Duns Castle, Scotland

Queen for a Day in Scotland

How often do you get to actually live like royalty? I was fortunate to have that opportunity last week, when I was invited by HomeAway to spend a day and ...

Brazil in Photos: São Paulo, Ilhabela and Foz do Iguacu

Over the new year, I made my first ever trip to Brazil. It’s been near the top of the list for me and my SO, Keith, for quite a while. ...

Alaska in Photographs

In late August, I headed to my 50th state for my 50th birthday: Alaska. It was a gorgeous, amazing trip exploring via train from Anchorage up to Denali National Park; ...

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50 by 50 Accomplished!

I just returned from Alaska yesterday — my 50th state, which was ...

New England Road Trip, State 49: Connecticut

After visiting Maine and Rhode Island to begin wrapping up my 50 ...

New England Road Trip, State 48: Rhode Island

After enjoying Portland and Great Diamond Island in Maine, I headed down ...

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HomeAway for the Holidays Giveaways

Our friends at HomeAway just started their “HomeAway for the Holidays” sweepstakes, and we wanted to make sure you knew about it! Starting Dec 1st, HomeAway will be giving away six different vacation packages, with a new prize package revealed every other day. Prize 1 includes: Vacation Rental: a five-night stay at sunny Vista Cay, a […]

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Gear Review: Toiletry Kit and Sleep Pillow by Eagle Creek

When it comes to travel gear, I am a HUGE fan of the Eagle Creek brand. I use their rolling luggage (mine are the Tarmac 22 carry-on bag, and the FlipSwitch convertible wheeled backpack (full, check-in size), laptop bag, backpack and packing cubes. Pack-It Specter™ On Board toiletry kit So when I needed a new […]

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New England Road Trip, State 47: Maine

I’m nearing the end of my 50 by 50 quest to visit all 50 states by the time I turn 50 next month! A couple of weeks ago I headed to the East Coast with my mother, to knock off states 47-49. First up was Maine. Here’s what we did: State 47: Maine We spent […]

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Midwest Road Trip: 50 by 50

For a week over 4th of July, I took the Judester on a road trip through states #44-46 on my 50×50 quest: North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska. We flew into Denver and, over 1,600 miles, road tripped through the Midwest. We visited numerous national and state parks, including Scotts Bluff National Monument in Nebraska; […]

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Michigan: Fun in Ann Arbor for State #43

Early this month I visited my 43rd state on my 50 by 50 quest to see all 50 states by the time I turn 50 in September. Although there are many places in Michigan I would love to explore (Mackinac Island, the Upper Peninsula), I was lucky enough to land in the quirky, fun, charming town […]

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Q&A with Shelley at Latitude

I was recently interviewed by Latitude, a travel site aimed at sharing culturally-aware stories with passion, positivity and professionalism that inspires you to explore the world with an open mind. This interview was published on the site — you can read it here.   It shares thoughts on the pull of travel, safety issues, how to really […]

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State #42: Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park

Last week I flew into Jackson Hole, Wyoming for a long weekend exploring state #42 on my 50 by 50 quest to see all 50 US states by the time I turn 50 this September. My dog Selma and boyfriend Keith were along for the ride! Flights in and out are pretty spectacular, themselves — […]

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Treehouse Glamping in Texas Hill Country

Springtime in the Texas Hill Country is pretty spectacular — temperatures are mildly warm, the gorgeous wildflowers are out in full bloom, and everything is green (before our crazy-hot summers turn everything brown). What better way to experience the Hill Country than by glamping in a very cool treehouse, in Spicewood — about 45 minutes […]

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Family Fun in the Twin Cities: 50 by 50

Last week I crossed off states #40 and 41 in my quest to visit all 50 states by the time I turn 50 in September. This time, I took along a four-year-old for the adventure! It was spring break, mid-March — I knew it wouldn’t necessarily be the best weather or time to visit the […]

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Glamping: Nature staycation combined with comfort

Maybe you’re like me. Maybe you love nature. You love the “idea” of camping, if not particularly everything that comes with it. I am sort of an outdoors person. I like hiking, rafting, kayaking, wildlife … many outdoors adventures. But I also like to have a hot shower at the end of it. A comfy bed […]

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