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October 9, 2017

24 Hours in Baltimore

Today I want to share with you all a place that is near and dear to my heart – Maryland. Specifically, Baltimore. This is the city where my mom worked as a nurse for the first time, and the city where my dad flew helicopters and worked for the Maryland State Police. My parents met and married in Baltimore, before moving to Elkton where I was born! I moved to Idaho when I was 6. Without further ado, let’s see what you can do with 24 hours in Baltimore, Maryland.

Baltimore Harbor

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The Baltimore Harbor is definitely one of the more beautiful parts of a sometimes not so pretty city. It provides great views of downtown Baltimore, as well as plenty to do. There are awesome restaurants, boat tours, museums and other activities that sit right on the harbor.

National Aquarium

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One of those museums that sits right on the harbor is the National Aquarium. They have a TON of different aquatic animals, ranging from sharks to frogs to turtles. They really have something for everyone, as it’s interactive and fun for kids and adults alike.

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Federal Hill Park

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Federal Hill Park is located just south of the city center, and offers some of the best views of downtown Baltimore and the city in general. Federal Hill was used during the Civil War as a military post, and boasts some super interesting history.

Peabody Library

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The Peabody Library is a spectacular sight. It’s regarded as one of the most beautiful interiors in the world. It’s absolutely stunning, and free for public use, so don’t miss out on this one when you visit Baltimore!

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October 9, 2017

Best Camping in the Northwest

My family and I spent tons of time camping all over the Northwest throughout my childhood and adolescence. I wanted to share with you guys my favorite spots for camping in the northwest.

Mt. Rainier

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I have a serious love for Mt. Rainier. Whether it’s flying over it on a flight out of Seattle, or camping at the bottom of it, Mt. Rainier is gorgeous. It can also be seen from Seattle on a sunny day! Mt. Rainier is gorgeous, and hosts tons of different campgrounds. It also has hiking trails and for the talented, you can hike to the top.

Crater Lake National Park

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This is a landmark in Oregon that will just absolutely take your breath away in person. It’s stunning that the surrounding area just juts up around it. Again, since crater lake is a national park, there is camping all over the place.

Cape Disappointment

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Cape Disappointment is located at the southwestern corner of Washington state. As you look across the Columbia river, you’re actually looking at Oregon! Cape Disappointment has a stunning lighthouse that it’s most famous for, as well as several campgrounds.

Salt Creek Recreation Area

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Salt Creek Recreation Area is located in northern Washington. Across the strait of Juan de Fuca is Canada! Salt Creek used to be a World War II Military camp, so there’s tons of awesome history in this campground. It’s also extremely beautiful.

Wallowa Lake State Park

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Located about an hour from La Grande, Oregon, Wallowa is absolutely stunning. Since the mountains look like the Swiss mountains, they have designed the little camping area to look like you’re in Switzerland. There’s also an awesome gondola (I LOVE Gondola’s….of course I forced my dad to take me on it) that goes up the side of the mountain and will give you awesome views.

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October 9, 2017

Cutest New England Towns

New England is an area of the country that is near and dear to my heart. I think New England is absolutely gorgeous. I’m originally from Maryland, and my dad is from Rhode Island so we’ve spent a lot of time back east. These small little towns are a must visit on your next trip to New England. Here are the cutest New England towns.

New Castle, New Hampshire

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New Castle is made up entirely of islands, and features a gorgeous lighthouse that overlooks the Atlantic ocean.

Camden, Maine

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Camden is an absolutely stunning little down, dubbed the “jewel of the coast”. It sits underneath the mountains that dot Maine’s coast, and is a great spot for sailboating.

Newport, Rhode Island

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This is a town that I hold near and dear to my heart. This is where my dad is originally from, and when I was 12 we went on a tour of the house he grew up in. We also spent some time on the beach, and doing the famous mansion walk which has beautiful homes right along the coast to look at.

Provincetown, Massachusetts

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Provincetown sits right at the very end of Cape Cod. It’s a stunning town, with really historic roots, like the pilgrim monument.

