2016 Travel WishList

This post might have been better suited for January but things have been a little crazy in the LAL household. In good news, the hubs scored an awesome promotion at Skywest Airlines! So proud of you love bug! The new position is located at the Salt Lake City International Airport so two weeks ago we made the move up to SLC.

Salt Lake City Skyline

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In other not so great news, I was diagnosed with Graves Disease in January and have been dealing with that. Graves Disease is an Immune System disorder that results in the overproduction of thyroid hormones. It causes shaking, anxiety, irritability, muscle weakness, rapid and irregular heartbeat as well as an enlarged thyroid gland. I had been dealing with those symptoms for about 6 months without knowing something was seriously wrong. I mean I knew something was wrong but I didn’t really want to acknowledge it by going to a doctor. Finally, when my shaking got so bad I could hardly write legibly, and my heart rate was so high that I couldn’t do any kind of strenuous activity (or ya know, just standing up) we went to the doctor.

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Don’t know why I thought that was normal!

Thankfully, I have my amazing husband to support me as well as my family. My symptoms are being managed well and now that we’re all moved in and more organized (which means boxes are shoved in the closet instead of out on the floor) I can finally get back to the blog! So on a happier note, here is our

2016 Travel WishList

We haven’t taken a trip since Scotland in November, so I’m seriously itching to get out and explore. This list is helping me deal with my wanderlust until we can actually get out and go somewhere, which will probably be March or April. This will also help me when it comes time to jet set and we’re wondering where we should go. Where do you want to go honey? Oh I don’t know, let me just look at my handy dandy 2016 Travel WishList. Boom! We’re gone. And hopefully this will give some of my readers some inspiration to get out and explore!

Up first is…

The Faroe Islands

Visiting the Faroe Islands

Visiting the Faroe Islands

Visiting the Faroe Islands

I don’t think I need much of an explanation for wanting to visit this incredible place. If these pictures don’t make you want to hop on a plane this instant, then honestly there’s something terribly wrong with you. The stark and stunning beauty of this chain of jagged islands puts it at the top of my list. I’m quite fond of visiting remote and isolated places, and I think the Faroe Islands fit the bill perfectly.

Japan

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Visiting Japan on likealady.co

Visiting Japan on likealady.co

Japan has been a dream destination for my husband since he was 15. It was never somewhere I was super interested in, but the more I research it, the more excited I get. Japan is absolutely gorgeous and has a fascinating history. It will be so much fun to experience a culture that is so unlike my own. The one thing I’m worried about when traveling to Japan are all the unspoken societal rules and manners. I’ve heard the people of Japan are very welcoming and helpful so I’m sure everything will work out just great!

Iceland

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Visiting Iceland on likealady.co

Visiting Iceland on likealady.co

Ahhhh look at those ponies! They’re fluffy as hell! Seriously though, most of the reason I want to go to Iceland is to hang out with Icelandic Ponies. The landscape that is so surreal and strange it looks like another planet, thats just a bonus. Hoping we can get through Iceland on a 4 day weekend. Although I’m sure we’ll be dying to go back for more.

Hawaii

2016 Travel Wishlist Hawaii likealady.co

2016 Travel Wishlist Hawaii likealady.co

Obviously I’m a bit more partial to cold weather but when I need warmth in the middle of a Salt Lake City winter, I have a feeling I’ll  be headed here. I’ve been to Oahu as well as the Big Island so I’d like to try Maui or Kauai next!

Scotland

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2016 Travel Wishlist Edinburgh Scotland likealady.co

2016 Travel Wishlist Scotland likealady.co

I know, I know. I’ve been to Scotland every year for the past 3 years, so why is it on the wish list? Well to be honest, Scotland will always be on my wish list. My very first international trip was to Scotland and it has stolen my heart forever. I can’t ever imagine myself getting tired of the people, places, or absolute beauty. If I was forced to pick one place to travel to for the rest of my life, it would be Scotland.

So there ya go! My 2016 Travel Wishlist is complete. Obviously there are a million more places I’d love to go to, or might end up going to this year, but these are at the top of my list. Here’s to a GREAT 2016 and making my travel dreams come true!

 

How about you guys? What would your 2016 Travel WishList look like? Is your list similar to mine or completely different? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

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A Sunny Weekend in Seattle

Ok what I really meant to say was a sunny DAY in Seattle, the rest of the weekend was typical Seattle weather, cloudy and raining. I was actually pretty upset when the weather called for sun and 80 degree temps. You see, I come from a small town in Southern Utah where it is 100 degrees for what feels like 6 months out of the year. I ended up loving the weather though, it made for some spectacular pictures and a nice picnic in Gas Works Park.

