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Route 66 still has Kicks!
Featured in the John Steinbeck classic "The Grapes of Wrath", the Dust Bowl era was a time of major migration to the west. Steinbeck dubbed Route 66 "The Mother Road" and the nickname stuck. It is a wonderful escape that takes the traveler to many times and places. For automobile buffs and history buffs, Route 66 is a must-travel, bucket list item. I bought the shirt pictured below during one of my relaxing drives across the country. The section of Route 66 between Kingman and Oatman, Arizona, known as the Arizona Sidewinder is exhilarating. Before I get farther ahead of myself along the route here, I'll backtrack to the beginning in my home state of Illinois.
How to Live in a Van
It’s easier when you’re by the river. Find a spot with moving water. Wash your clothes over a rock. Skinny dip when you feel dirty. Cut your hair. Remember how much money you used to spend on shampoo. It felt like a different life then.
From 30,000 Feet
Looking back on my last plane flight - my only plane flight - I remember what it's like to cross paths with people in a small, cramped area with the inability to ignore your neighbor with any great success.
Vote with your dollar in Cuba
Cuba is like a moment paused in time. Beyond the retro cars are crumbling buildings and aching hearts, a cruel reminder of how much communism affects the lives of locals.
Solo Travel, Not So Solo Anymore…Everyone is doing it.
Solo travel has never been more popular. You see it all over social media. People on their own traveling the globe. Did you know 1 in 4 millennials is planning to travel solo? 84% of these are women.
The 11 Best Hidden Secrets At Disneyland
It's no secret that Disney Parks are full of a spectacular amount of detail. With a variety of themed lands and sometimes multiple parks to see in just a few days, you might think it's impossible to see everything. While that might be true, there are some long-standing hidden gems that are worth taking the time to try and find during your next visit.
A Love Letter To Busan
Before we met Dear Busan, There once was a time I had never even heard of your name. It’s inconceivable to me now.
5 Badass Reasons to Travel Solo
Intro Traveling solo I didn’t necessarily set out to “find myself” but rather to find out just what I could do if I put my mind to it. And it turns out that what you can do when you travel solo is pretty badass.
Farm life in Hawaii
Growing up in a metropolitan city I never would have thought I'd relocate to a farm for a period of time. As a kid/teen, I loved going to the mall, the movies — I relished in all the luxuries of city living. But as I grew older, and my college graduation date was within arms length, I developed an ever-growing sensation for something entirely different.
The freedom of the flowing waters
I can't remember the last time I felt free, like really free. It has been so long since I believe I had that feeling, the feeling of being unencumbered by the weight of the world, by everything and everyone around me.
People We Meet on Vacation: 5 Stars
I was on vacation when I read this book and all it made me want to do was plan more vacations. People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry is a perfect light read. However, fair warning, it WILL make you want to plan a vacation. Below is a brief summary followed by my thoughts and recommendation.
On the Prowl at Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island, a 96 mile sliver of land 70 miles south of Adelaide, Australia, is a bit of a misnomer. Sure, there are lots of kangaroos around but the island is a nature preserve, often called Australia’s Galapagos, with hundreds of other animals as well - echidnas, possums, penguins and koalas - sharing the area with 4,500 permanent islanders who farm or service the tourist trade. Connected to the mainland by air and ferry, the Island is a favorite vacation spot for Aussies and foreigners. Animals may have the run of the place but people live here too.