As most you know, I just got back from my first cruise last week (and it was AWESOME). Before my cruise, I spent countless hours researching the do’s and dont’s of cruising. To say I was a little nervous about my first cruise would be an understatement. I didn’t know what to pack (or not pack), what the boarding process would be like or really what to expect at all if I’m being honest.
Luckily for me, my extensive research really helped out and I had an absolute blast on the cruise. In fact, my first cruise experience went so well that I’m in the process of booking another cruise for this summer. I just think that cruises are such a fun and unique way to get out and explore the world (and as you can clearly tell from my constant traveling, I LOVE exploring new places!). Even though I only have one cruise under my belt (so far), I thought it would be helpful to share a few tips for those who haven’t been on a cruise yet but are seriously considering it.
Here’s 10 things you should know before going on your first cruise: Continue reading
I don’t know how the weathers been where you’re from but it’s been unseasonably warm here in Chicago (hey, no complaints here). Well, let me rephrase that. It hasn’t really been unseasonably warm, we’ve actually been experiencing pretty normal fall weather (high 60’s, low 70s), it’s just weather you’d expect in early fall (September/October) as apposed to late fall. Speaking of weather, Chicago gets a bad rep sometimes for always being “cold” or “windy” (fyi, we’re called the Windy City because of our politicians NOT because of our weather) but Chicago actually has beautiful weather most of the time. In fact, places like NYC and other east coast cities, on average, are way colder/have worst weather (remember that Snowmageddon that hit last year? Well Chicago was spared of that. Honestly we didn’t get that much snow at all last winter!). It just kind of bothers me when I hear people say “I hear Chicago is a beautiful city but I couldn’t handle that weather.” I just want laugh because our weather isn’t bad at all. Speaking of good weather, I just got back from my cruise to the Bahamas and wow, was it amazing! I couldn’t have asked for a better first cruise experience and I honestly think that the Carnival Valor had a lot to do with making my first cruise go as smoothly as it did! Continue reading