Things to Do in Gulf Shores, Alabama & the Florida Panhandle

Our 2021 Christmas Beach Vacation For the second year in a row, John and I took a Christmas trip to a beachy destination that I'd never been before. In 2020, it was coastal Georgia—St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island to be exact. It's a beautiful area with stunning beaches; however, being on the Atlantic Ocean, …

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Yellowstone and Grand Teton Itinerary: Two National Parks in Two Days

Is it possible or even practical to visit both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park in just two days? Yes. Absolutely it is. But let me amend that by saying I would only recommend attempting both parks in two days during off season months, like April, September, or October. Why? Far less traffic and people …

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How to Visit Four Countries in a Week

If you’ve ever thought: Gee, I’d like to visit several countries in a week! – this post is for you. One thing I’ve learned from my solo travels is how much I can see in just one day. All it takes is an eagerness to explore and the stamina to stay in GO mode. Multiply …

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A Review of My Trip to Switzerland: Lucerne, Interlaken, Lauderbrunnen, & Zurich

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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Charleston Restaurant Recommendations

Where my foodies at? Because this post is for you. I don’t eat out much at home – I’d rather spend that money on trips! – so it’s a treat to eat out when I’m traveling. In my trip research phase, I do look at restaurant options. But overall, I like to keep it more …

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My Top Recommendations for Oahu: Food, Beaches, & Hikes

It’s a given. No two people have the exact same recommendations for a travel destination. Naturally, there will be some duplicates, but we all just have our preferences. Before my O’ahu trip, lots of folks reached out with quite the variety of recommendations. Some recs I tried. Some I didn’t. But all were appreciated! They …

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Inexpensive Things to do in San Francisco

Predictably, my desire to visit San Francisco can be traced back to the Golden Gate. What can I say? I’m bridge-lovin girl. Of course, my first suspension bridge love was – and will always be – the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan (aka. the Mighty Mac). But the Golden Gate? Easily number two. And, in this …

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How Traveling Solo Makes Me a Better Travel Partner

Wanna discover your travel personality? Travel solo. After traveling to Europe solo three times this year, I certainly proved that I am the ideal solo traveler. But, more importantly, I learned just what sort of traveler I am – which is really good to know for those times when I actually do travel with others. …

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The Less Touristy Amalfi Coast Experience

Do you ever want to go all Secret Life of Walter Mitty and step right into photos? I do. Basically, all the time. But, I don’t just dream about all the places in the photographs. I add them to my bucket list and plan to actually GO – which is exactly how I wound up visiting the …

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My First EVER Zipline Experience: Flight of the Angels in Italy

Guys, I finally crossed ziplining off my bucket list. While prepping for my Italy trip, I stumbled upon Il Volo dell’Angelo – the Flight of the Angels – and knew, instantly, I had to make it happen. HAD TO. You see, Volo dell’Angelo is one of the highest ziplines in the world. Two separate lines …

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