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Hey! Welcome to Southerner Says.

I’m Lori – the southerner – traveler, road tripper, public lands lover and sunset chaser here. I’m on a mission to explore the world one road at a time. Okay, I know that’s not really possible but a girl can try. I also know that traveling, and planning travel, can be challenging. Jobs, budgets and limited vacation time really get in the way. So, let me help. I’ve done a lot of the legwork and racked up over 100k miles of road trips and other adventures in the U.S. When I travel, it’s not always to the most popular and well-known destinations. I’m a firm believer that you can find something interesting wherever you go. My job is to find those extraordinary things in ordinary places and then share with you. It’s all about the journey, right? So, are you ready to get started? Well then, let’s go!

Here’s What You’ll Find on the Blog

Since I only write about places I’ve actually visited, Southerner Says is a collection of my favorite destinations – places I think you ought to know about. Not just because they’re popular, or Insta-worthy, but because they are beautiful, interesting and unique.

United States Travel

Most of my travel is in the United States. That’s not to say you won’t see me in Mexico, or even Europe, from time to time, but the majority of content found on Southerner Says is USA related.

National Park Tips

I’m on a quest to visit as many of the national parks units as I can. If you are too and love exploring, and chatting about, our national parks then this is the place for you.

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Road Trip Guides

I love airplane travel but if you really want to get the most from a destination then road trips are where it’s at. With a collection of interstates and back roads, the US is perfect for road tripping.

Travel For Everyone

Even though most of my articles are written from a solo female perspective, the information on Southerner Says is useful for everyone, including families.

And What You Won’t Find on the Blog

  • AI articles with inaccurate details and info that have been scraped from someone else’s blog.
  • Unattainable or ridiculously expensive vacations that you have to go in debt for.
  • Paid reviews. Occasionally, I accept press, or familiarization, trips from tourism boards but I always disclose those kinds of experiences.
  • No flowy dresses in the wild or on top of a mountain but hats are definitely allowed.
  • Unethical experiences. You won’t see petting baby tigers or elephants rides here.
  • Only good travel. Sometimes things go wrong traveling. I share both the good and bad and how to make the best of issues that come up.