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[Colorado Springs, CO, Jul 5, 2018] I spent four days in Colorado Springs last weekend for my friend May’s one-year wedding anniversary. May moved to Colorado about two years ago from...

[Augusta, GA, June 2, 2018] Once my visit to Congaree National Park was over, it was time to connect with friends! On my way back to Augusta, I stopped by the...

[Congaree National Park, June 2, 2018] As the week of Memorial Day drew to a close and my conference wound down, it was time to head to Augusta, GA for the...

[Orlando, FL – May 29, 2018] From hidden gems to tourist traps in one day – that is the life of a travel blogger. If you read my previous post, you...

[Winter Park, FL – May 28/29, 2018] A work conference the week of Memorial Day brought me to Orlando, FL – amusement park capital of the world. The conference started on...

[May 25, 2018] The Kilauea eruption on the Big Island of Hawaii is in its third week. The majority of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is closed, and many people are worried...

[Channels Islands National Park – Anacapa Island, March 29, 2018]  The five islands that make up Channel Islands national park sit just off the coast of Ventura, CA. They had been...

One of the most useful things I picked up from Rick Steve’s Italy guidebook was how valuable museum passes are. Museum passes are also sometimes known as “city cards”, e.g. the...

If you came here from my post on 3 reasons to use a guidebook, thanks for reading! And if you just got here and are wondering why you should even use...

I just finished planning an 8-day national park excursion in Washington state in July. Planning trips is not everyone’s favorite activity, but I love it. I like learning about my destination...

[Miami, FL, Sat, Dec 30, 2017] No longer a hidden gem, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is still a good place to go if you’d like escape the hustle and bustle (and...

[Biscayne National Park, FL, Dec 29, 2017] Although the Everglades get all the glory, Florida actually has two other national parks – Dry Tortugas, which I wrote about earlier, and Biscayne...