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My Travelversary: Year Five thumbnail

"Aim high, time flies." I stared down at the message I'd just cracked out of a fortune cookie and wondered at the odds that this particular prophecy had found me. I was in a strip mall takeout joint in my hometown of Albany, New York, where I was quietly celebrating the fact that five years to…

Aloha Therapy: My Secret Oahu Trip in Five Senses thumbnail

Have I ever told you guys that I’m like, the worst secret keeper in the world? Sure, when it comes to someone confiding in me about their secrets, I’m a lock-it-up-and-throw-away-the-key kind of girl. But the second I have a confidential tidbit of my own, you will find me either (a) giggling wide-eyed in the corner…

The Great Escape: Month 52 Roundup thumbnail

Oh, my monthly roundups. They are so ridiculously out of sync with real time now that I've considered axing the entire series, as I did recently with Photo of the Week. Yet I know this series has some loyal fans -- and I'm one of them! Apologies for the delay, but I suppose better is late…

A Top Down Tour of Joshua Tree National Park thumbnail

Have you ever wished that the whimsical destinations dreamed up by Dr. Seuss were real, and you could visit them yourself? At Joshua Tree National Park, you kind of can.  Last summer, I was bit hard by the national parks bug. I bought the America The Beautiful Parks Pass while visiting Grand Canyon and the Glen…

Decadent Days in the Palm Springs Desert thumbnail

As a pretty recent convert to the cult of California, there are almost endless options of new destinations for me to explore in the Golden State. Yet still, when planning out my two weeks there last fall, I was itching to return to Palm Springs. I'd loved my brief stay there the previous year, and vowed…

Sea Lion City: Diving Los Coronados from San Diego thumbnail

Pretty much from the moment I got certified seven years ago, it's just been a given: when I'm traveling near or around a body of water, I'm looking up the local diving in the area. Once I realized I was heading to California for two weeks and would have a dive buddy in the form of…

San Diego is For the Dogs: A Pet Friendly Travel Guide thumbnail

I think I've had a pretty wide breadth of experience when it comes to travel. I've traveled alone, I've traveled with friends, I've traveled with family, I've traveled with flings and serious boyfriends. But until recently, I've never traveled with the love of my life: my eleven-year-old cocker spaniel, Tucker. Regular readers know that Tucker is…

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