19,847 Miles | 2017 A Year in Review

A shiny brand new year is upon us, Hello 2018!

This is a wonderful time for reflection and an opportunity for an exercise in gratitude. I found myself thinking, “Wow, the year is over. I didn’t get to travel to all these places I wanted to…” and had to stop myself. Remembering to be grateful for the many, many opportunities that have come my way and all of the miles traveled, I decided to make a list of all the trips I made in 2017. Continue reading “19,847 Miles | 2017 A Year in Review”

5 Holiday Travel Tips from a Pro-Traveler

Here are 5 tips from a pro-traveler who has flown every holiday for the past…..too many years! Holiday travel doesn’t have to be stressful, here are some reminders before you go.

wrapped christmas presents in a basket ready to be packed for holiday travel
Gifts ready to go! Photo Credit: Cassidy Boone

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My Autumn Road Trip | Part One – North Carolina

55  hours…3,789 miles to drive…let’s do this.

chihuahua looking out at the water in southport north carolina on a road trip
Freddy’s first time at the ocean! Photo Credit: Cassidy Boone

Here is it, part one of my solo road trip across the USA! Leaving our Colorado mountains in the rear view mirror and covering a staggering 1,810 miles (2,913 km) in 26 hours, we reached our first destination: North Carolina.

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INDUSTRY UPDATE | Book flights in January!

This just in…YOU SHOULD BOOK FLIGHTS IN JANUARY!

According to Skyscanner (check them out for seriously affordable air fare),  January is when you should book flights to get the best price in 2018.  And March will be the most expensive, going up an average of 65%!

colorful crafty january 2018 calendar with first two weeks of the month colored
The first two weeks are ideal! (Print the calendar here.)

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INDUSTRY UPDATE: Zero-Emission Trains coming to Germany!

Industry Update | Zero-Emission Hydrogen Train
A successful test run for the World’s First Hydrogen Powered Passenger Trains!
blue German zero-emission hydrogen train at the dock on its first successful run
The world’s first zero-emission train…and it’s fast too! Photo Credit: Germany.info

Today the world moved forward in the battle for eco-friendly passenger transportation, and of course it was at the capable hands of our European neighbors! This modern German marvel is called Coradia iLint and passengers can look forward to this amazing new mode of transportation in 2018.

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My Autumn Road Trip | Planning

calendar planner and road trip schedule
Colorado – North Carolina – Virginia – Colorado

The wanderlust is back, friends. I can feel it constantly calling me to explore. Sometimes the day-to-day feels a little suffocating, that’s when I know it is time to go on an adventure!

At the end of November I am planning a solo Autumn Road Trip to visit family on the East Coast of the US. This post dives into my planning process before heading out on a road trip, I will be sure to share stories and photos as well!

map of the usa showing road trip path is 55 hours to drive 3,789 miles
55 hours to drive 3,789 miles! Bring it on.

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Different by Nature | Weekend Getaway in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Salt Lake City, Utah | DIFFERENT BY NATURE
salt lake city skyline against snowcapped mountains
The Salt Lake City skyline. Photo Credit: Visit Salt Lake

Welcome to Salt Lake City, Utah!  A hub of the Western USA, this city is surrounded by Utah’s outstanding National Parks, a stellar ski area in Park City, and the one and only Great Salt Lake, a natural wonder. Delta Air Lines is currently expanding the SLC Airport, making this an even larger international hub.

This Spring I visited Salt Lake City to visit my mom and was pleasantly surprised by the sheer amount of things to do, variety of people living here, and the beautiful outdoor spaces in the area. Here are 3 of my favorite things to do in the city for a weekend getaway, remember you can always find more on Visit Salt Lake‘s website!

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How to Breeze Through Airport Security

Here is my personal 7-step process that makes airport security a breeze. These tips come from years of travel and hopefully will ease some stress for you!

Disclaimer right up front – these tips are from my own personal experiences, they may not be a cookie-cutter fit for all travelers. However, I have had friends get so stressed out about flying and airport security, so I thought, “Why not write a post about it?” 

Cassidy Suitcase
Cassidy’s suitcase & carry-on bag.

Usually I will be traveling with a laptop, carry-on suitcase, and purse. These steps use that formula. If you have less luggage with you (a.k.a. checked your suitcase) things just got easier for you.

Dear Reader, here you go….

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INDUSTRY UPDATE: Disney to build an immersive Star Wars hotel!

travel industry update | disney star wars hotel

NEW ATTRACTION: STAR WARS HOTEL

Star Wars Themed Resort
The proposed Star Wars themed resort from Disney. Photo Credit: The Disney Blog

Announced at Disney’s annual D23 Expo, the entertainment giant will be building a Star Wars themed immersive hotel. Now why is that making every geek-at-heart (like me!) freak out? Because immersive means they will give you a character in the Star Wars universe with a story line that will be present in every experience within the hotel. AHHH!

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Colorado | How to Act Like a Local!

Colorado, USA | rocky mountain region
Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak - America's Mountain in Colorado Springs, CO. Photo Credit: Cassidy Boone.
Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain in Colorado Springs, CO. Photo Credit: Cassidy Boone.

Colorado, USA – home of the Rocky Mountains, aspen trees, beautiful red rocks, and some of the friendliest people in America. It is where I call home, the place my heart always wants to return. With so many new folks moving to Colorado, I am proud to call myself a Colorado native.

This mountainous region starts at a 3,315 feet above sea level, capping out at 14,440 feet with Mount Elbert, the tallest mountain in Colorado. Preparing for your first visit to this beautiful part of the nation is essential – to make sure you have the best Colorado vacation possible, here is a quick guide on How to Act Like a Local!

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