March 29, 2017

The Best of Bremerton, Washington

The Olympic Mountains viewed from Bremerton

Despite not being often considered as a tourist destination, Bremerton is definitely worth exploring for a few hours or half a day if you’re visiting Seattle or the Puget Sound area.


Solo Travel Roadtrip: Finding a Cheap One-Way Car Rental

One-way car rental

It takes a little bit of work but you really can find an affordable one-way car rental–you simply have to get creative and approach the process from different angles. Spend a little extra time and energy upfront and you’ll spend less money in the long run. Here are my top three tips for saving big on a one-way car rental:


Chihuly Garden and Glass: A Clear Seattle Favorite


Opened in May 2012, Chihuly Garden and Glass is already a top tourist attraction, quickly eclipsing its more established neighbors like the iconic Space Needle as one of the most highly recommended things to do in Seattle.


Throwing in the Solo Travel Towel?

Welcome to Wyoming

Over pancakes and bacon and coffee the morning following the funeral of a cousin, my two older brothers and I reminisced about her life and our own childhood while lamenting the fact that we weren’t as close as we’d like to be. As a step toward cementing our filial bond, I invited them both to join me on my cross-country roadtrip when I moved west.


Smith Tower, Secrets, and Seattle


During my time in Seattle last summer, I visited Smith Tower, intrigued by a single feature: a wishing chair, housed on the tower’s 35th floor as a gift from the Last Empress of China. As the legend goes, any single woman who sincerely wished to be married could sit in that chair and her wish would be fulfilled within a year. I hightailed it over to Smith Tower and sat in the wishing chair twice for good measure. Guess what? It worked.


Lone Cypress Letdown in Pebble Beach, California

Lone Cypress, Pebble Beach, California

If you don’t do your research and show up in search of the solitary Monterey Cypress standing sentinel on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Pacific Ocean, what sticks with you after your visit may not be the warm memories of a leisurely drive along a spectacular stretch of coastal California. Instead, you may be left reeling from sticker shock.


Highs and Lows of Hiking Half Dome

Hiking Half Dome in Yosemite National Park

Hiking Half Dome isn’t for the faint of heart but it’s a trail you’ve got to try when visiting Yosemite National Park.