Woodstock, Vermont

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Woodstock, Vermont is a gorgeous little town, home to some of the most beautiful fall foliage you’ll ever witness. It’s also home to some pretty impressive covered bridges.

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October 9, 2017

24 Hours in Miami

After Rolling Loud announced it’s lineup, Nate & I knew we would need to be heading to Miami come the beginning of May. So, we’ve been doing some research into things we can do in Miami, so here’s what you can do with 24 hours in Miami, Florida.

The Beach

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Any one of Miami’s gorgeous beaches will do, although this picture was taken at Miami beach. Miami sits right on Florida’s coast, meaning there are miles of gorgeous beach area. There’s tons to do in the ocean as well, like boat rides, parasailing or just plain swimming in the ocean.

South Beach

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Despite it’s name, there’s tons to do in South Beach other than hang out by the ocean. You can do that of course, but there are tons of shops, restaurants and bars just waiting to be visited. This area is typically packed with tourists, but it’s usually for good reason.

Little Havana

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Get a taste of Cuba without heading over the border by exploring Little Havana. Given Miami’s proximity to Cuba, many Cubans have migrated to the US via Miami. This makes it a hotpot of cuban culture, music and food. All of which can be found in Little Havana.

Go Clubbing

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Miami is famous for it’s clubs, and when you think getting drunk in Miami, you’re definitely going to want to check out some of the over-the-top clubs Miami has to offer. Many of the clubs in Miami are harder to get into because they cater to the rich and famous, but there are some things you can do in order to get into some of the more exclusive clubs.

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October 9, 2017

How to Stay Healthy While Traveling

Traveling really takes a toll on your body. You’re out of your routine, and it can really mess things up. For someone like me, with immune system issues and trouble staying healthy to begin with, getting sick on vacation is quite common. I’ve developed some tips to help you stay healthy while traveling.

Keep Your Routine as Much as Possible

For me, keeping a distinct routine is one of the only things that keeps me healthy. I wake up, work out, eat breakfast, shower, etc. If I try to keep that routine in check even while traveling, it can make things a lot easier. Even if I’m not following 100% of my routine, keeping it together as much as possible is key.

Take Vitamins & Eat Well

Vitamins are essential while traveling. It’s a good idea to carry your typical multivitamin, but taking some airborne or vitamin C while traveling is a great idea. Eating well will also provide you with the nutrition you need to keep going and stay healthy. Although it’s tempting to gorge yourself on all the pasta and cannolis in Italy, try to incorporate at least a couple healthy meals or snacks throughout your day. By all means throw yourself into the culture, but try and do it in a healthy way.

Wash Your Hands & Carry Hand Sanitizer

It’s a great idea to keep your hands clean all the time, but especially when traveling. Wash your hands at every opportunity and carry a travel sized hand sanitizer to use when you don’t have access to a restroom. You’ll be touching all sorts of grimy surfaces, so making sure you are keeping your hands clean is a great way to avoid germs.

Let Yourself Rest

A great recipe for sickness is making yourself go too hard all the time. Your body needs time to rest, so allowing it to rest and not trying to go, go, go will make things easier. Let yourself sleep a regular amount of time, and if you’re feeling tired mid-day, go back to the hostel/hotel and take a nap. Don’t push yourself all the time.

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October 9, 2017

The Best National Parks in the US

Let me just begin by saying that all of the national parks in the US are absolutely amazing. These are just my personal favorites and my can’t-misses if you are planning a trip around the United States. Without further ado, here are the best national parks in the US.


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Denali, Alaska

Denali is home to Mt. McKinley, which is the tallest mountain in North America, reaching heights of 20,000 feet. This has been a bucket list item of mine since I was a kid. I’m a sucker for gorgeous views, and Denali has nothing short of beauty. If you’re planning a trip to Alaska, this is a must-see.

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Grand Canyon, Arizona

Most people know what the Grand Canyon is. This is a gorgeous canyon in Arizona that is the biggest in the United States, and one of the top 10 biggest in the world. There are so many different things to do and see around the Grand Canyon, it’s hard to pick just one. Horseshoe Bend is a huge bucket list item of mine, though.

