When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.                 — Susan Heller

Whether you do it yourself or leave it to a travel agent, trip planning is not only necessary but can be part of the fun before embarking on a long or short journey.  Trip planning encompasses more than what to see and do wherever it takes you.  It includes finding travel insurance, obtaining visas, addressing medical concerns, and how to pay for things when you get there.  Whether perusing the online comments of travelers about their experiences or finding the best tour company to ease your mind, planning is an essential part of every journey.


The Musée des Confluences is a science centre and anthropology museum in Lyon, France.

The rise of ‘second city’ travel

By Katherine Bertrand

…a growing number of travelers are opting to visit ‘second cities’ over these more popular (i.e. touristy) destinations.   Read more

The World Off the Beaten Path Sustainability
penguins-antarctica

Keep Travel in Your Life Through Planning

By Terri Marshall

Travel teaches us acceptance. It opens up new worlds to us, making us richer in the process.   Read more

The World Insights
makkah-Saudi Arabia

My Time in the Kingdom

By Thomasina Tafur

I’m encouraged that real change for women is happening in Saudi Arabia. Women can now drive, attend sporting events, and go to the cinema, and the government has recently approved women to travel outside of the country without a male guardian’s approval.   Read more

Middle East Study or Teach Abroad
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
City of Norfolk | Underground Railroad

Norfolk’s Underground Railroad, Student Travel and Decoding Autism

Located in the heart of the mid-Atlantic the City of Norfolk is an important 400-year-old port city and home to the largest naval base in the world.   Read more

United States History Social Responsibility
National Shop for Travel Day - River in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

Celebrating the joy of travel on National Shop for Travel Day

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

The technological resources that are available make research and planning for vacations much easier. This was the reasoning behind the creation of National Shop for Travel Day.   Read more

United States Events & Festivals
AstroGeography - Zodiac signs

Where You Should Travel Based On Your Astrology Chart

By Haley Comet

Looking for inspiration on where your next travel location should be? See where the stars align for you with an astrology technique called AstroGeography!   Read more

The World Insights
Maunakea

Maunakea – The White Mountain

By Manali Shah

A sacred mountain for Hawaiians, it is also an Observation facility with telescopes bigger than the Hubble Space telescope.   Read more

United States Technology
Iguazu Falls with rainbow

On the edge of the world at Iguazu Falls

By Devon Older

Iguazu Falls is the largest waterfall system in the world, made up of 275 cascades, drops, and falls. Standing at the edge of the Garganta del Diablo, which translates to the Devil’s Throat, a visit to Iguazu Falls truly feels as though you are perched on the edge of the … Read more   Read more

Central and South America Family Travel Landscape
A tram traveling down a street in Portugal's capital, Lisbon.

The Cultural Mosaic of Lisbon

By Manali Shah

Portugal lies in the southwest corner of Europe on the Iberian peninsula. Its mostly Mediterranean climate, flavorful cuisine, and the charm and friendliness of its people make it a place to visit again and again. As we dream of the days when we can travel again, I am treasuring my … Read more   Read more

Europe Architecture Food & Drink History
Shrine. Photo: Trixie Pacis

36 Hours in Tokyo

By Trixie Pacis

Everything appeared as expected while boarding the train into Tokyo, from the tidy train station and orderly ticket booth cues to the clasped hands of prim passengers patiently awaiting the train. As I boarded and claimed a seat by the window, I felt suddenly overwhelmed — I had 36 hours … Read more   Read more

Asia Experiences
Airport traveler

U.S. State Department Lifts Global International Travel Advisory

The travel advisory which had been put in place for 5 months, advising against international travel, has been lifted by the US State Department. In a news release on Thursday, the state agency said it had coordinated the lifting of the travel advisory the Center for Disease Control and Prevention … Read more   Read more

North America
Monaco city port

Moments in Monaco: Impressive Historical Sites to See During Your Next Trip

If you’ve set off on a euro trip anytime in your life, you’ve probably visited some of the most-frequented countries on the continent: France, Spain, Italy, or the United Kingdom, just to name a few. However, many travelers tend to skip over the locations that elicit some of the most unique … Read more   Read more

Europe Luxury Travel History
Airport passenger in terminal

Air Travel Becomes A New Experience

The coronavirus pandemic has treated the world to new norms that have never before occurred. The total shutdown of essential services and normal life during the total lockdown directives and a massive meltdown of economies leading to job losses and restructuring of revenue streams are scenarios that have not been … Read more   Read more

New Normal - Guanajuato, Mexico monument

Travel’s New Normal

When travel writing is your profession, adjusting to a new normal of not traveling can be tough and even downright weird. The Covid Pandemic has caused massive changes in our daily lives and it has surely affected the way we used to travel then and now. The lifestyle changes have … Read more   Read more

United States Insights