The Portable Wife (@theportablewife) β€” Blogger, traveler, over-planner πŸ‘©β€πŸ’»
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Round and round we go 🎠

Sometimes I feel like I'm on a carousel. I think I'm mo
Round and round we go 🎠 Sometimes I feel like I'm on a carousel. I think I'm moving forward. But after a while, everything stops, and I realize I'm right back where I started. This is why I like keeping a goal tracker of my progress. That way, if I'm feeling frustrated about a setback, I can look at data from the beginning and see how far I've come. Instead of losing hope, I see it for what it is: a blip. So next time your hard work doesn't pan out like you'd hoped, remember how far you've come, and push forward. . . . #traveltuesday#vintagevibes#carousels#throughmylens#hampstead#prettylittlelondon#mydarlinglondon#outinlondon#instalondon#mytinyatlaslondon#merrygoround#londonist#london_city_photo#mysecretlondon#londonbylondoners#travelbloggers#exploretocreate#globaltravelgram#darlingescapes#theprettypursuit#traveltime#prettylittletrips#cornersofmyworld#seetheworldwithme#prettycitylondon#femaletravelbloggers#darlingplaces#timeoutlondon#discoverunder5k
18.12.2018 15:28:41
How do you feel about snow?

I grew up in Michigan, so snow was an exciting, bea
How do you feel about snow? I grew up in Michigan, so snow was an exciting, beautiful thing. It meant staying home from school, building snowmen in the yard, and sledding down the local hill. β˜ƒοΈ When I got older and moved to Pennsylvania, snow became kind of annoying. It took forever to get anywhere, and my hands would freeze while I scraped ice off the windshield. Then I moved to Texas, and mourned the loss of winter wonderlands. One of my happiest memories was the day a heavy snow fell over Austin. I danced around and ate fresh flakes from the tops of bushes. People thought I was crazy, but they couldn't understand the childhood joy that snow showers brought. So, what's your take on snow? ❄️❄️❄️ . . . #coventgarden#tistheseason#ilovechristmastime#londonchristmas#christmasinthecity#prettylittlelondon#mydarlinglondon#iglondon#instalondon#mylondon#thisislondon#london_city_photo#christmasvibes#londonbylondoners#globetrotting#exploretocreate#globaltravelgram#mytinyatlaslondon#workandtravel#passportready#traveltime#lifewelltraveled#discoverunder5k#cornersofmyworld#seetheworldwithme#travelbloggers#femaletravelbloggers#girlswhowander#outinlondon
17.12.2018 17:33:19
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Today, I'm sharing 3 bits of London travel advice I've gleaned from a year in th
Today, I'm sharing 3 bits of London travel advice I've gleaned from a year in the city... First, don't spend all of your time in central London. Get on the tube and venture out into Zones 2 and 3. Places like Dulwich and Hampstead are full of beautiful homes, parks, and shops. And they make a nice break from the hustle and bustle. Second, eat some Indian food. London may be known as the land of fish & chips, but the Indian food here is outstanding. There are so many good places, it's hard to go wrong. But if you're near St. Paul's Cathedral, I highly recommend Indian City. Third, do not bring an umbrella. London has a reputation for being wet, but it's not as rainy as people say. Also, walking around the city with an umbrella is tedious and awful. Opt for a coat with a hood instead. For more international travel tips, be sure to check out my blog (link in bio)! #hampstead#londonguide#photosofengland#ig_england#mylondon#prettylittlelondon#mydarlinglondon#outinlondon#instalondon#mytinyatlaslondon#thisislondon#london_city_photo#mysecretlondon#londonbylondoners#mybritainwithlove#globetrotting#globaltravelgram#letsgoeverywhere#darlingescapes#theprettypursuit#traveltime#prettylittletrips#cornersofmyworld#seetheworldwithme#prettycitylondon#femaletravelbloggers#darlingplaces#timeoutlondon#discoverunder5k
16.12.2018 17:19:58
Merry Christmas from Seven Dials ❄️ I'm head over heels for London's Christmas d
Merry Christmas from Seven Dials ❄️ I'm head over heels for London's Christmas displays. I could spend hours just wandering through the streets, peering into windows and looking up at the shiny lights ✨ The pretty decor and gorgeous shopfronts help take the sting out of being abroad during the holidays. Luckily, we're only a week away from our return visit to the US! Will you be home for Christmas? . . . #ilovechristmastime#vintagechristmas#londonchristmas#christmasinthecity#prettylittlelondon#mydarlinglondon#iglondon#instalondon#london4all#ig_england#london_city_photo#holidayshopping#londonbylondoners#expatliving#outinlondon#londonholiday#exploretocreate#letsgoeverywhere#mytinyatlaslondon#travellondon#ig_london#Bestunitedkingdom#cornersofmyworld#seetheworldwithme#travelbloggers#femaletravelbloggers#girlswhowander#thattravelblog#discoverunder5k
15.12.2018 11:27:20
Tis the season for holiday parties! πŸŽ„πŸŽ‰ Tonight, I'll be attending my first Engli
Tis the season for holiday parties! πŸŽ„πŸŽ‰ Tonight, I'll be attending my first English holiday party. If the rumours are to be believed, I think I'm in for a fun, slightly awkward night of celebration. And there's a formal dress code, so I get to play dress up. Does your family or workplace host a holiday party? . . . #tistheseason#ilovechristmastime#christmasinlondon#londonchristmas#christmasinthecity#prettylittlelondon#sevendials#iglondon#instalondon#mylondon#thisislondon#mytinyatlas#holidaytime#londonbylondoners#exploretheglobe#globetrotting#exploretocreate#globaltravelgram#letsgoeverywhere#mytinyatlaslondon#passportready#traveltime#lifewelltraveled#cornersofmyworld#seetheworldwithme#bbctravel#femaletravelbloggers#Bestunitedkingdom#timeoutlondon
14.12.2018 18:27:00
The beautiful benefits of living in Europe.

Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to
The beautiful benefits of living in Europe. Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to live in Europe. I was enchanted by the cobblestone streets, flower shops, and gelato stalls I saw on the Travel Channel. I was a tomboy through and through, but these charming European images really captured my imagination. I spent a few years living in Philadelphia, where the architecture was pretty close to England. But now that I'm living in the real London, there's just no comparison. What's your favorite thing about Europe? . . . #hampstead#europe_pics#alleys#prettylittlelondon#mydarlinglondon#iglondon#instalondon#mylondon#thisislondon#visitlondon#mysecretlondon#londonbylondoners#Bestunitedkingdom#theprettycities#darlingescapes#darlingplaces#prettylittletrips#globetrotting#globaltravelgram#outinlondon#passportready#mytinyatlaslondon#lifewelltraveled#cornersofmyworld#gglocalgems#travelbloggers#femaletravelbloggers#girlswhowander#discoverunder5k
13.12.2018 20:20:29
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Even in winter, London doesn't give up on flowers!

How do you feel about winter
Even in winter, London doesn't give up on flowers! How do you feel about winter? Do you find the shorter days and lack of color depressing? Or do you relish hot chocolate, cozy blankets, and snowy mornings? I'm looking out at a cold, grey afternoon view of London and wondering how I'll fee in January. Once the holidays are over, will I lose my mind during the short rainy days? When you don't have to drive, snow makes winter more bearable. As long as I find the bright spots amidst the grey, I think I'll be okay 🌹 . . . #bikesofinstagram#bikesofig#theprettycities#prettylittlelondon#prettycitylondon#mydarlinglondon#iglondon#instalondon#theprettypursuit#mytinyatlaslondon#thisislondon#london_city_photo#londonforyou#londonbylondoners#exploretheglobe#globetrotting#outinlondon#globaltravelgram#prettylittletrips#darlingescapes#passportready#traveltime#lifewelltraveled#cornersofmyworld#seetheworldwithme#travelbloggers#femaletravelbloggers#darlingplaces#timeoutlondon#discoverunder5k
12.12.2018 18:28:50
Deck the halls (and restaurants) with boughs of holly πŸŽ€

