The Blonde Banana is now The Weekend Jetsetter!

The Blonde Banana is now The Weekend Jetsetter!

Have you noticed? I’ve got a new name and a new look. As my blog and lifestyle have become so focused on weekend travel, it was time for an update. If you’re already subscribed to my email list or following me on Instagram, you’ll still see my updates. If not, head over to The Weekend Jetsetter (theweekendjetsetter.com) and hit subscribe. If you follow via RSS (Feedly, Bloglovin’, etc.) you’ll also need to resubscribe. Sorry to complicate — but I’m excited about this change and hope you will be too! Awesome things are in the works, including a trip to Iceland in just a couple of weeks…

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72 Hours in Colorado: Boulder, Denver and the Great Outdoors

72 Hours in Colorado: Boulder, Denver and the Great Outdoors

This post has moved! To continue reading, please click here: Two Cities, One Weekend: Adventures in Denver & Boulder, Colorado.

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72 Hours in Chicago: Skyscrapers, Hot Dogs and Deep Dish Pizza

72 Hours in Chicago: Skyscrapers, Hot Dogs and Deep Dish Pizza

My 72 hours in Chicago were…. sweaty. I happened to visit on a weekend of “record-breaking temperatures” in the mid to high 90s. Not exactly ideal for exploring a city, right? (We talked about this in my post about why I hate summer travel). But I made the best of it and even though we skipped a few things due to pure heat exhaustion, still saw plenty of awesome stuff in the Windy City. I also spent a lot of time in air conditioned bars. Don’t judge. Continue Reading…

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5 Reasons Summer Weekend Travel Is the WORST

5 Reasons Summer Weekend Travel Is the WORST

I love summer, and I love weekend travel. But the two together? Not so much. Here are five reasons why I think summer weekend getaways basically suck.  Continue Reading…

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Colombian for the Weekend: 72 Hours in Bogota, Round II

Colombian for the Weekend: 72 Hours in Bogota, Round II

Some people think it’s a waste of time and money, but I love going back to the same place twice. The first time you’re so stressed out about doing all the “musts” and seeing all the sights, you don’t really get a chance to absorb the actual vibe of a city. I’ve found that I really enjoy a destination more the second time around – I feel like I know what I’m doing, I have favorite things in mind that I want to see and eat, and the pressure to do anything in particular is off. So in May I jumped at the chance to visit Bogota, Colombia for the second time with my friend Camila, whose family is from the city. While the first time I traveled there with her in 2013 was a whirlwind of sights (the Gold Museum, Monserrate, the Salt Cathedral and the Usaquen Flea Market), round two was slightly more relaxed. As Camila’s mom told me, I was experiencing a typical Colombian weekend. Continue Reading…

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  Thanks for visiting The Blonde Banana! I'm rebranding as The Weekend Jetsetter, a name that spells out what I do (travel the world on weekends) a little better. To continue following along, check out theweekendjetsetter.com.
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