View of the river past a steamboat's red paddlewheel.

A New Orleans Summer: Fun and Festivals in the Big Easy

If you can handle the heat, then New Orleans might be the perfect choice for some summertime fun. You’ll find fewer crowds and cheaper hotel rates—two great reasons to start planning your Big Easy getaway. Here are just some of the diversions that might keep you busy in New Orleans during the months of July, August, and September.

Laura bundled up and ready to ride on a snowmobile.

A Southern Girl’s Wintertime Adventure in Yellowstone

Back in January, Laura Martone was fortunate enough to be invited on a press trip to Yellowstone National Park – and even though her husband, Dan, who just happens to be her favorite traveling companion, wasn’t able to join her on the trip, it was truly a memorable excursion into a fascinating winter wonderland.

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Gearing up for a Family Camping Trip

Now that spring is here, it’s a good time for families to start planning their summer vacation, and for many, there’s nothing better than a good, old-fashioned camping trip. Laura Martone offers tips and resources for getting the gear you need to go out and set up camp.

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Avoiding Identity Theft While on Vacation

Identity theft is, unfortunately, one of the many pitfalls of traveling. Veteran traveler and American Nomad, Laura Martone, offers up some handy tips to keep your identity safe while out adventuring on the road.

Photo of the book How to Travel the World on $50 a Day.

Money-Saving Travel Tips from Nomadic Matt

Laura Martone reviews a book by Nomadic Matt that aims to teach you to how to travel the world without breaking the bank. Our American Nomad gives it a thumbs up and refers you to some great tips for budget US travel and travel abroad.

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Fashion, Fun, and Convenience for the Modern Traveler

There are innumerable items available to travelers – of all tastes, budgets, interests, and needs – and it’s not always easy to figure out their benefits and drawbacks from an online catalog. Author Laura Martone shares with readers her latest travel product discoveries.

The exposed rock and scattered trees of Sentinel dome.

Getting Fit for Treks in Yosemite and Elsewhere, Part 1

The natural world provides geographical challenges that ensure some of the most exciting, inexpensive ways for travelers to get into shape and prepare for a variety of adventures. Laura Martone introduces readers to a fitness plan that will get them ready to get outdoors.

A Kennedy Space Center Tourbus with the launch platform visible in the distance.

Two Travel Contests Worth Mentioning

People all around the world dream of traveling to exotic destinations, and on any given day, the list of available travel contests could go on and on. Author Laura Martone introduces readers to two new travel contests that caught her eye.

A gout of flame ignites as a hot air balloon is being filled.

Celebrating the Marvel of Hot Air Ballooning

Throughout the year and around the world, spectators can watch vibrant hot air balloons take flight at a wide assortment of annual festivals and events. Laura suggests some festivals across America and resources for balloon enthusiasts worldwide.