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photo taken at Ingalls Homestead in De Smet, South Dakota, by Deb Thompson

Deb Thompson on 1001 Travel Tales: Little House on the Prairie

This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series 1001 Travel Tales Podcast

This week’s 1001 Travel Tales podcast has a literary theme. Deb Thompson, of, tells about her experience following the historical footsteps of Laura Ingalls Wilder. To listen on Soundcloud, just click on the image below. If you prefer to download the podcast, you can do so here on iTunes or here on Stitcher. [soundcloud…

Three reflected roseate spoonbills at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image via Flickr by Matthew Paulson

Visiting Orlando: 8 ideas that aren’t Disney

What’s the first word that pops into your head when you hear the word “Orlando”? Unless you’re an Orlando Bloom fan, chances are you thought of Disney World. Disclosure: The following is a partnered post; I received payment for writing it and including a link. All opinions, however, are my own! I enjoyed Disney World…

Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, Georgia. Image via Flickr by Hector Sanchez

Atlanta beyond “Gone with the Wind”

Disclosure: The following is a sponsored post; I received payment for writing it and including a link. All opinions, however, are my own! If you mention Atlanta to me, I picture Gone with the Wind: stately rows of homes in the city, antebellum mansions in the countryside. Fragile, pale white women wear corsets and bell-shaped…

This artwork in the lobby, called "Unearthed" and created by Frank Bender, lends a face to the people buried in the African Burial Ground.

The African Burial Ground of NYC

New York City’s African Burial Ground National Monument has an interesting history. Or, rather, two histories: one of the people who were buried there, the other of the rediscovery of the graveyard and the establishment of this monument. Rediscovery of the African Burial Ground In the process of preparing a building lot for a new…

a view of Manhattan from the Manhattan Bridge, New York City

New York City: A Photo Essay

For a while I’ve been meaning to create some photo essay posts. Whenever I write about a place I’ve visited like New York City, (for instance, about the High Line Park, or two small museums in New York City, or free or cheap things to do in New York City), I choose pictures that best illustrate…

Marina Del Rey: LA’s playground

Los Angeles is one of those places that everyone wants to visit someday, to glimpse some stars on Rodeo Drive, visit the Hollywood Walk of Fame, or enjoy the original Disneyland. Note: I originally wrote this article several years ago for Hipmunk, a hotel booking engine which no longer exists. This is a revised and…

colorful ducks swimming in Bossier

5 Things to Do in Bossier City, Louisiana … Besides Gambling!

I’m not much of a gambler, but my husband would gladly tell you a story about having to drag me away from the low-stakes slot machines at Lake Tahoe. I insist that my reluctance to leave had more to do with the generous free drinks I received than the slots themselves. Disclosure: I am a…

Marco Island: a Relaxing, Wildlife-Viewing Vacation

Work is exhausting, you need a break, and you have some vacation time coming to you. You decide you want a nice, relaxing beach vacation: nothing to do but lie on a beach lounger with a drink in your hand. Disclosure: I wrote this article for Hipmunk as part of the #HipmunkCityLove Project. After some…

a view of a section of the High Line park

The High Line: an unusual New York City park

I like parks as much as the next person, but when I travel they’re not high on my list. I might pass through a park on the way to something else I want to see, or I might do a bit of people-watching in a park long enough to eat a sandwich, but that’s about…