As a Christmas lover, I
Deck the halls (and restaurants) with boughs of holly πŸŽ€ As a Christmas lover, I was pleased to learn that London goes all out this time of year. No matter where you look, you're sure to find strings of lights, decorated wreaths, and red bows. Do you put up lots of holiday decorations, or do you keep it simple? We could only manage to bring one box of holiday decorations from the US, so it's a low-key Christmas in our flat! And in case you're wondering, about 15% of what we brought over to London was Christmas stuff πŸ˜… . . . #ilovechristmastime#londonchristmas#christmasinthecity#tistheseason#prettylittlelondon#mydarlinglondon#outinlondon#instalondon#mytinyatlaslondon#thisislondon#london_city_photo#mysecretlondon#londonbylondoners#mybritainwithlove#globetrotting#exploretocreate#globaltravelgram#letsgoeverywhere#darlingescapes#theprettypursuit#traveltime#prettylittletrips#cornersofmyworld#seetheworldwithme#prettycitylondon#femaletravelbloggers#darlingplaces#timeoutlondon#discoverunder5k
11.12.2018 15:48:10
A rare sighting of my travel partner and me in our natural habitat!

You've undo
A rare sighting of my travel partner and me in our natural habitat! You've undoubtedly noticed that I rarely post photos of myself on Instagram. In fact, there are only 3 selfies of me that exist in the world! I guess I've always been a fan of capturing what I see in the world rather than photographing myself in it. I don't know if I'll start making more appearances in my photos, because it's not my style. That, and my husband is terrified of breaking my camera after the infamous tripod incident in Paris πŸ˜… But I will start posting in IG stories for anyone who's interested in learning more about me. I'm kicking things off this week with a Getting to Know You series. Thanks for following along ❀️ . . . #travelcouple#coupletravels#travelwithlove#authenticlovemag#traveltogether#happycouples#couplesthattravel#phillylove#exploretheglobe#globetrotting#exploretocreate#globaltravelgram#letsgoeverywhere#workandtravel#passportready#traveltime#lifewelltraveled#cornersofmyworld#seetheworldwithme#travelbloggers#femaletravelbloggers#girlswhowander#awesome_phototrip#discoverunder5k#mytinyatlas#ladiesgoneglobal#traveltheglobe#globelletravels#bloggersofinstagram
10.12.2018 17:32:55
Have you been to London's famous Covent Garden?

The main shopping alley is book
Have you been to London's famous Covent Garden? The main shopping alley is book-ended by these lovely flower carts that change seasonally. Lhis weekend, they were decked out in red and green to delight Christmas shoppers. And if you love Christmas trees, don't miss the one that towers above Covent Garden market πŸŽ„ Hope you have a restful end to your weekend ❀️ . . . #londonchristmas#coventgarden#prettylittlelondon#mydarlinglondon#londonlove#iglondon#instalondon#mylondon#theprettycities#darlingescapes#darlingplaces#prettylittletrips#traveldreamseekers#gglocalgems#london_city_photo#londonbylondoners#prettycitylondon#letsgoeverywhere#passportready#traveltime#exploretheglobe#globetrotting#globaltravelgram#lifewelltraveled#cornersofmyworld#seetheworldwithme#travelbloggers#femaletravelbloggers#awesome_phototrip#discoverunder5k
09.12.2018 17:50:40
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What are your favorite holiday decorations? πŸŽ„