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Yosemite, California

Yosemite is absolutely beautiful. Besides one of the better known scenes, the half dome, Yosemite is home to many camping grounds and beautiful hiking trails. Many of the worlds largest living things, the sequoia trees, live in Yosemite. There is a sequoia national park, but why not just kill two birds with one stone and see both in one park?

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Redwoods, California

I couldn’t leave this one out. Much of my traveling experience comes in the form of camping, and this is somewhere my dad took us one trip. We lost power due to a generator issue and it was dumping down rain but I still have such fond memories of this trip. Plus, the redwoods to a seven year old were ginormous.

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Yellowstone

Yellowstone spans a few different states, but is one of the most well-known national parks in the country aside from the Grand Canyon. Whether you’re wanting to go camping, or stay at the world famous lodge, there’s so much to do in Yellowstone. Old Faithful is located here, as well as tons of different natural phenomenons.

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Zion, Utah

I have such fond memories of Zion. This national park is absolutely beautiful and features such awesome hiking trails, as well as great camping areas. I have great memories camping and hiking around with my family. It’s a huge national park with tons to do.

This was so hard to pick my favorite national parks, and there are definitely one’s I want to talk about but don’t want to bore you, so those will probably come in a part 2 post!

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October 9, 2017

Greatest Travel Apps

Today I wanted to share the greatest travel apps that I use to keep track of travel. I love using my phone to keep track of everything, and travel is no exception. Without further ado, here are the greatest travel apps.

Uber

Uber is a staple on my phone no matter where I am, but especially while traveling. In an unfamiliar environment, having a tool that you can just call a car at any given time is very helpful. In places without internet or phone access, it’s even better because you can simply find a wifi hotspot and call your uber. I have a serious love for uber, and I use it at least once a week.

TripIt

TripIt is my go-to way to keep track of all of my trips. It is the easiest way to keep track of every flight, hotel and car reservation with ease. It’s also a great way to keep track of all of the sightseeing you want to do. I have loved TripIt since it first came out, and it’s been a staple since.

TravelBank

TravelBank is a recent find, and I love it. It enables you to input a budget for your trip, and keep track of all expenses so that you aren’t going over budget. I try to keep our spending to a minimum while we’re on vacation, and take advantage of as many free items as possible but it’s helpful to see my budget all laid out.

Airline’s App

I love having whatever airline I’m flying withs app on my phone. It’s helpful because you can get an e-boarding pass, and also keep track of your flights status in one (usually) correct place. TripIt keeps track of the information but doesn’t have live info, so it’s definitely a good idea to have the airlines app as well.

City’s Transit App

When you’re visiting a new city, it’s a great idea to have the transit system on hand. Most of the transit systems have their own app, including schedules, and most of them even include live updates. It’s super helpful to have it at a moment’s glance, so you always know where the nearest train/bus is.

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October 9, 2017

Best Disneyworld Hotels

Disneyworld is probably one of my favorite places on this entire earth. I absolutely love disneyworld, and so today I wanted to share my top picks for hotels at Disney. So let’s see the best disneyworld hotels, by price point. I also want to begin by saying that there are TONS of advantages of staying on property, and I’ll cover that in another post.

Value Resorts

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Art of Animation

Art of Animation is the newest value resort, and also the most expensive. It runs just over $100 a night, but is so worth it. These rooms are perfect if you’re traveling with a family, because they have family suites for around $200 a night. When you select a family suite, you get to choose your theme. They have cars, finding nemo and the lion king. Each room is so gorgeous and so fun looking! The regular rooms are little mermaid themed.

Moderate Resorts

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Port Orleans Resort

Port Orleans is an absolutely gorgeous hotel. It sits on a lake, providing either bus or boat transportation to the parks (depending on what park). There are various rooms to choose from, from one king bed up to two queens and a king. You can also select water views or regular views. There is also five restaurants ranging from sit down to quick service in the hotel, so spending days at the hotel will have everything you need.

