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With just 40 days until Christmas (can you even believe that?) I thought it was time to open your eyes to some of America’s best Christmas markets. Oh, you thought Christmas markets only existed in Europe?  I was right there with you, but some amazing things are happening across America to help you get into the holiday spirit. If you’ve never had the opportunity to experience a Christmas market, it should be on your holiday to-do list. They’re much more personal than going to a shopping mall (you’re getting to meet with and talk to the booth operators) and extremely social. I know you’re eager for the list, (more…)

11 American Christmas Markets

11 American Christmas Markets

With just 40 days until Christmas (can you even believe that?) I thought it was time to open your eyes to some of America’s best Christmas markets. Oh, you thought Christmas markets only existed in Europe?  I was right there with you, but some amazing things are happening across America to help you get into the holiday spirit. If you’ve never had the opportunity to experience a Christmas market, it should be on your holiday to-do list. They’re much more…

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8 Ways Travel Makes Your Life Richer

8 Ways Travel Makes Your Life Richer

“You should travel more,” “you need to take a trip,” “you need to get away,” and my personal favorite “you deserve to travel.” Regardless of it’s because you’re burnt out at work, you need a little “me” time or feel stressed, travel seems always to be the solution to everyone’s problems. If this is the case, then why don’t we do more of it? There are lots of different reasons for this based off of your situation, but I am…

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My Day in Siena | What to see when you only have a few hours

My Day in Siena | What to see when you only have a few hours

“Cor Magis Tibi Sena Pandit.” Siena opens her heart out to you much wider than this door! This inscription, located on the front of Porta Camollia; the Northernmost section of The Sienese Gates, is the epitome of what you will feel as you meander down the streets of the city. Now I’ll be honest with you; I didn’t want to make this trip. I say this not because I had anything against going, but I didn’t have any burning desire to leave…

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Inspirational Travel Quotes to Get Your Bags Packed & Seeing the World

Inspirational Travel Quotes to Get Your Bags Packed & Seeing the World

Travel. Most people love the idea of doing it; they even go so far as to look into doing it. But then something stops us. Sometimes it’s fear, life, money or a combination of all three things. Chances are if you’re reading this post you are either naturally curious about what it says or are needing a little inspiration into the direction of travel. I empathize with your situation if you fall into the latter of those two statements. Speaking…

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The wow factor

The wow factor

The other night I was out to dinner with some friends, and I found myself completely and utterly distracted the entire time. Usually a pro with eye contact during conversation, I was as distracted as the squirrel in Ice Age chasing the Acorn. No, the people were not boring me to death. I found myself completely enchanted with my surroundings. Strings of lights hung from the dome-shaped ceiling making you feel as though it was going to begin raining diamonds…

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Summer Vacation in Europe- how to do it on a budget.

Summer Vacation in Europe- how to do it on a budget.

With the official kick-off to summer weeks away, many are beginning to plan their long-awaited vacations. When it comes to your summer traveling most people like to stick to what they know. Believe me; I get it. If you know you already like doing something why deviate? Well, for starters, it’s a great big world out there. The world that you can see for less money than you may think. When we think of a European getaway, the next phrase…

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5 Must Have Rome Experiences

5 Must Have Rome Experiences

Rome. Caput Mundi or ‘Capitol of the World.’ Located in the Lazio region of Central Italy on the Tiber. The history of this city spans more than 2,500 years. Now as a born and raised New Yorker I am always comparing the other main cities of the world to my city. Making checklists of where they seem to fall short. If you talk to any other New Yorker, you will notice that we are quick to let you know that…

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I left my heart in Amman

I left my heart in Amman

In 2015, just two months after a move from Southern California to Bahrain, I took my first off-island trip. This trip took me to the magical Kingdom of Jordan. The country, its people, history, and topography are a site to be seen. The religious significance of Jordan and its geographic location are reasons enough to visit there in their rights. Jordan sits at the crossroads of Asia, Africa, and Europe. It shares borders with Saudi Arabia to the east and…

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Paris, Part Une

Paris, Part Une

When you find yourself living in a part of the world that isn’t exactly busting at the seams with Christmas, you cannot wait to get to a place that has a holiday feeling. I had never been to Paris before this trip. As a New Yorker, I’ve always felt the need to come to this city.  Now I was finally getting my chance. I was reminded a lot of New York from the moment we exited our plane at the…

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Don’t forget India

Don’t forget India

This morning I found myself falling back into an old habit; mindlessly scrolling through Facebook while I wake up. I stumbled upon a comment in a military spouse group I’m a member of “Congratulations to all those selected for Quantico!” I flew out of bed as if the house were on fire. I scrambled down the stairs with my eye mask still halfway over my right eye, one sock missing and my pajama pant leg pushed up I was a…

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