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Road trips, blog milestones and an Emmy nomination made 2014 a VERY good year. Here are my favorite places I discovered along the way.

I first began blogging 6 years ago, when I worked for the Travel Channel in 2008. After I left the network in 2010, this blog continued on as a hobby-- a way for me to share my travels with family and friends. [caption id="attachment_1136" align="aligncenter" width="320"] My very first photo, on my very first

Another year has come and gone, which means it’s time to reflect on some of my favorite travels from the past 365 days! 2013 marked an important shift here at Packed Suitcase. While I had started #TravelLocal adventuring in October 2012, this year I focused on it nearly exclusively. I’m determined

Most African Tourists Like Elephants.* No, this isn’t the latest travel trend. Rather it’s a mnemonic device for Africa’s northernmost countries: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt. I work at the National Geographic Channel, part of one of the smartest and most worldly organizations on the planet. I take a lot of

I've noticed a dramatic transformation all around my hometown of Washington, DC. Trees and buildings are decorated with twinkly lights, cheery music is playing out of every speaker and everyone is walking around with a little more bounce in their step. It can only mean one thing... yes, the holidays

Starting a campfire is one of the most primal things a person can do. Too bad it can also be incredibly difficult! On this past weekend's camping trip, part of my Local Travel extravaganza, after many failed attempts, I learned how to start a fire. Here's what worked for me: Essential supplies: Fire

The Open Road. Is there anything better than getting in your car and heading out on a kick-ass road trip? For me, a road trip is one of the best ways to travel because the journey is the destination. (Profound… I know.) I’m a big fan of creating playlists to accompany my

[caption id="attachment_2368" align="alignleft" width="300"] Notes from my first class[/caption] Mon dieu! My French 101 learning experience recently came to an end. After nearly 3 months of weekly classes, I’ll be the first to admit that I am far from fluent. But, the experience and effort was not for naught- I can proudly say

This guest post is by Mandy Kilinskis. I think society has matured to the point where we can all openly admit that we’re nerds about something. And whether we’re architecture nerds or music nerds, we like to incorporate that into our travels. So if you’re looking to make your next trip a