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Road Tripping I-80 | TheWeekendJetsetter.com

USA Road Trip: Chicago to California on I-80

Two months ago, I spontaneously relocated to California for a job opportunity. A month before the move, I'd never even considered living in San Francisco. It sounded expensive, and filled with traffic. While it certainly is both of those, I wasn't about to pass up my dream job (and I have an affinity for reinventing…



A Quick Guide: the Islands of Bocas del Toro

With tropical weather and a relaxed town catering to surfers and divers, the adventure-filled islands of Bocas del Toro aren't your typical Caribbean destination. Yes, there are white sand beaches and palm trees, but it's much less expensive and the vibe is caters more to hippies and backpackers than the jetsetting elite. In Bocas del Toro, there's…



5 Free Tools that Help You Save Money for Travel | The Weekend Jetsetter.com

5 Free Tools that Help You Save Money for Travel

There are a number of free tools that help you save money for travel by paying you for things you already do. I've always funded my travels with a combination of "travel hacking" and side jobs so that I don't have to live extremely frugally in my day-to-day life. But this year, I started pursuing my…


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8 Tourist Traps that Don’t Live up to the Hype

Photo: MK Feeney/Flickr If you're a traveler, chances are that at some point you've spent time at tourist traps. What defines a "tourist trap?" To me, it's a "must-see" attraction that is rather underwhelming given the time, money, and hassle you must invest in seeing it. I don't think all major attractions are tourist traps. Some are…


Exumas Weekend Getaway - Bahamas Travel | TheWeekendJetsetter.com

Island Escape: 5 Reasons to Take a Weekend Trip to the Exumas

Last month I celebrated my birthday with a Bahamas weekend trip to the Exumas, a chain of beautiful cays and islands just an hour's flight from Miami. The Exumas are famous for the Swimming Pigs, which have been featured on TV show The Bachelor. But whether you want to get up close and personal with giant swine or…


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7 Things to do in Berlin, Germany in 48 Hours

I'll admit upfront that I didn't love Berlin. I didn't find any of its neighborhoods charming and the entire city feels... cold and grey. It might have had something to do with visiting at the end of October, but either way, Berlin and I just never clicked. It's important to note that part of the reason…



Gift Guide 2016 | My Favorite Gifts for Travelers

GIFTS FOR TRAVELERS: It's that time of year again... the holidays! As much as I love so many holiday traditions - pretty decorations, binge eating, holiday parties, to name a few - shopping for gifts is my least favorite thing to do. Finding the perfect gift for a variety of people - some of whom you…


48 Hours in Amsterdam | TheWeekendJetsetter.com

48 Hours in Amsterdam

When I pictured 48 hours in Amsterdam, visions of wild, drug-fueled bachelor parties (or "stag parties" as Europeans call them), danced in my head. But my actual first impression of Amsterdam? It's ridiculous charming. From the crooked canal houses to beautiful parks and cobblestone streets, it's honestly hard to believe Amsterdam is the international headquarters of debauchery its…


Solo Female Travel in Marrakech, Morocco | TheWeekendJetsetter.com

What to Pack for Morocco

One of the most popular pieces on The Weekend Jetsetter is my post about solo female travel in Marrakech, Morocco. And the most common thing I get follow up questions about? What to pack for Morocco, a country where conservative dress is the cultural norm, but the temperatures can be hot as heck. After visiting the country twice…