jefferson hotel dc

Jefferson Hotel DC

My husband and I are obsessed with nice hotels — probably because we’ve accidentally booked stays at some really nasty ones in the past. Like the time we booked a one-night stay at a chain hotel near the London airport and a bunch of ladybugs dive-bombed from the hallway ceiling and smacked me in the glasses as I screamed bloody murder. Or that time in Colorado when we needed a place to crash after driving all day in an attempt to make it to Arizona in a timely fashion — ’cause when is a cross-country road trip ever a good idea? That hotel, though. The towels and sheets were yellow, and I sat there attempting to solve the puzzle… were they supposed to be a shade of yellow or had they turned yellow after many years of use? Who knows, but I used Malcolm as a pillow and didn’t shower the […]


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travel with oasis collections

Travel With Oasis Collections

You’ve decided on a destination and booked the plane tickets, now it’s time to find accommodations that meet your travel needs. Do you go with the practicality of a short-term apartment or the convenience of a hotel? Wouldn’t it be great if a company could bridge this gap? Travel lovers, meet Oasis Collections. Oasis Collections is a one-of-a-kind hospitality company that combines the authenticity of renting a private home with hotel-like services. This means that you’ll still have the ability to practice your frugality by cooking your own meals instead of restaurant hopping — all while experiencing the support from an on-the-ground team of people to make your vacation a breeze. Need someone to book tours, classes, airport transportation, restaurant reservations and other services? Their concierge service is included in the booking so you won’t have to deal with that. Worried about the properties? You shouldn’t be. Oasis Collections offers a handpicked portfolio of design-oriented apartments, homes and […]


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moroccan riad in marrakech

Instead of staying in a touristy hotel in Marrakech, we chose to book a room in a traditional Moroccan riad. At first we were slightly uncomfortable, especially since none of the rooms had locks on the doors so our belongings were out in the open, but after we met the family that owned the riad, we really enjoyed ourselves; these arrangements made our trip even that more special! Dar Jaguar is an ancient riad that has absolutely beautiful touches in ever corner. We stayed in the Damascan Blush room and enjoyed a view of the courtyard and the sounds of birds every day — even though we were in the middle of the very busy medina. It was like our own private oasis with very tasty Moroccan pastries and freshly-squeezed juice in the morning. I would go back in a heartbeat! We absolutely loved relaxing on the rooftop of our riad, […]


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travel bloggers tell all | traveling on a budget

I love taking frequent trips with my husband, but it’s important that we don’t break the bank each time. If we’re able to save money when booking flights, hotels and excursions, we’re left with more cash to use for another vacation at a later date. This is perfect because it’s everyone’s goal to see the world, right? Today I have three lovely bloggers sharing their top tips on how to travel on a budget. We hope you learn something new! Chelsea from Lost in Travels Bloglovin’ | Twitter | Facebook What are your tips for traveling on a budget? Hello! I’m Chelsea and I blog over at Lost in Travels where I talk about my husband and I’s daily life as expats in Korea as well as document our world adventures and share budgeting and travel tips we’ve learned along the way. So I’m one of the weird ones who actually […]


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the ritz-carlton in washington, dc

Washington, DC holds a special place in my heart. It was the first place I moved upon graduating from college with a degree in political science, and it was on the Hill where I started the only internship that had ever excited me; I felt like I was doing something to make a difference (even though constituents screamed at me on the phone… details). My internship turned into a full-time job in another office and I fell even more in love with The Federal City. I also fell in love with my husband there (hey, Brandon! *waves*). On our way from Florida to Massachusetts, we decided to spend a night in DC so we could walk around my former place of employment, stroll along the Mall with our dogs, and enjoy some of our favorite restaurants… Zaytinya, that would be you. We also decided to get crazy and book a […]


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travel bloggers tell all | tips on planning, booking hotels + the best airlines

I’ve asked a few seasoned explorers to help me out with a new mini-series on my blog centered around travel advice. If you’ve ever wondered how to plan a big vacation without having to use a travel agent, which airlines you should fly for international travel, the best websites to use for hotel accommodations, and how to skip town on a budget, we have you covered. These ladies are going to share their top-secret methods with all of you (sounds intense!), and hopefully in the end, you’ll book that trip you’ve been dreaming about for months. Hold me, readers! I feel a severe case of wanderlust overcoming me. Here’s some tips on planning, booking hotels, plus their favorite airlines! Casey from True Colours Blog | Twitter | Bloglovin’ What are some tips for planning a big trip? When I start planning a big trip, the most important thing I do […]


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foley house inn and savannah, georgia

Well, we made it to our new place in Boston! We’re living in a high-rise and it’s hilarious to watch the dogs because they’re not used to this type of view. I already have my blogging desk set up (isn’t that the most important spot in any apartment?) and I completely agree with Malcolm and Ollie — the view doesn’t suck. Since B has the rest of the week off from work, we’ll be exploring the area and unpacking suitcases and boxes. Be sure to follow along on Instagram because I loooove oversharing. On our drive up to Boston, we were able to make a few stops and the first one was in Savannah, Georgia. Scotland turned us into bigs fans of quaint bed and breakfasts so we made a reservation at the Foley House Inn. It’s supposedly one of the most haunted buildings in Savannah but sadly, we didn’t […]


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bayfront marin house in st. augustine


We’re back from St. Augustine! We stayed at the Bayfront Marin House Inn and I can honestly say that it was one of the best bed and breakfast experiences we’ve ever had. The property was charming, our room was comfortable (and dog-friendly), and the staff was extremely welcoming and attentive. My favorite part was our private deck equipped with a porch swing and soft chair, and B loved the inn’s happy hour and homemade ice cream. Oh, and the breakfast? Let’s just say I felt absolutely disgusting after inhaling my plate of food in about five minutes. The homemade french toast was outstanding. What a relaxing getaway! This bed and breakfast had plenty of charm. From our private porch and the vintage furnishings in our room, to the lovely outdoor area where we enjoyed breakfast and drinks, each area was comfortable and unique. The Bayfront Marin Bed and Breakfast is […]


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