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Exploring Prosecco Road, Italy’s Sparkling Wine Country

For prosecco enthusiasts, opportunities to drink up the culture and sample this Italian sparkling wine at its source reside along Prosecco Road, about a half-hour’s drive north of Venice. The 25-mile paved byway known as “Strada del Vino” winds through a patchwork of terraced vineyards, growing glera or prosecco grapes at the base of the […]

Why A Camel Ride in Egypt Commands a Conflicting Ethical Decision

After returning from Egypt and reflecting on my emotionally and ethically conflicted experience riding a camel at the Giza Pyramids, I feel compelled to share this information with you from PETA, the animal rights organization. PETA says eight major travel companies have agreed not to promote or sell tickets for exploitative animal rides at the […]

How to Turn Your House into an Airbnb in 5 Easy Steps

Are you looking for a strategy to earn more money from home? Think about converting it to an Airbnb! Renting out your place is now simpler than ever thanks to the growth of the sharing economy. Whether you own a complete house or just a spare room, Airbnb may help you make money from your […]

London Attraction Tickets and Madame Tussauds Tickets: A Complete Guide

London at Dusk

If you’re planning a trip to London, you won’t want to miss out on some of the most iconic attractions the city has to offer. From the towering London Eye to the historic Tower of London, there’s something for everyone in this vibrant city. And of course, no trip to London would be complete without […]

Top Five Things to See and Do in Bassano del Grappa

Your Guide to Italy’s Hidden Gem in the Venetian Alps  A day trip or overnight stay in Bassano del Grappa offers an entirely different experience from the touristy attractions of nearby Venice. Bassano del Grappa, at the base of the Dolomites in the Northeastern region of Veneto, Italy,  is the birthplace of the famous Italian […]

What Are The Types Of Nile Cruises?

Sailing from Luxor to Aswan, view of traditional villages and the nature of the Nile river

Nile Cruises are a popular way to explore Egypt and experience the country’s rich history and culture. The Nile River, the longest river in the world, runs through Egypt and has been a lifeline for its people for thousands of years. Nile cruises offer a unique and comfortable way to see the country’s ancient temples, […]

Asiago, Italy, the Birthplace of World-Famous Cheese that Connects Land and Culture

Asiago is a medieval town in Northeast Italy, famous for producing Asiago cheese, and arguably the best tasting in the world.  The town resides in the Veneto region of Italy, on the Asiago plateau, the largest in Italy. Asiago attracts visitors in search of world-class cheese, picturesque alpine scenery,  wellness spas and alpine skiing.  To […]

Exploring the Scottish Highlands, From Family Roots to Fly Fishing

Exploring The Highlands of Scotland In Search of Family Roots & Fly Fishing A Travelogue by John Kaiser Many travelers seek out the Scottish Highlands for its stunning landscapes of rugged mountains, lochs, and glens. Some travel to this mountainous region covering the northern two-thirds of the country to explore famous attractions, including Loch Ness, […]

Exploring The Northern Lights of Iceland

Iceland is an exclusive off-beat travel destination in the middle of the North Atlantic and it is the perfect destination for those who are looking for the unexpected or something out of the ordinary. It could be said that traveling to Iceland can change the way you see the world. Because Iceland is so diverse and […]

The Benefits of Going On Regular Vacations

Silhouette, friends and at the beach or sea relax, happy and have fun with sunset view on vacation

Vacations are an essential part of your life. They could be a road trip to your favorite state park or a week-long trip to Spain. Either way, relaxation is crucial to your well-being. Unfortunately, 55% of Americans don’t use all of their paid time off. Companies should actively encourage time off for employees because of […]

Top 7 Things To Do In Pigeon Forge

Nestled in the foothills of the Smokey Mountains, Pigeon Forge is extremely popular as a vacation destination. It is a small town situated in Tennessee, USA offering numerous activities for tourists throughout the year. Pigeon Forge is the perfect family-friendly vacation spot. From theme parks to outdoor sports, this small town has it all. More […]

3 Historical Sites To Visit In Cyprus

Of all the places in the world to travel to, one of the most charming and least known is the island of Cyprus. This island is located in the Mediterranean Sea, and its location has allowed it to offer a wide variety of tourist attractions for anyone looking for something new. Cyprus has everything a […]

4 Important Tips for Road Trip Safety

Road trip

Road trips are more than just another drive. They get people to out-of-town family, friends and business colleagues and take them to vacation destinations along scenic routes. Regardless of why you’re hitting the road, staying safe is important to get where you’re going in one piece. There are ways to implement road trip safety to […]

5 Benefits of Taking a Winter Vacation in Pigeon Forge

Have you ever found yourself craving a winter escape to a place that offers adventure and relaxation but unsure where to go? If you need a destination that offers outdoor adventure and indoor entertainment, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, maybe what you’re looking for. Nestled in the Smoky Mountains, Pigeon Forge has something to offer everyone, whether […]

