8 Great Stops To Make While Riding Amtrak’s Southwest Chief

The Southwest Chief runs daily between Chicago and Los Angeles. Rather than riding the whole route at once, consider taking a break at one (or all!) of these great cities along the route. It’s your chance to discover the American West at a leisurely pace. Read Jill’s story at Travel Awaits.

No More Misshaped Hats While Traveling When You Wear a Crushable Hat

Have you ever found the perfect hat for a beach or holiday getaway, then realized you’d have to wear the hat during your travels (and who wants to wear or carry a large floppy hat on an airplane?) because the alternative—stuffing it into your luggage—would ruin the hat’s shape? That’s where crushable hats come to…

How To Spend 3 Days In La Paz

Sometimes you want to step away from the all-inclusive resort scene and engage in an authentic seaside adventure. La Paz, Mexico, the capital of Mexico’s Baja California Sur, is located just two hours north of Cabo. While it’s not a touristy destination, it is tourist friendly, and you’ll discover a getaway where you can immerse…

How to Throw Out Your Phone on a Summer Road Trip

When you go on your summer vacation, can you also take a vacation from your smartphone? Can you give Facebook and Instagram a rest and enjoy conversing with the people around you rather than constantly scrolling, posting, and checking for comments from your legion of followers? Critics of chronic users of smartphones and social media…

La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico – Itinerary

Tucked away on the eastern side of the Baja California Sur, an approximately two-hour drive north of Cabo San Lucas, travelers will find La Paz. This charming destination is ideally situated along the peaceful waters of the Sea of Cortez. Named “the world’s aquarium” by renowned French marine biologist Jacques Cousteau, it is considered one…

9 Things To Do On A Layover At Chicago’s Union Station

During my first train trip from Kansas City to Washington, D.C., I arrived in Chicago’s Union Station on my first layover with several hours to fill before departing. It’s a massive train station — nearly the size of 10 city blocks — and I felt lost. After grabbing my luggage from the train, my first…

2 Weeks Traveling Virginia by Train – Itinerary

Follow along as I travel through Virginia on Amtrak’s Northeast Regional train with stops in Hampton, Williamsburg, Fredericksburg, Ashland, and Prince William County. I’ll travel for two weeks researching several articles including Amazing Virginia Foods and Where to Find Them for Travel Awaits, Best Virginia Wineries for Chilled Magazine, a Hampton Getaway for Bass Angler…