Time to Get Going? Portugal, Santa Barbara and More…

Travel is on its way back….at least for now!  So I decided it’s time to start writing blogs again after a very long Covid hiatus.  Feels good to be back. Here are some recent travel suggestions (with accompanying itineraries), a new game to test your geographical knowledge, and a great cause that needs your medical donations. 

Portugal: 10 Day Itinerary

In February my husband and I had a long-planned spring trip to Morocco with three other couples get postponed.  We discussed canceling our travels altogether but decided to take a new trip with just the two of us, something we hadn’t done in over 25 years (had traveled with friends, with kids, on business trips together but not a ‘let’s go on a real vacation with just the two of us’ trip since I was pregnant with our oldest child, who is now 26.). So where to go, utilizing our tickets that took us to Europe in March? 

After looking at a wide range of options we decided on Portugal, as our tickets already went through Lisbon and neither of us had been there before. I was hesitant to go,  thinking that it was a ‘milder’ driving trip vacation that we could do later in our lives (and my heart was still set on the desert camps and the hikes of Morocco). But the more we looked into what a 10-day Portugal itinerary could look like it was ‘a go’. And we were not disappointed! 

Portugal has SO much to offer – urban exploration, beautiful architecture, history, miles of beaches, outdoor activities, delicious and affordable food and wine, amazingly kind people, and reasonable prices. We researched the country and quickly put together/booked a 10-day trip that included Lisbon, Sintra, the Algarve, a drive up the center of the country and the coast, the wine country, and Porto in the North. We were there in late winter so we weren’t going for a ‘beach trip’ but rather one that took us to the highlights of the country plus some additional things we wanted to see such as the waves at Nazare. 

It seems Portugal is only getting more popular these days (not that it ever wasn’t popular, but just that some of its European neighbors have always seemed to get more attention for some reason) and a number of friends have upcoming trips planned, or are even moving there. And now we see why – we walked for miles and miles each day, ate amazing food, saw incredible natural scenery and historical sites, visited castles, and saw tons of beautiful Portuguese tile and cobblestone alleyways at every turn. If you go, be sure to check out our favorite restaurants as we had some of the best (and most reasonably priced) dinners ever during this trip! 

 You can see our Portugal Great 10-day itinerary here. 

 

Santa Barbara Getaway

If you want to stick closer to home, the Santa Barbara area has so much to offer – beautiful weather, great restaurants, terrific hiking, tons of home and fashion shopping, and amazing beaches, to name a few.

Here is an itinerary of a three-day girls’ trip I took in February.  Although only a few days long we did so much (hiking, biking, shopping, dining etc) it felt like a much longer vacation.  The greater Santa Barbara area is equally good for a quick getaway or for a longer visit as there is something for all ages and interests. 

 

London Girls Trip

Last fall I was fortunate to join a group of wonderful women on a trip to London. The trip has been posted on the site for a bit but I wanted to point it out in case anyone is thinking of travel to London this summer or fall. It’s also a good read if you are curious, not only about the itinerary, but about how the organizer made the trip a success for a group of women who had different interests in activities, lodging, and dining. Have a read here

 

Time to play! Test your knowledge of African countries.

You likely play Wordle, and you may also play Worldle (where you are given an outline of a country and have 6 guesses to identify the country).  But the game I was recently introduced to is “You Don’t Know Africa” and I am determined to play it every day until I can correctly identify all 54 countries in Africa (unlike the other two games you can play it multiple times a day). Each time you play it randomly gives you 20 African countries to identify on a map.  Give it a try! 

 

Have Access to Medical Supplies? We Need You!

Do you have access to any excess medical supplies that you could donate to a clinic in the slums of Nairobi? If so, please let me know (chrissie@jamboguides.com). 

I will be going to Kenya in the fall and will take as many donations as people can provide to donate to Provide International. A full list of items needed can be found here, but anything from masks, gowns, and shoe coverings to forceps, goggles, and stethoscopes would be greatly appreciated. If you live in the Bay Area I can swing by to pick it up. If you live elsewhere shoot me an email and we’ll figure something out. 

As background, my first trip to Africa was to work for the summer in the slums of Nairobi when I was in my mid-20s, an experience that had a huge impact on my life. The program I worked for, Provide International, has continued to grow and thrive and today provides much-needed medical services to those who otherwise would not have access to it. But they are always in need of supplies, ranging from masks and gowns to equipment. RE

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Chrissie Kremer

I am a mixed bag traveler - I go the budget route on some things and splurge on others. I love family adventure travel, trips with girlfriends, or solo trips with my kids. I like urban exploration but prefer it coupled with outdoor activity (and when traveling with my kids it's more outdoor activity coupled with a dose of urban). I have been to 62 countries... and counting.

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Chrissie Kremer

I am a mixed bag traveler - I go the budget route on some things and splurge on others. I love family adventure travel, trips with girlfriends, or solo trips with my kids. I like urban exploration but prefer it coupled with outdoor activity (and when traveling with my kids it's more outdoor activity coupled with a dose of urban). I have been to 62 countries... and counting.

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