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Bavaria, Germany

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  • This little girl is #travelgoals! All 50 states in 5 months!!
  • Travel is wonderful, but it can be expensive. Here’s how to travel debt free.
  • VR is finding a place in the travel and tourism industry.
  • Pumpkin season has officially arrived. Are you even a parent if you don’t take your kid to a pumpkin patch to take their picture? Here’s 15 must visit pumpkin patches.
  • Food tourism has taken off recently. Here are 30 of the best “foodie” cities in the US.

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Florence, Italy

#theduomo #cathedralatsunset #chasingsunsets

  • You should travel. Travel is important. Here’s why.
  • Insider advice from a 24 year old who won the Best Job in the World Campaign and spent 3 months travelling Europe.
  • Travara – the worlds first purpose-driven travel and lifestyle media platform to align with Sustainable Development Goals launched today. Check them out.
  • Did you hear that several major airlines are raising their checked baggage fees? Again?!

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Southport, North Carolina

#happyplacebythesea #intracoastalwaterway #hurricaneflorence

Hurricane Florence has devastated the entire eastern part of North Carolina. While there is significant damage to the area, we think our beloved happy place has been mostly spared. Bridges and roads in to town are flooded out, so we won’t know for sure until we are able to visit. In the wake of Hurricane Florence here’s what you can do to help:

  • The Carolina Panthers have teamed up with Visit North Carolina and Discover South Carolina to show their support with these #Careolinas shirts with all proceeds benefiting relief efforts
  • The Shop Forward released Carolina Strong shirts with all proceeds benefiting relief efforts
  • Help The Red Cross. Find a blood drive near you here. Make a donation to the Red Cross recovery efforts here. Sign up to be a Red Cross volunteer in NC or SC here.
  • Support the Salvation Army’s Hurricane Florence relief efforts
  • Donate to the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund here or by texting FLORENCE to 20222.
  • Register with the state of North Carolina to be a volunteer. They are urging people not to self deploy to the area, instead register and let them know how you can help so your skills can be best used. Check here for other volunteer opportunities in North Carolina.
  • The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina supports some of the hardest hit areas. Give to their efforts here.
  • The Diaper Bank of North Carolina is in need of supplies. You can donate to them here or purchase items from their Amazon wish list.
  • Check this article for a few other organizations you may consider helping, and some important reminders to think about before you donate to any unfamiliar groups.
  • Remember while many people are in need of material items, water, medicine, and non perishable food, cash donations can help ensure that organizations are able to purchase those items which are in the highest demand. They can also be purchased locally which can help to stimulate the local economy. Only donate material items to those organizations which are specifically requesting you do so.
  • To find the latest on power outages, road conditions, and storm cleanup in North Carolina.

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Switzerland

#thehappiestcowsliveinSwitzerland

  • So many amazing travel gigs in the news. This week it is a dream job with a nice pay check travelling to Mexico’s most popular beach destinations.
  • Talk about a travel disaster. Here’s what to do if you lose your phone on vacation.
  • The arrival of the Pumpkin Spice Latte should signal fall is on the way (even if it is still 100 degrees), here are nine gorgeous fall getaways to consider.
  • The first of its kind “Beer Hotel” that opened this week, takes the shower beer to the next level.

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Bellingrath Gardens

Mobile, Alabama

  • Wanna travel the world as a gin taste tester? Not into gin? The Queen is hiring. You probably missed your chance to be the “Cat Lady” on this Greek Island.
  • Travel advice from the “master of disaster” OtterBox founder Curt Richardson.
  • Tourism is a great thing, but there are costly down sides to overtourism.
  • Have you been on any of these seriously underrated American Road Trips?
  • This country’s state run airline is up for sale… any bidders?

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Ascona, Switzerland

#swissitalian #lakemaggiore

  • Packing advice from astronauts… pack lightly!
  • Don’t be the tourist with any of these top most annoying travel habits.
  • Want to have a sleepover on the Great Wall of China with four of your besties?
  • Travel more, work less. Be more productive. I like it.
  • The youngest person to ever visit all 196 countries is now giving away all his travel miles!

 

A Girls Weekend in Nashville

First of all – Nashville is SO fun and such an amazing place for a girls weekend get away. I got to spend the weekend in Nashville with a best friend and we had the BEST time. It was my first trip to Nashville. We did the perfect amount of planning – which was not much at all. We got to see all the sights, and eat all the food, and drink all the drinks and laugh and dance! It was just perfect!

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I flew into Nashville early on a Friday morning. This worked out perfect because we had all day to explore. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express – Downtown and the location could not have been better. It’s on Broadway, but it’s a few blocks away from the bars and nightlife. It was easy to walk to restaurants and bars, but when we wanted to be done with that scene we could get away. It was also in walking distance to the area in Nashville called the Gulch which has lots of good restaurants.

After first arriving we decided we would walk to the Gulch for breakfast at Biscuit Love. I had heard all the good things, and was ready for some biscuits, but we were not ready for the two hour wait. We were starving so we ended up having brunch next door at Bar Louie, which was good but not the amazing biscuit I had been dreaming of.

