It’s important to travel with peace of mind. I’m a planner by nature, although lately I feel like my life is in a thousand tiny pieces and a bit chaotic for my liking, so I make lists to ensure I’m on top of everything and ticking things off gives me ridiculous amounts of pleasure.
Three things that guaranteed peace of mind for me as I embarked on my first international trip without any of my children on my lap were:
1. Travel insurance, should anything go wrong
2. Having my Will sorted should anything go even more wrong
3. A handy (+ stylish) hands-free handbag with decent capacity to keep me covered for you upon hour of shopping
I ticked all these boxes thanks to Warehouse Money, the Kinly app & @sabenltd’s cleverly designed Big Sis Tilly which is a handbag and a wallet in one!
I book travel insurance whenever I make an international trip because although it sometimes feels like money wasted since I have never yet had to make a claim on a travel related issue, it’s one of those things that I just would not feel comfortable leaving off the list. Warehouse Money have a range of great value travel insurance options that start from as little as $25, they cover pre-existing conditions, they offer 24/7 emergency assistance and the application process is extremely straight forward which is exactly what you need when you’ve got a million other things to take care of before a big trip.
You know how I told you all about how I’d made my Will when I travelled to LA last year after years of putting it off, well I have a kind of funny story about that. As my husband and I lay lazily on the beach at Turtle Bay on the North of Oahu, I suddenly realised that although I had completed my Will before that last big trip, because I was travelling alone and he was staying home with the kids on that occasion, we had decided to just get my affairs in order in terms of the house and possessions being left to him should I die on my travels, but we skipped over the welfare of the kids because they were going to be with him. I freaked out when I remembered this as we still have not addressed what happens to them if the unthinkable should occur! It’s not a funny story, but it was a swift kick up my backside and now that I’m home it’s time to start those horrible conversations again – we started as we drove back around to Waikiki but it got uncomfortable again and I didn’t want to ruin our short vacation together! So, long and the short of it: sign up to Kinly and take care of your business today!
Being a Summer Brand Ambassador for Saben is such a treat and being able to try out different styles from their extensive range of amazing handbags and travel bags and every kind of bag in between is the perfect way to try before I buy. For this trip I took Regan in Olive as my carry on bag and Tilly’s Big Sis in Mushroom as my handbag. Both were perfect in every way. The Regan has mega capacity, optional hand held straps or shoulder carry and enough room to fit all the essentials – I packed my Canon camera, The Bronze Horseman (which is a brick), a scarf, deodorant and concealer + lip glosses and hand lotion for regular moisturising on the long flight, phone charger, headphones and a couple of snacks and there was still room for more!
Tilly’s Big Sis was my handbag of choice for this trip because I didn’t want to have to lug around something too heavy for all the shopping I knew I would be doing and I wanted my hands free for optimum perusing potential, making a cross-body bag the ticket. But the best thing about this little bag is that it’s not that little at all and with its fab design enabling you to carry everything you need in one place, you don’t need to carry a separate wallet. With capacity for six cards and a middle zipped compartment (which is where I kept my cash and coins), you still have a big zip compartments on either side of the central section which easily housed my sunglasses, lipsticks (I always carry at least two), chewing gum, hotel key, mall map and any other bits and pieces I needed – which one day included a spare T shirt for Shane to change into!
With these three crucial things taken care of I was free for four days – free mentally and free physically without any little limpets trying to attach themselves to me to spend entire days walking, watching, touching, buying and exploring the beautiful city of Waikiki, enjoying not nearly all that it had to offer.
I will be writing more about my adventures in Honolulu next week, so keep close.
Until then, have a great weekend and may the sunshine return to us really soon! Coming back from 27 degrees at 6am and 10pm to non stop rain and cold was a bit of a shock to my system.