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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.

RANDOM MUSINGS ABOUT THE WEEK'S MOST INTERESTING TRAVEL STORIES... Lucky in love, lucky in life? A couple on their 4 month honeymoon with their infant daughter narrowly missed six natural disasters, including the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Helpful tip: If you see them out in the world, run the other

Spring is by far the most enticing time in Washington, DC. People wearily come out of their homes, tentatively shed their winter jackets and begin to marvel at the changing seasons. The famous cherry blossoms, a gift from the people of Japan in 1912, surround the tidal basin and create

To create (or not create) a travel bucket list… For many travelers, that is the question. I find that people tend to be solidly in one camp or the other. The common argument for people against the concept of writing down travel aspirations into a bucket list is that they feel

During the day, this Malibu, California beachfront is notable for its grandeur. Celebrity mansions occupy this narrow strip of beach. But as the sun begins to go down, the reflections, jagged rocks and glistening water take center stage and everyone (down to the biggest star) is in awe of the colorful sunset.

Originally posted on on 3/28/11: If you’re reading this right now, chances are you love to travel. It is one of your priorities and part of your daily daydream regiment. However, it’s also pretty likely that you have only 2 weeks of vacation, especially if you’re just starting out

Queenstown. How fitting is it that New Zealand's adventure capital is also one of the most pristine, most simply beautiful cities in their country? Well worth a stop on any South Island trip, take the gondola high up to the scenic overlook, spend the afternoon reading in the Queenstown

Have you ever wondered how you could live it up in Vegas without breaking the bank?Or...Maybe you're looking to find the ultimate Vegas Girlfriend Getaway itinerary?   Well, look no further! My suitcase is packed yet again and this time I'm heading off to Las Vegas to uncover all

Originally posted on on 3/21/11: Video. There’s no better way to bring your travel memories to life than to have a well composed video to support your story or highlight a special aspect of your travels. In last week’s column, I explored some of the budget-friendly high-tech gadgets that flashpackers could

This fantastic guest post is written by Miellyn Fitzwater Barrows, a published essayist and travel writer, a television writer and producer, a produced screenwriter and playwright, and (if that's not enough) she also writes for games. Fenway! I recently spent a Friday afternoon through Monday night in Boston, Massachusetts doing almost nothing

Adventure tourism is an ever-expanding industry, and today roughly 20% of all adult travelers are considered adventure tourists. However, most travelers don’t want adventure merely for adventure’s sake. Instead, today’s savvy jetsetters want to combine an exciting experience organically with the beauty and local flavor of a location. If you’re looking

Milford Track. The 3 day, 33 mile hike in New Zealand's majestic Fiorland is the lushest, greenest environment I've ever seen. The hike is often otherworldly- like a background imported directly out of the movie Avatar. It's a botanic wonderland filled with draping moss, ferns, crookedly ancient trees, bubbling brooks,

Originally posted on on 3/14/11: Round the world backpackers used to diligently pack their canvas backpack with bare essentials, kiss their families goodbye and set out into the world knowing that contact with home would be minimal… a postcard here, a long distance call there.  They were