More than two years ago, year-round warm weather and a new job were among the reasons why I decided to return to Barbados from America. I ignored criticisms that I was making a huge mistake by giving up a “better life” to return to “backward Barbados” (their words, not mine). And I am happy I did.
However, there is one thing I would like to change about my back-at-home experience.
It’s no secret that I love warm weather!
So naturally, now that it’s Springtime, I’m even more eager to explore my second home, Washington, D.C.
Today, I threw on a dress I’ve been dying to wear since Winter, and took to the streets. It was the perfect day for a cool walk and for checking out sweet spots I’ve been meaning to try–and an old favorite.
Every now and then, I make trips between Washington, D.C. and my favorite place on earth, Barbados
In two weeks, I’ve been booked on that journey four times, amid Winter conditions that have turned America’s travel plans upside down.
These quick trips have been a whirlwind: sleeping overnight in a departure lounge, uber-expensive airport-to-hotel transfers (pun intended), unplanned spending on accommodation, and insanely long rebooking queues.
I’m not a fan of TSA screenings, long airport lines, or uncomfortable airline seats.
But I am a fan of discovering new places and heading back to my island home of palm-fringed beaches and balmy breezes.
(In case you haven’t heard, Barbados is pretty awesome.)
But as I daydream about my Summer trip home, I’m also forced to think of my pathetic luggage collection.
As crowds thronged to New York City for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, I huddled over my MacBook Pro for a virtual front-row seat.
There has been a lot to take in. And just about three days shy of its September 13 end, I’ve singled out my favorites so far.
Image :: LouisVuitton.com
Last week, for my big move to Washington, DC, I packed what seemed like my entire life into three suitcases. So much that it barely seemed legal by airline industry standards.
That said, I was relieved–yet a little disappointed–when I got word of Louis Vuitton’s Art of Packing guide. Disappointed only because I wish I had discovered this feature way earlier!
Image :: verawang.com
You’ll find heaven in my hometown.
At least that’s what Vera Wang says.
The designer, known for her amazing red carpet gowns and stunning wedding dresses, named Sandy Lane, Barbados, one of the top places in the world to honeymoon. (Read more at Vera Unveiled)