7 FREE must-see Spots: Santiago, Chile

Travelling to Chile? Have a week or a day for some touring? Here are my favourite 7 FREE must-see spots in Santiago de Chile to choose from. Get ready to be cultured in all things Santiago. For free!

1. The view from the top of San Cristóbal Hill (Cerro San Cristóbal)

You know that statue of Jesus in Rio de Janiero, Brazil everyone has photos of? Did you know Chile has it’s very own massive Virgin Mary statue? Yep! And it’s right in downtown Santiago.
This statue and the general top area of Cerro San Cristóbal can be reached by a 45 minute walk/hike up the hill from 3 different entry points. The easiest to find is just to the left of the funicular starting point. Another option is to take the funicular (cable car) to the top, which costs less than $4 USD per person.

Virgin Mary statue on Cerro San Cristóbal

Once you’re at the top, prepare yourself for beautiful views! I suggest reaching the top early in the morning before the crowds arrive, however if you don’t mind the people, at sunset it is stunning, and you have almost a 360 degree view of Santiago below. Definitely a must-see!

 

2. Santa Lucía Hill (Cerro Santa Lucía)

Santa Lucía Hill is right in the heart of the city. You can enter at multiple points around the hill. This is a great spot to do a bit of walking, or even to have a picnic and watch the passersby. Walking towards the tip of the hill you will find long, narrow steps which curve up to a look-out of Santiago and the Andes mountains.

This is an important hill because it is where Santiago was officially founded by Pedro de Valdivia, and Charles Darwin actually has a signed plaque just before the last set of stairs up to the very top look-out, stating it was one of his favourite views ever – I am a biology nerd and Charles Darwin is my hero so this was quite exciting!

Cerro Santa Lucía

Right across the street (across the Alameda), is a large artesanal crafts market where you can browse and find anything from handmade leather boots to classic souvenirs like the Indio Picaro (if you don’t know what that is, you’ll find out!).

 

3. Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts (Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes)

This museum is gorgeous. Right when you walk in, the entire building opens up into extremely high ceilings and light beams shining through to the floor. Here you can find replicas of famous statues from around the world and quirky exhibits which seem to be on constant rotation. If you’re into fine arts from around the world, this is your go-to. As a separate note, you must place your larger bags in the lockers provided to the left of the front entrance. No entry fee is required. No photos allowed in certain exhibits.

 

4. Museum of Memory and Human Rights (Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos)

Entrance is free, you must check in any larger bags at the front desk. This is an absolute must-see to educate yourself about the deep history engraved in Chile. This museum highlights Chile throughout the dictatorship between 1973 and 1990. It is powerful and packed with amazing, many sad, artefacts and details of what occurred during this time period. The building and layout itself is beautiful, and overall it is extremely well done. If you are interested in learning more about Chile and it’s history, do not miss this.

 

5. La Moneda Palace

This is the government palace of Chile. You are usually not able to get very close to the moneda due to guards and barriers, but it is a must to walk by and check out the statues of historical figures among the grass areas in front. Here is the location of the beginning of the dictatorship which rocked Chile from 1973 to 1990. Interesting fact: When the flag at the top of La Moneda also has the coat of arms on it, this means the president is currently inside the Palace.

La Moneda Palace

 

6. Parque Forestal

This beautiful park runs through the centre of Santiago city along the Mapocho River. Strolling through the trees and stopping to see various views is a pleasant, free activity for anyone. It runs alongside the Mapocho River which is a popular reference point. Whenever I am in the city I always try to walk through Parque Forestal instead of through the busy streets, hopefully with a fresh empanada in hand, and immerse myself in the greenery within the busy city of Santiago.

 

7. Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral & Plaza de Armas

Coming from a country that is very young (Canada), seeing places like these leave me in awe. Santiago is saturated with beautiful heritage buildings and cathedrals, and one of my favourite cathedrals has to be the Metropolitan in Plaza de Armas. The outside is breathtaking in itself, but once you enter it’s like you’re in a whole new world. Take your time looking at the statues, the ceiling, take a seat and absorb it! It’s breathtaking.

