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For the past several years, my mom and I have traveled together to various places around the U.S., including Santa Fe, San Francisco and Boston. This year we decided we didn't want to fly, so instead...
This past October, SO and I took a break from international traveling to visit a U.S. destination we've always wanted to visit: Maine. Specifically, Acadia National Park. We came hoping to do...
Everything I read about Dominica before SO and I went there talked about how it's a "nature island" with lots of waterfalls, mountains, and hiking trails -- and no big resorts. All of that was right...
Another year, another "girlfriend getaway" with my mom. This time we went to San Francisco, which both of us had been dying to visit! We flew out of Philadelphia on Southwest, changed planes in...
On a beautiful Sunday in May, SO and I headed up I-476 to Lehigh Gorge State Park, located in the Poconos near Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania. We were looking to do some hiking at a park we'd never...
Last weekend SO and I braved the crowds to visit Washington D.C. during its annual National Cherry Blossom Festival. I had seen the cherry blossoms before about six years ago, and I remembered how...
I wanted to go hiking in a rain forest. SO wanted to go snorkeling. Both of us were interested in cultural and historic sites. Neither of us wanted to pay too much for our vacation. Where to...
SO and I have been spending a lot of time recently in the Frederick, Maryland area, to the point where we're in that gray area between living there and just visiting. I wouldn't call us locals yet,...
This spring I traveled to Mississippi for a different kind of trip than I'd ever taken before: a volunteer vacation. After seeing poverty first-hand in Morocco last year, I'd been looking for a...
This September, Mom and I took our second annual "girls' getaway." Last year was Boston; this year it was Santa Fe. As an artist herself, Mom has had this particular destination on her list for years...
The Saturday before Earth Day was so beautiful in the Philadelphia area that SO and I decided to get out of the house and go hiking for the day. We wanted to go somewhere we'd never been, so we hit...
Continued from Magical Morocco, Part I After an uneventful flight from Errachidia to Casablanca with the same ebullient group of Spaniards we'd met on the flight down, we grabbed breakfast at the...
Continued from Magical Morocco, Part II Meknes We left Fes the next morning and took a one-hour train ride to Meknes, another of Morocco's four imperial cities (the other two are Marrakech and...
My boyfriend and I decided to visit Morocco in a rather haphazard way -- we were trolling for our next vacation destination by browsing online image galleries, hoping to be inspired. We were open to...
On a recent business trip, I found myself with two free days in Amsterdam. I had never been there before and honestly didn't know much about it; I just knew that prostitution and pot were legal here,...
Every summer since I was born I've spent at least a week in Ocean City, New Jersey. It's located in South Jersey, a few towns below Atlantic City and a few towns above Cape May. All the shore towns...
I lived in Washington D.C. for part of one summer while I was interning for a news magazine there. I had visited the city before that several times since I grew up only about an hour and a half...
After growing up in Maryland, I have spent the last few years living in the suburbs of Philly -- and I now consider the City of Brotherly Love to be my adopted home city. This trip report encompasses...
Following a year studying abroad in Scotland, I was joined "across the pond" by my boyfriend, who flew with me from Scotland to Frankfurt for a trip through Germany and Italy. This trip report...
I spent my junior year of college abroad in Glasgow, and got to travel all over the country one weekend at a time. Scotland is an amazing place -- full of ancient castles and stone circles, beautiful...
I celebrated my 20th birthday with a whirlwind weekend in London. I was studying at the University of Glasgow at the time, so a bunch of us traveled by train from there to London on a weekend in...
I spent a weekend in Northern Ireland near the end of my year studying abroad at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. The flight from Glasgow to Belfast on Ryanair was only 20 minutes of actual...
To celebrate my last final exam during my year abroad at the University of Glasgow, I treated myself to eight days in Spain (Barcelona and Madrid, to be specific). I went by myself, which I was a...
During a year abroad at the University of Glasgow, I was fortunate enough to have a month-long spring break between my second and third terms. I spent it backpacking around France, Italy and Ireland...
This is a continuation of Spring Break in France, also on this site. Check it out if you're interested! Italy was the second country an American friend and I visited during spring break from the...
My four days in Ireland were the last part of a month-long spring break during my year studying abroad at the University of Glasgow. I spent the first two weeks of break in France, and then another...
I went to Oslo for a weekend during a year abroad at the University of Glasgow. I was a little nervous about the trip, as it was my first solo excursion to a country where I didn't speak the...
I went to Montreal last April for three days, attracted by the idea of visiting a European city without leaving North America (and by a relatively cheap last-minute airfare). I'd been to France but...

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