5 Reasons to Visit Chicago in the Spring

Chicago is one of my favorite cities. Fortunately having friends there and a place to stay has meant getting to know the city pretty well and visiting year round. While I don’t think there’s a bad time to visit Chicago, there are some months that are better than others. Spring is one of my favorite times to visit. There’s something a little extra special as the city is waking up from the cold. The snow that has been piled up...

Searching for the Best Donuts in St Louis

The outside of World's Fair Donuts in St Louis

In 1904, St Louis hosted the World’s Fair. Who would have thought the donut would still be paying homage to that event now? But that’s exactly what World’s Fair Donuts, located at 1904 (see what they did there?) South Vandeventer Ave is doing all these years later. No they weren’t selling donuts then but they have been baking up glazed buttermilk cake donuts, long john’s and blueberry chip cake conuts, their specialty, for around forty years. The majority of those...

5 Great Reasons to Visit Bentonville, Arkansas

Street Art Downtown Bentonville,a great reason to visit Bentonville

-Updated Dec 2019- As a self proclaimed Southern Ambassador, I’m embarrassed to admit I knew very little about the state of Arkansas. Any first hand knowledge, was from driving across I-40 on a road trip to California, with unfortunately, no real stops in the actual state. Arkansas is considered a Southern state but for us Deep South Southerners, it’s kind of like the cousin you only hear from occasionally. So when I was invited to visit Bentonville for a “Savor...

Unique Things To Do in St Louis

I spent a couple of weeks exploring St Louis and ate way too much BBQ and sampled more donuts than I should have but I came away loving this city. In addition to the things I already knew about St Louis, like Gateway Arch National Park and the Mississippi River, I was pleasantly surprised to find there are so many other fun unique things to do. From restaurants that have been around for ages, to re-purposed buildings and street art,...

How Much Money Do You Need For Iceland

It’s easy to see why Iceland has become so popular in recent years. Fueled by movies, TV shows and Instagram, people have flocked to see it’s beauty. What once was a quiet island is now facing some over-tourism issues. It’s popularity doesn’t seem to be going anywhere soon. If you are one of those people wanting to visit, no doubt you’ve read that it can be quite expensive. Just how expensive is it? How much money do you really need...

Making a Stop in Macon | Visiting Ocmulgee Brewpub

Ocmulgee Brewpub

Almost smack dab in the middle of the state of Georgia lies Macon, the “Heart of Georgia”. If you’ve driven south to Florida on Interstate 75. you drove right by or maybe even stopped. Macon isn’t a small city. In fact it’s the fourth largest in the state of Georgia. However, it’s somewhat overlooked in comparison to Atlanta, just a couple of hours north. It’s location in the middle of the state, made Macon was a good meeting point for...

Big Bend National Park

Big Bend Mountains

  “Big Bend is a land of strong beauty-often savage and always imposing” Lori Garrison   When it comes to National Parks, Big Bend checks all the boxes. Rivers, mountains, canyons, dark skies, hot springs and fossils are just a few of the amazing things you will find in this park unit. Since it’s also one of the least visited and largest National Parks, there’s enough space to explore and not feel crowded. If you choose to visit in June,...

My Maine Squeeze: A Northeastern Road Trip

Are you looking for some road trip inspiration and ideas for the northeastern states? We flew into Boston and then road tripped up the coast to Acadia National Park, I’ll be honest, we planned a four day quick trip and it was not enough. When we got to Maine, we wanted more. Foggy, moody and mysterious. Wild and tame at the same time. Maine is simply incredible. I had imagined it in my mind, but when I got there, nothing...

5 Essential Apps for Traveling in Mexico

street art along the highway Mexico

Traveling to Mexico can be a bit overwhelming if you aren’t prepared. Transportation, different currency and a foreign language are just a few of the many things that could potentially leave you feeling lost. The good news is there are plenty of apps for traveling in Mexico to help make your travels easier and more efficient. I always use the same five apps for traveling in Mexico. Why only five? Keeping apps to a minimum lessens the chance of your...