In two weeks, I will be in Paris. It's giving me chills even typing those words. Though I've seen the great majority of the United States (45 states to be exact), I haven't done a ton of International travel. I spent some childhood summer trips in Vancouver and Toronto, went on a cruise with some friends in high school to St Thomas and St Maarten, and went to Sayulita, Mexico a couple years ago for my sister's wedding. I've never been to Europe at all, and I've never flown across an ocean.
I am SO EXCITED!!!
Here's what I'm looking forward to:
I'll have my phone & Wifi access, but I am going to do my best to not use it. I'm sure I'll be posting some Instagram stories & photos, but that'll be it. No blogging, no Pinterest, no online shopping, no checking work email, maybe no checking my personal email either.
2) Being with some of my closest friends.
The whole reason I'm going on this trip is because my best friend Bizzy organized it for my 30th birthday. Not only are she and I flying over together, but two of my other dear friends who I almost never get to see are flying over to make the trip with us, and another couple of my favorites will be in Paris for work, and I get to see all of them!! In Paris!!! Four of us are sharing an Airbnb that looks incredible.
3) Being surprised.
Even though this is my 30th birthday trip, I've been pretty hands-off in the planning. The ladies who have taken charge have impeccable/perfect/untouchable taste, so I know they have incredible things in store. There are a couple of must-hits on my list (Muse d'Orsay, Sacre Coeur for a sunrise, Fontaine des Fleuves, all the wine/bread/cheese/desserts I can get my hands on), but other than that I'm 1000% open to following the breezes and ending up wherever we end up.
4) Finally seeing the city I've dreamed about since I was a mini-me.
5) Turning 30.
I can't believe I'm saying it, but I'm thrilled to be 30. I've always felt a little older than I am, and for some reason the number 30 just feels right. I feel a little hardened, a little fatter, a lot wiser, a lot happier, a lot calmer than I ever have. I feel proud & humble. 30 is right.
Here's the only thing I'm nervous about, and a thing I'm unsure on:
1) The flight.
I'm a terrible flyer, and I've never been on a plane longer than 7 hours. Our trip to Charles de Gaulle is a cool 11 hours overnight non-stop, so this will be new territory for me. I've never been able to sleep on planes no matter how hard I've tried, but I'm really hoping I can make it happen on this flight - I don't want to lose an entire day in Paris to exhaustion. (I'll be packing some Zzquil and Melatonin for sure.)
2) Taking my DSLR.
I know iPhones take pretty great photos, and cameras are a pain in the butt to fit in a carry-on, but I think I'll be really sad to be wandering such a beautiful place without my camera. It's a bit bulky and annoying to carry around, and I don't have a bag it fits easily in, but I still wonder if it'd be worth it to have with me.
Anyway, I'm so excited I could explode!!!! I'M GOING TO PARIS!!!
Do you guys have any long-haul flight tips? Or magic tricks for sleeping on planes? What about thoughts on whether or not it's worth it to lug around a heavy-ish camera on a weekend adventure?