Angora Lakes Hike: Alpine Swimming and the Best Lemonade in Lake Tahoe

Angora Lakes, South Lake Tahoe

Angora Lakes has pristine waters, a sandy beach for sun bathing, and is surrounded by granite cliffs.

If the best hikes are the ones that have a reward at the end, then the hike from Fallen Leaf Lake to Angora Lakes in South Lake Tahoe is a real winner. At the end of this steep, roughly one-hour hike, you come to not only two gorgeous and pristine alpine lakes, but also a shop that sells ice cream, sandwiches, treats, and the best fresh-squeezed lemonade in Lake Tahoe, if not the world! Continue reading

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Five Tips for Better Vacation Photos

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Taking advantage of dramatic late afternoon lighting during a trip to Vermont.

Even if you’re not that in to photography, being on vacation is bound to bring the shutterbug out in you. Here are five tips for capturing beautiful images on your next trip. Continue reading

Peru: Tips for the Perfect Trip

Machu PicchuFrom impressive archaeological ruins and stunning landscapes, to lively culture and world-class cuisine, Peru has the perfect blend of sights and activities for those seeking a meaningful travel experience. I spent two amazing weeks there in June 2016 with my husband and two teenage daughters. Here are tips to help you plan the perfect Peruvian adventure. Continue reading

The Beauty of Traveling Solo

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There was a guy a while back who achieved minor Internet fame when he posted forlorn photos of himself traveling alone on a trip to Puerto Rico. Whether snorkeling in crystal-clear waters, enjoying a cocktail, or seeing the sights, he was pouting in every picture because his wife was not able to join him.

Now, I’m sure it sucks to plan (or in this guy’s case, win) a trip with a loved one and then find out that person can’t join you, but his plight also got me thinking about traveling solo, and how wonderful and liberating that experience can be.

Don’t get me wrong, I love travelling with my husband and kids, and we go on plenty of vacations together. But I’ve also had the opportunity to do some travelling by myself, including a bucket list worthy trip to Thailand to volunteer at an elephant sanctuary. While I missed my family during the week I was there, talked to them almost daily, and couldn’t wait to see them upon my return, I relished every minute of my solo adventure and would gladly embark on another one.

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48 Hours in Austin, Texas

South Congress Street in Austin, Texas

I had never been to Texas; not much desire to go really. But everyone told me Austin was worth it, different from the rest of the state – a fun college town with a booming tech industry, Uber-riding millennials, a renowned live-music scene, and even some rolling hills to break the monotony of Texas’ generally flat landscape.

So when my husband suggested we go there for a long weekend to see a college football game between his alma mater, Cal Berkeley, and the Texas Longhorns, I agreed to make my first outside-of-the-airport trip to the Lone Star State. We arrived on a Thursday evening, and left very early Sunday morning. We had a blast from start to finish; here’s what we did . . . Continue reading

Sigtuna: An Airport Layover Worth the Wait

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Usually when our family’s traveling and we need to stay by an airport for an overnight layover, we mainly consider price and practicality in a location. Sure, we don’t want to be in a dump, but we’re not expecting to be wowed by our accommodations or the area around it. After all, it’s just a layover. Well the little town of Sigtuna by Arlanda Airport outside of Stockholm, did wow us – so much so, I’ve been dreaming about going back ever since.
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