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Italy Travel Tips

Italy Travel Tips

A trip to Italy for many us is a trip of a lifetime. For us this dream came true a few weeks ago. We spent a lot of time planning this trip to make sure that we got the most out of our time. It was an amazing journey and we learned a lot along the way. Italy has its own specific culture and a way of doing things, so make sure to do the research before going especially if…

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Complete Guide for Visiting Cinque Terre

Complete Guide for Visiting Cinque Terre

From its rugged coastline to the charming historic villages, Cinque Terre (pronounced “Cheen-Kway Tare-ray”) is an Italian gem not to be missed. Over the years, people have built terraces on the rugged, steep landscape right up to the cliffs that overlook the sea. There is still wild nature intertwined with old vineyards, houses built into the rocky cliffs, and olive groves, all overlooking gorgeous blue sea waters. Cinque Terre Villages The first records of Cinque Terre date back to the…

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8 Tips for Creating an Epic Roadtrip Itinerary

8 Tips for Creating an Epic Roadtrip Itinerary

Over the years we have taken hundreds of roadtrips. We’ve had many fun times trying to figure out and plan our adventures. Being prepared has helped us enjoy our trips and get the most out of our time in each place. We also had many epic fails and lessons learned executing some of our plans :-). But probably the most important thing we’ve learned is that if you want a fun and relaxing roadtrip, do your homework ahead of time. Here…

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Top 5 Things to do in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Top 5 Things to do in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

A couple weeks ago we took a weekend trip from Boston to Portsmouth, New Hampshire. It was a beautiful early fall weekend and a perfect time of year to explore our eastern seaboard. We landed in Boston on Friday night and then drove out to Portsmouth staying two nights in town. It was a fun weekend and we got to enjoy great seafood, learn some history, and have fun exploring this culture-rich region. Portsmouth is a coastal city of about…

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Fun Weekend in San Francisco!

Fun Weekend in San Francisco!

San Francisco is one of my favorite cities to visit – and I generally don’t like cities, so that should tell you a lot. What I love about it is that it’s a walking city with a vibrant history and great culture. You can find almost everything here  – beaches and ocean views, beautiful parks, cultural landmarks, and great food scene. Here are things you need to know before you visit San Francisco. Weather San Francisco has a pretty mild…

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Our Favorite Travel Gear

Our Favorite Travel Gear

Anyone who travels a lot knows that the right gear can make all the difference on a trip. It can help with staying organized, fitting more stuff in your suitcase, and making travel more comfortable. Over the years we have used lots of travel gear. It’s interesting to me that we have similar travel styles, yet we like different gear for various reasons.  So, here are a few of our favorites. Teri’s Pick – CHESTER Carry-On Luggage/22″ Love love love this…

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Mount Rainier National Park – Washington’s Crown Jewel

Mount Rainier National Park – Washington’s Crown Jewel

Washington State has a special place in my heart and is by far one of my favorite places to visit in the U.S. The colors are so vivid, air is fresh and the temperature is cool even in the summer. Mount Rainier is Washington’s crown jewel. On a clear day you can see the mountain all the way from Seattle. Standing at 14,410 feet above sea level, this active volcano is the most recognized landmark of the Washington landscape. The…

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10-Day Colorado Roadtrip – Exploring Rocky Mountains!

10-Day Colorado Roadtrip – Exploring Rocky Mountains!

Over the years, I’ve been to various Colorado destinations and loved every one of them, but I’ve never done a true roadtrip through Rocky Mountains, till recently. And now I wonder why I waited so long to see these stunning places all together. I actually spent two weeks on this Colorado roadtrip, but I narrowed it down to 10 days of the most beautiful places. The focus is on beautiful nature and scenery, cute mountain towns with amazing atmosphere and…

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8 Days on an Epic Alaska Roadtrip

8 Days on an Epic Alaska Roadtrip

The breathtaking beauty of Alaska makes for a epic roadtrip. Alaska’s name is based on the Eskimo word Alakshak meaning great lands or peninsula and it truly is. Frequently referred to as America’s last frontier, Alaska is massive. When a scale map of Alaska is superimposed on a map of the 48 lower states, Alaska extends from coast to coast! Twice the size of the state of Texas. So, exploring it in 8 days is quite a challenge, but don’t…

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8 Reasons to Visit Alaska by Car

8 Reasons to Visit Alaska by Car

I can’t begin to tell you how many people asked if we were going on a cruise when we said we were going to Alaska. It’s funny it never occurred to me when we were planning that it wasn’t a common roadtrip destination. Having experienced an Alaskan cruise and an Alaskan roadtrip here are our eight reasons why you should visit Alaska by car. 1 | Less Crowded Cruise ports tend to be very crowded, especially in season. Our roadtrip…

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