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6 Lesser-known (but Still Incredible) Historical Sites in California

6 Lesser-known (but Still Incredible) Historical Sites in California | CosmosMariners.com

The Golden Gate Bridge, Hearst Castle, Yosemite: these iconic California locations are also reminders of major events in the state's history. For nearly 30 years after its construction, the Golden Gate Bridge was the world's longest suspension bridge, Hearst Castle was the home of newspaper magnet (and the man behind the yellow journalism of the Spanish-American War, William Randolph Hearst, and Yosemite was the first land put aside for public use (though it wasn't the first national park--Yellowstone holds that title).

Even if you've never set foot in California, you've heard of these three places, which speaks to just how important they are.

A Blogging Break (Just a Short One!)

A Blogging Break (Just a Short One!) | CosmosMariners.com

There's seriously SO much going on right now in my life, which is equally exhausting and exhilarating.

This week, my sister (and only sibling and BFF) is getting married--and yours truly is the matron of honor! Since I definitely don't want anything to get in the way of her perfect day, I've decided to focus on that this week instead of stressing about what needs to be posted on the blog and my social media channels.

Smarter, Easier Family Travel: Why You Should Add the gb Pockit Stroller to Your Must-Pack List {A Review}

Smarter, Easier Family Travel: Why You Should Add the gb Pockit Stroller to Your Must-Pack List {A Review} | CosmosMariners.com


This post was sponsored by @GBChildUsa as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received the gb Pockit to facilitate my review.

By far, the most difficult part of traveling with a little one is the amount of stuff that we have to pack for her. While we've streamlined the process a bit over the last 2.5 years, I still find myself hauling around her travel cot, her toddler backpack and leash, our bulky stroller, and her beloved Frozen luggage.

10 Things You'll Think after Becoming a Travel Blogger

10 Things You'll Think after Becoming a Travel Blogger | CosmosMariners.com
Travel blogging means views like this while you're working!
{Cozumel, Mexico}
I've been blogging for over five years, and exclusively travel blogging for nearly two...and it has been one crazy, wonderful, magnificent experience.

Over the last 24 months, my relationship with my blog has gone from we're-just-aquaintances to my other child. I plan what I'm doing around my posts and what I need to do for it. And like, a small child that needs constant attention and nourishment, the blog has slowly grown and--dare I say?--started to thrive.


10 Things You'll Think after Becoming a Travel Blogger | CosmosMariners.com

Also, like a child, the blog has caused me many, many days of stress and sleepless nights as I try to fix technical problems that are way beyond my comprehension, juggle social media marketing with hanging out with my family, and the overwhelming feeling that I will never, ever, ever get everything done on this thing that needs to be done.

If you're thinking about starting a travel blog, here's what to expect. Be prepared: it's one heck of a ride!  If you're the happy current owner of a travel blog, these blog phases are probably the story of your life, too.

How to Spend 2 Days in Charming Luxembourg

How to Spend 2 Days in Charming Luxembourg | CosmosMariners.com

I will fully admit that my knowledge of world geography stinks. I'm okay with the biggies on each continent, but when you start getting into the smaller countries, I struggle a bit. So, with that in mind, don't make too much fun of me when I share this next tidbit of knowledge: I don't think that I could've found Luxembourg on a map if you'd paid me a million dollars prior to October of 2015.

One wonderful thing about traveling (and travel blogging) is that I am exposed to and read about many, many different countries, so--good news!--my geography is slowly improving every day. And, for an even bigger slice of that good news pie, I'm happy to report that some of these countries that I didn't have a clue about are actually well worth your and my time.

Hungry in the Holy City: Charleston Culinary Tours {A Review}

Hungry in the Holy City: Charleston Culinary Tours {A Review} | CosmosMariners.com
{photo via flickr | wording added to original | creative commons}
Within the last decade or so, Charleston has exploded (not literally, thankfully). Not only has my lovely hometown been named the number one travel destination in the world by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine for four years running, the Holy City has also come into its own with new restaurants, multiple James Beard-award winning chefs, and cutting edge menus.