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#WeekendWanderlust 2019-04-04: #Camping, Glamping & #VanLife

ABritSoutherner
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Welcome to tonight’s edition of #WeekendWanderlust as we chat all about “Camping, Clamping and Van Life” with our fellow co-hosts @wildheartedblog & @TravelLatte - let’s start with the usual intros…who is tweeting in and where from? Anyone camping right now?

AngelaMDiLoreto
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replying to @ABritSoutherner @ABritSoutherner @wildheartedblog @TravelLatte Tweeting in from Vegas and new to the #RVlife but not the #weekendwanderlust life

ABritSoutherner
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replying to @AngelaMDiLoreto @AngelaMDiLoreto @wildheartedblog @TravelLatte I am heading to Vegas next week for a short road trip through Death Valley to San Jose! #weekendwanderlust

AngelaMDiLoreto
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replying to @ABritSoutherner @ABritSoutherner @wildheartedblog @TravelLatte Nice Death Valley is gorgeous this time of year! #WeekendWanderlust

ABritSoutherner

replying to @AngelaMDiLoreto @AngelaMDiLoreto @wildheartedblog @TravelLatte I figure it would be a good time to visit - not too hot! Any recommended short hikes or must-sees? I really only have one day there and will be heading on to Bakersfield! The plan is to leave Vegas early and experience as much of DV as possible! #weekendwanderlust

ABritSoutherner
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replying to @AngelaMDiLoreto @AngelaMDiLoreto @wildheartedblog @TravelLatte And BTW, welcome to tonight’s chat Angela! #WeekendWanderlust

ABritSoutherner
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Tweeting in from on the road (well Chris is) in New Haven, CT. aka the home of Yale University! What an incredible campus it is here. #WeekendWanderlust

TravelLatte
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replying to @ABritSoutherner @ABritSoutherner Gorgeous! Yeah, a Visitor's Pass is the only way we're getting into Yale! ;) #WeekendWanderlust

ABritSoutherner
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replying to @TravelLatte @TravelLatte I’m here for a work conference and we had a private tour of many of the “behind closed doors” spots that are restricted only to students…this place is all about the $$$ #WeekendWanderlust

TravelLatte
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replying to @ABritSoutherner @ABritSoutherner Ooooh yeah. If you've got it, flaunt it, right? #WeekendWanderlust

ABritSoutherner

replying to @TravelLatte @TravelLatte Exactly! #WeekendWanderlust

ABritSoutherner

LOVE IT! And @TravelLatte is so right…it’s the funnest hour of the week and it’s happening right now…join us for #WeekendWanderlust as we chat about “Camping, Glamping & Van Life" https://t.co/BG8D2dk3TK

StevenOnTheMove
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I won't be able to participate in today's chat because I need to plan for my trip to Seoul next week. #WeekendWanderlust

ABritSoutherner
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replying to @StevenOnTheMove @StevenOnTheMove No worries, looking forward to hearing all about this trip! How long you going to be in S. Korea for? #WeekendWanderlust

StevenOnTheMove
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replying to @ABritSoutherner @ABritSoutherner My wife & I will be in Seoul for just under one week. #WeekendWanderlust

ABritSoutherner

replying to @StevenOnTheMove @StevenOnTheMove Sounds like an awesome trip - enjoy guys! #weekendwanderlust

ABritSoutherner

Q1: Let’s start at the beginning: What do you think is the difference between Camping and Glamping? #WeekendWanderlust

ABritSoutherner
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A1: Camping is roughing it…glamping is living the life of luxury :) LOL that’s the definition in a nutshell but there is way more to to of course! #WeekendWanderlust

TravelLatte
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replying to @ABritSoutherner @ABritSoutherner So many camping styles! We do enjoy it, but we also like a bit of luxury! We feel like we're somewhere between camping and glamping...wherever that is. ;) #weekendwanderlust

ABritSoutherner
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RT @TravelLatte: Don't forget to use the #WeekendWanderlust hashtag during tonight's #Travel Chat, so everyone can follow the conversation…

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Q2: What's your ideal camping getaway? Luxury RV/camper or roughing it in a tent? #WeekendWanderlust

ABritSoutherner
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Don’t forget to use the #WeekendWanderlust hashtag in all of your tweets folks!

