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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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
My Most Popular Post
The Day I Drank 282 Year-Old Rum
(70,000+ views and counting!)
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...