Florida Travel: Do You Call it Soda or Pop? Either Way, Sip it in Sebring
Apr17

Florida Travel: Do You Call it Soda or Pop? Either Way, Sip it in Sebring

Do you call it soda or pop? Either way, sip it in Sebring. My eyes lit up like a Christmas tree when I learned there was a shop designated to soda pop in Sebring. For months I had the inaugural Sebring Soda Festival on my calendar and even told visiting friends and family who planned last-minute Florida trips I could not meet with them because I had plans to see how high I could get my blood sugar by sampling some of the 200 sodas available during the festival. TWO HUNDRED SODAS.

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My Airbnb in Berlin Was Eclectic and Awesome!
Mar28

My Airbnb in Berlin Was Eclectic and Awesome!

I don’t say this lightly but my Airbnb in Berlin, Germany, was eclectic and awesome! This was my first Airbnb experience (and you’ll hear more about that in another post) and I’m thrilled to report it was a positive one.

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Things to do in Berlin: Walking in the Woods with a Pack of Dogs
Mar17

Things to do in Berlin: Walking in the Woods with a Pack of Dogs

A walk in a German forest with a man and his pack of dogs sounds like the beginning of a Lifetime movie and not necessarily the one with a happy ending. Meeting a man I have never met in a forest, in another country really seems like a bad idea. Add to that 15 dogs I never met and it seems like an even worse idea. Doing this goes against all common sense as a solo traveler. But, this is one of the things I did in Berlin and it turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life!

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Solitude and Reflection in the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
Jan31

Solitude and Reflection in the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

It’s been more than a year and I have a boatload of experiences still to share including a visit the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. The visit came about because I was in the nation’s capital attending the inauguration of President Trump then attended the Women’s March the following day. 

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Pet-Friendly Florida: I Stayed at a Red Roof PLUS+ Hotel and Cannot Believe the Experience I Had
Dec08

Pet-Friendly Florida: I Stayed at a Red Roof PLUS+ Hotel and Cannot Believe the Experience I Had

Recently, I stayed at a Red Roof PLUS+ hotel and cannot believe the experience I had with my dog. Yes, I admit I am a bit jaded when it comes to hotels. When I was younger, I stayed in ratty roadside motels that were a little suspect. As I grew in my career and travel blogging, I have since stayed in a range of accommodations that can be described as simple to stately and plain to posh. 

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Man vs. Dog. Why a Canine Companion is Better than a Human One.
Nov26

Man vs. Dog. Why a Canine Companion is Better than a Human One.

Seemingly unlucky in love, am I better off with a canine companion than a man in my life? After spending Thanksgiving alone (by choice) I hopped in the car and headed to the Everglades for a couple of days with my dog in tow. Hours spent driving meant idle time which always gets my mind churning.

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Catching a Break After Hurricane Irma: Battered and a Little Broken
Oct02

Catching a Break After Hurricane Irma: Battered and a Little Broken

Hurricane Irma ripped through Florida three weeks ago and I’m still finding my normalcy. Except for a few fallen palm fronds and a wind-blown bougainvillea, this devastating storm spared my home and property yet, I’m still feeling unsettled as I transition from surviving to living.

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Traveling Solo in Gatlinburg: Mountains to Moonshine
Jul06

Traveling Solo in Gatlinburg: Mountains to Moonshine

Forget about a Rocky Mountain high, how about a Smoky Mountains shine? Exploring and traveling on my own is my identity and my trip to Eastern Tennessee was no different. Traveling solo in Gatlinburg I inhaled the Smokies’ fresh mountain air, learned about some of the moonshine culture, explored caverns and almost got myself in trouble with the federal government!

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Quirky Gatlinburg Attractions: Kitchen-Kitsch and Homage to the Dukes of Hazzard
Jun29

Quirky Gatlinburg Attractions: Kitchen-Kitsch and Homage to the Dukes of Hazzard

Find kitchen-kitsch at the Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum and a country cousins shrine to The Dukes of Hazzard in two quirky Gatlinburg, Tennessee, museums.

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The Manhattan Project: Visiting Tennessee’s Secret City. Kind Of.
May16

The Manhattan Project: Visiting Tennessee’s Secret City. Kind Of.

“Ma’am, I will just run your license through the system to see if you’re one of the people allowed in,” the federal officer with the Department of Energy told me. I was at the entrance to the Manhattan Project in Tennessee’s Secret City.

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A Truck, A Cat and a Single Woman’s Drive to Retire in Mexico
Apr02

A Truck, A Cat and a Single Woman’s Drive to Retire in Mexico

I’ve been told many times I’m brave but really, I’m not. But, you want to know who in my life was brave? My friend Barb who packed up her truck and cat to retire in Mexico. She was a strong, brave woman and although I am not going to share her challenges and triumphs, I will share with you her journey south to retire in Mexico.

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There’s No Crying on a Harley-Davidson, But I Did Anyway
Feb16

There’s No Crying on a Harley-Davidson, But I Did Anyway

Just as there is no crying in baseball, there is no crying on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Yeah, well, I’m here to confess I did just that. Straddling 500-some pounds of hot metal between my legs on a cool December evening, I sat bawling because I accepted reality – I am not coordinated enough to drive a motorcycle.

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My Plans for Donald Trump’s Presidential Inauguration
Nov28

My Plans for Donald Trump’s Presidential Inauguration

The President of the United States represents ALL Americans, not only those who voted for him, which is why I’ll be attending Donald J. Trump’s presidential inauguration on Jan. 20, 2017.

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Solo Travel Girl’s Adventures Near & Far: Ep. 3
Oct11

Solo Travel Girl’s Adventures Near & Far: Ep. 3

Howdy! I know I’ve been busy as a bee but I think I forgot to tell y’all I have a radio show! It’s called Solo Travel Girl’s Adventures Near & Far and broadcasts weekly on Thursdays at noon on WKDW 97.5 FM community radio in North Port, Fla.  The radio show can be listened to online but if you miss it, you can catch it here on my blog. I realize I’m starting with Episode 3 vs. 1, but I wanted to share...

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Travel to Vietnam: Saigon Food Tour by Night
Sep19

Travel to Vietnam: Saigon Food Tour by Night

Have I mentioned how much I enjoy culinary tours? Okay, I don’t need to be on a tour to enjoy food and beverages but, during my April trip to Vietnam, I joined Urban Adventures on a Saigon food tour at night to taste Vietnamese street food.

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