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How to See the Real Florida: 11 Essential Web Sites

Eleven authoritative web sites run by locals will help you plan a road trip or travel itinerary to see the REAL Florida.   I am a 5th-generation Native Floridian, and although I have traveled the world since childhood and plan to continue for years to come, I...
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Visit 3 Natural Waterfalls in Florida

Most people have no clue, but there are three natural waterfalls in Florida you can visit not too far off the beaten path: Falling Creek Falls, Falling Waters State Park, and Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park. I love waterfalls! They intrigue me, they...
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24 Viking River Cruise Insider Tips

Exclusive tips from Viking River Cruise Explorer Society members to help make your European journey the cruise of a lifetime! Note: These Viking River Cruise insider tips apply to European river cruises. They may or may not apply to other Viking Cruises around the...
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10 Favorite North Georgia Waterfalls

Ten incredibly beautiful North Georgia waterfalls you can easily schedule into your road trip or vacation. The scenic beauty of North Georgia, no matter the season, is breathtaking! All of it—the mountains, the valleys, the forests, the sky, and the waterfalls that...
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5 Boredom-Busting I-75 Exits in South Georgia

Five exits that will add interest and excitement to your drive on that long lone stretch of I-75 in South Georgia. As much as we prefer taking the scenic route on the backroads, sometimes the highway is a necessary evil. Such is the case when we make the 9-hour drive...
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Mississippi Backroads Between Natchez & Vicksburg

Drive the legendary Mississippi backroads between Natchez and Vicksburg to discover ancient ruins, explore a ghost town, and eat the world’s best fried chicken! This post is the third installment of a 6-part Mississippi Road Trip series. The first segment... read more

Visit Historical Natchez, Mississippi

I toured stately antebellum homes, visited an African-American cultural museum, and surveyed a mighty river when my road trip led me to historical Natchez, Mississippi. This post is the second installment of a 6-part Mississippi Road Trip series. The first segment... read more

Megabus.com: A Safe & Cost-Effective Road Trip Alternative

With a proven record of low-cost express service between major North American cities, megabus.com leads the pack with its cutting-edge safety initiatives. Disclosure: This post is sponsored by megabus.com, but the text and opinions are all mine. As a travel writer, I... read more

How my Books Landed in the de Grummond Collection at USM

My former career as a published middle school teacher opened the door to a Mississippi road trip in my second chapter as a travel writer. This post is the first installment of a 6-part Mississippi Road Trip series. I have wanted to take a Mississippi road trip for... read more

A 10,000 Mile Road Trip Around the USA

Howard interviews Nathan Kolk, a young man planning a 10,000 mile road trip around the USA this summer. Amazing road trip stories always get my attention, and recently I connected on Instagram with a young man in the planning stages of a truly epic road trip.... read more

Discover 5 Hidden Spiritual Sites in Taiwan

Off-the-beaten-path spiritual sites in Taiwan suited for meditation beckon with forested trails, plunging waterfalls, grand temples, and stunning views. Guest Post by Nick Kembel If you are interested in spiritual matters, then I am going to recommend a destination... read more

The Best Way to See Rome in a Day

A tour group with no more than 6 members led by a highly-qualified guide is the BEST way to see Rome in a day! I had no choice, but to see Rome in a day. My ship, the Viking Star, had docked in port the night before, and my plane was flying out the next day.... read more

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Megabus.com: A Safe & Cost-Effective Road Trip Alternative

With a proven record of low-cost express service between major North American cities, megabus.com leads the pack with its cutting-edge safety initiatives. Disclosure: This post is sponsored by megabus.com, but the text and opinions are all mine. As a travel writer, I... read more

How to Get Your Vehicle Road Trip Ready

Don’t let emergency breakdowns spoil your vacation! Get your vehicle road trip ready with this handy pre-trip checklist.   Disclosure: This post is sponsored by ACDelco, but all text and opinions are mine. So you have done the pre-planning, conducted your... read more

How to Find Anything Anywhere: 16 Top GPS Travel Apps

Bored? Lost? Need to get away? Satisfy your spirit of wanderlust at home or abroad now. You can find anything anywhere with these handy, helpful GPS travel apps! Technology never ceases to amaze me! Even though GPS travel apps are nothing new, it seems every time I... read more

How to See the Real Florida: 11 Essential Web Sites

Eleven authoritative web sites run by locals will help you plan a road trip or travel itinerary to see the REAL Florida.   I am a 5th-generation Native Floridian, and although I have traveled the world since childhood and plan to continue for years to come, I... read more

Florida Heritage Trail Guidebooks

It’s nice to know that not all travel guidebooks will cost you an arm and a leg. In fact, these guidebooks won’t cost you anything at all. I came across a copy of the Florida Civil War Heritage Trail guidebook quite by accident while visiting the Polk... read more

Free Download: The Ultimate Road Trip Planner Part 1

Announcing Backroad Planet’s FREE e-book, the first in our 3-part series on planning the ultimate road trip! The Ultimate Road Trip Planner Part 1: Pre-Planning will help you answer six important questions before you begin your travel research and write your... read more

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