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2020 Holiday Gift Guide for the Dame Traveler in Your Life

Holidays are around the corner and we’ve rounded up the best gifts to get the Dame Traveler in your life!

2021 Travel Themed Desk Calendar

From New York to Tokyo, this travel themed desk calendar by Rifle Paper Co. transports you to the world every month with the gorgeous sketches of cities on each page.

Wanderlust Inducing Dame Traveler: Live the Spirit of Adventure Book

For your travel loving friends who are missing travel right now, our latest release, Dame Traveler: Live the Spirit of Adventure hardcover photo book will provide a sense of comfort and hope for future adventures for the travel lovers in your life.

La Buvette: Recipes and Wine Notes from Paris

As the world continues to social distance from home, cookbooks that transport you to different destinations, especially ones like La Buvette, to Paris are so fun to have on hand. This book will make you feel like you’re living the Parisian lifestyle in no time.

Christmas in New York City Matching PJs and Mask

Nothing says Christmas than Christmas in New York and since we are based in NYC, we absolutely fell in love with these Flannel Pajama Joggers with matching Flannel Pajama Shirt and Mask! So soft, cozy and cute.

Teleport to Paris in This Silk Pajama Set

A collab with fashion illustrator, Megan Hess and  female-led Australian sleepwear and lifestyle brand, Papinelle led to the creation of this gorgeous silk set that is perfect for the Francophile in your life.

PJ Salvage Into the Wild PJ Set

PJ Salvage creates the most adorable and cozy PJ sets and we love their latest, Into the Wild set, perfect for a cozy evening in a log cabin!

Tote Bags Made in NYC

We don’t know about you but we’ve been collecting totes like crazy lately because plastic bags are so 1995. Our go-to tote shop is defintely Maptote which endless cities to choose from and the most adorable illustrations ever.

Leather Tote by Dagne Dover

Pockets, pockets, pockets, we sure do love ’em and the Allyn Leather Tote has tons and even the smallest size fits a small laptop,  which is rare to find in a bag as gorgeous and sleek as this.

Keep Your Bag Safe with The RYDIR Band

A passionate albeit anxious traveler, Kim Hart, the Founder of RYDIR, couldn’t count the times her tote bag balanced on her rolling suitcase fell over or swung around ending up on the ground. In late 2018 she had an idea to solve this age old problem. A soft and stretchy compression band that easily slides over the handles of your rolling suitcase and continues over your bag. Keeping the bag safe and secure. The The RYDIR Band was born. The practical design is simple and effective. Get yours here! Use code DAME25 to receive 25% off.

Cozy Boots for those Cold Winters

Cozy and chic, the Zurich Boot by Bernardo have a rubber and knit upper and rubber lining as well as a rubber sole, making these gorgeous boots slip proof while keeping you warm. We love them.

Support Women Owned Business

How could Pineapple Collaborative not catch your eye? The design forward branding is so gorgeous, making it the perfect gift but they’re not just a pretty face- Pineapple Collaborative is on a mission to connect & celebrate women who love food! They also use their buying power to support exceptional women farmers, creatives, producers, leaders and chefs!

A Well Made Coat Made in America, Based in New York City

Coats by FLEURETTE are incredibly well made and the recipient will have this coat forever because it was made to last. The fitted silhouette and the one button style of the SIDEWINDER Peak Lapel Coat  is super chic and absolutely stunning.

Brooklyn Based Home Fragrances

A candle that looks and smells like Christmas in New York City? What could be better? We love this holiday candle by Brooklyn based brand, Apotheke.

R & R Self-Love Kit

This year more than ever, the gift of self-love and self-care is key to get through these hard times so what better git to give than this beautiful gift set by Moonlit Skincare?

Holiday Hair Fix Kit

The Holiday Hair Fix Kit by Olapex is everything you need to repair, rebuild, strengthen, hydrate and eliminate frizz this holiday season. Treat yourself or your loved ones!

Lively

We are living in Lively lately with all of this time home and we’re not complaining because the luxurious and high quality material is a pleasure to live in.

