Female Travelers Over Forty You Need to Follow on Instagram www.casualtravelist.com

Female Travelers over Forty You Need to Follow on Instagram

Let’s face it, Instagram is filled with fresh-faced ingenues in flowing dresses looking wistfully into the sunset (for the fourth time this week, because #blessed) and obsessing over their rainbow-colored lattes in the newest cat cafe in Tokyo. Ladies, keep doing what you do as Instagram obviously loves you, but after joining the over forty club earlier this year I’m drawing my travel inspiration from a different set of women. Members of Generation X, baby boomers and beyond; these globetrotting gals prove that you don’t have to hang up your floppy hat and put away your sense of adventure once the clock strikes forty. Whether they are balancing a love of travel with a 9-to-5 corporate job, traveling with kids in tow or making the most of their golden years; these women show that travel just gets better after forty. For more travel inspiration follow these fabulous female travelers over forty on Instagram.

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Top Tips for visiting New York City at Christmas

No other city does Christmas quite like New York City.  With dazzling light shows, whimsical window displays and the city dress up in her holiday finest Christmas in New York City is simply magical.  A trip to New York City during the holidays will spark a sense a childhood wonder in any scrooge but trying to navigate the holiday crowds without a little research and planning will leave anyone feeling like a Grinch. To earn myself a place on Santa’s nice list I’m sharing these tips for visiting New York City at Christmas because after all, ’tis the season for spreading good tidings and cheer.

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Monthly Musing: Highlights from November 2017

Monthly Musings: Highlights from November 2017

The end of November brings Thanksgiving and the subsequent online shopping binge that marks the beginning of the holiday season. In contrast to October which saw me jet-setting across two continents trekking across the Atlas Mountains in Morocco and then eating my weight in pastel de nata in Portugal, November was a fairly quiet month for me travel-wise. Luckily for me November is a great month to hang around Coastal Virginia, with fairly mild temperatures and the yellows and maroons of fall finally reaching the south. The second half of the month I was laid up due to a surgery, but we’ll get to that in a bit. First, let’s take a look at how stinking pretty Coastal Virginia is. Read More

Christmas in Alexandria, Virginia:An All-American Town Welcomes the Holidays with European Charm-www.casualtravelist.com

Christmas in Alexandria, Virginia: An All-American Town Welcomes the Holidays with European Charm

Brick paved streets lined with eighteenth century buildings, shop doors graced with Christmas greenery and scores of Scottish gents and lasses clad in tartan kilts bustling around town. Was I in Scotland? No, I found a bit of European holiday tradition a little closer to home in Alexandria, Virginia; where on the first weekend in December you’re as likely to hear a Scottish brogue as a southern drawl.  A Virginia town steeped in American history, Alexandria welcomes the holidays with a decidedly Scottish flare.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Unique Travel Gifts for the Jet-setter on your List www.casualtravelist.com

Holiday Gift Guide: Unique Travel Gifts for the Jet-setter on your List

The holiday season has rolled around again and figuring out what to get the globetrotting jet-setter on your list can be a bit daunting. I’ve combed the internet to find gifts that inspire wanderlust or make travel a bit easier.  My gift guide features gifts that are sure to delight any traveler in your life, but I certainly wouldn’t blame you if you got a little something for yourself (because you certainly deserve it!).

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Riad Farnatchi- A Boutique Luxury Hotel in the Heart of Marrakech www.casualtravelist.com

Riad Farnatchi- A Boutique Luxury Hotel in the Heart of Marrakech

With centuries of history and a vibrant culture it’s no surprise that Marrakech is high on the wish list of many travelers. There are a number of large luxury resorts on the outskirts of the city but to get fully immersed in Marrakech’s dynamic culture I chose to stay in a riad, a traditional Moroccan home centered around a courtyard, for a more authentic experience in the Red City. Riad Farnatchi, a beautifully restored boutique guesthouse, would be my home while exploring Marrakech.

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Nisolo:Stylish Travel Shoes You Can Feel Good About www.casualtravelist.com

Nisolo: Stylish Travel Shoes You Can Feel Good About

To say I’m a fan of Nisolo is an understatement, and really my love for the brand borders more on obsession. I was first drawn to Nisolo’s minimalist yet timeless style. Instead of indulging in fly-by-night trends Nisolo makes shoes that will look current for years to come. I was intrigued when I learned about Nisolo’s commitment to the craftsman and artisans that make their shoes and accessories by hand. (Handmade shoes, who even does that anymore?). Building close relationships with their craftsmen in Peru, Mexico and Kenya, Nisolo (which means not alone) provides a fair living wage and benefits in communities where this is not the norm. Some shoemakers have experienced a 400% increase in income, greatly benefiting their families and communities.  Eschewing fast fashion for quality and community, Nisolo is fashion you can feel good about. Lastly, Nisolo makes a damn good pair of shoes. The quality in each pair I own was evident the moment I put them on, these are shoes that are built to last. Read More

Discovering Baltimore: Three Charm City Neighborhoods You Need To Know www.casualtravelist.com

Discovering Baltimore: Three Charm City Neighborhoods You Need To Know

Baltimore surprised me. With it’s proximity to Washington DC, Philadelphia and the Chesapeake Bay, (all areas I know very well) I thought I knew what to expect; but Baltimore is never what you expect. I saw elements of the coastal South that I now call home and vestiges of the industrial Pennsylvania town where I grew up. It’s a place where you’ll find fried green tomatoes and scrapple on the same menu. It’s a working class town where the real charm is in its neighborhoods, where you’re as likely to chat up a stranger over a can of Natty Boh as a craft cocktail.  Most visitors come to Baltimore to visit the Inner Harbor, catch a Ravens or Orioles game or dine on some of Maryland’s famous blue crabs. These are all fine reasons to visit but to discover the real Baltimore you need to check out a few of it’s distinct neighborhoods. Whether you’re looking for centuries of history and cobblestone streets or something a little more modern and funky you’ll soon find out how charming Baltimore can be. Read More

Monthly Musings:October 2017-www.casualtravelist.com

Monthly Musings-October 2017

I don’t know about you guys, but as far as I’m concerned October is one of the best overall months to travel almost anywhere. Northern destinations are ablaze in fall color, warmer areas trade summer’s oppressive heat for glorious sunshine filled days and spring returns to the southern hemisphere. Coupled with the fact that flight and hotel costs are lower than peak season summer and holiday prices it would be a shame not to travel in October. If you’ve been following me on Instagram and Facebook (and you definitely should be) then you already know I spent the first half of October on the road, and while I had a jam packed itinerary in two countries on two different continents I loved every crazy minute of it. Read More

21 Tips for Your First Trip to Austin, Texas-www.casualtravelist.com

One Great Weekend: 21 Tips for Your First Trip to Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas is one of the hottest cities in the country and for good reason. Whether you know it as the state capital of Texas, the Live Music Capital of the World, a growing tech hub or the home of the University of Texas; Austin has a little something for everyone. World class BBQ? Check. Miles of outdoor trails? Yup. One of the hottest music scenes in the country? You betcha. Simultaneously an oasis from the rest of Texas and proudly Texan, Austin is a city that marches to the beat of its own drum. Politicos and hippies, cowboys and musicians; there’s room at the bar for everyone. With so many options it can be hard to narrow down what to do in Austin.  Here are a few of my recommendations for things to do in Austin, Texas.

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