Today I’m taking a quick break from my usual mid-Atlantic travel coverage to feature my recent road trip through Bavarian Germany and Salzburg, Austria. Bavaria is best known for its abundance of picture-perfect villages with ornately painted wood houses, fairy tale castles, green farmland dotted with friendly tan and white cows, traditional bierhauses with overflowing […]
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This week, I’m co-hosting the #FriFotos Twitter Event with @EpsteinTravels, @CharlesYap, @TravelDesigned and @lindsey_epperly. The theme? TREES! Here are my favorite tree photos… enjoy!
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 […]
I’ve always loved photographing windows. The structure, the architecture… the promise of what view lies outside it. Something about them always has enticed me to whip out my camera and snap a quick shot. And sometimes, it isn’t even the actual window itself, per se, but the way a reflection bounces off of the glassy surface […]
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 guest post is by Noella Schink. When I had the chance at a dirt-cheap air fare from Boston to Dublin a few years ago, I took it—even though the caveat was that the trip could only be one week long. I hadn’t been to Ireland before, and was eager to visit, even with the […]
This guest post is by Mandy Kilinskis. I think society has matured to the point where we can all openly admit that we’re nerds about something. And whether we’re architecture nerds or music nerds, we like to incorporate that into our travels. So if you’re looking to make your next trip a little nerdy, one […]
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 […]
London is one of my all time favorite cities. Whenever I have a chance to visit, I go through the same ritual when I first arrive. Fly in early on a Saturday morning, drop off my bags at my hotel, hop on the tube and head to Borough Market to nosh on Kappacasein‘s famous Grilled […]
In college, I studied abroad in the city that started the Renaissance: the magnificent Florence, Italy. I spent my time there living the good life: wandering the cobblestone streets, visiting markets and museums, sampling gelato from every notable place in town and eating enough pizza and pasta to feed a small village… balanced amongst my […]
Welcome to Packed Suitcase!
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...