Top Weekend Destinations in Washington

Washingtonians are lucky. They’re surrounded by beautiful scenery and wonderful cities, and amazing getaways that you can make it to without missing any school or work. Taking Advantage of Weekends to Travel is very hard sometimes, so check out these ideas so you know exactly what and where you should go.   Orcas Island Orcas Island, out in the San Juan Islands, is a tranquil spot perfect for anyone in Washington to make it to for a full weekend of fun, whether you have kids or not.   Portland   Portland is the largest city in Oregon. If you need a weekend destination but…

Showcasing: Washington

Showcasing is a new series that is based solely on ‘showcasing’ a destination. Whether that destination be a city, state or country, I will show you the best stops. The best experiences. Where to go. What to see. The works. I’ll show you my best photos and stories from there as well. They will come out once a month, as the first blog post in a month. Washington, our first showcase, is the legendary Evergreen state. From seashores to towering mountains, Washington has some of the most astounding nature. With 3 national parks and 157 miles of serene coastline, you…

Why I Don’t Think the Smithsonian Museums are Worth It

When I say worth it, I mean worth the time. Not the money. Because they’re free. That’s one of the things that make them pull in more and more tourists. But if you’re time crunched and stressing out about what you can fit in, don’t try and do everything! Just don’t do the Smithsonian Museums! They may have some awesome stuff! They’re great to visit, especially for kids. But not nearly as great as other things, like the national galleries or the white house. But they bored me. They wasted the one day I had in Washington DC. Sorry if I’m…

Juggling Travel and School

Some of you (Most of you) probably know that I am only 14 years old. Barely in High School, and yet somehow I manage to travel near and far to take beautiful photos and see beautiful places. That’s because I know how to juggle travel and school. The first main thing is that you can’t be worried about visiting far away places. Sure, when you have time over times like Summer or Winter Break. But when you only have a week off school, or even a 3 day weekend, you can’t be worried about flying to Africa and going on…

Budget Travel for Dummies

Ever tried budget travel? It’s pretty hard. You want to buy clothes, food and experiences. Get your photo taken! Go on a cruise. Hell, even I want to! It’s hard, for sure. It was hard for me to travel across the country on a budget, and yes, we had a few binge days. But check out my blogs in August for the full update on Backpacking across the US on a low budget, or here. Budget travel, unlike common knowledge, doesn’t consist of saying no. It consists of saying YES! Say yes to having fun, on a budget. Say yes to…

Taking Advantage of Weekends to Travel

I think everyone wants to travel, in one way or another. Be free! Explore! That’s what life is about, after all. That’s what some of us live for. Of course, some of us don’t have the option of spending thousands of dollars to fly to international destinations, or go on big fancy cruises. Some of us are weighed down, either financially or by work, school, or family. This is about the some of us. Living in the Pacific Northwest, I am a little bit more lucky than some of you when it comes to what I can fit in a…

Getting Up Early vs Sleeping In Late: A Traveler’s Guide

Getting up early is the best option. There are many upsides to it. You can watch the beautiful sunrise like here in Charleston. Get rid of skeptical characters and meet the local people like in San Francisco, or enjoy the peace and quiet. There are so many reasons that you shouldn’t waste precious travel time in the morning by getting your beauty sleep! I list them all here in the Top 10 Travel Tips from a Traveler. Of course, there are exceptions. If you have children, or you stayed up late the night before partying, then of course you should sleep in! But otherwise,…

Top 10 Travel Tips from a Traveler

After 8 countries and 28 states, I think I can say that I have learned what it’s like to be a traveler. I have backpacked, budgeted and booked many trips, and will continue to do so to many more. It is in this way that I have learned how to travel the best, sometimes the hard way. Thinking of many factors, like safety, photos and fun, here are 10 things I have learned as a traveler.   Carry Cash Everywhere Cash is important in most countries. Places like Thailand and South Africa don’t always take credit cards, and as such…

Why I Think CityPASS is the best way to see New York City

In my opinion, the best way to do things is also the cheapest way (most of the time.) To get the best bang for your buck, you usually have to search low and high for a great option to save money and to get easy access to what you want to do! Using CityPASS, which is available in every major city in the USA, you can see all of New York City’s best, for a price that is discounted by 42%! I highly recommend getting CityPASS for your trip to NYC, making it an affordable and accessible way to see…

Renting a Jeep in Moab, Utah

Moab is huge! And I don’t just mean Moab the city. Surrounding this desert oasis is a vast variety of natural wonder. Within an hours drive of the city, there are two national parks, a national monument, a national forest and a national recreational area. Moab is a backpacker’s dream! It’s anyone’s dream, really. Obviously, if you brought a car with you, you can definitely use that to see the nature right outside your hotel window. But my absolute favorite way to see Eastern Utah’s natural beauty is by renting a jeep. It let’s you see the things you wouldn’t…