Welcome to Southerner Says, a blog that focuses on travel and food mainly in the Americas. That’s not to say you won’t see me in some other countries from time to time. I do love European coffee.
Here’s what else you might find here:
No photoshopped or fake destinations here. I believe in real authentic travel. If I write about it, unless otherwise noted, I’ve been there. I also believe you don’t have to go to the most popular destinations to have a good time. I love places that surprise me, teach me something and stay with me forever. There are many underrated cities to visit and I love finding them and introducing you to them.
I like to travel. Period. So if that means adjusting my budget to make it happen, then I’m all for it. For me money saved means more travel. So while I won’t turn down a 5 star experience, if it requires sleeping in a tent, a hostel or even my car to get to get me there, I’m in! I realize not everything is for everyone so I always try to include mid-range options. And I do enjoy a cruise now and then.
I’ve been road tripping since I was a baby and my parents put a mattress on the back seat so I could sleep. Yikes! I fully believe that road trips are the best way to see a destination. It presents a unique educational and bonding opportunity and allows you to travel at your own pace; stop when you want to and move on when you don’t. Not to mention 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. They offer a great way to see pieces of our country affordably. One of my favorite things to do is camp in the national park campgrounds.
Maybe it’s because I’m a only child and grew up doing things alone but I’m a big fan of solo travel. Sadly there are a lot of people that would never consider taking a solo trip for fun. Especially women my age (GenX). But 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 huge confidence builder. You are learning to rely on yourself and use skills you might not otherwise use at home.
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 fell in love with Mexico when I was fifteen. I still regularly travel there and have always felt totally safe. The things I love about it are a huge part of who I am. So far, I’ve visited about half of the states in the republic and hope to see them all one day.
Food & Favorite Things
Forever in a struggle over which one I love the most, beaches and mountains are two things you’ll see a lot of on here. Along with all day breakfast, tacos and BBQ. Additionally I’m almost, but not quite enough, embarrassed to admit how many times I brake for breweries, wineries and distilleries. It’s road trip, eat, repeat.