Metropolitan Cathedral, Plaza de Armas

**BONUS free must-see: My second favourite cathedral is the Cathedral de los Sacramentinos. Not many know about this cathedral as it is slightly out of the exact center of the city, but when it is open, it is absolutely amazing. Check out a photo I took inside on my instagram .

 

Travelling to Chile? Here are my top 5 must-know etiquette tips for Chile.

Have you travelled to Santiago? What’s your favourite spot to visit (free or not)? I’d love to hear ’em!

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-Jenn, The Redhead Abroad

 

Stay Grounded while Abroad: 3 Simple & Fast Tips

For all my fellow travellers who have at some point felt disconnected with themselves and their values while travelling or living abroad. It has happened to me, and may have/will happen to you! But no fret. Here are three of my best tips (Fast and Free!) to stay grounded and connect back to ourselves during our crazy adventures.
My first long, solo trip abroad snowballed into a one and a half year working holiday in Australia.  I was in a new country (and continent!), trying to find a job, couchsurfing, making new friends, and caught up in a tornado of new experiences. It felt amazing, liberating, and exciting. But after a couple of months, I realised amongst the amazing new chaos, I lost for a moment a bit of who I really was. I needed something that was easy, quick, and effective, to help me touch back down to home base while continuing with the adventures!

 

Here are 3 super easy practices I do in a couple of minutes, whenever I feel scatter-brained, to check back in with myself while abroad. The best part- you can practice these anywhere! My favourite times are when I’m riding the train home, walking along a long busy road to a destination, or whenever I have a spare moment (literally just a moment!) all to myself. They are short, effective and obviously free!

 

   

 

1. Focus on your breath. 

 

I know, I know. So simple! But trust me, this is what works best for me. Wherever I am, even just for a minute, I start to focus on and count my breaths, and try to get to 10 without losing count. Sound easy? Try it!

 

This is such a simple way to check in with yourself, how you’re feeling, and to calm down. The goal is not to think about nothing, it’s to simply acknowledge a thought and then let it float away, continuing to return to your breath counts. Even after only a minute of counting my breaths, my breath is deeper, slower, and I seem to complete things and speak with more calm and purpose.  With continual practice, you’ll be able to focus in a much shorter time and stay grounded while travelling.

 

2. Write down absolutely everything you can think of that you’re grateful for.

 

I practice this when I have a bit more time and space such as when I’m on the train or at home.
This I love to do when I’ve lost sight of what I really love and what supports me. It’s a wonderful reminder that you have everything you need at any moment, and it also helps you to think about what you hold dear to you as a reminder. By the end of this list I am literally writing things like “Slippers”  and “water fountains” and “smiles”. It helps you to see everything more humbly instead of always searching for the next cool thing to do. Try doing this for the country you’re in as well or where you’re travelling! I promise you’ll slow down and see everything more vividly.

 

3. Remain close to those who you respect and you share similar values with.

 

Whenever I feel a bit out of it or needing a literal anchor to bring me back to myself, I always reach out to my friends at home. Those who have known me the longest, have supported me through my travels abroad and whom I still consider dear friends even after all of this time living abroad. I have found that my closest friends are those who I can forget to speak to for months at a time, and all of sudden I call them on skype and we can talk as if no time has passed. These are also people with whom we share similar values and experiences, and they automatically ground me while travelling.

 

In addition, there are so many opportunities to connect with new friends while abroad who share similar interests and are likely experiencing similar situations as you! For example, I miss having regular yoga classes with my friends back home, so here in Chile I went out of my comfort zone and tried a spanish speaking yoga class (I am just learning spanish), and have made a couple of friends just by going a couple of times- plus, we are getting to know each other in the language I’m learning! A great mix of making new friends with similar ideals and enriching my experience abroad.

