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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Durban, South Africa: An Ode to Food

Durban, South Africa: An Ode to Food

If you know me, you know I like food. Of course, as much as I love culinary delights, I’m also okay with pepper jack cheese and Wheat Thins. You’re just as likely to find me making a risotto as you are to find me eating scrambled eggs for dinner. Sometimes, I even wear lipstick and sweatpants….at. the. same. time. When I visited South Africa, my friend and I explored the city of Durban. And for me, exploring a city is...
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South Africa: Lion & Safari Park

South Africa: Lion & Safari Park

I’ve never been interested in visiting Africa. While growing up, it seemed like everyone else wanted to go to Africa because it’s still such wild and needy continent. And yet, I had no interest. And then, a friend of mine moved to South Africa, and she bugged me to visit. And I’m glad that I visited. However, South Africa definitely cannot represent the continent of Africa. Just as Canadians would rather not be grouped into the image created by the...
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My 10-Hour Munich Layover

My 10-Hour Munich Layover

My 10-hour Munich layover followed a 7 1/2 hour flight from Toronto where I had My 12-Hour Toronto Layover. Planning for my 10-hour layover in Munich was more difficult because I had no idea what my energy level would be. Would I sleep on the airplane? Would my feet be dead from the previous day? After exploring Toronto, I boarded the airplane ready to sleep. And I did sleep. Kind of. My 10-Hour Munich Layover So I, of course, still...
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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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Partner in Crime: Traveling Companions

Partner in Crime: Traveling Companions

Nothing sets your ideal partner in crime a part from the crowd when you become traveling companions. Traveling tests your plans and spontaneity. And, if you’ve done any type of traveling, you quickly figure out who you like to travel with and who you’d literally run away from if they said, “So I was wondering…” *you run away* And when I say traveling, it absolutely includes road trips, train trips, walking trips, and plane trips. If your body is moving,...
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Blink: Christmas In Vienna

Blink: Christmas In Vienna

Tugging my winter hat over my ears, I reached for my puff coat and slipped my arms in. The Florida sunshine giggled at me as it beamed through the curtains of my bedroom, and I shook my head. Christmas and December meant snow. And cold. And if I couldn’t be where it was, I’d imagine myself there. And nothing helps imagination more than reality. I zipped up my coat and tapped my booted heels together. Blink, blink, squeeeeeze tight. Cool air...
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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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A Thankful List For Traveling

Thankful Travels

In the spirit of gratitude that drapes across the fireplace mantle in deep green pines and brilliant garnets and flickering ambers, I’d like to sprawl the decoration further. Twine thankfulness up the banisters and scatter laughter as ornamentation to the garlands of gratitude. And if you step back far until your back touches the wall to breathe in the whimsy, you’ll see sparkles along the edges. A lightness of feeling glistening. The moments that could have been tears turned to...
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