I normally don’t think of, or consult, banking institutions when deciding where to embark upon a travel sojourn.
Being away from the everyday stresses of life, leaving behind most all of today’s modern conveniences, the enhanced taste of food when prepared alfresco and the opportunity to immerse myself in nature at the beach, in the mountains, in state and national parks and at other amazing places.
One of the benefits of being a travel writer is that you often find out about many of the latest travel accessories, gadgets, clothing, books and so forth as soon as they come on the market, each offering their own unique features for those on the go. Here are a few of the latest to come my way.
Summertime, and the living is … exciting, colorful, inspiring, cool and so much more, so be sure to check out some of these amazing events of Afrocentric interest happening both in your own backyard and further afield.
I'm not going to lie: The voyage to this Belizean island paradise 18 miles off the mainland is not for sissies.
Their motto, “Beauty by Belize, Luxury by Design,” is an apt way to describe the Chabil Mar Resort, an awe-inspiring, boutique, luxury villa property in the beautiful country of Belize.
It’s cute, catchy and you’ll see it everywhere you look in Belize: “You Betta Belize It!”
July may be hot, but there are a bevy of festivals, cultural events, exhibits and more happening that are turning up the heat as well. Enjoy and stay cool!
Whether traveling for business or leisure, it is very important—and often very difficult—to keep fit on the road.
Since 1888, the National Geographic Society has played an active role in inspiring people all over the world to take a deeper look at, and care more deeply about, our planet through numerous print and online publications, award-winning television series, outstanding photography and more.
Hot festivals, vibrant theater productions, cool exhibits and more of Afrocentric interest that educate, share and inspire are all on the travel itinerary for this summer and beyond.
In our two previous sojourns, we delved into the history of beautiful Los Cabos and its fraternal twin cities San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas.
In the first part of our Mexico getaway, we had just begun to explore beautiful Los Cabos, situated approximately 1,030 miles south of San Diego at the southern tip of Baja Mexico (sometimes called Baja California), hugging the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California) to the east.
When I was growing up, vacation accommodations encompassed a handful of options: a hotel or motel, camping or staying at a friend or relative’s house
You know the saying, “April showers bring May flowers.” Well, I don’t know about the shower part, but May is definitely “blooming” with an abundance of insightful, delightful, creative, fun and fascinating events.
African-Americans have played a significant role in the history of Macon, Ga., since its early founding. Although many people identify the city with two of its most famous native sons—Otis Redding and Little Richard—there were numerous other African-Americans and institutions that helped make the city what it is today.
In the first part of this feature series, we had just begun to grasp the overall “lay of the land” of Macon, Ga., a boutique town of approximately 90,000 residents situated a little more than an hour northwest of Atlanta.
Located a little over an hour’s drive north from Atlanta, Macon is a boutique town (approximately 90,000 people in the entire county) that offers a bigger city punch.
This week, Lysa Allman-Baldwin discusses travel guides for travelers of all kinds.
One of the benefits of being a travel writer is that you often find out about many of the latest travel accessories, gadgets, clothing, books and so forth as soon as they come on the market, each offering its own unique features for those on the go.
One of the most beautiful areas of Mexico, the Riviera Maya possesses a deep, rich Mayan history—the people who were thought to have risen to prominence around 250 A.D. and were eventually dominated and almost wiped out in the 16th century by the Spanish conquistadors.
If you were to look at a map of Mexico, which looks like the lower portion of a mermaid, you would find the Riviera Maya, where her delicate fin curls northward at the tip.
Hello, (almost) spring! It won’t be long before we’ll be shedding those heavy coats, taking out our lighter sweaters and getting ready to take advantage of the warmer weather to explore the many happenings going on this month. Here are just a few to get your March travel plans underway.
So your spouse has a series of business meetings, one of your best friends is attending a conference or its time to take one of the kids for a college campus visit. For whatever reason, you’ll be in the beautiful “Mile High City,” Denver.
2015 is going to be a great year for travel! Numerous A-List travel publications are spreading the travel gospel to new adventurers, seasonal voyagers and travel junkies alike.
Whether you’re into a chaotic bar scene, mellow speakeasy vibes, classical music, artistic dance performances, the opera, DF-infused dance beats, intimate live ensembles, piano bars or anything in between, you’ll find something to fit your musical temperament in San Francisco.