 

What’s your secret way to stay grounded while abroad? Share in the comments below or send me a message! If you liked this post, you can subscribe to the right & I’ll send you a note when my next post is up. x

 

Happy travels & stay grounded!

 

– Jenn, The Redhead Abroad

Culture-shocked Gringa: The awkward & awesome culture of Chile

Any new country you travel to is bound to have a few cultural surprises waiting for you to discover. After all, that’s why we travel, isn’t it? To be experience new cultures and learn more about the world? But, as I’m sure you’ve experienced as well, some of these culture shocks are exactly that – a shock!

I have been living and travelling around Chile since this past September, and have definitely encountered a few culture shocks that I would love to share with you! Use this as a prep for your travels to Chile, for a little laugh from an awkward Canadian’s mishaps, or just to take a slightly deeper look into the culture of this beautiful, unique latin country.

Note: These are my personal experiences since living in Chile and of course are not displayed by each individual in Chile, nor does any country have a cultural characteristics that every single person in their population displays. These are my findings and maybe you have experienced them too! Happy reading.

Shock #1: Commenting on your looks

I made this number one because this is the culture-shock that my family found funniest.

In North America, we can be quite self-conscious about our bodies and particularly keep subjects like weight and if someone’s getting fatter/thinner out of our casual conversation. We view asking about someone else’s weight as inconsiderate and private information, especially for those we don’t know so well.

But Chileans tend to be very quick to comment on your weight. It’s normal to greet someone you haven’t seen in a while and mention if they’re fatter or skinnier! And many use the words “gordo” or “flaca” to describe others, whereas in Canada we tend to avoid that at all costs, instead saying hair colour, height, or their friends etc.

In one moment I even weighed myself in front of my partner’s entire family at their request! So now my entire boyfriend’s family knows how much I weigh and ask for updates every so often. So beware, fellow North Americans, don’t be self conscious in Chile!

 

Shock #2: You’re 24… how many kids do you have?

In Chile (and most of Latin America), the smallest unit is a family. Whereas in North America and many western countries, the smallest unit is an individual. For potentially this reason, and also a seeming mixture of absence of sex-ed and other circumstances in Chile, many women tend to have children very “young” by North American standards.

When first meeting my partner’s family, many would ask how old I was. When I said I was 24, the natural next question was, “and how many children do you have?”. I was confused, and I replied with “none! I am way too young to have children right now. I’m living in random countries on work visas and haven’t even thought about kids in the very near future to be honest!”.

However, after speaking with the family and discussing my living situations in more depth and the differences in our cultures, they are now much more understanding.

It seems,  at least for those I know in Chile, many tend to have children quite young by western standards and definitely doing so before marriage seems quite common.

 

Shock #3: Speak Spanish? Speak Chilean? Introducing Chilenismos

No matter if you are a fluent castellano speaker or beginner, once you touch down in Chile, your spanish world will be challenged! Chileans have use many phrases and words unique to their country. Here are a few below. Listen out for them and use them as you please, but remember you will likely not be understood in other spanish-speaking countries! You can find full dictionaries of Chilenismos through a google search.

Weon – meaning too many things to write down. Can mean thing, buddy, mate, and more, depending on how you say it and context. other forms: wea, weona, etc. eg. Hola weon!

Po – this is not necessarily a word in itself, but is added at the end of sentences as a sort of emphasis. It’s like the stereotype that Canadians always say “eh”. eg. Si, po!

¿Cachai? – This is a phrase loosely meaning “catch what I’m saying?” or “you know what I mean?”. It doesn’t require a response, but you can still say “yo cacho”.

Check out more Chilenismos on google!

 

Shock #4: Everyone is flirting with you!

In Chile, it seems that everyone loves to gossip. Everywhere in the world there is always much gossip as well, it’s just human nature to an extent. But in Chile, they even have a verb that is uniquely used in the country, “pelar” meaning “to gossip”.

