Latest in Wander
  • Darian Cannard
    Published about 3 hours ago
    Alone Together

    Alone Together

    Travelling solo rarely equates to being alone; as I’m sure you’ve heard before. You may begin alone but you forge friendships quickly in hostels, through Couchsurfing, Workaway or just chatting with a beer on a beach somewhere. So often you form fast and real bonds with people that endure whatever time they are meant to endure.
  • Virginia Frost
    Published a day ago
     The Green behind the Gold
  • Valentine Wangui
    Published a day ago
    My Shard Moments

    My Shard Moments

    I love travelling and this happened to be one of those days. It was my first time in London and I was over the moon. Needless to say I definitely will be back.
  • Samantha Wilson
    Published 2 days ago
    Brave or Stupid. The F*ck It Moment That Led Me To The Camino de Santiago
  • Kimberley Scribe
    Published 2 days ago
    New New York Minute

    New New York Minute

    The financial capital of the world and home to such storied sites as the Statue of Liberty, Madison Square Garden, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the United Nations, New York City is truly as exceptional as they come. But whilst the chic and cosmopolitan streets of an episode of “Will & Grace” or “Gossip Girl” may immediately spring to mind when discussing the great melting pot, the five boroughs are also home to a treasure trove of remarkable, down to earth and most importantly affordable restaurants, markets, centers and even a synagogue or two that can double as a raging concert venue if you book it early enough. From the brightly lit sidewalks of Midtown Manhattan to the hustle and bustle of the South Bronx, here are a handful of my all-time favorite local-friendly hangouts exclusively on Vocal+.
  • Reese Drew
    Published 2 days ago
    An Interactive Itinerary - Local Tampa, FL

    An Interactive Itinerary - Local Tampa, FL

    Tampa has a rich and tasty history. This city was the number one traveler’s destinations in the late 1800s. In the early 1900s we had a surge of cultural influence from our thriving immigrant communities, which provided a viable economy for the roaring 20s with our booze and hand-rolled cigar industry. With our stable economy, we pushed successfully into the 30s and 40s with no real lull during The Great Depression, which allowed our city to hone its cultural craft and create a tourism destination that, even today, we thrive in. As decades passed, many buildings and stories faded away, with only archive centers and family ties to keep our history alive.
Staff Picks
  • Donna Giffen
    Published 25 days ago
    10 Life Lessons From Nature

    10 Life Lessons From Nature

    How to connect and flow with source energy for inspiration, faith, and peace of mind.
  • Chance James
    Published 27 days ago
    Mt. Evans, CO & The Highest Paved Road in North America - Photo Gallery
  • Fatima Elmusbahi
    Published about a month ago
    Antevasin

    Antevasin

    So, you might be reading this upon reflection of your recent wanderlust adventures. Remembering those nights under skies and stars. Those passing days that mingled perfectly; its fulfilment and satisfaction based entirely around the square parameters of a city map in the palm of your hand. You are craving it again. To be out there in the wilderness, happily lost amidst the perfect chaos of it all. Where nobody knows who you are, nor do they care or expect anything from you but a passing smile on the streets of somewhere. Well let me tell you, that feeling that you keep homing in on constantly is not a negative one at all. It's your inner consciousness coming out, giving you a navigation to who you actually are. It’s as if the inner chemistry of your body repels the connections that it has already sought and lived through before; the paleo pull is dramatically pulling you elsewhere. But the question is to where, why and what is the journey like ahead for those who cannot remain in one place for too long?
  • Dani Hendrix
    Published about a month ago
    How to get over the fear of solo travel

    How to get over the fear of solo travel

    Everyone should travel solo at least once in their life. It is a very rewarding experience that will leave the traveler feeling more confident and capable. Recently, I went on my very first solo travel trip but it took me a few months to feel comfortable enough to travel on my own. I get it, traveling alone can be scary especially if you are a woman. In fact, if someone had asked me two years ago if I would ever travel alone my answer would have been a definite "no". But oh how the times have changed. I have compiled a list of the top five biggest reasons people (and my past self) are afraid to travel alone and how to get over that fear. Let me start by saying that there are so many reasons to travel solo and only a few keeping people from the world. People travel solo not because they can't find someone to go with them, but they make the conscious choice to do so. Even if you prefer to travel with someone else, life is too short to wait around for others.
  • Sierra Vandervort
    Published about a month ago
    I Found the Meaning of Travel Neck-Deep in Stroopwafels

