Why We Travel & A JORD Wood Watch Giveaway

As I write this post, it's about a week and half until Luke and I will be hopping onto a big, white jet plane to spend our summer adventuring in South Korea, Taiwan and China. The amount of time that has past from the moment we sat across from each other at an overfilled coffee shop, empty mugs sitting stale on the counter, locking eyes and saying to each other "I can't believe it, we're going back to Asia!" and now is staggering. And yet, it feels like a conversation we had last weekend.

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It's always around this time, when the reservations have been made, every detail sorted and visa accepted, that I start to realize how incredibly fortunate I am to be able to take on grand adventures like this year by year. I start to acknowledge the insane amount of privilege I have, to be able to afford such experiences, to be able to leave home and those pesky adult responsibilities for a short while. These adventures do not come easily, but they certainly do not come often to most. This is a reality I think of often and always... especially when it comes to sharing travel posts. 

I think back to when I sat with my grandmother on her living room floor, sifting through magazines together, mentioning how I felt I had a "European soul," listing out the castles I longed to see. I think back to how disheartened I felt knowing I wouldn't have the opportunity to study abroad... dreams dashed aside in favor of a cap and gown (at least for a little while). I think back to trying foreign foods with my daring younger brother. I think about my first cross-continental flight. Those moments, so present and real in my mind's eye and yet so, so far away from my reality as I type this post. Time, you've twisted my mind.

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This is the essence of why I travel. The reality of time... it's finite and fleeting nature sits close to my heart. Choosing to spend it learning about this wide and beautiful world we reside in is one of the best personal decisions I have ever made. The truth is, in a way, travel is how I choose to make my time on this globe count. To fulfill a dream, to expand my perspective and seek understanding, to make me feel closer to this vast, overwhelmingly large and old planet we inhabit. I want to soak in it all, I want to make my short time here full in this way, for a least a little while longer. 

When JORD Wood Watches reached out to me and shared my mutual excitement for our upcoming travels, I couldn't believe the timing (pun intended)! With their gorgeous wooden finish made from a variety of 100% natural woods, ranging from bamboo, koa, golden camphor, ebony, to sandalwood and more, to their attention to detail in packaging and styling... how could a girl say no? Having a beautiful timepiece to refer to while adventuring abroad is a delight. Not only does it allow me to kiss my attachment to my otherwise useless cell phone goodbye while we trek around our destinations, but it also has a sentimental quality as well. China and Korea are exactly 12 hours ahead of us here on the East coast, meaning at any second of the day I can glance at my Fieldcrest watch (made with earthy Zebrawood and Maple) and recognize the nearly perfect time difference between myself and my dear friends and family back at home. Plus, who doesn't love a little reminder to make our time count?

To celebrate our grand adventures abroad, I've partnered with JORD to giveaway a $100 gift card for their wonderfully crafted website, where you can find yourself a little momento to savor your time and travels! The best thing? Every person who enters receives a e-gift code worth $25 in their shop! Pretty awesome if you ask this nostalgic traveler. Click here to enter... good luck! 

Why We Travel & A JORD Wood Watch Giveaway | ROAM + GOLIGHTLY
Why We Travel & A JORD Wood Watch Giveaway | ROAM + GOLIGHTLY

Before we head off, be sure follow us along on our travels on Instagram @roamandgolightly!

We'll be sharing an some fun blog post and podcast episodes while we travel, but you'll find our day-to-day adventures there. Until then!

JORD Contest ends at 11:59 CST 06/18/17 and both gift codes expire 09/17/17!

7 Spring Trends That Are Perfect For Travelers

In the whirlwind of spring trends and this season's "it items," a girl who longs to invest in pieces that can travel the world with her can really get lost. Women who straddle the line between real life and real travel, back me up on this! Finding clothes, shoes and accessories that work for multiple climates, transition seamlessly between varying activities, pack well and also are current with what's fresh and beautiful now... that my friend, can be a serious challenge! 

With a keen and discerning eye on what's trending, I've gathered seven of my favorite spring/summer trends that can elevate your style while also being one hundred percent packable, wearable and polished while you explore the world. Prep your packing cubes!

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7 Spring Trends That Are Perfect For Travelers | ROAM + GOLIGHTLY

Jumpsuits & Rompers

A whole outfit in one piece, which equals less packing and more on style! Perhaps one of my favorite things about jumpsuits and rompers is that they're one of those outfits you just don't have to think about. Add a dainty necklace before dinner and evenings on the town or pop on some sneakers while you sightsee... it can do it all.

Mules & Blocked Heels

Cobblestone paths beware! Every traveler needs a dresser shoe option, and the spring/summer trend elevating our height while packing a updated punch in the style department is without a doubt a chunky heel. While squeezing your shoe options in your carry on, keep this one on your docket. Comfortable, cool and can handle those pesky (yet beautiful!) European cobble stone paths. 

