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Odds + (Week) Ends: Volume 17 {Big Sister Weekend}

Odds + (Week) Ends: Volume 17 {Big Sister Weekend} | CosmosMariners.com

I'm slowly checking off the things that I need to accomplish before I head to the hospital, which is keeping me from spazzing completely at this point. I have just over 2 weeks at most since I've already been scheduled for a repeat c-section at 39 weeks. (If you're wondering why a repeat c-section, read my daughter's birth story here. We're looking to avoid all of that this go-round!)

One of things on that very long to-do list was to show our 3.5 year old just how much we love her. I know that sounds silly because obviously we love her, but we're about to turn her life upside down.

Odds + (Week) Ends: Volume 16 {Hurricane Matthew Edition}

Odds + (Week) Ends: Volume 16 {Hurricane Matthew Edition} | CosmosMariners.com

The end of last week and this past weekend didn't quite turn out as I'd planned. You might have noticed that there was no post last Wednesday or Friday, but I was so busy with packing that I just didn't get around to it.

Having lived in Charleston, South Carolina, for the last three decades, I know there's always the chance that we might have to evacuate during hurricane season. Thankfully, we've only had to evacuate twice since I moved back in 1996: once for Hurricane Floyd, and then this past weekend.

Odds + (Week) Ends: Volume 15

Odds + (Week) Ends: Volume 15 | CosmosMariners.com

A little bit of fun, a little bit of work: isn't that how every good weekend should be?

Landon, my husband had been feeling terrible all week, so we had a night in on Friday catching up on the last season of The Walking Dead. Only a few more weeks until we find out what really happened with Negan!!

Odds + (Week)Ends: Volume 14


Well, this isn't quite the post that I had planned for today, but my daughter decided that she was deathly ill on the way to school. Instead of heading to work at the coffee shop to finish up the post I was going to run, I got to bring her back to the house where her mysteriously hurting stomach cleared up suspiciously fast after a two hour nap.

In other words, I've been conned by my three year old. What a way to start the week!

Odds + (Week) Ends: A Travel Round-up | Vol. 13

Odds + (Week) Ends: A Travel Round-up, Vol. 13 | CosmosMariners.com

After a crazy weekend, I'm back and ready to face the new week!

On Saturday, my husband took our daughter for a drive in the nearby forest, which is a weekend tradition that the two of them have. Normally, Landon and Britton have some great daddy-daughter bonding time looking at the swamps, finding birds, and seeing if they can spot a deer or two. This past Saturday, they went out as usual and drove the same dirt roads they've visited many times before...only this time, I got a call at 9:15 from Landon that they'd gotten stuck.

Odds + (Week) Ends: A Weekly Travel Round-up | Vol. 12

Odds + (Week) Ends: A Weekly Travel Round-up, Vol. 12 | CosmosMariners.com


It's Monday again, fellow Mariners...and Daylight Savings Time on top of it. While this makes for the worst combination known to man when it comes to getting motivated this morning, I hope that you had an excellent weekend to make up for the decided lack of sunshine in today's A.M. (It is Pi Day, if that helps perk you up!)

Odds + (Week) Ends: A Weekly Travel Round-Up | Vol. 11

Odds + (Week) Ends: A Weekly Travel Round-Up, Vol. 11 | CosmosMariners.com

Confession: I've really, really enjoyed being home these last few weekends. I don't know if its because I was so on the go so much in 2015, or if it's because I'm so excited about what we've got going on around the house lately, but not traveling has felt decadent since we got back from Ireland.

In fact, other than a few small weekend-type getaways with family this spring, my travel calendar is surprisingly open for the rest of 2016. I've been trying to figure out where I want to go, but I've having lots of trouble with actually narrowing down those choices. I've love to see more of the U.S., but that seems overwhelming, and I don't know where to start: California, Texas, the Grand Canyon? I'd also love to somewhere in Canada, since I've only been there once (to Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia), but again, don't even know where to start. Leave me some inspiration in the comments!

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.

