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Preparing for our First Long Train Ride on Amtrak’s Crescent Line

Posted by 2 weeks ago 1 Comments 250 views

In three short weeks The Husband and I will be boarding an Amtrak train in Baltimore headed to New Orleans. This is a first for us, and as I contemplate the 26-hour trip I realized I know nothing about train travel! So I did a little digging around the Amtrak site to see what I […]

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Book Now — Worry Later

Posted by 4 weeks ago 2 Comments 518 views

Like Jen, I’m SO OVER WINTER. I know it’s a common feeling, especially this year as we’ve gotten pounded on storm after storm. Temperatures in the Northeast have been colder than normal. Just the other day we were pelted by another ice storm, which kept the kids home from school, again.

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How to Use Trello to Plan Your Next Trip!

Posted by 2 months ago 6 Comments 1106 views

I owe this little gem to The Husband who was on a hunt for an app to help him organize his New Year’s resolutions. He downloaded a few and then decided on Trello. Infinitely flexible. Incredibly easy to use. Great mobile apps. It’s free. Trello keeps track of everything, from the big picture to the minute details. […]

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Planning New Orleans – My 5 Must-Do’s!

Posted by 3 months ago 16 Comments 1311 views

Sorry for the travel silence, not much has been happening on the travel front for me, but I’m hoping to remedy that soon! In a few months I will be embarking on the first trip of 2015: New Orleans! It’s my annual anniversary trip with The Husband and we’ve decided to sidestep his flying fears and take the train. And, well, for the […]

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5 SkyMall Gift Ideas for the Traveler in Your Life

Posted by 4 months ago 1 Comments 1763 views

If you’ve been on a plane in the past 20 years you’ve probably seen SkyMall. I can’t take a flight without paging  through the catalog. Its products range from ingeniously practical to utterly ridiculous, making it fun to “window” shop 30,ooo feet up. On my way to Vegas I noted a few items I think […]

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The Real Fear of Flying

Posted by 5 months ago 7 Comments 1067 views

I’m fascinated by my husband’s fear of flying. In all other areas of his life he’s calm, laid back and logical. A little socially awkward and shy but very down to earth and grounded.  He’s funny, too, really funny — it’s one the of the reasons I fell in love with him. Not that that […]

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Planning My Next Vacation in 2 Easy Steps

Posted by 6 months ago 6 Comments 971 views

It’s about that time. The leaves are turning, the temperature is dropping, and I’m dreaming about next year’s vacations. I’ve decided the kids and I will be exploring Wyoming for our mother-son trip but considering that won’t be until August of next year I have some time to ponder. Instead, I’m setting my sites on […]

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25 Things You Can Do On Staycation

Posted by 6 months ago 0 Comments 2630 views

Two years ago I wrote a post called 5 Reason Why You Should Schedule a Staycation Today! In it I set a goal to take a 1-day staycation every 3-4 months with The Husband. Well, we started off good but life, as it normally does, has gotten in the way. It’s time to bring back the […]

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Wyoming It Is!

Posted by 7 months ago 9 Comments 820 views

It’s that time of year again. Travel planning season! I’ve learned to take a #wycwyc approach to travel. If I don’t then nothing gets planned and travel never happens. So I ponder locations for a bit. Do a little research here and there. Look at flight options at lunch. Day dream of destinations while procrastinating […]

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Playing With Rocks at Rocks!

Posted by 7 months ago 6 Comments 2828 views

Way back when we started this blog (has it really been 2 years?) I published a post called Making Travel a Priority.  In it I said: …to me, travel is a synonym for living life outside of the daily grind. It’s about date nights with the husband, day trips with the kids, and seeing concerts with friends. It’s […]

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Excursion-less Bermuda

Posted by 10 months ago 2 Comments 851 views

Last month (I can’t believe it’s been a month already!) The Husband and I embarked on a 7-day cruise to Bermuda. We came home with some strong opinions on cruising, but I never got a chance to tell you about the rest of the trip! When we docked in King’s Wharf, we decided to explore […]

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The Golden Golden Gate Bridge

Posted by 11 months ago 5 Comments 2589 views

Reminiscing about my weeklong road trip in California with the 8-Year-Old brings nothing but a smile to my face. Actually, there is a song that will forever bring me straight back to our CA road trip. It was not only the first song we heard in our rented Mustang convertible but the radio seemed to have […]

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Is Cruising the Ultimate Vacation?

Posted by 11 months ago 16 Comments 3443 views

I’m wrapping up my second cruise this year and although I’m by no means an expert compared with the veteran cruisers I’ve met recently (many whom have cruised more than 10 times), both experiences have led me to the same conclusion… I’m not a cruiser. Talking with people on a cruise, I feel like a […]

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From San Francisco to Los Angeles: A Pacific Coast Adventure!

Posted by 11 months ago 11 Comments 1348 views

We did it! We cruised the Pacific coast and it was an amazing adventure! It all started with a flight to San Francisco. I love watching the 8-Year-Old on the plane. I’m hoping all these adventures help combat the inherited fear of flying from Dad. We landed and picked up our rental car. How could […]

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5 Things I am and am NOT Bringing on My California Adventure

Posted by 12 months ago 9 Comments 2546 views

I can’t believe tomorrow the 8-Year-Old and I embark on our California Adventure! This is one of the trips I’ve been talking about forever, and then when it finally arrives I’m in shock I’m actually going — click here if you don’t know what I’m talking about.  Of course I’ve procrastinated, so I’m now frantically […]

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Pinpointing Travel Guilt

Posted by 1 year ago 1 Comments 1442 views

I was having a conversation today with a woman from my gym. She was leaving for a vacation in a few days and was super excited. I mean, who isn’t when they are on the eve of a trip — with an escape from work and the daily monotony in sight. All that time to […]

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My Flying Tips after 6 Flights in 4 Days

Posted by 1 year ago 0 Comments 2255 views

Last week I was on a plane every day Tuesday-Friday. First was a business trip to Kalamazoo and back. Then it was off to Chicago for a blogger event. I’ve never spent more time in airports my entire life and I have to admit, I kind of liked it. Since launching this blog at the […]

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REVIEWS

Ruby Princess Excursion: Grand Cayman – Atlantis Submarine

Posted by 1 year ago 3 Comments 3111 views

Part of my Cruise for a Cause on Princess Cruises with the American Heart Association included 2 shore excursions on both our stops: Grand Cayman and Cozumel. As a virgin cruiser I had no idea what to expect with these excursions. Quite frankly, I didn’t even know they existed! I just assumed you docked at […]

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Cruising for a Cause Like a Princess

Posted by 1 year ago 7 Comments 620 views

In less than 2 weeks I’ll be embarking on my very first cruise!! A few weeks ago the American Heart Association asked if I was interested and able to cruise with them in February on the Ruby Princess. Happy new year to you! So this opportunity came up today, and I wanted to see if […]

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THROWBACK THURSDAY

Meanwhile, 10 Years Ago in Florida…

Posted by 1 year ago 5 Comments 3714 views

When Jen and I were kids, our parents took us to Ocean City, NJ, every year. This planted the seed for our travel obsession. As teenagers we took a few other trips (one of them the BIG Hawaii trip!) but we didn’t start our traditional “yearly girls vaca” until we reconnected after college. The only […]

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