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Coron, Palawan, the Philippines

Trip of a Lifetime: Bloggers Pick their Must-See Destinations

For this collaborative post, I asked fellow travel bloggers about their idea of a trip of a lifetime: If a person who’s never traveled far from home asked you to name the one place they should visit on their one-and-only trip ever, what would you say? I got so many different answers! I’ll start with the…

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 sunset. Photo by Yesenia Hinnaoui via Trover

Cities Less Traveled: Exploring Marina Del Rey

Disclosure: I am a writer for Hipmunk, and wrote the following article for the #‎HipmunkCityLove Project. Los Angeles is one of those places that everyone wants to visit someday, to see the stars on Rodeo Drive, visit the Hollywood Walk of Fame, or see the original Disneyland. The city is very spread out, though, 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. Bossier City, Louisiana, across the…

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…

two people strapped under a parachute, parasailing

Watery Sports in Marina del Rey, California

I recently started writing for Hipmunk, an easy-to-use travel-planning website. One of my assignments involved writing about The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Marina del Rey, California. If you’ve read my blog at all, you know I tend to go for what some Westerners might call “exotic” destinations when I travel: Malawi and Tanzania a couple of…