Whether you’re a first-timer or repeat visitor in San Francisco, you’ll be amazed at the amazing number of sites and attractions peppered throughout this city, encompassing only about 49 square miles.
To help you in your quest to explore the vast expanse of this beautiful country, the folks at Bella Terra Publishing have created “Rail U.S.A.: Museums & Trips,” three unique regional guide maps featuring more than 1,200 railroad points of interest.
Well, although it may seem like time is just flying by, it also marks the beginning of a whole new year of exciting events, exhibits and more celebrating African-American culture all over the Diaspora. Happy New Year and enjoy!
Sooner or later, almost every place has its day in the sun—the time when the outside world learns what most of the locals have known and been nurturing for years.
It’s hard to believe, but 2015 is just around the corner.
In the first part of our exploration of Monterey, Calif., we had just started delving into the early history, historic sites and attractions found in this beautiful region located along California’s beautiful Central Coast region just 120 miles south of San Francisco, 70 miles south of San Jose and 345 miles north of Los Angeles.
Located along California’s beautiful Central Coast region just 120 miles south of San Francisco, 70 miles south of San Jose and 345 miles north of Los Angeles, Monterey is one of the nation’s most popular tourist destinations, playing host to just over 8 million annual visitors from across the U.S. and abroad.
There are so many great travel-related clothing and accessories, gadgets, products and more on the market today that it is often hard to know which ones would be of benefit, whether sojourning to faraway lands or close to home.
Situated along California’s Central Coast region just 249 miles north of Santa Barbara, five miles south of Monterey and about 120 miles south of San Francisco, Carmel is a spectacular vacation gem.
Fall is here already, and that just opens the door to a bevy of cool and exciting events, attractions and so forth that feed our souls and inspire us to get out and explore all the world has to offer.
There are so many wonderful layers to all there is to see, do and experience in and around Buffalo, as we’ve seen in the previous two parts of this feature series.
In part one of this series, we started our exploration of Buffalo, located in the far west region of New York along the shore of Lake Erie and the bank of the Niagara River.
Often when people think of traveling to the Empire State, New York City comes to mind. But as multifaceted as it is, it’s not the only fascinating city in the state.
In a culture where being “the best” this, and “the most” that often takes center stage, it’s easy to find just about any subtopic that fits the bill.
It seems like everywhere you look these days in blogs and websites, the craft brewery industry is taking center stage.
With all there is to see and do in Santa Barbara, as we learned in the first two parts of this feature series, you definitely need some downtime to relax and rejuvenate.
In our first exploration of Santa Barbara—dubbed “The American Riviera” and situated along the beautiful Pacific Ocean coastline just 92 miles north of Los Angeles, 249 miles from Carmel and Monterey and 332 miles south of San Francisco—we learned about its early history, stunning Spanish architecture and the tip of the iceberg in terms of its sites and attractions.
We started this summer California road trip series in the beautiful city of Santa Monica, driving in a Jucy Rental, a New Zealand-based travel company that operates a fleet of retrofitted campervans featuring a 1950s-inspired mascot called “Jucy Lucy.” From there it was just a short one and a half hour drive north to Santa Barbara.
The heat is on, and so is the wealth of exciting, funky and fun events all across the nation. Here are just a few to add to your travel itineraries this summer. Enjoy!
Last time around we had just barely scratched the surface of Santa Monica, Calif., a unique, beachside community known around the world.
The beaches. An iconic pier. Miles of picturesque bike paths. Beautiful toned Southern California bodies.
Summer is well on its way, and if you haven’t already planned a road trip escape, I have something for you to consider: gettin’ JUCY!
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It’s hard to fathom—and in some ways it’s very disturbing—that in this generation, where Americans have been deep in the throes of numerous global military conflicts, we have also reached the 100th anniversary of World War I. Also known as the “Great War,” it raged from 1914 to 1918, with the participation of reportedly over 100 countries, including those in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and, of course, America.
It’s hard to capture the true essence of a city in one article, and even with this, the last of a three-part series on Philadelphia, there’s so much more to tell about the city’s fascinating early history, sites and attractions, Afrocentric points of interests, accommodations, culinary adventures and more.