What I Have Learned from Blogging for Nine Years

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Happy Birthday LLworldtour.com! You’re nine years old.  Can you believe that? I can’t. I started this little online “journal” in July 2006 to mostly keep my friends and family abreast of my travels and share some good stories and experiences from around the world. From my first post: It’s really happening. My heart has been […]



Empire Plate of Mind: Four Affordable NYC Restaurants for Foodies


The only problem with visiting a place like New York City is that it’s so big and there’s so much to do it can almost be overwhelming and you never get to do all the stuff on your itinerary. This is why it’s important to prioritize your trip so you can make sure you get […]



My Midwest: 6 Damn Good Reasons to Visit Milwaukee

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I have been blogging for nine years now and while I don’t normally talk about the “business of blogging” on this very blog, I will say that in large part due to my blogging (and traveling) over the last decade, I’ve met some incredible people who are reshaping their lives and I’ve made some wonderful […]



7 Cheap Seafood Spots in Martha’s Vineyard


This is a guest post from Megan of Forks and Footprints, who’s currently living in Martha’s Vineyard. You won’t find any grapes growing on this vineyard. That’s because I’m talking about Martha’s Vineyard. It’s a cute little island just south of Cape Cod in Massachusetts. It is well known for its salmon-colored shorts-clad men, its […]



Contest: AmericInn Great Adventure

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AmericInn Great Adventure Contest SELFIE PRIZE PATROL: SEEKING WILD AND WACKY VACATION PICS! Wild, Wacky and Wonderful. That’s what AmericInn Hotels is looking for this summer—in your travel photos. And they are giving away prizes! AmericInn—the largest midscale hotel brand in the upper Midwest—is inviting adventurous travelers to enter a selfie or other photo of […]



5 Simple Travel Photography Tips — Improve Your Pics Today!

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Travel Photography Tips Today, everyone has a camera of some sort and everyone is a photographer of some kind. But you don’t have to drop tons of cash on the latest gear and photo gadgets, to get some good shots. Here are some easy ways to improve your travel photos: 1. Get close. Crop in […]



My Midwest: Detroit — In the Motor City without a Motor Vehicle

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You Can Visit Detroit without a Car Oh, and one thing before you head out,” my Airbnb host said to me as I got ready to walk to dinner. I wrongly assumed a warning was coming about safety. “Don’t be alarmed, but people are friendly here in Detroit. They will say ‘hello’ to you as you […]



Photos: Chicago’s Gold Coast with Windy City Explorers

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Chicago’s Gold Coast One of the things I love about living in a big city is that there is always so much to do. That can seem overwhelming at times so l love finding smaller groups to join that share my interests. From mosaic classes, to long distance bike rides, to meal sharing with strangers, […]



PHOTOS: New Jersey’s Grounds For Sculpture

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Grounds for Sculpture Combine a 42-acre outdoor park and garden with whimsical and larger-than-life sculptures, and you get New Jersey’s Grounds for Sculpture. I’d heard about it and wanted to visit for awhile. And I loved it more than thought I would! It is a magical place where art and nature are always at play. […]



Eat with Locals: Meal Sharing

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My favorite things about travel (and life really) can basically be summed up in two words: Food. People. And combining the two is just about the best. This culture of sharing food goes back as far as…well, forever really and reaches all corners of the globe whether we are talking about a huge Italian meal […]