As an example, I was looking at the map of train stops while riding a train with family members to calculate how long it’d take us to get to our stop. A man beside me asked if I needed help, I said no, thank you. As soon as we exited the train, immediately I was asked about the man and was told that he was “flirting” with me because I’m a gringa.

In Canada, it’s simply seen as being friendly, unless it’s clear flirtation. And we are always quick to say “they were just being nice”. I guess it’s all the telenovelas? They can be quite addicting though.

 

So there they are! These culture shocks are always shocking, for lack of a better word, initially, but I like to see them as funny and quirky characteristics and the necessities of getting to know a new and beautiful country such as Chile.

 

What is the biggest culture-shock you have experienced? Let me know below!

x – Jenn, The Redhead Abroad

DIY: Natural, Spa-worthy Facial Oil for Travelling Babes

If you’re anything like me, the more I travel and discover new ( to me ) beautiful environments, the more I realise how much we need to take care of these special places and our world as a whole for the future. A big part of our impact on Earth (especially as women!) is what’s in our cosmetics.

If you have experienced long flights for hours at a time, multiple time zones and random seasons – or constantly chase summertime around the globe- you know that if we aren’t careful, our bodies can get VERY out of whack! All of this travelling is great for our minds, our memories, and our cameras, but not so gentle on the largest organ of our body – our skin.

Last year, I tossed out my chemical-ridden face lotion and made the switch to using naturally derived oils that moisturise my sensitive face without clogging my pores. I use this as both a morning moisturiser after cleansing and as a nightly face oil. It’s even a miracle-worker as an under-eye oil, not to mention it smells amazing and calming (it’s on my face as I type this!). Here’s my secret recipe just for you:

Ingredients:

110mL or similar bottle of Sweet Almond oil (I use this)

  • Sweet Almond Oil is an all around moisturizing machine and wrinkle zapper. Quick absorbing and containing vitamin E, it has all the moisture you need without interfering with your perfect pore-less complexion (We’re almost there – right, ladies?!)

10 drops of 100% pure lavender essential oil ( I use this )

  • Lavender Oil is a powerhouse of calming properties, anti-redness (I’m definitely subject to this), and anti-inflammation. Hello, skin heaven!

10 drops of 100% pure frankincense essential oil ( I use this )

  • Frankincense Oil is a miracle worker for any inflamed areas or difficult skin areas- it can even help heal minor wounds! Not to mention it’s great for calming mild anxiety and stress just through the smell.

* for the essential oils, try asking a friend for a few drops of theirs before purchasing. These oils have a long shelf life, but it’s much cheaper to ask a friend and offer a couple of dollars!

Directions:

So simple! Grab your bottle of sweet almond oil, open, and add 10 drops of each frankincense and lavender oil. Shake gently, and you’re done!

You may add a bit more of each oil as you desire. Keep in mind that lavender and frankincense are pure essential oils, and you should not put these directly on your skin without mixing with a carrier oil (sweet almond oil in this case!)

And voila! Cheap and so effective. Enjoy!

– x Jenn, The Redhead Abroad

Top 5 Etiquette Tips: Chile

Interested in Chile and want to learn more about the culture? Chile is a beautiful country rich in deep history and well-engrained etiquette. Here is a list of the top 5 essential etiquette tips to have when visiting Chile – and to fit in with the locals!

 

Tip #1: Permiso!

 

In Chile, saying “permiso” (english: “excuse me”, literally “permission”) is the key to following all polite etiquette in chile. When to say “permiso”:

  • You’re on the metro (train), it’s crowded, and you need to get off, say “permiso” to those in your way. They will politely step aside and allow you to exit.
  • When entering a home or a room. When entering someone else’s space, whether it be an apartment, home, room or otherwise, always announce “permiso” as you enter. This is the equivalent of saying something similar to “permission to enter”.
  • When reaching for something or asking anyone to move ie. reaching slightly across someone to grab something on the table,  or to pass someone in any situation they need to move or you will be in their personal space.
  • When you’re about to eat with your hands. See tip #2 for this one.

