A weekend trip to Virginia’s Eastern Shore

After an unusually cool and wet spring summer’s warmer days meant one thing– it was time for a road trip. Steve’s Mom was in town and I wanted to show her a part of Virginia she hadn’t yet been to and a place that’s become a favorite of mine for a quick trip, Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Just an hour from my home in Virginia Beach this thin peninsula bordered by Maryland, the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean is only connected to the rest of Virginia by the 21 mile long Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and is easily reachable from both Washington DC and Philadelphia. Flip-flops and Wellies of the footwear of choice and oyster shell roads lead out to the water. The remote beaches, small towns and pristine barrier islands of the Eastern Shore feel both of another time and place making for the perfect Mid-Atlantic weekend getaway.

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Fjallsarlon-Iceland's other Glacier Lagoon www.casualtravelist.com

Fjallsarlon-Iceland’s Other Glacier Lagoon

Black volcanic sand beaches, massive glaciers and pristine waterfalls; when it comes to natural beauty Iceland is unsurpassed. On my first day in Iceland, with a ferocious wind and biting rain outside, I sought warmth in a small cafe outside of Iceland’s famous Geyser. It was here I met a couple who was just finishing a two week trip around the Ring Road and over bowls of lamb stew we got to chatting. I asked what their most memorable stop of their trip was; they looked at each other and in near unison replied “Fjallsarlon”.

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Joining the Navy-Twenty Years Later www.casualtravelist.com

Joining the Navy-Twenty Years Later

Twenty years ago, a day after my 19th birthday my parents stood on the front porch as I entered a car with a man in uniform. My mother tearful and my father stoic, I waved goodbye as I made what turned out to be the most influential decision of my life. I left my family, friends and home behind and headed off to my first day of boot camp for the United States Navy.

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My Travel Wish List www.casualtravelist.com

My Travel Wish List

 

It’s a great big world and there is so much I have yet to explore. Truth is, I kind of hate the concept of the bucket list; ticking off a list that you have to do before you die just seems kind of morbid to me. That doesn’t mean I don’t have a list of places I want to see and things I want to experience, I most definitely do. I’ve been lucky enough to travel to some of the world’s most beautiful destinations and have had some amazing experiences along the way; from waking up to the sounds of the rain forest in Costa Rica to glacier hiking in Iceland each new place only stokes the fires or wanderlust that much more. My travel desires are fluid, new experiences will certainly take the place of old; travel is my addiction and there is no cure. Without further ado, here is my travel wish list.

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3 Meals: Where to eat in Copenhagen

The rise of new Nordic cuisine has made Copenhagen one of the hottest dining destinations on the planet. Corner bakeries and food markets stay true to Denmark’s food traditions while the city’s 16 Michelin starred restaurants continue to push the culinary envelope. Whether traditional or forward thinking, chefs and purveyors throughout Copenhagen are committed to highlighting the best of what’s local and in season. Grab your fork, these are my recommendations of where to eat in Copenhagen. Read More

Flytographer Review: The Secret to Great Vacation Pictures www.casualtravelist.com

Flytographer Review: The Secret to Great Vacation Pictures

As a travel blogger I’m most comfortable behind the camera, capturing my experiences in whatever city I’m in. Even when I travel with my husband and frequent Instagram husband photography assistant Steve, we may get a few pictures of me but rarely any with the both of us. On a recent trip to Washington DC for our 14th wedding anniversary I knew just how I wanted to celebrate. Pictures of the two of us, in one of our favorite cities just as spring was in full bloom.

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The Faces of Generation X Travel www.casualtravelist.com

The Faces of Generation X Travel

To look at today’s travel media you’d think the the only people hitting the road are fresh-faced Millennials and Baby Boomers with newly emptied nests; what about Generation X? Instagram is filled with images of ingenues frolicking on the beach or looking wistfully at the horizon while magazines and tour companies target well-heeled Boomers making the most of retirement. In a recent issue extolling the virtues of solo travel Afar (one of my favorite travel magazines) mentioned Millennials, Boomers and even Matures by name with no word of Gen X at all.

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Exploring Ecuador’s Capital-Why Quito left me Breathless

Walking past grafitti covered walls coughing on fumes from rush hour traffic I pass a woman pushing a cart of lychees down the narrow sidewalk. She’s wearing a brightly colored skirt with a shawl draped around her shoulders and bowler hat, typical of the indigenous Andean culture. I, standing at 5’5, tower over her and many here. No matter which way I go, I always seem to be walking up.

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After the Earthquakes-Why you Should Travel to Ecuador Right Now. www.casualtravelist.com

After the Earthquakes-Why you Should Travel to Ecuador Right Now.

As you may already know the evening of April 16 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the coast of Ecuador with over 135 aftershocks in the following days. Coastal cities of Manta, Guyaquil, Pedernales and many smaller communities were devastated with over 500 confirmed dead and over 2,500 injured. I was in Quito the day of the earthquake, my first time in Ecuador and my first visit to South America.

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Should you visit the Blue Lagoon in Iceland? www.casualtravelist.com

Should you visit the Blue Lagoon?

Chances are if you’ve thought at all about going to Iceland the Blue Lagoon is at the top of your list. Steam rising from ethereal blue waters surrounded by an otherworldly volcanic landscape the setting is certainly enticing and there is a reason National Geographic included the Blue Lagoon on a list of 25 Wonders of the World. Searching the internet you’ll find a wide range of reviews from travelers;  ranging from glowing accounts of a mystical experience in the turquoise geothermal waters to an overpriced, overcrowded tourist trap. It can be hard to decide if you want to include the Blue Lagoon on your trip to Iceland.Like any other travel attraction or vacation activity knowing what to expect goes a long way with having a good experience. We’ve all likely had a travel experience where the reality just didn’t meet up to our expectation and its definitely frustrating.

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