Category: Random

What to Pack for a 2 Month Trip

What to Pack for a 2 Month Trip
February 24, 2016

Packing for a two-month trip can be pretty daunting especially when you are traveling with carry-on luggage only. To make it even more difficult, try taking a backpack that is the size of a typical high school bag. After purchasing an incredibly cheap ticket with Ryanair, I realized my carry-on bag could only be 7 inches deep.   Yikes! I realized after spending a month in Roatan with a backpack and a half pack full of stuff that I tend to wear the same clothes over and over […]


The Ultimate “Bucket List” List – Part 2

The Ultimate “Bucket List” List – Part 2
January 17, 2016

Welcome to Part Two of the Ultimate “Bucket List” List. I love bucket lists. Always have, always will. I’m drawn to movies like Bucket List with Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson and books such as Next Thing on My List by Jill Smolinski. My list wasn’t called a bucket list but something more like the ultimate goal list. Then the movie came out and changed a lot of people’s thoughts about travel list making. Through various books and websites, I learned to be specific with my items like […]


The Ultimate “Bucket List” List: Top 5 Bucket List Items from 11 Bloggers Around the World

The Ultimate “Bucket List” List: Top 5 Bucket List Items from 11 Bloggers Around the World
January 12, 2016

I love bucket lists. Always have, always will. I’m drawn to movies like The Bucket List with Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson and books such as Next Thing on My List by Jill Smolinski. My list wasn’t called a bucket list but something more like the ultimate goal list. Then the movie came out and changed a lot of people’s thoughts about travel list making. Through various books and websites, I learned to be specific with my items like “See polar bears in the wild in Alaska” versus only […]


Host a BaconFest Party

Host a BaconFest Party
January 3, 2016

Mmmmmm, bacon. One of my favorite food groups! It is a separate food group, right? Given this thought pattern shared between my sister and me, we thought, “Let’s host a BaconFest party.” I’ve been to parties based around food themes before such as Mexican or Italian foods but never one based solely on one ingredient.   The idea of a bacon-themed party started with BaconFest Chicago. When I moved to Chicago a few years ago, the festival was in its inaugural years. It has since grown to a […]


Liebster Award

Liebster Award
October 28, 2015

  I would like to give a shout to Wanderlust. Bikes. Beers. Puns. for nominating me! Thank you so much! The Liebster Award is an award that is passed from new bloggers to others bloggers that need more readers. In a blog post, you must answer ten questions, and provide a link to whoever nominated you. It’s an amazing idea that benefits new bloggers by providing exposure and a solid network of fellow bloggers. Rules: Once nominated, make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated you. Include […]


How to Pack for a Cruise

How to Pack for a Cruise
October 25, 2015

  Hi there!  I’m Donna Berlanda, and I’ll be guest posting today about how to pack for a one-week cruise.  If you have never been on a cruise before, you are in for the experience of a lifetime!  Cruises are a great way to see a LOT, and stay in the best accommodations ever.  Your ship will be your floating hotel and all your meals are provided.  All you have to do is relax and enjoy.  So let’s go into how to pack, so you will be ready […]


Get a Workout Anywhere – Fitness Tips While You Travel

Get a Workout Anywhere – Fitness Tips While You Travel
October 22, 2015

Traveling doesn’t mean you have to give up your fitness routine, but it could make things a bit more difficult if you’re stuck in a hotel or have limited access outdoors now that winter is upon us. Even when there’s a gym at the hotel, chances that you want to take time out of your day to use it might be slim – and while you should definitely take advantage of the facilities, it could be especially hard if you have a packed schedule or just don’t feel […]


Dream Destinations

Dream Destinations
July 28, 2015

If you were to ask me, where do you really want to visit? What are your dream destinations? These places would be the first to fall from my mouth. Aruba photo credit: Traveling Pooh Tahiti photo credit: Air Tahiti Nui Antarctica photo credit: Tak Italy photo credit: Melenama Bali photo credit: via Flickr Fiji photo credit: via Flickr Maine photo credit: via Flickr Patagonia photo credit: via Flickr   Secondary places: Maldives, Russia, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland   Which of these places have you visited? Suggestions? What are […]


Travel Tips: Airlines

Travel Tips: Airlines
July 2, 2015

Travelers get asked many questions by people who want to travel as well as by fellow travelers. I’m always asking questions or reading travel blogs to get more information. Where to go? How do you afford this life? What do you pack? What tips do you have for this and that? How can I travel too? And on and on.  Welcome to my questions series. What Airline Do You Use? As of now, I’ve only traveled in North America and Central America. Below are the airlines I’ve had […]


Travel Gear Wishlist

Travel Gear Wishlist
June 14, 2015

Traveling with a lot of stuff annoys me. I don’t travel with much and haven’t for the last several years. If I can get away with only a carryon bag and a purse, I am a happy camper. Less fuss. Less hassle. Less fees. Seeing tourists lugging their gigantic heavy suitcases, makes me cringe. With that in mind, I want to replace or add the following items to compact or update my gear. My current travel gear wishlist: 1. A new backpack For the last five years, I […]


5 Odd Items I Pack

5 Odd Items I Pack
June 9, 2015

All travelers have certain items they travel with that others might not. Some of my odd must-have items may be on your list too. 1. Tea Cup Yes, it’s breakable. Yes, it’s impractical by most standards. Yes, I love it anyways. My sister bought this small ceramic tea cup for me when she visited Celestial Seasonings (add a link) in Boulder, Colorado. At home, I use it as a bathroom glass. I travel with it for 3 reasons: I don’t like using my hands to scoop water when […]


5 Ways to Keep Your Sanity

5 Ways to Keep Your Sanity
March 5, 2015

Sometimes you live in places that you don’t click with. What do you do? How do you keep your sanity until you have the opportunity to move on to the next place? Here are my top ways of keeping my sanity. 1. Visit the closest city often View image | gettyimages.com   For me, it’s Portland. I make the public transportation trek down the mountain to the lovely city of Portland frequently. It takes me 1 1/2 hours one way and the journey has to be timed in […]


Welcome to My New Site

Welcome to My New Site
February 7, 2015

  Hello world and welcome to my new online home. After spending the last few weeks and mostly the last few days researching and tweaking, The Adventure List has a shiny new home. My head is swimming with new terms and code. Being new to self-hosting and WordPress, I know there are more tweaks and adjustments to be made. But I figured the site should be live so I can ‘see’ more clearly what those adjustments should be. If you see anything that doesn’t look right or is […]


2014 Year in Review

2014 Year in Review
January 1, 2015

In 2013, my Sketchbook Project revolved around my travels and ended with asking “2014 Where will you take me? What dreams will come true?”  2013 was amazing travel-wise coming in with 10 trips, including San Francisco, Portland, and Minneapolis.  I wasn’t sure if 2014 could top it.  It did!  Why?  Because I got to live in the places I traveled to which meant I got to experience more of what the area offered.  Plus one of the places was my #1 Bucket List place (Alaska) and I got […]


Trip Goals

Trip Goals
December 29, 2014

When you travel, do you have trip goals?  Sometimes I consciously have a goal and other times it happens once I get to my destination. Recent Travel GoalsPortland – try as many food carts and Pinot Noirs as possible Napa – drink good wine and buy a really nice bottle out of my normal price range to drink at home San Francisco – no goal oddly enough, not even once I got there Minneapolis – happy hour, happy hour, happy hour.  Actually, I wanted to go in the […]