Shop Clean with Sustainable Brand, MATE the Label

‘Give a Damn’ is the motto of 2020 and we proudly rock this epic tote bag by MATE the Label, along with their gorgeous lounge wear.  The fashion industry is dirty and we are here to clean it up. Did you know that there are over 8,000 synthetic chemicals used in clothing manufacturing? Many of these chemicals are known to be carcinogenic, endocrine disrupting and hazardous to our health. MATE is committed to using non-toxic, natural and Organic materials.

Make a Statement with Bold Prints by Terez

I was starting to grow tired of my solid black leggings and workout gear until I discovered Terez. Terez has endless options of bold and fun prints to choose from! My favorite is the Houndstooth Hi-Shine Sports Bra  and Leggings.

Sharper Image® BodyScan Seat Topper

Most of us are working from home these days but this Sharper Image® BodyScan Seat Topper can make those days much more relaxing and comfortable. Pressure points? no problem, the chair detects exactly where they are and relaxes them for you!

Start Dreamin’ of Spring with this Dress By Pana Mina

We all need something to look forward to during these cold winter days and we’re very much looking forward to wearing this stunning lightweight linen dress by Pana Mina!

Conversation Starter

These days we’re spending more quality time with our loved ones and what better way to spend that time than to dig deeper? We love the So Cards game facilitates deeper connections by asking the right questions.

Vegan Gummies

We’ve all been goin’ through it in 2020 and many of us have been noticing a few more hairs in the shower drain lately! But these Hair Sweet Hair gummies by HUM have come to the rescue that supports hair growth, maintains the health of hair follicles, helps healthy color maintenance and contain Fo-Ti, Zinc, PABA and Biotin.

Sulfate Free Shampoo and Conditioner

We have tried SO many different sulfate free shampoos and conditioners but none have left our hair feeling as clean as the Devacurl Low-Poo Delight Weightless Waves Mild Lather Cleanser and Conditioner.

FACTORFIVE Mini Beauty Products

An Eye and Lash Cream that combats wrinkles while encouraging lash growth? Sign us up. Formulated with humanity in mind—without parabens, mineral oil, sulfate detergents, phthalates, urea, DEA or TEA—and not tested on animals.

 

Europe

Fall back in love with holidaying in the UK

It may be winter in the UK at the moment but that doesn’t mean it’s not a great place to visit. With Covid putting our usual plans on hold, many of us have taken a different approach to holidaying in 2020 and into 2021. Here we take a look at places that can be enjoyed through the winter and into the spring, from city breaks to countryside retreats.

The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds boosts beautiful chocolate box villages that draw the attention of visitors all year round, and is the largest area of outstanding natural beauty (AOND) in England and Wales, straddling 6 counties: Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, south Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Wiltshire and Bath & northeast Somerset.  If you are looking for a winter city break why not head to Bath, the historic city famous for its Roman Spa Baths. Take a tour around the ancient Roman baths during the day and then indulge in a spa evening at the modern Thermae Bath Spa, which houses the only natural thermal hot springs in Britain you can bathe in. If you would rather visit the Cotswolds in the Spring, head to the town of Warwick and explore the famous Castle; take the family along as it’s a great day out for all ages.

Yorkshire Moors

The Yorkshire Moors have been the setting for many novels, including those of the Bronte Sisters, Wuthering Heights by sister Emily Bronte, reached great popularity, with the moors as the enchanting back drop. Another popular novel that has recently seen a remake of the first film, is the Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, which tells the tale of a young girl who is brought to Misselthwaite Manor, located on the moor, to live with her uncle after being orphaned. In these novels the Yorkshire Moors are portrayed as wild and romantic and it continues to be a popular place to visit. Famous for its countryside walks and its location to Robin Hoods Bay, the final destination on the coast to coast walk: it’s easy to see why walking holidays in the UK are proving ever popular to really immerse yourself in nature.

London

When you think of the UK, you think of London. It’s hard not to after all, with it being the capital city. Not only is it the capital but it’s a great place to visit all year round: packed with history, fun days out and excellent food and retail therapy. Decorated for Christmas is when the city really shines though, shop windows are decorated to show the magic of Christmas and Christmas trees are found across the city, Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square and Somerset House to name a few.

