Country Roads: West Virginia Road Trip

I couldn’t keep the song from coming into my head whenever I was driving through the parks and countryside during last week’s road trip to West Virginia. The country roads ...


Kentucky Bluegrass Photo Essay: State 38 on my 50 by 50 Quest

My quest to see all 50 US states by the time I turn 50 next September continues…last week I visited Kentucky and West Virginia, numbers 38 and 39 on my ...


4 Cheesy Things in Stockholm You Totally Have To Do

For all the “serious” travel, the cultural exchange and immersion that makes voyaging to new places so rewarding — there is also something fun, almost childishly silly, about doing some really ...



Gastronomic Tour of Mexico City

I love to travel. I love to eat. I suspect many of ...
Lisette Garcia, left, with Donovan, Paula and Angel.

Smiling in the Face of Cancer

Lisette Garcia, left, with Donovan, Paula and Angel. In the vast, sprawling ...

Volunteering and Going on Safari in Tanzania

In 2012, Keith and I took an amazing trip to Kenya and ...

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A Day on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Last weekend I entered by 37th state in my goal of visiting all 50 U.S. states by the time I turn 50 in September 2016. I’m calling my quest “50 by 50.” I was in New Orleans with a group of friends celebrating another 50th birthday, and although I’ve been to Louisiana destinations (including New […]

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Traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway of Virginia

Last week I crossed another state off my list for my 50 by 50 project: Virginia. This was my 36th state, so I now have 14 left to go. In Virginia I visited Roanoke and the Blue Ridge Parkway area, which gave me plenty of fun exploration. Some of the highlights of the trip included: […]

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Remembering D-Day in Bedford, VA

Today is the 71st anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion of France at Normandy beaches that was the turning point in World War II. Last week I had the honor of visiting the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia and meeting some of the survivors and their families. While remembering history and paying tribute to […]

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The Southern Belle of Savannah

After my visit last month to North and South Carolina, as part of my 50×50 travel initiative, I headed on down to Savannah, Georgia with my boyfriend Keith. How I dug Savannah. Somehow it resonated with me. I experienced it as a little like a slightly naughty debutante: beautiful, classic and polished on the surface; […]

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By Land and Sea in the Carolinas

I recently returned from a trip to North and South Carolina (and Georgia as well) — the first trip of my “50 by 50” initiative to complete seeing all of the 50 US states by the time I turn 50 in 2016. It was a fun journey steeped in history, which we were lucky to […]

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50 by 50 Kick-Off: The Carolinas and Georgia

This morning I left for my first trip that is officially part of my new 50 by 50 initiative — my plan to complete my list of seeing all 50 states, by the time I turn 50 in a year and a half. I’ve already been to 32 of them, and have 18 left to […]

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Top 5 Eco-Friendly Ways to Explore Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama

The 32 miles of sugar-white beaches along Alabama’s Gulf Coast shoreline is a family-oriented destination that offers great nature and outdoors adventures, some of the most fantastic seafood in the U.S., and plenty of child-friendly activities. The sister cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach lie a true island, 27,000 acres separated from the mainland […]

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Biking the Hiawatha Trail in Idaho

If thoughts of Idaho conjure images of plains and potatoes for you, think again. The northern panhandle region is home to towering mountains, glacial lakes and some of the most incredible outdoor adventures you can imagine. And it’s home to one of the best bike rides in North America—the Hiawatha Trail, located at the Idaho/Montana […]

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One Tough Hombre — Horseback riding & Campfire Mate with a Patagonian Gaucho

In my head, I called him the Chilean Marlboro Man. His name was Luis Cheuquel and he was a baqueano (cowboy) in this vast, untamed Patagonia landscape. We met him at the estancia (ranch) to go on a horseback ride up into the mountains. Luis – nicknamed Lucho — was finishing saddling the horses as […]

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50 by 50

So, I turn 50 next year. September of 2016 to be exact. Yeah, I know, I can’t believe it either. It got me thinking though…I’ve done so much international traveling over the past decade, that I haven’t seen as much of my own country as I would like. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve traveled plenty […]

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