Between now and August we will spend all of two weeks at our home. Our summers in ministry take us across the country and occasionally across the world. This month we'll be on the road throughout the midwest and flying across the ocean to Granada, Spain. The first half of the month is strictly work travel, but our trip to Spain is purely for fun with my husbands family. We've travelled often already as a couple and every year as May rolls around I love preparing for our summer travels. For this months Hello Series, I've rounded up my favorite go-to travel pieces and a few places I can't wait to visit. Whether you're doing some travel of your own or planning a staycation I hope you'll find these pieces and spaces inspiring for wherever your summer takes you! I almost rarely carry a purse, but while traveling I know I'll need something sturdy (but not too heavy) to carry my wallet, phone, camera, and travel accessories. The Everlane Snap Backpack is perfect for travel, but is also practical for everyday errands. The best part of this bag you ask? It's gender neutral. No longer do the ladies get stuck carrying all the stuff... all the time. And I'm hoping to pop this book in my bag for airport/airplane reading this summer. I've always been an avid fan of Lauren Graham since her days as Lorelei on Gilmore Girls. If this book has half of the sweet and witty charm of her television characters I know I'll be happy!
My least favorite part of travel is hands down the airplane/airport food. Blah! This summer I'd love to make a batch of these simple 5-ingredient granola bars. They'll be perfect to sustain us on long travel days and I'll probably bring along fresh fruit and veggies for extra items to munch on. While in Spain, we'll be staying in an apartment with a full service kitchen. I think these picnic sandwiches are simple enough with their interchangeable ingredients that they could easily be made abroad and at taken on picnic while in the states this summer.
And just to wet your travel appetite, take a peek at the Alhambra in Granada, Spain. A well visited world heritage sight that we hear makes you feel as if you've transported back in time to the 14th Century. But beyond the most popular sights to see, my sister-in-law, whose been living in Granada for the past four months will provide us with a more local perspective of this beautifully historic city and country. We can't wait!!!