Edinburgh

If you don’t fancy a trip to London this Christmas, Edinburgh is another beautiful city in the winter. Take a stroll down Princess Street admiring the Christmas decorations before calling into a cosy pub for a glass of mulled wine. If you are feeling adventurous you can take a walk up to Arthurs Seat, an ancient volcano and the site of a 2000 year old fort that sits 251 metres above sea level, lending to breath taking views of the city. The city and its surroundings are a must for any whisky lover, why not take a tour around a working distillery, or pop into the Scottish Whisky Experience at the top of the Royal Mile and see the largest collection of Scottish Whisky in the world.

Enjoy your next UK holiday but don’t forget to check the latest travel advice before exploring these fantastic places.

Advice Europe Insider Tips

5 European Christmas Markets to Visit for Maximum Holiday Cheer

One of my favorite travel experiences is finding those traditional wooden huts that seemingly pop up out of nowhere in December and fill a city with holiday cheer.  Starting and ending my days at the Christmas markets promises the ultimate holiday cheer. The Christmas lights come on, music fills the air, and the smell of delicious treats lead you through the market. Despite cold temperatures, the Gemütlichkeit will keep you warm when visiting these 5 European Christmas markets.

Nuremberg, Germany 

For more than 700 years, Nuremberg has been the destination for Christmas markets.  It is the first market I visited and it’s first on my list for both of these reasons.  There’s a reason why famous places are, in fact, famous. Steeped in tradition, the Nuremberg Christmas market is opened by the Christkind, a local woman who is elected to serve the community for two years.  In addition to local specialties (my favorite is the Nuremberg sausage) and gifts, Nuremberg offers a unique opportunity to experience Christmas around the world through a smaller sister cities market with international offerings.  To warm up, you can take a class to learn how to make your own gingerbread.  

Bonus: If you can’t make it to Nuremberg this year, there are numerous sister city Christmas markets held all over the world.  

Salzburg, Austria 

Salzburg feels postcard perfect at any time of the year, but it really shines at Christmas time.  With Christmas markets on both sides of the Salzach River and flanking the castles and palaces, every Salzburg site will be dressed in holiday cheer.  From schnapps to handblown ornaments, from aromatic bath salts to soaps, from spices to flavored vinegars, you’re sure to find something for everyone on your Christmas list in Salzburg.  Whether you are standing in Residenzplatz or standing on the edge of Hohensalzburg Fortress, you can hear music celebrating the season from every corner of Salzburg.         

Bonus: Head to the chapel where Silent Night was first performed for a special performance on Christmas Eve.  

Prague, Czech Republic

With a towering Christmas tree, continuous musical performances, and the perfect medieval backdrop, it feels like Old Town Square was made to host the world’s Christmas party.  With stalls providing kielbasa, various types of potatoes, fresh trdelnik, and Pilsner to wash it down, the Prague Christmas market is my favorite meal in Prague. The Prague Christmas market is the perfect place to pick up more Christmas décor.  Smaller but equally magical Christmas markets can be found below the Charles Bridge in Mala Strana and at Prague Castle, for the ultimate fairytale experience.  

Bonus: Escape the crowds and see the Christmas market from above by taking the elevator to the top of the Astronomical Tower at Old City Hall.  

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

Whether you make it to Rothenburg ob der Tauber for the Christmas markets or not, between Käthe Wohlfahrt and the Christmas museum, this medieval village can feel like Christmas all year round.  The entire town seems to celebrate the advent season with daily concerts, presentations by local bakers and chocolate makers, and various tours through the city and its landmarks.  Day trippers fill the cobblestoned streets throughout the day, so I recommended booking at least a night or two in Rothenburg ob der Tauber.  You’ll have the locals and the Christmas markets all to yourselves in the evenings.  

Bonus: Take advantage of the area’s wine tasting and send a few bottles home.  You can find beautiful wine glasses at the Christmas market to finish off the perfect Christmas gift.     