    I Found the Meaning of Travel Neck-Deep in Stroopwafels

    On my first night in Amsterdam, I saw an interesting piece of street art through the window of the tram I was riding. It was written on the side of a building in huge letters:
  • David Sornberger
    Published 2 months ago
    Top 20 Travel Photography Destinations for 2020

    Top 20 Travel Photography Destinations for 2020

    THE WORLD AWAITS. Where will your next photo adventure take you? Based on weeks of reading travel and photography books, watching vloggers on YouTube, researching travel trends from tourism boards and considering world events over this past year, I've picked the planet’s 20 most exciting destinations (in my humble opinion) for 2020. So, grab your photo gear, pack your bags and let's go!
Featured Collections
Activities
  • Jordan Long
    Published 2 days ago
    Living the Past

    Living the Past

    Waking up on a cold September morning, the valley of Post Mills, Vermont was socked in with thick, late-summer fog. Michael Libby, a visiting artist from Maine, and I rose with a purpose and trudged out to prep “The Uncle Sally,” a 14-foot, baby blue, experimentally built steamboat. The curious name is a wink and a nod to Samuel Morey, a local Vermont legend, whose boat “The Aunt Sally,” featured the first internal combustion engine to be used on a watercraft in the early 19th century.
  • Josh Romano
    Published 3 days ago
    Quaint Is Just The Beginning

    Quaint Is Just The Beginning

    Portsmouth usually attracts a certain type of tourist. They are seekers of picturesque sunsets, salted air, ice cream, a quaint town square, maybe a boat ride up the Piscataqua. And it's easy to see why. Portsmouth has all of this in spades and if you were to just spend your time downtown and staring at the water, you'd have a pretty good time. But you're not coming just for sunsets. I know you're not. You know you're not. You want the bar that slings the best cocktails, the townie dive that hosts shameless karaoke, maybe a game of pickup sand volleyball and a sunset hike. You're an adventurer, a young, open eyed traveler who knows that behind corners and down side streets is where the real party is. Any seaside town that's been around for almost 400 years has some serious layers to it. Let's explore some of them right now.
  • Nadji Grizzle
    Published 4 days ago
    The District of Fun! (D.C)

    The District of Fun! (D.C)

    My actual words when my cousin from out of town (Jamaica to be exact) visited me in D.C and asked if we could swing by the Washington Monument;
America
  • Jody Holman
    Published 3 days ago
    Mono Lake to Mammoth & Yosemite

    Mono Lake to Mammoth & Yosemite

    Mono Lake is one of oldest lakes in existence, known in part for its bird life, evidenced by the nests on top of some tufa. Watching the gulls chase after the ground-dwelling, mass-moving sand bugs yesterday was entertainment itself. But today, it is 5:15 AM and all is still- not another soul in sight. I am mesmerized by the sounds of the birds in the water and on the tufa, flying overhead, skimming the water, disrupting the beautiful reflections on the lake as they swim towards shore. As I sit, the sun comes up over the glacier-cut hills and sets the Sierras and lake alight. It was a moment I will likely never forget.
  • Jody Holman
    Published 3 days ago
    Bodie to Mono Lake
A Road Trip of History and Beauty

    Bodie to Mono Lake A Road Trip of History and Beauty

    I set out with 15 pages of printouts from every source I could find on the Sierras. My route was somewhat structured by available rooms, since I waited until the last minute to book. And given the mileage I was aiming for, and the intent NOT to spend every day, all day in the car, I decided to leave the Southern Tahoe, Carson City area to another trip. But the Eastern Sierras and Highway 395, touted as an area not to miss, were beckoning me.
  • Lyrical Value
    Published 3 days ago
    Windy City

