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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.

Is there anything as enticing as the open road? This week, rather than inspire by mere destination alone, this snapshot is of no place of particular importance. Rather, the idea of the open road is intended to encourage wanderlust and a feeling of a future full of possibility. Where will YOU go on your journey? ***To contribute

Welcome back to Where in the World Wednesday! Here's how it works: We'll provide a riddle in the form of a haiku. If you think you know the place described, then submit your guesses in the comment section. Later this week, the answer will be posted. Whoever guesses first gets a special shout out. And, here

A year ago from today, I was wrapping up my month long backpacking adventure to New Zealand and Australia. I was a rookie backpacker (hence the blog title "Packed Suitcase") but during that month I grew to love the whole backpacking experience. I'd be lying if I said that I didn't have a

Originally posted on GoGirlGuides.com on 4/20/11: I’m a big solo travel enthusiast, and over the years I’ve gained quite the soft spot for London… There’s something about the combination of museums with ridiculously important artifacts, fancy high tea, parks with beautiful flowers, world-famous theater, charming accents and the hint of royalty

RANDOM MUSINGS ABOUT THE WEEK'S MOST INTERESTING TRAVEL STORIES... He's at it again... Richard Branson, Virgin's enigmatic founder, lost a recent bet to AirAsia's CEO. His penalty? He'll act as an  female flight attendant (cross dressing, shaved legs, in-flight duties and all!), on a May 1st charity flight from London to Kuala Lumpur. If

Originally posted on GoGirlGuides.com on 4/14/11: Each summer when I was growing up, my parents would take me to some of America’s most notable national parks. Yellowstone, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, Glacier… We would rent a car and go for two weeks, driving park to park in an effort to experience

Ah, Italia. Firenze is easily my favorite city in all of Italy... and maybe in all of Europe! I love the charming cobblestone streets, the artsy Oltrarno district, the food (oh, the food!), Brunelleschi's Duomo and the fact that for a city made of stone, it still maintains a warmth and feeling of

Today we're unveiling a new Packed Suitcase weekly feature... Where in the World Wednesday!   The concept is simple:  We'll provide a riddle in the form of a haiku. If you think you know the place described, then submit your guesses in the comment section. Later this week, the answer will be posted. Whoever guesses

RANDOM MUSINGS ABOUT THE WEEK'S MOST INTERESTING TRAVEL STORIES... Well, this should be interesting... Journalist Paul Carr is on a quest to stay a night in each of the hotels on the Las Vegas strip. In 33 days he'll stay at 33 hotels... and did I mention he doesn't drink?

This week's Snapshot of the Week contributor, Katie Stratman, calls Denver, Colorado home.  She loves to spend her free time exploring all Colorado has to offer, from running and hiking to skiing and mountain biking, and can usually be found outside... unless she is busy in the kitchen baking her (someday)

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