The British Museum (Image Credit: William Warby)

5 History Museums to Add to Your Bucket List!

The British Museum (Image Credit: William Warby)

The British Museum (Image Credit: William Warby)

I have a segmented bucket list. There are separate sections for places to go, things to master and books to read before I drop. My fastest growing section is always the places to go one (because the book list fluxes). Constantly researching new adventures, I think I’ve complied quite a nice list. In this article I’ll share five history museums that you’re definitely going to want add to your own bucket list! Continue reading

LIGHTHOUSE (Image Credit: Jeff Pearce)

5 Hidden Treasures of… Long Island

LIGHTHOUSE (Image Credit: Jeff Pearce)

LIGHTHOUSE (Image Credit: Jeff Pearce)

Long island – known as the little fish-looking thing coming out of New York. The island is comprised of four different counties: Brooklyn, Queens, but mostly Nassau and Suffolk. Although it gets overshadowed by the big city there are many hidden gems of Long Island that you should definitely go and see. Long Island is known for its amazing pizza, bagels, diners, terrible car accidents and the medium herself, Theresa Caputo, yes; but it has a lot more to offer than all of that. Continue reading

Staycation vs. Vacation: Which Wins?

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In the midst of a financial crisis and a very limited job market, cutbacks and lifestyle changes are happening everywhere. To save money, people have done away with cable subscriptions and taken up Netflix, switched from regular cell phone carriers to prepaid phones, traded in their SUV for smaller, fuel efficient cars and, lastly, said goodbye to their two-week long extravagant vacations. And thus, the staycation was born. Continue reading

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5 Theme Parks to Add to Your Bucket List!

Cedar Point (Image Credit: Cedar Point)

Cedar Point (Image Credit: Cedar Point)

Summer is upon us, and fun summer trips to theme parks are in full swing. The Disney parks are bustling, Six Flags and Busch Gardens and all the other amusement parks are packed with eager coaster-riders. If you’re a theme park enthusiast, there are a lot to choose from around the world. Here’s a list of five fun parks that you should definitely put on your bucket list. Continue reading

How To Be a Good Houseguest!

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Being a good houseguest can mean very different things depending on whom you are visiting or staying with. It could be anything from a ‘what’s ours is yours’ situation to a Beauty-and-the-Beast-don’t-go-in-the-West-Wing sort of deal. No matter what your host’s or hostess’ viewpoint, there are some basic rules to follow to be sure you are the best houseguest out there! Continue reading

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5 Inexpensive but Super Fun Vacations

Suitcase (Image Credit: Karen Cox)

Suitcase (Image Credit: Karen Cox)

Whether it’s through movies, TV, social media or even the catchy summer anthems that are played over and over again on the radio, it seems as if everyone who’s anyone always has the most incredible summer ever. The minute school’s out or those precious vacation days have been saved up, people are eagerly announcing their exciting summer plans. While we’d all like to fly out to Vegas for a wild week or casually lounge on the white sands of the Bahamas, it just might not be in our budget. But don’t despair! We did some brainstorming and came up with 5 great but affordable vacations that will leave both you and your bank account smiling.

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American Road Trip Destinations for Book Lovers

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Every summer comes the inevitable itch for adventure, or at least an outing worth bragging about to friends. For a book lover, exploration can often be found between well-bound pages – but literary fun can be had beyond physical books. There are cool bookstores, statues and even museums made with book fanatics in mind. Here are a few places scattered around the US that might make good pit stops. Continue reading

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10 Museum Exhibits to Check Out this Summer

Metropolitan Museum of Art (Image Credit: Flickr User Nyer82)

Metropolitan Museum of Art (Image Credit: Flickr User Nyer82)

Ah, summertime planning. You know what I’m talking about; we all have a certain way we go about it. Some of us make summer bucket lists, jotting down all the fun things we want to cram into three glorious months. Others make a mental list, daydreaming about the possibilities in the days ahead. And then there are those who are of a more spontaneous nature, jumping on opportunities as they present themselves instead of planning ahead.
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5 Hidden Treasures of… Ohio

Columbus Skyline (Image Credit: Cody Ellis)

