My Travel Workout

TravelWorkout-1-2Traveling over the last eight months, especially after leaving Australia, left very little room for working out since days basically consisted of planning, site-seeing, and eating out while staying in small one-bedroom apartments or hotel rooms. Believe me that is not a complaint. I will happily not work out in lieu of traveling any day. However, those delicious local beers and homemade delicacies were starting to find a permanent home on my hips and butt so Justin and I crafted this do-absolutely-anywhere workout that is perfect for traveling or whenever you need a quick heart pumping 20-30 minute workout.

Bonus: I’m showing you how absolutely cool I look while doing some of these moves (yes, I apparently make that face while doing jumping jacks) and linking to a few of my favorite workout products. What is your favorite in-a-pinch-quick workout? I would love to hear as I’m always looking for a new way to spice up my routine! Also, I’m looking for a new workout watch since I lost mine while traveling. I’m loving this Timex or this Lacoste one on Chrono24 (homepage here), but wanted to see if you had any favorites to suggest! Let me know if you try my travel workout below and what you thought! 🙂 Happy Thursday everyone!

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TravelWorkout-1Target Burnout Tee (last seen here) | Old Navy Sports Bra | Under Armour Compression Capris (just bought these) | Nike Pullover (stole this from my mom a month ago, it’s sooo soft) | Brooks Shoes

TravelWorkout-2-2HERE WE GO!!!! WHO’S EXCITED?!

MyTravelWorkout2**Disclaimer:  I am not a health professional by any means. I’m just forwarding along my personal travel workout. Check with a physician before starting any new workout regimen.**

Travel Tuesday: Istanbul

TurkeyDay2-19After a brief trip home to Iowa after Nepal, we headed back overseas to Turkey for a few days in Istanbul where we met up with two of my favorite ladies in the world – KTP (you know her as my stand-in chef while I was away) and Amanda (aka Kuhter, my college BFF). The four of us had an unbelievable time exploring all the main attractions of Istanbul with the Basilica Cistern, Turkish baths, mosques (Blue and New), Hagia Sophia, and our late nights playing euchre and drinking wine being my favorite by far (tip: skip the top rated Topkapi Palace). You can read our full adventures here but I wanted to at least share some of these photos with you as Istanbul is gorgeous, the people are beyond friendly, and I think you should definitely go sometime in your life. Also, watch out for recipe posts in the near future inspired by Turkey…the food was sooooo good.

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Time Flies…

Prague-237So apparently it has been well over two months since I’ve shared any updates about our travels or an actual personal outfit post with you (special thanks to all my guest bloggers).  I guess that’s what happens when you are having way too much fun!  Since our last Thailand update, which in its self was way overdue, we have been to China, Hong Kong, Nepal (Everest), made a short trip home for a family death, Istanbul, Greece, Prague, and Germany with Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, and London in our near future!  Wheeewww, it’s exhausting just typing it.  We are trying to fully enjoy every minute of each city as we only have 1 MONTH left of our little world tour and the harsh reality of adulthood is just around the corner ready to smack us in the face.  Our return tickets are officially booked home to Chicago for April 27th and we have already begun filling out a massive to-do list for the month of May (find jobs, maybe?).  I’m looking forward to getting home and back to my regular outfit posts, recipes, shopping guides, and daily posts.  Here are a few pictures of our recent travels, but expect more full-blown updates over the next few weeks (maybe 3 times a week?)!  You can follow my Instagram update here too and I would LOVE any recommendations for Paris or London!  And as always, thanks for following along on our crazy little adventure!  Happy April! 🙂

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Headed to the Top of the World

20130215-215825.jpgI can’t believe it’s already here….it is the middle of February people! Where have the last 5 months gone? Seriously, I’m asking. When we left in September for our journey around the world, the thought of Nepal and this tiny little hike to Everest Base Camp seemed lightyears away. And why wouldn’t it? We had Australia then Thailand then China to plan, but somehow they just flew by in a blink of our eyes and POOF here we are sitting in our hostel with our packs packed ready to take off tomorrow on a 15 day trek to Everest Base Camp with our guide Arby! To say I wasn’t nervous would be 100% untrue, but I luckily have The best partner to guide me through (Justin, not our guide Arby). As much as I DON’T want to do this, I have decided to put a hold on all posts until we get back in the beginning of March since I haven’t had and won’t have the time, ability, or energy to create posts I feel proud to share. We are hoping to have limited Internet access along the route so make sure to follow me on Instagram for updated pictures! Fingers crossed for a safe and healthy journey! I hope everyone has an amazing rest of the month and I will “see” you all again in March! Xoxo, Megan

Friday Five: Australia Moments

Here are five of my favorite moments from our time spent in Australia!  Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend! Any exciting plans?

Car Camping – Although at the time sleeping on a concrete floor didn’t seem that appealing, I will forever cherish our many nights spent in our tent in the wilderness listening to music, playing cards, drinking wine, and chatting about anything and everything just the two of us.

Car_Camping_AustraliaPomona – This little town we stumbled upon in the Sunshine Coast’s Hinterland charmed my socks off.  From the quirky signs at grandma’s breakfast restaurant to the fully stocked antiques store to the straight-up rock climb to the top of Mt. Cooroora I was 100% smitten with this place.

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Sydney Fireworks – Even with the 13-hour wait in the blazing Australian heat, Sydney’s New Year’s Eve fireworks were beyond my wildest expectations.  What a way to end 2012 and ring in 2013!

Lawn Bowling – Our last week in Mooloolaba we rallied a group together to participate in the sport of lawn bowling, which is mainly played by retirees wearing knee-high socks and toting rolling suitcases of their own personal sports equipment.  The game ended up being ridiculously fun and competitive, the cheap drinks and hot chips (interpreted for Americans: French fries) kept us satisfied, and the people we played with will forever hold a place in our hearts.  Sounds corny?  Yes, but these two couples took time to invite us into their little circle for the two months we were there and made our time in Mooloolaba (and at work) so much better.

Lawn_Bowling_AustraliaAnimal Encounters – Yes, I know I’m a cheat.  I couldn’t bear to pick between my favorite animal experiences so I thought I’d clump them all together into one category!   Could you seriously choose between koalas, kangaroos, whales, and turtles?  I didn’t think so!

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