Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Galileo: Favorite Map App

So I flew back from Italy on Saturday. It was an amazing trip and I have lots of photos and experiences to share. I took over 2000 photos and 250 video clips so it's going to take a little while for me to sort and edit and organize. So first, let me talk about my new favorite map app.

I love Google Maps, I really do. I also love the My Maps feature. It's awesome because you can bookmark places and use really adorable icons and even draw lines (i.e. for bike paths) and you can even import someone else's hard work into your own maps.

However, my main problem with Google and My Maps is that I cannot bring it up on my iPhone. I can use a web browser to open the map, but then the caching feature (which is available in the Google Maps app) is no longer available to me. Plus, I had a few snafus last year while in France, even with the caching. I had 'starred' a bunch of sites that I wanted to go to and everything was going great. All of a sudden, my map refreshed itself and the stars disappeared! WHY, GOOGLE, WHY?! It was so annoying.

So, I've been searching for a solution to my map issue for a while and have experimented with a few options. I've finally settled on Galileo and I am in love. It allows you to download (searchable) maps and you can use them with or without wifi; brilliant. It was put to the test while I was in Italy and it passed the test with flying colors.
I thought I would share its successes (and minor shortcomings) with all of you who also love having offline maps whilst abroad.

Friday, April 17, 2015

10 Minute Travel Makeup

I love makeup. I think it's fun and I like the way it makes me look. On a normal day, I have a relatively time-consuming makeup routine. It takes me about 20 minutes to get my face on for work and I use a bunch of products, like cream bronzer and cream blush, that I wouldn't dream of bringing with me on holiday because I like to streamline and pack light.
I've pared down my holiday makeup to twelve products plus a lip product and I can slap it all on in ten minutes. It doesn't make me look endlessly glamorous, by any means, but it's enough to make me look more awake and fresh and is perfect for when I'm on holiday.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

36 Hours in DC: Day 2

Despite our strenuous day of biking and our late bedtime, we managed to wake up at 7AM on Sunday morning.
Not wanting to waste the day, we got up and got ready (instead of lingering in bed like little lazy monsters) and headed out the door. Again, everything we did on Sunday had zero admission fees. Thanks, DC and the Smithsonian Institution!
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