Escape of the Week: America via iPhoneography

If there is one thing I did to an excess while driving cross-country, it was taking photos. Between my new camera and my iPhone, I logged thousands of photos. Because the iPhone was easy to tote around, there were so many instances when I simply pulled it our from my purse (or from the armContinue reading “Escape of the Week: America via iPhoneography”

Escape of the Week: Salt & Sill, Sweden’s first floating hotel

You can see it from the bridge over to Klädesholmen, the dark brown Salt & Sill hotel. Floating. On large pontoons. Without a doubt, it is one of the most unique hotels I have ever visited. Anywhere. I drag my suitcase behind me as I walk into Salt & Sill’s reception, which gives way to theContinue reading “Escape of the Week: Salt & Sill, Sweden’s first floating hotel”

Escape of the Week: Sculptures at Pilane

The island of Tjörn, located in Western Sweden, is home to enchanting fishing villages that attract flocks of tourists each summer, thanks to the warm temperatures and vast expanses of sea to drop a boat into and set off into the late sunset. In keeping with the outdoor exploration encouraged in this region, Sculpture atContinue reading “Escape of the Week: Sculptures at Pilane”

Escape of the Week: Reina Sofia

Located in the heart of Madrid is one of those places you’d be remiss to skip — the palatial Reina Sofia Musuem (Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia). The museum came highly recommend from my art-inclined friends back home. “You can’t miss it,” one said. “It is so breathtaking,” said another. And they wereContinue reading “Escape of the Week: Reina Sofia”

Escape of the Week: Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park, located in Croatia, is one of the most beautiful places I have ever had the priviledge to explore. Seriously. The park, which is the perfect (and gorgeous) day trip, features 16 stunning bright blue lakes packed with waterfalls rushing down cliffs. Blue-green lakes, which change color depending on what’s going onContinue reading “Escape of the Week: Plitvice Lakes National Park”

Escape of the Week: Pioneertown, California

It’s a fiercely windy morning in the Inland Empire’s high desert. Desert sand crunches underfoot and the icy gusts ripping through the barren area make tears race down my cheeks. Nearby, shrubs polka-dot their way up the snow-covered Big Bear Mountain. Backed up against the cloudless blue sky, the scene unfolding is the perfect displayContinue reading “Escape of the Week: Pioneertown, California”

Escape of the Week: Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai was my first experience in Southeast Asia, and one I will always remember for countless reasons. It’s the city where Katie surprised me with an early visit, forcing me to power through my jet lag. The city which was my home base after a week with the elephants at Elephant Nature Park. And,Continue reading “Escape of the Week: Chiang Mai, Thailand”

Escape of the Week: Edinburgh’s Royal Mile

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Shanna Schultz. I could spend hours wandering the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Royal Mile is the street that runs from the foot of Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood Palace at the other end (the Palace is the residence of the Queen when she is in Scotland.)Continue reading “Escape of the Week: Edinburgh’s Royal Mile”

Escape of the Week: Hoover Dam

Whether staying in Arizona vacation rentals, Boulder City or Las Vegas, the Hoover Dam is one of those places that should be visited on a trip to the American Southwest. On the border of Nevada and Arizona (and, depending on the time of year, also on the Pacific/Mountain Time Zone) is the historic Hoover Dam, alsoContinue reading “Escape of the Week: Hoover Dam”

Escape of the Week: Chiang Mai’s Wat Doi Suthep

It’s hard to look up at the slick stairs of Wat Doi Suthep, it’s raining so hard. I blink back the water and squint my eyes up, up, up, trying not to get distracted by the gorgeously tiled dragon at the base of the stairs. It’s a long way to the top. “Ready?” I ask,Continue reading “Escape of the Week: Chiang Mai’s Wat Doi Suthep”