 

Tip #2: Fork and knife. Even for “finger food”.

 

If given a fork and knife with your meal, DO NOT eat with your hands. I found this out the hard way while eating pizza. In Canada, we dig right in with our hands. Unless it’s extremely hot or we are in a more formal situation, then we might use a fork and knife. In Chile, it is considered very bad manners to not use a knife and fork to eat, including with what other countries consider finger food (pizza is the biggest one).

A good idea is to wait until someone eats with their hands, ask, or at the very least say “permiso” before picking up something to eat ie. a piece of meat, pizza etc. The only foods I have seen Chileans eat with their hands, and without saying “permiso” first is ice cream cones, empanadas and completos (see my post on these traditional chilean foods if you’re unfamiliar!).

 

Tip #3. Greet (and say goodbye to) each individual.

 

This is a very important tip. It is crucial here in Chile and varies a lot around the world.

In Chile, you individually greet each person. The size of the group, the people, the environment, it doesn’t matter. If you arrive to a party of 20 people and you don’t know half of them, you go around the room and kiss each individual on their right cheek (right cheek to right cheek) and say hello, and your name if you haven’t met before. For women, you greet everyone with this cheek kiss, and add in a hug for people you know well, or whenever you want! For men, you greet with a cheek kiss to women and shake hands of other men- unless he is a close friend or family- then give a kiss on the cheek if you wish. This is common courtesy and is expected of everyone! When you are leaving, you say goodbye in the same manner to each individual. This is very important as you may be seen as cold or impolite if you forget!

Coming from Canada, arriving to a big get together consists of waving and loudly saying hello to everyone, especially if you have recently seen everyone and you are a very casual group. This is seen as very awkward in Chile! Kisses on the cheek are always a good idea.

Extra tip: This form of greeting/departing someone is still valid in an office or interview setting. I learned the hard way!

 

Tip #4. To Tip or Not to Tip.

 

In Canada, we tip everyone. Taxi drivers, waiters, 15% no matter how the service is. Everyone! It’s engrained in our nature now. But in Chile, everything’s a bit more vague.

At restaurants, make sure to check your bill. Usually, the waiter automatically adds the tip into the total, so make sure NOT to tip on top of that! Although this tip has been added in, it is still up to you to decide how much of a tip to give, and it usually depends much more on the service and actual experience you had. Feel free to pay the full tip or discount it a bit.

Do not tip taxis. I haven’t heard of anyone tipping a taxi driver, but if you’re feeling extra generous of course you can.

In other cases, you can tip someone whenever you like, just keep in mind it isn’t necessary and usually they aren’t expecting it.

 

Tip #5. Don’t take your shoes off.

 

Just don’t. Before arriving in Chile, I was used to living in houses where it is very rude if you don’t immediately take off your shoes at the front door. This is usually due to general cleanliness or carpets etc. However, as soon as I started living in Australia with my Chilean boyfriend, my world was turned upside down!

Chileans don’t take off their shoes in their own homes (unless they just rolled out of bed- but they still wear slippers or flipflops), and definitely not in other’s homes. Whenever I don’t have shoes on in the house (I love going barefoot), there is always someone quick to say that I might get sick, even during Chilean summer! So, final word is: keep your shoes on.

 

There are my 5 etiquette tips for Chile! I hope you enjoyed this article and I was able to prepare you in some way for your future South American travels, or that you were slightly enlightened by these cultural differences!

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For photos of my travels around Chile and other countries, find me on instagram !

x – Jenn, The Redhead Abroad

Top 5 Traditional Chilean Foods – that are Vegetarian-friendly!

This is for all of the vegetarians out there who still want to enjoy South American culture – specifically Chile – without the meat!

