Pack Like a Pro

The trick to packing for travel is to create a master list of every item you might ever travel with including winter wear, beach gear, gadgets, etc.  Work from that list, crossing off and deleting things as you go based on the type, destination, and duration of your journey. This ensures you will never forget anything or pack things you won’t actually need/use.  This will help to lighten your luggage and make your travels much more enjoyable!

 

Packing Cubes Are Key

 

If you’ve not yet experienced the wonders of traveling with packing cubes, now’s the time to get on board. For around $20, you can score a set of nylon packing cubes (typically sold in threes) from Eagle Creek or eBags. I began using packing cubes several years ago and love that they enable me to keep my clothing, shoes, cosmetics and other items sanitary and wrinkle-free. I found using 6 or more packing cubes, depending on the length of travel and special occasions that call for extra clothing is helpful.

 

Organize Your Luggage

 

Packing cubes make it easy to organize all the loose items in your luggage: night wear/underwear and socks in one cube, T-shirts/blouses in another, pants/jeans, swim gear, formal wear/dresses and shoes all in separate cubes. Packing cubes make loading and unloading of your bag much easier when on the road. Using  packing cubes makes it possible to completely unpack and repack your entire bag in less than a minute. They also help streamline the process of TSA tossing your luggage during random “screenings.”

 

So Long, Farewell

 

Happy Packing!

Traveling With A Purpose

Just two weeks after graduating high school, I jumped on a plane and traveled (solo) across the globe from Minnesota to Thailand. This was before email and the casual use of the internet was even a thing. My correspondence with the family I was going to stay with was all done by snail-mail. Remember that? It took almost a year to plan.

 

Traveling Abroad and Making New Friends

 

In Bangkok, I stayed with friends of my family who were missionaries and shared a living space with three Thai girls who were attending Bible college. It was such an amazing time – I highly recommend traveling and living abroad for any young person.

We went from the most northern part of Thailand, to the most southern tip, presenting a beautiful program for school age children with puppets, clowns, and music. Children were the primary focus of our being there.

 

People Buying People – That’s A Thing

 

I recall one day while walking down the touristy streets of Pattaya with one of the missionaries, a bunch of American and Australian men with young Thai women. As naive as I was, I assumed they were dating or married, and mentioned this to one of the missionaries I was with. He stopped me, and with a very somber expression, told me those girls were not their wives or girlfriends; they had bought them for their time there. Days or weeks, depending on how long they were vacationing.

I was STUNNED.

My eyes were opened, and saddened. I would never forget that moment.

 

Rescuing Children From Slavery

 

The overt mission of the missionaries was to work with churches and help create a life-affirming message to children and families. Covertly, the missionaries were doing something even bigger. They were intercepting children, as young as 3 & 4 years old, from being sold into prostitution (I believe this was uncovered and ultimately got them kicked out of Thailand). Learning from experience, they could not give them back to the families because they would just sell them again. They worked with local ministries to help these children find a safe place to be. Most kids were not so lucky.

We would drive down streets in Bangkok and look in storefront windows of young men and women who were available for purchase. Some buildings even had their photos framed on the outside.

 

Memories of Thailand & Human Trafficking

 

It has been over 25 years since I left Thailand. So many beautiful and amazing memories were made, and lasting friendships – thanks to social media. But there has always been that sad, burning, desire to help rescue those young men and women who were sold into human trafficking. Slavery.

 

Travel With A Purpose

 

It is time for me to do something about human trafficking, and this is what I am going to do. As founder and CEO of Ladies Only Travel, I am committed to seeking out local organizations that are helping to rescue women (and men) from human trafficking. It is our overt mission to give for the education and rehabilitation of these PEOPLE who have been rescued out of human trafficking.

Yes, Ladies Only Travel will create some of the most exclusive travel opportunities and experiences all over the globe. That is what we do. But that is not all. We will TRAVEL with a PURPOSE.

 

Our Mission

 

LOT(un)ravel.