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Top 10 travel tips that won't make you want to punch people in the face


Do you feel the urge to put a wild stamp on everything you do?  Do you want to live with wild abandon?  Be adventurous?  Grow a wild hair?


Travel.  Travel.  Travel. 

Live life out loud.

Just Do it.  The end.

Blog post is over. Jokes.


The travel tips in this post are sooooooo good, you are going to want to kiss me.

Pucker up, buttercup.  

This gal is about to drop some knowledge bombs in your lap.



Oh la la LUXURY …


Let’s dabble in luxury for a moment.  Typically, shopping in luxury stores makes my heart beat an out-of-control rhythm.  I have a naggy little jerk-face in my head saying ‘Erhhhmergerd, do I deserve this treat? ‘  Then the jerk-face turns into a cool dude and says ‘ Oh hells yeah!! ‘

TruthBomb : My pal Norma bought these little treasures for my 50th birthday.  I should have probably French kissed her.  I may have made a scene.

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Expensive.  Duly Noted.  Me avoid.

I took this next picture in front of a bunch of fancy peeps.  It was a crowded sidewalk.  I didn’t feel stupid at all.   I took one for the team.


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Travel is the real deal.  Do what you can afford and then splurge it out a little every now and again.  It’s all out there for you.

Grab it.  Love it.

It’s legit.

It’s dirty.

It’s fun.

It’s gritty.

It’s living on the edge.

It’s stepping outside your comfort zone.

It’s living large.

It’s where the rubber meets the road.

It’s something that you can sink your teeth into.


Top 10 #travel tips that won't make you want to punch people in the face @lynneknowlton

Hellloooooo.   Come to Momma.


You just may learn something new about yourself.  Like how not to be bored.

Travel is powerful.  It is a no bullshit, no holds barred way of living out loud.


Get out into the big world. It makes your big problems seem small.


Don’t let your dreams be dreams.

Embrace the moment.


Top 10 #travel tips that won't make you want to punch people in the face @lynneknowlton

We  Embraced  Le  Meurice  PARIS !


Top 10 travel tips that won’t make you want to punch people in the face…



 1.   Carry a night light 

We all need a good nights rest.  Hallelujah.  A good nights rest means you shouldn’t have to face plant a wall in the middle of the night.  Pop a night light in your bathroom!  You’ll be the Obi-Wan Kenobi of sleep mastery.



2. Smarty pants Luggage labelling  

Outsmart the duffasses that lose your luggage.  Put your name and address on a big sheet of paper on the inside of your luggage.  Make it blatantly obvious INSIDE.  If your outside tags are lost and your luggage ends up in Tokyo instead of Orlando, the airline will see a big ‘ol sheet of paper when they open your luggage.  Yes, they will open your luggage.  Bam.  Luggage mystery solved.  Be sure to hide your unmentionables *blush*



3. True Lemon  Packs <– Lemon for your water

Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate.  Yet, water is boring.  *Yawn*  For some reason, when someone tells me to drink more water, I want to throat punch them.  It’s kind of like when someone tells you to smile.  They are entering the kill zone with them there fighting words.

There is one exception to the water rule. Okay, maybe two.  This water cleanse and lemon.  Putting a real lemon in your purse will make you look like a dork.  These lemon packs are  a lemon explosion in your mouth.  You’ll want to lick the lid of your water bottle.  Just sayin’.

You may actually legit like your water.

I know.  I know.

Imagine that?


You’re a weird-o.  I think I like you.

I’ve bought my lemon packs in the health food store over the last zillion years. Then I discovered that you can buy True Lemon on Amazon for less moola.  I’m smart (and a little slow) like that.


Gimme that water.  Right. Now.  It’s waterlicious.


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Yeah  yeah  yeah,  there’s  water  in  there  somewhere  🙂



4.  Use wifi :

Do not, I repeat (with passive aggressive screaming) do not for the love of all things Holy, do not do not do not turn on your data roaming.  Like ever.  In the history of ever.   If you are really stupid turn it on, be prepared to hand over your first-born child to pay for your phone bill.

