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 [...]
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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 stumbled across a marked-up essay from 1997 as I was cleaning out a dusty and over-filled cabinet. Sitting on my floor, papers littered all around me, I was transfixed as I re-read it to myself. The assignment was simple- “Write a descriptive essay.” While the topic was open-ended, it was clear to me [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Imagine waking up in paradise. You start with breakfast on your balcony, enjoying the warm breeze and the views of the turquoise Caribbean ocean before venturing down to spend the day under a palapa on the beach or lounging by the pool. Happy hour starts at 3, and the only decision you really need to [...]
Ah, Cancun. My tropical home away from home! I’m freshly back from a 9 day vacation at the Royal Resorts in sunny Cancun, Mexico, where I spent my days lounging by the pool, heading to the spa and relaxing by the ocean with a Banana Monkey in hand. To say it was glorious is an understatement! Here are just a few [...]
THIS BLOG IS RE-POSTED FROM A TRAVEL CHANNEL STAFF CONTEST… WE WERE ASKED WHICH WORLD BEACH WE’D MOST WANTED TO BE STRANDED, AND THIS WAS MY RESPONSE! On which world beach would you most like to be stranded? I consider myself a bit of a “beach enthusiast,” and I’ve been lucky to travel to all [...]
Another couple of days have gone by, and I’m long overdue for an update! Things are still going great- can you believe the week is half over?? Monday night and Tuesday, we stuck pretty close to home. With a couple notables. After blogging on Monday night, I rushed upstairs for our yearly traditional spaghetti dinner. [...]
Hola! Everything is still going great in Mexico. Weather is beautful, family is fun- perfect perfect. Yesterday, Sunday, we spent the day on the (limited, rocky) beach and by the pool with a break mid-day at 1 for the Welcome Party. I never miss the Welcome Party- sure, the music is cheesy, but there is [...]
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...