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The Best Quick Trip Tip… Ever!

If you’ve been reading my blog of late, you probably have noticed a number of “2 days in ______” itineraries. It’s not that I wouldn’t love to have longer to explore world-famous destinations like Montreal, Seattle or Sydney, but I share the plight of so many other Americans in today’s economy… I only have two weeks [...]

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How to Travel Local

I’m halfway through October’s Local Travel Month, and last week I shared why you should travel local. Today, I wanted to let you in on a few ways that will help you get in on the Local Travel movement, too. Here are my top tips… * Visit your local tourism office and grab any brochures that [...]

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Why Travel Local

This August, I spent a few days camping right outside Olympic National Park. We’d spend dawn to dusk exploring the park as much as possible. One night, we returned so late that we were even locked out of our campground! On our last night, we made sure to come back early enough so we’d have time [...]

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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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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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My 7 Links (a 100 post milestone!)

This week, PackedSuitcase.com reached 100 posts. Hurray! It’s a huge milestone and I’ve been planning a celebration of sorts to look back at a few of my favorite posts. Serendipitously, Katie at Tripbase has recently initiated a fun challenge called My 7 Links. The gist is that nominated bloggers pick out worthy posts from our archives [...]

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Travel Bucket Lists… Why I’m a Fan

To create (or not create) a travel bucket list… For many travelers, that is the question. I find that people tend to be solidly in one camp or the other. The common argument for people against the concept of writing down travel aspirations into a bucket list is that they feel that having a “checklist” [...]

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10 Vacation Days: How to Make the Most of Your Time Off

Originally posted on GoGirlGuides.com on 3/28/11: If you’re reading this right now, chances are you love to travel. It is one of your priorities and part of your daily daydream regiment. However, it’s also pretty likely that you have only 2 weeks of vacation, especially if you’re just starting out in your career. A mere [...]

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Reflections on a Semester Abroad… 10 years later

January 11, 2001. I coughed in the ancient Italian cathedral. Loudly. It was the kind of cough that goes on and on; the persistent itch you can’t get rid of and if you try you just end up making it worse. Inside San Miniato’s stone walls, my coughs echoed throughout the sacred space until my [...]

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New Zealand… there and back again

For the past 5 years or so, I’ve really yearned for some tangible time off to travel. One or two weeks just doesn’t always cut it, especially if you want to go far, but quitting your job for the sake of travel never made much sense to me either (especially since I graduated early from [...]

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