Odds + (Week) Ends: A Weekly Travel Round-up | Vol. 9

Odds + (Week) Ends: A Weekly Travel Round-up, Vol. 9 | CosmosMariners.com


It's been a few weeks since the last travel round-up since I've had so much going on in my editorial calendar (#bloggingproblems), but I'm back today with the newest volume of Odds + (Week) Ends!

On my end, this weekend has been a wonderful blur of museums, mountains, and delicious food. I've been exploring Greenville, South Carolina, in my recent partnership with the Greenville CVB. I've got some awesome content coming up from that trip that you should look for in the coming weeks. (For a sneak peak, you can check out my Instagram feed!)

Odds + (Week) Ends: A Weekly Travel Round-up | Vol. 8

Odds + (Week) Ends: A Weekly Travel Round-up, Vol. 8 | CosmosMariners.com

What a weekend. On a global scale, the bombings in Paris took me back to when I lived through the 2005 London bombings while studying abroad.

On a happier note, my family and I had a wonderful time in Walt Disney World for my birthday. Then, I spent a few nights in downtown Charleston for a staycation at the newest Holiday Inn hotel on the peninsula. Look for a full review on that in the next few days!

As always, I've got some great travel reads for you in this week's edition of Odds + (Week) Ends, so without further ado, here we go.

Odds + (Week) Ends: A Weekly Travel Round-up, Vol. 8 | CosmosMariners.com
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If you've got plenty of money and you want to see the world, check out this $120,000 plane ticket for a 24-day global jaunt. But, as the author asks in this New York Times article, "If you wake up in Tanzania in the morning, take a dinner cruise along the Bosphorus in the evening and jet off a few days later to tour Catherine the Great’s palace in Russia, are you really seeing the world? Or are you just playing spectacularly expensive hopscotch?"

Odds + (Week) Ends: A Weekly Travel Round-up, Vol. 8 | CosmosMariners.com
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While you're shelling out the big bucks for some luxury travel, why not add in this double New Year's Eve Celebration? At the low, low price of £8,400, you can party in Sydney, Australia, then hop on a plane just to time to ring in the new year again in Los Angeles. Or, you can hang out in your pajamas and fall asleep at 10 like me.

Odds + (Week) Ends: A Weekly Travel Round-up, Vol. 8 | CosmosMariners.com
{photo of Playa de las Catedrals via flickr user Jose Miguel | creative commons}
As someone who's grown up on the beaches of South Carolina, I'm pretty happy anywhere I can find some sunshine, a few palm trees, and some gently lapping waves. I'd love to visit these 10 unusual beaches around the world. Have you visited any?

Odds + (Week) Ends: A Weekly Travel Round-up, Vol. 8 | CosmosMariners.com
{photo of koala at Lone Pine Sanctuary via flickr user Stephanie Bond | creative commons}
Traveling allows us to do many things: learn more about history, interact with new people, and challenge our perspectives. It can also introduce you to new ways of helping others. These 10 incredible animal sanctuaries are a wonderful way to add some philanthropy into your next trip.

Odds + (Week) Ends: A Weekly Travel Round-up, Vol. 8 | CosmosMariners.com
Britton and I at Neuschwanstein Castle
Walt Disney World is a magical place (especially with a toddler)! In honor of our recent trip, I thought I'd share this fun article. If you want to see the inspiration behind some of the most iconic structures from the Disney movies, check out these 14 amazing places. I recently went to one of them (Neuschwanstein Castle) on our trip to Germany!

How was your weekend? What are you looking forward to this week?
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Odds + (Week) Ends: A Weekly Travel Round-up | Vol. 7

Odds + Week (Ends): A Weekly Travel Round-up, Vol. 7 | CosmosMariners.com

Hi, Mariners!

I hope those of you who celebrated Halloween this past weekend has lots of fun. Britton, my two-year-old daughter, got to go trick-or-treating for the first time, and she was a huge fan. We'd been practicing saying "Trick or treat!" all week so she'd be ready for her big debut, and she went out and collected candy like a champ.

Also, Clemson University (my alma mater) won their game this week against NC State, so that made Halloween even sweeter (if you forgive the pun).

