Cefalù: Perfect Day Trip from Palermo, Sicily

Cefalù: Perfect Day Trip from Palermo, Sicily

Palermo, Sicily makes for a great weekend trip, and there are also great spots around the city that you can easily fit into your trip (like Cefalù) especially if you make your visit a long weekend. I’m so glad that my friend Isabel and I planned for an extra day, which let us enjoy one of my favorite formats for 3-day weekend trips – a city day on each end with the middle day to spend outdoors or doing something…

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Summer Bucket List: Making the Most of the Season

Summer Bucket List: Making the Most of the Season

Summer is a season where as a child you likely were off from school, and had a whole bunch of activities to enjoy while on vacation. For me, the thought of summer evokes the warmth of the summer sun and memories of playing and frolicking outside while I could. In a way, even then, I had a ‘Summer Bucket List.’ Even though I’m an adult older now, not much has changed. I’ll use any excuse to stay outdoors and have…

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Rules for Travel That I Swear By

Rules for Travel That I Swear By

Travel is something so personal, so particular to the individual, that it might seem weird to think about rules for travel. Certainly you should take trips that work for you, but over lots of different types of travel – backpacking, luxury, weekend getaways, & everything in between – I have honed my own travel savvy guidelines for making the most of any trip: The first time you see something you like, buy it. It sounds simple enough, but in the…

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Confessions of a Travel Addict (& all the other ways I get my fix)

Confessions of a Travel Addict (& all the other ways I get my fix)

As I walk out of the theater, the bustle of Times Square and the city of New York surrounds me, but I am pleasantly removed from it all as I float along, caught up in my thoughts. Thinking about the play, considering the characters. I can’t bear the thought of checking my cell phone to see what happened in the intervening time. So I don’t. I am drawn toward Central Park, so begin meandering north. I feel an urgent need…

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Foodie Bucket List: How to Eat Like a Local in Belize

Foodie Bucket List: How to Eat Like a Local in Belize

Belize is a bit of a melting pot, with its food representing many different influences, all delicious. The varied cuisine in Belize is no surprise, given that it is located at a crossroads between Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. There are also Mayan influences dating back thousands of years, seen in the many Belizean dishes based around corn tortillas and beans. Before visiting, I spent a bit of time researching and compiling a list of local dishes that are…

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9 Reasons Belize Should Be Your Next Travel Destination

9 Reasons Belize Should Be Your Next Travel Destination

Belize is a destination that over-delivers, with unexpected adventure and incredibly easy travel on any budget. My decision to visit Belize was a bit last-minute, so it ended up being a solo trip, since there wasn’t enough time to coordinate with anyone and I had a narrow time window that worked with my schedule. Certainly I love to travel solo, although I do think about and plan my travel a bit differently when I know I’ll be on my own….

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Yayoi Kusama’s Art: Exhibitions I’ve Seen & Where to Catch Her Next

Yayoi Kusama’s Art: Exhibitions I’ve Seen & Where to Catch Her Next

How did I go from Kusama being an artist I had never heard of and just happened to stumble upon to waiting almost 3 hours to see an exhibit of hers last month? Like all great travel experiences, walking through a Kusama exhibition makes me feel like a tiny speck in a giant universe and compels me to look out on the world with a new sense of wonder. Usually those sensations for me are reserved for being out in…

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How to Spend One Day in Lake Como, Italy

How to Spend One Day in Lake Como, Italy

When I say the word “lake,” what do you imagine? A small, oval-shaped body of water where you could easily row to the other side in a boat? A modest-sized swimming hole for a quick dip as you hike in the woods? Your imagination has probably conjured up something relatively tiny, but the lakes of northern Italy – including Lake Como – are anything but. Instead of your typical circular or oval body of water, Lake Como is like an…

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16 Travel Essentials for Every Kind of Trip

16 Travel Essentials for Every Kind of Trip

Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Whether it’s an outdoor adventure, relaxing on the beach, or wine tasting, there are some travel essentials that you’ll want to have on hand for every kind of trip you might take. There are a lot of travel products that many backpackers and bloggers consider essential, but I just don’t use them. For example, unless you’re doing a long camping trip or are staying in super-budget accommodations, you probably don’t need a miniature…

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Why The Best Packing Strategy is to Pack As Poorly As Possible

Why The Best Packing Strategy is to Pack As Poorly As Possible

There are a lot of competing ideas about which packing strategy is best, but this is all about a very different, but highly-effective piece of advice. Most define packing success as sitting on top of an overstuffed bag and just getting it to zip closed. Possibly by sitting and jumping on top! The packing ritual been hilariously portrayed in many films, and you’ve probably lived it yourself getting ready for a vacation. But here’s the thing. One of the eternal…

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