Author Pepper Basham Shares Her Favorite Day in the Blue Ridge Mountains

view of the Biltmore House

As I traveled for my first year in a new country (back in 2015), I met Pepper Basham through her first historical romance, The Thorn Bearer. I’ve always been a sucker for history and romance, but what captured my attention was Pepper Basham’s way of dealing with a difficult subject: abuse. Somehow, Pepper Basham developed a swoony romance while her heroine challenged her inner demons. Fast forward a year, and I ran into Pepper Basham (find her on Facebook, Twitter,...
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Visiting Pittsburgh: 7 of the Best Places in the South Side

Visiting Pittsburgh: 7 of the Best Places in the South Side

Recently, I’ve been spending a lot of time in the South Side of Pittsburgh. A couple of specific things keep pulling me back to south of the city so I thought I’d share them with you. The coolest part is that I’m starting to become familiar with the South Side (aka I’m not using my GPS as much). Visiting Pittsburgh: 7 of the Best Places in the South Side 1. Iron City Circus Arts This is the main reason I’m constantly...
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My 12-Hour Toronto Layover

My 12-Hour Toronto Layover

I gotta be honest. When I realized that my flights had been changed to include a 12-hour layover in Toronto alongside a 10-hour layover in Munich, I groaned. And complained. And moaned. Until a wise guy said, “Ooo! What a cool adventure.” With that my perspective shifted: click. He was right. This was an opportunity for more adventure on top of an already exciting destination to be reunited with a dear friend. How To Plan For A 12-Hour Layover Research...
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11 Christmas Gifts for the Traveling Reader

11 Christmas Gifts for the Traveling Reader

Finding the perfect gift for your traveling reader can be as easy as an Amazon giftcard, but if you want to get more personal than that, allow me to offer you a Christmas gift springboard of ideas. And yes, I’m using Amazon affiliate links (this means a tiny profit for me and no extra charge for you). I’m not an affiliate of Etsy, but I love it. 1. Animal Travel Pillow If you’ve ever been in an airplane, you know...
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Dream Destination: Where Two Oceans Meet

Dream Destination: Where Two Oceans Meet

Did you know that sometimes when oceans meet that you can see the divide between them? It’s seamless water, and yet, something’s different. How can it be water and yet separate? This phenomenon is as mythical and magical as it sounds. But you can sometimes find it in Alaska! Eventually, the waters mix, but for that moment, you can see the separation of two bodies of water. The most common explanation is when two bodies of water carrying different earth...
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Recommended: Cozumel ATV Jungle Adventure by Wild Tours

I’m a Suburban girl. I was voted most likely not to be able to rough it. Honesty, that vote surprised me because as a kiddo I loved to play outside just like all the other kids. I had just as many scabby knees. As an adult, my sense of adventure needs constant stretching, and I have this mantra of doing the things that scare me. I have this mantra of doing the things that scare me. Click To Tweet That...
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Ivy’s Cayman Treats

The Grand Cayman Islands offer treats of all kinds whether the search is for a bank, a diamond, or a t-shirt. The sky was a blue that most only ever see on postcards, and the heat could have fried an egg on the sidewalk. Sweat hung along the my hairline. We cooled off at a sweet little creperie off Canama Bay for a bite to eat and some wifi, and then my sister and I wandered down the street in search...
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Asheville, N.C.: White Duck Taco and Vortex Doughnuts

When I last lived in the United States, I thought all the adventure was to be found in other countries. I dreamed of Europe and distant places. But I’ve returned with new eyes. Adventure is here and now. Naturally, I ate my way through Asheville, N.C. White Duck Taco Shop It seemed that everyone I ran into mentioned this taco shop to me. They either wanted to go again or they were suggesting that I go. After hearing all about...
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Welcome to Buena Vista, Colorado

Welcome to Buena Vista, Colorado! This is the space where I allowed my soul to catch up with my body (aka got over jetlag). After thirteen months in Europe, I wanted a sanctuary for my first landing in the USA. Buena Vista, Colorado, offered such beauty. Buena Vista, Colorado, is the best place for the soul to catch up with body #jetlag Click To Tweet Mountains, trails, food, views, and an eccentric movie collection. If you have the option, I suggest you rent...
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Tucson’s Batch: Doughnuts and Whiskey

by Barbara Brutt @BarbaraBrutt @cordiallybarbara   Do you love doughnuts? And Tucson, Arizona? You need to visit Batch. I’m guessing if you’re like most people, you have a special spot in your tummy for this yeasty, sugary delight. I mean, I do! But what I love more than doughnuts is adventurous doughnuts. Sure, the classic glazed and the simple Boston Creme are safe bets. Do you have a special spot in your tummy for this yeasty, sugary delight? Click To...
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