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Don’t Be Soar-y For Not Knowing About Canada Day & Other Things I Learned In Montreal & Toronto

Don’t Be Soar-y For Not Knowing About Canada Day & Other Things I Learned In Montreal & Toronto

“Wow, these Canadians are so patriotic! There are flags and festivities all over the place,” I remarked to my friend as we surveyed Victoria, British Columbia from the ferry dock. It was 2003, my first time to Canada, and I was clueless about international travel. I was so…

Six Things in Wyoming You Must See For Yourself

Six Things in Wyoming You Must See For Yourself

The U.S. state of Wyoming has some incredible sights, but let’s be honest about one thing. Depending on where and how you arrive, the scenery might not make for the fondest first impression. If you expect it to look like Jackson Hole Mountain Resort ski area all…

Volcanoes and Cliff Dwellings Road Trip: Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico

Volcanoes and Cliff Dwellings Road Trip: Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico

How about a road trip south from Denver to southern Colorado and northern New Mexico? This route is often overlooked in favor of “heading west” from Denver over the Continental Divide, but the scenery south is no less spectacular, albeit in a different way. On this road trip…

Tour the Allman Brothers Band House in Macon, Georgia

Tour the Allman Brothers Band House in Macon, Georgia

The house is big, but the legend is bigger. Visit the Allman Brothers Band (ABB) Museum in Macon, Georgia, and you’ll see what I mean. It’s called The Big House, after all. Band members and their significant others rented it in 1970 with some of their…

Only Sort of Solo in San Diego

Only Sort of Solo in San Diego

One of the secrets of solo travel is that you rarely have to be solo. While you might choose to book the trip or literally do the traveling part alone, it seems rare to be all alone on a trip unless you choose to be. For example, I recently took…

So Put Me on a Highway, and Show Me a Sign

So Put Me on a Highway, and Show Me a Sign

I’d heard a little bit of The Eagles’ music when I was growing up, but I didn’t really start listening to them until I was in my 20’s. When I heard today that Glenn Frey, the legendary band’s co-founder, passed away, I was rightfully dismayed…

Scenic Routes and Second Chances

Scenic Routes and Second Chances

I’ve learned a thing or two about the quintessential travel experience known as The Road Trip. In 2014-2015, I road tripped in 25 U.S. states! Before that, I’d really only taken one as an adult solo and one as an adult paired. One of the best…

Road Trip: Devil’s Tower & the Dakotas

Road Trip: Devil’s Tower & the Dakotas

I lived in the great state of Wyoming for nearly a decade, and it bothered me that I had not yet made the time to visit Devil’s Tower National Monument. My “50 by 40 Goal” is to visit all 50 states by the time I’m 40, and looking…

Colorado’s Cool Sahara, the San Luis Valley

Colorado’s Cool Sahara, the San Luis Valley

Although many people associate Colorado with swishing down snow-capped summits, there is a lot more to the landscape than mountains. The state also has fertile farms, rolling ranchland the tallest sand dunes in North America. The San Luis Valley (SLV) is a great roadtrip just a few hours south…

Road Trip: Priceless Cash

Road Trip: Priceless Cash

Visiting the Boyhood Home of Johnny Cash Driving west to Colorado from Tennessee, it would have made sense to take I-40 through Memphis. However, a nagging voice in my head (traveler’s intuition) told me to save Memphis for another time, hopefully when I have a travel buddy. I…