Anyways, the hubs and I went to Seattle in September for my little bro’s graduation from the Diver’s Institute of Tehnology (So proud of you little booger butt!) and we took him to experience the city he’d been living in for a year. He didn’t get out much since all of his time was dedicated to school and we wanted to give him a send off in the beautiful city of Seattle! We got in Saturday morning and of course, our first order of business was brunch!

Biscuit Bitch Seattle Brunch

We headed to my absolute favorite breakfast joint in town, Biscuit Bitch. And you better believe I have all the merchandise they sell with that kind of name. They have the best scrambles I have ever had and they all have cheeky names like the Straight Up Bitch, the Smokin’ Hot Bitch and my personal favorite, the Gritty Scrambled Cheesy Bitch (pictured above). Their coffee is also amazing and I bring my refillable mug back every time! They’re a little hard to find but just look for the Biscuit Bitch logo on the window under the Caffe Lieto awning. They’re located on 1909 1st Ave, just a minute up the street from Pike Place Market.

Seattle Waterfront

No trip to Seattle is complete without a visit to Pike Place Market. Even if you’ve been there a million times, it’s still fun to stop by and grab some fresh flowers, handcrafted soda and my favorite, honey sticks, from all the fun vendors at the market. It’s also the perfect spot for some great Instagram photos as the backdrop to Pike Place Market is gorgeous!

Fresh Produce Seattle

Pike Place Market Seattle

Seattle Waterfront

Seattle Waterfront

From there we explored the waterfront area and checked out some local shops. I thought I’d died and gone to heaven when we found traveler’s paradise, Metsker Maps!

Things to do in Seattle

I would highly recommend stopping by if you love anything travel related. I ended up spending a fortune on vintage maps of Seattle and seriously wanted one of those globes. Unfortunately I already have plenty of globes that I don’t have space for, maybe next time! You could definitely get stuck in here for hours browsing.

Things to do in Seattle

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I could have shopped for days by Seattle’s Waterfront but we had reserved some spots with Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour. I’m usually not big on group tours but this one was SO much fun! I would highly recommend anyone visiting or living in Seattle, to give it a shot. If learning about how the city was run and built by women through prostitution sounds interesting, then this is for you.

The tour starts in Pioneer Square at Doc Maynard’s Public House, a restored 1880’s saloon. I immediately liked the tour as we were shuffled to a bar and allowed to drink a beer while we were introduced to Seattle’s Underground. Bonus points, grab a drink from their bar and get seats right at the front for the introduction. As we finished our beers we were escorted out and down into Seattle’s deep, dark underbelly.

bill speidels underground tour

bill speidels underground tour

Modern day Seattle is actually built on top of it’s old city. After a fire burned down most of Seattle in 1889, city officials elected to build the city one to two stories higher than the original street grade. This was done to prevent flooding and to make sure sewage did not back up into the city from Elliot Bay at high tide. After the new streets were made on a higher level, pedestrians had to use ladders to climb down to the original street front. In 1907, the city of Seattle condemned the underground for fear of bubonic plague. Most of the underground was deserted but still stayed in use as speakeasies, opium dens, and gambling halls illegally took up residence. Do you recall the above ladder fact? Those were some brave residents because to me, ladders + speakeasies + opium dens = disaster.

bill speidels underground tour

bill speidels underground tour

seattle alley

After all the walking we were pretty tired and hungry, so we drove over to the Fremont area for lunch at Gasworks Park. We stopped by Royal Grinders (By the Lenin Statue) and took our sandwiches to go. My brother had suggested Gasworks Park so I was unaware of how amazing it would be. The park has lots of grassy knolls with amazing views over Lake Union and the Seattle Skyline. The park is on the site of the former Seattle Gas Light Company so along with the views of the city, there are pieces of the plant still left.

Lake Union Seattle Skyline

Lake Union Seattle

Isn’t this the perfect place for a picnic? The views were unreal.

Seattle Skyline

Seattle Skyline

Gasworks Park Seattle

What I wouldn’t give to live in Seattle and have a boat like this!

Gasworks Park Seattle

Gasworks Park Seattle

This has got to be one of my favorite pictures of the hubs and I, thanks Garth!

