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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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48 Hours in Aruba, Part 3: Dutch Pancakes & Goodbyes

48 Hours in Aruba, Part 3: Dutch Pancakes & Goodbyes

After a long day of exploring Aruba’s rock formations, Arikok National Park and Baby Beach on UTVs, we were dusty, hot and ready to plot a relaxing final 24 hours on the island. Continue Reading…

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48 Hours in Aruba, Part 2: Off Roading & Cave Exploring On the “Other Side” Of the Island

48 Hours in Aruba, Part 2: Off Roading & Cave Exploring On the “Other Side” Of the Island

As I mentioned in Part 1 of my 48 Hours in Aruba post, this is a tiny island that’s only 20 miles long and 6 miles wide. Yet most visitors stick to the same section near the cluster of high rise hotels and resorts during their stay. It’s easy to see why – Palm Beach and Eagle Beach are both gorgeous, and once you plop yourself down in front of that shimmering Caribbean water, it’s going to be tough to pull away. But if you get the chance to go (quite literally) off the beaten path you will discover Aruba’s untouched wilderness, unique desert landscapes and fascinating rock formations. Continue Reading…

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48 Hours in Aruba, Part 1: In Search of Authentic Aruban Food, Whatever That Is!

48 Hours in Aruba, Part 1: In Search of Authentic Aruban Food, Whatever That Is!

Aruba is a small island in the Caribbean that attracts honeymooners and sun worshipers from all over the globe thanks to its year-round perfect weather. But I didn’t have oodles of time to lounge around on the beach: I was in Aruba for just 48 hours and I was on a mission to see everything there was to see and hunt down some good food. Continue Reading…

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How I Visited Aruba on Last-Minute Budget

How I Visited Aruba on Last-Minute Budget

At the beginning of November, I never thought I’d find myself lying on a Caribbean beach sipping a mojito the weekend before Thanksgiving. But when my cousin extended a last-minute invitation to join her on a trip to Aruba, the seed was planted and before I knew it I was researching flight prices. Continue Reading…

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  Hi! I'm Anna. I'm originally from Boston but right now I live in NYC where I'm working full time as a fashion publicist. I'm also traveling the world on weekends, holidays and two weeks of vacation. My mission is to help you live a happy, healthy and travel-filled life *without* quitting your 9-to-5!
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