Tips For Taking A Road Trip As A Senior

front view of active senior woman embracing senior woman on the beach at dusk

You can enjoy a road trip at any age. The joys of this type of adventure are universal. If you live in the US, you can be very fortunate regarding these pursuits. After all, the US is often considered one of the best countries to take a road trip, with many exciting routes available. Moreover, […]

A Taste of Birmingham: Festive Food and Drink in the City

Birmingham, the second-largest city in the United Kingdom, is a vibrant and diverse city that is renowned for its food and drink scene. With its mix of cultures, Birmingham boasts a range of cuisines that cater to different tastes and preferences. In this article, we will explore some of the festive food and drink options […]

Traveling to Orlando: Eight Things You Need to Know Before You Go

Orlando, Florida, USA

Orlando is well-known for its tourist appeal all over the world. With a vast selection of places to eat, entertainment hotspots, accommodation, and everything in between, first-time visitors to Orlando might just be taken by surprise by the sheer scale of the appeal this place has to offer. Whether you are a veteran or a […]

Exploring Egypt During Ramadan

The Giza Pyramids typically come to mind as the top tourist attraction in Cairo, Egypt, symbolic of the country’s ancient roots. Did you know that Cairo also is known as the city of one thousand mosque towers, known as minarets? Exploring Egypt during Ramadan offers unique encounters with Egyptian culture, customs, celebrations, and culinary creations. […]

Planning the Perfect Luxury Vacation

Yacht sailing at sunset during a storm. Luxury vacation at sea

Planning the perfect luxury vacation begins with defining your ideal trip. It is important to consider what kind of experience you want to have, and which destinations you are interested in visiting. Consider the activities, attractions and experiences that appeal to you most and the type of accommodations that suit your needs. Think about how […]

Exploring Wartburg Castle, Germany

As someone who has grown up in the United States, where our history stops way short of medieval times, a visit to a German castle is like time traveling through a portal to experience the storied history of people who lived, ruled, loved, and fought within the walls of these ancient fortifications. One of Germany’s […]

Exploring Dessau, Germany and the Bauhaus Legacy

I traveled to Germany to experience the evolution of the Bauhaus School, the 20th century’s most influential art, architecture, and design school that inspired a mindset and style known as Modernism.  Dessau, an industrial city in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt, holds the world’s largest collection of Bauhaus buildings. Much of the city’s Bauhaus architecture […]

Exploring Weimar, Birthplace of the Bauhaus

Idyllic Art and Architecture with an Imperfect Past  Weimar, Germany, is the birthplace of the Bauhaus, an influential school of art, architecture, and design that introduced the world to modernism. The city’s roots as a cultural hub and hometown for literary greats, musicians, and artists provided fertile ground for the Bauhaus movement.  For travelers interested […]

Exploring Egypt Along the Nile

I traveled to Egypt to explore the country’s iconic archeological sites along the Nile on a four-day cruise filled with fascinating stories of gods, glories, conquests, and civilizations that shaped modern-day Egypt and produced some of the world’s greatest works of art and architecture. The Greeks, Romans, and Arabs all left their mark, beliefs, and […]

How to Choose a Vacation That Fits Your Budget

Woman on the beach in the palm trees shadow wearing blue hat. Luxury paradise recreation vacation

Keeping vacation plans within your budget doesn’t mean you need to cut out anything on your itinerary. Getting away from work and putting a vacation on the calendar is always an exciting time. However, it’s easy to quickly become disgruntled with the idea when the various costs start adding up. With the average vacation cost […]

Sightseeing in Pigeon Forge: 8 Landmarks You Shouldn’t Miss

Pigeon Forge is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, offering tourists a magnificent scenic backdrop and a range of fun activities. With a fractional population of nearly 6,500, this small town of Tennessee hosts over 10 million visitors each year. The town is amongst the top tourist destinations in the country due […]

The Complete Sevierville, TN Bucket List: Five Things You Shouldn’t Miss Out On

Sevierville, Tennessee, is a small city located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. With a population of around 17,000 people, the town is a popular destination for tourists looking to explore the natural beauty of the area and those looking to experience the local culture and history. The city is known for its […]

Five Things to do if you’re visiting Fredericksburg

A classroom with teachers, friends, and textbooks is considered the best form of education, which is true, but learning is not confined to four walls. Each of us can agree that real learning occurs outside the classroom. That said, traveling is undoubtedly the best way to learn about things that truly matter. Whether strolling through […]

Exploring Cairo, Egypt

My fascination with Egypt and its artistic achievements started at the age of 7 when my parents took me to the Treasures of Tutankhamun exhibition at the New Orleans Museum of Art. It was 1977 and the visiting exhibit sparked a Bayou State obsession with all things Egyptian. Nile Style consumed the deep south like the […]

