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South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia for Streets Beach (a Man Made Lagoon)

Streets Beach is so cool. It’s trippy to see this lagoon – which looks like something on a hidden island from Peter Pan – just sitting in the middle of the city. Swimming in this area outside of the man-made beaches is a bit…unsavoury. The water in Brisbane River is not exactly an inviting colour….

Isla Holbox, Mexico for Swimming with Whale Sharks

What an incredible adventure. Isla Holbox is a 30 minute ferry ride from the Mexican mainland. It’s pretty small – not a huge population, not a lot of tourists, and I’m not sure I saw a single car the whole day I was there. It was the end of July. I was actually staying in…

Portland, OR for Trail Running to a 100-Year-Old Mansion

Being from the greater Pacific Northwest area, I’ve visited the Pittock Mansion before. Whether to get away by myself to enjoy the great views from the courtyard, or to show my out-of-towner friends something in Portland that’s not a bar. What I didn’t know until recently is that my favorite way to get up to…

Huntington Beach, CA for Service Day at an Ecological Reserve

One of the coolest experiences I’ve had to date. I’ve always felt pretty connected to nature. There just seems like there’s so much to learn from it at any given time. Bolsa Chica Eco Reserve near Huntington was proof of that. My initial visit was just as a wanderer. There are hundreds of species of…

Timberline Lodge, OR for Playing in the Snow with Family

The holiday season is close to my heart for a lot of reasons. For one, I am an overgrown child and love anything that even nods to Christmas. Secondly, it’s about the only time I get to see my extended family – which is usually an altogether pleasant experience. All of us (about 15 people…

10 Ways to Indulge Your Holiday Spirit in Seattle

Baby, it’s cold outside! Seattle knows just the thing to warm you up. Whether an indoor “snow” shower, a dazzling ballet performance, or a day trip to a cozy Bavarian village, there are plenty of offerings in the Emerald City area to keep your holiday spirit in high supply. Have you experienced any of these?…

Seattle, WA for Cederberg Tea House

I visited Cederberg recently with my husband. It was a super chilly Monday, and we had both taken a three day weekend so that we could spend some time together and run some long-procrastinated errands. We were in the Queen Anne area and nearly walked past this great little tea house. The South African flags…

Peapack and Gladstone, NJ, United States for Become Woven Into History’s Wedding Tapestry With an Affair at The Mansion at Natirar

One of the most anticipated and iconic events to happen in a given person’s life – their wedding day. This day in age weddings range in style, scope, and size, and though there are trends and traditions, there’s also a vast freedom. Many couples have the ability to get married anywhere in anyway that suits…

Las Vegas for A Thanksgiving Getaway

It’s not too late to set plans in motion for a Thanksgiving getaway. It’s a great time to book a last-minute flight deal to Vegas and plan your getaway-from-it-all holiday weekend with friends or family. I’m on my way to Vegas for the weekend and delighted to share a few activities and ideas for your…

Seattle, WA for Seattle SantaCon

Last year was my first time participating in the Seattle SantaCon. It was a riot. I went with a few friends, whose excitement at the beginning might have outdone my own. I was a little hesitant about it (hoards of adults dressing like Santa and drinking excessively?), but the moment I got all my Santa…

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Los Angeles, CA for Kitschy Sort-Of European Charm in Downtown LA

I remember living in LA, and thinking that there weren’t a huge number of truly unique places or things to do there. Maybe I just didn’t look hard enough, maybe I wasn’t there long enough – I’m not sure. But it seemed like it’s sort of plastic, trend-setting culture seemed to overwhelm any of the…

Hamburg, Germany for St. Michaelis Kirche

Hamburg isn’t a super inexpensive place to visit, so when my then-boyfriend and I went, we did a bunch of research on things we could see on the cheap. One of those things was St. Michaelis Kirche (St. Michael’s Church, or – as it’s known locally – The Michael). On our second day in Hamburg,…

Huntington Beach, CA for the Other Central Park

This is a really beautiful, sprawling park that I discovered when I was temporarily living in HB. It’s very well maintained and so large that it never feels crowded. My mom, sister and I threw a birthday party for my nephew there in one of the picnic facilities. The fire pits were great for our…

Zion National Park, UT for an Incredible Natural Experience & Great Time with Friends

I went to Zion National Park with my husband and a few of our friends. We all went in on a cabin at Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort. Five bedrooms, a full kitchen, a gas fireplace, wifi (although we barely touched our electronics the whole trip) – the works. But what was really impressive about our…

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