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10 of the Most Unusual (Dare I Say Weirdest) Events in America

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“It’s a festival where people compete to see who can toss a mullet the farthest.” “Is it alive?” I inquired a tiny bit horrified.  “No. No. No. It’s a dead mullet.” I was speaking to Nicole Stacey, a tourism rep from Pensacola. I’d asked if what interesting events in the city. (I was thinking something […]

26 of the Most Breathtaking Views in the World Worth Traveling For

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What do you see when you imagine a breathtaking view? Wide-open spaces? An urban skyline? Sandy beaches or soaring mountains? Granted, it’s all in the eyes of the beholder but I think we can all agree that if someone says a view is one of the most breathtaking views in the world (and I don’t […]

Great Gifts for Travel Lovers They’ll Actually Use

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If you’re looking for gifts for the travel lovers in your life, you’ve come to the right place. Every item is something I use and recommend to my friends and family. They’re products and services every adventurer will thank you for and actually mean it. (This post contains affiliate links. If you buy products using […]

Perfect 1, 2, and 3-Day Itineraries For Vancouver

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Whether you’re laying over or enjoying a well-deserved holiday, Vancouver never disappoints. A Day-by-Day Guide to Exploring Vancouver Story and Photos by Carolyn B. Heller If you like urban explorations mixed with time outdoors, Vancouver is your place. Western Canada’s largest city hugs the Pacific Ocean, with sandy beaches right downtown. The forested North Shore […]

37 of the Best Podcasts to Listen to at Home or Away

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I’m a huge fan of podcasts. I listen to them all the time — in the shower, on the subway, when I’m walking around New York City and, of course, when I’m traveling. But, obviously, traveling isn’t in the cards right now, I’m self-isolating in NYC where great podcasts are a blessing. If you’re looking […]

The Best Road Trip Packing List For A Grand Adventure

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Thinking about a road trip now or in the future? I asked road trip veteran Carolyn B. Heller to compile the perfect road trip packing list. (If you’re new to road tripping, Carolyn’s Beginner’s Guide to Planning an Extraordinary Road Trip is a fantastic resource.) Stay Safe! What Kind of Road Trip Are You Planning? […]

A Beginner’s Guide to Planning an Extraordinary Road Trip

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Here we are five months into the pandemic, jonesing to travel and 2020 just won’t cut us a break. Leisure travel on planes, trains, and buses is risky, but the good ole fashion road trip is capturing the imagination of those intrepid travelers anxious to explore the world, albeit closer to home. With all the […]

How to Prepare for Traveling Alone the First Time

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Updated June 2020 Congratulations! You’ve decided to start traveling alone for the first time. That’s awesome! You won’t regret it. You’re probably thinking, now what? Where do I go? How do I go? No worries, I’ve got you covered.  I have a few suggestions to help get you started. First, to address the Covid-19 in […]

Is an African Wildlife Safari Right for You?

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Updated May 2020 Who doesn’t want to go on a trip of a lifetime? The question is, what does that mean to you? If you’re looking for a spectacular, otherworldly nature and wildlife experience, then an African safari may a perfect fit. My first was in South Africa, but over the years I’ve safaried in […]

Use this Winter Packing List and you’ll Never Be Cold Again

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It’s only been in the last couple of years that I’ve traveled in really frigid climates but visits to northern Manitoba where the polar bears roam and mushing in the Yukon quickly taught me the value of a good winter packing list whenever taking a cold-weather vacation. Below, I’ve put together a list of essential categories for […]