    Windy City

    Ahhhhh ain’t this a sight for sore eyes 😁?!
Asia
  • Courtney Cunningham
    Published 2 days ago
    Outside Tokyo

    Outside Tokyo

    If you are travelling through a country, what is the best way to see the countryside? I’ve solo travelled twice through Japan, the first time to Tokyo and Osaka, the second to Tokyo and Kyoto and each time when travelling in the Shinkansen, the bullet train, I loved watching the beautiful countryside zoom past. On my latest solo trip to Tokyo, I decided to go on a day trip to the countryside and while many places came to mind when browsing Google Maps, Nikko and its beauty stood out. Just over two hours from my hostel in Iriya, I set out on a journey to explore the countryside of Japan.
  • Courtney Cunningham
    Published 2 days ago
    Cultural Insights

    Cultural Insights

    I don’t know about you but one of my favourite things to do in another country is to stroll through their supermarkets. A supermarket really says a lot about a country and its people with the range of food available, the convenience items as well as the prices of items. I wanted to discover what constituted a Japanese supermarket. Bounding down the stairs to get out of the humidity of Tokyo, a rush of cold air hit me in the face and instantly, I felt better.
  • Courtney Cunningham
    Published 3 days ago
    Akihabara's little sister

    Akihabara's little sister

    “I guess I should have come on a weekday”, I thought as I walked through the tiled street, following the crowds of hot and sweaty people, just like me. We all sought one goal, Nakano Broadway. People, young and old, Japanese and not so many foreigners. The sign was ahead, Nakano Broadway, in capital letters like a Hollywood stage show. Inside we went, into heaven, and hell.
Budget Travel
  • Kimberley Scribe
    Published 2 days ago
    New New York Minute

    New New York Minute

    The financial capital of the world and home to such storied sites as the Statue of Liberty, Madison Square Garden, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the United Nations, New York City is truly as exceptional as they come. But whilst the chic and cosmopolitan streets of an episode of “Will & Grace” or “Gossip Girl” may immediately spring to mind when discussing the great melting pot, the five boroughs are also home to a treasure trove of remarkable, down to earth and most importantly affordable restaurants, markets, centers and even a synagogue or two that can double as a raging concert venue if you book it early enough. From the brightly lit sidewalks of Midtown Manhattan to the hustle and bustle of the South Bronx, here are a handful of my all-time favorite local-friendly hangouts exclusively on Vocal+.
  • Jord Tury
    Published 16 days ago
    Airbnb: The Ultimate Money Saver

    Airbnb: The Ultimate Money Saver

    We can all agree that seeing the world is a high priority on most of our bucket lists. We all want to explore other cultures and soak up new cuisines, landscapes and histories. But, sadly, in this day and age, travel can cost an arm and a leg just to get the flights we want. Then, frustratingly, little things like extra baggage, leg room and a window seat can often pile on the extra unnecessary fees we really could do without.
  • Lovin' it on Phuket
    Published about a month ago
    Burger Boyz Patong

    Burger Boyz Patong

    Price Range: Low to Moderate
Culture
  • Jordan Long
    Published 2 days ago
    Closed for the Season

    Closed for the Season

    It was a weekend in midwinter and my girlfriend Hillary and I decided to take a drive down to Cape Cod. Rain was threatening, but we crossed our fingers that it would pass to the north of us. Hillary brought along a few old mixtapes and we made our way south down Pilgrims Highway.
  • Tricia De Jesus-Gutierrez
    Published 12 days ago
    My Filipino Story (this being the second in a series in two parts)

    My Filipino Story (this being the second in a series in two parts)

    It has been brewing in my mind for a few months—the idea of sharing some stories of my experience living in the Philippines—since I began retelling them woven within different funny anecdotes I would share with friends to try to give a sense of how different, sometimes bizarre (if viewed through Americanized eyes), and often illuminating life in a foreign country can be.
  • Sam H Arnold
    Published 16 days ago
    How India Stole a 23-Year-Olds Heart

