Welcome to Southerner Says, a website about road trips, travel and all the good stuff that can be found along the way. While most of the destinations found on the blog are in North America, that’s not to say you won’t see me in some other countries from time to time. I do love a good European coffee. Here’s what else you’ll find:
Southerner Says is all about real, authentic travel that anyone can do. If you read about it, unless otherwise noted, I’ve been there. Travel isn’t just about going to all the the most popular destinations. One of my favorite things to do is exploring overlooked small towns and underrated places.
I love to travel. Period. So if that means adjusting my budget to see a place I want to see, then I’m all for it. For me money saved means more travel. While I won’t turn down a 5 star experience, if I need to sleep in a tent, a hostel or even my car to get to get me there, I’m in! I realize those experiences aren’t for everyone so I always include other lodging options.
I’ve been road tripping since I was a baby and my parents put a mattress on the back seat so I could sleep. That was a long time ago but I still truly believe that road trips are the best way to see a destination. Road tripping presents a unique bonding opportunity for the people on the trip and it allows you to travel at your own pace; stop when you want to and move on when you don’t. Not to mention it’s budget friendly.
National park sites and public lands are a huge part of travel at Southerner Says. In fact, I have a goal to visit as sites many as possible. Our parks offer a great way to see pieces of our beautiful, diverse country affordably. One of my favorite things to do is camp and hike in the national park campgrounds. Oh and collect stickers.
Maybe it’s because I’m a only child and grew up doing things alone but I’m a huge fan of solo travel. Sadly there are a lot of people that would never consider taking a solo trip for fun. Especially GenX women my age. Solo travel isn’t about being selfish or traveling just so you can do what you want to do all the time. Among other things, it’s a learning experience and a big confidence builder. You are learning to rely on yourself and use skills you might not otherwise use in your daily life.
As a self proclaimed southern ambassador, it’s important for me to promote southern travel. With the exception of major cities, I think the south is often overlooked and highly misunderstood. It’s my responsibility to get you to the best places so you will love the south as much as I do. I love finding places that surprise me, teach me something and stay with me forever.
Viva Mexico! I fell in love with Mexico when I was fifteen. I still travel there as much as I can. The things I love about it, like the language, the food and the music are a huge part of who I am. So far, I’ve visited about half of the Mexican states and hope to see them all one day.
All day breakfast, tacos trucks and barbecue are just a few of my favorite things to search for when I travel and road trip. And I’m almost, but not quite enough, embarrassed to admit how many times I’ll brake for breweries, wineries and distilleries. It’s road trip, eat, repeat y’all!