So here you are, in South America, looking for lunch and are surrounded by meat. After all, it is a continent known for delicious meat dishes worldwide! But for whatever personal reason, you’re vegetarian (so am I!). Here is my guide to enjoying and discovering traditional Chilean cuisine as a vegetarian. There are many options here, you just have to look a little bit harder. Here are my top 5 that I always seek out whenever I’m hungry.

1. Empanadas
Empanadas are a cuisine that is delicious, convenient and traditional. Chilean empanadas are either “el horno” (oven) style, or “frito” (fried). I personally prefer El Horno as the taste of the empanada dough tends to hold more flavour. Most restaurants or empanada stalls will have queso (cheese) empanadas, and my favourites are champignon queso (mushroom & cheese) and espinaca con salsa blanca (spinach and alfredo-style sauce) empanadas.

Fried cheese empanada on Diseciocho (September 18th, 2016 – Chile Independence Day)

2. Guiso
Guiso is a dish that is literally a mix of all good things veggie. A mix of different vegetables depending on who’s serving it, you can find zucchini, swiss chard, carrots, spices, and more. Delicious when served with roasted potatoes and a salad.

3. Vegetarian Completos
Completos are everywhere in Santiago, Chile! You can find them at restaurants, late at night at food stalls, or for almuerzo (lunch) at home. While a completo consists of a hot dog or sausage with many toppings (mainly avocado, tomato, sauerkraut and condiments), sometimes you can find a good completo with a vegetarian sausage or added vegetables! Check out Domino’s restaurants for a good selection of options and veggie-friendly completos.

Vegetarian completo in Domino’s restaurant.

 

4. Ensaladas y frutas (Salads and fruit)
Chile has an amazing assortment of fruits and vegetables for very reasonable (even cheap!) prices, especially if you’re coming from a western-world country- last year living in Australia the avocados were approximately $3.50 US for one! Here in Chile the produce tends to be more fresh and last longer as well. All thoughout Chile you can find delicious salads that many add to their meat meals, but I just ask for a full meal size version! Fresh tomatoes, onion, lettuce, spinach, cilantro, lemon, the list goes on. The fruit here is quite unique too- test out a chirimoya or pepino fruit in La Vega, Santiago’s large food and clothing market en el centro. You won’t regret it.

5. Porotos Granados
Porotos Granadas is probably the most well-known vegetarian dish in Chile. A soup/chilli consistency made with various lentils, beans and vegetables, it’s perfect for any season, packed with protein, and will keep you satisfied and energized after almuerzo (lunch)! In La Vega market in Santiago, there are many cheap lunch options including Porotos for approximately 3,000 CLP (less than $6 US!).

Happy eating and adventuring!

