Photo Friday: Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Before the day spa and plastic surgery, before facials and girlfriend getaways, there was Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The Ozarks town was known for being a resort with healing springs to cure all manners of ailments. Hotels and other businesses cropped around the waters of the springs, which were found in locations around town. I’d been told […]

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How to Have a Girls Weekend in Charleston

One of the best places in the world for a girlfriend getaway is my former home of Charleston, South Carolina. I lived there for four years, two of which were in a house with five other girls, so you could say I’m something of an expert. The restaurants, bars, shopping and especially the beaches make […]

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Maxwell Scott’s Raffaelle: My New Favorite Toiletry Bag

For someone who travels as much as I do, a ziploc bag for a toiletry bag just won’t do. Until now, I’ve used a combination of a huge Vera Bradley toiletry bag, a small TSA friendly bag and a tiny Travelon case for makeup. So when Maxwell Scott offered to send me The Raffaelle, one […]

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Where to Go After Graduation

Traveling after graduation from high school or college is a rite of passage. I started planning for my graduation trip long before my senior year of college. Dozens of destinations flitted around my brain until I finally landed on Croatia. I’d heard about the country on an episode of Rick Steves and a friend told […]

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Post Graduate Options for Travelers

So you’re graduating from college (or high school). Now, what? I looked through my options a few months before graduation and considered a number of things like graduate school, volunteering and work at newspapers. But I didn’t pick any of them and decided to travel instead. There are a number of ways to see new places […]

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Five Years Since Graduation: What Have I Learned?

This week marks five years since I graduated from college. Five years since I donned the white dress, carried the red roses and walked across the Cistern for the first time. Five years since I left my beloved Charleston to go traveling, which became indefinite. Five years since I made the decision to become a […]

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Photo Friday: Bentonville, Arkansas

Bentonville wasn’t originally on the itinerary. In fact, I had no itinerary when I first volunteered to drive out to Oklahoma with my dad. Back when my sister and I were traveling around Southeast Asia, my father beat out many other contenders from the South in a bass fishing tournament, which qualified him for the […]

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Travel Writing Round Up [May 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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My Favorite Snacks for Travel

  We’ve all experienced the feeling. Our eyes get a little blurry, our stomach grumbles loud enough for passersby to hear and we become irrationally angry. It’s known as “hangry” and it’s a condition I suffer from. I fret about finding my way in a new city and worry if I will ever find somewhere […]

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Photo Friday: Memphis, Tennessee

I hadn’t been in Memphis since 2012, but somehow I found myself here three times within a matter of weeks. On the front end of my Mississippi trip, I only saw the airport, but on the back end, my new friend Lisa at the Tunica CVB decided to show a few of us around before […]

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Video: Malaysia Wrap Up

This is my final Malaysia video, including clips unseen before with some cameos from my fellow bloggers. It was truly a life changing trip, from the urban jungle of Kuala Lumpur through charming Melaka to untouched Kuching in Malaysian Borneo. I hope you enjoy the final chapter in my journey!

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How to Start a Travel Blog

I get asked a lot of questions about what it’s like to run a travel blog and how to go about starting one. You may have already read posts on other blogs like this, but it’s time to share how I started my blog, my mistakes you can avoid and why you should start one. […]

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