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Most of us hustle through our days. A need for speed becomes a way of life instead of a means to an end; a habit instead of an occasional necessity. Road tripping has made me more mindful both on and off my motorcycle.
Travel Slow.

Appalachian Coal Heritage Tourism: Yes, This is Important

This week in my TV interview, I highlighted some “Coal Heritage Tourism Sites” in Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky, where the mining industry provided not only income, also a way of life to its workers and extended communities. Why is this important and interesting? Why in the world would you …

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Umbria by Motorcycle: Lake Corbara Towns

Giuseppe Garibaldi statue in Todi, Italy

Everyone in Italy parks scooters and motorbikes chockablock. No matter how much chrome or how many farkles a bike is adorned with, I never saw an incident of I’m-too-special-and-my-bike’s-too-precious-to-share-a-parking-space behavior. If there is enough space to mount and dismount, that’s sufficient; share the space.   Our Orvieto parking lot is right …

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Umbria Italy by Motorcycle: Orvieto’s Etruscans

Boar's head at Norcineria Dai Fratelli

The Umbria town of Orvieto sits atop a plateau of tufa rock—consolidated volcanic ash that we would call “tuff” in English. The rock was thrown from the large crater that is now Lake Bolsena, which we visited four days ago. Our home base for the next two days is Altarocca Wine Resort. …

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Tuscany Italy by Motorcycle: Crete Senesi and Pienza

Italy's Etruscan Chianina

There’s nothing like a few days in Italy to turn even a fast-food junkie into a foodie. Italians are proud of their culinary heritage and my tour guide, Enrico Grassi is a goodwill ambassador of all things cultural and gastronomical in the boot-shaped country. Even scenic pullovers are an opportunity for …

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Holiday Road Trippin’ with ABC Radio

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Did you hear me interviewed on an ABC radio affiliate today? The segment leads with the JFK assassination (53 years ago today) but 13 seconds into the segment, it turns to a couple of my favorite subjects: roadside kitsch and road tripping. The radio production wizards took a simple interview and …

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Monticello and Slavery: Is this Historical Site Family-Friendly?

This post was updated on April 12, 2016: Monticello has kindly offered two adult and two children’s visitor passes to the winner of my drawing. Monticello will contact the winner and arrange for the visit. Drawing will be 5/27/16. No purchase necessary. Scroll to the bottom of this post to enter. …

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How to Entertain Kids on a Winter Road Trip

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Headed out on a winter road trip? I can help. In 2015 I made 30+ TV appearances, giving tips on where to go, how to get there, and how to make it kid-friendly. Here are some of my best tips for planning a trip and keeping the kids from whining and …

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Leaf Peeping and Waterfalls along the Blue Ridge Parkway

This year’s wet weather may have postponed your annual trip to the North Carolina Mountains and Blue Ridge Parkway to take in the fall foliage. Good news, you haven’t missed a thing. The dazzling colors will continue to descend from high elevations to low through the beginning of November. When to …

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Vacation Makeover: Solve 5 Common Vacation Problems

Never take a miserable road trip again. Use Tamela's tips

All too often vacations—even holiday weekends—don’t meet our expectations. The kids are bored and grouchy, you’re overrunning your budget, and the amusement parks are beginning to look the same. Does it really have to be this way? Here’s how families can transform their next vacation into one that is peaceful, …

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Why You Need at Least Three Days to Explore Yellowstone National Park

The Yellowstone River formed Yellowstone's Grand Canyon

Yellowstone National Park is an American icon. It’s what comes to mind when you think about a national park. With summer vacation planning in full swing, I’m begging you not to shortchange yourself when you visit. Three days is the minimum stay, but spend five if at all possible. Matt and …

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