Best Sandals to Pack & Wear While Traveling (I Tried Out 16 Different Pairs)

Best Sandals to Pack & Wear While Traveling (I Tried Out 16 Different Pairs)

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After years and years of travel I know just how important a comfortable sandal for travel can be! I decided to try out 16 different shoes to help find the best ones for you. Whether you’re looking for stylish, athletic, comfort, or color I’ve covered them all. 

Read through my reviews below and you’ll be sure to not have any buyer’s remorse! 

All KEEN shoes are known for being high quality. This sandal for travel is great because of the higher traction sole and durability. This shoes tends to be a little wide, so keep that in mind if you have a narrow foot. 

These shoes are on the higher end price-wise, but are absolutely worth it! I love the style and high-quality these offer. Personally for travel I prefer a sandal with higher coverage to protect your foot and stay in place with miles of walking, but a little bulky for your suitcase. 

If you are looking for a lightweight travel sandal to use for city walking, these are great! With a variety of 12 colors you are sure to find one that matches any outfit. 

A name synonymous with quality, you can’t really go wrong with Birkenstock. I travel with these sandals all the time, and they are my favorite! Do remember that these shoes come in European sizes, so you might need to figure out the conversion. For example, I am a size 9 1/2 U.S., and wear a 40 or 41 in these shoes. 

The microfiber soft footbed in these sandals for travel makes them ultra comfortable! You’ll find the sole is very flexible, and the style is more on the athletic side. There are several colors to choose from. 

I use Chaco’s all the time for my travel hiking and water shoes. You can adjust each strap as needed to make them comfortable and secure. Check out the color options available! 

This sandal looks beautiful on your feet with some nice braiding! If you like a little height in your sandal, this one offers a 1 1/2 inch heel. 

This is a classic travel shoe that you can wear walking the streets of a city or hiking in the hills. I personally love Teva’s and find them a little bit softer than Chaco’s which are similar to me. 

Take this shoe from day to evening easily with its versatile style. The 1/2 inch platform and soft leather really make this travel sandal great as well. 

Definitely an affordable option, these crocs combine value and comfort. Extra lightweight they are perfect for a beach or pool vacation. They do not come in half sizes, I recommend sizing up. 

I love the combined style and price point of this shoe. The 1 1/2 inch heel gives this sandal for travel a bit of pizazz, and the foam footbed makes you feel like you’re walking on a cloud. I’m planning on keeping a pair of these shoes! 

Several colors and a memory foam footbed make these sandals a great choice. The price point is great too! I ended up ordering these in a tan color to keep. 

These travel sandals feature an all-day comfort footbed and genuine leather upper. The details on the top give it a little visual interest. Great for a wider foot. 

I love the cork wrapped detail on the sides of these sandals, and the style is on point too! You’ll find a variety of colors to choose from. 

A rubber sole gives these cute sandals traction when walking all day. Each strap is adjustable for optimal support. 

A great find in 5 different unique  colors, I like the true sandal look with this option. Do note the larger sizes don’t seem to come in half sizes. 

Let me know your favorite sandals for travel in the comments below!

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Things to Do in Lower Manhattan | Lower East Side Tour

Things to Do in Lower Manhattan | Lower East Side Tour

Looking for some off-the-beaten-path, unusual things to do in NYC for your next trip? I highly recommend adding the Lower East Side to your next NYC weekend. More specifically, if you have even just a long weekend, consider filling your entire NYC itinerary in this neighborhood. There are plenty of things to do on the Lower East Side to keep you busy without having to head uptown. Here’s how I spent an entire, incredible NYC trip on the Lower East Side.

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The Lower East side is located in the southeast corner of Manhattan and has been known as the gateway neighborhood where new immigrants first land after arriving in the United States.  This area is bordered by The Bowery to the west, East Houston to the north, the East River to the east and Canal Street to the south.  It’s bordered by Chinatown, Nolita and the East Village neighborhoods.  

If you’re looking for a unique and off the beaten path NYC Experience, the Lower East Side is the place to go.

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What are the Best Lower East Side Walking Tours and Lower East Side Food Tours?

Start out with a Lower East Side walking tour to get yourself acclimated to the layout of the streets and the historical landmarks. There are many walking tours in NYC, but check out Big Onion walking tours, and peel back hundreds of years of Lower East Side architectural, political, and social history. For Lower East Side Food Tours, I recommend Nice Guy Tours for a fun, delicious way to get to know the history of the best restaurants in the Lower East Side, from pastrami to pastry. Ask for Dante, the owner of Nice Guy Tours, and remember to start out on an empty stomach. 

What are the Most Unique Museums in NYC on the Lower East Side?

