Six Must-See Attractions at the State Fair of Texas

I’ve lived in Texas for almost two decades, so I decided it’s finally time to visit the State Fair of Texas in Dallas.

Six Must-See Attractions at the State Fair of Texas

I wasn’t sure what to expect (except for the deep-fried foods). There’s a lot to see and do, and I probably could have spent several days checking out the different exhibits and attractions. I was lucky to spend one day at the fair with friends and their kids and a second one my own to explore a bit more.

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My Favorite Burgers in London

I’m a picky eater, so trying new cuisine isn’t my idea of fun. But this doesn’t mean I have to eat at American-based chain restaurants when I travel. When I want something familiar to eat, I try to find a local restaurant that offers its take on my favorites. Sometimes, the food is bland or nothing like the original; however, more times than not, I end up with a delicious meal that surpasses my expectations.

Burgers might be a quintessential American sandwich, but you can find delicious burgers in London. Over the past few years, there’s been an explosion of burger joints in London, with new locations opening up faster than I can keep track. Luckily, this means you’ll be close to a great burger no matter where you.

Here are my top three London-based burgers (and two American honorable mentions).

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One Day in Howth, Ireland

I’ve never considered myself the outdoorsy type. I blame growing up in southwest Louisiana, where being outdoors meant battling heat, humidity and giant mosquitoes. Over the past few years, traveling has helped me embrace the outdoors, and I’ve slowly realized it can be pretty great.

One Day in Howth, Ireland

Howth, Ireland, was one of the first places to open my eyes to the joys of a bucolic destination. In the past, I rarely ventured from city centers. The closest I got to nature were urban parks surrounded by skyscrapers. However, the lure of seaside cliffs pulled me from my comfort zone, and I headed out to Howth for the day during a trip to Dublin.

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Traveling Somewhere Between Budget and Luxury

My travel preferences fall somewhere between budget and luxury. I tried to find a word to describe this spot, but there really isn’t one. You’ll find mid-level hotels, premium economy airline cabins and fast-casual restaurants, but these adjectives don’t easily describe a type of travel. Who wants to be a “mid-level traveler” taking a “fast-casual vacation”?

Traveling Somewhere Between Budget and Luxury | My travel preferences fall somewhere between budget and luxury. I tried to find a word to describe this spot, but there really isn’t one.

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My Trick to Getting a Good Night’s Sleep on the Road

One thing always makes me anxious about traveling — fear that I won’t sleep well on the road. I sleep best under very specific conditions. A dark, cool room is ideal. A little light is bearable, and I can usually remove enough bedclothes to adjust for a warmer room. (I’ve been known to yank a thick duvet out of its cover so I could use the cover like a top sheet.)

My Trick for Getting a Good Night's Sleep on the Road

The one nighttime deal breaker for me is noise. I’ve even woken myself up because I can hear myself breathing!

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The Case for Solo Travel

I regret that I didn’t consider solo travel until I was in my early 30s.

It all started on a work trip to Chicago. Because I’d received a last-minute invite to the meetings, I was staying a different hotel than my coworkers who had made reservations months in advance. Suddenly, I realized that traveling on your own isn’t that much different from living on your own. If I don’t need a roommate at home, why do I need a travel companion?

The Case for Solo Travel

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2000 Years of London in One Day

London is old. If you mark Londinium as the official beginning of the city, it’s nearly 2000 years old. Take into account the Mesolithic and Bronze Age structures near Vauxhall Bridge, and it’s thousands of years older than that.

2000 Years of London in One Day

With so much history, you’re thinking there’s no way you can see it all. But I have an itinerary that will let you pack in over 2000 years of history in just one day!

Here are nine places that show how London became the city it is today.

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Eight Items That Never Leave Your Suitcase

On the last day of your vacation, you open up your suitcase to start packing and uncover a dirty little secret — you never used some of the items you brought with you!

We’ve all been there. Sometimes, it’s due to poor planning—you waited until the last minute to pack, so you just stuffed every clean piece of clothing into your suitcase. Other times, it’s because you’re overly cautious—just in case it rains, you bring an umbrella, rain boots and a jacket even though the forecast for your beach vacation is sunny and warm.

This post isn’t about packing lighter; it’s about packing smarter. There’s no reason to lug around the extra items. By getting rid of them, you’ll make more room for the essentials or, better yet, reserve space for on-the-road purchases.

Here are some things that always seemed to stay in my bag. Nowadays, I leave them all at home.

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