Deluxe Resorts

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Contemporary Resort

This was so difficult to choose. The deluxe resorts at Disney are absolutely beautiful, stunning and perfect to stay in. I chose the contemporary resort mostly because the monorail goes RIGHT through the hotel which is seriously amazing. I love it. It also has absolutely stunning views of the Magic Kingdom, with views of those awesome fireworks every night.

Which Disney hotel is your favorite?

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October 9, 2017

24 Hours in Los Angeles

Welcome back to our blog! Today we’re sharing our perfect itinerary for 24 hours in the beautiful city of angeles. 24 hours in Los Angeles. I’ve only been to L.A. once, but Nate’s been a few times, since his family lives down there. I’m obsessed with all these ideas. One thing to note about L.A. though, you should definitely rent a car or have one available to you. The public transportation system in L.A. SUCKS.


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Chinese Theater and Walk of Fame

Begin your day in Hollywood. The Walk of Fame is really something else, and the Chinese theater is absolutely gorgeous. There are many other things to do in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles, and tons of different sights, so take some time to explore this area before moving on!

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Rodeo Drive

This is definitely a place for celebrity sightings. Just while we were walking around exploring, two shops closed because someone famous was shopping in there. It was awesome! Unless you’re a millionaire, you probably aren’t going to be able to buy anything on Rodeo Drive, but there’s tons of fun things to look at as well as really expensive cars lining the streets.

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Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica and the area surrounding is seriously gorgeous. Take some time to explore the streets around, including the 3rd street promenade, a place for some awesome shops that you might not have where you live. Also take some time to walk out on the pier and ride a ride or two, and take in the sights. Then, if you’re lucky, you’ll catch it on a warm day, where you can lay out on the sand and enjoy the ocean breeze.

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Venice Beach

Not far from Santa Monica is Venice Beach, featuring Muscle Beach, a really awesome skate park and tons of more hippie-LA-like-things, like dispensaries and vintage stores and vegan restaurants. I would one day love to live in one of the adorable little houses that litter Venice Beach, but I’m not sure I can afford the 2 million price tag right now.

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Griffith Observatory

This is the only thing on this list that I haven’t personally done, but is a huge bucket list item for me. You can spend the afternoon hiking near Griffith Observatory, like hike to the Hollywood sign, or just take in the beautiful sights of downtown LA.

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October 9, 2017

Travel Websites You Don’t Know About

There is a wealth of information about travel online. There are also a ton of different websites you can visit in order to gain knowledge about travel and get deals on travel. Today I’m sharing some travel websites you don’t know about. These are little known websites that will help you travel smarter and cheaper.

SkipLagged

This site did gain some popularity after Orbitz and United Airlines sued them. But, it’s still not well known. This service helps you find flights for a lot cheaper. If you are wanting to fly to Salt Lake, but it’s cheaper to fly to Arizona with a connection in Salt Lake, then you can just skip the second flight and stay in Salt Lake. It’s not illegal, but many airlines do not approve of it. Check out skiplagged here.

Kayak Explore

Kayak Explore is pretty fun. Sometimes I like to just browse travel locations while I’m at work. This let’s you plug in where you live/where you want to leave from, and you can find cheap flights all over the country and world. This is a perfect website for when you don’t know where you want to go, but you want to go somewhere.

Visa Mapper

If you love to travel outside the country, Visa Mapper is for you. This website shows you exactly what you need in order to visit any country. You just plug in which country you’re a citizen of and it’ll show you everything you need.

Yapta

Yapta provides an email or a tweet to alert you that a price on a flight you’ve already booked has dropped, and enables you to rebook under the new fare. A lot of the time, though, you’ll have a cancellation fee so make sure you keep an eye on that.

Which Budget

If you live in a bigger city, or are traveling overseas, it’s a great idea to check out WhichBudget. This helps you find the best deals on budget airlines. Keep in mind budget airlines have a lot of other fees, but that’s for another time. Just at first glance I found a $50 flight from Baltimore to Fort-de-France, a city in Martinique.

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