• elements of a good road trip travel advice Oregon Coast
    PACKING,  PLANNING

    Unique Tips for your Next Road Trip

    I love a good road trip, that is no secret. I have discussed the elements of a good road trip and we have talked about some of our favorites including an three-day Oregon Coast road trip and an epic road trip through the South. But even if you enjoy a good road trip the way we do, that does not mean every mile is exciting…especially if your road trip begins at home where you may have to cover familiar ground (yet again) to get to somewhere new. There are times the scenery is less than beautiful. There are times monotony settles in. There are times you are stopped because of…

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    PLANNING

    How to Plan a Chill Weekend

    For the most part, we try to make the most of our precious days off of work and cram in as much as possible on the weekend. While this is conducive to completing a lot of activities, you might just end up more tired than when you started the weekend. Why not take a break from the hustle and bustle of your days off and just relax? This post will discuss key components of how to plan a chill weekend, using our last Labor Day weekend festivities as a guide.  Over the three-day weekend, B, C and I piled into my Subaru and headed north. Our destination: Clearwater County (the…

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    DESTINATIONS

    Northeast Road Trip

    Several years ago, B was spending part of her time working out of her company’s in New Jersey office. Serendipitously, I was sent to a work conference in Rhode Island at the same time. Of course the two of us would plan a few days around work and go on an epic Northeast road trip (because why not?). If you and your bestie find yourselves with a few days to spare on the Eastern seaboard, try hitting up a few of these places. You won’t be sorry! Snowpocalypse The one downside of our great plan was that it happened to fall during the coldest, snowiest Februarys in many moons. Even…

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    New Zealand Road Trip

    New Zealand is one of my all-time favorite travel destinations. The landscape is so stunning and unique, it is hard for the rest of the world to compete. And then there are the people. Kiwis are, by far, the nicest people I have ever met. The only downside to visiting New Zealand is that it is so far away. But that distance was a small price to pay for an epic New Zealand road trip that I took with a friend of mine from college. There are many ways to see New Zealand. However, I do not recommend a 2-3 day stopover on your way to Australia. You will not…

  • elements of a good road trip travel advice
    PLANNING

    Elements of a good road trip

    I love a good road trip. The 12-day, 10-state road trip we took through the Southern U.S. is one we talk about (fondly) often. And I still dream about the three-day road trip I took down the Oregon Coast. Road tripping is a great way to see this country as well as many others. In my opinion, there are four elements of a good road trip: planning, entertainment, sustenance and safety. (Looking for a checklist? Download my Road Trip Checklist and get planning your next road trip!) Road trip planning I am all for spontaneity, but too much of it could result in running out of gas or missing an important…

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    Three days on the Oregon coast: a road trip north to south

    There is a reason why people say “the Oregon Coast” in such a dreamy voice. The Oregon Coast is a pretty dreamy place. Given that it is not too far from Idaho, many people from my home state like to vacation there. My family was not one of them unfortunately. It was not until recently that I finally got to see what all the fuss is about. I recently shared tips on how to make a work trip more enjoyable. Well, it was actually a work trip that brought me to the Oregon Coast for the first time. I had to attend a conference in Portland and I decided that…

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    A travel log of an epic road trip through the South

    Let’s talk about road trips. I know they are not for everyone and some people go stir crazy if they are stuck in a car too long. But I love them. If done right, a road trip is one of the best ways to see and explore a particular destination. Our road trip through the South was amazing. Below, we share our 10-state, 12-day itinerary as well as highlights and recommendations and from our time on the road. Road trip through the South A couple of years ago, as part of our quest to see all 50 states, R and I planned a pretty epic road trip down south. Our…

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    DESTINATIONS

    Checking the Pendleton Round-Up off my bucket list

    The Pendleton Round-Up has been on my bucket list for years and I have finally checked it off! I am going to tell you all about it, but first, let’s talk for a minute about bucket lists. Now you may not be quite as obsessed with lists as I am, but still, a bucket list plays an important part in planning travel and adventures. To my way of thinking, there are three types of bucket lists: Big trips or adventures (typically international) that require planning, time off work and money. Medium-sized efforts or weekend getaways that require some planning, but not as much time and money. Small, local-ish items such…