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5 Lessons Learned On My First Solo Trip

5 Lessons Learned On My First Solo Trip

Amy Dodson once said, “Don’t ever accept anyone else’s preconceived limitations.  If there’s something you want to do, there isn’t any reason you can’t do…

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The Great Debate: Airbnb vs Hotel

The Great Debate: Airbnb vs Hotel

When booking a trip one of the main questions to answer is where to stay.  With a multitude of options this can be a difficult…

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How to Book A Flight Without Breaking the Bank

How to Book A Flight Without Breaking the Bank

One of my all time favorite quotes is, “Fill your life with adventures, not things. Have stories to tell not stuff to show.”  When it…

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5 Books to Fuel Your Wanderlust Between Travels

5 Books to Fuel Your Wanderlust Between Travels

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a bottomless travel fund and endless PTO days? Unfortunately we don’t live in such a utopian world.  For us,…

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Packing Two Weeks of Clothes in Your Carry On

Packing Two Weeks of Clothes in Your Carry On

I am often asked how I manage to pack two weeks of clothes in a carry on.  So, in today’s post I’m giving you ten…

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  • Catching the morning flight to NYC! It won’t be cobblestone streets in old European cities, but it’ll be a concrete jungle so we’re good. Cheers to an adventure-filled weekend, friends!
  • Fell in love with Canada all over again this fall. And now it’s been named destination of the year!  I’m already planning my next trip! Oh Canada, you are a gem.
  • “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience” —Eleanor Roosevelt
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Just a couple months ago I went on my first solo trip to Europe.  Traveling has quite literally breathed new life into me, and I absolutely love seeing this world with my husband by my side. But what did I learn when I had to go it alone for the first time?
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I learned that my gut IS always right. I learned the best way to step out of your comfort zone is when there is no safety net. I learned that there is tremendously more “good” in people than “bad.” And, I learned that my own company...well, it actually is pretty darn great!
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My solo trip was the most life-changing, liberating experience I’ve had to date.  Im telling you, you have to do it once in your life. Because what is life without adventure? I hope I never find out.
  • Some days go so fast you forget to take a breath. Other days go by slowly and you take it all in. I could use a slow-paced day with beautiful views. Is it Friday yet?
  • Hello, Sunday.✨
  • Celebrating the opening of doors tonight. And that my super hunky husband is home.
  • “the way he talked of their dreams made her want to grab his hand and run into tomorrow” - Atticus
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Today is the day he comes home for good. 📸: @annamarie_akins
  • “Autumn...the year’s last loveliest smile”
  • It was a cold and rainy day here in DC, so I’m channeling summer and sunshine through IG.
  • Staring into this coffee hoping it gives me life on this Monday. May your coffee be strong & Monday short!
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Side note: If you’re a coffee lover like myself, you must take a trip to Montreal! I’m convinced they have the coziest/cutest coffee shops to spend your day in!
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