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Trip Planning: Playa Del Carmen

Trip Planning: Playa Del Carmen

Next weekend I’ll be heading to Mexico for a quick four day trip and I can not wait to relax the whole time.  I’m traveling solo and will be staying at an all-inclusive resort in Playa Del Carmen, which is a new type of accommodation for me.  I booked every portion (airfare, hotel shuttle, resort, side trip to Chichen Itza) of this trip through Expedia, which is another new thing for me, but it was too good of a deal…

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2017 Recap & 2018 Travel Goals

2017 Recap & 2018 Travel Goals

I won’t lie to you, 2017 was not my year.  Though, I have no illusions that I’m alone in saying that.  On a very surface level, I didn’t travel as much as I would have liked to this past year.  Which, in the grand scheme of things, isn’t an awful problem to have.  However, this is a travel blog that I write and not traveling means a lack of content.  So, before we get right into it,  I’d like to…

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Monthly Memo: December

Monthly Memo: December

Hello, Hello, Hello!  Happy December and Happy Holidays, everyone!  This holiday season has been particularly crazy for me with all of the holiday parties at work, but I’m so excited to spend Christmas with my family.  I got my gift shopping done super early this year in anticipation of my busy work schedule and I have everything wrapped and ready to go.  I’m planning on heading back home on the 23rd so I can help make Christmas cookies and make…

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Winter Reading List

Winter Reading List

It is completely clear to me that it is now winter in Chicago.  This season always makes me want to curl up in a ball and read book after book, glass of wine in hand.  I’ve been looking forward to slowing down a bit and catching up on my winter reading list as the weather grows colder and colder.  Hopefully, I’ll be reading on some planes and some beaches as well, but more on that later! I mentioned in my…

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Culinary Misadventures in Miami

Culinary Misadventures in Miami

I’ve written about my previous solo travel missteps in Miami before, but I recently wrote a travel essay for my aforementioned creative non-fiction class and decided to share it.  It’s a funny story, and my family still makes fun of me for this instance to this day.  I hope you enjoy it and please feel free to share any of your own solo travel misadventures in the comments below!  Miami, FL was carefully chosen for my first ever solo vacation…

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Top Five Friday #26

Top Five Friday #26

Winter Activities in Chicago As you may or may not know, winters in Chicago can be pretty brutal.  There’s freezing rain/sleet/snow, darkness before work, darkness after work, slippery sidewalks, falling icicles, you name it.  It’s a dangerous, frozen tundra (Chiberia, anyone?), but there are ways we Chicagoans find silver linings to the cold weather. Winter activities in Chicago range from the adventurous to the cozy and everywhere in between.  There’s something for everyone in this beautiful city, especially during the…

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Niagara On The Lake, Ontario

Niagara On The Lake, Ontario

We had a few hours to kill before we had to head back to the Toronto airport after checking out of our hotel in Niagara Falls, so we drove the twenty or so minutes to Niagara On The Lake.  It was probably one of the best decisions we made that whole trip.  The drive was gorgeous.  The road ran along Lake Ontario, which could be viewed through the orange, yellow and red leaves of the autumn trees. We passed about…

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Adventures in Niagara Falls

Adventures in Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is an easy hour an a half drive from Toronto, making it the perfect day or weekend trip from the capital city.  The town surrounding Niagara Falls is full of hotels, chain restaurants and kitschy attractions like mini golf, wax museums, and fun houses.  We were staying at the Four Points by Sheraton, which was connected to two other hotels by a mall and casino.  We checked into our room and walked directly back out of the hotel…

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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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Exploring Neighborhoods in Toronto

Exploring Neighborhoods in Toronto

When we were in Toronto, Mike and I wanted to explore their different and diverse neighborhoods.  So between being shameless tourists at CN Tower and Casa Loma, we biked, walked and took the train around the city.  It was probably my favorite part of our time there, getting around and getting a feel for each area.  I wish we could have gotten to more of the neighborhoods in Toronto, but I think we were able to see a good amount…

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