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Getty Villa in Malibu, California

A visit to Getty Villa

Part of the fun of living in San Diego is being close enough to finally check out all of the things I want to do in Los Angeles without actually living there (aka I can handle the traffic for a total of 36 hours before I go bonkers). On my last trip...
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Day of the Dead festivities in Tlaquepaque, Guadalajara

Experiencing Day of the Dead in Guadalajara

Experiencing Day of the Dead (or Dia de los Muertos, as it's locally known) in Mexico was truly an incredible experience. The streets of Guadalajara, and particularly in the neighborhood of Tlaquepaque, were filled with intricate altars heaped with...
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Colorful Day of the Dead festivities in Tlaquepaque, Guadalajara

My favorite things about Guadalajara

So much about my trip to Guadalajara surprised me: the historic downtown filled with neoclassical and European-influenced architecture, the fields of blue agave stretching as far as the eye can see, the market stuffed to the brim with everything one...
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Salvation Mountain in the California desert

A road trip to Salvation Mountain and Slab City

Now that I'm back on the West Coast, I've been trying to check out a lot of weird and wonderful places that aren't too far from San Diego. One of the first on the list was Salvation Mountain. It's a literal man-made mountain of latex paint in the...
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Denver Botanic Garden in the fall

A visit to the Denver Botanic Gardens

To be honest, Denver Botanic Garden wasn't super high on my list of must-do things in the city. Before we arrived, my ideal itinerary was 50% hiking and 50% craft beer drinking. However, we had a bit of a scheduling snafu and the altitude affected me...
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Fall colors outside of Denver, Colorado

A fall weekend in Denver

We spent last weekend in Denver, and it was exactly the fall foliage dream that I was hoping for. We had a few reasons for wanting to visit Denver: a few different sets of friends recently relocated there from the East Coast, it was a city we had...
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Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia

The places I recommend most (around the world)

Last week, I wrote about the places that I recommend most in the USA. Although I do feel strongly about the importance of seeing your own country (especially when it's one as diverse as the United States), I'm also so grateful for my experiences...
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Statue of Liberty at Sunset from Circle Line Cruise

The places I recommend most (in the USA)

The question that I both love and hate (and get asked often): what's your favorite place to visit? Obviously, I'm all in on chatting about travel, reminiscing about the trips I've taken and giving recommendations on cool places to go. But it's also...
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2018 Chevrolet Equinox

A whirlwind weekend in Northern California

What a crazy weekend! To quickly sum up: we drove to Los Angeles on Thursday night to drop off Gertie with my friend Aly and then stayed with friends in Hancock Park, drove to Sacramento on Friday for that evening's wine tasting event, cleaned out my...
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Seattle Public Library Central

The highlights of 24 hours in Seattle

I’ve wanted to visit Seattle for a long time, but it never made sense as a weekend getaway from New York City. I had a feeling that I’d relocate to the West Coast eventually, and it was top of my list for when I did. So I was thrilled when the...
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