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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Seeking Authenticity: My Hawaiian Hike Adventure

If you don’t already know this about me, lemme fill you in real quick. I try to avoid being a tourist when I travel. Sure, I’ll take LOTS of photos and visit a few famous landmarks (here’s looking at you, Eiffel). But I wanna go beyond that, too – away from the crowds, off the …

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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 Authentic 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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How to Plan a Trip and Still Be Spontaneous

I am a planner. Don't get me wrong. I absolutely love the spontaneous moments of life! It’s just that the planning comes naturally. It’s instinctual. So, you better believe I plan for trips – especially those international ones! I go all travel agent and even put together a full itinerary by day. BUT, before you …

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5 Ways to NOT Look Like a Tourist When You Travel

Did you know that yesterday was World Tourism Day? I didn't… till Twitter told me. Those trending hashtags always keep me in the know! Sooooo, in honor of #worldtourismday (better late than never, eh?), I thought I’d write a quick post on how NOT to be a tourist – just to challenge the norm. When …

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