Sleeping Bear Dunes in Michigan

Michigan’s Sleeping Bear Dunes | A Natural Treasure

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

Do you know that feeling of how a smell, sound, or taste takes you back to some of your fondest memories? That’s what happens to me when something reminds me of my summer family vacations in Michigans Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. So, after all these years, whenever I travel … Read more   Read more

United States Landscape Nature & Outdoors
Travel the world by housesitting. Photo of a girl sitting alone in a large house.

How to Travel the World by House Sitting

By Ali Jennings

Accommodations form the bulk of most travelers’ budgets, and with the general cost of everything increasing, it can be difficult to find somewhere for a decent price, especially if you’re traveling to a country that has a strong economy. What if I told you there was a way of traveling … Read more   Read more

The World Budget Travel
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Understanding U.S. State Department Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

The U.S. State Department provides  American citizens with regular notifications of events that  may affect their safety and security.  These notices come in the form of Travel Alerts or Travel Warnings.   Read more

United States Insights
Tequila Inside Jose Cuervo. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

Following Mexico’s Tequila Trail

By Jackie Jones

Tequila is Mexico’s national drink, and a symbol of citizens’ pride and culture.   Read more

Mexico Food & Drink
Gondola-ride-in-the-New-Orleans-Museum-of-Art-Sculpture-Garden. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

Top 8 Free Things to do in New Orleans

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

Let’s face it; travel can be expensive. But, when you know where to go, you can explore new destinations at a fraction of the cost. One of our favorite places, New Orleans (aka The Big Easy), can be pricey to visit but is filled with rich culture, historic buildings and … Read more   Read more

New Orleans Budget Travel Family Travel
Chihuly art at DBG. Photo credit Breana Johnson

Three Desert Gardens to Visit near Phoenix

By Breana Johnson

When you think “Phoenix,” you probably picture a city surrounded by desolate wilderness. Tourists rarely arrive with a list of gardens on their itinerary. However, you may be surprised to learn that the Valley of the Sun offers many gorgeous garden experiences!    Read more

United States Nature & Outdoors
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The Myths, Legends, and Magic of Malacca

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

Southeast Asia is filled with cultural diversity, unique cuisine, and the most unbelievable panoramic views, such as tropical rainforests and seas. Located in the Southern region of the Malay Peninsula is the state of Malacca, and the capital is Malacca City which UNESCO named a world heritage site in 2008.   Read more

Asia Off the Beaten Path History Preservation
Insect caught in Amber

The Tiny Caribbean Museum That Inspired the Jurassic Park Franchise

By Cara Siera

The science fiction that binds Jurassic Park’s storyline together is that dinosaur DNA could be extracted from mosquitos and other biting insects preserved in amber.   Read more

Caribbean and Atlantic Off the Beaten Path
volcanoes national park at sunset

Exploring the Depths of Hawaii’s Volcanoes National Park

By Michael Fil

Lush rainforest and land transformed for millions of years by volcanic activity, all spread across 520 square miles of protected space. Welcome to Hawaii’s Volcanoes National Park!   Read more

United States Adventure History Social Responsibility
Traditional Colombian dress

9 Reasons to Visit Colombia

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

Colombia is now a go-to destination in Latin America. While they face economic hardship and loss, the people of Colombia live life to the fullest. Majestic landscapes and views are waiting to get explored, and your next vacation will be everything you have dreamed it would be and more!   Read more

Central and South America
Quiet flows the blue waters of Jia Bhoroli on the banks of Nameri National Park. Photo: Sugato Mukherjee

Wild Mahseer of Assam: In Harmony with Nature

By Bandita Mukherjee

Blessed with serenity and tranquility, Wild Mahseer, named after one of the toughest game fishes, offers unique natural and cultural experiences to visitors. Spread over 22 acres of land, the heritage bungalows with antique furniture and colonial décor provide the opportunity to relive history and it is a perfect place … Read more   Read more

Asia Conservation
Governor's Palace in Colonial Williamsburg

Williamsburg Has a Darker History, Too

By Kathleen Walls

When we think of Williamsburg, Virginia, usually we think of the fight for American independence and freedom from England. However, there’s an important element that hasn’t been acknowledged until recently: enslaved African Americans built most of Williamsburg. When I visited Williamsburg, I viewed some sites that tell a story about … Read more   Read more

United States History
Falklands Island penguins

The Falkland Island | A Birdwatcher’s Paradise

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

So let’s discover why the Falkland Islands are an excellent place to visit and how you can have a unique birdwatching experience.   Read more

Central and South America United Kingdom Adventure Experiences
USA - Wild ponies of Assateague Island, Virginia

10 underrated destinations to explore in the USA

By Tara Tadlock

As large as the USA is, however, a lot of the most interesting places in the country often get overlooked.   Read more

United States Off the Beaten Path
Outdoor art. Photo: Kathleen Walls

Kinston, North Carolina: A Farming and Industrial City Turned Arts Hub

By Kathleen Walls

They say art is in the eye of the beholder. When you visit Kinston, North Carolina, art will be in your eyes, ears, and taste buds too.   Read more

United States The Arts