Arrive Revived: Start your vacation before you arrive

Your bags are packed, you’ve got you’re itinerary, and it’s finally setting in- you’re going travelling! But.. you also realise you have a long flight – or multiple flights and layovers ahead of you – to get there. What do you bring and do to arrive refreshed? Here are some tips from a Canadian girl who is currently obsessed with the southern hemisphere (double digit hour flights!), to help you minimise stress and maximise relaxation and ease before your holiday officially begins!
— Disclaimer: Below you will find a few products as suggestions, that were purchased by me, and I am in no way connected to these brands. —
Step 1. Bring a well organised carry-on bag.
This is essential. What you bring on your carry-on determines how smooth (or stressful!) your airport and flight experience will be. Here is what I bring in my bag without fail:
  • Inflatable neck pillow: My number one necessity. There’s nothing worse than a super sore neck after a plane ride!
  • Noise-cancelling headphones: Many major airlines now have mini screens with movies, tv episodes, music and more free of charge. I always remember to pack my own headphones that are noise cancelling, as they can double as ear plugs if needed and provide a much better experience than those packaged airplane ones.
  • Entertainment: A book, ereader, music player, something easy to pop out and relax with during waits or layovers.
  • Ear plugs: Essential. You never know if you may be sitting next to babies or chatty fellow passengers on a long haul flight!
  • Sleep mask: Perfect to set the environment for a nap. I use this mask from Saje Canada which is SO afforable, filled with lavender AND doesn’t mess up your makeup (if you’re wearing any). Win!
  • Large scarf / shawl: My saviour. A large scarf will keep you cozy during layovers, and on flights it doubles as a blanket. I also drape this partly over my head to be extra cozy and feel warmer when that airplane dry air gets to be too much. In my opinion, these are worth the small splurge.
  • Facial mist (DIY or purchased): The air on airplanes, mixed with our forgetfulness of time in the air and staying hydrated, means dry skin! I usually bring a combination of rose water and my favourite essential oils (less than 100mL of course)! Or a favourite, naturally-derived spritz poured into a travel size bottle for quick rehydration. This also works wonders to perk up your skin after a long haul flight instead of relying on pore-clogging makeup.
  • Essential oils: I love to use essential oils to help me sleep, feel energized or get rid of a pesky headache after a long journey.  When I was back in Canada recently, I stocked up on Saje Natural Wellness oils. Their prices are reasonable, products are quality and long lasting! My go to are their “Rolling Farmacy” oil blend convenience kits, which usually include their most known-for blend Peppermint Halo (instant headache blaster for me), and immunity (a dream to use in closed environments such as airplanes). You can find these Saje products here .
  • Samples: of face cleanser, moisturizer, toothbrush and toothpaste. A part of arriving revived is to literally be refreshed.
  • Thick, cozy socks: Flights can get cold. Grab a pair with cozy wool woven in, slip off your shoes and treat your feet!
Step 2: Wear comfortable, functional clothing.
In general, going through security lines, sometimes being stuck in long lines in stuffy places, and trying to get comfortable on a plane – require functional, layered and well though-out outfits!
What I wear:
  • Slip on shoes: ankle boots, loosely tied converse, comfortable flats- easy to slip on and off and get you through security quickly and with ease.
  • Flowy pants or yoga leggings: The more comfortable the better. Yoga leggings with a slight compression factor also help to combat circulation issues during long flights.
  • Tank top/ T-shirt with comfortable sweater or tunic: layered for the perfect comfortable look and feel.
  • Large Scarf: Game changer. See above step!

Step 3. Move around!

Flights are long, seats are tiny (well, if you’re riding economy like myself!), and there’s little room for stretch- which is very important! One of the main activities I need to practice on long flights, boats, roadtrips, or whatever transportation, moving often is necessary to keep muscles limber and everything in working order.

My favourites are simple and avoid chubby toes at the beach on arrival! long forward folds, holding high lunges or even just wiggling it out while in line for the washroom. Do whatever gets things flowing!

Are you preparing for an upcoming trip or regularly travel? Do you have any tips or suggestions to add? Comment below or send me a message! x – Jenn

 

Hello world!

Hello all!

I’m Jenn, founder of TheRedheadAbroad blog. I am an avid traveller and adventurer, lover of all things nature and natural, competitive tea drinker (not professionally- yet), and marine conservation ecologist.

I started this blog as I have found (really, I always knew) that I am quite chatty, especially when it comes to travel! So, I decided to create this space to share my travel experiences and natural wellness tips while abroad, from wherever I am in the world, to share some insight with you. Whether you are preparing for future travels or have been living and travelling abroad for years, my goal is to share my experiences in the hopes of helping you with your future ones!

I left my hometown of North Vancouver, Canada on February 4, 2015, after all signs were pointing towards a need for personal development away from the usual cycle of day to day life, and to see the world while I’m at it. Thus, my passion for wanderlust, which I had been ignoring or satisfying with small trips between work contracts, re-ignited in full force.

What began as a simple six week getaway to Indonesia soon became a cancelled return flight home, a work visa in Australia, and on and on it goes from there.

Here is my story, a 20 something redhead from Canada who’s finding her way by purposefully getting lost. Welcome!

x Jenn