I am just getting back from the most relaxing weekend getaway at the Archer Hotel in Austin, Texas. Even though traveling internationally is my passion, I still love exploring domestic destinations whenever possible. We seriously underestimate all there is to admire right here in the United States. What’s more, with deals like $31 flights to Long Beach or $20 flights to New Orleans on budget airlines like Spirit, JetBlue and Allegiant, there’s no reason you…

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Top of the Rock is one of New York City’s most popular attractions, and for good reason. With spectacular views of the Empire State Building and New York overall, it’s a must-see for anyone wanting to experience the magic of the Big Apple. Most people visit the Rockefeller Center’s observation deck in hopes of capturing the perfect sunset, but the truth is there is no bad time to go. In my case, I went on…

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Can you believe I’d never had a bahn mi sandwich before my food tour of Hayes Valley in San Francisco? I had seriously been missing out. A bahn mi is a Vietnamese sandwich made with traditional ingredients like pickled carrots, cucumber and jalapeno. It’s all the rage on the culinary scene lately, with pop-ups emerging on every corner claiming to make the best of the bunch. There’s no better place to try a bahn mi…

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I always said that if I was going to ride a hot air balloon, it was going to be in one of two places: Cappadocia or the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Both seemed out of reach for me this year, so I put ballooning on my long-term travel goals, right up there with going on safari. Imagine my surprise when I received a wedding invitation from a friend announcing that she was getting married the…

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Visiting Niagara Falls is a classic American experience. For most kids growing up in the Northeast, it was an obligatory trip, either with classmates or on a family vacation. I remember resenting the half-day drive my family made to this place when I first visited as a child. Aside from the 3D experience, which resembled a ride, I wasn’t enthused in the slightest. It’s funny how little we appreciate these sights as children, and how…

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