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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 was recently invited for a weekend of camping and outdoorsy fun in Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah National Park. I was excited for the trip but terrified of one small detail… the trip was in late October.Sure, late October is the perfect time of year to visit Shenandoah. It's literally one

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

Welcome back to Where in the World Wednesday! The concept is simple: We: Provide a riddle in the form of a haiku. You: Try to guess the city described. Post your guess in the comments section.  Easy, right? Later this week, the answer will be posted. Whoever guesses first gets a special shout out. And, here

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

The Consitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights... Many people come to visit DC's National Archives to see some of the United States' most valuable documents. But outside the massive building (on the less-traversed back side) are two gigantic statues that yield a surprisingly profound message for passerbys

Coming to the end of a spectacular ride through Cade's Cove, a wide and striking valley with wistful pastures nestled into the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, I pulled over next to a small wooded lot just at twilight and got out to stretch my legs. I could see an opening

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

This post was originally published on on 8/8/11.When you’re on the road, it can be hard to find the space to bring much entertainment along for the ride. Luckily, a great night can be had with little more than a deck of cards or a pad of

California's Pacific Coast Highway is one of the most scenic drives in the United States for a reason... with views of jagged cliffs, pristine beaches and the Pacific Ocean for as far as the eye can see, it's easy to feel awed by the rugged beauty of the Golden State.Yesterday as I left Santa

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

When I was in college, I studied abroad in Florence, Italy. There I lived with an Italian woman named Carla and her son Massimo. As part of the room and board agreement, Carla would cook amazing Italian fare each night for dinner. Fresh tomato sauce atop perfectly al dente pasta, ultra

  Sydney's Manly Beach is the ultimate beach-lovers paradise. Whether you decide to spend the day surfing, sun bathing or walking the Manly Scenic Walkway, you can expect some serious fun in the sun. And, if you take the ferry at Sydney's Circular Quay you can also expect the best up-close