    How India Stole a 23-Year-Olds Heart

    Initially, when asked what my favourite thing in the world was, I would say my daughter. She will always remain my number one. Until her sister is born then she will have to share the top spot.
Europe
  • Sapphire Ravenclaw
    Published 3 days ago
    Behind Bedworth

    Behind Bedworth

    Some residents and visitors will tell you the best thing about Bedworth is the ease of getting out. You might be forgiven for believing that. Admittedly, Bedworth isn’t known for its tourism or night life or, well, much at all. We do have good transport links with easy access to motorways. Regular buses and hourly trains run to our nearest town and city, with some buses going further afield. From the neighbouring town and city, commuters can travel on to Birmingham, England’s second city.
  • Malina Fisher
    Published 3 days ago
    Lodz: the urban art hub

    Lodz: the urban art hub

    If I had to describe my city in three words, they would be: grim, ghost and film.
  • B. Noelle
    Published 4 days ago
    Snapshots: Christmastime in Arezzo

    Snapshots: Christmastime in Arezzo

    I wake up to the sound of Italians speaking at an unnecessary decibel, in my humble opinion. The chill in the air causes me to stay in bed longer and clutch my owl (gufo) blanket around my face. My blinds block out all outside light and I slide on my slippers to avoid the shock of my feet hitting the coldness of the floor as I clamber around for the window. Mentally, I start to prepare for the day’s adventure of searching for Christmas gifts at the open-air market in Piazza San Jacopo.
Female Travel
  • Whit Dubo
    Published 4 days ago
    8 Amazing Girls Trip Vacation Getaway Ideas

    8 Amazing Girls Trip Vacation Getaway Ideas

    When the girls are out there is no one that can stop them. Doing a best friend trip & living your best life with your girls will not only create stronger bonds and amazing experiences. Spending time with your gurl friends is necessary, so show your love for them and plan that girls trip!
  • Kaatje Jones
    Published 5 days ago
    The Power of the First Friendship

    The Power of the First Friendship

    The most difficult part about moving to a new place is getting started. When that new place is in another country, where English isn't the dominant language, the level of difficulty rises significantly. Add a dose of shyness and crippling social anxiety, and a year abroad can start to look like a quite a daunting prospect. Luckily for me, these difficulties were balanced by curiosity, determination, and nearly ten years of previous study in Spanish, which ultimately made my year studying in Sevilla, Spain a transformative one.
  • Samantha Wilson
    Published 17 days ago
    I Am A Woman Born To Roam, Wild & Free

    I Am A Woman Born To Roam, Wild & Free

    I love to roam—to wander at will.
How To
Humanity
Lgbt Travel
  • Rachael Robinson
    Published 3 months ago
    900,000 Women

    900,000 Women

    Kuala Lumpur – Where a trans woman can be in a public bathroom, fixing her lipstick in the mirror next to a Muslim woman adjusting her headscarf, without either woman feeling uncomfortable or threatened.
  • Brooke Collits
    Published 6 months ago
    The Queer Girl City Guide for Sydney

    The Queer Girl City Guide for Sydney

    Marked as one of the most belligerent and happening events for queer men and women from across the globe, the Mardi Gras is unlike something you’ve ever seen before.
  • DM Lewis
    Published 8 months ago
    Cuba Libre, Yes Please

    Cuba Libre, Yes Please

    Havana, is a faster-paced city that is somewhat different than the stereotypical Caribbean islands. With the taxi speeding down the Malecon to take tourists around the city, it is a city that, thanks to some of the steps being taken, may open their doors to travelers from the United States and around the world. But there are a few things that you need to know as a potential tourist.
List
  • Ronald Park
    Published 3 days ago
    Revisiting the Sparks of Stars' Origin

