The BIG list of spring break trip packing essentials

It's the end of winter and we're all dragging our asses trying to get through to spring break (or summer or fall or whenever you finally get that week to yourself!). If you're planning that family trip, couples' trip, girls' trip, or solo adventure, this is the spring break trip packing essentials list you'll need. From a good carry-on weekender to toiletries to packing your luggage well, bookmark this baby for later.

Then you can move on dreaming about how many beach naps you'll get in. Or how many museums you'll see. Or how many hiking adventures you'll take. Or how many carbs you'll devour. Le sigh.

Traveling gave me perspective on our media consumption (& the break I needed!)

It's fun to travel outside of your own country, and sometimes it puts you in a whole new mindset when it comes to where you live, how you live, and how you consume information and media. We heard from photographer Casey Hendrickson after her trip to Italy, France, and England.

She shared with us some GORGEOUS photos and also a little wisdom on maintaining perspective on the current state of life in the U.S. and knowing when to take a step back for self-care purposes…

Adventure vs. settling down: can we make it work when I want to roam and he wants to stay home?

My husband and I spent our 20s working short term contracts all over the country. For me every day was an adventure, but it turned out the itinerant life made my husband miserable, so we settled down. But now I'm miserable. The thing is, I still love my husband. We still make each other laugh until neither of us can move. We still have sex. But the quiet life isn't for me.

So what do we do? Is it possible to be happily married to someone who doesn't share your life goals? Or do I divorce my best friend?

Extended stay hotel hacks to make your room feel more like home

Because of my husband's job we spend a lot of time living for months out of hotels. We've "lived" in Vancouver and Morocco and now we're in Atlanta. Over time I've figured out a few hotel hacks for making your hotel feel more like your home. I've started to do a lot of things differently when I travel (which I'll get to), but so far my biggest tip is this one…