Look out … I’ll be right behind you slapping your head. OMG.  Dumb Dumb.

WiFi is free in so very many places.  Free. Free. Free. Free. Fahhhhreeeee.  When connected to your free wi-fi, use Whatsapp for free international texting, voice messaging, photo sharing … the whole shebang.  It does everything, except make dinner.  Drats.

You’ll save at least 75 cents per text.  You can save enough money to buy me a Mai Tai. Or ten.



5.  Your iPhone GPS is d’bomb dot com 

Did you know that you have a free GPS in your phone, even when you don’t have a data connection?

Here’s the trick: When you have a wi-fi connection, enter your destination address into your MAPS on your iPhone.

Plan the route.  Press Start.

Turn off your wi-fi.  {{ Turning off wi-fi will also help preserve your phone battery life }}

Your phone will guide you to your destination by the built-in GPS. This does not require any data usage! You can travel for hours and hours and did I mention hours (???) without any data usage.   It still doesn’t cook dinner though.  What the hell?!



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Don’t  get  lost.  Kiss  a  horse.


 6.  Cell phone camera 

The best camera to have when traveling is the one that you have on you.  It will shock your pants off to know how great your phone can be for capturing photos.


Remember to clean your phone camera lens.  It makes a big difference!

If you use an iPhone, try your built-in photo filters. I prefer fade, normal or chrome.   Try shots with HDR on too.  You can also take square photos, and panoramic shots.


There’s an App for that…

Edit your photos using your fave apps.  There are exactly four million, six thousand, three hundred and twenty-four photo apps out there.  Don’t get your knickers in a knot.  Here’s a free book that will guide you to the best top drawer, back of the bus, ahhhmazing apps for your iPhone.  I made all the photos in this blog post with those apps.   You’ll also get sahhweeet blog posts from me in your inbox.

Your inbox + My Blog posts = A beautiful thaaaaang


7.  Booking your hotel 


*    Looking for 4 star hotels and on a budget?  Book with hotwire. You will save a boat load of moola and save some serious coin for the Mai Tai’s that you are going to buy me.


*   Looking for luxury but still want to save some smackers?  Check out The Luxe Nomad.  My friend just told me about the site.  They have flash sales on luxury accommodations.  That equals Cabana boys and slushy boozy cocktails.  My bags are packed.


*   Want serious luxury?  The kind of luxury that makes you drool?  The kind of luxury that makes you say  oh.la.la ??


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Say no more …

Le Meurice

Book directly with hotels like Le Meurice for incredibly personalized luxurious care.   They just take care of you.

P.S. They also put chocolate on your pillow at night.  Hellooooo.


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I recently stayed at Le Meurice for an event called #EmbraceParis.  I embraced everything and anything that had to do with Paris.  I embraced my Le Meurice pillow.  I embraced my Le Meurice slippers.  I embraced the door man.  I embraced the housekeeping gal (Anyone who delivers chocolate, deserves a hug.)  I embraced the woman in the spa who massaged my face for an hour.

I don’t know what she put on my face, but when she was done I drooled and mumbled the words …

I’ll take that  and that and that.  



For breakfast, I embraced anything that seemed even remotely French.  AKA everything.  I have the muffin top to prove it.


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8.  Pack your luggage like the boss

Technically, I have no business doling out pointers on packing luggage.  I’m the gal who sits on her luggage while blurting out a prayer to the luggage Gawds.

Guess what?  I tried a new folding technique and it freaking worked.   It toats worked.



9.  A scented candle or incense 

Shush your head.  Cue the music.  Chill it.  A scented candle or incense will rock your travelling world.  Your hotel will feel like home when it smells like home.


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My faves are this candle and this Super Hit incense <– oh ehmmm geeeeh

I’ve been using the Volcano candle for f.o.r.e.v.e.r.  It smells soooooo divine.

Truth is, I pretty much hate most scented candles and incense.

They cause me to make this face that resembles this –>> ?*&^%$#@!!


But.But.But… Super Hit Incense changed all that.


It is where I hit my happy place.