ABritSoutherner

A2: For us, camping in the UK is unlike anywhere else! Whether we are in a tent or in a caravan, a place like Ross Park in @VisitDevonUK is unlike anywhere in the States! Check out why here: https://t.co/Ikkm4BH0dd #WeekendWanderlust

aandj8804
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If I were to go camping, I'd be in a tent rather than an RV or camper. I think RVs and campers are too tight on space. And isn't the whole point of camping being out in the wild? A2 #weekendwanderlust

ABritSoutherner
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replying to @aandj8804 @aandj8804 Exactly….embrace the outdoors right :) #WeekendWanderlust

ABritSoutherner
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Q3: Whether you’re camping or glamping, what’s on your essential packing list when heading out? #WeekendWanderlust

AngelaMDiLoreto
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replying to @ABritSoutherner @ABritSoutherner A3: doggos and hiking boots! #weekendwanderlust

ABritSoutherner

A3: A tent that doesn’t leak…talking from experience, we had one back in 2010 that did while camping in England…if you are camping in Iceland as we have done, be prepared to have plenty of layers to keep warm…even in the summer! #WeekendWanderlust

ABritSoutherner
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RT @TravelLatte: Thanks for joining us for the #WeekendWanderlust #Travel Chat! Don't forget to follow @WWTravelChat and hosts @ABritSouthe…

TravelLatte
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#WeekendWanderlust #Travel Chat A3: Just one essential on our packing list: fixin's for S'mores! Okay, and maybe a sleeping bag. ;)

ABritSoutherner
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replying to @TravelLatte @TravelLatte LOL that’s the answer we were looking for :) Now that’s what I call priorities! #weekendwanderlust

ABritSoutherner

Q4: Do you belong to any camping clubs, like Good Sam or Passport America? #WeekendWanderlust

ABritSoutherner
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A4: Nope, we prefer the spontaneity of being able to camp anywhere and everywhere…that’s why we LOVE Iceland! Within reason of course… :) #WeekendWanderlust

TravelLatte
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replying to @ABritSoutherner @ABritSoutherner There is that. But sometimes it's nice to have a few go-to campgrounds with amenities you can count on. Just makes the research easier. #weekendwanderlust

ABritSoutherner
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replying to @TravelLatte @TravelLatte Very true…our post on Ross Park in @DevonLife highlights why UK campsites are so different to anywhere else in the world…the amenities there are better than many luxury hotels! https://t.co/Ikkm4BH0dd #weekendwanderlust

TravelLatte
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replying to @ABritSoutherner @ABritSoutherner @DevonLife Good to know! We'd love to do some camping in the UK, and spend some time hiking and exploring some of the smaller "country" villages. #lifegoals #weekendwanderlust

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replying to @TravelLatte @TravelLatte @DevonLife We highly recommend the South-West coast with Devon & Cornwall, particularly if you are visiting in the summer months! For everyone visiting the UK, you HAVE to get outside of London! #weekendwanderlust

ABritSoutherner
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Q5: Do you have a favorite National Park (US or International) where you like to camp, or would like to? #WeekendWanderlust

AngelaMDiLoreto
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replying to @ABritSoutherner @ABritSoutherner A5: @GrandCanyonNPS north and south rims and anywhere near it will always be my favorite #WeekendWanderlust

ABritSoutherner
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replying to @AngelaMDiLoreto @AngelaMDiLoreto @GrandCanyonNPS The Grand Canyon is pretty epic for sure! We loved it there before heading to the Mighty 5 in Utah…so many amazing parks in that part of the US! #weekendwanderlust

AngelaMDiLoreto
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replying to @ABritSoutherner @ABritSoutherner @GrandCanyonNPS Yes, I love being in Vegas because there are so many so close! #weekendwanderlust

TravelLatte
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replying to @ABritSoutherner @ABritSoutherner @AngelaMDiLoreto @GrandCanyonNPS Seems kind of unfair, doesn't it? Western half of the USA is chock full of fantastic camping and National Parks! #weekendwanderlust

ABritSoutherner
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replying to @TravelLatte @TravelLatte @AngelaMDiLoreto @GrandCanyonNPS Yeah, they could have shared a few more epic ones with the south couldn’t they…you guys in Texas do have @BigBendNPS though…in Arkansas we have Hot Springs…Hmmm… #weekendwanderlust

Morology
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replying to @TravelLatte @TravelLatte @ABritSoutherner @AngelaMDiLoreto @GrandCanyonNPS TRhen there are places like @AcadiaNPS, pack a kayak and go! #weekendwanderlust

ABritSoutherner
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replying to @Morology @Morology @TravelLatte @AngelaMDiLoreto @GrandCanyonNPS @AcadiaNPS And then in the far north, the incredible Denali NP in Alaska where you can see the Northern Lights…we are really spoiled for beauty throughout the States! #WeekendWanderlust

