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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Tom Hanks bought a villa in Antiparos 15 years ago and it somehow remains one of Greece’s best kept secrets. Less than 2,000 residents live on the Greek island year-round, spanned across a stretch of land approximately 17 square miles long. With whitewashed buildings, cobblestone streets and blue doors framed by bougainvillea trees, Antiparos is a haven untouched by the influx of tourists to the Cycladic Islands and one of the few places where you…

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Today I want to share with you a Miami staple–Cuban pastries! You can find a Spanish bakery on nearly every corner in South Florida. There’s nothing like starting your day with a cafecito and a baked good to remind you that you’re on vacation. My personal favorites are the empanadas. I actually make them at home, though not as large. And I would be remiss if I didn’t pay tribute to the croqueta. You may be asking, what’s a…

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I recently went on an epic 4-day roadtrip to Zion National Park, Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, The Grand Canyon and Las Vegas. It was an incredible weekend filled with mountains, views and the opportunity to reconnect with nature, one of the goals for my year of adventure. The first stop, Zion National Park, was nothing short of amazing, though not exactly what I was expecting. RELATED POST: SHOULD YOU VISIT UPPER OR LOWER ANTELOPE CANYON? The Narrows v.…

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I was recently published by the Washington Post for how to regularly book roundtrip international flights for under $400 roundtrip. As a follow-up, many people have asked me what some of my secrets are for finding cheap accommodations. As a solo traveler, this is a hard one because accommodations are cheaper when you’re splitting the costs with at least one other person. Not only that, sometimes you get charged an additional fee for renting alone, especially if you booked through a…

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