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10. Anker Astro Mini phone charger

Holy batman is this little thing ever packed with a punch.  It’s a wee $20 smackers.  I use the charger constantly on the occasion when I forget to charge my phone.  Like always.


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The little Astro Mini is a bit bigger than lipstick but smaller than a tampon.  I can’t believe I just said the word tampon.  Ewwwwhhh.

Nuff about that.


What did you think of the travel tips?   

So smoking hot, you should stop drop and roll?!  Yeah.

How about you, hot stuff ?  Ready to spill it?   What are your best travel tips?  Make them good.  You will be graded.





Do you pack vodka bottles in your socks?  How about a smutty book?  Do you have a fave app?  Spill.  Can I trust you to give me great travel tips?  If so, we can sing koombaya and do trust falls.  You can be my travel BFF.



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Shop products here : Anker Astro Mini True Lemon ,  c/o Le Meurice , Volcano candle , Super Hit incense 



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  1. Laura Altobelli says:

    “Don’t let your dreams be dreams.” I needed that.

    BTW, your pictures are absolutely gorgeous. I’m going to keep going through your archives and hope that I find a post explaining how you achieve such beautiful shots.


  2. Tracey says:

    EPIC ! love – love – love the post!
    Worked in travel – got to experience some of the finer things while travelling.
    But now that it is my moola – need to know the tips and tricks.
    My travel tips
    1 – get luggage with skateboard wheels – best thing ever and easy-peesey wheeling through the airport(s).
    2 – Pack what you need with the attitude that if you didn’t pack it and it is critical while on your trip _ Buy it.

  3. […] Lots of travel tips from Lynne at Design the Life You Want to Live – or as she says, the Top 10 travel tips that won’t make you want to punch people […]

  4. Annie Kip says:

    Oh Lynne – I just can’t stop reading – you are Hi-larious!!!!! My one travel tip is to pack light – get everything you will need into a carry-on. I don’t even check a bag anymore because I have had too many trips messed up by lost luggage and missed connections. I even took my kids all around Sweden, Norway, and Denmark a couple of years ago – with only carry-on luggage! Yes, we wore some things a couple of times, but really, who cares?!? I washed out my undies in the sink and wore the same pair of (road-tested to be sure) comfortable sandals the whole time. We bought wool hats as souveniers one time when we were – and the kids still wear them!

    • Okey Dokey Annie, that’s it *slams down hand on table, and does the jig around the room* we need to road trip together some day. You sound like my kinda traveler. I hope you drink wine. That’s a travel staple in my neck of the woods 🙂

      Lynne xx

    • Annie Kip says:

      Definitely wine!!! And beer!!! Sometimes even vodka is in order when traveling with kids!

  5. Stephbo says:

    You’ve finally solved a mystery for me! I’ve been trying to figure out how in the world people are posting pix to Facebook with their phones as well as how they’re keeping them charged on a different voltage system. In return, I’ll share my tip. I pack light using carry-ons only, making sure that at least one (usually my rolling suitcase) is able to be checked. Then I pack an extra collapsible bag inside one of the bags. That way when I acquire souvenirs and such, I have plenty of room for the return trip.

    • You got it !!

      Snap pix with your phone.

      Get back to your hotel {{ free wifi }} and edit/share them on instagram.

      Share them to Facebook, twitter, tumblr, flickr right from instagram…all with the touch of one button.

      Hellooooo. Awesomeness!!

      I did it here for my trip and it was so fun!


      Love your tip!! I am going to challenge myself on my next trip to do a carry on only. I can do it. I can do it


      Teehee xo

  6. Stephanie says:

    Oh, I want to go to Paris. Right now.
    My 2-part travel tip (credit to my Dad, who shared it with me 20+ years ago):
    Step 1) Plan out everything you are going to need/wear wardrobe-wise, and decide on your trip budget.
    Step 2) Pack half as many clothes and take twice as much money.

  7. Rachel says:

    I can’t believe I actually sat and watched that video 😉 I am probably the worst packer ever so hopefully it will help. Completely jealous over your trip to Paris…add that one to my bucket list.

