Totem Poles of the First Nations in Vancouver, Canada. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

“Through travel I first became aware of the outside world; it was through travel that I found my own introspective way into becoming a part of it.”

Eudora Welty

Explore the history, diverse cultures and traditions of the North American countries of Canada, Mexico and the United States. North American culture reflects both the cultures of its indigenous people- the Native Americans as well as the culture that is influenced by European Colonization.

United States is the third largest country in the world and one of the most culturally diverse countries of the world. Described as the ‘melting pot‘ of North America , amalgamation of different cultures has given shape to the unique U.S. culture.

Mexico is the most populous state of North America and one of the largest city in the world.

Canada is the largest country of North American region and covering more than half of the continent’s area.


Graphic of gangsters with urban skyline

Gangsters, Monkeys and Mines: Exploring the Diverse History of a Florida County

By Kathleen Walls

What once was old is now new in Florida’s Marion County. One of the “newest” attractions in the city of Ocala, has roots going back nearly 100 years, commemorating an epic FBI shootout with a notorious gang that ended the era of gangsters in the United States.   Read more

United States Adventure Off the Beaten Path History
Fort Monroe First African Marker. Photo: Patti Ferguson (permission granted by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Preserving African American History

Many of the places where significant African American history occurred have been neglected and have gone unrecognized for the important role they hold in the fabric of American society.   Read more

United States History Preservation
Greetings from Austin mural

Visiting Austin: The Live Music Capital of the World

By Courtney Campbell

Officially deemed the “Live Music Capital of the World” in 1991, Austin, Texas is a city ripe with musicians, politicians, authors, activists, artists, and other creative types   Read more

United States Literature & Music The Arts
mount-rushmore-in South Dakota

South Dakota: An Underrated U.S. Road Trip

By Tara Tadlock

While most tourists may flock to the Californian coast for a road trip (and fairly so), travelers searching for something different should set their gaze on the Midwest towards South Dakota.   Read more

United States Rail & Road Travel
Photo of Carters Lake in Ellijay by Kathleen Walls

Ellijay, Georgia: Extraordinarily out of the Ordinary

By Kathleen Walls

Set in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Ellijay, a city in Gilmer County Georgia, is very different from the urbanized America that most visitors picture.   Read more

United States Backpacking & Camping History
Green Chamber. Photo courtesy of Schuyler Mansion State Historical Site.

Schuyler Mansion: History, Enslavement and Alexander Hamilton

Heidi Hill and Jessie Serfilippi from the Schuyler Mansion State Historical Site share the stories behind the stories about the Schuyler family and Alexander Hamilton.   Read more

United States Insights History
Ship in the Galveston Harbor.

Unearthing the Rich History of the Gulf Coast Barrier Island of Galveston

By Courtney Campbell

The city of Galveston, Texas is a Gulf Coast barrier island that holds a rich and historic connection to the end of slavery and the celebration of Juneteenth.   Read more

United States History
Original gears visible under the Arizona Falls. Photo: Breana Johnson

The water that brings life to the Arizona desert

By Breana Johnson

Although I’ve lived in Phoenix, Arizona for twenty years of my life, there are still times I wonder why on earth someone thought it would be a good idea to build a city in the middle of a desert with no water source.   Read more

United States Off the Beaten Path
The outside of the Florence Alabama Music Enterprises or FAME. Photo by Kathleen Walls

Music Made for All in The Shoals

By Kathleen Walls

Perhaps no place in America has merged music from artists of all races more than The Shoals area, which consists of Florence, Sheffield, Tuscumbia, and Muscle Shoals, Alabama.   Read more

United States History Literature & Music
Chattanooga bridge at sunset with water canons

Chattanooga: A Story of History and Evolution

By Terri Marshall

Situated in the valley below three surrounding mountains, Lookout, Raccoon and Signal, Chattanooga’s natural beauty speaks for itself.   Read more

United States History
Marrakech with Kids Sidecar Adventure. Courtesy of Monet Hambrick, The Traveling Child

Family RV Travel

Hear about RV travel, the joys of multi-generational family travel. and traveling across the country as people of color.   Read more

United States Family Travel Rail & Road Travel
Toronto, Canada skyline

Experiencing Toronto Like A Local

By Shahraz Ali

Whether you stay in Toronto for a week or a year, not a day will go by without you finding something new and exciting to do.   Read more

Canada Experiences
Chicago Bean sculpture

How Chicago became a melting pot of cultures, races, and nationalities

By Krystina Quintana

Although it is widely known that Chicago is a melting pot of people, it’s not as widely known why or how it became so diverse throughout the years.   Read more

United States History
Garden at Nemours Estate.  Photo by Tonya Fitpatrick

Exploring Wilmington, Delaware – A European experience in American history

Explore Wilmington, Delaware and the Brandywine Valley’s rich American history and vibrant arts and cultural scene with its European flair.   Read more

United States History The Arts
Medical luggage for travel doctor

The Travel Doctor is IN

Broken bones. Skin rashes. Travelers diarehea. COVID and… There are many accidents, illnesses and medical mishaps that happen when we’re traveling and now we have COVID to add to the list. So what should travelers do to remain healthy and safe? Luckily, the Travel Doctor is IN and she will … Read more   Read more

United States Health & Wellness