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Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day!

An Ode to My Dad, The Adventurer My Dad influences me in a lot of ways.  He’s just the epitome of what a dad should be: honest and hard-working, encouraging, adventurous and fun. He has always been an excellent role model.  Of course one of the biggest ways he has influenced my life is instilling a love of travel in me.  Growing up, as I’ve said before, we traveled a lot, usually going to National Parks and doing outdoorsy things. …

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Washington, D.C. – Part 2

Washington, D.C. – Part 2

On my second full day in Washington, D.C., I awoke early to start another busy day.  My first stop was Founding Farmers, a farm-to-table restaurant downtown.  I ordered the strawberries and cream waffle with a side of sausage and a latte to round it out.  The food was delicious and fresh and the staff was really friendly.  I ate every little bit of my meal, and it was the perfect amount to give me the energy to walk around for the…

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Wanderlust Wednesday: Isle of Skye, Scotland

Wanderlust Wednesday: Isle of Skye, Scotland

Happy Wanderlust Wednesday!  As stated in this past post, I wanted to start talking about places I want to go to along with the places that I’ve been.  It seems that idea was a good one from the response I got from that post so here we go!  This time around I’m talking about Isle of Sky, Scotland.  Scotland has been on my list since I studied abroad in London in 2010, and missed the chance to do a weekend…

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Top Five Friday #10

Top Five Friday #10

Tips for Travel Budgeting Budgeting is a necessary step in the trip planning process.  It may determine the destination, or the type of accommodation, or set a goal for a trip in the far future.  Whatever the case may be, a solid budget is an essential travel accessory.  Below are my top five tips for travel budgeting for your next trip: Set a realistic number to start with and stick to it. Research how much the primary expenses will be, this would…

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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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