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Posts from the ‘Travel Tips’ Category

A Look Back at 2016

The more I travel, the more I find that each year tends to group itself into themes. As I look back on 2016, the three themes that my travel seemed to rotate around was taking return trips, visiting national parks and traveling consistently through my continued #take12trips challenge. I have talked about return trips in the past and how the benefits of returning somewhere with a new perspective can often be just as beneficial as viewing a totally new destination. I’ve struggled with return trips previously, but fully embraced the concept this year and enjoyed showing family and friends around some of my favorite places. Read more

A Weekend in Palm Springs

Once known as a retreat for famous movie stars, a drive through Palm Springs will have you passing streets named after Bob Hope, Gene Autry, Frank Sinatra and many other celebrities who helped make the area famous. However, the iconic desert of Palm Springs is now renowned for its golf, spas, stylish hotels, great restaurants and modern architecture. Read more

Highlights of Northern Ireland

Most first time visitors to Ireland focus their attention on the Republic of Ireland, leaving its interesting, picturesque and less crowded neighbor to the north for a “later visit.” It is understandable as there is enough to keep one busy in Ireland for months on end; however, Northern Ireland deserves just as much attention as it has interesting cities, rugged coastline and many historical sites based on its complicated history.  Read more

An Anniversary in Asheville

Max and I have always been a big fan of celebrating special moments. We’re not big present people, but we love celebrating a milestone with a special dinner or trip and our first wedding anniversary was no exception! Having just returned from Utah, we had limited vacation days to spare so focused on choosing a new US city for both of us which was only a quick plane ride away, could be explored in just a couple of days and had good recreational activities, (e.g., food, beer and hiking). Enter Asheville! Read more

Travel Tips for Utah’s Mighty 5

Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce and Zion National Park collectively make up the “Mighty 5” in the southeastern part of Utah. At the end of our trip to Utah’s Mighty 5, the conclusion was unanimous – these five national parks are aptly named. From delicate arches to dramatic canyons to red rocks and sheer cliffs, they are each impressive but remain unique. Read more

Best of Belfast

On a sunny Saturday afternoon in Belfast, we sat at a bustling outdoor bar, drinking craft cocktails and watching stylish people come through to meet their friends. The city was alive and it was hard to imagine in that moment that Belfast had ever been anything other than a bright, lively cultural center; however, most people in our generation know the history of Belfast is dark and it is a city which has survived decades as a warzone. Read more

Irish Eats and Pints

In a country known for meat and potatoes, Ireland has done a lot in recent years to shed that image and innovate its food scene. When I visited Ireland four years ago, I was in awe of the food revolution. This time I was well prepared with reservations to try some of the country’s best cuisine. Read more

A Return to Dublin

I have done a lot of return trips lately – something the old me would have hated and immediately turned down in favor of newer destinations; however, the part of my traveling that has changed in recent years is that I don’t just want to go to new countries or cities or continents to say I have been there, I want to go where I want to go. Does it matter if I have been there before? Not anymore. Read more

Perfect in Providence

Sometimes the closest destinations are often the most neglected. The place you can “always go to” is usually the place that stays on the back burner the longest and the one you do not make the time for. Walking through the historic streets of Providence with the February sunshine beating down on us, I was struck by how charming and eclectic the capital of the Ocean State was. Only 50 miles and one short hour drive from our house, I had been to Providence many times, whether it was shopping at the Providence Place Mall with friends in high school, attending the theater with my mom for my 16th birthday, exploring the Water Fires as a disinterested teenager or even just last year to see my beloved Georgetown Hoyas succumb to the Providence Friars in overtime. Read more

Staying Warm in Burlington

My only memory of Burlington, Vermont prior to this past weekend was spending a sunny July afternoon having lunch on the water with my mom. It was a quick pit stop on our way to Montreal, which is only 94 miles north, and considering I had never been to Burlington, she thought it would be an appropriate place to stop. I immediately fell in love with the small-town, laid back feel of the city, and the beautiful views over Lake Champlain helped solidify Burlington as a worthy destination in and of itself. Read more