After brunch our first stop was to take a tour of the historic Ryman Auditorium. The Ryman is known as the “Mother Church” of country music and it was the original home of the Grand Ole Opry. It was really neat to see all the history of country music that has been made there. Miranda Lambert’s pink guitar was one of my favorite things on display. I would love to go back and see a show there sometime. (P.S. hope you love selfies because there are A LOT OF THEM).

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After the tour we walked down Broadway to check out the sites. We ended up stopping at Acme Feed and Seed for drinks and to check out the roof top scene.

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Our next stop was to take an Uber to the 12South neighborhood. This is where Reese Witherspoon’s store Draper James is located. And the iconic “I believe in Nashville” street art is here as well, so we had to take the obligatory tourist photo. We stopped in a few other cute stores in the neighborhood, before stopping at the Filling Station for drinks to cool off.

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We headed back to the hotel to get ready for dinner. Dinner was at Whiskey Kitchen. It came highly recommended, and was a quick walk from out hotel. We sat at the bar and the food and service was really great.

From dinner we went to The Listening Room. I LOVED this place. If you are into country music (maybe even if you’re not) this is a must visit place in my opinion. The night we went, there were Nashville songwriters performing the songs they had written; many of them were hits from big stars and it was really neat to see them performed by the artist who had written the songs. It’s the kind of place that you never know who you might see, Keith Urban showed up and performed there unexpectedly not too long ago.

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We ended the night here and headed back to our hotel to rest up for a another big day. Our first full day in Nashville was a busy one! Check back later this week for the rest of our trip.

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Glass Beach

Kauai, Hawaii

#hanapepebay #seaglass #hawaii

  • Happy National Carousel Day! Here are the 6 best places to celebrate! Because we need another fake made up holiday to celebrate….
  • The best tips for solo female travel. Where would you like to go on a solo vacay?
  • So just what is jet lag and what can you do about it?
  • Apparently “nacation’s” are trending. I don’t think I’m ready to jump on board with this trend.
  • Singapore Airlines is set to launch the world’s longest commercial airline flight in October. New York to Singapore – 19 hours!! Luckily the seats looks much better than the average commercial flight.
  • Who doesn’t love a good festival. Here are 10 small town festivals that are worth traveling for.

Friday Favorites -My Southeast Wish List

When I have approximately two million things to do and no time to get them all done, I like to further delay everything by creating more lists. One of my favorite list to make is places I want to go.

Living in the southeast is great because there are so many beautiful places to see that are just a short drive away. I’ve never actually been to any of these places, they’re just tops on my list of weekend adventures.

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Blackberry Farm

Walland, Tennessee

Located about 30 minutes south of Knoxville, TN in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. This place looks absolutely stunning. They host the VIP’s of Nashville’s country music scene quite often; Maren Morris was there earlier this summer. It is well known for it’s food and wine selection and they have a huge variety of activities to chose from as well. The views of the Smoky Mountains and the relaxing atmosphere don’t look to bad either.

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The Greenbrier

White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia

Known as America’s Resort, the Greenbrier opened in 1778 and has hosted 27 of the country’s 45 presidents. The history at the resort is reason enough to visit. There is a Bunker at the hotel that was once a Cold War fallout shelter, and a top secret relocation place for members of Congress. Tours of the Bunker are available to guest. The spa and long list of available activities look great too!

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Old Edwards Inn and Spa

Highlands, North Carolina

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Old Edwards Inn is known for its amazing spa. I would love to spend a weekend checking out the town of Highlands and enjoying some relaxation time at the spa. They have a beautiful golf course if that’s your thing. I can imagine it’s beautiful here anytime of year, but how pretty would it be in fall to see the leaves changing in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Westglow Resort and Spa

Blowing Rock, North Carolina

I love to visit Blowing Rock. The town is so cute, and easy to walk to lots of good restaurants and shops. Westglow is located right outside of town. The spa here looks phenomenal. If you follow country music, Eric Church and his wife were married here. It doesn’t hurt that this is just over an hour drive from my house.

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Primland

Meadows of Dan, Virginia

Primland is a beautiful resort located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. You can stay in an actual luxury tree house, with stunning views of the mountains. I’m sensing a theme here, apparently I’m in need of a weekend away in the mountains to relax and unwind and enjoy some spa time! Yes, please.

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Mother Earth Motor Lodge

Kinston, North Carolina

I’ll finish with something completely different. Kinston, NC is not somewhere you usually think of when you think of a great weekend getaway. Now famous, Chef Vivian Howard opened the Chef and the Farmer in 2006 and since then Kinston has seen a huge revitalization. Mother Earth Motor Lodge is a step back in time to Kinston’s glory days. Mother Earth Brewing (the hotels sister company) is just a few blocks away. How fun would it be to stay here and eat at the Chef & the Farmer and check out the town.

How lucky am I that all of these trips are just a short drive from my house? It’s funny to me that almost all of these are in the mountains, as I’m typically a sand and saltwater girl! Now to get the time and money to go check them all off the list! What destinations top your list of local places you’d like to see?