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    Hiking Essentials for Any Type of Trip

    Fall in the Midwest is upon us in all it’s colored glory. I’ve never truly embraced this season because I know what it signals: short days and long, cold nights to come. Still, the…

    October 18, 2017
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    West Loop Chicago | Neighborhood Guide

    The problem with living somewhere is sometimes you forget to appreciate it. I love Chicago. A lot. Even so, it’s easy to fall into a routine and stay in my neighborhood. This is a…

    September 19, 2017
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    How to Spend Two Weeks In Portugal | The Ultimate Guide

    After spending two weeks driving through Portugal, I am completely in love with the country. It has beautiful cities, a fascinating history, a gorgeous coastline, great food and wine, and it’s inexpensive. Why don’t…

    September 5, 2017
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    A Weekend In the Fairytale Town of Sintra

    If you loved fairytales growing up, there’s a place in Portugal that’s perfect for you. Sintra, sitting in the mountains just a 20 minute drive from Lisbon, has six major castles and dozens of royal retreats…

    August 17, 2017
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    Road Tripping In Southern Spain

    Every time I visit Spain, I vow to move there. A recent road trip with my friends Brianna and Vince from Lisbon to Barcelona made the idea even more tempting. Brianna and Vince were…

    July 13, 2017
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    5 Days In Georgia (the country!)

    I remember sitting at my family’s kitchen counter when I was a kid, my dad drilling me on capitals of the world, and thinking that Tbilisi was fun to say and hard to spell.…

    May 31, 2017
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    Take Me Back to Koh Samui

    Notes on a few relaxing days in Koh Samui with three childhood friends after volunteering with elephants in Chiang Mai. Bophut Beach In early May, we have the beach almost to ourselves. The sand is…

    May 13, 2017
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    The Perfect Bra for Travelers Has Arrived

    The Bra Lab, a side clasping bra with interchangeable straps, offers a comfortable, easy solution for travelers. Gina Crevi, owner of two contemporary women’s boutiques in Illinois, noticed her customers were trying on clothes…

    May 12, 2017