How to be a tourist in your home town

Call it a staycation or just a vacation close to home, but traveling doesn’t mean that you have to pack up the suitcases and pack on the miles. We’re so anxious to escape the daily grind that we forget that there are things to see and do right in our own backyard. If your budget or your time is tight, you can still enjoy some memorable vacation time by exploring your city or your state.

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Renting a sailboat in the British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands are located in the Caribbean, and made up of four main islands and some smaller ones. It’s an extremely popular yachting destination, but what does it take to rent a sailboat in the British Virgin Islands?

Consider that before you even get the sailboat you need to travel to the BVIs, so your budget will include roundtrip airfare as well as a couple of days of hotel fares.

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What destinations are worth a first class ticket?

Lisa and Edward have dreamed about a trip to Italy. Every time they fly, they do the best they can to save money on airfares. They watch for sales, time their trips to off-peak and comparison shop. That will all change when they fly to Italy. No expense will be spared.

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3 Day Girlfriend Trips

Looking to get away and make some memories with your besties? Even if you have just a few days, you can make some great memories with your BFFs:

Bahamas: The Bahamas are great destination for a great 3-day weekend getaway. The beautiful sights and beaches give you and your friends a chance to relax and get away from all of the stress. With over 700 beaches, it might be hard to imagine how you can fit everything into 3 days. Try out some of the water sports, like parasailing and surfing. Guided snorkeling tours will also give you a chance to see some of the aquatic life of the Bahamas like you never dreamed of. There’s also iconic historical sights, such as the Queen’s Staircase and Blackbeard’s Well. Make sure you don’t leave before taking a rum distillery tour, as the Bahamas are known for their delicious rum.

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San Antonio River Walk

travel makers mdYou know what they say in Texas, “Go Big or Go Home”? We bet that you won’t want to go home when you visit the San Antonio River Walk, which is a network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River, one story beneath the streets of San Antonio, Texas. There’s never a dull moment at the San Antonio River Walk. You can fill up your vacation with how much there is to do here:

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GLOBAL IDENTITIES

According to Oscar Wilde, my spring break was filled with some of the most rare, beautiful “living.”

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I spent ten days traveling throughout Ireland and England, experiencing the cultures where some of my favorite literature comes from, stopping on almost every street corner to appreciate the local live musicians, and immersing myself in the beauty of the blooming spring that constantly surrounded us.

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NO WORDS

I apologize if the title of this post was misleading and you were expecting a page full of pictures instead of my weekly ramblings. Rather this post will contain my best attempt to capture just a small glimpse of the magic we experienced in the past two days, though words will likely fail to do this justice. This past weekend I was in the breathtaking city of Paris, experiencing some of the best moments of my life. Our two days were so jam packed with beautiful blessings and God moments that I had to start a list on my phone halfway through the weekend so I made sure to remember each and every single precious moment. Throughout several parts of the weekend my fellow travel companions and I found ourselves at a loss for words, completely speechless at the life we were living and how we had gotten to this moment of such grace and peace. The phrases “What is our life right now?” “This is the peak of my existence” and “How can life get any better than this?” were uttered every hour.

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HAY QUE GOZAR DE LA VIDA

“Hay que gozar de la vida” is a Spanish saying common in Latin America that means “Life is to be enjoyed.” This saying could not be more fitting for the people of Spain as well. This past weekend included a weekend trip to the small, coastal town of Valencia in southeast Spain. The people of Valencia have a unique way of living that can best be described through their food and festivals. In two weeks, Valencia will throw one of the biggest festivals in Spain, called Las Fallas. This festival is essentially a city-wide party that includes a LOT of firecracker explosions. This past weekend the city was busy preparing for this huge festival, evident in the lights that lined all the streets, the constant explosion of firecrackers, and the random parade we stumbled across on Saturday. From what I understand, the food is the second most important part of this festival. This includes their famous paella (Valencia is the birthplace of Paella), bunyols (fried pumpkin donuts typically served with chocolate), horchata (sweet rice milk drink), and aqua de Valencia (a drink that doesn’t actually have any water at all but rather orange juice, gin, vodka, champagne, and lots of sugar…I can confirm it is delicious). The Spanish know how to live a life of enjoyment and my time here has been spent trying to adopt this way of life. Our time in Valencia included laughter and hearts as full as our bellies as we wandered the streets enjoying the food and the culture. The trip was complete with walks on the beach, toes dipped in the ocean, shopping in food markets and vintage stores, and lots and lots of sweets. It was one of the easiest, most peaceful, lovely weekend trips I’ve had because since Valencia isn’t one of the most famous cities in Europe we didn’t feel pressured to see anything in particular and took our time to enjoy the culture instead. Some of my most favorite moments from the weekend include: seeing my friend Maddie, who is studying abroad in Italy right now,  at the bus station for the first time since we left SLU, eating the best paella I’ve had yet under umbrellas on a small side street of Valencia, sampling fresh squeezed juice from the Valencia food market, watching Maria take a selfie with some random famous teenager video star, stumbling across the world’s cutest children’s parade, and dipping my toes in the ocean despite the freezing water.

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