Gasworks Park Seattle

After lunch we headed out to Troll Ave to see the Fremont Troll. Since it was Saturday and sunny as hell, it was packed! People formed a line to get their picture taken but a few groups of people ruined it for everyone by releasing their kids to play on it like a playground. So now everyone’s pictures had snotty nosed kids hanging out with them next to the Troll. Of course my fuse is about the length of a fingernail, so to save myself (and the children) from the wrath of Nat, we just left.

On the way to my aunt’s house you could see Mt. Rainier in all it’s glory.

Seattle Mt. Rainier

And that’s about it for day one. Unfortunately, I didn’t get pictures of the bonfire that night with my family or the millions of games of Flashlight tag we played, but it was a great ending to an even better day!

How would you have spent a sunny weekend in Seattle? Do you prefer the Emerald City in the sun or gloom? Let me know in the comments!

 

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Scotland’s Best Castles | Eilean Donan Castle

Scotlands best castles

This is going to be the first post, in a long line of posts about, you guessed it, Scotland’s best castles. Scotland is an awe-inspiring and bewitching country. It pulls you in like a fish drawn to a shiny lure, and once you’ve been caught there is no escaping. In a less refined way of putting it, Scotland is like a can of Pringles. Once you pop, you can’t stop. In my head this sounded much less dirty and much more elegant. Anyways, up first is the always charming and much beloved, Eilean Donan Castle.

Eilean Donan Castle is located in the sleepy and picturesque village of Dornie. It is on the main route to the Isle of Skye so it is a must see if you’re on your way to that misty island. I visited Eilean Donan Castle on my 2nd trip to Scotland. We drove by on our way up to our cottage in Skye, and just happened to drive by while it was dark. We stopped the car to get some good pictures of it all lit up on the side of the road.

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Seriously, stunning. After having a flat tire in the middle of nowhere, fixing it in the pitch black, and getting on the road a whole 2 hours late, this was a welcome sight on our long road trip. I was completely speechless as we pulled up to Scotland’s most photographed Castle. That doesn’t happen a lot, just ask the hubs. This was our first time using a DSLR at night so after taking a few, admittedly shitty photos, we continued our journey to the Isle of Skye. After our few days on the island were up, we headed back out of the Highlands. This time, we stopped at Eilean Donan Castle in the morning.

Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle

Damn my husband is attractive.

Eilean Donan

Eilean Donan Castle

Highlander anyone?

I would definitely recommend driving by at night and then driving back another day in the morning so you can see the castle in all it’s glory. You get the best of both worlds! I also want to recommend going in the morning as soon as they open, as well as going in the off-season. We went in as soon as they opened and we got Eilean Donan Castle all to ourselves. Seriously, we were the ONLY people there other than tour guides and shop workers. Do yourself a favor and visit Scotland in the winter, it seems like you get the whole country to yourselves. And who wants to push through hordes of annoying people anyways? Not me!

Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle

 

Eilean Donan is one of the most visited and important castles in the Scottish Highlands well worth the ticket price of £7. So much valuable history, amazing scenery, and the feeling of stepping back in time. If you’re a fan of Jacobite history, Highland scenery or the reconstruction of a national icon, then Eilean Donan Castle is for you.

Do you have a favorite castle in Scotland? Have you experienced Eilean Donan? Let me know in the comments below!

As always, feel free to ask me about any tips or tricks, as well as any questions you might have about your adventures!

 

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10 of the Cutest Travel Accessories Ever

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Imagine this. You’re running through the airport, desperately trying to reach your gate in time. You hustle through security (even though everyone there acts like they’re taking off their shoes for the first time), you manage to sprint onto the moving walkway without eating it, and you bypass all the people stopped in the middle of the terminal with their heads up their asses. Go you, you deserve an award, for real.

You’ve made it through the trenches and you finally arrive at your gate. “Phew” you think as you go to pull out your passport and boarding pass. As your hand reaches into your ugly, but functional bag, you start to fill with dread. “Shit, shit, shit, shit, shit,” you think. Your passport and boarding pass are nowhere to be found in the brown monstrosity you call a purse. Time runs out and the boarding doors close. Everyone knows you’re not getting in those doors anymore (because apparently Merlin himself locks those doors), and they’re all staring at you like you missed a flight taking you to feed orphans in Yemen.

As the plane takes off and all your hopes and dreams are crushed, you think to yourself, “this would’t have happened had I bought myself an adorable/colorful travel accessories.”

Ok, so maybe that story isn’t entirely factual and technically, having an adorable passport holder wouldn’t save you from losing your passport, but it would be pretty hard to lose something so adorable and colorful. And maybe you all should just stop questioning my story line, because lets be honest, this story is totally the best thing you’ve read all day. Boom. On to the cutest travel accessories!

