Five Travel Bloggers That Will Make You Want to GTFO & Take a Vacay

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So help me god I am promising to make 2018 a year where I travel more.  The above photo was from a shoot I was helping my friend Kara, of Right Foot Creative with for the State Department and let me tell you, it made me want to leave dodge for a bit and explore.  This past year I've been a little limited with my weekend schedule, which has left me hanging out in DC a littttttle more than I'd like. Needless to say, I'm itching with wanderlust and these are my favorite bloggers to follow and well, live vicariously through. 

1. The Blonde Abroad


Kiersten, a California native, left her job in corporate finance to become a world traveler.  She's since traveled to more than 50 countries and her instagram feed is insane.  Ask me to trade lives with anyone on social media, and Kiersten's would be a top contender. Check out The Blonde Abroad here. 

2. The Wayfaress


Ironically enough, Alexandra, The Wayfaress herself, and I went to college together.  I've loved following her many many journeys (to more than 30+ countries to be exact) all while practicing corporate law here in DC. Alexandra is new(ish) to the travel blogging world, but don't let that fool you, her social media is rich with experiences and thought-provoking captions. Alexandra is a wonderful storyteller and her blog, showcases that beautifully. 

3. Barefoot Blonde


Another blonde? Yep. Sorry not sorry.  I've followed Amber Fillerup Clark for a good while now and chances you have too.  Known for her incredible instagram braiding technique, Amber and her adorable little family have become the picture-perfect poster children for #travelfamilygoals.  Relocating pretty regularly, Amber shares a lot of tips on her insta-stories and honestly, they are all just so fun to watch. "Goals" doesn't even really do them justice. 

4. Wild Terrains

Another DC-based blog, but more importantly, boutique travel company started by my friend, Lauren Bates is Wild Terrains. Wild Terrains has plenty of detailed tips, custom itineraries, and tons of inspiration. What I really love: the Travel Guides page. Consider my next vacay booked through Wild Terrains. 

5. Cake and Lillies

My god friend Monica, of Cake and Lilies has always nailed the Travel Guides, whether it's staying in Annapolis in 24 Hours or a getaway to Thailand.  I've loved how easy and to the point her posts are.  My current favorite: this feature on Scott's Cheap Flights. I personally struggle with where to purchase inexpensive flights, so I always run to Monica's blog for suggestions. 

Any trips planned soon? Who do you go to for your travel needs? 


Travel Guide: Charleston, SC

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This summer, Charleston easily became one of my most favorite cities, and apparently I'm not alone in this adoration.  This year it took home the number one spot in Travel + Leisure's Best Tourist City in the world and for good reason.  With lush greenery, beautifully colorful homes, and top of the line restaurants, Charleston manages to preserve its quaint charm in spite of it's popularity.  My girlfriends and I were not alone in selecting it as our getaway for a Bachelorette. It's a far cry from the quintessential trips to Vegas or Miami but still keeps up with exciting nightlife. 

Where to Stay

The Spectator Hotel. Named the #1 City Hotel in the U.S., staying at the Spectator was a no-brainer. Everything about this hotel was spectacular, from the butler service, to the complimentary bicycles and breakfast.  The staff was incredibly friendly and accommodating and the bathrooms were larger than most NYC apartments. We kicked off the weekend with delicious cocktails and bottles of Dom. If you're going to do it, do it right.   

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Where to Eat

Husk. Ask anyone who lives or has been to Charleston this question and they will across the board tell you that Husk is one of the best in town.  It's centrally located in downtown Charleston and truly captures the essence of great Southern cuisine.  While the menu changes day to day, the jalapeño boiled peanuts are a must.  Drink up too, the cocktails are one of a kind.  

Edmund's Oast. If you're anything like my friends and I, you often plan vacations around restaurants you are dying to try.  Edmund's Oast was a place we couldn't pass up, and I am so glad we didn't. Known for their beers and cocktails, Edmund's Oast boasts and impressive list of draft and house-brewed beers. One interesting (and delicious) selection was the Edmund's Oast Peanut Butter and Jelly Beer, brewed with peanuts, grape juice, and milk sugar, for a sandwich in a glass experience.  Don't think for a minute that the food here takes second place to the drinks.  In typical fashion, we ordered nearly everything on the menu.  I give my highest recommendations to the Chicken Liver Parfait, the Sweet Corn Salad with fennel and gem lettuce, and the Cauliflower with creamy chèvre and calabrian chiles.

The Darling. If you love seafood, go to The Darling Oyster Bar. If you don't suck it up and still go. Trust me, you won't regret it.  We discovered this adorable brunch spot after seeing countless Instagrams of the monster Lobster Claw Bloody Mary.  Everything is incredibly fresh and flavorful.  Besides all the seafood, ordering the Clam Chowder French Fries is an absolute must. 

What to Do

Rent Bikes. As mentioned, if you stay at the Spectator, you have access to their adorable bicycles equipped with adorable baskets and bells. If not, seriously consider renting some for a more fun and active alternative to the horse carriage tours.  Charleston is an incredibly easy city to navigate either by walking or by bike. The drivers are incredibly conscientious of the bikers and horse carriages, making it safe to explore the city. 

When the Celine bag fits perfectly into the bike basket..

Visit the Mansions on Rainbow Row. Charleston is known for its beautiful pastel mansions on Rainbow Row. Most notably, the bright pink mansion overlooking the water.  The charm and the history of the homes are too beautiful to miss out on.

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Candle Making Class. This was quite possibly one of my favorite activities in Charleston.  Candlefish, a local candle shop, offers group candle-making classes where you can explore the 100 scents of the Candlefish Fragrance Library and select your preferred scent. After your class, you officially become a chandler and get to enjoy your two large, personalized Candlefish candles.  The classes are BYOB (woot), include two large candles to make and keep, and are only $45 a person.   

Shop My Charleston Outfits

Make sure to check out some of my blogger friend's posts on visiting Charleston for more ideas!
Cake and Lilies
Southern Anchors
Primp and Proper
A Touch of Teal
Champagne and Bluejeans

Sunflower Sundays

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For my readers in the DC area you still have time to see these beauties at the Mckee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area in Poolesville, Maryland.  Just up the path (about a mile past the field of dead sunflowers) there's still a field blooming sunflowers.  Aren't they amazing? Even though we went on what felt like the hottest afternoon this summer, it was well worth the sweat and sunburn. 

Special thanks to my talented friend Jonathon Weller for these amazing photos and for remembering to set a calendar reminder to see the flowers a year after we missed them last July! 

Photographer: Jonathon Weller