Charlotte

What I Did

Work work work work work. Literally. I was in Charlotte for almost 3 weeks so I had time to explore.

Hike

Thanks for the recommendation from my friend Taylor. Crowder’s mountain was an awesome hike! The only issue was I had to wait about 10 minutes for parking. There was a place down the street you could pay $5 to park and walk. Here is the link to the website with the hours and things to do at Crowder’s National Park.

Banana Suit Bar Crawl

The best $20 I’ve ever spent (including the suit). This was the 5th annual crawl. We got tickets here. If you are in Charlotte during February you have to do this bar crawl!


Shopping

My work mom Sandy took me to Birkdale Village. It was a really cute outdoor mall in Huntersville. We ate at Red Rocks which was a super nice restaurant. I highly recommend we had the best server named Lucky!

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Cliffs of Moher

The cliffs have been on my bucket list ever since I went to Ireland last time in December 2015. We drove straight from the Dublin airport which is a little over 3 hours to the county of Clare where the cliffs are located.

What to Know

  • You can buy tickets online ahead of time and save 10% here. Tickets are 5.40 euro per person online.
  • Check the weather ahead of time. You won’t want to go on a rainy day. 
  • They open at 9am all year round. Check to see when they close online it depends on the time of year.
  • There are a number of shops and cafes located in the visitor center. Bring cash!

What to Wear

It’s windy and expect rain. I wore boots and my winter coat. The trails were muddier than I expected. I probably should of wore my rain boots. The hood to my jacket and gloves were a lifesaver!

Pay 2 Euro to go up O’Brien’s tower

 

 

The Yacht Week

Where do I even start…the best week of my life. We peaked. It’s over. And now I’m depressed.

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Why Croatia?

My roommate did a lot of research through other blogs like theblondeabroad.com (one of our personal favs) and she’s done a few yacht weeks and said Croatia is the best. It was also the original route. You can do Greece, Italy, Thailand and more. My goal is to do every route!

Planning

First things first. Book the yacht. We booked the yacht with about 5 girls in November. We found the rest of our group (awesome Texas boys) through the Yacht Week Finder Facebook page. I highly recommend joining the Facebook page to meet other people. After we confirmed our group we created a private channel to help pack and figure out logistics.

Route

Day 1-Milna

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Day 2-Hvar by Kiso

Aka the song of trip. We went to Hula Hula

Day 3-Hvar

Hvar is where the White Party happens. Bring something white because everyone wear white to this party.

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Day 4- Komiza

You must see the blue & green caves! They are natural and so so beautiful. You can also cliff dive at these spots.

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Day 5-Vis

Vis was one of my favorite islands. We rented scooters and drove around the whole island…got lost a few times and found a winery. I highly recommend going to Fort George during the day. It overlooks the beautiful city. We ended up going here at night for a party too. Bottle service with the biggest bottles of Belvedere >>>

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Day 6-Natural bay

The skippers tie up the boats together so everyone can jump/swim from yacht to yacht.

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Day 7-Regatta/back to Split

Okay we didn’t have enough wind for this apparently…but all the 50 boats race to the finish line. You are judged based on theme of the boat (ours was bae watch) and speed. We didn’t want our outfits to go to waste so we still got dressed up and participated.

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What did you do on Yacht Week?

A typical day we would wake up and eat breakfast & lunch on the boat. We stocked up on groceries, ice and alcohol every day. We even bought an extra cooler because it gets hot. Every day was 85 and sunny. Our skipper would sail us to the next island. Our skipper, Matej, was a local from Croatia. He gave us awesome recommendations for dinners.

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What To Pack

  • Swimsuits
  • Coverups
  • One hoodie (one night got cold)
  • Sandals-NO HEELS!
  • Swim rafts
  • A few pair of cheap sunglasses. I broke a pair and another guy on my boat lost a pair.

$$$

The big question everyone always asks me…how much did it cost? It cost ~$700 per person for the yacht which we paid in ~$200 increments starting in December. I brought $1000 cash, because we knew ahead of time a lot of places wouldn’t take card in Croatia. We exchanged it all it Kunas. We spent ~$100 on groceries/alcohol for the boat. We put a couple hundred each and used that for restocking alcohol, ice, water taxis and port fees. Don’t forget the flight. I found a cheap flight out of LA to Moscow to Split on Russian Airlines for ~$1000 roundtrip. Overall, we spent a lot more with bottle service and nice dinners out. I would say in total with yacht, flights, food, tipping our skipper and extras ~$3k…BUT it was one of the best weeks of my life so in my opinion so worth it!

Questions? Email me at jetsetbrunette247@gmail.com.

 

Hiking in Arizona

Since I’ve lived in Arizona one of the best things to do is find new trails and explore the beautiful sunny state. Let me first state I am NO professional. Hiking is something I have recently done a lot more since I’ve moved here.

Northern Arizona:

  1. Antelope CanyonPage, AZ. Okay this wasn’t really a hike… Just a couple set it stairs, but still super cool to see.     
  2. Grand Canyon-An american must do. I haven’t done this since I was about 10 years old.
  3. Horseshoe Bend- Page, AZ.      

Central Arizona

4. Fossil CreekPine, AZ. I have to admit my friends and I went here with intentions to find a natural waterfall…we hiked over 10 miles and never found it. If you decide to go here please email me, because as soon as we walked to the car we heard people jumping into the waterfall.
  
5. Sedona-Sedona, AZ. Sedona is an easy two hour drive from Phoenix. I’ve been a few times since living in Arizona and it’s absolutely one of my favorites. They are known for their pink jeep tours. We did a winery jeep tour at a Day in the West.

We went in the summer and it was perfect to do the natural water slides at Slide Rock Park in Sedona.


  
  

Phoenix Area:

4. Camelback MountainPhoenix, AZ. This is probably one of the most well known in the Phoenix area.


  
5. Pinnacle PeakScottsdale, AZ. 

6. Piestewa PeakPhoenix, AZ

Never been on a hike before? No Problem.

Here’s what you need…

  1. Hiking Shoes
  2. Water bottleS (you can never pack too much water I’ve learned)
  3. Backpack (to hold your keys, water, phone, etc.)
  4. Towel (on a really hot Arizona day you’ll want this to cool off)
  5. Protein bars (I love me some cliff bars)