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    Ireland Adventure – Itinerary for a 1 Day Tourist Adventure in Killarney, Ireland

    In 2012, Brad and I visited Ireland. After whirlwind big-city tourist adventures in Europe, this time we took a change of pace and adopted an uncharted path for our vacation. I’d become disillusioned with big city travel so for Ireland we spent a few weeks with a rented car exploring the southern and western coasts of Ireland. My favorite place in Ireland was the village of Killarney. Blending many of the attractions of a larger city with a still somewhat village-esque feel, Killarney had much to offer. In this blog post I’m reviewing the day’s notes in my travel journal in order to walk through the itinerary from our best…

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    Rainy Pike Place: Sunflowers & Halibut at the Market Grill

      As the days grow shorter and the skies greyer here in Seattle, it marks the start of school, for me, a second year of graduate school, and the end of tourist season. I’ve learned to appreciate the wet darkness of winter in Seattle. It means days pass a little quieter in the strip of downtown I call home and Pike Place market becomes, again, a place to explore playfully- something that becomes a lot harder when the onslaught of tourists arrives in the fair weather months. When I moved to downtown Seattle in January of 2016, I began a ritual of Thursday exploration in the market. In a school…

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    15 Things to Do in Joplin, MO – One Day Itinerary for a Route 66 Adventure

      Joplin isn’t a popular travel destination, but plenty of people- both travelers and locals- look for fun ways to spend a day in the area. Popular tourist “destinations” in and around Joplin include a museum, Civil War sites in Carthage, or the casinos a few miles across the border in Oklahoma, but these aren’t my style at all! After living in Joplin for 6 years, I located a lot of off-the-beaten-track gems that will make your visit to the Joplin or Carthage area exciting, memorable, and one of a kind! When I had visitors stay with me for a day in my Joplin Airbnb, this was my go-to itinerary…

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    Budget Travel Journal Supply Kit – Affordable Supplies for Journaling During Travel

    Art supply stores in far away countries always feel a bit otherworldly. Although some brands are recognizable, browsing the aisles of “exotic” art supplies and unique-to-me new product types can keep me busy for hours. In fact, some of my favorite souvenirs have come not from souvenir shops or even the open markets I love, but from art supply stores. Easy to find in literally every single city, it’s fun to have a location memory attached to art supplies that you can use on the road to work on your travel journal and continue to use – with a fun memory of the trip – long after you get back home.…

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    Pike Place Market’s Secret Garden

    99% of Pike Place Market visitors walk right past one of my favorite free things to do at Pike Place Market- it’s the rooftop urban garden, hidden around a few corners, and just a few steps from Pike’s iconic entrance sign. It made the list of my Local’s Guide to Pike Place Market, but directions to find it require a post of their own, if you aren’t familiar with the market. The rooftop garden at the market is a quiet reprieve from the noise and crowd of the market. Even in the peak of tourist season, this relatively unknown spot remains pretty quiet. It’s a great spot to take a…

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    How to make travel magnets

      I am no globetrotter, but I’ve had the opportunity to travel abroad a few times. Each trip I come home with a suitcase full of random keepsakes that I just cant bring myself to throw out, but also don’t want to store and buy into that new American tradition of accumulating to the point of needing to rent a storage unit. Instead of storing all these keepsakes, I pick a few of my favorites that are sturdy (like transportation cards), and hot glue magnets to the back. Less sturdy items, like theater tickets, may need laminated first- though fair warning that many tickets are printed on thermal paper that…