The Anticipation of a Trip: Part II

A while back, I wrote a blog post on The Anticipation of a Trip. (Go read that first, if ya haven’t already.) And now, I want to add to it. The other day while reading this John Piper devotional, it hit me that the even greater key to living for today and not living for …

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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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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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Things to do in Hawaii: My Favorite Oahu Foods, Beaches, and 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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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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Tips to Avoid Looking 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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Museum Day Live at The Ringling

Where did you spend Museum Day Live? Me? I paid a visit to The Ringling in Sarasota, FL. Because, HELLO. Free admission! That’s right. The Smithsonian Mag’s 13th annual Museum Day Live was Saturday, September 23, and a BUNCH of museums around the country were FREE. Who doesn't love free?! I hadn’t visited The Ringling grounds …

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Savannah: My Very First Solo Trip

Exactly one year ago today, I took my first real solo trip. By real, I mean out of my city, out of my state, road trip style, big girl trip. Savannah, GA had long been on my bucket list – even back when I lived in Michigan. Also on my bucket list? A solo, crossing-state-lines …

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17 Travel-Friendly Products on my Wishlist

The more I travel, the more I’d rather only shop for travel-friendly things. Clothing. Accessories. Travel necessities. Stuff that celebrates adventure and makes traipsing around the world more convenient. Would it surprise you to know that I have a ‘wanderlust wishlist’? Because I do. If Travel Santa existed, this would be my list to him. …

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A Sunrise Adventure at Blowing Rocks

The other night, I never went to bed. Instead, I went to Blowing Rocks. The first time I saw a photo of Blowing Rocks Preserve, I added it to my bucket list. And, funny thing. Once I did, I started noticing more and more Instagram photos of this rocky, limestone beach – many taken at …

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