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Lysa Allman-Badwin

Stories by Lysa

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Welcome to Nashville, the ‘Athens of the South’

The history, culture, music and art of Nashville makes it one of the top tourist destinations.

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Sharing the BBQ love: Great places to get your ‘que’ on

Brisket, rib tips, pork shoulder, ham, chicken, beef ribs, burnt ends, lamb—the options are endless for those who love barbecue.

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March 2016 travel calendar of events

Upcoming events for the emerging spring season.

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December travel calendar of events

The end of the year has snuck up on us again, but that’s no reason to bring your travel adventures to a close.

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Travel tips of the trade

The busy holiday season is right around the corner, a time when many people take to the skies, roads, rails and seas to visit friends and family close to home and further afield.

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Up, up and away …

If you are of a certain age, you will remember this song by the 5th Dimension: “Would you like to ride in my beautiful balloon?

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Afrocentric fall events to delight and inspire

New York City, Philadelphia, Barbados, Mobile, Schenectady, Kiawah Island and even online! These are just a few of the locales where numerous exciting events and happenings are taking place this month and beyond

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Cirque du Soleil brings the magic and music of Michael Jackson to life

Cirque Du Soleil's "Michael Jackson ONE" is a must-see in Las Vegas!

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The softer side of Vegas

In the first part of this travel series, I posed the question, “What do you really know about Vegas?”

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What do you really know about Las Vegas?

“Sin City.” “Glitter Gulch.” “The Gambling Capital of the World.” Whatever you call it, Las Vegas is one of the most famous cities in the world.

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Smell it, flip it, snap it, zip it

There are a lot of new, great travel necessities on the market these days.

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Captivating travel stories for the soul

There are all kinds of travel guides out there, for specific destinations, themed travel such as beach vacations, traveling with children, sojourns for baby boomers and the list goes on.

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Art, music and film among Afrocentric events presented in October

Believe it or not, fall is officially here...

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A mind, body and spirit transformation in Costa Rica

In our last sojourn, we had just arrived at the Retreat at Altos del Monte, a new, secluded, eight-acre mountaintop estate just 45 minutes from San Jose, Costa Rica.

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The Retreat at Altos del Monte

Located between Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the south, Costa Rica is truly a jewel of Central America

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Ebony Escapes! into September

Whether you’re traveling on the East Coast, West Coast or somewhere in between this month (its September already?), you’ll find a wealth of special events, performances, culinary adventures and more of Afrocentric interest.

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2015’s most and least affordable US travel destinations

I normally don’t think of, or consult, banking institutions when deciding where to embark upon a travel sojourn.

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10 best family campgrounds

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.

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A few of my favorite (travel) things

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.

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Afrocentric adventures in August

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.

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In Belize, paradise found

I'm not going to lie: The voyage to this Belizean island paradise 18 miles off the mainland is not for sissies.

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‘Beautiful Sea’ indeed

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.

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‘You Betta Belize It!’

It’s cute, catchy and you’ll see it everywhere you look in Belize: “You Betta Belize It!”

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Definitely hotter than July!

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!

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Staying fit on the road

Whether traveling for business or leisure, it is very important—and often very difficult—to keep fit on the road.

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Great travel books that put the world at your fingertips

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.

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Ebony Escapes! into June 2015

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.

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Much to see, do and eat in Cabo San Lucas

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.

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Mexican love at the Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Resort

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.

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Vacation rentals increasingly replacing hotel stays

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

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Ebony Escapes! into May 2015

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.

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More to Macon than meets the eye

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.

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Macon, Georgia: ‘The Song and Soul of the South’

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.

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Welcome to Macon, Georgia!

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.

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For the love of travel (guides)

This week, Lysa Allman-Baldwin discusses travel guides for travelers of all kinds.

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Great finds for the traveler on the go

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.

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Mayan history and culture in Mexico

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.

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Exploring the Riviera Maya

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.

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Ebony Escapes! into March 2015

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.

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72 hours in Denver

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.

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Hot travel destinations for 2015

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.

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Music and culinary thrills in San Francisco

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.

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San Francisco, the ‘City by the Bay’

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.

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Wanderlust guides for the adventurous traveler

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.

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Ebony Escapes! into January 2015

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!

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Welcome to Ann Arbor, Michigan

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.

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Travel to celebrate the New Year

It’s hard to believe, but 2015 is just around the corner.

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Delightful lodging and the fine arts in and around Monterey

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.

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The wonder and beauty of Monterey, California

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.

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Take me with you: Must-have travel necessities

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.

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