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Month: September 2015

Harvest Time Apple Orchard

Harvest Time Apple Orchard

Every fall, my family and drive up to Twin Lakes, WI to pick apples, always on a Sunday.  It’s a tradition we’ve kept for as long as I can remember, and it goes hand in hand with our tradition to enjoy the fruits of our labor (heh heh) afterwards, while watching the Bears game. Harvest Time/Oriole Springs Orchard is about an hour and twenty-five minutes drive from Chicago.  It’s technically in Twin Lakes, WI (home of Country Thunder, if that’s…

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Top Five Friday #2

Top Five Friday #2

South Korean Foods Apparently, its South Korea week, and I’m totally okay with that!  One of my favorite parts of traveling is trying new cuisines.  Sampling dishes the destination is known for is a great way to literally take in the culture of a new place.  Seoul opened up a whole new world of delicious treats for me.  That trip instilled a deep love of South Korean foods that I now actively seek out whenever I can.  It was hard to narrow…

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Korea has Seoul

Korea has Seoul

Some trips hit you on a deeper level than others, spark big ideas, and stay with you forever.  For me, it was a matter of the right opportunity coming at the exact right time. I traveled to South Korea a little over a year ago.  It was a trip fueled by self-indulgence and a little bit of self-pity.  I had just been passed over for a cross-training opportunity at work and also was just dumped by someone I never had much…

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Top Five Friday #1

Top Five Friday #1

Travel Inspiring Quotes (Part 1) Welcome to my newest weekly feature, Top Five Fridays! For my first edition, I wanted to quote some of my favorite writers speaking about my favorite subject: travel.  Some of my biggest travel inspirations have been found in books and essays.  And, in my humble opinion, travel and tales go hand in hand.  Whether it’s been a book that I’ve read on the road, or a book that has inspired me to get on said road,…

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Miami: A Memoir

Miami: A Memoir

Oh, Miami… I wish I would have done right by you.  I briefly mentioned in a previous blog (“The Eternal Optimist”), how my trip to Miami was solo-travel before I really knew how to solo-travel properly.  It was a timid attempt at independence.  The trip wasn’t a complete disaster; I did enjoy my time in there, but the problem is that it could have been so much more.  The silver lining is that I certainly learned a few travel lessons…

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10 Tips for Planning a Trip from Scratch

10 Tips for Planning a Trip from Scratch

Sometimes when the travel bug bites, you don’t feel pulled in any one direction.  This can prove to be a fantastic opportunity.  To plan a trip from scratch, meaning with no destination in mind, can be a beautiful thing.  Picking a destination through throwing out a wide net and finding what deals are out there is a great way to start planning a trip you may not have been able to imagine before.  I’ve tried this tactic a few times…

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Dubuque Weekenders

Dubuque Weekenders

I have to admit, when I think weekend trip, Iowa is never the first thing that comes to mind.  Yet here we are, in beautiful Dubuque after driving three and half hours from Chicago.  My boyfriend and I had come to the industrial city for a friend’s wedding.  Our first choice of hotel was The Hotel Julien, which had been recommended by my parents who absolutely love Dubuque.  They were unfortunately overbooked, so we ended up having to scramble to…

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