With its rich history, artistic lure, and strong Creole and Cajun heritage, it’s no wonder that tourists flock to New Orleans in droves, accounting for forty percent of the city’s revenue. But let’s be honest – one of the main tourist draws to NOLA is the food. And anyone who comes to New Orleans without dining experiences at the top of their ‘to do’ list has flawed priorities. Either that, or they’re just one of those anomalies who merely eats to live. I’ll admit that I used to be one of those freaks of nature, but somewhere down the line, my tastebuds woke up and realized that good food is one of life’s great pleasures. More
Last year was quite slow on the voluntourism front which kind of had me bummed. Our plans to volunteer in Paris were a major flop, we wanted to volunteer on Anacapa Island but were told that our trip didn’t coincide with the right season, and while looking for a volunteer opportunity in the Redwood National and State Parks, we were disappointed to find that most volunteer opportunities in the area are for university students studying environmental science. It seemed like every time we looked for an opportunity to lend a helping hand, our plans fizzled. More
During our recent trip to New Orleans, my brother Aaron told us that while he’d been to the city several years ago, he never ventured into the French Quarter. With that confession, he and I agreed that he’d never truly been to New Orleans since no trip there is complete without visiting the city’s oldest neighborhood, the French Quarter. More
As some of you know, although I’m a relative newbie to Instagram, it’s quickly become my favorite social media platform. I’m so over Facebook and its super limited organic reach. I still rock with Twitter because it still brings some good traffic to my site. I started off being super excited about Pinterest, but I just don’t use it enough and it’s not a platform that fosters any real engagement. Although some people think G+ is irrelevant, I love the community-building and conversations it incites. But alas, it’s my Instagram account that I’m feeling the most optimistic about. More
Just a short fifteen minute drive from the heart of downtown Grants Pass, the Weasku Inn feels worlds away. Situated just off of the 99-N, the Rogue River serves as the inn’s backyard, giving the property a sacred feel. Uneasy urbanites like me concerned about venturing too far off the grid, will find the perfect balance of quiet isolation near small town conveniences at Weasku Inn.
If you’ve been following my blog for any amount of time, you know that I’m not the biggest fan of the South. It’s not the South itself. I mean, I have deep-seated roots in the South. All of my grandparents were/are from the South. Not to mention, the South is one of the most beautiful parts of the country. Instead, my uneasiness with the South stems from its not-so-distant history which, as a black person, I just can’t ignore. More
As an everyday foodie, for the life of me, I can’t understand travelers who don’t incorporate local dining experiences into their travels. For me, tasting a destination’s cuisine is just as important as experiencing its sites, smells, and sounds, and because of that, I invest a lot of time in researching local restaurants and scouring through reviews. Because we’re not slow travelers, when Jave and I reach a destination, we hit the ground running which means that we usually have to have a game plan for every aspect of our trip, including where we’re going to eat. More
As we entered Trees of Mystery, we walked past a waving Paul Bunyan and Babe, his blue ox, who towered above us, inviting us to venture onto the Trail of Tall Trees for an up close view of California’s coastal redwoods. The entire trail is just short of a mile, but as we soon discovered, a good chunk of it is devoted to the legend of Paul Bunyan, a giant lumberjack in American mythology. More