Road Trip Through Iceland

livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-travel-lifestyle-blogger-iceland-road-trip-what-to-do-pack-reykjavik-noken-travel-guide-arial-view-skylineHello friends! Ohh the long anticipated Iceland travel diary is finally HERE! In November, I partnered with the wonderful Noken to create a promo video for their OFFICIAL launch! In a nutshell, Noken curates incredible end-to-end trips through Iceland (…and now Colombia, too!) and yes…they do ALL the work (hotels, rental cars, itinerary) and you just get to soak up the magic of this stunning country. I grabbed my two best friends, Elissa & Ben (…y’all probably know them very well by now – my besties since age 15…the best travel trio!) and we ventured to Iceland for a week of road trip bliss starting in Reykjavik and through southern Iceland. To say this was the trip of a lifetime is truly an understatement…I have never seen SO much vast beauty in one country. From driving on an open road (…with no one in sight for miles!) and a changing terrain every 20 minutes (…one minute you’re in a white powdered snow globe, the next in a mossy green lava field) to hiking on a glacier and looking out on giant pieces of ice in the middle of a black sand beach…Noken curated the most magnificent trip!

Sharing more about what we did, as well as a Noken discount code for LL readers (jump on this one, y’all – they plan THE BEST trips!) and the video at the end of this post!
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Travel Diary: St. Petersburg, Russia

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Aaaand finally I have edited these photos (…which also means I got the “happy sads” reliving this portion of our trip…ya know, happy it happened, sad it’s over, etc. 😉 and am super excited to share an in-depth look at our time in Saint Petersburg, RUSSIA! This was definitely the part of our cruise through Scandinavia with Princess Cruises that both Blake and I were really looking forward to…there’s so much history and tons of fascinating museums and palaces to see…so, let’s get to it!

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A big thank you to Princess Cruises for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.

 


Travel Diary: Copenhagen & Oslo

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Hey there friends! Excited to share a photo diary from the first two stops during our 12-day cruise through Scandinavia with Princess Cruises last month! (…Working on my Russia wrap-up tomorrow, so be sure and check back later this weekend!). This has been the year of travel for me and Blake, and we are so grateful to experience such wonderful cities and countries together…I feel like I am constantly pinching myself as I look back at our photo albums after each trip. Copenhagen has been on our radar for years and though we were only there for a day and a half, we completely fell in love with the city! Then came Oslo, Norway – which kind of blew me away and surprised me (in the best way!) because the mix of super old buildings and historical monuments (vikings, anyone?) next to ultra modern, sleek scandinavian cafes, apartments and shops is pretty surreal and quite a sight to see and experience. That’s the thing I love about Europe…the juxtaposition of new and old buildings on the same street…it’s pretty incredible and very special to be so close to history in that way.

Needless to say, these were two major cities that we were thrilled to visit! Sharing more photos and a list of recommendations if you’re headed that way…(ps: you can find our cruise itinerary here).

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My Favorite Activities On A Cruise Ship

livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-travel-fashion-blogger-princess-cruises-regal-ship-what-to-do-on-board-cruise-boat-top-deck-pool-hot-tubIf you haven’t noticed by now, we’re big fans of cruising! From our trip through the Mediterranean in June 2016, to our 12-day cruise through Scandinavia last month, let’s just say all our troubles float away when we step aboard that beautiful ship! From grabbing cocktails by the pool and trying out the delicious specialty restaurants, to watching movies under the stars on the top deck or penciling in gelato dates…our ship had plenty of entertainment and r&r options!

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A big thank you to Princess Cruises for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.


10 Things To Do In Barcelona

livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-travel-fashion-blogger-barcelona-spain-costa-brava-pals-beach-catalonia-3Ohh my heart! THIS. TRIP. My two best friends, so much laughter, the perfect setting…can we do it all over again?! See above? That’s Elissa, my bestie since age 15…we go waaaay back. She’s a flight attendant and used her magical powers to bring me and our other bestie (see below) Ben, to Barcelona, Spain for a week of pure bliss. We called this trip our “10-year-friendiversary” (…even though it’s been over 10 years now…any excuse to take a bff trip to Europe, right?). Ps. If you’re curious if we watched ‘Vicki, Cristina, Barcelona’ in preparation for this vacay, that answer is a definite yes. (I also watched Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants prior to Greece…no judgement, okay? 😉 ).

Days spent at the beach, nights dancing until the sun comes up, jazz concerts at random Airbnb apartments, sight seeing, tapas eating, cava drinking…excited to share a list of 10 must-do activities in Barcelona!

