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In Our Travels, Travel Tips on
April 28, 2017

Why You Should Get Travel Insurance

On my first ever trip out of the country, I was heading to Canada with my (now ex) boyfriend. We were young, 18 and 19 and extremely naive. I was doing a lot of research on travel outside of the US and decided to purchase travel insurance. I’m so glad I did, and here’s why you should get travel insurance too.

Trip Insurance

Although something medically may not happen to you, you could experience pretty much anything while on your trip. A huge storm could hit, destroying your hotel or even the airport! You could experience a fire, a hurricane, tornadoes or really any combination. You just never know what can happen and paying a little extra to have some peace of mind is always a good idea. You can insure the full cost of your trip, and more, depending on what package you choose.

SEE ALSO: Insurance for Expats

Medical Insurance

Let’s say you’re traveling in the US but you already have medical insurance. Usually, if you were to break an ankle or hurt your wrist, you could head to an ER or urgent care and pay the same as you would back home. Yes, it would be unfortunate to be on vacation and be hurt, but it wouldn’t be the end of the world. If this were to happen in a foreign country, you could end up paying thousands out of pocket, especially if you had to be flown back to your home country in a medivac. The best advice I have for you in this situation is to get medical insurance for your trip. When I went to Canada, I was only 18 but the drinking age was 18 in Canada, so I knew we’d be drinking at bars and clubs, which was not something we were used to. I was worried that if one of us had alcohol poisoning or got hurt, we would need medical attention and we would probably not be able to use our USA insurance cards.

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In Travel Tips on
April 26, 2017

24 Hours in Chicago

Chicago is an insanely fun city. I highly recommend visiting & I’m hoping we can head there for a little trip to Lollapalooza this summer. In the meantime, let’s see what you can do with 24 hours in Chicago.

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River Walk

Stroll along the river from Michigan avenue toward Millennium Park. This has gorgeous views of the city and the river.

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Navy Pier

Navy Pier has excellent views of the Lake, as well as the city.

SEE ALSO: Beautiful Luxurious Condo

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The Bean

This is a classic Chicago monument that cannot be missed on a trip to Chicago. Take a picture of yourself in this massive bean shaved mirror.

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Willis Tower

Get stunning views by visiting the tallest building in Chicago.

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In Travel Tips on
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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