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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 week, I'm co-hosting the #FriFotos Twitter Event with @EpsteinTravels, @CharlesYap, @TravelDesigned and @lindsey_epperly. The theme? TREES! Here are my favorite tree photos... enjoy! [caption id="attachment_3478" align="aligncenter" width="450"] A giant Kapok tree in West Palm Beach[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_3480" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The 2010 Snowpocalypse at Sunset[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_3481" align="aligncenter" width="450"] A single tree dots the

Most African Tourists Like Elephants.* No, this isn’t the latest travel trend. Rather it’s a mnemonic device for Africa’s northernmost countries: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt. I work at the National Geographic Channel, part of one of the smartest and most worldly organizations on the planet. I take a lot of

St. Michaels, Maryland (the "Hamptons of the Chesapeake") is where the elite goes to spend the weekend. Located right along the Old Line State's craggy coastline, it's an idyllic waterfront retreat where all roads lead to the water. With a deep history and a familiar, small-town feel, it's the perfect spot for a weekend getaway. Here

I've noticed a dramatic transformation all around my hometown of Washington, DC. Trees and buildings are decorated with twinkly lights, cheery music is playing out of every speaker and everyone is walking around with a little more bounce in their step. It can only mean one thing... yes, the holidays

If you've been reading my blog of late, you probably have noticed a number of "2 days in ______" itineraries. It's not that I wouldn't love to have longer to explore world-famous destinations like Montreal, Seattle or Sydney, but I share the plight of so many other Americans in today's economy...

I am fresh back from my trip to Mexico. I had an awesome time... but am in the midst of some serious Cancun-withdrawal. To help me transition back to the real world, I wanted to share one of the experiences I had on my trip. One day during the week, I visited

After a glorious fall filled with fun local travels and a lot of really hard work, tomorrow I’m heading off to one of my favorite locales… Cancun, Mexico. I’ve been traveling to Cancun’s pearly white sand beaches every Thanksgiving break since I was in middle school. Needless to say, it’s been

Fall in St. Michaels, Maryland is something else! All along the historic streets, fall was in full swing with carved pumpkins, stacks of hay bundles and other Halloween-y decorations. And, Mother Nature contributed by adding a delightful display of brightly colored autumn leaves to the tree-lined streets.   And, one bonus shot!  

Just remember: Only eat oysters in months that end with "R." - Captain Ed Farley A couple weeks ago, I traveled to St. Michaels, Maryland for the weekend. Despite being a Maryland girl, born and bred, this was my very first visit to this charming waterfront town. It was arranged to

Southern Delaware offers a number of cultural and gourmand experiences... you just need to know where to look! Luckily, as part of my "digging deeper" exploration of the region, I searched for the best lesser known experiences to share. And the best part about it was that I didn't have

You may or may not already know that Delaware's nickname is the "First State." That's because Delaware was the very first state to ratify the US Constitution in 1787. But did you know that for a short period of time, Delaware was the only state in the United States? The next state to

I've driven through the inland town of Georgetown, Delaware more times than I can remember en route to the more popular Delaware beaches. As I've driven around the picturesque town square's traffic circle, I've thought "Oh, that looks so quaint!" but in my rush to make it to my final destination,