Living in the Midwest has its ups and downs, but I have learned to love it now that I am living here. Personally, I am more of a beach kind of girl, so I definitely love the west coast a lot more, but you gotta work with what you got, am I right haha?! Since, I have lived here for a couple of years now, I have had the pleasure of visiting a few places in the Midwest and have compiled a list of some of the areas I enjoyed visiting. (Please note that I live in Chicago, so most of these are around and closer to that area, meaning there is soooo much more to the Midwest than just these trips).
Milwaukee (Wisconsin) – it is the perfect weekend trip. It has that big town small feel. It is filled with lots of breweries and lots of cheese (yummmm). It is fun to go any season because they always have fests going on or things happening. Check out a brewers game in the summer and hit up October fest in the Fall.
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It is crazy how much you can discover about your own city, once you treat it as a destination to visit. There is so much you can experience and do in your own hometown that it can sometimes feel like you are on a vacation. I have lived on the outskirts of Chicago for almost 18 years now and have been to so many places, but I honestly took it for granted. When you travel, you are so concerned about seeing new things and having these different experiences that you sometimes forget that you have some amazing sights in your backyard as well.
Now, this will definitely not be my only post on Chicago, because there is just so much this beautiful city has to offer. I thought I would start out with some of my favorite restaurants. Check them out!
Amazing Restaurants In Chicago:
Beatnik – this place is so picturesque and unique. You have to go just for the design because it is stunning. The food is amazing too, but I am just obsessed with the look of this place.
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Denver has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. It seems to fit my outdoorsy personality, so I knew it was a place I wanted to visit. Although, it was a pretty short trip, I know I will be back again to explore more. Denver proved to be a perfect weekend getaway, especially with my friends. It offers so much for you to do and it is such a fun place for a girls weekend trip.
A guide to a Girls Weekend Getaway:
Where to Stay:
Stay in the Arts District because it is close to everything and it is a quirky place to be. It is close to bars, restaurants, and about a 25-30 minute drive from the airport. Rent out an Airbnb and enjoy the comfort of having a bigger place to yourself. We all know that us girls need lots of space to get ready, so when you have a bunch of girls stuck in a hotel room with only one bathroom, it makes things a lot harder. Just make sure to think of your luggage because just like a hotel the Airbnb does have certain check in and check out times, and unlike a hotel, you cannot have the front desk hold your luggage. My friends and I ran into a bit of trouble with this because it totally slipped our minds, but we totally made it work. Before check in, we just left our luggage at the brunch place we were at, and at check out we went to a hotel and asked them to hold it for a few hours, but hopefully this can be coordinated with your host instead.
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Ahhh the city that never sleeps…New York, New York ❤
New York is just one of those places you have to see for yourself. Not only is it a world-wide known destination; it is filled with so much to do that you could never be bored.
Now if you are a first timer and not a big city person, then you might be a bit overwhelmed and it might be a scary thought to plan a trip to NYC. Being from Chicago, it is just another big city for me, but when I say big…I really mean it. It is impossible to get through everything in one weekend, but also a weekend is the perfect amount of time as well because you know you will be back.
The city sucks you in somehow and leaves you with wanting more of it, so book that ticket you will not regret it.
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Being a former Event Coordinator , I had to travel plenty of times for work and my biggest struggle was always how will I pack for this trip. Now, since I have traveled for work quite a few times and for personal reasons, I would say I have become somewhat experienced and have compiled a list of what to bring.
There are a few things you want to determine first:
- How long are you staying?
- Location of your business trip?
- What does the business trip entail?
- Will you have any free time?
Those are usually the questions I ask myself before I figure out what I need to pack. Usually, I end up packing some of the same things because most of my responses to those questions tend to stay relatively similar.
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Mexico is the perfect vacation getaway and I think many of you that have been can agree. Not only is the weather always perfect, there is so much to do and of course the best part…TACOSSS!
Now I have only been to Puerto Vallarta, so I cannot speak on all of Mexico, but if they are anything close to Puerto Vallarta then they must be amazing. Below is my travel guide to some of my suggestions on things to do in this amazing destination.
Where to stay: Club Regina Puerto Vallarta
Honestly any where you stay in Puerto Vallarta is going to be pretty great. There are tons of hotels to choose from and any location will give you plenty to do. I stayed over by the Puerto Vallarta Marina and I absolutely loved it. I was still close to the downtown area, but also had so much to do around me. My resort was more of an apartment style which I really enjoyed because although it is really nice to have an all-inclusive resort, sometimes I like being able to eat in the comfort of my resort room and have lots of food options. I love being able to try all kinds of food especially when visiting a new place, so I usually do not go for an all inclusive resort unless I am specifically looking for that kind of trip. The resort was beautiful and had its own beach, a few restaurants, and two huge pools. Along side that, they had many activities, such as water sports, beach volleyball and yoga and other fitness activities. I highly recommend it and was very happy with my stay there.
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My favorite type of place has always been something tropical. Now it may be because I was born in a place like that or the fact that I love the water, but there is just something addictive about going to a tropical destination. The mixture of the jungle, the ocean, the palm trees, the fresh food; is what lures me in to these amazing places and it’s what got me to the island of St. Lucia.
St. Lucia is one of the many Caribbean islands and it’s most known for the dramatically tapered mountains, the Pitons. The island has a lot to offer and it is perfect for all types of travelers. If you want to be more adventurous you can hike the Piton mountains, or go chase waterfalls in the jungle. If you loving immersing yourself in the culture, you can take a tour of the chocolate farms or hit up the local festivals. If you love to lounge around, well you’re on an island surrounded by beaches, so what more do you need than that.
Since I fall under all those categories, as I assume most of you do as well, below are some snippets of my incredible time in St. Lucia.
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It can be hard to find things to do in a metropolitan city sometimes, especially being from Chicago where I get that kind of vibe already. But Boston had it’s own unique charm with a small city feel. The cobbled stone streets with the smaller alleys gave off a European feel to it which I adored. The city is not too big and you can get a lot done in the time being but I narrowed down some highlights for you to check out.
Charlestown and the Freedom Trail
Charlestown is a historic waterfront neighborhood perfect for those that want to be close to Boston, but not in the hustle of it all. Make sure to go down by the marina for a picturesque view of all of Boston. Better yet, check out Pier 6, for some delicious cocktails and waterfront views.
Parts of the Freedom Trail are also located in Charlestown. The 2.5 miles trail is lined with 16 significant locations running through downtown Boston. The 1797 U.S.S. Constitution warship and its museum are in the Charlestown Navy Yard which I found was a good spot to start your trail. To ensure you stay on the trail the whole time; follow the red-lined path on the sidewalk.
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