How to Spend a Long Weekend in Austin

Austin Skyline at Night

If, unfortunately, you only have a few days to spend in Austin, don’t fret–there are still a lot of things you can pack into a short time in this awesome city.

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Finally, My Very Own Video of Iceland

I just watched Wild and her journey of mostly solitude took me back to my most recent trip to Iceland. I think it’s one of the best places on earth to be totally alone–just you, your thoughts, and the natural beauty that surrounds you. While I certainly didn’t spend 100 days hiking across this beautiful country, I did spend a week exploring the south coast, which has been my favorite since my first trip there.

I finally put together a condensed video of my trip there (I say condensed because the footage came in around 45 minutes and I got it down to 5). All it really does is make me want to hop a plane back and take my lovely new camera (with video functionality!) to do some more shooting. Hope it makes you want to hop a plane there too!

Only in India

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I have never been as scared to travel to a country as I was to go to India. I read every single horror story I could get my hands on before leaving–I read about acid attacks, rapes, muggings, hotel break-ins–whatever I could find, I consumed. I hate how I feed into things like that, but I absolutely do. While I never believe an entire country is the sum total of what its horrible people do, I still like to be informed. And in this case, I’m glad I did. It totally worked in my favor because I ended up having one of the best experiences of my entire life!

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A Small Taste of the Museums in Washington, D.C.

Washington, DC

With over 200 museums in the district, it is easy to understand why Washington, D.C. is the best museum city in the world! No matter where you stay in Washington, at least one museum is nearby! But with so many museums, how do you know which ones to visit? If you are working with a limited amount of time and a fixed budget, here are four museums to give you a well-rounded experience and make you want to come back for even more.

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Guide to Planning a Weekend Trip to Boston

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Boston is one of the best cities in the United States. It boasts awesome historical significance, features some of the best attractions, and has delicious foods to suit everyone’s tastes. And if you stay at a hotel in the heart of the city, it makes getting around this small town a breeze (even on foot)!

Boston’s History

If you’re a US history buff, Boston’s the perfect place for you–it was founded by Puritans; the Boston Tea Party became the catalyst for the American Revolution; and anti-slavery movements happened here during the Civil War. There’s plenty of history to be found, but with only a couple of days, here are two of the best options.

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Best Places (and Things) to Eat in Montreal

When you think of Montreal, food probably isn’t the first thing that pops into your mind. It’s probably not even the second, but it should be! Montreal is a great place for foodies to explore French-Canadian fare, eat at a local institution, and visit some haute patisseries. And if you’re staying at an Old Montreal hotel, most of these things are within walking distance!

Local Favorites

First thing’s first: local favorites! You can’t visit Montreal and not eat the following things or visit the following places.

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How to Spend a Long Weekend in San Antonio

San Antonio Riverwalk

If you’re a first-time visitor to San Antonio, you might be overwhelmed by how much there is to see and do in the second largest city in Texas! And if you’re only spending a long weekend there, it’s imperative to maximize your time so you can see and do the best things the city has to offer. To start, choose a San Antonio hotel in a central location so you’ll be close to everything. Next, pick a few (or all) of the following things to get a good overview of the city!

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See Las Vegas on the Cheap

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When you think of Las Vegas, lots of images flash in front of your eyes: neon signs, grandiose hotel interiors, beautiful women, free drinks at casinos, but the thing that probably remains static is the dollar-sign symbol. Las Vegas can be an expensive destination, but it doesn’t have to be. There are cheaper accommodation choices that will still allow you to be in the hustle and bustle of everything the city has to offer. And there are lots of free and inexpensive things to do so you don’t have to break the bank! Here are just a few ideas to help ensure you make it home with at least a few dollars left in your wallet.

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Favorite Travel Photos (Part 3)

Today features the last installment of my favorite travel photos! Today we’re visiting Morocco, Iceland, Italy, France, England, South Africa, and Germany.

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Kitten on a bunch of wool in Morocco

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Riding in Moroccan Trains with Old Men

“There is nothing like a train journey for reflection, and the passage from Casablanca to Marrakech is one of the most inspiring I know. Movement has a magical effect on the mind. It stimulates the eyes, distracts them, allowing real thought to take hold. I stared out the window at a landscape changing by slow degree from urban to farmland, and then again, to a desert panorama–baked terra-cotta red.” — Tahir Shah, In Arabian Nights

My journey to Marrakech was a bit of a different route, but much the same experience–eight hours rocking away on a train, watching the landscapes change and feeling myself change from my time in Morocco.

My six-seater first-class car gained and lost a lot of people along the route, giving me time to watch how local people interacted: a wealthy couple in their late-20s–the man looking like he didn’t want to relinquish any control to his wife, but the woman was fiery and feisty and not ready to let him have the last word; an older couple who seemed so sweet and as if they loved each other so deeply that they’d drop anything to care for the other; and finally, my favorite–the old man.

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