Photo Friday: Oxford, Mississippi

A week ago marked my third trip to Mississippi in the past 12 months. As I sat down with my cousin at High Point Coffee, she asked me what others probably would want to know: “Why?” She’s a student at the University of Mississippi, commonly known as “Ole Miss,” in Oxford and didn’t know what would […]

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Warming Up with Stanley Brand (+ Holiday Cocktail Recipes!)

Is there a more classic American product than the Stanley Brand insulated vacuum bottle? Created in 1913 by William Stanley Jr., they’re synonymous with adventure. Just take a look at the #Stanleyness hashtag on Instagram and you’ll see the classic green Seattle-made items paired with campsites in lush Pacific Northwest forests, held by sports fans at […]

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Caroline in the City Guide to San Francisco

Known as the Fog City and City By the Bay, San Francisco has gone through dozens of incarnations. In the 1800s, it was a frontier town for those going after the gold rush. In the 1970s, it was the ground zero for counterculture and hippie life. Today, it’s a combination of everything, featuring Silicon Valley’s […]

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Behind the Curtain: November 2015

I’ve come to look forward to these monthly posts about what I’m into beyond travel because there’s so much more to my life than where I go, despite the fact that it’s something I love. It’s funny how many people respond with their obsessions or agree with mine! As with last month, I’m sharing the […]

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Photo Friday: Boone, North Carolina

My body can’t seem to keep up with the seasons, as I left moderate climes in Georgia to visit my sister in the mountains of North Carolina before heading down to Florida, where it was still in the 80s. But it really felt like fall there so I broke out my sweaters and boots for […]

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Travel Writing Round Up [November 2015]

Over the last nearly four years that I’ve been offering the Travel Writing Round Ups, I’ve been asked about why I started them. It began as a way to show that there are travel writing opportunities that pay, not just the Huffington Post “pay for exposure” model. I’ve received a lot of great feedback (and […]

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Photo Friday: Senoia, Georgia

While I consider myself a city girl, I love road tripping through small towns and backroads that the South is known for. Within 45 minutes of driving out of Atlanta in any direction, I can be in actual farmlands, cows and all. Last month I finally made it to a town I’d been wanting to […]

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Things That Are Better As a Solo Traveler

If you travel solo, as I do, there are certainly ups and downs. Sometimes things get awkward, lonely and difficult. There are long bus rides, travel illnesses, lost bookings and plenty of mishaps. But there are a lot of things that are better as a solo traveler. These are the things you have a hard […]

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On Guilt and Apologies

I’ve always been called a worrywart. Anxious. Guilty. I’m full of emotion at any given time. There’s always a voice in the back of my head thinking, “Did I say something stupid? Does everyone hate me?” People make jokes about Catholic guilt, but I have non-denominational guilt. Sociopaths are people who feel no sort of […]

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Stranded in Bangkok: A Visa Run Story

Despite the fact that I’ve been home from Southeast Asia for over a year, I’ve still got stories to share! Here’s one that I’ve had time to reflect on.  At first nothing seemed any different. I woke up at our hotel in Koh Samui and went through the usual routine of having breakfast and going […]

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Visiting (Surprisingly Hip) Augusta, Georgia

Ask five people what they know about Augusta, Georgia and perhaps three couldn’t tell you anything, one would mention the Masters and another might confuse Augusta with the city of the same name in Maine. Prior to this year, my experience in Augusta had been limited to the rest stop, where I would go on my […]

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Why You Should Visit South Carolina (Now)

In the last few weeks, the Carolinas have been hard hit with storms and major flooding. Coastal areas have been affected, but it’s been the midlands and their faulty dams that have seen the most casualties. It’s been under a state of emergency and many areas are still without power and drinkable water. The National […]

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