The Average Girl's "How To" Guide

Advice on how to live a well-balanced lifestyle

Tag: Traveling

How To: Not Over Pack

by Rachel

Pack the amount of clothes you think you might need, then remove 5 articles of clothing. Seriously… I packed waaaay too many clothes this weekend!

What’s Yo’ Beef #39

by Rachel

Its hard to have what’s yo’ beef day when you haven’t had many beefs. Like Shannon’s last post, I’ve just been in a great mood since our trip, and since coming back it’s like I have a whole new outlook on life! I’m not sure why it was this trip and not others, but my priorities have really changed. I have always hated working and never loved my job, but I have really been respecting work a lot more lately, because I know I need it to have more experiences and go on trips. I have been a lot less materialistic because I want to save and I don’t want to spend money on stuff that I’m not going to care about having a year later. I’ve even been watching less TV and on the internet less (I haven’t been on pinterest for two weeks!) because I have been inspired by the people I met and started playing guitar with that time instead. And that’s why I am on such a high still because it has actually made me a better person, according to me.
Now, I actually did come on here to write a backwards beef, when something is so great that it interferes with more great things. Like when you have so many fun plans for the summer, that you are too busy to do other fun things you get invited to because you are already doing something awesome. I just wish there were five of me, and every week we would have a meeting about how much fun we each had.


I’m really digging that 5 clone comment and just having a status meeting with each other once a week. I’m all for it!

My beef is similar to Rachel’s right now, in that I want more time. Mainly, I’ve been feeling more creative lately (also a trip side effect), and have been writing short stories and drawing more. And like Rachel, I really want to keep this up, but I just don’t have the time.

As a secondary beef to that, I’m moving in a month, and I stupidly packed all my craft supplies already, so that’s a real bitch.

How To: Have a Great NYC Experience

by Rachel

-lose your 7-day Metro pass on the first day
-waste time shopping
-plan too much (but not too little either)
-fully rely on subways, not all of them run at all times and of course maintenance considerations
-arrive at the airport half an hour before your flight… That’s a whole other kind of stressful

-ask people questions… Everyone is SO nice in New York!
-take cabs, they are never as expensive as you expect they will be
-give yourself longer to get places than you think, because it almost ALWAYS takes longer than you think
– plan your route to the fullest, from start to finish. Saves finding a map or pulling it out of your backpack at every stop which wastes a surprising amount of time
-get a map! For the love of traveling… Get a map.
-consider a compass, but in fashion form, like a necklace
– make local friends… Preferably with a rooftop patio with BBQs so you can have a homey Sunday night dinner cooking on the rooftop with a killer view

Go to the following places:
-Comedy Cellar: you will laugh until it hurts and you can’t breathe. Make reservations and get there 30-45 minutes to wait in line for a front row seat
-Brooklyn Bowl: bowling, concerts, dancing, DJ’s, restaurant all in one? Fantastic fun to be had.
-Greenwich Village: so much action you will always find something to do
-Central Park: need I say more?

My favourite city so far, the shirts are right: I love New York.

What’s Yo’ Beef #38

by Rachel

What’s there to Beef about? We’re in New York City!

How To: Really Frustrate Yourself

by Shannon

Try and book accommodations via Air BnB or a hostel in a foreign city.

What’s Yo’ Beef #20

by Rachel


We took a few weeks off, I would like to say because we were beefless…. Well, actually, I was beefless because I was on a trip to England and it was amazing! My only beef is that I didn’t start traveling abroad sooner. Seriously, what have I been doing with my life? COME ON!


Well, my first beef I guess is straight up that I was working, not traveling, these past few weeks… but mainly my beef today is time. Man, there is just not enough of it. I know, I know, I have the same number of hours in a day as Beyonce, but if that’s the case, then how come I can’t get my shit together? Come on!

How To: Have a Great Time in New Cities

by Shannon

I love traveling, and I’m a big history nerd, so going to new cities, I always try to find out as much as I can about them.

However, I’m also brutal with directions. Not quite as bad as I used to be, but still pretty bad. (When I first moved to Toronto, I insisted to be near the Eaton Centre, because it was the only Toronto landmark I was familiar with outside the CN Tower.)

I’ve found the best way to get acquainted with a new city, as well as learn some super cool shiz, is to do a walking tour when you first arrive. Better yet? Do a free one.

While many tourists get sucked into the Hop-On-Hop-Off tours, or pay for another style, I’ve consistently found that the free ones are awesome. The guides are, more often than not, young actors or history students, so they’re very knowledgeable and inclined to show you a good couple of hours. And, they work only for your tips, so it’s in their best interest to give you an awesome tour, since you only pay what you think they’re worth.

SANDEMANs New Europe tours are the ones I normally do. While some have certainly been better than others, I’ve never had a bad one. Even if you’re not in Europe, there are great ones throughout the States I’ve done as well.

So far, I’ve done these tours in the following cities:

  • London
  • Edinburgh
  • Dublin
  • Paris
  • New York (Greenwich Village and Central Park)
  • Boston
  • Amsterdam
  • Berlin
  • Washington

It’s awesome learning about the history of these places and interesting anecdotes, and by the end of the tour – which we usually try to do our first day there – we’re far more well-acquainted with how to get around, since you typically cover central areas and often backtrack a bit.

So, if you’re traveling to a new city, or even one you’ve been to before, I highly recommend taking a free tour and learning more about where you’re staying. Plus, on my Amsterdam tour, she gave us free cheese! So that’s cool too.

Not all those who wander are lost. They may just be trying to find that store that had the cool shoes and they could’ve sworn it was on this street. – J.R.R. Tolkien (mostly)

How To: Pack For A Weekend Getaway

by Shannon

Seriously, I would love some advice.

Headed to Boston this weekend with OMGmYHuSbAnD!LOVE4EVER and I have no idea what to pack.

Here’s what I’m planning on:

  • Seven pairs of underwear. Sometimes you need a thong, and sometimes you need a regular pair, and sometimes you need a pair that doesn’t ride up your butt no matter what
  • Nine shirts. Sometimes I don’t like the ones I already own so I have to try a different one
  • Four bottles of hair product. I have a lot of hair and stuff
  • One pair of pants. Well come on, it’s not like you wash jeans anyway, amiright

Obviously I’m a really good traveller.

The road goes ever on and on, and I didn’t bring enough to wear

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