles in whatever quantity I need).
  • Oscar Biandi Dry Shampoo – A small bottles lasts more than a year – perfect for days when I’m traveling and don’t have time to wash my hair (don’t judge me).
  • Samsonite Luggage 21-Inch Spinner – My last Samsonite suitcase lasted me for years before finally dying. I don’t quite love this much as much as the previous model I had, but it is still pretty darn great. Cushy handle, four wheels (so it glides with just a gentle push), and seems durable. Rand has the same one and loves it.

Books I Love:

On Instagram @theeverywhereist

  • Sometimes adulthood means buying a necklace that consists mostly of plastic dinosaurs.
  • Sometimes your friends get married and you have a group hug and everything is wonderful.
  • No, I don't need midnight pastrami. But if I did ... #katzdeli #nyc #newyork
  • Found this tonight while cleaning out an old wallet of mine. Both the quote and the photo are about a decade old.
  • I've seen my book in two stores so far, and it's still really weird.
. . . 
#bookstagram #author #bookworms #instabook #AOTPbook #AllOverThePlace
  • Happy Mother's Day, Momma. Thanks for always looking out for me. #mothersday
  • Okay, San Diego, I give. You're the prettiest girl at the dance. 
#balboapark
#sandiego
  • I solemnly swear I am up to no good. #instasweets #desserts
  • There is something wonderful about being understood. My writer's group meets about once a month. We mostly eat and (if time allows) talk about our projects. This time we chatted about my book, which was released last week by Public Affairs and pairs well with French pastries and hot Cheetos. 🥐
One of my dear colleagues looked at me and said, "Did you sign my book? No you didn't, you witch." And I realized I'd be lost without these jerks. <3
#bookstagram #bookstagramfeature #bibliophile #instabook #bookworm #bookworms
  • By far, one of the coolest things about getting published is that I get to meet some amazing writers. Super excited to crack into Jo Piazza's How To Be Married after hearing her speak. #bookstagram #inmybag