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[PHOTOS] Picturesque Fall Hikes in New Jersey: Chasing Autumn Hues

The northeast has plenty of gorgeous fall foliage to boast than just that of New England's. My current home state of New Jersey alone has had our eyes feasting over autumn hues. Browse through these photos to see for yourself! 🍂🍁🍂🍁

[PHOTOS] Picturesque Fall Hikes in New Jersey: Chasing Autumn Hues

That time when we took a 'basic' tour of Coron

Coron is part of the Calamian Group of Islands, which serves as a jumping point for island-hopping adventures to other islands in the area as well as for the wide-range of exciting activities Palawan has to offer: snorkeling, scuba diving, hiking and trekking, and so much more. 

Despite the generic itinerary template arranged by our tour operator, nothing about our three-days-two-nights package was a basic experience. 

That time when we took a 'basic' tour of Coron

GTGL Snippets: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Universal Studios Hollywood

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios Hollywood did not disappoint. It's comprised of Hogsmeade and Hogwarts. There are two rides - the 3D Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride through Hogwarts, and the small roller coaster Flight of the Hippogriff. You also get in line to Ollivanders where there's a bit of a show for the wand to find the wizard before you shop for your wand. With your interactive wand, there are various spots throughout the park where you can use it. 

GTGL Snippets: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Universal Studios Hollywood

Trip Planning with Multiple Families

When you have several heads of households going on a trip, that’s several folks who are used to making the call for pretty much everything in their family lives on a regular basis.

Several of them can even be trip planners themselves. Though some of them are probably more often just financiers. There’s numerous considerations: logistics, multiple wish lists, multiple personalities, the list could go on.  Here’s some things that have helped me plan trips with multiple families. 

Trip Planning with Multiple Families

The Antidote to Post-Travel Blues

Bianca: So, did you find one? An antidote? 

Me: No. 

It's been almost three weeks since we came back from our family vacation to the Philippines, and I haven't written a single word about it. Aside from this trip being the highlight of our summer, with so much anticipatory joy surrounding the weeks (or maybe even months) leading to it, it was also our first time back to our home country since moving to the United States five years ago. So, for us, our downer mood isn't just brought about by having to transition back to the real world, it's also due to having to get used to not being surrounded by the love and care of family and longtime friends.

The Antidote to Post-Travel Blues