Now, on to my favorite fun travel links of this past week!

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If ever there was a reason to Stockholm, this is it. Known as the world's longest book table, this is what heaven looks like to me. The book tables stretch across 8 blocks (!!!) during the city's Kulturfest, and you could easily leave with an entirely new library of used books. Time to book my ticket for next year.

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This haunting sculpture is based on an Austrian novel by the same name, Ali and Nino. In the novel, the two lovers are caught up between two sides of a war; when they finally become a couple, Ali is killed, leaving Nino behind to forever mourn him. The two figures in the art piece revolve around one another, until 7 PM each evening, when they slide through one another: it's a missed opportunity every day at the same time.

Odds + Week (Ends): A Weekly Travel Round-up, Vol. 7 | CosmosMariners.com
{photo by Richard Silver via CityLab.com}

From London's Parliament building to Easter Island, these world famous landmarks are reinterpreted in awesome time-lapse photos. Photographer Richard Silver takes between 40 and 60 photos of the same object throughout the day. He then splices them together to create these mesmerizing pictures.

Odds + Week (Ends): A Weekly Travel Round-up, Vol. 7 | CosmosMariners.com
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Maybe it's because I'm still living in the afterglow of my recent trip to Germany and Luxembourg where we saw so many castles, but I can't resist sharing this great article about 21 awesome castles from around the world. Even if you're not into the whole fairytale thing (and I'm certainly not), castles still win every time in my book because of their charm, architecture and history.

Odds + Week (Ends): A Weekly Travel Round-up, Vol. 7 | CosmosMariners.com
{photo via flickr user Chris Ford | creative commons}

Do you want your own island getaway? If you've got some a lot of extra cash burning a hole in your pocket, you can grab one of these 8 private islands for sale. For what these are each going for, I can take a lot of tropical vacations, so I'll hold off of buying one for now.

How was your weekend? If you were in the Halloween spirit (ha!), what did you do?
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Odds + (Week) Ends: A Weekly Travel Round-up | Vol. 6

Odds + (Week) Ends: A Weekly Travel Round-up, Vol. 6 | CosmosMariners.com

I'M BACK! Our trip to Germany was absolutely incredible, and I cannot wait to share it all with you. The weather didn't want to cooperate--it hovered around 40˚ F during the entire trip and was horribly foggy--but we still saw some amazing sights. I'm also happy to report that my 2-year-old made it through 5 different flights with only one (very short lived) melt down. Go me!



I hope you enjoyed my guest posters while I was gone. I thought they did an amazing job sharing everything from hidden spots in Italy to how to save money at Disney World. :)

Since it's Monday, it's time for another Odds + Weekends round-up!

Odds + (Week) Ends: A Weekly Travel Round-up, Vol. 6 | CosmosMariners.com
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We'll kick off with a Germany-related post because I just can't give up my trip just yet. (I mean, my watch is still set to Munich time!) One thing that fascinated me about Germany was how much recent history has occurred from major battles of World War II to the Cold War. This great post over by Europe Diaries helps you imagine what it was like living in a divided Berlin during the Cold War.

Odds + (Week) Ends: A Weekly Travel Round-up, Vol. 6 | CosmosMariners.com
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When I came across this post, I didn't know whether to laugh or immediately sign up for one of these tours. The submarine scooter is an inventive (if slightly strange!) way to see the wonders of the ocean. It definitely beats swimming! Would you try this out?

Odds + (Week) Ends: A Weekly Travel Round-up, Vol. 6 | CosmosMariners.com
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While scuba diving, kayaking, boating, and snorkeling, I've come across some incredible wildlife from nurse sharks to eels to dolphins. One animal I've never seen in the wild is a whale, and I think whale watching would be an incredible experience! Local Adventurer has an awesome guide to whale watching in U.S. that's a must-read for anyone trying to catch a glimpse of these amazing creatures.

Odds + (Week) Ends: A Weekly Travel Round-up, Vol. 6 | CosmosMariners.com
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This is so strange (and perfect for Halloween week). This church in Prague is decorated with nothing but human bones. I'd like to visit just because I like weird places, but seeing all of those skeletons would be unnerving.

