5 Ways Travel Ruined me for “Life”

Steep Slope

“I want everything AND I don’t know what I want.” I’ve been ‘back’ more than six years now from my ‘round the world trip and I still don’t know exactly what I am doing. Sometimes I think that traveling has forever made it harder for me to be comfy in everyday life. I still travel of course, […]



My Midwest: The 606 and Bloomingdale Trail

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Get on the 606  I love how cities are revitalizing and offering so much to their dwellers: protected bike lanes, more walking options, public art to make you ‘feel’ and just more “livability.” New York City’s Highline Park continues to be a huge draw and a wonderful place for a stroll above the chaos of Manhattan. […]



How to Travel and Lose Weight

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How I Lost 12 Pounds (and counting)! Oh, you are one of those people,” a new friend said after I told her I’d just worked out in my hotel room early one morning. “Um, yes. Yes, I am.” I never even thought I could be one of those people and now I want to keep saying […]



My Midwest: Where to Eat on Walnut Street, Pittsburgh, PA


Where to Eat: Pittsburgh’s Shadyside Neighborhood This is a guest post from Erin of Don’t Forget to Eat. She lives in Pittsburgh. The three blocks at the southwest end of Walnut Street are the commercial heart of Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood. Here you’ll find local favorites like Kards Unlimited gift store mixed in with big names like Gap […]



What I Have Learned from Blogging for Nine Years

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Happy Birthday LLworldtour.com! You’re nine years old.  Can you believe that? I can’t. I started this little online “journal” in July 2006 to mostly keep my friends and family abreast of my travels and share some good stories and experiences from around the world. From my first post: It’s really happening. My heart has been […]



Empire Plate of Mind: Four Affordable NYC Restaurants for Foodies


The only problem with visiting a place like New York City is that it’s so big and there’s so much to do it can almost be overwhelming and you never get to do all the stuff on your itinerary. This is why it’s important to prioritize your trip so you can make sure you get […]



My Midwest: 6 Damn Good Reasons to Visit Milwaukee

Lisa Loves Cheese

I have been blogging for nine years now and while I don’t normally talk about the “business of blogging” on this very blog, I will say that in large part due to my blogging (and traveling) over the last decade, I’ve met some incredible people who are reshaping their lives and I’ve made some wonderful […]



7 Cheap Seafood Spots in Martha’s Vineyard


This is a guest post from Megan of Forks and Footprints, who’s currently living in Martha’s Vineyard. You won’t find any grapes growing on this vineyard. That’s because I’m talking about Martha’s Vineyard. It’s a cute little island just south of Cape Cod in Massachusetts. It is well known for its salmon-colored shorts-clad men, its […]



Contest: AmericInn Great Adventure

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AmericInn Great Adventure Contest SELFIE PRIZE PATROL: SEEKING WILD AND WACKY VACATION PICS! Wild, Wacky and Wonderful. That’s what AmericInn Hotels is looking for this summer—in your travel photos. And they are giving away prizes! AmericInn—the largest midscale hotel brand in the upper Midwest—is inviting adventurous travelers to enter a selfie or other photo of […]



5 Simple Travel Photography Tips — Improve Your Pics Today!

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Travel Photography Tips Today, everyone has a camera of some sort and everyone is a photographer of some kind. But you don’t have to drop tons of cash on the latest gear and photo gadgets, to get some good shots. Here are some easy ways to improve your travel photos: 1. Get close. Crop in […]