Columbus Skyline (Image Credit: Cody Ellis)

I asked a few of my friends from other states what they thought of when Ohio comes to mind. Their answer was something along the lines of: “Uhm, you?” The fact of the matter is, not a lot of people think much about the mid-west treasure that is Ohio, especially when it’s not an election year. Born and raised in Southern Ohio, I know better than to skip passed this amazing state of food, adventure and beauty. Though there are many more than five, here are my favorite parts about Ohio that most people don’t know exist.  Continue reading

The Emotional Journey of Traveling Alone

Suitcase (Image Credit: Lexie Lannom)

Suitcase (Image Credit: Lexie Lannom)

I will never forget the intense mix of emotions that overwhelmed me this summer as I settled in for the plane ride that would take me from Boston to London. An extreme homebody, I was feeling my first real heart break over leaving my friends and family behind for six weeks (such a short time when I look back now!), but unraveling in the pit of my stomach was an excitement unlike any other I had felt before. I was leaving the country for the first time and embarking on a journey that was entirely mine. The strangers in my study abroad program who I traveled with that day would ultimately end up being like a second family to me, but on that six hour jaunt over the Atlantic I had never felt more alone.

For those of you considering traveling alone for the first time, I could provide you with a typical mom-like lecture on the things to pack, currency and important documents, but in thinking back to my own preparations for traveling alone, that wasn’t the stuff I needed to be bogged down by. I needed any fears or nervousness I had to be put at ease! I wanted something to feed my growing excitement! Here are a few of the crucial lessons I would have wanted to been provided in the time leading up to my solo departure. Continue reading

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5 Hidden Treasures of… New Hampshire

Franconia Notch State Park (Image Credit: Sakeeb Sabakka)

Franconia Notch State Park (Image Credit: Sakeeb Sabakka)

Being a born and bred New Hampshirite, I feel that it is entirely fair for me to say that the best things do indeed come in small packages. Most people outside of the country don’t realize the seventh smallest state exists and I’m pretty sure that there’s a large percentage of Americans who couldn’t describe where we were if they didn’t have a map as reference. But that’s okay! We may be a small state, but we’re a great one. Not many states can boast that visitors can see mountains and the ocean all in one day. Or that they’re the birth place of Tupperware, snowmobiles, Adam Sandler, Seth Meyers and Robert Frost. While there are so many wonderful things to see and do in my home state, here are five of my favorite hidden treasures. Continue reading

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5 Hidden Treasures of… Seattle, Washington

Seattle Skyline (Image Credit: Dave Sizer)

Seattle Skyline (Image Credit: Dave Sizer)

Seattle is my beloved city and I am consistently being asked for recommendations on where people should go for food, drinks, fun, etc. So I thought, why not put this general knowledge to good use and share it with all the TDQ readers. Here are five Seattle spots that do not include the usual tourist fare (Pike Place Market, Gum Wall, Wheel, Troll, etc.) rather the good stuff usually only natives know about: Continue reading

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Ways to Pass Time When Your Flight Is Cancelled or Delayed

Flight Delay (Image Credit: Viktor Cap)

Flight Delay (Image Credit: Viktor Cap)

In my travels, I have found that you can always count on complications to arise, particularly flight-related. Delays and cancellations are to be expected—especially during the holidays. I’ve come to learn not only to anticipate long hours at the airport, but also to enjoy them. Let your layover be as much of an adventure as your holiday vacation. There’s plenty you can do to pass the time, and plenty more I recommend you carry on to keep boredom at bay. Continue reading

North Carolina (Image Credit: Chris Hau)

5 Hidden Treasures of… North Carolina

North Carolina (Image Credit: Chris Hau)

North Carolina (Image Credit: Chris Hau)

When you hear North Carolina, what do you think? Many know the state for it’s fabulous barbecue and the basketball powerhouse rivalry of Duke University and University of North Carolina. Other than that, most people come up short, unless of course you live there. Tucked away about two hours from the Virginia state line is the city of Greensboro, NC, which is filled with hidden gems that are well worth the visit. On your next visit to North Carolina, find time to stop off in Greensboro and visit five of the best treasures the city has to offer. Continue reading