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Top Five Friday #25

Top Five Friday #25

 In Flight Comfort Essentials There are few things I enjoy more than cuddling up in a window seat en route to an exciting destination. I’m pretty easy to please and don’t need much, but there are a few key items I require to be comfortable on a flight (my in flight comfort essentials, if you will).  Due to it being almost that wonderful, magical holiday season, I thought now would be a good time to share them to provide some…

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Top Five Friday #24

Top Five Friday #24

My Favorite Travel Bloggers When I first started this blog, I looked to other female travel bloggers for inspiration and encouragement.  As they succeeded, I started to form some idea of where I wanted my own blog to go.  Of all the blogs I read for the last couple years, there are a few that stand out to be favorites for their writing style, chosen destinations and photos.  I’ve followed these ladies for a while and will continue to do…

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Top Five Friday #23

Top Five Friday #23

Where to Find Nature Near Chicago There are so many great parks within the city of Chicago.  We have an abundance of green space in our city and it’s one of my favorite things about it.  That being said, sometimes you need a little more nature than Chicago can offer.  Luckily, there are a ton of really great areas that are close to the city in which you can soak up all the nature you need.  All of the places I’ve…

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Top Five Friday #22

Top Five Friday #22

Favorite Chicago Coffee Shops Chicago is full of unique and wonderful spots to get your caffeine fix.  Through my nearly ten years of living in this beautiful city, I’ve amassed a list of favorites in most categories and favorite Chicago coffee shops is no exception.  While I’ve never met a coffee shop that I’ve disliked, there are five that stand out to me as the cream of the crop (in my humble opinion),  From their atmosphere, to their pastries and…

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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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