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    How to Visit San Francisco on a Budget

    It’s no secret that San Francisco is one of the most expensive cities in the United States. For residents of this hilled city by the bay, cost of living is 62% higher than other major US cities, according to the Business Insider. Not only is it expensive to reside here but it can also be pricey to visit. That is why it is not uncommon for potential travelers to research a plan a visit San Francisco on a budget before stepping on a plane. But despite San Francisco’s high cost of living, residents and visitors can’t say enough good things about this foggy city. From the mild weather, fresh seafood,…

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    Surprise Travel: Is It Worth The Cost?

    The trendiest thing going on in travel right now is the element of surprise. You may have heard of companies such as PackUp + Go and The Vacation Hunt that are not only taking the hassle out of planning a trip but also providing an element of anticipation as your trip nears to your unknown destination. Booking a surprise vacation often comes along with a higher price point than you likely would have paid had you booked the trip on your own. Maybe you would have sought out budget airlines or looked for last minute hotel deals online. So, that begs the question, is it worth the higher price point…

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    Sleepless in Seattle In The Pacific Northwest

    A Coffee Filled City With This Many Fun Activities Will Have You Wishing You Didn’t Require Sleep Just So You Could Fit Everything In, therefore becoming sleepless in Seattle Seattle, a beautiful rainy city nestled in the heart of the pacific northwest, a place I have visited often over the last several years since moving out to Portland. There are so many fun things to see and do, I feel the title of this post sleepless in Seattle has a whole other meaning than that Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan movie. Think about, so much good coffee, along with awesome things to see and do, you could very well find…

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    A Three Day Weekend In Bend, Oregon

    I love weekend trips. To me it’s just the right amount of leisurely fun that gives me enough rejuvenation to take on another work week. I particularly enjoy destinations that take less than four hours to get to, whether its by car, train or plane. That’s why this post featuring how to spend a weekend in Bend, Oregon was an inevitable trip that I would take from Portland. If you have read other posts on my blog you know how much I love writing about weekend getaways or short trips. One of my favorite cities to visit on the west coast is San Francisco. Check out the weekend itinerary here.…

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    How to Spend One Day in Key West

    For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to spend one day in Key West. A visit to this beach paradise meant relaxation, sunshine and fun. Key West is the laid back southern most part of the United States. It is situated just 90 miles from Cuba and has always held a reputation in my mind as a laid back beach town. I imagine a place where people can get around by the ease of a one speed bicycle. Last February my husband and I took our first cruise together that left from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Check out my post on What You Need To Prepare For…

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    10 Of The Weirdest Things About Portland, Oregon

    Well as the saying goes, the “cat’s outta the bag” . This is referring to the fact that word has gotten out about how weird Portland, Oregon is. Some of the weirdest things about Portland are not what you may think. The popular TV series Portlandia starring Fred Armisen and Carry Brownstein helped put Portland on the map. Audiences far and wide got a front row seat at the exaggerated, weirdest things about Portland.. This pacific northwest city is nestled among tall douglas fir trees and has always leaned toward the odd and strange. Just think about the obsession with the existence of Sasquatch or the city’s annual naked bike ride.  If…

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    A Weekend In San Francisco

    I recently returned from a weekend get-away in San Francisco. This was my first time visiting the “city by the bay”. And, I must say that my expectations were indeed exceeded. I was marveled by the pastel painted Victorian homes with iron stair railings and balconies that I passed by on an early morning walk towards the Golden Gate Bridge. My breath was literally taken away by the views from the tops of the steep hilled streets. Or, maybe it was because I was out of breath from what felt like a 90 degree angle hike? To me, San Francisco felt very much like a European city. Maybe it was the compact nature of the city’s…

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    Maui, Hawaii For First Timers

    Are you planning a trip to Maui, Hawaii? This post serves as a Maui for first timer’s guide. After reading through you will have a good understanding of the possible activities and places to eat while in Maui. Maui, Hawaii seems to be a top bucket list destination for most people. I know it surely was one of mine. For as long as I could remember I had always wanted to visit Hawaii. Even more than the Caribbean. Growing up on the east coast, the thought traveling to Hawaii was so daunting. First you would need to travel all the way across the country, and then from the west coast…

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    Washington State’s Best Kept Treasure: The San Juan Islands

    Washington state is located in the pacific northwestern corner of the United States and is home to the stunning islands that collectively make up the San Juan Islands. Before I moved out to Oregon six years ago from Vermont I had never heard of the “San Juan’s”. In fact, if you had uttered the words to me back then I probably would have assumed you were mispronouncing the Puerto Rican capital of San Juan, and trying to make it plural by adding an “s” So over the years of living in Portland I would often here people at work mention just how magical and stunningly beautiful the San Juan islands…

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    A Visit To Washington State’s Central Coast

    Washington state’s central coast offers a wealth of barely touched ocean front. Some of the best oysters you will ever eat. And plenty of breathtaking hikes. The coastal cities of Pacific Beach, Westport, Seabrook and Ocean Shores compromise Washington state’s central coast. These four coastal towns are nestled to the west of the Olympic National Forest. Follow this weekend itinerary of Washington state’s central coast for the perfect activities to fill your wanderlust bucket list! Day 1 Whether you are starting this trip from the north near Seattle or from the South near Portland, Oregon all roads will lead you through the town of Aberdeen. Aberdeen is an inevitable town…