A Hidden Gem in East Tennessee: Obed Wild & Scenic River

I now live less than an hour from the nearest mountains. Just pinched myself. Not dreaming. It’s entirely possible for me to drive to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in under 60 minutes – and I've taken advantage of that several times in my first month as a Tennessee resident. Can ya blame me? …

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Queenstown, NZ is the Ultimate Adventure Travel Destination

The moment I booked a flight to Sydney, I knew I’d wind up booking a flight to New Zealand, too. No way, José, was I gonna fly to the other side of the world and not visit both countries. I mean, who knows when I’ll be in that hemisphere again. It’s not exactly a quick …

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Three Reasons to Visit Brussels, Belgium

I love Brussels. The sprouts and the city. Brussels sprouts can be a polarizing topic, though, so I’m gonna stick with Belgium’s capital. Whenever I visit a new city, I’m curious to find an underlying element that sets it apart from any other place I’ve experienced. What struck me about Brussels is its juxtaposition of …

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A Case for European Christmas Markets

I knowwwww Christmas is over, but it’s never to early to start planning for Christmas 2019. Right?? At least a small part of you knows I’m right. And that part of you needs to consider visiting at least one Christmas market in Europe this year. At least one. Preferably more. Definitely more. Trust me. When …

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6 Reasons Why Chicago is My Favorite City

It started with a field trip in elementary school. Don’t remember which grade. Can’t say for certain what we visited. (Most likely that big ol’ Museum of Science and Industry.) What I do know? We took a bus to downtown Chicago and little girl me was IN AWE. Now, I’d been to Chicago as a …

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Highlights From My Trip to Switzerland

I spent an entire week in Switzerland back in May and put a whole lotta effort into creating the perfect itinerary. But, the perfect itinerary also includes time for spontaneity – which is why I’m not surprised that my list of favorite Swiss experiences includes both planned and unplanned things. Truthfully, the title of this …

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Confessions of a Solo Traveler

After four solo trips to Europe since January 2017, I guess it’s about time I spilled my guts on what it’s like to travel with me, myself, and I. As an introvert, I rarely mind being alone. I’m also fiercely independent, good with navigation, and a cross between MacGyver and Nancy Drew when it comes …

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