When I was in New Orleans in October I decided to take a short day-trip to Mississippi while Albert was working. I had done some research leading up to the trip but couldn’t make up my mind on where to go so I decided to just drive along the Gulf Coast until I found a place I liked. After a scenic hour and a half drive, the white sandy beaches of Gulfport beckoned me to stay. Mississippi’s second largest city was the perfect place to stop for the day.
Over the years Carrie and I have stayed in a lot of hotels, some average, and others superb and beyond our expectations. Finding a gem of a hotel can turn a good trip into an amazing trip. Here are 3 hotels you must stay in based on uniqueness of the property, quality and comfort of the hotel and the room, and unexpectedly stunning views and excellent locations, all aspects that enhance your stay.
During our trip to St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, Carrie and I decided to take a day trip to the neighboring island of Tortola, British Virgin Islands. Tortola is the largest of the British Virgin Islands and is famous for its white-sandy beaches, one of which we visited! Many of the British Virgin Islands are within easy reach of the U.S. Virgin Islands, with frequent ferry services and boat excursions to many of the islands.
St. John, with its warm turquoise waters and white sand beaches, is the perfect destination to get away and spend a couple of days relaxing at the beach. In search of something more active we decided to go scuba diving, something I was really looking forward to on this trip.
The craft beer scene is the U.S. has exploded over the past decade. We at Backpacking with the Bonds often incorporate visits to local craft breweries whenever we travel, not only because we love craft beer, but because craft breweries offer a great way to support local businesses and ensure you have an impactful travel experience.
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Kansas City? The World Series Champions, the Kansas City Royals? The fact that it's a major city that straddles two states? Or perhaps that it's home to some of the best barbecue in America? Kansas City, was a perfect place to stop after our first day of driving from Colorado Springs to Washington, DC. This gave us the opportunity to try some of that famous Kansas City-style barbecue.
Back in February I blogged about the great time I had during my first visit to Colorado. During that trip I only spent a day in Colorado Springs and I was eager to return as I felt I had just scratched the surface. Luckily, I was afforded this opportunity as I offered to help a good friend move from Colorado to Washington, DC.
What is the first thing you do when you plan a road trip? Most of the time you decide where you want to begin and end. Then, you probably decide on what route you are going to take. While simultaneously considering what places you want to visit. Followed by how many stops you want to make. And how long you want to drive for. There are undoubtedly lots of questions to ask ourselves when planning a road trip.
Looking for the perfect way to break up your long drive? Wondering how you can make a short visit impactful? We managed to achieve that with a short two-hour stop in Chattanooga, Tennessee and so can you. Here’s how.
In search of a place to stay the night on our way to Atlanta, Georgia from Washington, DC we happened upon an advertisement in the Washington Post Magazine for Salisbury, North Carolina. The historic town, set in the North Carolina wine-country just off of interstate 85, turned out to be the perfect stop. The walk-able town is full of beautiful, well-preserved historic homes, some of which have been converted into bed and breakfasts, like Across the Pond.
We have decided to do something different for our next trip. Instead of jumping on a plane and flying to some far-flung part of the world, we have decided to take a good old American road trip through parts of America’s south.
I recently traveled to Boston to attend the International Fundraising Conference at the Boston Convention Center. This was my first extended stay in Boston and I was excited to see some of what the city had to offer. Boston, as you might know, is well known for its craft beer scene, which on this visit I was not able to fully take advantage of, but will do so on the next.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ranks as one of the most difficult countries in the world to travel to because of the immense difficulty in obtaining a visa. Some countries require American passport holders to obtain a visa before traveling, one of which is Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia does not make it easy for casual tourism to the Kingdom. Most travelers come during Hajj or for Umrah or work. Outside of those options obtaining a visa can be a very difficult task.