Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas

A Cautionary Travel Tale

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Travel horror stories: we all have them. As much as I’d like to say every trip has been planned to perfection, that would be a lie. But winter break 2011 definitely takes the prize for worst vacation ever, at least in the beginning. Here’s what happened… Once upon a time, our family decided to take a fun vacation to the…

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vegan banana split in Portland

Vegan in the City: Portland, Oregon

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When you’re traveling it isn’t always easy to find vegan food. You can only eat so many dry salads, bland blocks of tofu and plates of limp french fries before you’re begging for something — anything! — to break the monotony. That’s not a problem in Portland, Oregon. I think it’s safe to say that Portland loves vegans. Happy Cow…

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The Witch's Castle in Portland's Forest Park

A Haunted Hike to the Witch’s Castle

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On this All Hallow’s Eve, it seems only appropriate to share a story of murder and ghosts and haunted houses, right? In Portland’s Forest Park, the largest natural urban forest in the United States, you can hike to the crumbling stone house known as Witch’s Castle. According to the legend, back in 1850, a man named Danford Balch filed a…

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Experiencing Dr. Who in Cardiff

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Just over a month ago, on September 9, the Dr. Who Experience closed its doors for good. As a huge sci-fi nerd and devoted fan of the tenth Doctor (I love you David Tennant!) I didn’t want to miss out on this opportunity. Since we knew this would be our only chance to see it, we decided to make the…

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sunset on the lake in 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. One of the benefits of a staycation is that you don’t have to…

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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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