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Why Hello There...

Welcome to Direct from the District.  I’m Claire, your guide to direct flight international destinations and local getaways from Washington, DC.  Here you’ll find resources for those local to the DMV who want to squeeze more living in between their daily loops around the Beltway.
You can also follow along as I travel to every international destination served by the DC-area airports. That’s 56 cities, in 45 countries from one departure city, Washington, DC.

Recent posts

Day Trip: Gettysburg, PA

Despite Gettysburg, PA being scarcely an hour from my house, I had no idea what to expect.  I was obviously familiar with  President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and knew the town held a pivotal role during the Civil War, but beyond that, I wasn't sure.  So, when my...

Travel (mis)adventures: International Car Rentals Edition

    Renting a car abroad causes anxiety in even the most experienced traveler.  Why?  After all, we have roads at home. Because abroad we don't know how the system works, exactly.  Communication is harder, damages are expensive, and insurance...

7 Swedish customs we should all adopt right now

As an undergraduate student at the University of Colorado, I began a strange affair with the history of the Vikings and Old Norse mythology.  Hence, my first trip to Iceland, over 15 years ago.  In fact, I had organized to spend my college junior year studying abroad...