Between checking on my restaurants, doing nationwide promo for Family Food Fight and going on family vacations, I've racked up my fair share of frequent flier miles this summer. We even went to Israel with the whole family for my son, Jonas, and nephew's bar mitzvah. While I'm so grateful to be able to explore different cities and countries, I know traveling can be hectic and stressful. However, I've found that there's a certain rhythm to traveling and I want to share a few tips to help you find your groove!
Wherever you're going, you need to pack. Trust me, the quality of the luggage you use will have a huge impact on your travels. I pack in this Lipault Paris Carry On for most, if not all, of my trips. As you can see in the photo above, we brought two to Israel, one in black and one in mustard! The Lipault carry on is lightweight and rolls smoothly. So if you're trekking through the streets of Tel Aviv or the mile long terminals in JFK, it will glide right beside you. I'm proud to say that after countless uses, my Lipault Carry On still looks great! If you plan to dive into your wanderlust spirit, it's worth investing in a solid carry on like this one.
While your luggage will store all of your clothes and accessories, you might need an extra bag for food. If you're going on a long trip, I suggest packing some sandwiches or snacks in a small cooler bag like this Ice Ice Baby bag. Our flight from LA to Tel Aviv was more than 16 hours long. My cooler bag saved my life and my appetite!
Whether you're going on a long flight or bus ride, you might need to bring reinforcements to be as comfy as possible. I'm obsessed with this Trtl Pillow. It's a sleeker alternative to the larger, traditional neck pillows. Despite it's smaller size and weight, it's super relaxing and keeps you from having a bobble head when you need to catch some z's. If light sensitivity keeps you from falling asleep, you should check out this Slip for Beauty Sleep sleep mask! It's made of pure silk and blocks out all light. Not to mention, how chic is this pink marble print?!
Don't go on an adventure without a good book! You can whip it out on a flight or at the beach. I even read when I'm floating around in the sea. If you're looking for a good book, check out my memoir, Cooking As Fast As I Can.
My last bit of advice to you is to go with the flow. You can make the most detailed of itineraries, show up hrs early for your flight and still have things go wrong. It's okay. We've had plenty of mishaps traveling with this huge crew to Israel. But we've had even more good times and fun memories.
From watching my son and nephew perform an important rite of passage, to surprising my mother in law with her own bat mitzvah and repelling down a crater in Beereshit, this trip was one for the books! So take a deep breath and remember things don't always go according to plan. Sometimes that's a recipe for an unforgettable adventure!
Since we're all staying at home, it's the perfect time for me to connect with y'all as much as possible. With the help of my kids and my wonderful wife, I started a new series on Instagram, called CORA-ntine Cuisine. Everyday at 5 pm PST, I'll be cooking my favorite recipes. Be sure to tune in!
When I first heard of the Coronavirus, I never thought things would get this far. I never thought it would spread worldwide or that cities would go into lockdown. I also never thought that it would be difficult to buy things like toilet paper and hand sanitizer. However, the best thing that we can do right now is to stay positive, stay healthy and be kind.