The Ultimate Rome Travel Guide

view of Rome Italy

They say all roads lead to Rome.  Twelve years ago I felt the pull of the Eternal City as I selected my study abroad location.  As a history major, it doesn’t get any cooler than studying THE empire on its home turf.  My time overseas ignited my passion for travel — I wanted to see…

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Ultimate Family Vacation Guide to Jackson Hole

grand tetons

I was born in Salt Lake City, so for me it’s always felt a smidge disloyal to entertain the idea that another ski mecca in the U.S. can hold a candle to the Rockies in Utah. However, even as a Utah native, I’ll admit that if you’ve got your eye on Jackson Hole as a…

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2020 Holiday Gift Guide for Travelers

presents under a tree

Anybody out there traveling? I know…it sounds like a dream. It may not be what you’re thinking about right now, however, the travelers in your life are getting mighty antsy. With the holidays just around the corner, it’s a good time to check some gift ideas off your list.

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The Best Weekend Escapes from NYC

Brooklyn bridge

Last summer, in the era we now call “pre-COVID,” I took my daughter to a nearby park in Connecticut where I live, and met a very nice, but very lost Italian family of 5. We got to talking, and the father shared that their original plan was to visit NYC, but sadly didn’t find it…

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Top 10 Hotel Pools

top 10 hotel pools

We may be heading into autumn over here in the U.S., but like the saying, “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere,” the same mentality applies to pool-hopping. It’s warm…somewhere…and it’s never too early to start pool-pondering, and planning a future vacation.

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The Ultimate Guide to Sedona and Scottsdale

Sedona Scottsdale

We’ve visited Arizona more than other destination -– 4 times so far!  Why do we keep returning?  Simply because we just really love it.  It has dependable weather, incredible hiking, delicious food, and all around relaxing vibes.  If it wasn’t unbearably hot in the summers, my husband might convince me to move there.  If you’re searching…

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Weekend Guide to Santa Barbara With Kids

Santa Barbara and Monterey

In the fall of 2019, we had a long weekend vacation booked in Napa with our 17 month old; however, the devastating fires at the time forced us to cancel our trip.  In just a few short days, I completely revamped our itinerary to instead visit Santa Barbara.  We ended up falling in love with…

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Florence & Tuscany Travel Guide with a Baby

Florence

It’s hard to find the words to properly convey how special Italy is.  The cities and towns are picture-postcard perfect, especially in Tuscany where you can let your imagination run wild exploring Medieval towers, stare for hours at the rolling hilltops, and walk through the colorful historical streets of Florence, Lucca, and Siena.  And if…

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The Ultimate Guide to Turkey: Istanbul and Cappadocia

Turkey

Our vacation to Istanbul and Cappadocia was an intentional stretch into something more exotic.  Istanbul has often been referred to as, “the crossroads of civilizations” for good reason – the culture is a blend of both European and Islamic influences, drawing from its rich history of Ottoman, Byzantine and Roman influences.  This union is apparent…

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Tanzania Safari Honeymoon Guide

Tanzania

During the midst of wedding planning, my husband pitched the idea of a safari for our honeymoon.  I will admit — I was a little apprehensive, but I quickly got on board after doing some research.  Everyone says you have to conquer your fears, right?  Well, an open air, window-less, door-less jeep — sitting adjacent…

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