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Travel Diary: Day-Trip To Berlin, Germany

livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-regal-princess-scandinavia-cruise-may-june-itinerary-what-to-wear-pack-ports-berlin-germany-museum-historic-district-travelDid you see my latest travel post featuring Tallinn, Estonia? I am slowly but surely spilling all the details from our trip through Scandinavia with Princess Cruises! Today I’m excited to share a glimpse at our day-trip to Berlin, Germany. Hope you enjoy!!

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A big thank you to Princess Cruises for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.


Darling City: Tallinn, Estonia

livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-fashion-travel-blogger-princess-cruises-scandinavia-northern-europe-what-to-do-wear-tallinn-estonia-22livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-princess-cruises-scandinavia-tallinn-estonia-12Hello and welcome to the colorful dreamland of Tallinn, Estonia! Excited to spill the details from our trip through Scandinavia with Princess Cruises over the next two weeks – starting with a glimpse into one of our very favorite stops. I knew Estonia was beautiful, but I had NO idea just how much I’d fall in love with this darling, quaint city!

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A big thank you to Princess Cruises for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.


Scandinavian Cruise: Our Travel Itinerary

livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-regal-princess-scandinavia-cruise-may-june-itinerary-what-to-wear-pack-ports-copenhagen-denmark-nyhavn-bright-historical-canal-frontY-A-Y! I’m finally spilling the itinerary details from our trip through Scandinavia with Princess Cruises! Thirteen days of exploring, sightseeing, eating and drinking everything in sight (obviously! 😉 ), being immersed in new cultures and of course, a whole lot of rest and relaxation time. (…Pretty sure you could find me bundled up on our balcony sipping coffee or wine at all hours of the day while at sea, ha! It was so magical!). Our two weeks abroad was unbelievably incredible and a trip that I will never forget…I truly can’t recommend this getaway enough!

On the final day of our trip, I asked my Instagram followers what questions they had regarding this trip – overwhelmingly, the most requested was to share our travel itinerary and of course, what to pack! 😉 Thus, today I’m excited to share a sneak peek of each stop along our trip, as well as my outfit details from each city. I’ll be posting in-depth travel posts for each of our ports through Scandinavia over the next few weeks, but wanted to be sure and share the overarching details first! So, let’s get to it…

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Our Honeymoon To Greece

Aaaand months later (we visited in late September/early October), I am finally sharing the ins and outs of our honeymoon to Athens and Santorini, Greece! Not going to lie, editing these images brought back all the “feels” and I definitely called Blake over to my office area more than once to look at photos and reminisce with me. I still stand by that it was my favorite vacation ever…for one, Santorini was such a relaxing and romantic place – and Athens was so rich with incredible history that I was pretty much in awe for three days straight…and two, given that Blake and I are both workaholics, it was seriously SO incredible to disconnect and just be present and explore with each other for 12 days straight. We make a great team and he’s my very favorite travel partner! (…Our shared love for drinking coffee and beer in new places = a match made in heaven, ha!). From the scenery to the Greek food (omg heaven!), to spending days on end with my darling, it was pure magic and a trip I’ll forever fondly remember.

As folks are planning their spring/summer getaways, I’ve had a ton of emails and messages from LL readers asking to share where we stayed, what activities we did, and any tips and insight regarding this trip, sooo here we go! Sharing a photo diary first, then will spill the details at the end of this post (…the pros and cons!). I hope y’all enjoy!!
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BTS Onboard Our Mediterranean Cruise

livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-princess-cruise-cabin-balcony-mediterranean-coast-breakfast-in-bedHello friends! Today I’m featuring the final blog post from our Mediterranean getaway with Princess Cruises! As I’ve mentioned before, piecing these posts together always gets me super mushy and brings about the “happy sads” because I get to relive our blissful trip as I edit each photo, but also get to face the reality that I am no longer on the boat…ha! I think that’s just how looking back at vacations goes…! However, this post is a pretty fun one because when Blake and I were on the ship, we were living it up and seriously THE happiest pair. Before the cruise, our last vacation together was to South Padre Island…and lemme tell ya, Texas beaches don’t really cut it like the Mediterranean Coast does, ha! (Hey, Galveston will always have a special place in my heart…but not quite like Italy now does..!). I think our facial expressions in most of these photos say it all. 🙂 Eight days, three countries and some unforgettable exploring, dining (y’all, the lattes and croissants on the ship were tuhh-die!) and some quality R&R time = the absolute best trip ever.

Today I’m featuring a little photo diary from aboard the ship, so here it goes!

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A huge thank you to Princess Cruises for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.