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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A few weeks ago, I waxed poetic about the wonders of Ottawa after my very first visit to Canada’s capital city. Today, the sheen still hasn’t worn off. I dream of returning and revisiting some of the places that I discovered on my trip. Thankfully, Ottawa’s just a brief plan ride from many North American cities, [...]
Last Thursday, I spent the night sprawled out on a row of benches in Toronto’s Pearson Airport. Would you believe it was my first time sleeping in an airport? Considering how much travel I’ve done in my lifetime, that’s no small feat! But there’s a first time for everything, and this time, the perfect storm of circumstances [...]
Last week, I met a man on the train between Toronto and Ottawa. We exchanged the normal how-do-you-do’s, bonded over the unparalleled perks of VIA Rail business-class train travel and started to chat about our journey. When he discovered I was a travel blogger headed to Canada’s capital city, he furtively looked around the cabin [...]
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 [...]
Montreal. How I’ve lived in Washington, DC, a mere 10 drive hours away, for 31 years without taking the time to visit this gem of a city is beyond me. It is, for lack of a more exciting or descriptive word… lovely. A true remedy for any American’s wanderlust. I wasn’t sure what to expect. [...]
Mon dieu! My French 101 learning experience recently came to an end. After nearly 3 months of weekly classes, I’ll be the first to admit that I am far from fluent. But, the experience and effort was not for naught- I can proudly say that through the duration of the course I learned how to count [...]
This past Memorial Day weekend, while friends and family were heralding in the start of summer with BBQs and lazy afternoons by the pool, I was practicing my French while exploring the charming cobblestone streets of Montreal, Canada. I’ve been eager to visit Montreal for years, and I was excited to be able to use [...]
In a few short days, I pack up my car and embark on a Memorial Day weekend road trip. My destination? Montreal, Canada! For the past few years, I’ve been dreaming about Montreal. In my reverie, it represents a little piece of Europe right here in North America, with charming cobblestone streets, dim and seductive [...]
Photo via Tourist-Destinations.com Tomorrow, I take my very first class of French 101. Up until now the extent of my French knowledge has started and stopped at the movie “Amelie,” so I am excited and more than a little bit nervous to begin my lessons. Since I have publicly deemed 2012 the year of French [...]
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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.
Have weekend travels worthy of the Monday morning water cooler… without having to take a lot of time off of work.
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...