#1 Passport Holder

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Not many words are needed to explain this one. It’s just the most adorable passport holder on the face of the earth. Via

#2 Battery Pack

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Stripes + Kate Spade + Extra Juice = LOVE. Charge your phone in style while not fighting for an outlet. Via

#3 Cosmetic Bag

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First of all, this bag is from Rifle Paper Co., which is the cutest company ever. They have the most adorable stationary, travel prints, etc. I love this bag because I can just throw it in my purse and it has 3 zippered pouches to keep everything organized. Easy Peasy! Via

#4 Jewelry Organizer

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Believe me, this is the best thing since sliced bread. Check out the Send it Your Way Jewelry Organizer on Modcloth’s website. It opens up and has a million pouches to keep your jewelry separated and untangled. No mo’ broken chains for you girl! Via

#5 Suitcase

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I’m kicking myself for not grabbing this suitcase while it was on flash sale at Joss & Main. I LOVE this suitcase. No one would every mistake this for their suitcase and run off with it, that’s for sure. And while it may get dirty fast, I still can’t help but love it in white. Lucky for you in comes in black, red & pink too. Via

#6 Travel Journal

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This journal from Modcloth is called “You Globe, Girl.” That right there is reason enough to buy it. The fact that it’s super cute, hardback, and has an envelope to store all your ticket stubs, makes it that much more appealing. Via

#7 Stationary

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Why stationary you ask? Because it’s good to be polite, damn it! I personally like to leave a thank you note for my Airbnb hosts, couch surfing hosts, or just someone else who deserves it while I’m traveling. You should also leave these with a hotel or B&B if you are there on a press trip. Via

#8 Headphones

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The only thing better than rose gold headphones, is people not interrupting me on a flight while I’ve got these rose gold headphones on. Seriously people, headphones or face in a book means don’t fucking disturb me. Unless it’s an emergency. A big one. Really though, these are the sexiest headphones on earth. Check out Frends, they have lots of cool color choices. Via

#9 Refillable Water Bottle

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Who in their right mind thinks $7.50 is an ok price for water? You know, that substance that you get for free at ALL restaurants? And while we’re on the subject, water is a human right. That’s why you need to bring your refillable water bottle. Save that $7.50 for a delicious pastry in France or something. This one is pretty cute too. Via

#10 Luggage Tag

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These luggage tags are adorbs! Best part is they’re free! Kind of. They’re DIY actually. Stop watching Netflix, head over to Lovely Indeed, and get yo’ craft on! Ok, you can probably still watch Netflix and chill. Via

 

Do you think these are the cutest travel accessories ever? What travel accessories do you always bring on your trips? Comment below!

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These opinions are my own and I would never recommend something to my readers that I don’t think is amazing. Plus, I didn’t even get paid to do this review. I did it all out of the kindness of my heart. Now go mind your own business.

Liebster Award

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Thank you, thank you! First of all, I would like to thank my family. Without them I would have never been able to accomplish such success in blogging……
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What is a Liebster Award you ask? Well only the most prestigious and esteemed award in blogging history. Heheh. For real though, I do think the Liebster Award is a great way for people to get to know your blog and for bloggers to share the love. Thank you to Life Explorateurs for nominating me! Here are the rules…

  1. Thanking the blogger who nominated you for the Liebster Award with a link back to his or her blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions that your nominator asks you.
  3. Nominate 5 – 11 bloggers of your own, with under 1,000 followers or more if they haven’t already done a Liebster, who you think deserve it.
  4. Create 11 questions for your nominees.
  5. Display the Liebster Award logo on your page.
  6. List these rules (1-6) in your post.

Onto the questions!

  • What made you love traveling ?

Oh good one! I think there are more than a few things that made me love traveling. I was never a big traveler until my husband got a job at Skywest Airlines. We were always way to poor to travel, yeah big surprise guys, I was a poor college student. Once we received our standby traveling benefits, it’s a whole ‘nother story! Now, we often take weekend trips to whatever destination has open seats! We also like to take 2-3 big trips a year as well. So I would say getting standby benefits was the first step to loving, as well as being able to travel.

  • Why did you start blogging ?

Obvi because I’m super hilarious and everyone wants to read about my life! I had a few, unsuccessful, blog attempts before this. Originally, friends and family wanted a way to keep up with my travel. Now I’ve started blog to shed light on great places to explore and to do it with hilarity and sarcasm. My personality is rather dry and sarcastic and I figured it would make a good voice for travel. Who doesn’t love sarcasm?

