American Nomad Blog
About this blog
American Nomad covers the best of U.S. travel—from vacation deals to festivals, weekend getaways, travel tips, and more. A seasoned traveler and Moon author, Laura is the perfect guide to help discover new gems when traveling domestically.
- A Southern Girl's Wintertime Adventure in Yellowstone
- One Novelist's Odyssey Across America
- Gearing up for a Family Camping Trip
- Mint Juleps and More at Oak Alley Plantation
- Avoiding Identity Theft While on Vacation
- Money-Saving Travel Tips from Nomadic Matt
- Fashion, Fun, and Convenience for the Modern Traveler
- In Search of Irish Museums Across America
- The Inspiring Journey of a Solo Kayaker
- Getting Fit for Treks in Yosemite and Elsewhere, Part 2
- Getting Fit for Treks in Yosemite and Elsewhere, Part 1
- Experiencing Yosemite with YExplore
- Two Travel Contests Worth Mentioning
- A Word About the TSA's No-No List
- A Reader's Advice About Airport Security
A Reminder About Free Travel EBooks
Two weeks ago, I told you about a new seven-part series of travel eBooks compiled by Tripbase as part of a “travel secret” challenge in which roughly 200 bloggers, from fellow Moon author Mindy Sink to travel expert Peter Greenberg, participated. As I shared at the time, three of my U.S. travel secrets – concerning Hollywood's Magic Castle, the annual French Quarter Festival, and Arkansas' Crater of Diamonds State Park – have been included in this intriguing series, and fortunately, you'll find nearly 500 more amazing tips, regarding everything from the San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park to budget-friendly destinations in Italy. All seven of these inspiring collections can be downloaded for FREE – and as a bonus, for every person that downloads a Travel Secrets eBook, Tripbase will make a $1 donation (up to $5,000) to Charity: Water, an organization that helps to bring clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations.
The good news is that, since launching this campaign in mid-May, Tripbase has inched steadily closer to its goal – which will assist in building four freshwater wells that are intended to provide clean water for an entire school for the next two decades. In fact, as of May 31, $3,325 of the necessary $5,000 has been raised, but obviously, the target has yet to be reached. You can help this wonderful cause by simply downloading these seven free eBooks today, and in the process, you'll gain a wealth of useful insider knowledge. Feel free, of course, to forward this download link to every passionate traveler you know. In addition, you can donate directly to the clean water campaign or become a travel secrets author yourself.
In the meantime, for more information about traveling in Los Angeles, New Orleans, and Arkansas, consult Liz Hamill Scott's Moon Southern California, Andrew Collins' Moon New Orleans, or the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism, respectively. Needless to say, wherever you're headed next, I hope that you'll discover a few precious travel secrets of your own (and perhaps even share them with the rest of us)!
As always, I’m open to ideas for future posts. If you have any suggestions, burning questions, or destinations that you’d like me to explore in greater detail, please comment below or contact me via laura [at] wanderingsoles [dot] com.
Disclosure: While I occasionally accept free or discounted travel assistance when it coincides with my editorial goals, my opinion is never for sale, which means that everything written in my American Nomad blog and my Moon travel guides is my unbiased reflection of the things that I see, do, and experience while traveling across the United States.
Photo © 2010 Daniel Martone / Text © 2010 Laura Martone