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April 12, 2017

The Best Camping in the Northeast

I’m originally from Maryland, so the northeast is an area of the United States that I hold near and dear to my heart. There are some particularly beautiful camping areas in the northeast, and today I want to share the best camping in the northeast!

Acadia National Park

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Acadia National Park is located in eastern Maine, right on an island called Mount Desert. It’s a stunning national park featuring beautiful lakes, oceanfronts, and hiking trails. There’s so much to do on this lovely little island.

Green Mountain National Forest

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Located in southwestern Vermont lies the Green Mountain National Forest. This part of the country is absolutely stunning in the fall, so definitely try to make an effort to visit during that time. The leaves are beautifully multicolored and there are tons to do in the forest.

Kancamagus Highway

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The Kancamagus highway is a stretch of New Hampshire’s route 112. It’s absolutely stunning and provides amazing views of the surrounding mountains and rivers. It’s a beautiful stop to pitch a tent for the evening.

Baxter State Park

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Located in north Maine, Baxter State Park is another beautiful, wooded area like many of the others on this list. It’s home to the state’s highest peak, which is awesome for hiking and stunning views.

Delaware Seashore State Park

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The last place for this list of amazingly beautiful places to camp is located in Delaware, just a short hour away from where I was born. I couldn’t mention the east coast without also giving you a beautiful ocean option. Delaware seashore state park is located just off the coast in southern Delaware. There’s SO much to do in this state park it deserves its own post, but boating, the beach, hiking, there’s so much to do!

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In Travel Tips on
April 6, 2017

5 Things to Do in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a country in South Asia, right below India. It’s an absolutely stunning country with so many different fun things to do. Today we wanted to share 10 things to do in Sri Lanka!

Sigiriya

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Sigiriya is an extinct volcanic city located in the middle of the country. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage site and used to be a rock fortress during the early 400’s. It is known as one of the best preserved examples of primitive urban planning.

Beaches

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Sri Lanka has some absolutely stunning, warm and crowd free beaches. Lay out on the beach, enjoy the sunshine and simply do nothing for a while.

Take a Tour

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One of the easiest ways to see Sri Lanka in all it’s glory is to take a fully guided tour. Olanka Travels features tours ranging from 3-15 days. They also have honeymoon packages. The easiest way to see all the sites in a simple way is to take a tour. Their prices are very reasonable and will save you so much time and money.

Tea

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Sri Lanka has some beautiful tea fields. Much of the worlds teas comes in blends with some of the teas from Sri Lanka. There’s a train you can take from Kandy to Ella where you’ll be able to enjoy the stunning views of all of the tea fields and hills.

Yala National Park

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Yala National Park consists of amazing animals like elephants and leopards. The best way to explore this park is by taking a safari, but make sure you find a reputable company, and if you care at all about the animals, make sure you find one that is good for the environment and the animals.

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In Travel Tips on
April 4, 2017

24 Hours in Denver

I visited Denver in 2015 for a short time, for the Taylor Swift concert. I have to say, it wasn’t my favorite city that I’ve ever been to, but I’m completely open to giving it another chance. Today I thought I’d share the things you definitely can’t miss if you have 24 hours in Denver.

Explore Downtown

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We stayed right in downtown Denver on our trip there, and we loved exploring the downtown area. My most fond memory of the trip was walking up into the hills and finding a cute little mexican restaurant to eat lunch at. Exploring a city without any real things you are looking for is truly one of the most fun things to do.

See a Game

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Denver is home to both the Colorado Rockies baseball team as well as the Denver Broncos football team. Depending on what time of year you visit Denver, you can usually see one of these teams play. The Broncos are very famous, meaning ticket prices are slightly higher for them than the Rockies, but both stadiums are stunning and would be a ton of fun.

16th Street Mall

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When we visited Denver, we stayed right at the top of the 16th street mall. There’s a bus that runs down the entire thing that you can hop on and off of whenever you want. I had a creepy man fondle my body while on this bus, so be careful and watch your surroundings. There’s tons to do throughout the 16th street mall, including shops, restaurants and more.

Brewery Tours

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Something I didn’t know about Denver is that they have tons of breweries, wineries and distilleries. Make an afternoon out of a couple of different brewery tours, and get day drunk. It’s vacation, why not?

Mount Evans Scenic Byway

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If you have time, and a car, make sure you head up to the Mount Evans scenic byway. Denver is surrounded by some absolutely stunning mountains, and the Mount Evans scenic byway gives you a great chance to explore the surrounding areas and get some great views.

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In Travel Tips on
March 30, 2017

20 Places to Go in Your Twenties

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Your twenties is supposed to be the most exciting time of your life. This is a time for you to grow as an individual and really learn who you are and who you’re supposed to be. We put together this list of 20 places to go in your twenties because we feel that travel is one of the things that will grow you most.

Europe

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Europe is a big one. Traveling out of the country in general is something that should be experienced by everyone, but especially to Europe. Their culture is so much like our own, but at the same time so different. There’s amazingly rich history in Europe that you just can’t find in the US. There are so many beautiful and amazing countries in Europe, and it’s all right in front of you once you make the hop over the Atlantic. I’ve listed specific places in Europe that I think are amazing and are must-sees, but Europe in general is our number one place.

Vegas

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I recommend waiting until you’re 21 for this one, but Las Vegas is such a great place for someone who’s freshly 21. It’s unlike really any other place in the US, and is an experience you have to do at least once in your lifetime. That’s not to say that Vegas is going to be your favorite place in the world, but it is definitely an experience worth having.