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7 Spring Trends That Are Perfect For Travelers | ROAM + GOLIGHTLY

Mini Satchels

Ladies... am I right on this? The tinier, the better when it comes to packing. Choose to tote around just the essentials by bringing a mini satchel instead of your typical cross body bag. Travel light while looking easy, breezy!

Off The Shoulder Shirts & Dresses

One of our favorite spring trends... say hello to the roomy, breathable piece you can always go for no matter what activity you find yourself in! With this look, travelers can straddle the line of polished and effortless all while avoiding those pesky tan lines that come with being out and about all day. 

I love wearing my ThirdLove's strapless bra Thirdlove strapless bra for this one! Not only does it actually stay put (which is a HUGE plus for those of you who've struggled with other strapless options like me), but it also has adjustable straps that can be added for any type of shirt or dress you've packed for your days adventuring. Comfort is number one when it comes to traveling... and this bad boy meets the mark. Plus, knowing that it can effortlessly transition between strapless, racerback and any other type of top I might pack adds an additional perk too. Love it? Be sure to get yourself 10% off by using TLSPRING10 at check out. Thank me later, ladies!

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7 Spring Trends That Are Perfect For Travelers | ROAM + GOLIGHTLY
7 Spring Trends That Are Perfect For Travelers | ROAM + GOLIGHTLY

Culottes

Adding a little bit of flair to your day-to-day tourist trips, culottes combine the comfort of pajamas with the look of a polished skirt. I'm looking forward to popping these on and avoiding the dreaded chaffing of my thighs when I wear a skirt! 

7 Spring Trends That Are Perfect For Travelers | ROAM + GOLIGHTLY
7 Spring Trends That Are Perfect For Travelers | ROAM + GOLIGHTLY
7 Spring Trends That Are Perfect For Travelers | ROAM + GOLIGHTLY

Midi Dresses 

Conservative yet airy, midi dresses are all the rage and work incredibly well for adventurers. For those of you who've traveled abroad, you know that it's much safer to dress conservatively on your day to day basis... especially since us Americans have stereotypically gotten scolded for dressing too provocatively. Look like a goddess while remaining covered, professional and ready for a jaunt to a memorial, place of worship or gallery! 

Athleisure 

By far the BEST trend for travelers. Nothing like looking like a model off-duty while also staying comfortable and sometimes even in water-wicking fabrics! I fully intend on rocking my athleisure pieces in the airport. Why be uncomfortable for a long flight, right? So put on your athletic shoes, a bomber or your favorite workout top this season. It's an excuse to be comfy, ready for anything and trendy! 

7 Spring Trends That Are Perfect For Travelers | ROAM + GOLIGHTLY

Lady adventurers, we have probably the toughest time when it comes to shopping. Here's to finding the joy in dressing with vivacity while remaining true to what's wearable, transitional and downright comfortable. We know that all most pieces should be worn multiple times for multiple reasons... so enjoy our favorites, why don't ya! 

Do you shop with your travels in mind? What are your go-to pieces you love to pack?


8 Inspiring Blogs & Websites For When You Need A Boost Of Creativity

There's a constant push-pull dynamic when it comes to creativity, isn't there? There are times when we're bursting at the seams to get to our work, to try something new, to spend as long as it takes to experiment and dig deep. And then there are times (oh those horrible times) when our creative flow has run completely, incredibly dry. Like the ebb and flow of an ocean, that push-pull relationship comes with the territory of being a creative. It's inevitable. It's part of the job. It's to be expected. But man, does it drive us mad. 

8 Inspiring Blogs & Websites For When You Need A Boost Of Creativity

In times of creative ruts, it can be hard to pull ourselves out pity parties. Or, if you're anything like me, it can be extremely difficult to grapple with feeling guilty after spending hours watching television and scrolling Instagram and Facebook. It felt like the hours I was spending skimming through unfamiliar Pinterest feeds, out of the ordinary lifestyle bloggers and YouTubers pages were wasting my "creative time."

But there's one revelation I came to while dealing with one of these creative dry spells that has stuck with me... part of being creative is being a consumer. Meaning, part of the creative process is to stop producing inspiration, and instead, taking a turn consuming inspiration. When these words hit me, it was like a lightbulb exploded above my head. The guilt melted away. Yes, in times of creative ruts... it's actually more meaningful to lose yourself in work that isn't your own.

In the depths of my rut, I found so many outside creative interests I wasn't tapping into. I discovered that I really loved lifestyle-travel YouTubers and vloggers, I'm drawn to deep shades of blue and dreamy blushes, and dang it.... I love watching an empowered female artist do her thang. Here are just ten of my go-to websites, Instagrams and blogs when I need a creative boost. Enjoy!

