Mardi Gras in Louisiana: Why I go to Lake Charles Instead of New Orleans

The carnival season in Lake Charles, Louisiana, starts with the Twelfth Night celebration, where the royal courts of more than 50 krewes are introduced. The season continues through the Fat Tuesday celebrations on February 25, culminating with the Krewe of Krewes Parade. These celebrations may sound similar to the ones happening in New Orleans at…

5 Things You Should Bring On A Long-Distance Train Trip

Long-distance train rides can be a relaxing cross-country adventure — watching the landscape pass, meeting fellow travelers, playing cards, or reading in the observation car — or a long and uncomfortable ride. Your experience will depend on your mindset and how prepared you are before departing. A few important items can make all the difference…

The Best Things To Do In Door County, Wisconsin In The Winter

Life slows down in Door County, Wisconsin, in the wintertime. The area is a popular summer destination, but the winter is Door County’s quiet season. Still, you’ll find an abundance of winter outdoor activities like hiking and ice fishing. If you prefer to stay warm, Door County’s got something for you, too: You can shop,…

10 Tips for Traveling Gluten-Free

Traveling gluten-free and with food allergies is possible, you need to know how to navigate the barriers which surround eating out when you visit. Guest post by: Elikqitie, creator of the Travel Gluten Free Podcast It’s hard enough to live with celiacs and gluten intolerance, or a gluten allergy. Trying to navigate supermarkets, restaurants, or…

4 Reasons To Travel By Train

Five years ago, I set out to explore the United States by train. The vision started in part because I had spent three months in Europe as a teenager traveling with my mom and two Eurail passes. My sister was in the military, stationed in Augsburg, Germany, so we used her house as a home…

Traveling Solo Over 50

I took my first solo trip when I was 51. During five years of solo travel, I have met numerous female solo travelers along the way: There was the woman sitting next to me on the train from New Orleans to Tuscaloosa, buried under blankets most of the day because she had stayed up late…

Camping, RVs, and Outdoor Recreation in Branson, Missouri

ONE OF AMERICA’S TOP CAMPING DESTINATIONS Enjoy the great outdoors on a camping trip to Branson in 2020. From campsites to hiking trails, find out everything you need to know to plan an unforgettable family excursion. Fresh air, a cozy campfire, the sweet taste of s’mores — there’s no better way to enjoy a weekend…

Twenty Things To Do In Reno-Tahoe in 2020

A New Year’s Bucket List For Adventurous Activities, Curious Finds, and Cultural Discoveries 1. Walk or Bike along Lake TahoeEnjoy the vistas of Lake Tahoe from the new East Shore Trail, running from Incline Village to Sand Harbor. The three-mile trail offers direct access to beaches, hidden coves and pristine views of the lake. Walk,…

Plan a Wellness Getaway to Western Nevada

The Sierra Nevada mountains are a focal point in western Nevada, rising from the Great Basin desert floor. In addition to the beauty of the mountain ranges, you’ll find Lake Tahoe with its pristine waters, a myriad of hiking trails and waterfalls, spa treatments, sustainable practices, and a hot springs to discover on a wellness…

Desert Digital Detox in Phoenix, Arizona – Itinerary

Day 1 Check-in at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa The fires are lit. The water is flowing. The earth is flowering. The sky is limitless. Where all the elements meet. JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa may be Arizona’s largest resort, but it’s also big on luxury. With 950 guestrooms(including 81…