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New Design, New Mission… My Travel Blogging Manifesto

After nearly 4 years, it’s time to shake things up around here! Today I’m unveiling a brand new site design, created by the talented team at Hop and Jaunt. We’ve been working together tirelessly over the last few weeks to develop a look that embodied the fun, bold and whimsical emotions that I feel about travel. […]

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Mt. Tongariro’s Erupting

Nearly 4 years ago, I hiked the Tongariro Crossing on New Zealand’s North Island. Rugged and steep and notoriously treacherous, it was by far the most difficult hike I’d ever completed at that time. But the effort was worth it — it was gorgeous. I was really amazed by the otherworldly landscape that unfolded at […]

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2012: A Look Ahead

A new year = a fresh start. At least, that’s my mantra du jour as we say farewell to 2011 and ring in 2012. Last week, I posted a look back at my travel adventures and achievements of 2011. Now’s the exciting part… looking ahead to the future! With some reflection, I’ve noticed that my years […]

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Here and There: 4.22.11

RANDOM MUSINGS ABOUT THE WEEK’S MOST INTERESTING TRAVEL STORIES… He’s at it again… Richard Branson, Virgin’s enigmatic founder, lost a recent bet to AirAsia’s CEO. His penalty? He’ll act as an  female flight attendant (cross dressing, shaved legs, in-flight duties and all!), on a May 1st charity flight from London to Kuala Lumpur. If only I had $7,000 for a […]

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Here and There: 4.15.11

RANDOM MUSINGS ABOUT THE WEEK’S MOST INTERESTING TRAVEL STORIES… Well, this should be interesting… Journalist Paul Carr is on a quest to stay a night in each of the hotels on the Las Vegas strip. In 33 days he’ll stay at 33 hotels… and did I mention he doesn’t drink? Best post so far is […]

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Here and There: 4.8.11

RANDOM MUSINGS ABOUT THE WEEK’S MOST INTERESTING TRAVEL STORIES… Lucky in love, lucky in life? A couple on their 4 month honeymoon with their infant daughter narrowly missed six natural disasters, including the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Helpful tip: If you see them out in the world, run the other way. (AOL Travel) In an […]

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Here and There: 2.20.11

Random musings about the week’s most interesting travel articles… -If you thought the “Haunted Mansion” ride at Disney was scary, a UK Theme Park boasts an honest to God headless monk that haunts the grounds and causes a ruckus. (Jaunted) -Darth Vader is finding an image boost this month. First, he made a splash at the Superbowl […]

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Indoor Park Pops Up in New York

 Photo credit: serge de garcia  With freezing temperatures and the weekly snowstorm dropping inches upon inches of snow, what’s a bored, depressed New Yorker to do? Thanks to the Openhouse Gallery and their “Park Here” exhibition, they can go to the park and get a glimpse of spring. Actually, it’s an indoor park […]

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Here and There: 2.4.11

Random musings about the week’s most interesting travel articles… You always hear that blondes have more fun. Well, this so-called “fantasy resort” in the Maldives is switching things up a bit and putting the blondies to work. (Huffington Post) Instead of giving the kids a coloring book to keep them occupied, hand them a print […]

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The Google Art Project and What It Means for Travel

The line between travel and technology has just gotten a little thinner. With today’s unveiling of the Google Art Project, art enthusiasts, teachers and travelers alike can universally access 17 of the world’s best art museums, including New York’s MOMA, the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg and France’s Palace of Versailles. All with the […]

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Here and There: 1.27.11

Random musings about the week’s most interesting travel articles… Wanna fly on a private jet? Well, if you have $1000 to spare, now you can. (Jaunted)  The happiness continues for the rescued Chilean Miners. They’re heading to Disney World! (Huffington Post) Do you want to travel the world for 80 days for free? Silly question… of […]

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I’m “Published!”

As you may have seen from one of my earlier Packed Suitcase blog postings, Travel Channel has a private, internal employee blog where we can post our travel experiences and pictures. There are often contests to help give us the incentive to post, which has lead to a surplus of fun and often compelling stories. […]

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