"Love Out Loud" at Busboys and Poets in Hyattsville, Maryland a Washington DC suburb. Photo: Daniel Baldwin

Washington DC: An Exploration of a Thriving Poetry Scene

By Daniel Baldwin

Poetry is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Washington DC. Despite its storied literary history, diverse music communities, and world-renowned museum system, visitors and residents alike have trouble seeing beyond the shadow of Capitol Hill.   Read more

United States Literature & Music The Arts
Monarch butterfly photo by Cara Sierra

The Perfect Introductory Activities to Solo Travel

By Cara Siera

I never thought solo travel was for me. I spent my childhood adventuring with my parents and other family members. When I got married, I relished the thought of a lifetime travel companion. How often we have regaled with stories of road trips with friends.   Read more

The World Experiences
Peabody Duck

Duckmaster: A Job That’s All It’s Quacked Up to Be

By Terri Marshall

Kenon Walker considered several career paths in his youth. Doctor and lawyer were on the list of possibilities. Duckmaster was not. Yet, if you pop into The Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn   Read more

United States
Rugged coastline along the Juan de Fuca Trail. Photo: Sara Perillo

Vancouver Island’s Juan de Fuca trail: A beginner hiker’s story

By Sara Perillo

It was a hot summer day when a friend of mine and I pulled into the parking lot of Sombrio Beach, on the west coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia. We planned to be there for the day and set up a shady spot on the sand to enjoy … Read more   Read more

Canada Adventure Experiences Nature & Outdoors
Whteaway Laidlaw, now Metropolitan Building, stands at the intersection of J.L. Nehru Road and S.N. Banerjee Road in Calcutta. Photo: Sugato Mukherjee

When Calcutta Housed These Retail Powerhouses

By Sugato Mukherjee

In his sleek and self-illustrated volume ‘Jakhan Choto Chilam’ (When I Was a Child), the great Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray vividly portrays kaleidoscopic cameos of Calcutta (now Kolkata) of the interwar years, a city where he grew up.   Read more

India History
pork-dish Mamaku style.Wellington New Zealand

The women putting Wellington’s food scene on the map

By Kate Slater

Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city, is challenging its much larger sister Auckland for the crown of New Zealand’s best foodie destination. The people behind Wellington’s foodie credentials are a new generation of female chefs and artisan food producers making incredible local food.   Read more

Oceania Food & Drink
Oak Bluffs park photo by Tonya Fitzpatrick.

Martha’s Vineyard: A Vacation Journey Through Black History and Black Film

By Laura K. Wise

A friend invited me to share a house with her and a few other friends in Martha’s Vineyard over the Fourth of July weekend last year. Hearing stories of the Kennedys and the Obamas vacationing there, I assumed it would be a stuffy, pretentious community for the rich and famous. … Read more   Read more

United States Events & Festivals History
Cape Coast Slave Castle in Ghana. Photo: Rachel Flynn

A Journey Through the Door of Return

By Rachel Flynn

Most recently, I traveled to Ghana over the holidays with friends and family. I tried many foods like fufu, bofrot, and my personal favorite, Jollof! I sat in the notorious Accra traffic for too many hours to count, and I spent Christmas on the beach. But the most important thing … Read more   Read more

Africa History
bojnice-slovakia

Slovakia: Five Places to Visit

By Ali Jennings

With spectacular mountains good for hiking and bicycling, dramatic castles, charming architectural cities, and a vibrant contemporary arts scene, Slovakia has much to offer tourists.   Read more

Europe Off the Beaten Path The Arts
Black family traveling

Celebrating Black History Year-Round: 9 Sites in the U.S. to Visit

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

Black History Month has been celebrated annually since the year 1926. First termed “Negro History Week,” Black History Month is honored each February.   Read more

United States Experiences History
Toro Graffiti Picasso

Picasso’s Spain

By Bianka Cramblit

Raised and educated in Spain, Pablo Picasso moved to the French capital in the early 1900s. Here he experienced decades of inspiration as part of the city’s buzzing Modernist art movement and bohemian atmosphere.   Read more

Spain The Arts
Fort Clinch on Amelia Island. Photo: Kathleen Walls

Life Under Eight Flags: Amelia Island

By Kathleen Walls

Amelia Island is a blend of cultures that lived under eight flags. It was a haven for pirates, con men, and hardworking settlers from many countries. From the Timucuans who met the first French and later Spanish settlers, to the Jim Crow era and the founding of American Beach, where … Read more   Read more

United States History
Black - Four in Greensboro NC. Photo courtesy of Civil Rights Trail

Discover Black History and Culture While Traveling the USA

By Terri Marshall

As a Southern-born white woman, incorporating Black history sites into my travel plans never crossed my mind… until I married a Black man.   Read more

United States Family Travel History
Typical Somali dish of fried whole fish, colorful rice sprinkled with raisins and chapati flatbreads. Photo: Cara Siera

Somalia in the States: Finding Immersive Cultural Experiences Close to Home

By Cara Siera

Culture can be explored in many ways — through conversation, clothing, dance, music, and more. As a recipe creator and food photographer, I’m a firm believer that food is one of the most intimate ways to connect with another culture.    Read more

United States Experiences Food & Drink
An example of unethical animal tourism. Riding an elephant in Thailand.

Animal Cruelty for Tourists’ Entertainment: An Industry in Need of Reform

By Bianca Caruana

As selfies with tigers, primates and other wild species front Instagram and Facebook feeds, tourists are now forced to question the morals and ethics of their encounters with captive animals.   Read more

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