Montepulciano, Italy

We didn’t expect to find a Christmas market in Tuscany, but a late lunch reservation forced us to wander the hilly streets of Montepulciano.  As we emerged onto the Piazza Grande, Feliz Navidad blasted through the air.  Hosting a nativity scene, Santa’s workshop, and an ice rink, Montepulciano’s Christmas village is perfect for and everyone. A stroll up to the fortress reveals a Christmas food fair with plenty of vendors, tables, and places to play.  With local meats, cheeses, and plenty of handmade gifts, the Montepulciano Christmas market is a delicious stop on any Italian itinerary.      

Bonus: This market stays open until the Epiphany on January 6, so you can start in the north and make your way south for more holiday cheer after Christmas.


Feeling festive? You can also check out our favorite holiday posts here!

 

Travel Planning

11 Of The Most Magical Places To Experience Christmas Around The World

It’s getting to be that time of year. You know, that time in the season when we’re fully embracing the holiday spirit. The smell of pine and the warmth of a cozy fireplace sound like heaven. We’re starting to get out our decorations and choosing wrappings and bows for our presents to our loved ones. Yep – it’s Christmas time alright! Today, we’re getting in the holiday spirit and sharing a round up of some of the most magical places to experience Christmas around the world.

Nuremberg, Germany

Germany is well-loved for its famous Christmas Market – and Nuremberg is the king of them all! Visit the stalls right in the middle of the city to collect one of a kind gifts for your dearest loved ones. Gingerbread houses, quaint, snow laden cottages and aged churches ringing holiday tunes. Nuremberg has been titled “Germany’s Christmas City” for a reason… time to see why for yourself!

 

Lapland, Finland

Is there a snowier, more magical location in the world to experience Christmas morning? We think not! Imagine seeing the sky enveloped in the northern lights as Santa’s sleigh dashes across the sky. It’s what dreams are made of… and what adult vacations are made for.

 

Zurich, Switzerland

Around Christmas time, Zurich adopts a warm glow, the smell of cinnamon and the ringing tones of carols around the corners of every avenue. Zurich’s Lichterschwimmen candle-floating event is not to be missed… but neither is its adorably picturesque town squares covered in snow!

Vatican City, Rome

Attending Christmas Mass in the Vatican City is quite a bucket list item, if we do say so ourselves! Candlelit vigils, magical songs and families from around the world celebrating the reason for the season. Need we say more?

 

Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo might not be the first city on every Christmas holiday vacation list… but we truly believe it should be! The city is covered with incredible light displays, stores are stocked with quirky, cool gifts and well-lit trees tower over the modern city scape.

Reykjavík, Iceland

Another dream destination for anyone wishing to see the Northern Lights over the holidays! But we are even bigger fans of Reykjavík’s tradition of reading books the night of Christmas Eve. Talk about cozy! Iceland may be the land of fire and ice, but we’d love to rest our heads here for a seriously charming and frigid Christmas.

 

Vienna, Austria

Austria is incredibly sweet, almost like a Christmas village come to life. See it around the holidays and you’ll see Vienna in its prime. Visit its Christmas Markets, drink mulled wine, visit a chestnut stand, and just try to stop yourself from snapping all the photos your phone can handle!

New York City

Bright lights, big city! Experiencing Christmas in NYC is unlike any other holiday. The grand scale of the store front decorations, enormous tree lighting, holiday music playing on the subway stations, snow falling over the fluorescent lights of Times Square or the quiet corners of Central Park. We believe New York City is in its prime around Christmas time.

 

Bethlehem, Jerusalem

To experience the real meaning of Christmas, a visit to Bethlehem would be the ultimate experience! A pilgrimage to Jesus’ birth place around the holidays is filled with so much energy. Visit Manger Square, attend a Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve and light a forest of Christmas trees in the Old City.

Copenhagen, Denmark

The capital of coziness (hygge!) is a great place to rest your head over the holidays. Christmas around the world can wait. Nestle into a buzzing coffeeshop wearing your warmest knits and read a book!

 

Orlando, Florida

Disney knows how to bring the magic. Add Christmas traditions and any one would get in touch with their own sense of childlike wonder. Seeing the Magic Castle illuminated by crystallized lights and fireworks is quite a sight!


Hope you are getting into the holiday spirit, Dame Travelers! Wouldn’t it be magical to experience Christmas around the world every single year? A girl can dream, right?

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