So you’re totally ready for Christmas, right? (Be honest – are you nodding while sipping cocoa right now, or screaming uncontrollably?)
And this year, will you be the host or the wandering traveler?
Either way, you’ll want the guest room (or impromptu sleeping space!) to be as comfortable as possible.
Here are a few ideas to create a cozy guest room for the holidays.
1. Add a Snack Box
I like leaving a few small-size snacks in a basket, bowl or box next to the bed, especially for guests who have traveled far and may be on a different time zone.
Waking up starving at 3:00 a.m. when you’re jet-lagged is SO not fun. Make sure you include some salty or savory snacks as well as sweets. Nuts, chips and pretzels are always good choices and try to strike a balance between healthy and just downright yummy.
2. A Place to Sit
If you have the space, make sure your guest room has a place to sit in addition to the bed. Your guest will need a place for tying shoes, having a cup of tea or checking his or her iPhone.
Here are seating areas in two favorite guest rooms I’ve stayed in while traveling. The first was in an Italian villa. I loved waking up here. And the chairs totally served their purpose.
A Bedroom at an Italian Villa we Rented for a House Party
This next room was in a French chateau and was especially cozy…the old, overstuffed chair between the window and the fireplace was so comfortable I could sit for hours.READ MORE
I’ve been in Venice for a week and loved every quirky, cold, (sometimes sunny), delicious minute of it. I’ve loved it so much, I’ve not taken time to write about my trip! What? I’m a travel blogger – this is not supposed to happen!
I have been taking photos – so here’s a quick update from Venezia. (I’m really hoping my Italian improves by the end of this trip!)
First of all, if you read regularly you may remember that I started planning this trip months ago and I let you in on my process for picking a vacation rental. I’m 100% pleased with the apartment I selected.
Here’s what my vacation rental looks like:
Don’t you love those massive, ancient doors? And the view of READ MORE
Do you start to notice themes when you look over your travel photos?
I have a huge collection of “portraits” of statues.
Even through the lens, I realize that I love to shoot sculpture in the same way that I like to take photos of models. Sometimes I even feel myself having an internal discussion with them. You know what I mean, “…good, good, a bit more to the left, yes. Perfect…”
I admit that I used to love to travel. (Does that sound a bit strange, coming from a travel blogger?)
Now, I just like being in a new place. The act of getting there is often just a ‘necessary evil’. Jaded? I’ don’t think so. But after years of doing what needs to be done, so that I can experience the beauty and magic of a new destination, I’ve gotten pretty good at it.
If you are lucky enough to be headed out to a far-away destination, I’ve got you covered. Here are my personal tips on what to wear on that long-haul flight.
Just remember, there are three basic rules: 1) Keep it Simple, 2) Stay Comfortable and 3) Be Prepared. In the meantime, I’d still like to look good. Wouldn’t you? So here’s what simple, comfortable and at least a little bit chic looks like to me.
Here’s a Visual of What to Wear on a Long-Haul, Super Long Airplane Flight
The Viking Mounds at Uppsalla, Sweden by Georgios Karamanis
Sometimes you fall in love with light. You think it’s the person or the place you’re falling for, but in fact the light filters through a cloud or slants in through a window a certain way and there’s a subtle shift. Everything seems full of meaning.
When I think of places with special light I remember Venice. And London. And Greece. And California. Each one unique.
I haven’t been to Sweden yet, but I’m intrigued by its light.