The Great Dismal Swamp of Virginia and North Carolina
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William Byrd called it, “a vast Body of mire and nastiness.” George Washington declared it a, “glorious paradise.” Adam and I called it the perfect place for a weekend trip. That’s how we wound up spending a day … Read More

Destination Guide: Old Town Alexandria, Virginia
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Of all the cities I have visited in the United States, Old Town Alexandria, Virginia is my favorite. My connection to Old Town formed when I first moved to the Washington, DC area after college; my first “real” … Read More

Bleisure Travel: Blending Vacation and Business Trips
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I remember my first trip to Istanbul vividly. I served on the planning team for an international meeting co-hosted by my USA-based company and our Turkish partner organization, which gave me the chance to fly to Istanbul to … Read More

Kinzua Bridge: Pennsylvania’s Eighth Wonder of the World
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Although the Kinzua Bridge is only about five hours from Washington, DC, we had to go through Chernobyl to find it. Adam’s love of historical and science-focused TV shows is directly responsible for some of our favorite adventures. … Read More

Niagara Falls: Visiting from Canada and the United States
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The rain poured down hard as Adam, my dad, and I stared out the window of the Original Pancake House, 20 miles away from Niagara Falls in Williamsville, New York. We had known for a few days that … Read More

Finger Lakes Wine: A Day in New York’s Wine Country
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New York’s Finger Lakes region isn’t really that far from Washington, DC; just under six hours away, it’s makes for a perfectly reasonable three-day weekend getaway. Adam and I decided to make the journey for Labor Day weekend. … Read More

Smart and Savvy Travel Tips – Part 2
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When it comes to travel, there is always something new for us to learn. We learn from mistakes and find creative solutions to challenges on every trip we take, and each month we share a favorite tip with … Read More

How to Find the Best Vacation Souvenirs
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It would be hard to imagine a trip that didn’t involve a little souvenir shopping. From the mass market, cheaply made trinkets sold in shops or by hawkers who chase tourists on foot to the higher end, unique, … Read More

The Educated Traveler: Empower Yourself to Save Your Vacation
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For many of us, opportunities to travel are few and far between. In the USA, the average worker earns only ten vacation days a year, which means every moment spent away from work has to count. Adam and … Read More

1 Day in Panama City, Panama
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True to form, Adam and I didn’t have a lot of time to explore Panama City. Our trip to Panama was a true weekend trip; we left in the late afternoon on a Friday and were back home … Read More

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