Most often, Manhattan’s Lower East Side is not the first stop for museum-goers on their first trip to NYC. But some of the coolest things to do in the Lower East Side are the museums — off-the-beaten-path and quirky, historical, and moving. The Lower East Side is chock-full of unique museums, and The Tenement Museum is an absolute must. This is an actual tenement building on Orchard Street that has been outfitted as an exact replica of how immigrants lived a hundred years ago. You’ll spend a meaningful couple hours learning about life through an immigrant’s eyes. Advance reservations are required for Tenement Museum tours. Afterwards, stop by to see how the “other half lived” with a visit to the Merchant House Museum on East 4th Street — a 19th century brownstone owned by generations of the same wealthy family and perfectly preserved until the early 20th century, now designated as a City landmark. No reservations required, but check the web site for hours; guided and self-guided tours are available.

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Another interesting stop is The Museum on Eldridge Street which is the old Synagogue, where you can learn about the Jewish immigrant history of NYC.   There are also a few art-centric Lower East Side museums not to be missed — the New Museum on the Bowery, with eye-popping contemporary exhibits; the International Center of Photography on Essex Street with incredibly moving, provocative photographs; and the Museum of Street Art, an homage to the best of street art and graffiti that winds up twenty floors of stairwell in the citizenM New York Bowery Hotel.

What are the Best Lower East Side Rooftop Bars and Happy Hour Spots?

Rooftop bars in the Lower East Side are the best way to end your day of walking and eating. Check out the 20th floor of citizenM New York Bowery Hotel (and gawk at the Museum of Street Art as you walk up the stairwell). Or head to The Crown bar at Hotel 50 Bowery, a rooftop bar with vast views and homey little food bites to accompany your drinks. Mr. Purple on Hotel Indigo’s 15th floor offers beautiful views and unusual drinks. And at Last Light on the Bowery, you can take in the lower-Manhattan skyline while sharing wine and craft beers with your friends, or drinks such as the “Naked and Famous” or “Small Victories.”

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What are the Best Lower East Side Clubs?

I’m not much of a club scene girl, but the NY Nightclubs on the Lower East Side are some of the best for dancing and people watching. They range in appearance from frumpy, old, and graffitied to eclectic, colorful, and dripping with velvet. So if you’ve still got some get-up-and-go after happy hour and dinner, head to The Rumpus Room, La Caverna, CBGB, The Pyramid Club, The DL, or The Bowery Electric. It’s one of the things to do on the lower east side that you won’t get anywhere else, and you won’t regret it.

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If you want to extend your trip up the East Coast, I recommend visiting Portland, Maine! Click to read my top 10 Portland things to do.

What are the Best Restaurants in the Lower East Side?

There is no way to qualify the best food in the Lower East Side. You can’t throw a penny without hitting another gem. After you’ve experienced your Lower East Side Food Tour, you’ll be set to conquer the rest of your meals, but it’ll be tough not to repeat. Start your mornings at one of the many Lower East Side coffee shops, including Caffevita, The Roasting Company, or the Ludlow Coffee Supply (my favorite), then grab a great breakfast in the Lower East Side at Yonah Shimmel for the best knishes in NY. It is a must to run to Katz’ Delicatessen for lunch — a Lower East Side Deli that has been around since 1888 and is famous for Katz’ pastrami sandwich.

And save time to spend in the Essex Food Market. Opened in 1888 first for vendors with pushcarts, it has grown to an enormous, modern space with a plethora of cheeses, meats, fish, produce.

Dinner is always a special treat on the Lower East Side.  The restaurants are small with only a few tables, and have an intimate and lively setting.  Start at The Ten Bells for appetizers and a glass of wine, then head to Wildair or Pig and Khao, or The Fat Radish.

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What are the best Lower East Side Hotels?

Trust me — don’t go chain if you want to plant yourself in the middle of New York’s Lower East Side. The best Lower East Side restaurants aren’t chains, and Lower East Side shopping isn’t your typical mall stores, so stay the course and bunk into a Lower East Side boutique hotel — surprisingly, for its small size, the number of hotels in the Lower East Side is more than you’d expect. With so many things to do in the Lower East Side, you won’t want to spend too much time in your hotel, but while you’re there, it may as well be cool and comfortable. Due to its small boundaries, Lower East Side boutique hotels are close to everything in the neighborhood and all the things to do in the Lower East Side. I think the best hotels in the Lower East Side are those that snuggle into the landscape of older, charismatic buildings. I stayed at Hotel Indigo (pictured below), which was hip and trendy, and a little bigger than my other hotel suggestions.  It was, however, part of Marriott Bonvoy, which I love!

