For those living in the middle of Missouri, there are only a few options for hitting the "big city" -- St. Louis, Mo., or Memphis, Tenn. Last spring, my gal pal Jessie and I chose to visit Memphis for the first time.
Our trip to Memphis might be one of the most unorganized trips I've ever take [ ... ]
I’m a sucker for an old-fashioned candy shop. I just love the candy-filled bins, the drugstore-feel complete with a bar and soda jerk…it makes everyone feel like a kid. With unique treats like Elvis Bark and chocolate-covered bacon, the Big Top Candy Shop in Austin, Texas is a fun treat for any [ ... ]
When planning out your summer road trip don't overlook Devil's Tower, Wyoming. It is one of my favorite side trips and possibly one of the most overlooked National Parks.
The first time I drove through Wyoming was in the summer of 1981 on a road trip with my my Mom. Somehow, in a pre-Internet [ ... ]
Vegetarian travel gets easier in the summer, when farmers markets and their bounteous produce draw tourists and local chefs.
Summer is also know for outdoor eating, and New York City has one of the best (I’m slightly biased) eating extravagnzas, orgasburg. Actually, make that two. Smorgasburg ha [ ... ]
You could visit South Florida without paying homage to the Everglades, but why would you want to? And paying proper homage to the Florida Everglades requires an airboat ride.
Your passport is gone and you are in another county. What are you going to do? Misplacing your passport is enough to strike terror in the hearts of any traveler but imagine you are 15, traveling with your aunt to Paris on your first-ever international trip, and you set down your airplane ticket and [ ... ]
One of the best ways to experience new places is to eat the local favorite. Each country, state, region and even city has a dish that allows you to have a unique culinary experience while visiting. It tells me about the destination and the people who call it home.
Unfortunately, I can’t travel all [ ... ]
Then they did the old bait & switch – before we could get too broken up over this, they got us a dog.
My siblings and I had no idea about Flash’s untimely demise until recently, but I started thinking about it when Kim Orlando tried to get her kids to give up electronics on a family vacation to Aruba.
Travel somewhere (Europe, Asia, Africa) where their chargers won’t work and use the excuse that you can’t recharge because the plug doesn’t work. If your kids are young enough, they will accept this. If you need them to have a handheld gaming device for the way home, you can suddenly find the correct plug just before you leave for home, and juice up the device.
This could get you out of your comfort zone, driving to Cincinnati to see the in-laws. Sorry, can’t visit; we need to take the kids somewhere they can unplug.
We used a bit of subterfuge when our youngest daughter became obsessed with a particularly noxious cassette tape that she had to hear in the car. We would play it over & over, until our older daughters would scream. Then they got iPods and tuned out the horrid noise – but we still had to listen.
So the tape ‘broke.’
Shortly after that, cassettes became obsolete, and CDs don’t break. Unless your kids are too young to know any better.