Los Angeles

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The second biggest city in the US is Los Angeles, California. It’s a huge, beautiful city with literally so much to do. I recommend going there just because of how famous it is. There are so many places pictured on TV, like the Hollywood sign, or Santa Monica pier, or just the downtown cityscape of LA. It has great shopping, great people and will really provide you with a fantastic experience.

New York City

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Speaking of biggest cities in the US, New York City is the largest city in the United States. It’s situated on a tiny island, but stands tall into the sky. Like LA, there’s so much to do in New York. So many places to explore & see. There’s again, great shopping and a fantastic nightlife scene. There’s incredible dining, as well.

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Washington D.C.

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Our nations capitol, Washington D.C., is full of rich history. This is Abbie’s favorite city in the world (so far). D.C. is full of free things to do, which is excellent for us 20-somethings on a budget.

Miami

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Miami is one of those places you just have to experience at least once in your lifetime. It’s a beautiful city, situated right on the water, and is practically warm 24/7. It also boasts some of the worlds most beautiful beaches, and most lively nightlife.

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Orlando

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Speaking of Florida, do not miss Orlando. This is the theme park capital of the US and boasts Disneyworld and Universal less than 20 miles apart. AND it doesn’t stop there. There’s tons and tons of other free and costly things to do in Orlando, although I may be slightly impartial when I say, Disney World is a can’t miss.

New Orleans

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Again, this is an experience you just can’t miss. If possible, head to New Orleans during Mardi Gras (end of February). It’s going to be an experience, for sure. People dress up, throw beads, have parties and more.

Australia

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Moving overseas, Australia is a country that many overlook when planning overseas adventures from the US. Australia is home to some of the world’s most dangerous animals, but it’s also home to some pretty awesome sights and adventures.

Japan

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Japan has a culture unlike anything close to the US’s. Home to the biggest city in the world, Tokyo, Japan is full of rich history as well as intensely huge cities. You’ll never run out of things to do in Japan.

South Korea

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Just a jump away from Japan is South Korea. South Korea has some amazing culture, as well as beautiful sights and things to do. Nate & I are thinking of teaching English in South Korea at some point…so stay tuned.

England

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England is an amazing place. It boasts not only history that directly relates to the United States, but has a culture a lot like ours. England has some amazing, famous sites like the London Bridge and Westminister.

Tahiti

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Tahiti is a beautiful country located in the South Pacific, somewhere between Australia and the Americas. This is one of the countries you think of when you think of those overwater bungalows. You come here to relax and swim and have an amazing time.

St. Thomas

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St. Thomas is a beautiful island in the caribbean. There’s tons to do in St. Thomas as well as plenty of areas to relax, swim and just dig your toes into the sand.

Dallas

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Located in Texas, US, Dallas is a huge city. It boasts amazing teams like the Dallas Cowboys, and has tons of things to do and a very lively downtown scene.

Ibiza

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If you’ve ever jammed to the song “I took a pill in Ibiza…to show Avicii I was cool” then you’ve probably been wondering what the heck is Ibiza? It’s a city off the coast of Spain on a little island. It’s known as a party scene, and basically has a non-stop party year round.

San Francisco

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Another one of my favorite cities in the world, San Francisco sits on a bay near the Atlantic Ocean. It’s famous for it’s awesome gay and lesbian scene, the golden gate bridge, and chocolate. It also has the amazing Alcatraz right off it’s coast, and is genuinely an amazing place. There’s so much to do in San Fran.

Machu Picchu

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Although getting here is a little bit of a hike/adventure in of itself, Machu Picchu has some seriously rich and interesting history. It’s the remnants of an Inca city high in the mountains of Peru.

Canada

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I’ll never forget my trip to Calgary, Canada. As someone who was freshly 18 and had never been to a bar, having a drinking age of 18 was fantastic. Canada has so much to do, on it’s West Coast as well as its East Coast.

Rio

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Following the Rio Olympics in 2016, Rio has become a popular destination. It’s not like it wasn’t before, but it wasn’t on people’s radars as much as it is now. Rio is gorgeous and has some awesome sights, so definitely check it out.

Which place do you want to go most?

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In Travel Tips on
March 20, 2017

Best Camping in the Southwest

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The southwest United States has some absolutely gorgeous areas. It’s mostly desert, with some canyons and lush areas thrown in there. Let’s look at the best camping in the Southwest.

Zion National Park

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Zion National Park is seriously stunning. Located in southern Utah, it’s a 229 square mile piece of beauty. The most popular feature is the zion canyon, which is a 15 mile canyon cut into the reddish rock of southern Utah. It’s aboslutely stunning, and has tons of opportunity for hiking and rock climbing.

Havasu Falls

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Although this camping spot is a piece of the next one, I still had to mention it separately because of it’s beauty. Havasu falls is located in the Grand Canyon, in Arizona. Because it’sย located within the Havasupai Indian reservation, it’s important to remember that when visiting the gorgeous falls. It’s a great area for swimming and hiking, and there is a campground near by.

Grand Canyon

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You had to know I wasn’t going to mention the southwest without mentioning the Grand Canyon. The canyon is absolutely gorgeous and located in Arizona. And, it’s been carved over the last 6 million years by the Colorado river. Most noteworthy, it lasts over a 277 mile length, and can be seen from space. There are so many things to do along the Grand Canyon, as well as many campgrounds. You’ll have to do some research into exactly which area of the Grand Canyon you’d like to stay, or if you’ll backpack and hike it.

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