Sunset over Lake Coeur d'Alene

7 Tips for Planning the Ultimate Staycation

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Let’s face it: that exotic vacation you’ve been dreaming of might not ever happen. Add a significant other or kids to the mix, and you can easily triple your expense. Suddenly your getaway is getting lost in the reality of “I can’t do this!” Not to worry. You don’t have to travel halfway around the globe to have an amazing…

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Bellevue, Washington skyline view from Bellevue City Park

Bellevue on the Cheap

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It can be hard living in the shadow of an older sister, a more famous sibling. And in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle kind of steals the show every time. Nobody plans a trip to Edmonds. And even if they do, they still say they’re going to Seattle. (Sorry Edmonds, I love you too!) So a few weeks ago, when my…

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Dining at the Hummingbird Café in Butte, Montana

Eating Healthy While Traveling

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Part of the fun of traveling is getting to try new restaurants, new cuisines, new takes on old favorites. But for our family, eating out is often a tricky proposition: one child is a carnivore, one is a vegan and then there’s me, mostly vegetarian but still sneaking some fish or turkey bacon every so often. Luckily, vegan food is…

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London Tower Bridge

16 Surprising Things About London

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I thought I was prepared, a seasoned traveler. I was armed with knowledge, curiosity and bleary eyes from reading everything I came across that had to do with England. And yet, it still managed to surprise me. Don’t get me wrong. Visiting London was fantastic and I’m more than eager to return. I love the blend of old and new,…

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Parasailing in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

10 Minutes Soaring Above Lake Coeur d’Alene

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Visit any busy beach on a summer day and you’ll see bright parachutes flying high above boats as they zip across the water. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched them and wondered what it would be like to float in the air like that. Scary? Exhilarating? Cold? Since my daughter is a bit of a daredevil, I…

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The Cloud Gate "Bean" in Chicago's Millennium Park

Three Hours in the Windy City

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The last time I visited Chicago, the relatively new Sears Tower was the tallest building in the United States. Yeah, it’s been that long. Fast forward a few decades and Sears Tower is now branded Willis Tower and One World Trade Center has (somewhat dubiously) taken the title of tallest building in the western hemisphere (the spire is the tallest,…

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Visiting Mount Rushmore

45 Reasons to Visit South Dakota

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I love road trips. Planes may get you there faster, but then you miss out on all that is cool, beautiful, weird and unique about this country. Take for instance South Dakota. If you’re like most Americans, you probably don’t think about it very much except to wonder why your Citibank statements come from there. Oh, and that mountain, with…

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Notre-Dame, Paris, France

48 Hours in the City of Love

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I see London, I see France… It wasn’t until I pulled out a map that I realized just how close England is to France. (Side note: Watching the movie Dunkirk also reinforced how close they are to each other.) It seemed kind of silly to travel that far and not cross the channel for some really good croissants! So we…

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