There is a big difference between being a traveler and being a tourist. Travelers tend to go the extra mile to learn the culture and customs and really spend time interacting with the locals. If you’re looking to get the most out of your next trip and want to focus more on being a traveler, check out these five tips on How To Get The Most Out of Traveling How To Get The Most Out of Traveling – Restaurants How To Get The Most Out of Traveling You should always look for recommendations for restaurants in the area. Ask locals, look online, or ask the hotel staff where you are staying for their recommendations. Once you get to the restaurant, ask the server for recommendations on what you should eat. If you have any allergies or dislikes, make sure they know that before you place your order, don’t let them order something without explaining to you what it is. This will give you a real taste of the place you chose for your travels. How To Get The Most Out of Traveling – Souvenirs  One way to remember your travels, besides taking photos, is to browse local shops and buy souvenirs from the…

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While I love adventure and exploring new places, I wouldn’t exactly call myself an outdoorsy type. On a recent trip to New Orleans, however, my daughter and I became one with the swamp during a tour with Cajun Encounters Eco-Tours! Sure, I could have gone without the monstrous wolf spiders, but overall, it was a really cool experience that left an impression on the both of us. New Orleans Swamp Tour Review Our day started when our friendly driver picked us up at the centrally located Huck Finn Café in New Orleans. He gave us commentary on the city on our way out. (The drive is 45 minutes long since the swamp is in the middle of nowhere.) Once there, we met our guide, Nathan, who was funny, down-to-earth, and really knowledgeable about the land (and, um, sea). He made the tour amazing, and it was actually the highlight of my entire New Orleans vacation. New Orleans Swamp Tour Review Nathan took us to see Elvis, the resident alligator in the Honey Island Swamp, and he’s a big boy! It was incredibly peaceful out there, and my daughter was awestruck at the sight of the fireflies and the sounds of the bullfrogs.…

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If you’re a foodie who’s planning to visit the Big Easy, you’ve got to check out The New Orleans School of Cooking! They’ve been introducing visitors to the food and culture of New Orleans since 1980 by way of very entertaining cooking classes. Like almost everything else in the French Quarter, the building the school is housed in is steeped in history. New Orleans School of Cooking It was originally a molasses warehouse in the early 1800s. (I’m pretty sure this entire city is super haunted from all of the folklore I learned on this trip, but that’s for another blog post!) The school’s unforgettable cooking classes are taught by Cajun and Creole experts who share the basics of Louisiana Cooking and area trivia at the same time. I took one of these classes with my daughter on our recent vacation and we loved it! New Orleans School of Cooking The school hosts both open demonstration classes and hands-on classes daily. We opted for the two-hour demonstration, where our teacher, Julie, made mouth watering crab bisque soup, seafood creole, pralines, and bananas foster. New Orleans School of Cooking It was all so good, but you know Reese and I usually love dessert the…

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If you’re planning a trip to New Orleans, there’s really only one place you should consider laying your head at night, and that’s the historic Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery. I’ve stayed in countless hotels around the world, but this one’s unique in many ways. If you’re an art lover, this is definitely a hotel you’ll appreciate. Not only is this beautiful boutique hotel conveniently located near the French Quarter, but it has a soul, too. Allow me to explain. Old No.77 Hotel & Chandlery Review Backstory – The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery building began serving the Port of New Orleans way back in 1854, long before it was a hotel. At the time, it was a coffee warehouse and was later transformed into a chandlery (or general wholesale business). Before the city renumbered its street addresses, the building’s address was 77 Tchoupitoulas Street, hence the name. Old No.77 Hotel & Chandlery Review Art and Community – The Old No. 77 Hotel partners with the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, a tuition-free high school founded by artists, educators and community activists that offer students from nine parishes around New Orleans intensive academic and arts instruction. (NOCCA’s roster of…

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Colorado Springs is a breathtaking haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Its awe-inspiring landscapes are the perfect playground for people of all skill levels, hoping to unplug for the hustle and bustle of daily life. The city has over 9,000 acres of parkland and 500 acres of trails to explore. With such a wide variety of things to do while vacationing there (from water sports to hiking, to horseback riding) it’ll be hard to pack light, but I’ve got a few suggestions to prepare you. How To Pack For A Colorado Springs Outdoor Adventure Prepare to be splashed – If you’ve ever had any desire to go whitewater rafting, this is the place to do it. The Arkansas River is the most popular river for rafting in the U.S. It’s got everything from scenic, family-friendly rapids to multi-day, challenging ones. Show your kids that the great outdoors can be just as thrilling as any theme park rides! How To Pack For A Colorado Springs Outdoor Adventure While you won’t need to pack any equipment to enjoy this excursion, you’ll want to pack old sneakers that you don’t mind getting wet. Any other type of shoe is not only impractical but can actually be dangerous.…

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