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Glamping: Nature staycation combined with comfort

Maybe you’re like me. Maybe you love nature. You love the “idea” of camping, if not particularly everything that comes with it. I am sort of an outdoors person. I like ...

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What I Learned: Cuba Travel Tips

I made it to Cuba, spending the New Year there. I have to admit that I didn’t totally fall in love with the country — I’ve been wanting to go ...

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Cuba in Photographs

A few days ago I returned from my first-ever trip to Cuba. A very photographic place in terms of the architecture, cars, and just the way the country occupies a ...

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Selma’s Scene: Travel from a Dog’s Eye View

Hi, I’m Selma! I’m a shih tzu living with Shelley, who writes ...
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Country Roads: West Virginia Road Trip

I couldn’t keep the song from coming into my head whenever I ...
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Kentucky Bluegrass Photo Essay: State 38 on my 50 by 50 Quest

My quest to see all 50 US states by the time I ...

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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 cheesy tourist things sometimes. It kind of wakes up the kid in us and after all, that’s what travel is meant to do, I believe. […]

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Gastronomic Tour of Mexico City

I love to travel. I love to eat. I suspect many of you are the same. One of the best things about traveling, to me and many of us, is experiencing the food and culinary culture of new places. I love trying street food, taking cooking lessons, visiting markets, asking locals for their favorite restaurants, […]

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Smiling in the Face of Cancer

Lisette Garcia, left, with Donovan, Paula and Angel. In the vast, sprawling metropolis of Mexico City there lives a little girl named Paula. She is 8 years old, and in many ways she is just like other 8-year-old children. She giggles a lot, she likes to play dress up, and she really, really wants an […]

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Volunteering and Going on Safari in Tanzania

In 2012, Keith and I took an amazing trip to Kenya and Tanzania. While we were there, we were lucky enough to be able to go on safari, and some of our best experiences came through Hostel Hoff, which provides a hostel in Moshi, Tanzania along with safaris that are much more economical than most, […]

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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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