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Alena Hadley

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By day, a psychologist and by night, a travel planner... I'm combining my two professional loves to create personalized vacations. I thrive on designing exciting and creative travel itineraries -- trips that combine classic travel experiences with offbeat adventures and tucked-away surprises. I believe in taking the road less-traveled, sampling the best food and drink that a destination has to offer, going on long walks with incredible views, and exploring hidden towns and neighborhoods.
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Dayton, OH, United States

Washington, DC, United States


When I travel, I'm really into

  • Luxury getaway
  • Beaches
  • Romantic retreat
  • Cultural immersion
  • City explorer
  • Local market & bazaars
  • Wildlife & ecology
  • Foodie tours
  • Art & museums
  • Bike tours
  • Walking
  • Self-drive

The one story about my travels that I love to tell

A few years ago, my friends and I attempted to walk the Alsatian Wine Route in France. We assumed that the "route" would include a footpath, but it's really just a two-lane highway that weaves through the wine-growing region. Most of our day was spent taking scenic "shortcuts" through the vibrant-green vineyards, but we still missed our train home! In the end, the total immersion that came from slowing down was completely worth it. We explored towns that most cars zip past, and we tasted wine and ate at restaurants that are nowhere to be found on the internet.

The best travel hack I've found after years of travel

Ask a local what his or her favorite restaurant is. You'll likely end up being the only tourist in the place!

Where I've been traveling to

  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • Puerto Rico
  • Costa Rica
  • Belize
  • Anguilla
  • United States Virgin Islands
  • Canada
  • Ireland
  • Belgium
  • Finland
  • Iceland
  • Netherlands
  • Germany
  • France
  • Italy
  • Switzerland
  • Czech Republic
  • Hungary
  • Monaco
  • Austria
  • South Africa
  • Mexico
  • Guatemala
  • Peru
  • San Francisco, CA, United States
  • Seattle, WA, United States
  • Sonoma, CA, United States
  • Napa Valley, Napa, CA, United States
  • Big Sur, CA, United States
  • Yosemite Valley, CA, United States
  • Lake Tahoe, Carson City, CA, United States
  • Las Vegas, NV, United States
  • Salt Lake City, UT, United States
  • Zion National Park, Springdale, UT, United States
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • Minneapolis, MN, United States
  • Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • St. Louis, MO, United States
  • New Orleans, LA, United States
  • Nashville, TN, United States
  • Detroit, MI, United States
  • Tallahassee, FL, United States
  • Panama City Beach, FL, United States
  • Orlando, FL, United States
  • Miami, FL, United States
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States
  • Savannah, GA, United States
  • Hilton Head Island, SC, United States
  • Kiawah Island, SC, United States
  • Asheville, NC, United States
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, TN, United States
  • Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville, NC, United States
  • Skyline Drive, Luray, VA, United States
  • Charlottesville, VA, United States
  • Raleigh, NC, United States
  • Louisville, KY, United States
  • Cincinnati, OH, United States
  • Columbus, OH, United States
  • Cleveland, OH, United States
  • Pittsburgh, PA, United States
  • Buffalo, NY, United States
  • Niagara Falls, NY, United States
  • Philadelphia, PA, United States
  • Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Boston, MA, United States
  • New York, NY, United States
  • New Jersey, United States
  • Baltimore, MD, United States
  • Maryland, United States
  • Pennsylvania, United States
  • Ohio, United States
  • Kentucky, United States
  • Virginia, United States
  • Washington, DC, United States
  • Cancún, Mexico
  • Tulum, Mexico
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Belfast, United Kingdom
  • Derry, United Kingdom
  • Galway, Ireland
  • Cork, Ireland
  • Kinsale, Ireland
  • Killarney, Ireland
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Bath, United Kingdom
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Brussels, Belgium
  • Bruges, Belgium
  • Reykjavik, Capital Region, Iceland
  • Paris, France
  • Strasbourg, France
  • Nice, France
  • Marseille, France
  • Épernay, France
  • Reims, France
  • Aix-en-Provence, France
  • Geneva, Switzerland
  • Chamonix, France
  • Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Lucerne, Switzerland
  • Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
  • Interlaken, Switzerland
  • Annecy, France
  • Berne, Switzerland
  • Basel, Switzerland
  • Zurich, Switzerland
  • Colmar, France
  • Freiburg, Germany
  • Lake Como, Como, Italy
  • Rome, Italy
  • Venice, Italy
  • Florence, Italy
  • Amalfi, Salerno, Italy
  • Genoa, Italy
  • Lucca, Italy
  • Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre, La Spezia, Italy
  • Parma, Italy
  • Naples, Italy
  • Milan, Italy
  • Munich, Germany
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Budapest, Hungary
  • Helsinki, Finland
  • Vienna, Austria
  • Salzburg, Austria
  • Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
  • Dijon, France
  • Beaune, France
  • Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, Canada
  • Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • Lima, Peru
  • Cusco, Peru
  • Puno, Peru
  • Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes, Cusco, Peru
  • Ollantaytambo, Cusco, Peru

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