How was your weekend? Share what you've been up to with me!
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Odds + (Week) Ends: A Weekly Travel Round-up | Vol. 5

Odds + (Week) Ends: A Weekly Travel Round-up, Vol. 5 | CosmosMariners.com

Hey, Mariners! Our weekend was filled with football (Go Clemson!) and packing. Since my husband isn't going to Germany with my parents, my sister, my toddler, and I--that pesky vacation time has run out for him--we're trying to spend as much time with him as possible in the days leading up to our trip to Europe.

What's in this weekend's round-up? SO. MUCH. COOL. STUFF!

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I have two DSLRs, a Nikon D90 and a Sony A6000, but I often find myself reaching for my iPhone to take pictures while I'm out and about. These iPhone DSLR lenses are awesome and allow you to get so much more out of your phone's photos. The lens kit seems like a great compromise for people who want better photos, but don't want to haul their bigger DSLR cameras around. What do you find yourself reaching for when you take a picture?

Odds + (Week) Ends: A Weekly Travel Round-up, Vol. 5 | CosmosMariners.com
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I'm a huge proponent of staying in locally owned accommodations, and I try to do so whenever possible. They're quirky, charming, and unique, and a great inn or B&B can make your vacation. When I ran across these 11 hotels in former prisons, I was intrigued. You don't normally find yourself wanting to check into prison, but these would be an exception to the rule!

Odds + (Week) Ends: A Weekly Travel Round-up, Vol. 5 | CosmosMariners.com

London will always, always, always be my favorite city. Add my love of London to my love of anything literary, and it becomes the perfect storm of awesomeness for me. Even though I've been to London many times (including a study abroad stint there in college), I still haven't made it to all of these 6 literary-themed day trips from London. I guess it's time to plan another trip!

Odds + (Week) Ends: A Weekly Travel Round-up, Vol. 5 | CosmosMariners.com

I'm up for a new adventure when I travel, but these 13 slightly crazy adventures around the globe make me look like a newbie traveler! One guy traveled by tractor (yes, you read that right) from the Netherlands to the South Pole, while another couple biked from Belgium to China (on their honeymoon, no less!).

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Scotland is a magical place: all of those lochs, castles, and rolling hills. There are some incredible myths and legends hidden in those picturesque hills and valleys, including the tale of the fairy flag of Dunvegan Castle. Located on the Isle of Skye, the castle holds a tattered piece of cloth that supposedly has magical properties.

How was your weekend? Don't forget to keep up with my adventures in Germany on Instagram for the next two weeks!

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Odds + (Week) Ends: A Weekly Travel Round-up | Vol. 4

Odds + (Week) Ends: A Weekly Travel Round-up, Vol. 4 | CosmosMariners.com

Ah, what a week. My little sister (who's not so little anymore!) got engaged on Monday. It was so exciting to plan the moment with my soon-to-be brother-in-law, and I can't wait to start planning with my sister. I'm particularly excited about the bachelorette party because that means more travel!

This weekend has been filled with plenty of drama, most of it thanks to Mother Nature. The Charleston area has been inundated with over a foot of rain in the last 48 hours. I left my house yesterday morning so I could watch the Clemson-Notre Dame game (go Tigers!) with my parents at their house--and we're now stuck here since all of the roads to our house are completely closed due to flooding.

Odds + (Week) Ends: A Weekly Travel Round-up, Vol. 4 | CosmosMariners.com



Hopefully, your weekend was filled with far more pleasant weather than we're getting here. I've had plenty of time to discover some great stuff for this weekend's round-up!

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Did you know that Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris has over 13.6 million visitors each year? And it's only the 13th most visited in the world! See the top 50 most visited places in the world here. How many have you seen?

Odds + (Week) Ends: A Weekly Travel Round-up, Vol. 4 | CosmosMariners.com

We're in the midst of making our final preparations for our upcoming trip to Germany, and I just got Britton's first passport. I'm going to print out this fun U.S. Kids' Passport activity booklet for her to work on while we're in transit--I think she's going to love it! How old were you when you got your first passport? I was 17!

