While we’re on the subject of being grateful for things… let’s talk about the fact that today I’m hopping a flight to Barcelona where I’ll take off on a week long Princess Cruise around the Mediterranean! HELLO! I’m so excited about this for about 20 reasons, the biggest of which is… I’ve never actually been on a cruise before. Have you?

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The second of which is that I get to check a new country off my list – SPAIN! Any tips on what I should do with an extra day in Barcelona? From there we head to Cartagena and then – this beautiful place – Marbella! It looks heavenly. After that? A day at sea, before hitting Marseilles, Genoa, Florence, and Rome. And yes, I’ll be taking an extra day in Rome too, so your suggestions are welcome there as well!

With my last few trips being a bit more down to earth as far as packing goes, and us having found the perfect wireless travel router on our last trip, I loved having an excuse to fill my suitcase with some fun and frills this time around. If I had had the time (and budget!) to do a little more shopping before my departure, here’s what would have been in my dream suitcase…

what to pack on a mediterranean cruise | via coco kelley

1 panama hat // 2 white crossbody // 3 silver tassel sandals // 4 bird of paradise shift dress // 5 striped bikini // 6 green sunglasses // 7 clinique sunblock // 8 pom pom mosaic clutch // 9 black ankle strop sandals // 10 blue asymmetric dress

Ok, third reason to be super excited – I get to meet up with quite a few other bloggers that I love and adore! You’ll just have to follow along on instagram to see who!  And of course, I’m looking forward to some serious sunshine and lounging by the pool on deck too. See you in Spain!!

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