How to Spend a Week in Alaska

The vast and diverse terrain of Alaska is impossible to explore in its entirety. We barely scratched the surface—and we didn’t even leave the beaten path—but we still had a genuine and unforgettable experience. Here’s what we did on our first trip to the last frontier.

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5 Tips for Planning a Pandemic Road Trip

Have you been going a bit stir crazy lately? Us, too. Five months into isolation, we were ready to get out into the world again, but we wanted to do it as safely as possible. Although there’s still so much we don’t know about COVID-19, we do know a lot about limiting the spread. So we decided to very carefully plan a road trip from Washington, D.C., to New England, and we hit the road for 9 days starting on on Aug. 8.

Here are some tips based on what we learned on our road trip.

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Is it Safe to Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic? Here’s What We Experienced

We take on additional risks every time we leave our front door. As the survivor of a horrific accident, I know this as well as anyone. But at this point in time in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, the risks are greater.

Everyone’s risk tolerance and circumstances are different. Personally, I’m about as likely to go to a concert or crowded beach as I am to dance with a metal pole in an open field during a lightning storm. There are certain CDC and WHO guidelines I think we all should be following: maintaining social-distancing recommendations, wearing masks at indoors public places (and outdoors when distancing is not possible), washing hands, cleaning surfaces, etc. After that, the decisions may be a bit different based on personal circumstances.

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In the Dog Days of COVID Summer, Fido Wins

Well, our big lovable dog’s name is actually Nico. He’s always been a bundle of energy. Of course, he slowed down a lot when he turned 12, and we thought it was just because of his age. He lost a bit of the spring in his step and stopped cheering when we came in the door. We didn’t realize that the COVID isolation was affecting him, too.

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How Travel Can Open Your Mind and Help Curb Bias

After a grueling two months of studying and several days of test taking, I took a deep breath in and exhaled slowly. Everything was done. My law degree had been officially conferred. The bar exam was over. I just had to wait for my results.

Since I graduated a semester early, I had a few months off before I started my new job with the law firm where I had been a summer associate the year before. So I did what many other law grads of privilege do: I took a post-bar-exam trip around the world while I awaited my results.

China, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Australia. This was my dream trip.

“Well, Australia sounds nice, but I don’t know about those other places,” a friend’s mom said to me at a dinner party.

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My A-to-Z Travel Memories: Reflections on World Travel in a Time of Isolation

As a world traveler, I am fascinated by culture and food and music and history. I am amazed by the similarities and differences that unite and divide us all. More than anything, though, I feel that we are all one tribe in this great big world, and all around the globe, we are each dealing with this pandemic that is keeping us physically apart. We can still be united, though, through technology and memories and optimism about the future.

Theo and I have said many times over the past few years that we wanted to travel like mad while we could, because you never know when circumstances will change and keep you grounded. Well, now, I am so happy that we followed through on our crazy travel agenda for so many reasons. We have a wealth of experiences together over the last seven years with memories that will last a lifetime. And during this time of isolation, we’ve also learned that we can simply be at home together 24/7 and enjoy each other’s company. Sure we bicker at times and need our own space, but we are really fortunate to have a solid friendship and comfortable life.

Comfortable or not, staying grounded isn’t emotionally easy. We all have fear or uncertainty and suffer from boredom or stress that we didn’t have before the pandemic. So to keep me from going too stir crazy, I’ve been posting some travel memories—one each day—from A to Z. I thought I’d put them all together and share them here.

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5 Things to Do in Guatemala

Our trip to Guatemala exceeded our expectations in so many ways. Not only is it a gorgeous country with beautiful scenery and the most amazing ruins, but we also found the roads and infrastructure to be very good for travelers and the people to be super friendly and hospitable. As with everywhere, there are places to avoid, precautions to take and upsetting levels of poverty in some areas. We donated to a dog rescue that helps take dogs off the streets and get the care they need. In fact, we adopted our dog, Nico, from this program years ago.

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Our 2019 Travels in Pictures

Aside from respective stints in Europe during or after college, we visited more countries this year than any other year. There are many reasons that the stars aligned for us to travel so much in 2019, including the opportunity to work remotely—so sometimes our laptops and responsibilities came with us on the road!

Importantly, we found some amazing travel deals on airfare and Airbnb accommodations. We maximize the benefits from travel reward credit cards (Chase Sapphire Reserve is our favorite). AND we visited 5 counties in a 10 night European adventure. Note that sometimes this is a bad idea, but it worked out really well on this itinerary and was worth it for the cost savings on airfare!

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Where to Eat in New Orleans

The Big Easy is one of our favorite U.S. destinations because it has a cultural and food scene like nowhere else in the country—really like nowhere else in the world. You can easily get overwhelmed with all the food options, so we thought we’d share a few of our favorites. Here’s how we suggest spending a day eating your way through NOLA.

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