The Ludlow Hotel offers magnificent NYC views with huge windows and gritty, urban, chicly decorated rooms. The lobby and bar area quite possibly might be the most comfortable, cozy place to meet up with friends. The drinks are exceptional and fun, although a bit on the pricey side. Sohotel on Broome Street holds the honor of the longest-running hotel in New York City, dating back to 1805. Rooms here are New-York-City-hotel-room small, but they work perfectly for those on more of a budget. Also, Sohotel has “standard twin,” “standard triple,” and “standard family” rooms if you’re traveling to New York alone or in groups with odd numbers. At The Bowery Hotel, you’ll be greeted by a doorman in a top hat before entering the warm, dark, cozy lobby that’ll make you feel like you’ve jumped back in time — right down to the room keys with the red tassels. This is all contrasted with bright, airy rooms decked out in velvet upholstery and modern amenities. Take advantage of drinks at The Bowery Terrace, a second-floor, outdoor lounge laced with brick walls, wood beams, and fireplace. I also love the idea of the Blue Moon Hotel on Orchard Street. This old tenement building has been transformed into a comfortable hotel complete with standard hotel rooms as well as dormitory-style rooms if you’re traveling with friends or on a budget. The hotel sits above Davidovich Artisan Bakery so you can wake up to the homey smell of the famous Davidovich Bagels and pastries.

What are your favorite things to do in Manhattan on the Lower East Side? Let me know in the comments!

Enjoy your trip to NYC’s Lower East Side. Send me some pics of you on your next trip to NYC, and let me know of some of your favorite things to do in the Lower East Side to add to my next NYC itinerary. 

Top 10 Things to Do in Cabo San Lucas

Top 10 Things to Do in Cabo San Lucas

Are you traveling to Cabo San Lucas soon? These are the top 10 things to do in Cabo San Lucas! It’s one of my favorite places in the whole world and I’m excited to share the best things to do in Cabo. Today, I’m sharing what to see and do in Cabo. I talk about my favorite Cabo food tour, shopping in Cabo, and the best nightlife in Los Cabos. If you want to see where to watch a Cabo sunset, watching a Cabo sunrise on the Cabo beaches. I hope you enjoy my Baja California Peninsula guide.

  1. Go shopping on the beach!
  2. Get homemade tamales from Lupe on the beach
  3.  Go to La Lupita for the best tacos in Cabo
  4.  Catch the sunrise and sunset
  5.  Go on a sunset cruise
  6.  Take a water taxi to Lover’s Beach
  7.  Experience Cabo nightlife
  8.  Try an adventure sport like jet skiing, horseback riding, paragliding and more
  9.  Take a day trip to Todos Santos
  10. Try Mezcal (instead of tequila)

I’m Kim, the abundant traveler and this is Cabo San Lucas. I’m in the Baja Peninsula this week, having a great time with some girlfriends and I’m going to be sharing with you my top 10 things to do when you’re visiting Cabo.

Number one, the first thing you need to do is to understand you have to go shopping when you’re laying out on the beach, there are lots and lots of guys walking around, hawking their wares. Some of the guys have been out here 20-something years selling and hawking their wares, so me and my girlfriends we have bought silver, probably not, real but still fun to shop blankets, we have two wrongs. Make sure when you’re in Cabo and you’re at the beach that you get your shop on it, bring a lot and lots of cash with you, lots of cash and negotiate at least 50% off from the original price that they’re asking.

Number two, there is someone that is so special, hawking his wares actually his wife’s wears when you’re on the beach, his name is Lupe and he walks up and down the beach every single day. So, if you are coming to Cabo and you’re out at the beach and…
And he is cane around, a big case that is empty where he’s writing orders. Typically, he has beef, chicken and a cheese with poblano pepper and each day the girls and I have been out here, we have had some of his tamales.

Oh, my goodness, these tamales, I got to cheese and one with ground beef and they are the finest tamales I think I’ve ever had, Cheers.

Speaking of food, you have to do number three. Number three was recommended by a very good friend of mine as well as a friend of mine from Mexico City, it is a taco bar called La Lupita, it’s just down the street from our hotel and they have the most divine tacos, I think I have ever had.
They are a little on the luxurious side, they have pork belly or they have lamb barbacoa they also have this amazing taco that is a cheese shell with a pork out pus door inside, it is so delicious. So, make sure when you are coming to Cabo that you go to La Lupita and make sure that you order three different tacos are four different tacos each person that you’re with, so you can go around and taste probably 12 to 15 different tacos. It is so worth it; I’ve been there twice.

If you’re up before sunrise then should you come out and you watch the spectacular views. The sun rises are just before 7:00 a.m. and it’s ridiculously gorgeous, you have the sunrise over here and then you have any critical sunsets over the mountains, but right now it’s a little early after a few days in Cabo. So, I need a little bit more coffee.

The sunset sets over the arch and the rocks over on the west side and the sunrise comes up over the Bay of Cortez and no matter where you are in Cabo, the sunsets and sunrises are to die for.

