Posts by: kimberlymerritt2319

MY FIRST TASTE OF TURKEY

MY FIRST TASTE OF TURKEY

The first couple days after returning from vacation are always a struggle—even more so when you know you’ll be jetting off to another exotic location the following week. From jet lag and slowly coaxing yourself out of vacation mode, to gauging your answer to the infamous "how was your trip" questions.…
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HOW TO NOT PISS OFF A NEW YORKER

HOW TO NOT PISS OFF A NEW YORKER

It's March. The temperature's finally above freezing (even if only for a couple of days), which means it's almost tourist season in New York. So if you're planning a trip while hoping to avoid "the angry New Yorker," you might want to brush up on the laws of the land…
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MY BIG FAT GREEK VACATION

MY BIG FAT GREEK VACATION

Move over Mexican food. There's a new first place contender for my gluttonous fat girl heart. With its economy deep, deep in the shitter, I wasn't really sure what to expect while I was in Greece. So I split my time between the ruins of Athens and the relaxing beaches…
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I GOT SCUBA CERTIFIED AND PUKED ON MY INSTRUCTOR

I GOT SCUBA CERTIFIED AND PUKED ON MY INSTRUCTOR

By some fucking miracle, I finished my PADI open water certification down in Marathon, Florida. And no, the open water dives weren't any easier than the confined dives at the YMCA. The morning started off just fine. The sun was shining, the previous day's wind had turned into a light…
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WHERE IN THE WORLD AM I GOING NEXT?

WHERE IN THE WORLD AM I GOING NEXT?

Sometimes I amaze myself with my process behind booking a trip. Sometimes I plan the hell out of it. Sometimes the planning overwhelms me to the point where I actually get bored with that destination so I randomly go somewhere else at the last minute. Booking this latest trip was…
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MY TEN WANTS FOR 2014 AND BEYOND

MY TEN WANTS FOR 2014 AND BEYOND

We're seven days into the new year, and I've been sitting idle on the obligatory "New Year's Resolution" post that most bloggers have posted days—if not weeks—ago. This year I spent the holidays in the Florida Keys with my parents. Since I worked so many hours during those last few…
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THAT TIME I THOUGHT SCUBA DIVING WOULD BE EASY

THAT TIME I THOUGHT SCUBA DIVING WOULD BE EASY

It hardly feels like the middle of December to me. Probably because I haven't bought a single gift, I haven't been to any holiday parties, and I'm not packing up for the usual snowy week in Ohio, eating my mom's Christmas cookies for every meal. Instead I'm gearing up for a…
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WHY DO YOU TRAVEL?

WHY DO YOU TRAVEL?

Travel is a weird thing. Everyone knows what it means, yet it still means something different to everyone. There's the overworked people who travel for relaxing getaways, saving money and vacation days all year to splurge at a five-star resort. There's the fanny-packing, camera-toting, big city tourists who plan every detail…
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THE COAST AND COUNTRYSIDE OF NORTHERN IRELAND

THE COAST AND COUNTRYSIDE OF NORTHERN IRELAND

Have you ever visited a place without any prior knowledge or expectations of what it'd be like, only to find yourself planning a disappearing act once you arrive, into this fictional world of happily-ever-after that's the complete opposite of the life you actually live? That's what happened to me in Northern…
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