Today’s #FriFotos theme is “WINGS.” It brought back fond memories of my summer trip to Alaska… and my flight in a float plane! It was terrifying at first – made even scarier by the fact that I witnessed a similar plane CRASH INTO A BOAT right as I was set to board. Everyone was miraculously [...]
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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 [...]
Every July, the largest sockeye salmon migration in the entire world occurs on the Brooks River in Alaska’s Katmai National Park and Preserve. The guarantee of a bountiful food source draws many of the park’s 2,300 brown bears– which are like grizzlies, but 100-150 pounds heavier!– and around 10,000 tourists annually, eager to observe and [...]
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 [...]
In just a few days, I embark on a week-long trip to Ontario, Canada. I’ve got ambitious plans for such a quick trip, with stops in both Toronto and Ottawa on the agenda. Ontario’s slogan is “Yours to Discover” and I have no doubt that I will be discovering a ton about our neighbors to [...]
I am fresh back from my trip to Mexico. I had an awesome time… but am in the midst of some serious Cancun-withdrawal. To help me transition back to the real world, I wanted to share one of the experiences I had on my trip. One day during the week, I visited the Mayan ruins [...]
After a glorious fall filled with fun local travels and a lot of really hard work, tomorrow I’m heading off to one of my favorite locales… Cancun, Mexico. I’ve been traveling to Cancun’s pearly white sand beaches every Thanksgiving break since I was in middle school. Needless to say, it’s been a long time and [...]
I’ve had a long-time love affair with London. I’ll never forget stopping over there briefly in college after a semester in Italy. The moody weather, friendly black cab drivers, accessible and dignified culture and (let’s be honest) adorable accents left such an impression that it was the destination I chose for my first solo trip [...]
After driving over 5 hours yesterday to visit Olympic’s beaches and the Hoh Rainforest, we stuck closer to our campsite for our third and final day. But in Olympic, we didn’t need to drive far to experience some magnificent scenery. We started by taking the 17 mile road from Port Angeles up, up, up! to [...]
Just shy of 1,500 square miles, Olympic National Park is the 13th largest National Park in the US. Olympic’s unique because it contains 3 distinct eco-systems within its borders. At lower elevations, it’s home to temperate rain forests with moss-drapped trees and ferns aplenty. Then, there’s the 73 miles of coastline with rugged sea stacks, [...]
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Packed Suitcase is a travel blog featuring quick, satisfying trips that can easily be done in a weekend from a mid-Atlantic home base.
All throughout the site, you'll find inspiration, tips, gorgeous photography and itineraries for the best quick-trip destinations, with special emphasis on showing the awesome side of lesser-known places and experiences.
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My name is Chris and I'm a National Geographic Channel producer by day and a freelance travel blogger and photographer by night.
I’m passionate about empowering and enabling readers to find accessible ways to travel within their time-off constraints to become weekend warriors.
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The Day I Drank 282 Year-Old Rum
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On a recent trip to Southern Delaware, I was given a shot of rum from a 282 year-old bottle recovered from a 1733 Spanish shipwreck. Whoa...