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This past Memorial Day weekend, while friends and family were heralding in the start of summer with BBQs and lazy afternoons by the pool, I was practicing my French while exploring the charming cobblestone streets of Montreal, Canada. I’ve been eager to visit Montreal for years, and I was excited to

At first glance, 2011 was a bit of a tough travel year for me. Coming off of the epic-ness that was 2010 (A month backpacking around Australia and New Zealand?! Hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon?!) it’s been difficult to have to grapple with a consistent lack of

Imagine waking up in paradise. You start with breakfast on your balcony, enjoying the warm breeze and the views of the turquoise Caribbean ocean before venturing down to spend the day under a palapa on the beach or lounging by the pool. Happy hour starts at 3, and the only decision

In college, I studied abroad in the city that started the Renaissance: the magnificent Florence, Italy. I spent my time there living the good life: wandering the cobblestone streets, visiting markets and museums, sampling gelato from every notable place in town and eating enough pizza and pasta to feed a

This guest post is by Mandy Kilinskis. Every year, over 4.2 million people flock to Vatican City. Some go for the religious devotion, some go for the unique and stunning architecture, and some go for the deeply historical value. If I asked you what other places in the world have the same

Guest post by Liana Vitali, founder of Blackberry Food Blog.If I told you there was a place you could swim in one of the nation’s largest spring-fed pools, experience the sight (and smell) of 1.5 million bats flying five feet from your face and eat life-changing Indian food that will

Well, friends, the suitcase is packed and the time for adventuring is upon us once again. This time, I'm setting off to explore the picturesque seaside retreat known as Santa Barbara, California! For this trip, I'll be meeting up with some of my favorite girlfriends from my semester abroad in

This week, PackedSuitcase.com reached 100 posts. Hurray! It’s a huge milestone and I’ve been planning a celebration of sorts to look back at a few of my favorite posts. Serendipitously, Katie at Tripbase has recently initiated a fun challenge called My 7 Links. The gist is that nominated bloggers pick out worthy

Originally posted on Go! Girl Guides on May 17, 2011. When you plan a trip, you never expect that you may have to spend time in a place that turns out to be less than mind-blowing. After all, to travel is to explore, to immerse yourself in another culture and taking

Who hasn't wondered what it would be like to be on the Amazing Race? The idea of racing through some unknown land, uncovering clues and having a rip-roaring time along the way is enough to entice anyone to apply for the show.Luckily, I didn't have to go quite to that

Photo courtesy of VegasBottle.com Cosmopolitan. Just the name alone evokes fond feelings for women... Memories of girlfriends gossiping over frilly, potent pink martinis... of an exciting lifestyle that many of us aspire to have. With so much of Las Vegas geared towards men, it’s only fitting that the new kid on Sin

Originally posted on GoGirlGuides.com on 4/8/11:  Neon lights, five star hotels, celebrity chefs and lots (and lots) of slot machines… LAS VEGAS! Photo courtesy of pbo31 Many eager travelers venture to the City of Sin with high hopes of winning big and leaving at least a little richer. Unfortunately, Las Vegas is a