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This week, I thought I'd highlight some of my favorite moments from when I was in New Zealand. Looking back, I sure did cram a lot of uber-adventurous activities within the month I was there. Enjoy!! [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Kayaking around Cathedral Cove on the North Island[/caption]   [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="300"] The aforementioned kayak[/caption]   [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="300"]

Disney can be a surprisingly difficult trip to pack for. Long days full of park hopping mean that you have to plan everything you need at the start of your day or else you'll be buying things on the fly (and at inflated prices) on Disney property. Besides the expected items (shirt,

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 Tourist-Destinations.com 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

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

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(!)

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

Note: This post was originally posted on Go! Girl Guides on 7/22/11. There’s no question that smart phones have revolutionized the way we travel. Where once we were traveling blind, we now have access to countless apps helping us do everything from trip planning to how to get around once you’ve

If you’re heading to the beach and looking to create a summer playlist full of iconic classics and fun, beachy tunes, look no further! I’ve set out to create a truly great list of songs sure to set a relaxing and upbeat vibe perfect for a day at the beach, a

  When jet-setting off to an impromptu weekend at the beach, the last thing you want is to be stuck pondering over what to bring. Here's a quick beach packing list with all the essentials to help you pack quickly so you can get out the door and on your way! Beach Bag