8 Inspiring Blogs & Websites For When You Need A Boost Of Creativity

Darling Magazine

You already know we love Darling around here at Roam + Golightly. Make sure to listen to our interview with Darling's own Ziza Bauer on the podcast if you haven't listened already! With a mission to encourage and inspire "the art of being a woman" what isn't there to love? Even if you aren't subscribed to their issues, Darling has an excellent blog dedicated to creating meaningful content around varying personas they focus on. I love digging through their "Dreamer," "Explorer" and "Intellectual" tabs for posts relating to the arts, responsible tourism, resources for creativity, travel and wanderlust inspiration and more. 

DESIGNLOVEFEST

Admittedly, I've been following Bri Larson's work for longer than I can remember (in fact, I'm fairly sure she was the first person I ever followed on Instagram)! Bri's blog DESIGNLOVEFEST is my go-to place when I just want a dose of dreamy. With posts ranging from color, texture and pattern based obsessions to recipes to home design and weekend inspiration lists... DESIGNLOVEFEST sort of does it all. With a bold outlook on design and type, as well as a serious love for travel, Bri's blog is a favorite for sure. Her Instagram is also one of my favorites as well too! 

Heather Day

I'm kind of hesitant to share this wonderful artist with you all because I feel like Heather's work is my best kept secret (even though she has hundreds of thousands of followers). I have a serious art-girl-crush, if that's even a thing, on Heather Day. Based in California, her abstract work is incredible. Heather is also a traveler, so seeing her create and gather inspiration while on the road is fueling for any creative adventurer. 

Trouvé Magazine

If you've subscribed to our podcast, you know that we're in love with Amanda Marko and Trouvé. If you haven't been following along, just know that this publishing collective is dedicated to celebrating the creative lifestyle and finding those who live it. Dreamy right? This printed magazine is the perfect coffee table book. And even though this magazine is my ultimate source for a burst of creativity... truth be told, it's almost TOO beautiful to dog-ear and mark up. If you can't get your hands on a physical copy there's good news, Trouvé's website focuses on the stories, makers, studio spaces and tidbits on the creative process. These stories capture the soul of the magazine wholeheartedly and are the perfect outlet for anyone needing a little inspo pick-me-up.

Ann Street Studio

Jamie Beck might be one of the most effortlessly beautiful creatures on our planet, I'm convinced. Ann Street Studio began as a blog obsession of mine way, way early in the days of the blog revolution. I found myself diving deep into their content regularly and often. Whether it was for ideas for photography, personal style recommendations or pieces written about anything and everything... I was thoroughly indulged with each post. And here's the best part, since then... nothing has changed. Jamie and her partner Kevin share content centered around fashion, travel, truth and beauty through photographs, videos, and their own creative app, Cinemagraphs. It's a dreamy escape into their world together, and it's one of my bonafide favorites.

Dame Traveler

Something about Nastasia's women's travel community is downright inspirational, wanderlusty, and thrill inducing. It's the perfect blend of pretty and curiosity peaking. Each post she shares on Instagram is a dreamy moment captured in time from women around world. Whether it's a backpacker in Paraguay or a local in Finland, Dame Traveler shares their stories with a healthy dose of meaningful written passages and poems. I love it in a huge way. And speaking honestly, getting to know Nastasia's story behind the brand on our podcast makes it all the more inspirational!

GirlBoss

Listen up, ladies. Sophia Amoruso's book (and podcast, and movement) has a home online... and it's hella empowering. GirlBoss's online space is stocked with inspirational stories of female entrepreneurs, creators and more, so if you're needing an extra jolt of motivation or struggling to kick your project into high-gear, this is the place for you. As a website devoted to empowering women in business and in life, Sophia's website showcases everything from #girlbossmoment stories shared from everyday girls around the world, to information about her foundation and scholarships, pieces about wellness and work-life balance, and so, so much more. It's basically a one-stop shop for any bosses out there... female or not. 

PRVNCL Magazine

Need some aesthetic inspiration in its most intentional form? Pick up a copy of PRVNCL Magazine, or puruse their Journal component of their gorgeous website. Centered around the idea of inspiring balance between work and rest and a creatively simplified lifestyle, each post includes invaluable insight on living a provincial life. I don't know about you, but I too often find myself swept up in the "hussle" of living creatively. The desire to push our creativity to the max at all hours of the day is one I know many feel as well... and that's why PRVNCL means so much to me. It's almost like a distilled moment of zen encapsulated in magazine (and online!) form. What's not to love about that?

If you want some more inspo, listen to our chat with PRVNCL's creator Grace Taylor. We chat about all things minimal and French! Can you tell we only interview those we consider incredibly inspiring? Ha! 


What are your favorite inspiring online resources you turn to when needing a little jolt in your creativity? 

Comment below... I'd love to know!