72 Hours in Boston

My sister just started graduate school and moved a couple states away from our family, so to celebrate her big move and as one last sister-trip, we decided to go to Boston over the July 4th weekend! She had been briefly before and I had always wanted to visit, so this was the perfect opportunity! We found inexpensive, roundtrip nonstop flights directly into Boston Logan airport and got there Friday night to start the weekend early.

We were departing the following Tuesday morning, which meant we had a solid 72+ hours to enjoy the city to its fullest. How can two broke sisters avoid going bankrupt in Boston?

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How to See the Ball Drop Without Standing in Times Square

Hey there! It’s been a while since I’ve actually posted but I can’t wait to talk about my weekend in New York to watch the ball drop! My sister and I came into Manhattan from New Jersey on December 30th and we had a room at the Riu Plaza Times Square. If you’re looking for a hotel near Times Square, this one is a great choice. Literally a block away, next to an outdoor shopping market, and across the street from Pret A Manger.

Anyway, as this was my sister’s birthday/Christmas present from me, we went out for a nice dinner to celebrate and checked out Times Square on the way to The View restaurant, at the top of the New York Marriott Marquis. It was pretty interesting to see how Times Square was already set up – the stages were there and the fencing blocking out the space for the following night. Read more

Honolulu: More Than A Visit to Pearl Harbor

I recently visited Honolulu for the first time and had a blast! I didn’t have too much time to really research all the must-sees/eats/dos of the city before it was ultimately time to board the plane, but on the other hand sometimes I like to just show up and wing it, enjoying what’s available and not worrying about a schedule.

So here are some of my top suggestions for those visiting Honolulu! Of course the number one obvious activity is visiting Pearl Harbor, but I realized there’s so much more to Honolulu than that.  Read more

Exploring Maui’s Downtown Lahaina and the Haleakala Sunrise

I recently came back from a short trip to Honolulu and Maui – my first time in Hawaii! Personally I liked Honolulu better for all its activity and felt like Maui could get a bit boring after a while (I’m not much of a beach person tbh) but I think I need to go back and give it more of a chance in a few years.

We only had two nights in Maui and on our first we woke up very early to take a tour to the Haleakala Summit for the famous sunrise – AKA House of the Sun. Our tour was with Polynesian Adventure Tours, including a pickup directly from our hotel Napili Kai Beach Resort at 2AM (yep, that was fun). After we picked up about 20 other passengers at other various hotels we were on our way up to the summit, with our delightful guide keeping us awake by giving us little details and history on the summit and some fun stories. Read more

Salt Lake City Hotels for Any Budget

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Salt Lake City, UT, is a popular getaway spot and a perfect destination for those who don’t want to rent a car, as it’s very easy to get around on foot or use public transportation. There’s just enough to do in the city and surrounding area to enjoy a weekend getaway, but it’s important to do research on accommodations to find the perfect hotel fit. Read more

Perfect Hotel Options for Everyone in Bellevue, WA

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Thousands of tourists visit Seattle every year, which means busy crowds and potential for very high hotel rates if staying right in the heart of the city. Why not stay just a short drive outside the city and enjoy the peace and quiet in Bellevue, WA? The charming town would be a smart option for accommodations when planning a trip to nearby Seattle. Read more

Florida’s Best Beach Towns

There’s always something for everyone at America’s favorite spring break state. Florida draws in tourists from all over the world for its famous sites, including blossoming sunsets, iconic theme parks, the Everglades, and of course the beautiful, white-sand beaches. Florida’s exciting beach towns are also destinations in themselves and only add to the draw of a beach getaway.  Read more

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