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3 Days in Kent, Washington: The Best Things to See, Do & Eat

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Looking for a quick, easy city break from Seattle? Consider Kent, Washington! This southern city has a lot to offer, including great urban parks and global cuisine. Here's how to spend three days in Kent.

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3 Days in Huntington Beach: The Best Things to See & Do

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Need a beach weekend getaway? Surf City USA is the place to go! Here's everything you need to plan a trip for three days in Huntington Beach.

A Tieks Alternative? The Softstar Ballerine Flat Review

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Looking for an alterative to Tieks? Read my review of the Softstar Ballerine Flat, a comfortable leather, travel-friendly ballet flat.

10 Days in Italy: An Itinerary & Guide to Rome, Venice & More

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Italy is one of the world's popular destinations – for good reason! Here's an itinerary for spending 10 days in Italy, including Rome, Florence, and Venice!

3 Days in Grand Rapids, Michigan: The Best Things to See & Do

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Where the Grand River creates a great arch on its way to Lake Michigan, a town formed to handle the...

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What to See and Do on a Trip to Houston, Texas

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Overlooked by other big cities around the U.S., Houston is a city of surprising color, culture, and urban spaces. If you're planning a trip to Houston and want to spend your days exploring the city, here are 10 exciting ideas.

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How to Visit the San Juan Islands

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The San Juan Island archipelago consists of over 400 islands and rocks, though only 128 are named, and only four are easily accessible to the public by way of the Washington State Ferry system. If you want to visit the San Juan Islands, here's a guide including how to get there, where to go, and where to stay.

On My 31st Birthday: A 40 Before 40 Check-In

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It's my 31st birthday, so let's celebrate! Look back on the 40 goals I set for this decade of my life, which ones I accomplished, and which ones I'm hoping to accomplish in the coming year.

3 Days in Kotor, Montenegro: The Best Things to See & Do

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Named by Lonely Planet as the top destination for 2016, Kotor is rightfully one of my top recommendations in Europe. Here is a guide to spending a weekend exploring this small but enigmatic Montenegrin town.

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How to Use a Travel Guidebook to Plan Your Next Trip

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You've booked your tickets; now it's time to plan the trip. Where do you start? With a guidebook, of course! Not sure how to use one? Here's everything you need to know on how to use a travel guidebook to plan your next trip – and why guidebooks are an irreplaceable resource for travelers of all kinds.

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The Best Place to See the Redwoods Near San Francisco

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Whether you're visiting or call the Bay Area home, you may want to see the Redwoods near San Francisco. Here are my recommendations on where to experience the magic of the Redwoods first-hand – and why I avoid Muir Woods unless I only have a few hours to spend in the forest.

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A Perfect 3-Day Road Trip on the Yucatan, Mexico

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While most travelers spend all their time in Cancun, strike out! Plan a Yucatan road trip and you'll experience all this region of Mexico has to offer.

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What to Pack for Cancun, Mexico

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Planning a trip to Cancun, whether it's one of those all-inclusive resorts or an independent exploration of the Yucatan? Here's everything you need to pack!

Everything You Need to Know About Tieks: An Honest Review in 2018

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Everybody raves about Tieks, but are they worth it? Here's my honest review of whether Tieks are worth the price – one year after buying my first pair.

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A Mantra for 2018: Work, Travel, and Life

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Once again, it's time to set a yearly mantra for 2018. Learn which words I considered this year, and the word I finally end up choosing as my mantra.

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