5 Ways a Micro-Cation Is Beneficial

Sunrise on St. Simons Island, GA.

Have you heard of the latest trend, a micro-cation? It’s the latest style of travel, and folks are jumping on board with its benefits. Here’s the scoop and why you may want to consider one yourself. This post is sponsored by Allianz Global Assistance (AGA Service Company) and I have received financial compensation. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own! As a travel writer, I’ve been taking micro-cations for years, but they just didn’t have a title. Unless it’s a very long way away from my home (think driving…

#ITravelBecause I’m a Military Brat

#ITravelBecause Road Trip Freedom

Were you bitten by the travel bug at an early age compliments of your parent’s job? For this military brat, the answer is a huge, resounding yes. It runs deep in this gal’s blood and those early childhood memories of family travel have evolved into my own family’s love of travel. #ITravelBecause I’m a military brat. Here’s why.  Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Allianz Travel Insurance. All opinions are my own! Growing up on an Air Force base in extreme northern Maine, if my family wanted to see anything…

All the Fun Things to Do in Butler County, PA

Fun things to do in Butler County, PA: Moraine State Park

Butler County, PA, less than an hour north of Pittsburgh, is a Pennsylvania hidden gem. It offers beautiful, outdoorsy places to relax, unique places to visit and shop, and amazing foodie finds. From alien homages to views that will make your mouth gape, here are my picks for fun things to do in Butler County, PA. When I was younger, I lived in Butler County, PA. But sadly, I never took advantage of all of the fun things it has to offer its residents and guests. Chalk it up to…

Living Treasures Animal Park Sloth Encounter: Your Questions Answered

Living Treasures Sloth Encounter: Petting Padawan

Sloth encounters are all the rage right now, and I couldn’t be happier. So, checking out the Living Treasures Animal Park Sloth Encounter in Laurel Highlands, PA, was a dream come true. From what you can expect to cost, here’s exactly what you need to know about Living Treasures sloth encounter including all the cute photos. Disclosure: We were graciously hosted by the folks at Living Treasures Animal Park. All opinions are my own! If you know this site (thank you!), you know that I’m a HUGE animal lover. And…

The Best Romantic Things to Do In St. Simons Island for Couples

Romantic things to do in St. Simons Island for couples: sunrise walks

When it comes to romantic things to do in St. Simons Island, it’s a magical place, there’s no doubt about it. Combine its quaintness, giant Live Oaks flocked with hanging Moss, and all-over island vibe with laid back locals and it’s a perfect blend for romance. From delicious dining to leisurely drives, here are the 10 best romantic things to do in St. Simons Island for couples. Disclosure: We were hosted by the fine folks at King and Prince Beach Resort & Golf Club. All opinions are my own! True…

21 Best Things to Do in Shenandoah Valley, VA

Best Things to Do in Shenandoah Valley, VA: Silver Lake Mill

Shenandoah Valley, VA, is not only a picturesque area compliments of the Blue Ridge Mountains, it’s filled with fun things to do. There’s delicious mom and pop dining, comfy lodging, and the activities are ideal for both kids and adults. From an organ buried in a cavern to views that will make you happy sigh, here are 21 of the best things to do in Shenandoah Valley, VA. Disclosure: I was hosted by the fine folks listed in this article to give you the scoop on where to visit in…

Kennywood Steelers Country: 7 Things to Know Before It Opens

Kennywood Steelers Country: Entrance sign

Pittsburgh Steelers fans are going bananas over the fact that Kennywood Park will have an entire section dedicated to the team.  And, with every new detail that’s been announced, I’m more and more excited to check it out for myself. Until then, we do have several fun details to keep us entertained. Here’s the scoop on what we know about Kennywood Steelers Country to help you plan for opening day including details on The Steel Curtain. Update: Since this article was written, I received an update that several things have…

7 Best Outdoor Activities in Fort Wayne for Everyone

best outdoor activities in Fort Wayne for everyone: Sculpture with Purpose

Fort Wayne, Indiana, is always calling my name to come back and there’s good reason why: its outdoor attractions and fun locations. And, while you may not think of it as an outdoorsy city, maybe it’s time you should. From affordable sports to cuddly animals, here are the 7 best outdoor activities in Fort Wayne for everyone.  Disclosure: I was graciously hosted by the folks at Visit Fort Wayne to give you the scoop on its outdoor activities. All opinions are my own! Lead photo image courtesy of Visit Fort…

11 Best Free Museums in Ohio

Best museums in Ohio: Ohio Statehouse state seal

Free in Ohio? Oh, yeah. Traveling to Ohio and looking for a little educational fun? Well, you’re in luck in that department, too. From massive art displays to aviation tributes, here are the 11 best free museums in Ohio.  Ahh, Ohio. It has lakes, hills, rivers, big cities – and plenty of freebies! And when it comes to those freebies, its museums make the top of my list. While there are plenty that are worthy of a visit, this list has something for everyone from 1 to 101. While it…

Nine Hefty Universal Orlando Hotel Benefits and Perks

Universal Orlando Hotel Benefits and Perks: Aventura Resort early park entry

When visiting Universal Orlando Resort, is it better to stay at an on-property resort or off? While both may work well for your traveling needs, you may want to consider staying onsite for the hefty benefits. From freebies to transportation, here are nine Universal Orlando hotel benefits and perks. For past trips to Universal Orlando Resort (UOR), I have stayed both on property and off. Yes, I had my own vehicle so driving to the parks wasn’t a problem. But, if given the choice (and budget) to do either, I’ll…