AngelaMDiLoreto
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replying to @ABritSoutherner @ABritSoutherner @Morology @TravelLatte @GrandCanyonNPS @AcadiaNPS Headed to Alaska in May and can’t wait! #weekendwanderlust

aandj8804
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replying to @ABritSoutherner @ABritSoutherner @Morology @TravelLatte @AngelaMDiLoreto @GrandCanyonNPS @AcadiaNPS sounds amazing! I'd love to go there! #weekendwanderlust

TravelLatte
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replying to @ABritSoutherner @ABritSoutherner @Morology @AngelaMDiLoreto @GrandCanyonNPS @AcadiaNPS So true! Denali is huge on our #travel bucket list. I suppose it's huge in life, too. ;) #weekendwanderlust

TravelLatte
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replying to @ABritSoutherner @ABritSoutherner Have to say, there is something just awesome about camping at Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon. A-mazing, with a capital AMAZING! :) #weekendwanderlust

Morology

replying to @ABritSoutherner @ABritSoutherner A5: @OlympicNP, so many choices, from ocean to glacier. no @YosemiteNPS @YellowstoneNPS, wait, I haven't decided yet. #weekendwanderlust

ABritSoutherner
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A5: That’s a real tough one because we love a bunch of US national parks…if we had to pick one, we would love to camp in @ArchesNPS…such stunning natural beauty throughout the park! #WeekendWanderlust

AngelaMDiLoreto
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replying to @ABritSoutherner @ABritSoutherner @ArchesNPS Arches is amazing! Cheap cabins in the off season too #weekendwanderlust.

aandj8804

replying to @ABritSoutherner @ABritSoutherner @ArchesNPS Wow! That looks gorgeous! #WeekendWanderlust

TravelLatte
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replying to @ABritSoutherner @ABritSoutherner @ArchesNPS Arches is amazing, isn't it? We're also big fans of @BryceCanyonNPS - such beautiful scenery! #weekendwanderlust

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replying to @TravelLatte @TravelLatte @ArchesNPS @BryceCanyonNPS Let’s face it…are any of the national parks in Utah bad? They are all AMAZING! We are planning on heading to @RockyNPS in Colorado over Memorial Day & then heading across to @CanyonlandsNPS & @CapitolReefNPS after in Utah! #WeekendWanderlust

aandj8804
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I really want to go camping at the Grand Canyon. I've heard you wake up to the prettiest sunrise there! A5 #weekendwanderlust

ABritSoutherner
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replying to @aandj8804 @aandj8804 I think @AngelaMDiLoreto would agree with you! #weekendwanderlust

ABritSoutherner
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Q6: What is your ultimate #VanLife road trip itinerary? #WeekendWanderlust

Morology
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replying to @ABritSoutherner @ABritSoutherner A6: The Rocky Mountains and westerly from there, two lane blacktop as much as possible. #weekendwanderlust

ABritSoutherner
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A6: Here is a collection of east coast US road trips that we would love to experience in an RV or camper van! All of these recommended by our friends in the blogging world! https://t.co/BtSVaRC1TD #weekendwanderlust

aandj8804
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replying to @ABritSoutherner @ABritSoutherner Where'd you take that shot in DC? #weekendwanderlust

ABritSoutherner
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replying to @aandj8804 @aandj8804 This was actually submitted by our friend @DanBagby who captured this awesome shot! He recommends road tripping from DC to Charleston, SC… #weekendwanderlust

aandj8804
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replying to @ABritSoutherner @ABritSoutherner @DanBagby The Blue Ridge Parkway just southwest of DC down to TN is pretty awesome too. Especially during fall!

Those are all beautiful shots! I'm about to go back up to DC in a month, so I didn't know if the place the image was taken was accessible to the public.

#weekendwanderlust

ABritSoutherner
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replying to @aandj8804 @aandj8804 @DanBagby Almost looks like a drone shot but I will defer to Dan...#WeekendWanderlust

TravelLatte
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replying to @ABritSoutherner @ABritSoutherner @aandj8804 @DanBagby We did the opposite - partway - from Charlottesville to DC. Absolutely gorgeous! And lots to see along the way, from President's homes to historic battlefields. #weekendwanderlust

ABritSoutherner
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Q7: What are your best tips for saving on campground fees, and/or camp equipment? #WeekendWanderlust

Morology
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replying to @ABritSoutherner @ABritSoutherner A7: A lot of NP's are surrounded by National Forest. Can rough camp it most anywhere. Be aware when shopping for equipment at the "outdoor" stores, one can pile on endlessly to the point that the tonnage becomes burdensome. #weekendwanderlust

