Monthly Archive: December 2015

Travel Intrigue : North Korea

North Korea

This past week I circled back around to one of my biggest curiosities : North Korea. A few years ago I was lost in the depths of the internet and googling backpacking trips in Iran. I had no intention of going, but I was pretty amazed to see the vast number of travel companies, and the large number of rave reviews from travelers all over the world. That spurred me thinking about tourism in places that never really seem to make the front of the brochure, the last places you’d actually take a holiday. Thus beginning my obsession with North Korea. Usually…
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Sunset in Costa Rica

Sunset in Costa Rica

Maryland is usually frigid in December, but this year we’ve been unbelievably lucky. Last weekend it was 70 degrees and beautiful, which allowed me to hold on to the hope that it would simply forget to winter this year. Today my dreams were dashed as I woke up to find a gentle dusting of snow on the neighbor’s rooftops. Outside it is 28 degrees. Inside it is 58 degrees and I refuse to turn the heat up. This sudden and tragic turn to cold has me reminiscing fondly of my time in Costa Rica. I went to Costa Rica in…
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Packing List – Missouri

As I write this post, I need to be up to head to the airport in less than four hours. I’ve always been more productive at night, which makes being a normal person very difficult. I feel like I just got back and settled in after our trip to Ireland, and I’m already packing my bags again to head off to Missouri to visit my best friend and her new twins! I get to bring my purse this time, in addition to my new backpack. I get to bring my purse this time, but also lose space thanks to the…
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Carry-on Backpack Alternate Pick

As mentioned in our Packing for Ireland post, I had to acquire my first travel backpack due to the carry-on restrictions for budget airlines. While packing in a travel backpack requires more cuts than I usually make (I didn’t bring any books other than my kindle!), my first adventure without real luggage was much more successful than I anticipated. Like Grace, I ended up selecting an Osprey. While Grace’s bag is top loading, I decided I wanted a backpack that opened like a suitcase, as I tend to let my stuff explode all over the room the second I arrive…
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Flying Budget Across the Atlantic

WOW air

For years European airlines like Ryanair have been teasing budget flights from the US to Europe, and while we like their enthusiasm, the continual tease is exhausting. We’ve seen “big announcements” that you’ll soon be crossing the ocean for $10 and we’ll all stop being oppressed by the ridiculous costs of flying. But it never happens. We can travel hack all day, but budget flights to Europe just haven’t really existed. We’re not used to budget flying here in the States. Unless you’re lucky enough to log in during a glitch in the system and the airlines are forced to honor…
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Packing List – Ireland in December

Ireland

Today we head off to Ireland! It’s Grace’s 5th trip to Ireland, and Laine’s first, so we’ve been swapping a lot of ideas of what to bring.   Grace: Our time in Ireland will be far too short – but it’s still tricky to find the right balance of things to bring. Below is my packing list – including clothes I’ll be wearing on the plane. Sweaters – 3 Shirts (3/4 sleeve) – 2 Shirt (long sleeve for sleeping) – 1 Socks / Underwear Leggings – 1 Jeans – 1 Tank Tops – 2 Rain Jacket – 1 I’ll be…
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Pass the Wine / Gravy…November 2015

November has already drawn to an end, but the holiday season has just begun. dun dun dun.   Grace: Sometimes family have a way of asking quite personal and hard to answer questions. Recently I’ve found that even the simple questions are getting harder to truly answer. I don’t know how to reply to “how are you” when I’ve just ruined my coat with butter. Besides Thanksgiving this month has been all about Ed Sheeran, well for me at least. I’ve attempted to go to bed early but ended up watching 45 minute you tube concerts and behind the scenes…
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