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Plan a Hiking Trip to Arizona

To kick off 2017, my parents and I went on a hiking trip to Arizona. Not only was there amazing food, but also we got some good work outs in throughout the trip. After visiting Phoenix, Sedona, and Grand Canyon, I have loads of tips on packing, trails, lodging, and activities. I hope this guide helps you to plan your own wonderful trip to Arizona! Packing Tips and Must Haves for a hiking trip to Arizona Boots: As someone who has only gone on ...

How to Pack for Spring Break

So I have been talking about Spring Break a lot on here recently.  Partially because there is a lot to talk about, but also because I am beyond ready for a break. I write this from the library in between studying for a Management Communications prelim and working on a group project. Needless to say, I am wishing I were home to pack for spring break right now. My Tips to Pack for Spring Break Relaxing on Spring Break is great; packing is ...

Days in Paradise: Trip to St. Thomas

When my parents mentioned kicking off 2016 with a family trip to St. Thomas, I was definitely on board. I had never been to the Virgin Islands before and was super excited to experience a new place while also escaping the cold. To add to that, it is one of the last breaks my sister and I will have together before we both leave college to enter the real world and have to start counting our vacation days…yikes.

New Year’s Trip to Manchester, Vermont

I have been a little MIA this week because I just spent the past week on a trip to Manchester, Vermont. I had an amazing time and wanted to share some of my travel tips if you are ever traveling and find yourself changing plans! The Plan: From the beginning, the plan was to visit my boyfriend’s family and ski for the week leading up to 2016. I used to ski when I was younger, and was excited to get back out there and pick it back up. ...