AngelaMDiLoreto
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replying to @aandj8804 @aandj8804 @TravelLatte @ABritSoutherner @GrandCanyonNPS West coast is the best coast! 😜 #WeekendWanderlust

ABritSoutherner
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replying to @AngelaMDiLoreto @AngelaMDiLoreto @aandj8804 @TravelLatte @GrandCanyonNPS LOL no bias here :) #weekendwanderlust

ABritSoutherner
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A7: That’s the beauty of camping…it’s generally pretty cheap regardless…it’s way cheaper than hotels for sure :) If you visit Iceland, you can rent camping gear for cheap! https://t.co/gleSbpPTUV #WeekendWanderlust

AngelaMDiLoreto
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replying to @ABritSoutherner @ABritSoutherner I hear the food gets the budget in Iceland #weekendwanderlust

ABritSoutherner
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replying to @AngelaMDiLoreto @AngelaMDiLoreto That's why you need to visit Bonus Grocery when you visit Iceland rather than eating out...you can still eat well and it's pretty affordable plus you can enjoy authentic Icelandic cuisine by preparing it yourself :) #WeekendWanderlust

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Q8: Who's your van life dream partner or would you rather go it solo? #WeekendWanderlust

ABritSoutherner
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A8: I have my partner in crime and we love road tripping everywhere. We did 5000 miles in three weeks in March visiting Orlando, Gulf Shores and Jekyll Island. all of which was amazing! #WeekendWanderlust

aandj8804
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replying to @ABritSoutherner @ABritSoutherner Wow! A lot of miles! Sounds like a great trip! #weekendwanderlust

ABritSoutherner
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replying to @aandj8804 @aandj8804 It was an awesome trip…3 separate trips over a 4 week period, each one from Arkansas :) #WeekendWanderlust

aandj8804
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replying to @ABritSoutherner @ABritSoutherner Whoa! 3 separate trips? Were they all weekend trips? … Will you be taking a break in April? #weekendwanderlust

ABritSoutherner
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replying to @aandj8804 @aandj8804 I’m in New Haven, CT for work this week and then we are heading out west to California…Heather is going to San Jose to Apple for a conference for work & Im flying into Vegas and road tripping from there to her via @DeathValleyNPS & then a few weeks break :) #weekendwanderlust

aandj8804

replying to @ABritSoutherner @ABritSoutherner @DeathValleyNPS Wow! You are all over the place! Enjoy your road trip via @deathvalleynps! You have a busy month ahead of you! #weekendwanderlust

ABritSoutherner
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Q9: What's your favorite gear brand or store - physical or online? Let’s give them some shoutouts! #WeekendWanderlust

Morology
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replying to @ABritSoutherner @ABritSoutherner A9: I always enjoy "On Sale" for things I think I need no matter the brand. #weekendwanderlust

ABritSoutherner
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You will have an awesome time in @DenaliNPS @AngelaMDiLoreto! Hopefully you get to experience Denali just like we did. Check out our posts from Alaska here for some inspiration! https://t.co/UI5bB3LHBc #WeekendWanderlust

ABritSoutherner
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A9: We are pretty hardcore @thenorthface fans when it comes to camping gear! They haven’t failed us yet! #WeekendWanderlust

ABritSoutherner
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Q10: Share your favorite camping experiences around the world and inspire us to visit with your photos! #WeekendWanderlust

Morology
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replying to @ABritSoutherner @ABritSoutherner A10: Sorry, photos on laptop. and Ecuador blew me away, jus'sayin' #weekendwanderlust

ABritSoutherner
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replying to @Morology @Morology Heard a lot of awesome things about Ecuador…South America in general actually, we really need to visit soon! #WeekendWanderlust

Morology

replying to @ABritSoutherner @ABritSoutherner Soon is good! #weekendwanderlust

ABritSoutherner
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A10: Camping in @DevonLife in @VisitBritain is unlike any other camping experience around the world! Check out towns such as Torquay, Brixham, Peignton & more while staying at Ross Park in the quaint village of Ipplepen! https://t.co/szAphUDCiS #WeekendWanderlust

aandj8804
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No camping pics, but we ate a picnic overlooking this view in Italy one time. Does that count? 😛 #weekendwanderlust

ABritSoutherner
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replying to @aandj8804 @aandj8804 With a view like that, of course! Incredible view! #WeekendWanderlust

ABritSoutherner
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Thanks so much everyone for yet another awesome #WeekendWanderlust chat! Shout out to @Morology @aandj8804 & @AngelaMDiLoreto - thanks so much for hopping on tonight, hope you can join us next week when we talk all about “Ocean Exploration”…same time, same place folks!