  • What are your top 3 places in the world ?
  1. Isle of Skye, Scotland
  2. The North Shore, Oahu
  3. Seattle, Washington
  • What country would you go back to ?

Scotland. I’ve been there 2x and would go back 100x if I could.

  • What country would you recommend for first time backpackers ?

I don’t think I qualify to be giving advice to backpackers, but if I had to choose I would say Iceland. I desperately want to go and I’ve heard it’s incredibly safe. So yeah, there you go backpackers. You’re welcome.

  • What is the most unusual food you’ve tried on your travels ?

Kangaroo. And not by choice. You know who you are…

  • Where is the most impressive scenery you’ve seen so far ?

The Isle of Skye no doubt. I’ve never been at such a loss for words. Just ask my husband.

  • What are your family and friends thinking about you making this blog ?

My mom has been telling me to start a travel site for years so I would say she’s excited. A lot of people are like, wow, how do you find so much time for that hobby? I’m like bitch please good sir or madam, I make time for the things that are important to me. We all have the same amount of hours in the day as Beyonce and she manages to get tons of shit done.

  • What is the most unusual thing you put in your backpack/suitcase ?

Hmmm, probably an absurd amount of high heels. I literally never wear high heels, why in the hell do I insist on bringing 12 pairs to the Highlands of Scotland? My brain while packing is like Shit Nat, you better bring ALL of your heels in case you meet the Queen of England and go out to tea. I’m working on it.

  • What is your name ? What is your quest ? What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow ?

My name is Natalie of Like A Lady. I seek the Holy Grail. What do you mean? An African or European swallow?

 

My Nominees are as follows

Lindsay @ Coffee Break Travel

Alexa @ She Sells Travel Tales

Mag @ TravelMe.World

Emily @ Feet Meet World

Menorca @ Europe Diaries

 

The Questions

  1. What’s one thing you always pack and why?
  2. What are your 3 favorite places in the world?
  3. What’s the funniest thing that has happened to you while traveling?
  4. What’s the worst thing that has happened to you while traveling?
  5. What’s the next place you’re most excited to go to?
  6. What inspired you to start traveling?
  7. What are your favorite movies about travel?
  8. Cities or countryside?
  9. What’t the weirdest thing in your suitcase?
  10. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

 

 

 

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The Start of Something Great

I’m sure you’re here wondering why the hell you are following this blog, other than the great design aesthetics and picture of the most adorable human being on the planet of course. You’re following this blog because this is the start of something great! You’re here now so let me just convince you to stay awhile. Here at Like A Lady (LAL) we will write about…

  • Travel – This will be the main focus of LAL. I have this desire to explore that I can’t seem to shake. I’m lucky enough to get standby flights from major airlines, which makes it easy for me to take off and travel. A LOT. You know you want to come too! Take off with me for the weekend to New York City or for a few weeks in Europe! Head to the Highlands of Scotland to explore the amazing scenery and history of the Highland culture. Not only do you get the amazing wit and hilarious commentary of yours truly, you get to experience all these things yourself through my pictures and video. You can also learn the best ways to take the trip yourself with the travel tips and itineraries I’ll be posting. I hope to inspire you to explore new places and try new things!
  • Food – Oh look at that, you’re listening now. I’ll be posting lots of recipes (some healthy, some not so much), as well as giving you some insight on where to get some great food on your travels. We’ll just pretend that for every doughnut or scone I eat, there is a salad I didn’t show you. Haha! Hey, you don’t know. I’m also a crazy breakfast person. Really, it’s scary how much I love breakfast. So you’ll always know where to find the best coffee, waffles, eggs, etc!
  • Lifestyle – You guys, I’m pretending I have an enviable lifestyle. I’d like to say I work from home in a beautifully decorated house, have a clean office and wear clothes that I can go outside in. In reality it’s more like working in unwashed pajamas, while the house is a damn mess, and I have 3 stinky ass dogs farting in my office all day. But, when my house is clean and decorated, or I’m wearing a cute outfit without a hairstyle I haven’t been sleeping on for 3 days, you all will be the first to know!

I’m sure I’ve more than convinced you to read my blog! Right? Anyone? Anyways, things can only get better from here and I hope you come along for this amazing adventure. I promise you’ll have a great time and get inspired to travel like a lady!

If you do want to keep up with LAL, head over to Bloglovin’ to stay up to date with my posts. You can also follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for more pictures, updates, etc. Oh and if you really want to keep stalking me, head over to Snapchat (@likealadyblog) for more utter hilariousness.

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