On My 6th Blogiversary – What I’ve Learned, Where I’ve Been & What’s Next

On this day in 2013, I published the first blog post here on Valerie & Valise. At the time, I had recently moved to Seattle and started a new job; I was fresh from a year living in London to get my MBA and exploring Europe on my weekends and terms breaks. I was bright-eyed … Continue Reading

10 Essentials You Need to Pack for Central Asia

Planning a trip to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, or Uzbekistan? Here are essentials you need to pack for Central Asia to ensure you have an unforgettable trip.

The 13 Best Alaskan Souvenirs from the Last Frontier

Planning a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Alaska? Leave some room in your bags to bring home of these – the best Alaskan souvenirs worth bringing home.

8 Magical Spots for Celebrating Christmas in Europe in 2019

Want to celebrate Christmas in Europe? Head to one of these eight European Christmas markets, from France to Germany, the Czech Republic to Vienna.

3 Days in Sedona: A Perfect Weekend Itinerary & Guide

Planning a weekend in Sedona, Arizona? Here’s everything you need to build an itinerary for 3 days in Sedona among the red rocks and vortexes.

What to Do During a Layover? 10 Ways Make the Most of Airport Layovers

Airport layovers: an unfortunate inevitability when you travel. Or are they? While spending extra time at a random airport C can be a bummer when you’re trying to get from A to B, they don’t have to be a total loss. Actually here are plenty of things to do during a layover. After traveling most … Continue Reading

Travel, Blogging, & Business Recap: September 2019

Back by popular demand, here’s a recap of my travels, Valerie & Valise blogging work, and business income in September 2018.

3 Days in Downtown Napa: What to Eat & Drink (Beyond Wine)

If you have 3 days in Napa, spend some time in Downtown Napa! Here’s what to eat, drink, and do – beyond wine tasting – in Napa county’s biggest city.

17 Local Central Asia Foods & Drinks to Try on Your First Trip

Planning a trip to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, or another Central Asian country? Add these Central Asia food and drinks to your must-try list!