I wish I could bring home this pa
What are your favorite holiday decorations? πŸŽ„ I wish I could bring home this partridge in a pear...wreath? I'm partial to red and silver accents with lots of lights. I also like little animal decorations. There's a pair of birds on my bookshelf, each dressed in winter hats and scarves. They are completely ridiculous, but cute enough that I brought them all the way to London from Texas! . . . #ilovechristmastime#christmaslights#londonchristmas#christmasinthecity#prettylittlelondon#mydarlinglondon#iglondon#instalondon#mylondon#thisislondon#london_city_photo#mysecretlondon#holidaylights#londonbylondoners#exploretheglobe#globetrotting#exploretocreate#prettycitylondon#globaltravelgram#letsgoeverywhere#workandtravel#traveltime#lifewelltraveled#cornersofmyworld#seetheworldwithme#Bestunitedkingdom#femaletravelbloggers#girlswhowander#awesome_phototrip#discoverunder5k
08.12.2018 11:07:02
Cheers to the weekend!⁣
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I know most people don't look forward to cold weather.
Cheers to the weekend!⁣ ⁣ I know most people don't look forward to cold weather. But in London, winter temperatures bring roaring fires and mulled wine to pubs across the city. ⁣ ⁣ I love a good cozy pub, especially ones decked out in holiday decor.⁣ ⁣ Do you have any festive plans this weekend?⁣ ⁣ #tistheseason#ilovechristmastime#vintagechristmas#londonchristmas#londonpubs#christmasinthecity⁣#prettylittlelondon#mydarlinglondon#iglondon#instalondon#mylondon#thisislondon#london_city_photo#festiveseason#londonbylondoners#exploretheglobe#globetrotting#exploretocreate#globaltravelgram#letsgoeverywhere#passportready#traveltime#lifewelltraveled#cornersofmyworld#seetheworldwithme#travelbloggers#femaletravelbloggers#awesome_phototrip#discoverunder5k#Bestunitedkingdom
07.12.2018 18:25:08
When reality feels like fantasy ✨

Walking into Neal's Yard is like stepping ont
When reality feels like fantasy ✨ Walking into Neal's Yard is like stepping onto the set of a movie, or into the setting of a fantasy novel. You emerge from a narrow alley into a small courtyard, surrounded by multi-story buildings with brightly colored doors and window frames. It's like a tiny village within the bustling Covent Garden area. But if you're hoping for a nice, non-chaotic visit to Neal's Yard, go during a weekday. Otherwise, you'll be buffeted and crushed by hundreds of people 😢 . . . #nealsyard#colorfulshot#prettylittlelondon#mydarlinglondon#iglondon#instalondon#mylondon#thisislondon#london_city_photo#visituk#londonbylondoners#Bestunitedkingdom#theprettycities#prettylittletrips#exploretheglobe#globetrotting#exploretocreate#globaltravelgram#letsgoeverywhere#workandtravel#passportready#traveltime#lifewelltraveled#cornersofmyworld#seetheworldwithme#travelbloggers#femaletravelbloggers#girlswhowander#awesome_phototrip#discoverunder5k
06.12.2018 20:22:07
Silver bells, silver bells / It's Christmas time in the city ❄️ I'm not much of
Silver bells, silver bells / It's Christmas time in the city ❄️ I'm not much of a shopper, but I love holiday storefront displays. The independent shops in Hampstead don't hold back on the Christmas charm! Because we're living abroad, we'll be doing all of our Christmas shopping online. I hope our families don't mind holding onto our packages until we come home for our holiday visit... Have you started your holiday shopping? 🎁 . . . #tistheseason#ilovechristmastime#vintagechristmas#londonchristmas#hampstead#prettylittlelondon#mydarlinglondon#iglondon#instalondon#mylondon#thisislondon#london_city_photo#mysecretlondon#londonbylondoners#exploretheglobe#globetrotting#exploretocreate#globaltravelgram#letsgoeverywhere#workandtravel#passportready#traveltime#lifewelltraveled#cornersofmyworld#seetheworldwithme#Bestunitedkingdom#femaletravelbloggers#girlswhowander#awesome_phototrip#discoverunder5k
05.12.2018 18:33:22
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Ringing in the Christmas season πŸ””πŸŽ„ I've been eagerly awaiting my first Christmas
Ringing in the Christmas season πŸ””πŸŽ„ I've been eagerly awaiting my first Christmas in London. Last weekend, I braved the crowds to visit Covent Garden and Hampstead for some holiday magic. I loved seeing the beautiful decorations and smelling actual chestnuts roasting on an open fire. What holiday celebrations does your city have? . . . #coventgarden#prettylittlelondon#mydarlinglondon#iglondon#instalondon#mylondon#thisislondon#london_city_photo#christmasinthecity#theprettycities#londonist#londonbylondoners#lovegreatbritain#darlingescapes#darlingplaces#prettylittletrips#tistheseason#londonchristmas#exploretheglobe#globetrotting#exploretocreate#globaltravelgram#letsgoeverywhere#passportready#lifewelltraveled#cornersofmyworld#seetheworldwithme#femaletravelbloggers#discoverunder5k#awesome_phototrip
04.12.2018 15:23:38
Another season fades away... While I do love winter snow, cozy scarfs, and a nic
Another season fades away... While I do love winter snow, cozy scarfs, and a nice hot chocolate on a cold day, autumn is still my favorite season. The smell of fallen leaves and the vibrant hues bring me copious amounts of joy. It's always sad when the last of the leaves fall. But then I remember Christmas is right around the corner, and I turn on some holiday music. That always helps. Are you excited for the winter season? . . . #instaautumn#instafall#autumntime#autumncolours#chasingwaterfalls#justgoshoot#shiraitofalls#karuizawa#visitjapanjp#beautifuljapan#traveljapan#explorejapan#widenyourworld#lovejapan#japan_focus#getoutstayout#letsgoeverywhere#workandtravel#traveltime#lifewelltraveled#exploretheglobe#globetrotting#exploretocreate#globaltravelgram#travelwithme#seetheworldwithme#travelbloggers#femaletravelbloggers#girlswhowander#awesome_phototrip
03.12.2018 17:44:46
A beautiful path to the weekend ✨

