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.
In the first part of our exploration of Philadelphia, we were just getting the lay of the land, including the 55-acre, 20-city block Independence National Historical Park, the Liberty Bell Center, the National Constitution Center and several other sites in and around the downtown area. But all of that is just the tip of the iceberg of what Philly has to offer. Unique attractions and historically significant African-American sites are a big part of the story.
Believe it or not, the school year is fast coming to a close, and I don’t know about you, but after about 10 months of homework, science projects, soccer tournaments and everything in between, we’re all ready for a break. I really don’t care where—I just need to get outta here!
New York City is on a literary roll as of late. As one of the most fascinating cities in the world, it has been the subject of countless articles, movies and documentaries, plays and more. Discovering New York City is like pulling back the layers of an onion—the deeper you go, the more richness and flavor you find.
I really don’t like the saying, “All good things must come to an end,” because that means it’s time to wrap up this feature series in the beautiful province of Quebec, Canada—but not before I extol the virtues of two more amazing places that just must be on your Canadian travel bucket list.
Our next spa stop was Spa Natur’Eau, an oasis that far exceeds your wildest expectations.
I was thrilled to be invited to participate in a spa-themed travel writing trip to enjoy four spas in as many days.
Celebrating its 88th birthday this year is one of our country’s most significant icons and an invaluable slice of Americana—Route 66. For many a traveler, Route 66 is on their bucket list of adventures, but before you set out on your own particular Route 66 adventure, you have to go back to the beginning.
Reminiscing over a bygone era can take place in a variety of forms—music, art, the written word, photography—and the latter is the medium that Chris Flook, a telecommunications instructor at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., chose for a summer driving trip in which he photographed all 92 county courthouses and adjoining squares as part of his project, “Indiana Courthouse Squares.”
Oakland has changed dramatically in the 14 years since I left, offering so much more for denizens and visitors alike.
Peeling back the multifarious layers of Oakland, California a fusion of distinctive neighborhoods and one of the most diverse cities in the country.
It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve been here, if ever—the views from the airplane window are always captivating.
If you’re like me, you want a lot more simplicity in your life. So I am constantly on the lookout for great ideas, products and gadgets that can help me pare down, reduce stress and travel smarter and lighter.
Spring is just around the corner—yahoo! That means more pleasant temps and longer days that allow us to get out and delve into a wealth of fascinating and exciting events of interest to communities of color and others happening all across the country.
Thanks for joining us as we continue our pampering—mind, body and soul—at the Heartland Spa and Fitness Resort, located just 90 miles south of Chicago.
The Heartland Spa and Fitness Resort totally had me
In the first part of this travel series, we had just delved into this quaint, small town of just under 18,000 people. However, Hannibal’s breadth is not confined to its size or the number of its denizens. A closer look reveals rich depth and complexities that combine to make it one of Missouri’s most popular tourist attractions
I knew that Mark Twain and the “Unsinkable Molly Brown” of Titanic fame were part of the rich history in Hannibal. But as I learned, there is a great deal more to this quaint Missouri town than meets the eye.
Well, here we are, already into the second month of the year! As daunting as it may seem that time is flying by so fast, it’s equally as exciting to see the wealth of ongoing and current events taking place that are sure to delight and inspire.
A one-part article is not nearly long enough to capture the essence of the Canadian jewel that is Montreal.