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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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24 Hours in Peaceful Valladolid, Yucatan

24 Hours in Peaceful Valladolid, Yucatan

My final stop in Yucatan was Valladolid, the state’s third largest city located between Mérida and Cancun, right near Chichen Itza. Upon first glance, Valladolid isn’t much different from any other Spanish colonial city in Latin America. There’s the main plaza, the cathedral, cobblestone streets, colorful buildings… But Valladolid has one thing that makes it unique from the rest: a cenote just blocks from its center. Continue Reading…

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2014: 6 Countries, 20 Cities, Only 8 Vacation Days!

2014: 6 Countries, 20 Cities, Only 8 Vacation Days!

I feel like it was just yesterday that I was ringing in 2014 in Marrakech, Morocco – but here I am in Mexico getting ready to welcome 2015 in Tulum in a slightly more subdued manner (I’ve aged). This year was my best year of travel yet, and I visited six different countries and 20 different cities, including nine in the United States. I only had to take 8 vacation days, which is exciting because it proves that even us Americans with only two weeks of vacation time have no excuse to not travel. I learned a lot this year, finally mastering the art that is credit card rewards so I rarely have to pay for flights. I also learned that traveling every weekend is a bit much for both my wallet and sanity. While I don’t plan to reduce my travel next year, I do plan to spread things out a little better so I don’t find myself living out of a suitcase for months at a time with no spare days to do my laundry or catch up with friends. Continue Reading…

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Washington D.C. Beyond the Monuments: Eastern Market & Capitol Hill

Washington D.C. Beyond the Monuments: Eastern Market & Capitol Hill

A trip to the United States capital would not be complete without visiting the White House and government buildings, touring national monuments and exploring the city’s numerous museums. However, I always try to get a feel for what a city is like beyond its tourist attractions and had to admit that despite multiple visits, I’d never seen much of D.C. Last weekend, after spending a day in Virginia, I set out to discover where locals actually hang out in Washington. Continue Reading…

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One Day in Virginia: Road Trip To Wine Country & Skyline Drive

One Day in Virginia: Road Trip To Wine Country & Skyline Drive

Last weekend I spent one day in Virginia. While I started off exploring the state’s famous wine country, the day lead to a national park, an amazing scenic driving route and the discovery of an old inn that takes a step back in time. Continue Reading…

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