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Extreme Light Packing For Ladies

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My perception is that most minimalist packing lists are for men. Further research has shown this to be untrue, but I still want to add my own to help others who want to pack light.

All About the Architecture in Fort Lauderdale

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On a tour of Central Beach Fort Lauderdale, I was immersed and enchanted by the history and architecture of the hotels.

A Mantra for 2016

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Inspired by my friend Malia from Shoyu Sugar, I'm picking a single word to focus on in the coming year. 'Minimize' is my mantra for 2016.

How to Be an Airport Security Rockstar

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Here are four simple rules to make your experience better when going through U.S. Airport Security -- and everyone else's too.

Musings from My Time Aboard the Rocky Mountaineer

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I may not have found a narrative aboard the Rocky Mountaineer, but other thoughts, experiences, and answers presented themselves. Read on for a look at the unstructured notes I took.

How to Pick the Perfect Travel Scarf

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I never leave home without one, so I know what to look for in the perfect travel scarf. Here are a few questions to ask yourself to figure out which is best for you.

Petra, Jordan

5 Reasons to Put Jordan on Your Bucket List

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As long as I can remember, Jordan has been on my bucket list for one reason: the Dead Sea. Here are four other reasons to visit (as though you need them!).

Sutro Baths Featured

All About the History of Sutro Baths

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Dive into the history of Sutro Baths, and discover why I loved the fact that I could really explore this unexpected wonder near San Francisco.


What to Pack for Indianapolis (and Summer in the Midwest)

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I'm headed to Indianapolis this weekend -- the Crossroads of America, and the heart of the intense Midwest summer weather. Here's what to pack if you're planning the same.

Canadian Rockies

What to Pack for Western Canada (+ Printable Packing List!)

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It's been a while since I shared a packing list -- here's a revamped version & printable version that will hopefully help you too, if you're ever visiting Western Canada!

On my 28th Birthday: A 30 Before 30 Checkup

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Six months down, twenty-four to go. Here is my annual checkup on my 30 Before 30 goals... just in time for my birthday!

30 Before 30

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With only 30 months before I turn 30 years old, I've written a list of goals to help make my birthday a celebration of the past while looking eagerly toward the future.

Mornings at Moon Palace

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Like many other travelers who look deeper than the nearest gift shop--or fellow Moon Palace guests who look no further than the nearest bar--, I am a firm believer that the mornings reveal the most about a destination.

How to Pick the Perfect Pacific Coast Highway Rental Car

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When planning your ultimate PCH road trip, don't skip choosing a perfect car. Here's how to pick the ultimate Pacific Coast Highway Rental.

Where to Begin: My Travel Bucket List

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Welcome to the first post on Valerie & Valise! Learn about my travel bucket list, a set of goals I want to accomplish in my life and document on this blog.

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