unexpected adventures with target wedding

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August is the top month for travel and weddings, and I’m partnering with Target Wedding to tell you about my favorite unexpected adventure and how you can make your trip memorable with their wonderful products. By registering with Target Wedding before your big day, you’ll unlock endless possibilities and make it that much easier to experience your own unexpected journey! Since vacation is more enjoyable when you have the right gear to document all of those special moments, I have some great recommendations for you all. But first, let’s talk about my own unexpected adventures.


My journey starts with a Mediterranean cruise that B and I saved up for while living abroad in the UK. Because we moved to Scotland one week after our wedding and our first year of marriage was a complete whirlwind, we wanted to plan something special for our anniversary. The cruise itself was wonderful and we became fast friends with the buffet in the main dining room, but one of the destinations was completely unexpected and an experience we’ll always look back fondly on. That was the Amalfi Coast.

Amalfi Coast

The destination was on our itinerary so it obviously wasn’t unexpected in that sense, but as soon as our small boat took us away from the cruise ship and along the coastline of Italy, we were in awe of our surroundings. The buildings were vibrant and gorgeous, and our local tour guide surprised us with a visit to a local market to take in the culture.

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I am so glad we had just purchased a DSLR camera few months before because these are some of my favorite photos to revisit. Now my husband and I will always remember our time together in Italy!

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Since I’m such an advocate of plenty of family photos — including ones of the special trips you take together — I recommend the Canon EOS Rebel T5I and also the SwissGear City Pack to make life a little easier. I started out with a Canon Rebel and it was so simple to use! Think of these things when you’re completing your registry with Target and you’ll be golden. :)


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Filed Under: Giveaway, Travel26 Comments
  • tzangas

    I love your pictures from Italy!!

  • gail

    Beautiful photos!

  • Anna

    Sunscreen is definitely on my must list!

  • http://akhayley.blogspot.com/ Ashley Hayley

    Face lotion is the number one! My face gets so dry when I travel.. especially with all the hard water in Europe!

  • Kyla

    gotta love target!

  • http://www.hellorigby.com/ Jenn

    Sunscreen and my camera!

  • http://www.adventurings.com Cynthia

    Lotion & lip balm. To forget these things when traveling would be a terrible thing indeed.

  • Bridget Heiple Reich

    Magazines so I can relax! :)

  • mami2jcn

    My camera is my must have.

  • http://baybeesugar.wordpress.com/ TheMrsR

    I never go anywhere without chapstick and lotion.

  • http://www.atravelingwife.blogspot.com/ Jenn

    Those photos are amazing!! As for my must haves, chapstick, sunglasses and comfortable shoes.

  • Elle

    I always need my camera and a book.

  • steve weber

    I need my cell phone and a chapstick

  • http://www.simplemomentsstick.com/ Susannah

    A Camera is a must have!!!

  • AmandaSakovitz

    My camera and sunglasses!

  • http://oshirodesign.blogspot.com Mika P.

    I love having my phone as my camera, and an easy, comfortable wardrobe that will let me explore without worrying about what I’m wearing or if my feet hurt from sandals, etc.

  • http://charactersandcarryons.com/ Joyce Pak

    My must-haves are my iPhone, my DSLR camera, sunblock, and a great pair of shoes!


  • http://totravelandbeyond.wordpress.com/ Macy Gutermuth

    I always need a book and my camera, then I am set!

  • Thomas Murphy

    I have to have my camera when I travel.

  • Erika W.

    My must-haves are my phone, charger, Rx glasses, sunglasses, contact solution, contact case, toiletries, etc.

  • http://wanderlustingjenny.blogspot.com Jenny

    Must-haves: phone, camera, chargers, travel journal, sunglasses, lots of H20! …and extra underwear!

  • A. Thompson

    phone and charger, q tips and tweezers, sunscreen and lots of sense of adventure!

  • http://themovetoamerica.wordpress.com/ Molly @ The Move to America

    Love these tips … and Italy – two of my aunts have houses in Italy so I hope to go there again soon – the last time was when I was 16 which is a very. long. time. ago :-/

  • Megan

    We just got back from the Amalfi Coast ourselves, and guilty…we were on our honeymoon! In fact, I just started a design/lifestyle blog and the first post is about our travels to Ravello (which was our first stop on the coast)! http://www.megansmind.com/travel/the-amalfi-coast-ravello/

  • Elise Angelopulos

    I was in Italy this summer too, down at the Amalfi Coast, although I had to use my iPhone for most pictures, thinking that would do just fine. After reading this post, I’m inspired to get a DSLR camera and bring it on the next trip. Love your tips and so glad I found this blog! http://www.madeforelise.com

  • http://inspireandlove.com/ Toya

    My husband and I spent our honeymoon in Italy, and I want to go back! It is just beyond to me! I really enjoyed reading this post! Thanks for sharing!