• Louisiana,  Travel

    New Orleans, Louisiana: Loving the Big Easy

    New Orleans, Louisiana (aka NOLA, aka “The Big Easy”) is a city I love a lot more than I ever thought I would. However, I shouldn’t have been surprised. Uniqueness and mystery cover the city like a cloak, waiting for visitors to discover the surprises within.  My First Trip The first time I went to New Orleans, it was just a stopover for a cruise that was leaving from the Julia Street Cruise Terminal. I didn’t really get to see much of the city itself. I was there for the evening before the cruise was to leave port. Not only was I there for a short time, I was extremely…

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    Missouri,  Travel

    St. Louis, MO: The Gateway to Fun

    St. Louis, Missouri is a great place to devote some travel time. Whether you are looking for a family vacation or a romantic getaway, St. Louis can be the gateway to fun. Located in the Midwest, it is easily accessible by a majority of the country. For those further away, the St. Louis Lambert International Airport can provide access to this great city.  Nestled in a curve of the Mississippi River, St. Louis is the “Gateway to the West”. It is home to the Gateway Arch, a 630-foot arch that allows visitors a glimpse of the city from above. That is, if you are willing to ride the elevator to…

  • Travel

    Weekend Getaway: A Mini Vacation Between Vacations

    Needing a Break Every once in awhile, you just need to get away from it all and go somewhere different. It doesn’t have to be far. Just a quick refresher from the daily grind. Does this sound familiar? It’s Wednesday afternoon and you are already counting down the hours until the weekend. It’s not like you have big plans or anything. You may just sit at home watching TV like you do every other weekend. Or, worse yet, doing all the chores you have let slide during the week. You’re tired and bored, but what else are you going to do? It’s another six months before you get to go…

  • Cruising
    Cruising,  Travel

    Cruising for Value and Entertainment

    Cruising has become a popular method of travel for people of all ages and backgrounds. There is no wonder it’s so popular, the options are nearly unlimited. There are cruises for families and for people who like to party. You can go somewhere with white sand beaches or icebergs. There are theme cruises and even cruises offering continuing education credits.  Cruising is one of those vacations that either you love it or you hate it. Well, I most definitely fall into the love it category. I can’t imagine anyone hating it, unless they got really seasick or something.   There are several cruise lines that everyone knows, such as Carnival,…

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    Camping: Something for Everyone

    One thing I’ve always loved to do was to go camping. I grew up camping beside a set of lakes near my hometown. Most of the summers of my childhood revolve around staying at the lakes and fishing. My parents had a small camper and we would stay in it nearly every weekend during the summer months. My grandparents had a bigger Winnebago, and they were often parked right next to us. We had a lot of fun sitting on the bank with a fishing pole in hand. My great uncle taught me how to drive a trolling motor, so we would go out on the lake and fish. He…

  • Travel

    Why travel?

    What travel means to me… Travel is one of the most important dreams in my life. I would give up many of the comforts in life if it meant that I could travel more. But, many people do not understand why I feel this way. They look at me like I’m crazy and wonder “Why travel?” Well, ladies and gentlemen, I’ll tell you… All of my life, traveling has been a source of pleasure and enjoyment. When I was a child, my grandparents went on vacation every year, and they would take one of the grandkids with them. I was so excited when it was my turn to go. I’ll…