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 ...


50 by 50 Accomplished!!

I just returned from Alaska yesterday — my 50th state, which was the culmination of my #50by50 quest to visit all 50 states by my 50th birthday. Well, my birthday ...


New England Road Trip, State 49: Connecticut

After visiting Maine and Rhode Island to begin wrapping up my 50 by 50 quest, my mom and I headed into Connecticut — my second to last US state! We ...



New England Road Trip, State 48: Rhode Island

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

New England Road Trip, State 47: Maine

I’m nearing the end of my 50 by 50 quest to visit ...

Midwest Road Trip: 50 by 50

For a week over 4th of July, I took the Judester on ...

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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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What I Learned: Cuba Travel Tips

I made it to Cuba, spending the New Year there. I have to admit that I didn’t totally fall in love with the country — I’ve been wanting to go for a long time, and especially once things have started easing up on the restrictions between the U.S. and Cuba, I wanted to go before […]

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Cuba in Photographs

A few days ago I returned from my first-ever trip to Cuba. A very photographic place in terms of the architecture, cars, and just the way the country occupies a certain space and time in the world today that no other place does. Here is my Cuba experience in photos.

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Selma’s Scene: Travel from a Dog’s Eye View

Hi, I’m Selma! I’m a shih tzu living with Shelley, who writes this blog, and her sometimes travel companion. You can follow me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! I wanted to tell you about the fun trip we took last month, and everything I enjoyed from a dog’s eye view. I’ve been on a road trip […]

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Country Roads: West Virginia Road Trip

I couldn’t keep the song from coming into my head whenever I was driving through the parks and countryside during last week’s road trip to West Virginia. The country roads were peaceful, although I arrived a week or two too late for the best fall foliage. I drove into West Virginia, my 39th state in […]

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