    Revisiting the Sparks of Stars' Origin

    One of the top reasons a group of friends or a whole family would visit a city is to tour the top landmarks of the area. Philadelphia is the city of brotherly love, famous for lots of well-known destinations including musuems, parks, and national historic sites. These sites would consisently be on people's to-visit list when they come to Philly.
  • Glenn Shelhamer
    Published 6 days ago
    Best Los Angeles up & coming neighborhoods to buy a home

    Best Los Angeles up & coming neighborhoods to buy a home

    If you're like me, paying your own mortgage feels a lot better than paying a landlords. I bought my house in Highland Park, Los Angeles which is a neighborhood in NELA (northeast Los Angeles) April, 2017. It was one of the smartest financial decisions of my life buying a duplex in Highland Park. In this article I share the Best Los Angeles up & coming neighborhoods to buy a home. Full disclosure I'm a real estate broker and Eastside L.A. neighborhood expert.
  • Nicole "ChaseThePen" Sanchez
    Published 20 days ago
    Food in the Sun

    Food in the Sun

    Last time, we talked about some great outdoor activities to do in Daytona Beach. After all that work, I bet you’d have quite an appetite. So, today we’re going to fill your belly with some of my favorite restaurants from the area.
Travel Advice
  • Hallie
    Published 2 days ago
    True Life: A Deadwood Vacation (Yes, Like The Show)

    True Life: A Deadwood Vacation (Yes, Like The Show)

    Whether you're a die hard fan of the series or merely recoginze the name from HBO Now on your way to watch Game of Thrones, chances are you've heard of Deadwood.
  • Jody Holman
    Published 2 days ago
    Yountville - Bay Area Weekend Getaway Extraordinaire

    Yountville - Bay Area Weekend Getaway Extraordinaire

    " Where to go in wine country for a day or two?", you ask. My enthusiastic reply of late is “Yountville”! With so much to offer: eats and drink within a four block area, Yountville is one of my favorite places in NorCal wine country. No designated driver? No worries; park and walk the whole town in a leisurely day. Better yet, stay the night in one of its many hotels and inns. Yountville runs high on luxury, indulgence and beauty, but maintains a quaint charm and sense of ease. It is also accessible to both Napa and Sonoma, and only about an hour from the city.
  • Raven Wade
    Published 3 days ago
    Get in Loser, We’re Going to Okc

    Get in Loser, We’re Going to Okc

    I have roamed the streets of Oklahoma City for my entire life, and I won’t lie to you, it isn’t the most glamorous city on the surface. It is often an afterthought when it comes to vacations and is a misunderstood city in general.
Travel Lists
Travel Tips
  • Matthew Donnellon
    Published 2 days ago
    Iargo Springs: Michigan's Hidden Gem

    Iargo Springs: Michigan's Hidden Gem

    Every place you go to has the standard tourist places to visit. But, it’s a lot more fun to get off the beaten path and see some things that only locals know about.
  • Jody Holman
    Published 3 days ago
    California Gold Country Road Trip

    California Gold Country Road Trip

    It is rare to have one day to oneself, not to mention four. So I set out to find the best 3 day roadtrip getaway that would be part adventure, part leisure, within a 300 mile radius of home. With 15 pages of printouts from every source I could find on the Sierras, I determined my route in part by room availability. Given the mileage I was aiming for, and the intent NOT to spend every day, all day in the car, I decided to leave the Southern Tahoe, Carson City area to another trip. But the Eastern Sierras and Highway 395, touted as an area not to miss, were beckoning me.
  • Patrick Watt
    Published 4 days ago
    A Guide to Attending The Melbourne Cup Carnival in 2020

    A Guide to Attending The Melbourne Cup Carnival in 2020

    The Melbourne Cup Carnival is one of the signature events in Australia held every year and comprises of a four-day horse racing experience like no other. The Flemington Racecourse packs with thousands of guests ranging from fashion icons, celebrities, and prominent people from all over the world eager to experience the party, food, fashion, fantastic scenery and activities that Australia has to offer and to top it, the adrenaline in the race as hooves thunder. If you are looking to experience the action Live from Melbourne, here is a guide to attending the Melbourne Cup Carnival 2020.