Speaking of sunsets and sunrises, I definitely suggest that you go out and do a sunset cruise from there Marino. We went on a sailboat with about 35 people.

Tonight, we are on a sailboat and I have left a link in the description below, we’re going to have a dinner with some shrimp and the cocktails are you can drink and a sunset cruise north to the arts and we had a gourmet meal all the alcohol you could drink which is sort of normal in Cabo for one cent price but you want to make sure that you’re all-inclusive drinking includes high-quality alcohol, not just the cheap stuff. So, we paid a little extra we had a beautiful sailboat with staff that was fantastic, we sat at the front of the boat and just enjoy the view and enjoyed the sunset. And before I move on to the next thing, you have to do while you’re in Cabo, I would suggest that you go to the description below and join the tribe, each week I put out an email that gives tips, tricks and hacks that help you enjoy your trips even more.

So, next I suggest if you want to go spend some time at the arch and lovers beach and divorce beach, my suggestion is that you just pick up one of the taxis from the beach right behind me, they will take you over there, leave you as long as you want and bring you back.

So, we’re going to be spending about 30 minutes at lower speeds, we’re going to go around, take a quick tour and to go see the arts they sent us around we got all the pictures we wanted to, then they dropped us off at the beach we got to see at the beach, take some more photos we could have stayed a half an hour or we could have stayed all afternoon and then when we were ready Louise came back, waved to us picked us up and in about 11 minutes, we were back at the beach by our hotel. So, yes, I suggest paying extra and going on a sunset cruise but I suggest taking a water taxi if you’re just going to go to lover’s beach.

And number seven, I’m going to be short and sweet while you’re in Cabo, go all out, make sure that you go at least once to one of the clubs. If you’re not a big clubber and you feel that this is not your thing, still go out, see some karaoke, get out long after dark 10, 11, 12 O’clock. If you can stay up, go out at like 1 O’clock, it’s a whole different city. It’s really fun.

And number eight, this town is known for its adventure sports from paragliding and parachuting to jet skis to stand-up paddleboards, you can also go horseback riding and ride camels. Every sport that I think you want to do, you can find here in Cabo San Lucas. For me, I think the best thing that you can do and it’s really dusty and really dirty is to take a UTV or an ATV out into the desert and then go out riding on the beach, this trip I didn’t get the opportunity to do that but my suggestion is to go with g-force adventures and go out, it’s a two or three hour trip that pick you up at your hotel and drop you off and you are out there in the desert getting it, just to get in it, okay? that was my Alabama coming out. That was totally my Alabama I come where I was really coming out getting it.

And number nine, for the top things to do when you’re visiting Cabo San Lucas is to actually leave Carlos and Lucas, there are fantastic day trips and the girls and I we went to total Santos for the day, there’s lots of shopping and there was a fantastic restaurant with some of the world-famous margaritas called tequila sunrise, make sure to ask for men well he is the owner and his two daughters are there, they will take excellent care of you. I also suggest that you get the Kemon on or the shrimp Reno, it was ooh scrumptious but going to total Santos is a lot of fun, it is Puebla Mahita which is a magic village and it’s a lot of fun just to take a day trip. Make sure when you are on your way home that you stop at the hotel San Cristobal. And the hotel San Cristobal is in the middle of nowhere you’re not going to know where you’re going, it’s a down a dirt road you don’t know what you’re after but when you get there it is absolute paradise. So, make sure that if you are not driving yourself that you ask your driver just have enough time to go to hotel San Cristobal, you can get a drink a couple of apps before you head back to Cabo San Lucas.

And last but not least is just come with your friends, enjoy your time sit back relax on the beach enjoy a couple of cocktails and make sure that you try some mess cow which is more typical for Mexicans and then tequila. You see tequila everywhere but there’s lots of mezcal to be had as well. So, come, enjoy, relax and have a great time.

So, I know that you’ve been waiting this entire video to see the bonus tip. Well, the bonus tip is, are you ready? drumroll please. So, make sure when you come to Cabo San Lucas that you do an opera to it that is like avocado acceptance of Ocampo.

And tonight, we’re doing the sea future with Jonathan and while and it might give you one of these two words don’t go on any other pictures. Do one of the urban covers booters and make sure you do it early in your trip because we’ve crossed everything divided from the tourist area to the locals area and we’re in all local restaurants tonight and we’re going to finish off the night with a little bit of a load say after a ceviche and our other fishes and Maddie’s scores and everything we’re going to have I cannot wait to get this started. It is you chew and die for.

So, thanks so much for watching, I’m Kim; they’ve been a traveler and make sure to click subscribe, bring that notification bell because you don’t want to miss an episode and I will see you on the next adventure.