SIPS & TRIPS VIRTUAL EVENTS

We can’t socialize as we want, and we are running out of series to binge-watch. If you are looking for ways to engage with others while spending your evenings at home, we have created Sips & Trips Virtual Events.  These are not sales events.  I just want to inspire future travel by keeping us connected to each other and the world during this time when we are so isolated.

Each month, Explore More will host a virtual travel event with Salacia Salts who will create a travel-inspired kit that corresponds with a themed event.  Additional collaborations will be created to highlight small businesses such as wineries, breweries, chocolate shops, & more.  The possibilities are endless!  As the African Proverb states, “If you want to go fast, go alone.  If you want to go far, go together”.  Small businesses need support more than ever, and that includes support of each other.

THE JANUARY THEME

hyg·ge /ˈh(y)o͞oɡə,ˈho͝oɡə/  noun

a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture).

If there was ever a time for Americans to embrace the Danish feeling of hygge, it is now.  Think fires, hot drinks, snuggly blankets, warm socks, puzzles, books, candles, puzzles, and more.  Anything that makes you want to stay in and get cozy.  

The event kit will include several items to help people embrace hygge, while the event could feature a speaker on Danish culture, a chef speaking about comfort foods, or whatever our collaboration thinks works best.  Those who do not purchase the kit, can still participate in the virtual event.  We want to encourage everyone to always ‘explore more’.

SIPS & TRIPS VIRTUAL EVENT KITS

Explore More has partnered with Salacia Salts to create virtual event kits, a new kind of subscription service.  Each travel-inspired kit will be unique and tie to a monthly theme, but each virtual event will involve sipping a beverage, engaging with others, and connecting with the world in a new way. 

THE KIT COLLABORATION

These virtual event kits are a product of the friendship between Cari Clark Phelps, owner of Clark Creative Communications and Salacia Salts.  and me, Jen, the owner and voice of Explore More Family Travel.  Our friendship began in Savannah, GA over fifteen years ago and has taken us all over the world together.  It is a friendship that goes beyond fun adventures, one that is rooted in our shared values.  Our entrepreneurial paths have crossed many times, so we think it is time to join in a formal collaboration.  

Salacia creates skincare, home fragrance and everyday essentials inspired by the South and sea. Products are created to provide a sense of natural relaxation, with attention to eco friendly values of sustainability and natural beauty – good for earth and good for you.  They also have a gift shop full of other brands as well.  Each kit will be inspired by travel and consist of items sold via their website and  in their stores in historic Savannah, GA.

THE JANUARY KIT

Simply click the above photo or this link to purchase the January Hygge Sips & Trips Virtual Event Kits.  

HOW ARE THESE ITEMS HYGGE?

Candles: translated into Danish is ‘levende lys’ which literally means “living light”.  Danish people experience very little natural light during winter, and candles allow them to create natural light quickly, which is why they are referred to as instant hygge.  The Danes are obsessed with lighting and strive to create a warm and inviting atmosphere through the use of lighting, especially candles.  In fact, Denmark uses more candles than any other country in the world and 28% of Danes light a candle every single day.  Hygge candles should not be strongly scented, they are meant to be as natural as possible with a minimalist design.
 
Tea:  One of our favorite definitions of hygge is ‘coziness of the soul’, and sipping on a warm drink is the epitome of that type of coziness.  Tea is especially hygge because it has less caffeine, so it truly allows us to relax and unwind while sipping it.  
 
Salt Soak:   hygge is about giving yourself a break and taking time for yourself.  Self-care is such an important part of the hygge concept, and soaking allows us to take the time to focus on ourselves for a few minutes longer than our typical cleansing routine.  It is important to use natural elements to adhere to the hygge concept.  Soaking in the tub allows you to empty your mind and be in the present moment.  If we do not take care of ourselves, we have nothing left to give to others.

WHEN IS THE SIPS & TRIPS KIT VIRTUAL EVENT?

We have arranged for Sine Louise Schmidt, CEO of Luxury Beyond, to join us for our virtual event.  She is a Danish citizen and resident of Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen.  She will discuss all things hygge, tell us about life in Denmark, and share a few ideas about travel to Denmark when we are able to travel the world again.  I will also throw in a few anecdotes about my travels to Denmark.  No sales pitches here, just sharing our love of travel and culture with those who are missing it as much as us!

The event will take place January 31st at 10AM.  Make sure you bring your tea to sip on!  Click button below to register!