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Madrid in 3 [Easygoing] Days

04.16.14

I don’t believe in “once in a lifetime” trips. First, “once in a lifetime” suggests you’re not traveling again. That’s 100% un-fun. Second, it sets ridiculous expectations of perfection. Travel can be tiring and silly, and confusing, but so amazing. Yes, that quote about travel being “the journey not the destination…” applies quite nicely. Third, every moment is “once in a lifetime” is it not? And we’ve come full circle… One of things taking a round the world trip taught me about myself is that while I love playing tourist and seeing the major sights (hey, they’re sights for a Read more…

1 Week: 7 Places to Visit in Portugal

04.09.14

There’s something about first arriving in a new country and falling in love with the first city you visit. Rookie mistake? It still happens to me. It’s also mentionable that the first city you visit is often a big one just by virtue that it’s also a transit hub. From my round the world trip in 2008, it wasn’t always the case: Beijing – not my favorite. Some of my lifetime favorites though are Busan (Korea), Marseille (France), and Osaka (Japan). Something else they all have in common? Port cities! Which brings us to Porto, Portugal. Previously, I had only Read more…

Tampa Breweries: 28 Reasons to Visit

02.27.14

Florida’s Tampa Bay area is having their own microbrewery explosion. It’s Portland, circa 2011. I made my first visit to Tampa in 2011. With a free Sunday afternoon, I suggested we go visit a local brewery. We found two options within Tampa city limits – Cigar City Brewing and Tampa Bay Brewing (looking back now, Cold Storage Brewing had quietly opened a year earlier as well). Three year later, the Tampa Bay area has 28 breweries. 28! Now, before the Floridians get on their geography high horses, I want to clarify that I’m including as far south as Sarasota and as Read more…

Hosford Abernethy – SE Portland City Guide

02.05.14

What defines a neighborhood? What makes a place feel “lived in”? I love maps, data, Portland, research, design, real estate, and numbers. A month or so ago, I fell down a rabbit hole of research. I was thinking about Portland neighborhoods and what makes a neighborhood feel lived in, what defines a neighborhood both from a just a “feel” and from a more tangible perspective. Turns out there are 95 neighborhoods in Portland. There are also different areas that we think of as neighborhoods that are actually districts,  business alliances or tourist-friendly “districts”, that often overlap sections of several neighborhoods. One Read more…

9 Smart Steps to Finding the Best Rental Car Deals

01.20.14

After a few years of working and living remotely for several months each year, I’ve gotten the process of snagging a cheap rental car down to a science. Friends and family have asked me on a few occasions for tips or to find one for them ;) so I decided it was about time I wrote it out in a handy step-by-step process. While my ideal trip doesn’t involve driving (I’d much rather walk, bike, train, bus, subway, Car2go etc), there are some parts of the country (and world) that you simply need a car to get around. Jump to Read more…

Olivia Raymer
Things I ♥: travel, food (I'm a pescatarian), the Pacific Northwest, bikes (I ride an orange mixte), beer (IPAs), summer, coffee, lists, and kitties. Travel enthusiast, former product manager, dabbler, and currently helping small businesses with digital strategy at Early Bird Strategy.

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