    • You and me both girly!

      My hubs made me sit and watch it. I was like…blah blah blah….

      Then I tried it. A luggage miracle. haha!

      I wasn’t as organized as the video, so I flat packed things in sections (so I could unpack it easier each day). It still worked ahhhhmazingly.

      It’s apparently true. Miracles do happen ^_^.

  8. Pam says:

    Cool packing idea! I have learned to roll my clothes up and pack them. By doing this I have been able to pack for two weeks and still leave room to shop and bring back goodies.. I also found that if you use a sheet of tissue paper when you roll the clothes the delicate stuff like silk blouses won’t wrinkle either!

    Now I won’t to go to Paris!

    • Hi Pam

      Great tip about the tissue paper and wrapping! LOVE it. I will definitely give it a try !

      I rolled my clothes for my trip (mostly because I didn’t believe the video at first) then as I bought things my luggage got super tight.

      I switched to the folding technique in the video. It made a world of difference. I’m a believer now. LOL!!

      Lynne xx

  9. Jennie says:

    Love your blog – but did Paris ???years ago! What a let-down, but the rest of France is dreamy – esp the Loire Valley. Traveling is fineuntil I have to enter the US – boydo they need to take lessons from other countries!! I live in Ecuador and they have it together – even the TSA stuff, Panama Airport is now one of the best in the Americas. Head off to Europe next year again – hope Heathrow is improved – although considering Amsterdam. The packing video is a must to see before going anyplace – even in a car. Thx much, keep blogging!!!!!!!!!!

    • Hi Jennie

      I hear what you are saying about Paris. For some, it can be a let-down because of language barriers and culture. Been there. Done that. Got the poster. LOL. xxoo

      I wrote a blog post about it right here:


      Then I came to LOVE Paris. Cray. Cray.

      You live in Ecuador? Oh my!! That must be ahhhhmazing!! It’s on my bucket list to get to one day.

      London, Amsterdam … two epic cities too. I bet you will have a fab time!!

      Thanks for the bloggy love!
      Lynne xx

  10. Melanie says:

    Well happy birthday missy wow you have been busy Paris looks amazing and love looking at luxury through your eyes. My travel tip is simple but I always make sure its in my suitcase (my international travel adaptor). Its so reassuring that no matter where I end up my electrical appliances wont die on me. Glad to hear you had a great time and here’s to fine wine and chocolate ;o)

    • Helloooo Melanie 🙂

      International travel adaptor ?!! Brills.

      *Kicks myself* for forgetting to mention that. It’s a must. A good one too, so it lasts.

      Oh la la.. fine wine and chocolate… that is where life is GOOD !!

      Lynne xx

  11. Nancy says:

    Actually I do put vodka bottles in my pseudo shampoo conditioner lotion bottles and use the hotel stuff. Or make my husband carry my real stuff. Then you ask for a sprite on the plane and make a little drinkster. I watched that Gussie method of packing. That’s CRAZY! First of all my dang Kirkland suitcase weighs 10lbs. I got my husband a samsonite 4 wheeler at TJ Maxx that weighs only 6lbs and cost less. Anyway. I Never bring that many clothes and it all weighs about 30+ lbs??? And all my panties would never fit in the baggalini thing. I need to see an exact list of the exact clothes!
    My tip is to talk to strangers.

  12. AwesomelyOZ says:

    Love these photos! And totally jelly on the Chanel *Drooool* – You forgot the whiskey mini’s and eye mask to block out light 🙂 woot woot!! Have a great one Lynne!! -Iva

  13. Suzanne says:

    If I ever travel again to Paris that is the Hotel I will stay in, congrats on the beautiful trip, the GORGEOUS birthday gift, what a wonderful trip.

    • Hey Suzanne

      How are ya girly? So sorry to hear about your tough days in pooch land 🙁

      Oh la la.. Le Meurice .. don’t even get me going. LOVE LOVE love.

      * I could smooch them all.the.live.long.day *

  14. Craig says:

    be flexible…