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Month: May 2016

Trip Planning: Tennessee

Trip Planning: Tennessee

In less than two weeks, I will be heading to Chattanooga, Tennessee for a few days, and then moving on to Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  Mike and I will be driving the nine hours to meet up with my parents, sister, brother-in-law and niece there.  We are spending two nights in Chattanooga to visit with my mom’s side of the family that lives there.  I’ve been to Chattanooga a couple times before, so I’m excited to go back to this beautiful city! …

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Amman Day Trips

Amman Day Trips

The following Amman Day Trips guide is brought to you by Ms. Gracie Barrie, check her out on Instagram: @standbyflygirl After thoroughly exploring Amman, you may feel the need to get out and explore more of the country. Jerash is about a 45 minute drive north of the city and it is worth every minute and more. Often called the Pompeii of the East, Jerash is a must-see for anyone with even the slightest interest in history. It is awe-inducing in size…

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An Amman Travel Guide

An Amman Travel Guide

The following brilliant travel guide is brought to you by Ms. Gracie Barrie, check her out on Instagram: @standbyflygirl My memories of Jordan are steeped in pale sunlight and the smell of fresh mint, in salt crystals and shisha smoke escaping through windows. I was lucky enough to wake up one January morning and find myself in a sprawling city of sandy colored houses and minarets marking the seven hills that make up Amman, the capital city of Jordan. The stories…

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Travel Inspiration Tuesday

Travel Inspiration Tuesday

I’ve been having a hard time getting inspired lately.  Maybe it’s this travel lull I’m in or perhaps it’s this rainy, cold weather.  Either way, I’ve been fighting to claw my way out of this funk.  And what do I do when I’m in need of inspiration?  Go for a walk, read a book, check out my favorite blogs, and so on.  In my recent search for inspiration, I’ve stumbled upon a few gems that I couldn’t help but share:…

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Top Five Friday #12

Top Five Friday #12

Top 5 Tips for Getting a Hotel Upgrade It’s always a nice bonus to get a room upgrade when you’re on vacation; like the cherry on top of an already perfect sundae.  Though they don’t typically come easily, there are some tried and true ways to secure an upgrade.  Whether attempted during the reservation process or during check in, these five tips can help you improve your accommodations: Just ask: When you check in, simply ask the Front Desk if…

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6 Travel Lessons I Learned From My Mom

6 Travel Lessons I Learned From My Mom

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day, and what better way to honor my own mother than to share her sage wisdom.  Starting from when I was very young, my parents whisked my older sister and me away to destinations throughout the United States at least once a year.  In short, they are mostly responsible for my strong desire to travel.  They’ve taken us on road trips to national parks, camping throughout the Midwest, and on flights to many beautiful destinations.  Most of…

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A Note on Over-Planning

A Note on Over-Planning

There is a delicate balance to planning a trip: under-plan and you might miss out on things you really wanted to do, over-plan and you’re apt to drive yourself crazy trying to accomplish everything.  While there certainly is a benefit to creating a plan for your vacation activities, scheduling too many things to do and see is a sure-fire way to turn your relaxing trip into a stress-fueled nightmare.  I’ll admit, I have a tendency to be a bit overzealous…

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7 Bookstores Worth Traveling To

7 Bookstores Worth Traveling To

If you travel often, there are certain things you look for in each city you visit.  For some it might be themed bars or local cuisine or perhaps museums.  For me, it’s bookstores.  It’s no secret that I’m an avid reader, so of course I always try to seek out a unique bookstore everywhere I go.  I love searching through each set of shelves and stacks to discover books that I’ve been wanting to read for ages, or books I…

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