Confession time: I almost didn't go to the To
A beautiful path to the weekend ✨ Confession time: I almost didn't go to the Tokyo Sky Tree because of its touristy reputation. I use my travel time wisely, and generally avoid anything that's essentially built for tourism purposes. However, I really enjoyed my time at the Sky Tree. I didn't pay to go all the way up to the top, but there are some good free views to be had from the restaurants and outdoor walkways. They also have a rotating character cafe pop-up. It was a Kirby theme when I visited, and it was super cute ❀️ What's your stance on tourist attractions? . . . #cloudphotography#skyback#insta_sky_lovers#skysnappers#skytree#tokyoskytree#visitjapanjp#tokyojapan#visitjapan#beautifuljapan#traveljapan#explorejapan#widenyourworld#lovejapan#japan_focus#japanphoto#thisisjapan#exploretheglobe#globetrotting#globaltravelgram#letsgoeverywhere#workandtravel#passportready#traveltime#lifewelltraveled#cornersofmyworld#seetheworldwithme#travelbloggers#femaletravelbloggers#awesome_phototrip
01.12.2018 12:50:17
Want to experience this view for yourself? Check out the link in my bio!

Edinbu
Want to experience this view for yourself? Check out the link in my bio! Edinburgh's food scene really surprised me. I did not expect the city to have so much variety in cuisine! Whether you like Mexican street food or a traditional Sunday roast, Edinburgh has something for everybody. Check out my latest blog post for my favorite Edinburgh restaurants and cafes for first-time visitors (and for this amazing cafe just outside the city) πŸ₯‚ What's been the best meal with a view you've ever had? . . . #coffeewithaview#visitscotland#loves_scotland#visitedinburgh#explorescotland#beautifulview#oceanviews#northberwick#highlandcollective#uk_greatshots#visitbritain#foodietravel#beautifulmorning#photosofbritain#brilliantmoments#exploretheglobe#globetrotting#exploretocreate#globaltravelgram#letsgoeverywhere#workandtravel#passportready#traveltime#lifewelltraveled#travelwithme#seetheworldwithme#travelbloggers#femaletravelbloggers#girlswhowander#awesome_phototrip
29.11.2018 20:45:59
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