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I Love Cancun and I’m Not Afraid to Admit It

"Isn't Cancun just a bunch of resorts?" "There's nothing to do there except go to the beach!" "That's not real Mexico." I'll confess: the first time I went to the Riviera Maya, I was simply in search of a tropical vacation and an excuse to use my passport.  My sister and I found it, but we also discovered that the area has more to offer than just sun and … [Read More]

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The Truth About Group Tours

Before this year, the last group tour I went on was a trip to Ecuador back in 2005.  I was brand new to international travel -- or to be honest, travel without my … [Read More]

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How to Create the Ultimate Roadtrip Playlist

In my house, summer and roadtrips are nearly synonymous.  We hop in the car almost every weekend, heading out for camping adventures, family events, and local travel.  Frankly, we're masters of our own roadtrip routine but this past trip was a stretch even for … [Read More]

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World Cup of Travel

World Cup fever is highly contagious.  For me, it all started in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala where my host family was literally counting down the days to the start of the World Cup.  Excitement picked up when I landed in Amsterdam and the Netherlands beat Spain … [Read More]


Why I Spend Time Planning My Vacations

I included a quote in one of my Twitter posts yesterday as I was simultaneously planning three of my upcoming trips: “A schedule defends from chaos and whim.” - Annie Dillard I love that quote because it reminds me that scheduling is necessary to keep me … [Read More]

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Healthy Snacks for Traveling

Even if you don't read all of my blog posts, you're probably well aware that I love trying new foods when I travel and eating at restaurants in general.  Food is a huge part of culture and sitting down for a restaurant meal is how I slow down and relax on … [Read More]