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Odds + (Week) Ends: A Travel Round-up | Vol. 10

Odds + (Week) Ends: A Travel Round-up, Vol. 10 | CosmosMariners.com

The Odds + (Week) Ends round-up is back!

I realized a few days ago that I haven't done one of these beauties since the beginning of December which is just not okay. Between the holidays and trying to catch up writing about all of my past travels, I completely forgot to add the round-up back into my monthly editorial calendar. Oops.

If you're just tuning in, the Odds + (Week) Ends round-up is a fun way that I start the week around here on Cosmos Mariners: Destination Unknown. I'll give you a bit of a peek into what my day-to-day life looked like on that previous weekend and share a few of my favorite travel-related posts and articles that I'd come across recently and loved.

This past weekend was a bit action packed, but, if I have to be honest, I feel like every day since we got back from our trip to Ireland has been that way. I started mulling over a few new trip ideas, including one epic cross-country adventure. Stay tuned to see if I can work out the details!

My husband and I are in the midst of redoing three rooms in our house (our bedroom, our daughter's bedroom, and the living room) simultaneously. Go big or go home, right!? We ran around moving furniture, getting new mattresses for new beds, and making lists of what we need to order online. I'm so excited to finally get some of this stuff done--we did move in a YEAR ago, so it's about time--but our lives are already so hectic that I'm not sure where we're going to find the time to finish the painting and projects we've got going on.

Odds + (Week) Ends: A Travel Round-up, Vol. 10 | CosmosMariners.com
Matching dresses!
{Harlow Tunic here // toddler tunic here}
I also helped my sister check a few things off of her wedding list as we count down the final eight weeks before her big day. She took bridal portraits on Saturday, and I was there to help her look fantastic (which didn't take much) as she got those oh-so-important pictures taken. We also went shopping for what I'm wearing to the rehearsal dinner, and I couldn't be happier with my selection. My daughter and I will be sporting matching sundresses! My toddler is only going to be excited about that prospect for a short time in her life, so I'm milking it for all it's worth.

Now, onto some fantastic things I've found 'round the internet as of late:

Odds + (Week) Ends: A Travel Round-up, Vol. 10 | CosmosMariners.com

Does anyone else love a good ghost story? Even if you don't believe in ghosts, I love to hear a spooky yarn; they're fantastic ways to learn more about a location since they've got such a focus on what's scary that particular place. I came across this Louisiana ghost story on National Geographic Traveler a few days ago and poured over it. I've stayed in a few supposedly haunted spots while on my travels, and I've had a few restless nights over noises, too (though, in my case, they were probably largely imagined since I have the most hyperactive imagination ever). Have you ever stayed somewhere that was rumored to be haunted?

Odds + (Week) Ends: A Travel Round-up, Vol. 10 | CosmosMariners.com

Over at The Sophisticated Life, travel blogger Nadeen has a great article on the history of Afro-Panamanians as a part of her travel-themed Black History month series. The entire series has taught me all sort of new things, and I loved this new perspective on one of Panama's largest population groups. Have you visited Panama?

Taylor from Taylor's Tracks has a thought-provoking post about whether travel is selfish. While I don't agree with her on all on all points (but hey, that's the beauty of having opinions!), I have struggled with some of the things that she discusses. I've seriously considered traveling long-term or moving abroad only to be met with the thought, "What are my parents and sister going to think about this?" Now that I have I child that thought is even stronger, as I'm sure all three would cry forever if they found out that my husband and I were moving thousands of miles away. Do you think that travel is selfish?

Odds + (Week) Ends: A Travel Round-up, Vol. 10 | CosmosMariners.com

Some people love them while others hate them, but it looks as if love lock bridges are here for the long haul. If you're looking for the right spot to put your love lock, here are 16 locations around the world where the tradition lives on. Are you for or against love locks?

If you wanted to get away for a quick Valentine's Day escape, but couldn't work out the timing, you've still got some options! These 10 romantic getaways, as suggested by Wanderlust Storytellers, will give you plenty of time to snuggle with your sweetie--whether you visit in February or any other time of the year.

Odds + (Week) Ends: A Travel Round-up, Vol. 10 | CosmosMariners.com

Finally, in one of the crazier (but ultimately uplifting) travel stories that I've read lately, two strangers meet on OkCupid, kind of date, decide they're friends, and then head off to see the world together after only knowing one another for six months. Either this is the start of one of those Dateline serial killer stories or this is one of those reality-is-stranger-than-fiction ones. The punchline is that the two, Randi and Michael, are still traveling together (and still not dating).

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