4 Ways to Afford a Vacation

This just in: Nearly 42 percent of Americans did not take one vacation day during 2014. Not one single day.

Sigh.

One Day Itinerary: Sonoma Wine Country

This past September, I had an epic, and I mean epic, girl's getaway. Friends from Philadelphia and Seattle descended upon San Francisco for the Eagles vs. 49ers football game. We rented an apartment that could accommodate five women, stocked up on beer and snacks, kept ESPN on nonstop and talked a lot of pre-game smack. But before we hightailed it to Levis Stadium in Santa Clara for the big game, and when I say "hightailed it," I mean a two-plus hour time-sucking slog on public transportation, we decided to keep it classy for one day and planned a daytrip to wine country.

A Festival for Every Month: The Best Fests of 2015

Looking for a good excuse to travel in 2015? Thankfully, there's a fest for every month of the year, and planning to visit a destination at festival time means you'll get more bang for your buck thanks to free activities and travel-related deals. Here are my picks for the best fests of the year, celebrating everything from apples to tulips, Shakespeare to skiing.

Make Your Dream Come True Day

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."
- Harriet Tubman

I'm not a big believer in New Year's Resolutions, but I take every opportunity I can to dream and think big. Which is why January 14, Make Your Dream Come True Day, is such a fun holiday. This day gives you the opportunity to do something to realize your goals and dreams. Whatever your dreams are, they usually don't happen without taking action.

Hospitality That Goes the Extra Mile for Pets

Recently, my boyfriend Morgan, our dog Mimi and I took a weekend getaway to Portland, OR. When we moved back to Seattle six and a half years ago, we thought we'd spend lots of time in Vancouver, B.C. and Portland, OR - our friendly urban neighbors to the north and south. Sadly, that has not been the case.

A Different Spin on New Year's Resolutions

It's that time of year again. You realize that some of the goals you set last year may not have been met and you're getting ready to recommit to making them happen starting on New Year's Day. Why is it that we start the New Year off with the best of intentions just to lose momentum within the first few weeks?

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