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Have weekend travels worthy of the Monday morning water cooler… without having to take a lot of time off of work.

I've been spending my summers down at Southern Delaware's beach towns for as long as I can remember. The memories I have there are some of my childhood favorites... lazy days playing in the ocean, riding bikes on Rehoboth's boardwalk, watching salt water taffy being pulled at Dolly's, checking the crab

With 2,500 lavender plants and 35 different varieties, the Lavender Fields Farm is a peaceful and picturesque retreat, located less than 10 miles inland from the beach towns in Southern Delaware. Lavender is often used in aromatherapy to assist relaxation, and as you walk the grounds, gentle wafts of lavender

I grasped the small shot of rum that was handed to me with delicate care. I took a whiff and listened, transfixed, to the instructions that I was being told: Now, here’s what I want you to do… I want you to take the whole shot into your mouth, but do not swallow

I'm halfway through October's Local Travel Month, and last week I shared why you should travel local. Today, I wanted to let you in on a few ways that will help you get in on the Local Travel movement, too. Here are my top tips... * Visit your local tourism office and grab

This August, I spent a few days camping right outside Olympic National Park. We'd spend dawn to dusk exploring the park as much as possible. One night, we returned so late that we were even locked out of our campground! On our last night, we made sure to come back early enough

It's Day 10 of Local Travel Month, and I sure have been busy!! Here's a round-up of what I've been up to so far! Brunch at the historic Gadsby's Tavern in Alexandria, Virginia -- 24.3 miles away [caption id="attachment_2997" align="aligncenter" width="480"] George Washington ate here![/caption]   Dinner at Oyamel -- 10.9 miles away (One of José Andrés' restaurants...

I've been talking about doing a Philadelphia Cheesesteak Taste Test for years. Living right outside of Washington, DC (a mere 2 1/2 hours away) it should have been an easy weekend activity to do. But year after year has gone by, and no Philly cheesesteaks. Until now! As part of October's Local

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

Today I hereby proclaim that October is "Local Travel Month" here at Packed Suitcase. For the entire month of October, I will be answering the question “Why Travel Local?” by traveling to places within a few hours driving from my hometown. I'll share my experiences along the way while providing local-travel

I've had a long-time love affair with London. I'll never forget stopping over there briefly in college after a semester in Italy. The moody weather, friendly black cab drivers, accessible and dignified culture and (let's be honest) adorable accents left such an impression that it was the destination I chose

As a kid, I was fascinated with the concept hidden passageways and the thought that there could be a whole world of secret doings behind an otherwise ordinary facade. I've never found a hidden passageway of my own... until one recent night in DC I stepped through a secret doorway

This week's #FriFotos theme on Twitter is Harbors! I've always been drawn to the water, and harbors are particularly alluring since they often appear unexpectedly in the midst of urban activity. Here are some of my favorites from my various travels... [caption id="attachment_2749" align="aligncenter" width="552"] The Sydney Harbor... perhaps one of the most