Top 5 Multigenerational Vacations for Every Budget
According to findings from the 2015 MMGY Global Portrait of American Travelers survey, more than 40 percent of Americans reported taking a multigenerational trip in the previous year. And demand continues to rise, with MMGY Global forecasting multigenerational trips to increase by 7 percent in 2016.
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In Albuquerque: An Historic Inn And Organic Farm
Check out the peacocks! Smell the lavender! Tonight we're at the family-owned Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm in Albuquerque, which was established in 1934. There are 22 rooms with wood burning fireplaces, original artwork, carved ceiling beams and products made with the farm's lavender. (Love the bath wash!) By next year it will...
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Finding My Story at The Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne
Here's a fact that may surprise you: the residents of Fort Wayne, Indiana, pay more per capita for their library than residents of large cities like New York or Boston. What would become the Allen County Library was begun by the Fort Wayne Woman's Reading Club in 1895. I'm sure they never imagined their project, designed to put books in t...
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Looking out for Mother Earth: Feynan Eco Lodge
Most agri tourism destinations promote a single product such as a winery, a farm visit, a dairy and so on. Feynan Eco Lodge promotes and supports an entire eco culture. The oh-too-short time I spent there was the most sustainable experience I ever experienced. Feynan Eco Lodge is located in Wadi Feynan, the heart of the Dana Biosphere Res...
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#BenderGoRVing: Our Very First RV Trip
We thought our epic 1-year road trip had finished when we returned our car (Big Red) to his owners. But no, there was so much more of the US waiting to be explored. Last year I attended an industry event, the Travel Media Showcase (TMS), and met a wonderful lady, Joanne. Some months later I was working away on my laptop when I received an...
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Carlsbad Hotels Perfect For Families
Golfers already love Carlsbad because of the great weather and pristine courses, and so will families for the selection of great hotels and beaches. This affluent seaside city is home to the LEGOLAND® California Resort, seven miles of stunning beaches, and about an hour away from Disneyland, making it a perfect getaway for families. Looki...
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This Is Africa
Christopher Riley
Travel Media Showcase is proud to share "This Is Africa: A journey from Kenya to Uganda," a spectacular photo essay by New Jersey-based landscape and portrait photographer Christopher Riley. We want to encourage this talented young man to follow his dreams of being a journalist and hope that everyone enjoys this sample of his work.
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Mesa Verde Country: On the Trail of the Ancients, Part One
June 29, 2016
Some of American's most intriguing mysteries surround the Anasazi culture of Mesa Verde. Modern Anthropology is uncovering many secrets about these ancient people including the fact that they are the ancestors of the modern day Pueblo tribes, thus the name has been changed. Today, they are called Ancient Puebloans. Anasazi is a Navajo word meaning "Ancient People" or "Ancient Enemy" and offensive to the Pueblo tribes.
Touch of Old Florida: The Tallahassee Museum
June 29, 2016
With most museums, you expect to find all the exhibits tucked away neatly in a building. Tallahassee Musuem is so different. It's like a time capsule of Tallahassee's (and Florida's) cultural and natural history all set in a natural outdoor environment on the shores of Lake Bradford. Florida's unique wildlife, like Florida panthers and alligators are part of what make Florida, Florida, right? But you could never shut up live panthers alligators, and other Florida wildlife up in a building. So here they are roaming in as close to natural habitat as possible.
Sweet Treats
June 29, 2016
Nothing can turn a dignified adult into a kid faster than ice cream and candy. So let's track down some of my favorites. Here are some really sweet shops I have visited in the past few years.
19 Things You Should Know Before Your First RV Trip
June 23, 2016
Most people dream about RVing around the United States or Australia at some time in their lives. The idea of unbridled freedom to go wherever the wind leads. Being comfortable in your own home in unfamiliar territory. Never needing to pack or unpack, working as you travel, and sleeping wherever and whenever. It's like cruising, but on land, and we love cruising.
Millennial marketing a good long-term plan
May 17, 2016
Be honest. Are you tired of hearing about Millennials? Where they travel, what their spending habits are and -- most of all -- how obsessed they are with social media? I admit that, although I have a lot of Millennials in my life that I enjoy professionally and personally, for a while now I've been quietly waiting for the next trend to come along. For those of you with similar thoughts: Don't hold your breath.
Bloomington: Experience History Art and Wine In Southern Indiana
May 1, 2016
When night spreads its velvet cloak over Bloomington, Indiana, and stars shine their brightest, it's easy to see how composer Hoagy Carmichael was inspired to write his lovely classic, "Stardust." The story goes that Carmichael - who was born in Bloomington and attend- ed Indiana University (IU) - was taking an evening stroll around the campus in 1927 when the starry night sparked his imagination. Hurrying to an old piano in the Book Nook, Carmichael composed the popular tune. Today, visitors can see Carmichael's gravesite at Rose Hill Cemetery and his statue seated at a piano on the IU campus.
Tibetan Blossoming in Hoosier Countryside
May 1, 2016
A kind-faced woman smiles from a silver- framed photograph. Something about the happiness in her eyes looks familiar. A nearby picture of a young man shows a strong resemblance. He, too, radiates joy and seems almost on the verge of laughing out loud.
Centennial Indy 500: 100th Running of Indy 500 To Be Celebrated
May 1, 2016
The rumble of snarling engines mingles with the thunderous roar of an estimated 100,000 people at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Resplendent in a spiffy white suit, Carl Fisher drives the pace car, a Stoddard-Dayton roadster, to lead the pack of 40 race cars on the first of what would become a Memorial Day tradition.
New Mexico - Land of Enchanted Cuisine
March 29, 2016
Red or green? That's what everyone asks you in New Mexico restaurants. Translation: The story goes that a waitress at the popular breakfast and lunch place on Santa Fe's Plaza, Tia Sophia's, got tired of the question so she'd just ask people if they wanted both - Christmas! Now that term is widely used all over New Mexico but Tia Sophia owner Nick Maryol, who took the poplar eatery over from his dad, swears the story is true.
Green Chile Cheeseburger and Bubbling Hot Springs - New Mexico Tour
March 28, 2016
It's a risk as well as an adventure - stopping for a green chile cheeseburger lunch (a New Mexico specialty) at a grocery store/gas station along the state's Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail. We were at Bodes General Store (established 1919 but long before that was a post office, stage coach stop and jail as well as a store) in the tiny (under 600 people - one person per square mile) town of Abiquiu which incidentally is where Georgia O'Keefe famously lived very simply.
Get Out of The RV: 5 Restaurants That Are Worth The Stop
February 15, 2016
One of the benefits of RVing, especially for families, is the kitchen/campfire combination. Besides the convenience of putting together a meal in the middle of nowhere, you're more likely to eat healthier foods and save money over dining out. But, no matter how well you eat in that RV, there are some restaurants across the US that are worth the stop, or even the detour and extra driving to get there. Bon appètit!
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