Odds + (Week) Ends: A Weekly Travel Round-up, Vol. 4 | CosmosMariners.com

I love traveling, and I love reading. The intersection of those two is my happy place! I recently read about an Edinburgh book tour over on Lady's Travel Blog, and it immediately shot to the top of the list of things that I want to do the next time that I'm in Scotland. Who's your favorite Scottish writer? I'm partial to Rabbie Burns and Robert Louis Stevenson.

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Fall is such a pretty time to travel--the weather is cooler and the crowds are (generally) not as insane. I ran across this article on Casual Travelist about the best places to visit in Europe during the fall, and was excited to see that I'll be headed to one very soon. Munich, here I come! Where would you like to visit this fall?

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If you love ruins, abandoned things, and/or The Hunger Games movies, you've got to check out this post. There's a decaying Parisian community that's been left to the elements for years. Because of the apocalyptic air of the locale, parts of The Hunger Games were shot there. The community was built in the '70s and '80s as a way to provide housing for all socio-economic backgrounds, but the experiment never took off. Today, only a handful of people live in the gigantic, and mostly abandoned, area.
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Also, don't forget to enter to win a travel scarf with a secret security pocket. I'm so excited to take mine to Germany in just a few weeks!

How was your weekend?
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Odds + (Week) Ends: A Weekly Travel Round-up | Vol. 3

Odds + (Week) Ends: A Weekly Travel Round-up, Vol. 3 | CosmosMariners.com

Hello, Mariners! I hope each and every one of you had a fantastic weekend. I had to pick up a few things for my upcoming trip to Germany on Saturday (the list is nearly done!), and then we took my daughter to my sister's work picnic on Sunday. Britton had her face painted, got a turtle balloon, and ate two snow cones: it was basically toddler paradise.

It's Monday (again), so you know what that means: another awesome round-up of my favorite travel posts to help you start your week!

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I know that geography isn't my strong suit, but you'd think that I'd have heard of the beautiful island of Saipan over the years. Located near Guam, this tropical paradise is actually a part of America, which means that U.S. citizens can jet off to the crystal clear waters and white sands that are usually associated with Fiji and Borneo--but without the need for a passport. Go for the stunning ocean views, and stay for the hiking, windsurfing, and the annual Flame Tree Festival.

Odds + (Week) Ends: A Weekly Travel Round-up, Vol. 3 | CosmosMariners.com

In my first reader submission, Amber at Global Munchkins shares how to best prepare for traveling to a developing country. She's about to make her second trip to Ethiopia and has some great tips on how trip prep is different when traveling to these countries. I can remember when my uncle went to Africa when I was a little kid and contracted malaria: I've seen first-hand the need for immunization and proper preparation when traveling abroad.

Odds + (Week) Ends: A Weekly Travel Round-up, Vol. 3 | CosmosMariners.com

I love fall, and I love London, so this article on fall (or autumn for my British readers!) in England's capital drew me in immediately. I've done the Hampton Court Palace maze and I've visited the Royal Observatory--though never at night--but there are still several entries on this list that I need to do. Which activity would you like to do?

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This hotel in Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia is made completely of salt: the pillars, the floors, the celings, and the bed frames are all composed of the mineral. The Palacio del Sal is the only one of its kind in the world, and, given Bolivia's ties to the salt mining industry, is a unique marriage of hospitality and local interest. The famed Bolivian salt flats are nearby, so you can complete your salty itinerary!

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Paris: the City of Lights that's famed for its cuisine, museums, fashion, and the Eiffel Tour. If you've been to Paris several times, or if you're looking to add a bit of a quirky twist to your first visit, check out the unusual attractions of Paris. I'd love to take a tour of the ghost stations of the Metro or explore the catacombs. Which would you be interested in experiencing?


Don't forget to share your own fun, quirky, unusual, or helpful travel posts in the comments--you might see it in a future round-up! How was your weekend?
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