Kellie Paxian

Spain - Seville Tapas Bar

What a snack from southern Spain tells you about religious persecution

By David Pope

I was eating my favourite sandwich in a tapas bar in Seville when my mind was blown.   Read more

Spain Religious Travel Food & Drink History
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
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
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
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
beach in Tofino

Ultimate Road Trip to Tofino

By Sara Perillo

Tofino is a funky surfer town on the West Coast that has earned its reputation as Canada’s top adventure playground. With its sprawling beaches, wild inlets, and ancient rainforests, it’s easy to see why Tofino has become such a popular destination.    Read more

Canada Nature & Outdoors Rail & Road Travel
Photo courtesy of McLeod Plantation Historical Site

A South Carolina Plantation Shows Us the Way Forward

By Erica Chatman

It is no secret to anyone that tourism is a major industry and draw for Charleston, South Carolina. However, on my most recent visit, I became a fan of their county parks because of one particular experience. I visited MacLeod Plantation Historic Site.     Read more

United States History Social Responsibility
sun-sphere-knoxville Tennessee

Knoxville, Tennessee Celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the 1982 World’s Fair

By Melissa Corbin

Driving east on I-40 toward the Great Smoky Mountains, a huge golden ball known as the Sunsphere guides you into downtown Knoxville, Tennessee.   Read more

United States Food & Drink
Disney Springs Entrance

How to Enjoy Walt Disney World for Free

By Cara Siera

Disney World and Disneyland parks and resorts have long been called, collectively, “the happiest place on earth.” But the joy of Disney parks comes with a large price tag — at the time of print, Disney World Orlando’s Standard Theme Park Ticket is priced at $109.00 per day.   Read more

United States Budget Travel Family Travel
Galapagos beach and baby seals

The Impact of Mankind on the Galapagos Islands

By Jennifer Zollo

When people think of the Galapagos Islands, their minds are immediately filled with the enchanting voice of David Attenborough and vibrant images of tropical landscapes bursting with life.   Read more

Central and South America Adventure Conservation
"Autumn Totoro" by HertzaHaeon is marked with CC BY-NC 2.0.

Why Ghibli Park Won’t Be an Amusement Park

By Ann-Marie Cahill

From botanical gardens to open-air museums with reconstructed villages, amusement parks have long been part of the mantra, ‘work hard, play hard’. They have been a place to escape the toils and responsibilities of everyday life (a sorely tempting offer, right now). The latest addition is Ghibli Park, scheduled to open … Read more   Read more

Asia Family Travel
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