MILLENNIAL GYPSY DIVAS
A new generation of female travelers has evolved, defined by the millennials characteristics of modern day technology and innovation. I’m actively recruiting cool chicks to come do cool shit with me. An increasing amount of resources and products that enable safe, affordable, comfortable, and efficient travel are becoming available to us millennial gals. If you love to travel, party, work hard, and play hard, but you can still hold it down and make steezy look easy… Consider yourself a ~*GyPsY DiVa*~ Bring it on!
AS A BORN AND BRED SOUTHERN BELL, I’LL ALWAYS BE A DIVA. HOWEVER IN RECENT YEARS MY INNER GYPSY IS REALLY SHINING THROUGH AND THE COMBINATION OF THE TWO HAS REALLY ENHANCED THE QUALITY OF MY ADVENTURES. THE BEST WAY TO MAXIMIZE THE SPECTACULARNESS OF LIFE IS TO UNLEASH BOTH YOUR INNER GYPSY, AND YOUR INNER DIVA, BUT YOU MUST KNOW WHICH, HOW MUCH, AND WHEN TO DO SO. YOU SHOULD NEVER SACRIFICE AN EXPERIENCE FOR COMFORT. SO HARNESS YOUR DIVA FOR THE PLANNING AND PACKING, AND THEN ONCE YOU GET OUT INTO THE ELEMENTS, IT’S TIME TO RELEASE THE GYPSY!
Because my inner diva can be high maintenance, she wants to make sure I’m prepared for any situation. Years of traveling and 100’s of shows and festivals have trained her into knowing some of the basic necessities that are crucial for ANY situation that involves being active or outdoors, in various conditions, and partying for long periods of time. She’s also aware that these activities often involve lots of hot dudes, but can be very trying on your outer appearance. She will be sure to bring some necessary items to prevent you from looking gnar-gnar. So for your next trip let the diva handle all of the preparations, but then you can leave her behind, because divas don’t flourish in the wilderness.
On the other hand, the gypsy is the most important thing you can bring if you are really looking to enjoy yourself. She’s down for whatever. She can tough it out and have fun, even if conditions aren’t exactly ideal. She’s adaptable, spontaneous, and carefree, but maybe sometimes a little bit too carefree. She needs the diva to provide her with resources to prevent her from losing her shit, looking haggard, being unprepared, and lacking in the hygiene department which she is prone to doing if left unchecked.
TOGETHER, THEY MAKE A GREAT TEAM.~
Adventure Travel Necessities for Gypsy Divas
I recently spent a month in Costa Rica doing various activities. I did a week long adventure tour. I went hiking, biking, rafting, surfing, partying, camping, and I also volunteered. I was in many diverse places such as beaches, jungles, rainforests, volcanoes, mountains, and Envision Music Festival. These items were crucial while I was traveling:
1. Water Proof Bags + Rain Jacket
I Had a daypack that was fully water proof, as well as a couple other smaller bags that could fit inside. You never know when you’re going to be caught in a sudden downpour, and knowing your can safely bring your belongings or electronics without them getting ruined gives you piece of mind and makes your trip more enjoyable. It’s also useful to have a few extra plastic bags and garbage bags on hand to use for dirty laundry, muddy shoes, etc.
2. Protection from the sun
I wore a visor and brought a sarong with me every single day. It’s extremely hot in Costa Rica and even worse when the sun is beating down on your face and skin directly. I was sure to apply natural sunscreen multiple times a day, and stand in the shade as much as possible. I also am a big fan of the new omni-cool material that helps to cool you down and gives you SPF protection against harsh environments. Columbia brand has a lot of good products.
3. Lightweight Clothing and Materials
I had a mixture of clothing in my bags, and very quickly noticed how superior the lightweight dry-fit material was compared to heavy cotton-like clothing. The lightweight materials such as polyester were much more cool and breathable, dried twice as quickly, were more agile and comfortable, and did not hold on to odors like their cotton counterparts. I also brought two microfiber towels with me that proved very useful. One was more of the dirty designated towel, for feet and to dry off shower toiletries before repacking my bag. The other I only used when I was clean.
4. Digital Waterproof Watch
Most people rely on their phones to know what time it is, but there’s no reason to bring your phone around in another country with no service. I always wear a digital watch with a back light so I know what time it is at all time of day or night. BTW this particular watch in the link below is not recommended, I just needed one for example.
I used my headlamp just about everyday, especially when out in the wilderness, at a festival, or even in a hostel when I didn’t want to disturb my roommates who were sleeping. You can have your hands free to do things so it’s better than a flashlight. I kept it nearby when sleeping, and always put it in the same spot in my bag or tent so I could find it easily when it got dark.
I personally like to take lots of pictures and videos when I travel. Go-Pros make it so that you can enjoy whatever you’re doing without having to fumble around with a camera. There are multiple mounts, straps, and automatic settings that you can utilize and take pics and flicks without having to push a button. The quality is great and you can get sick underwater and action shots with them as well. The battery life doesn’t last long however, so I definitely recommend purchasing extra batteries, and having those charged up for whatever adventure you have planned that day. Remember to turn it off when you’re not filming!
7. Anker Battery Pack
I used this every day for multiple things. I am a gadget person, so I needed to have battery life for my cameras to take pictures, my i-pad to make notes, and of course my i-pod and speakers to listen to music. I could fully recharge my phone, go-pro, i-pod, and i-pad multiple times in one sitting with this battery pack. another useful gadget is this multi- connector USB cord. The one I had was kind of cheap and a few hook ups broke, but it was still very useful. I have found that the multi-cord isn’t compatible with all of my gadgets and some plugs, it may be better as a back-up.
8. Fanny Packs / Arm Bands/ Rubberbands
I can be very absent-minded and have learned that having my belongings attached to me is extremely useful, and prevents me from losing things very effectively. I wore my fanny pack everyday, they are easy to make out of an old pair of pants or shorts. I also added a carabiner with a built-in flashlight, and my camera case. I have a case on my I-phone that holds my ID, cash, and debit card, and this I wore on my arm with this arm band. I carried my water with me in this bag, and attached it to a scarf that I wore as a strap. Any time I was responsible for holding onto a key, I attached it to a hair band around my wrist. Hair bands also came in handy for a LOT of random things…~