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Month: February 2016

Washington, D.C. – Part 1

Washington, D.C. – Part 1

I arrived at O’Hare obscenely early as per usual; I’m always early.  I was afraid there would be a long line for security (there wasn’t), so I wound up sitting at a bar near my gate with a mimosa, a full hour before I was due to board. The plane landed in Washington, D.C. twenty minutes ahead of schedule and it took me forty minutes and two trains (one yellow and one red) to reach Dupont Circle.  I was to…

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DC Packing List

DC Packing List

By this time tomorrow, I will be stepping off the plane in beautiful Washington, D.C.!  I am so excited for this trip I can barely contain myself.  The only downfall is that the weather will be only slightly warmer than it is here in Chicago.  But! There is a silver lining: packing will be a cinch since it’s all the same clothes that have been in rotation all winter.  I will admit that I bought a couple of key items for…

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My Current Bucket List

My Current Bucket List

If you’re an avid traveler, chances are good that your bucket list is an ever-changing thing.  I get it, it’s hard to nail down places you want to go in an orderly fashion when there is a constant stream of new options coming at you at light speed.  It doesn’t take more than a pretty photograph or a good write up to make me when to set oof to whatever destination is being advertised.  I suppose that’s what they mean…

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Top Five Friday #8

Top Five Friday #8

Tips to Maximize Weekend Travel I, like a lot of people out there, am mostly confined to weekend travel due to my job.  Because of this, I am constantly trying to find ways to make the most of my weekend adventures.  Sure, there are times when I splurge on trips and use my vacation days to travel longer, but since I prefer to travel more often than not, plain old weekends usually just have to do.  If this sounds familiar…

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Shanghai in Retrospect

Shanghai in Retrospect

Last February, I was lucky enough to be sent to Shanghai, China for two weeks for work.  After a sixteen hour flight, I arrived in this new country and instantly fell in love.  While there, I reveled in the culture, met some amazing people, ate a ton of great food and had maybe one too many Tsing Taos.  I won’t rehash all the adventures I had there, but you can read more about my time there here, here, and here….

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14 Gifts for Your Travelling Valentine

14 Gifts for Your Travelling Valentine

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching (11 more days, oh my!) which means it’s time to shower those you love with, well, more love.  Last year, I happened to be away from home at this time, celebrating Valentine’s Day over FaceTime with Mike.  He handled it very well and gave me the perfect Valentine’s Day gift to support my choice to travel, even if it meant spending the day apart.  If you and/or your valentine happen to be of the nomadic…

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Trip Planning: Washington, D.C.

Trip Planning: Washington, D.C.

I started this year with the knowledge that I would have a six day weekend towards the end of February.  I had no idea where I was going to go during this time, but I knew I wanted to go somewhere.  It wasn’t a hard problem to solve, as I have a very long list of places I want to visit and a knack for trip planning.  I wanted to go somewhere that would be cheap to fly to, easy…

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