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Top Five Friday #21

Top Five Friday #21

Favorite Female Authors I get inspiration for my writing from a lot of different mediums, especially books and magazines.  I happen to read quite a bit, so a lot of inspiration comes from the books I read on my commute.  I have many favorite authors, but I tend to gravitate towards female writers, as I relate more to their writing style and source matter.  Over the years, I’ve collected a few favorite female authors that I can always go to…

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Top Five Friday #20

Top Five Friday #20

Travel Writing Tools Over the years of writing this blog, I’ve come up with a pretty solid routine for writing and documenting my travels.  After some trial and error, I’ve found what works best and what I can leave behind.  I’ve found my favorite travel writing tools that I can easily throw into my bag and go.  It’s really been made into a science to be the most productive and still be able to enjoy the trip I’m on without…

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Top Five Friday #19

Top Five Friday #19

Things to Do Near the Mag Mile The Mag Mile (or Magnificent Mile if you’re not familiar) in Chicago is one of the city’s most known and visited tourist attractions.  Though no one would claim it to be very original or unique in it’s restaurants and stores, there are quite a few hidden gems to find near this main drag.  I recently wrote about this subject for VIVA Lifestyle & Travel and I have to say, going back to explore…

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Top Five Friday #18

Top Five Friday #18

Favorite Travel Memories This year my travel plans are lacking, because, well… because of a multitude of reasons.  Mostly budgetary, but also because I started a new job with an unpredictable schedule and no vacation days quite yet.  This has me looking to past trips and trying to live vicariously through travel memories.  Appreciating all the places you’ve been is a huge part of travel, and I don’t think we do it enough.  We, the collective we as travelers, seem…

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Top Five Friday #17

Top Five Friday #17

Favorite Chicago Restaurants As much as I love to cook, I love letting someone else cook for me even more.  There are obviously a ton of fantastic restaurants in Chicago, and I haven’t even gotten close to trying them all.  However, I do have my favorites.  These restaurants are our go-tos, the ones we frequent when we can’t decide on anywhere else or we want to go somewhere we know the food will always be excellent.  Because Mike and I…

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Top Five Friday #16

Top Five Friday #16

US Bucket List This year, I would love to explore new areas of the United States.  There are so many fantastic destinations in my own country, it makes for quite a long list of need-to-visit places.  I know I’ve said it before, but I think it’s worth noting again: every destination has it’s merits, and you don’t need to travel far to find a worth-while vacation.  This also speaks to my need to be on a tighter travel budget this…

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Top Five Friday #15

Top Five Friday #15

Happy 100 Year Anniversary National Parks System! In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the United States National Parks Service (which was actually yesterday, I know), this is a very special Top 5 Friday post.  These parks are a huge part of what makes America truly beautiful.  The National Parks have been a huge part of my personal relationship with travel.  Thanks to my parents, I grew up learning about geysers in Yellowstone National Park, climbing mountains in Olympic National…

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Top Five Friday #14

Top Five Friday #14

Top Five Ways to Explore Your City With all of the great destinations in the world, it may be easy to forget the one right outside your door.  While it may or may not be a tourist hot spot or a large city, your hometown is sure to have its merits.  I grew up in the teeny, tiny Midwest town of Johnsburg, IL (any Tom Waites fans out there??).  Despite the lack of things to do there , I remember…

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Top Five Friday #13

Top Five Friday #13

Lessons From Traveling as a Couple I remember the first trip Mike and I ever took together like it was yesterday.  It was actually in August, 2014, and we had only been dating for four months at the time.  We made the fourteen hour drive to New Orleans and spent three amazing days there.  We had stormy afternoons, drunken nights, ran out of money, dealt with some car issues and endured what turned out to be an eighteen hour drive home. …

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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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