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10 Places To Visit in 2014

The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G. K. Chesterton Are you thinking ahead towards next year’s travels and looking for some inspiration a little closer to home? I’ve compiled my list of the [...]

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Whale Watching in Seward, Alaska

After my time with the bears in Katmai National Park, I wasn’t sure how anything else could possibly come close to topping that experience. But Alaska kept showing me her best, and the second half of my trip was filled with stunning scenery, diverse wildlife and amazing experiences. A real highlight was the Kenai Fjords [...]

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Alaskan Adventures Along the Seward Scenic Byway

I’ve been in Alaska for just over 4 days now. I arrived on Saturday after a very long day of flying, exhausted but eager to explore the “Last Frontier.” The first part of my trip, and my main reason for making the trip to Alaska, was to visit Katmai National Park, home to Brooks Falls [...]

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2011: A Look Back

At first glance, 2011 was a bit of a tough travel year for me. Coming off of the epic-ness that was 2010 (A month backpacking around Australia and New Zealand?! Hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon?!) it’s been difficult to have to grapple with a consistent lack of excess cash and time off [...]

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My 7 Links (a 100 post milestone!)

This week, PackedSuitcase.com reached 100 posts. Hurray! It’s a huge milestone and I’ve been planning a celebration of sorts to look back at a few of my favorite posts. Serendipitously, Katie at Tripbase has recently initiated a fun challenge called My 7 Links. The gist is that nominated bloggers pick out worthy posts from our archives [...]

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Roadtrip: DC to Fallingwater

For as long as I can remember, I’ve yearned to visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterpiece Fallingwater. I remember first hearing about it on a children’s show as a kid (Sesame Street, perhaps?) and the concept of a house built over a stream, perfectly integrated with the surrounding environment has intrigued me ever since. It was “organic architecture”… decades before [...]

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Snapshot of the Week: Moorea, Tahiti

This week’s photos for the Snapshot of the Week feature are generously provided by the newly hitched Melissa Rustong. Thanks Melissa, and congratulations! Hilton Moorea Lagoon and Spa Tahiti: the ultimate honeymoon destination. With huts dotting the gleaming South Pacific Ocean, crystal clear water and both black AND white sand beaches, there’s no reason to [...]

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Travel Bucket Lists… Why I’m a Fan

To create (or not create) a travel bucket list… For many travelers, that is the question. I find that people tend to be solidly in one camp or the other. The common argument for people against the concept of writing down travel aspirations into a bucket list is that they feel that having a “checklist” [...]

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Snapshot of the Week: Milford Track

Milford Track. The 3 day, 33 mile hike in New Zealand’s majestic Fiorland is the lushest, greenest environment I’ve ever seen. The hike is often otherworldly- like a background imported directly out of the movie Avatar. It’s a botanic wonderland filled with draping moss, ferns, crookedly ancient trees, bubbling brooks, rushing waterfalls. You are fully [...]

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Snapshot of the Week: Milford Sound at Dawn

Early morning at Milford Sound. On this particular morning, the sun was out. It was early enough that the dozens of tour operators coming from Queenstown hadn’t yet set sail on the water, and all was still. I was lucky to capture this reflection, to have this private encounter with such a unique and popular [...]

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