Sunset on East Bay Street in Charleston, SC on Saturday, July 23, 2016. Copyright 2016 Jason Barnette

Travel Stories

36 Hours in Charleston, South Carolina

Shopping in the historic City Market, enjoying a sunset dinner cruise on Charleston Harbor, and touring one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the country are just a few of the reasons why you need to visit Charleston, South Carolina for a weekend getaway. It’s difficult to whittle down the gargantuan list of options […]

16 Favorite Moments From 2016

Standing on a beach surrounded by lightning, struggling against gusting winds on the Mile High Swinging Bridge, watching epic sunsets and battling elk, almost getting stranded on a tiny island for the night, and embarking on the most amazing road trip I’ve taken yet. 2016 was a great year for travel. And it just so […]

That Time I Was Almost Stranded Atop a Dam in a Snow Storm

One very cold February day a winter storm rolled across the Appalachian Mountain of Northeast Tennessee. At first a light flurry drifted across the landscape, but quickly developed into a furious snow storm. A few hours later the snowfall slackened, and a few minutes after that I was out the door with my camera gear […]

That Time I Ran Out of Gas on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Ever see that cutesy meme floating around the Internet comparing the two types of drivers in the world: each see the gas needle almost at “E” and one says “I need to get gas immediately” while the other says “I can go a bit longer.” I’m the one who is always trying to pump just […]

10 Places to Visit in October in the Southeastern United States

That cool, brisk, humid-free fall air is finally upon us. The days are getting shorter, and the green is fading from the leaves. People are talking about pumpkin spice everything and Halloween is just around the corner. I don’t know about you, but this time of year I’m ready for a little trip somewhere.

Taking the Long Way Around

I took the train into Chicago rather than drive just so I could say I’d done it. I got lost on curvy mountain roads in North Carolina just because I wanted to find a spectacular waterfall. I watched a sunset in the middle of a cornfield in Ohio even though I still had three hours […]

This year over 16 million people are expected to fly in the United States for the Labor Day holiday weekend, and even more are expected to drive. Popular destinations like Charlotte, North Carolina and Charleston, South Carolina beckon weekend travelers with package deals and special rates, but they also come with the caveat of long […]

The Pros and Cons of Solo Travel

I never wanted a life of solo travel, but that’s exactly what I got. Friends are jealous and envious of my traveling lifestyle. But every once in a while a crack appears in the perfect facade. A life of solo travel is not all it appears to be, but it’s also certainly far from horrible. […]

A year ago I cruised into a drive-in movie theater in northern Indiana with the best friend and her family. We set up chairs in front of our cars, powered up a portable speaker for the sound, and watched a double feature beneath a brilliant starry sky. It was a nostalgic experience for me, a […]

The Thrill of Spontaneous Travel

I’m laying inside my tent listening to a light rain fall outside, mixed with the melody of a hundred tree frogs and crickets. Just thirty-six hours ago I was checking out of a hotel in Charleston, South Carolina with plans to take a short drive to the North Carolina Brunswick Islands. Instead tonight I’m camping […]