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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.

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

Photo via Tomorrow, I take my very first class of French 101. Up until now the extent of my French knowledge has started and stopped at the movie “Amelie,” so I am excited and more than a little bit nervous to begin my lessons. Since I have publicly deemed 2012 the year

London is one of my all time favorite cities. Whenever I have a chance to visit, I go through the same ritual when I first arrive. Fly in early on a Saturday morning, drop off my bags at my hotel, hop on the tube and head to Borough Market to

Recently, I’ve been on a bit of an Instagram bender. I can’t go anywhere nowadays without looking at my surroundings (or my food…) trying to find a perfect shot that would be a good candidate to be “Instagram’d.” I've become a bit of a mobile adventurer. For those of you not

Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park is a top destination on the US’s east coast for 3 seasons out of the year. From early spring to late fall, the park is filled to the brim with eager wilderness seekers looking to get close to nature, take some pretty photographs and maybe even

As the winter doldrums set in, with this photo we're reminded of breezier days soon to come. This photo was taken on the Marathon Island in the Florida Keys by my sunrise-loving mother, who is off jetsetting with my equally cool dad while I'm holding down the fort

A new year = a fresh start. At least, that’s my mantra du jour as we say farewell to 2011 and ring in 2012. Last week, I posted a look back at my travel adventures and achievements of 2011. Now’s the exciting part… looking ahead to the future!With some reflection, I’ve

Wherever in the world you may be, we hope that your holidays are merry and bright! Baltimore's famous 34th Street Miracle of Lights in Hamden

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

Welcome to the first annual Packed Suitcase Traveler Gift Guide! I set out to bring you the coolest travel gift ideas from all over the web, and believe me, with so many fun products on the market it was really hard to choose. But I made my list, and checked it... twice(!)

Ah, Cancun. My tropical home away from home! I'm freshly back from a 9 day vacation at the Royal Resorts in sunny Cancun, Mexico, where I spent my days lounging by the pool, heading to the spa and relaxing by the ocean with a Banana Monkey in hand. To say it was glorious is an understatement! Here are