Traveling While Pregnant: 5 Things You Need To Know

Pregnant woman traveling in Rome

Many new parents are very excited and fearful about the ways they are supposed to handle the pregnancy and what to do when the baby comes. They have to prepare for a whole new lifestyle to accommodate their newest member. Of course, this is a challenge but with good guidance, they can make it work. […]

A Short Guide to Traveling in the Off-Season

Summer gets the lion’s share of attention from tourists, which makes sense. The weather’s hot, work is slow, and advertisements for travel deals ramp up to a yearlong high. But don’t let the allure fool you into thinking that winter is the only time to travel. If you can stomach a bit of cold, you […]

Popular Travel Destinations for Students

Traveling has always been one of the most exciting ways to spend a weekend. Although the overwhelming majority of students cannot spend a lot of money on expensive tours, they still have a chance to relish their adventures. Popular Travel Destinations for Students If you are a college student, you know everything about fatigue, anxiety, […]

The Four P’s for Happy Holiday Travel this Season:

The Four P’s for Happy Holiday Travel this Season: Tis the season to travel as a family to visit relatives or take a holiday vacay. This season AAA estimates 112.7 million people will journey 50 miles or more away from home from December 23 to January 2. Travel time is extended this year due to […]

Calming and Cathartic Travel in Mendocino, California

My Restorative Wellness Retreat Brings Good Energy from the California Redwood Forests  I traveled to Mendocino, California, where “Welltality” is the buzzword for an immersive experience with the Northern California coastline, redwood forests, vineyards, and soul-stirring scenery.  I want to decompress, unplug and press the reset button on my life. I want to breathe deeply, […]

Exploring Christmas Crafts of the Thuringian Forest, Germany

Lauscha, Germany, is the birthplace of the Christmas ball ornament and home to generations of glassblowers and craftspeople making world-famous, collectible Christmas decorations. I traveled into the Thuringian Forest of Germany to meet the glassblowers of Lauscha, practicing the 150-year-old craft recognized by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage. In November 2021, I traveled to Lauscha, […]

3 Health Issues Travelers Must Be Aware of

Traveling can prove to be an effective method of recreation if you stay safe from diseases that often bombard travelers from different countries. Developing countries that still don’t associate hygiene with their name are particularly vulnerable to travelers.  If you are a traveler who loves to be included in the local culture, your chances of […]

Exploring Frankfurt, Germany, Cosmopolitan Gateway to Europe

On the first day of my visit to Frankfurt, Germany, I set out for a walk around the city’s medieval core, known as the Old Town. Just a few steps from my hotel, I noticed a bronze block embedded in the cobblestone sidewalk and stopped to read the engraving. It listed the name, date of […]

Tips and Tricks for Visiting an African Country

Tips and Tricks for Visiting an African Country

Traveling to any country outside your own requires a fair amount of planning and adjustment beyond the basics. Sure, you need transportation and housing while abroad. However, there is much more to the story than this, especially when vacationing in Africa. Discover these essential tips and tricks for visiting an African country before you go. […]

Explore Baton Rouge by Meeting Its Maker Community

My fascination, respect, and appreciation for all things handmade began in my hometown, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  As the capital city of Louisiana, Baton Rouge is the largest anchoring “Cajunland” and offers a fascinating melange of academic, cultural, and political influences. The Mississippi River borders the city as a muse throughout history for creative expression in […]

LSU Museum of Art, Connecting Visitors to Baton Rouge

In my world travels as The Design Tourist, I’ve visited many museums, some with marque names and international fame, others with local or regional collections.  Museums that leave a lasting impression are not defined by size nor the prestige of their collections but rather how intimately they connect with and convey the local culture. A […]

Top Tips for Packing Your Travel Essentials

Packing for a trip can be a troublesome experience. Luckily, packing isn’t as difficult as one may think. Here are tips for packing your traveling essentials. When you’re going on vacation, you want the process to be smooth, safe, and—most importantly—fun! Whether you’re going with friends, family, or a combination of the two, vacations are […]

Asheville: Where Art, Craft and Literature Converge

Asheville, North Carolina, is a muse to many, attracting artists, makers, musicians, and writers who take up residence and tourists who come to connect with them.   The Asheville of yesteryear was a popular health resort destination drawing tourists in search of fresh mountain air and sanitariums to recuperate from lung ailments. At the turn of […]

The Unconventional Art of German Expressionist Herman Scherer

I travel to connect with humanity through its creativity, expressed in art, craft, design and architecture. Things of the imagination, crafted by hand speak to my soul and make me feel alive and inspired. In December 2019, I traveled to Freiburg, Germany, a stunning storybook city that shares a border with France and Switzerland.  The […]