Posts tagged travel
Georgia Aquarium

If you didn't know, my husband studied Marine Biology in college. We've always been a big fan of aquariums and they're usually on our list of must-see places when we travel to larger cities. The tickets are a little pricey for adults, so if you go, be sure to check out the amazing dolphin show and sea lion shows to take full advantage of the purchase cost. My favorite sea animal at the aquarium is the Weedy Sea Dragon by far!

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Monday at The Masters

There's probably no other sporting event that creates the amount of side hustle we see in Augusta during Masters Week. People will rent their houses and take a week of vacation off of work to cash in on a part time job cleaning houses, chauffeuring patrons, setting up chairs, catering, and a million other hospitality-related tasks that you might be able to imagine. Despite the traffic, the hope of attending the tournament and the excitement surrounding the influx of tourists brings everyone in Augusta together for one incredible week each year. 

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Ottawa Day 5 : National Gallery of Canada

We spent the entire day at the museum, through breakfast and lunch, but it still wasn’t enough time to devote more than about 30 seconds to each piece of art. My personal highlights from this trip included the Frontier photography exhibit, the Rideau Chapel, and some of the impressionist pieces. 

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Ottawa Day 4 : Parliament

I was completely in shock that we saw Canada’s Prime Minister during my first visit to the Capital! We had joked about the possibility of seeing him before scheduling our trip but I certainly didn’t expect to actually get to see him. So I can officially say I’ve visited Canada’s capital and seen their Prime Minister before I can say the same about my own country!

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Ottawa Day 3 : Byward Market

After sleeping in a little bit, we got ready and called our Uber into town. We wanted to spend a full day exploring downtown Ottawa, especially the ByWard Market area. I'm not sure why I picked the absolute coldest day of our trip to walk around outside but we made the most of it! It was still pretty snowy in the morning when we arrived at Origin Trade Co. I'd done a lot of research into coffee shops before leaving on our trip and Origin looked too cute to miss.

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Ottawa Days 1-2 : The First Snow

Sunday morning we woke up to a fresh blanket of snow on the ground and the biggest flurries I've ever personally seen! Alex and I were like kids in a candy store and layered some jackets over our PJs and pulled on our boots and gloves to go play in the snow for a while before everyone else woke up. When the rest of the crew woke up we had oatmeal pancakes with some homemade maple syrup. I mean, come on... does it get any more Canadian?

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How to Pack a Winter Carry-On

I always find packing for a winter destination fairly challenging since it is almost always warm where we live in South Carolina and because packing bulkier items forces you to be a bit more strategic in your planning process. I know lots of people are getting ready to head back out of town this holiday season to visit family and friends, so these are my helpful tips for how to pack for a week in just a carry-on bag this winter.

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How to Plan Your Next Vacation

I usually start with Pinterest when I am planning our vacations. It's an easy way to find itineraries from other travel bloggers or must-sees for first-timers in just one click. Once I have an idea of what the highlights in the city are, I turn to other resources to narrow down our interests and find neighboring spots to visit. If you follow me on Pinterest then you know that I am constantly pinning travel inspiration!

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Foodie Guide to Athens

We visited Athens, Georgia for the first time earlier this month and were able to sample some of the local flavors thanks to the great recommendations of friends! Here's our guide of where to eat in Athens if you're visiting! Since we always try to travel as cheaply as possible while also supporting local businesses, these restaurant recommendations won't break the bank!

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The Biltmore Estate

We had planned a trip to the Biltmore for the Spring so I could finally see the gardens. I've previously only been during Christmas time. Unfortunately, we opted not to stand outside in the pouring rain so we just have an excuse to visit yet again! We did get to see lots of beautiful blooms throughout the house, though! There were grand arrangements on every table and mantle. Our trip to the Biltmore didn't turn out exactly as planned but I'm glad that Alex was finally able to visit just the same!

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Charleston on Film

I can't believe it's been a whole month since my sister and I had a staycation / girl's weekend in Charleston. I shot some film while I was down there and I just got them back over the weekend. I'm so glad that I forced my sister to hold my cameras while I switched back and forth between digital and analog. I was able to capture some great shots of the College of Charleston campus that I'll cherish forever. It will probably be quite some time before we make another trip to the coast. We've got a few other trips in mind and need to save our pennies to get out and explore some new places. 

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24 Hours in Atlanta

Seeing Radiohead in concert isn't something I ever even imagined being able to do during my lifetime so it just exceeded all my hopes and dreams. Right up there with Beyoncé. There are just moments in your life where you feel incredibly lucky. This was one of them. It was magical and I'm still pinching myself that we had this opportunity.

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Max Patch on Film

I was anxious to login to our account and see how everything turned out. Like I mentioned in last week's weekend link roundup, we tried to follow some tips from the Plant Based Traveler and a video tutorial from the 1980s demonstrating the Nikon FG manual that I found online. Based off of that video, I knew that I wanted to ease back into film by shooting in Aperture Priority mode since I didn't anticipate taking any action shots where I'd need too much creative control over the shutter speed. I also challenged myself to shoot a whole roll just on Max Patch. I wanted to isolate as many variables as possible for this roll.

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Kanuga

It's hard to describe how Kanuga makes me feel. It's a home away from home year after year. It's the only place I've ever been where I don't feel 100% tied down to my phone (i.e. no answering work emails after hours) and what's going on at home. It is also the only place where I don't have to worry about locking the doors. If you're looking for a realxing, all-inclusive spot to book a trip or conference, check it out! Despite Alex's misguided feelings on the "stale bread", I keep coming back for the toast.

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