Alaska Bucket List: 45+ Ultimate Things to Do in Alaska

Planning your once-in-a-lifetime trip to Alaska? Here are all of the things to put on your Alaska bucket list – with some local inclusions!

Travel, Blogging & Business Recap: October 2019

October starts the final quarter of the year – it’s also the 5-year anniversary of starting this blog. Read about my travel, blogging & business this month.

3 Days in San Jose: A South Bay Weekend Getaway

When you think of visiting the Bay Area, where comes to mind? San Francisco, definitely. Probably Oakland and/or Berkeley. Maybe somewhere in the North Bay like Napa or Santa Rosa in Sonoma County. Does San Jose come to mind? This is the final piece of the puzzle – the South Bay’s great weekend destination! Whether … Continue Reading

Harry Potter Bucket List: 12 Magical Things to Do in London

Still waiting on your Hogwarts letter of acceptance? Me too! I’m about… 20 or so years overdue, so I’ve decided to enter the Wizarding World in other ways whenever I can. To that end, I love seeking out Harry Potter things to do in London each time I visit my favorite city, and I’ve put … Continue Reading

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.