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Will Travel for Food: Culinary Tourism

With the holidays approaching, especially Thanksgiving, the focus on food consumes our thoughts since holiday preparations and traditions are held in the highest regards. Food is a central focus in life—we all have to eat—but it’s also a very strong factor when making travel decisions.

It’s no surprise that Culinary Travel is trending much higher and constitutes one of the largest growth markets for tourism, gaining momentum as the research indicates. Not only is this a significant consideration for domestic travel, but a huge influence for international travelers as well.

Here in the U.S., each destination has a unique “food story” to tell. Sometimes it is more of a regional story that comes from the unique history of the area or the crops that grow best and flourish in that particular climate and habitat. Specifically, here in the Southeast where...

The Digital Detox Vacation: Is it Possible?

A few years back, my husband and I took a very memorable trip to Lake Tahoe and then jaunted over to Yosemite to take in El Capitan and Half Dome.

We both were in charge of our respective devices to properly capture the trip: He was in charge of our new video camera and I was in charge of the digital camera.

The drive through Yosemite was breathtaking. As we wound through the mountain roads, we pulled off onto a scenic overlook and my husband set the video camera down as we strategically placed ourselves on top of the rock wall with the backdrop of mountains behind us. A kind stranger captured the moment with our digital camera, and off we went.

About two hours later, much to our dismay, we realized the video camera was left sitting on the rock wall at the scenic overlook. We never got it back. Luckily,...

Chinese Travel to the U.S. Expected to Triple by 2020

We've all seen it coming: As China continues to rise as an industrialized nation, the natural correlation is more disposable income for their rising middle class. This translates to an increase in spending on travel abroad, with the number of Chinese visitors coming to the United States expected to more than triple by 2020.

According to a recent article in Time Magazine, “Tourists from China now spend more on international travel than tourists from any other country.” Spending on international tourism from 2012 was at $102 billion (as reported by the U.N. World Tourism Organization), up 40% more from the previous year. More than 80 million Chinese traveled internationally in 2011. In 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce (Office of Travel and Tourism Industries), the U.S. had 1.47 million arrivals from China—an increase of 35 percent over arrivals...

Heritage Tourism Attracts Baby Boomers

It all started with my passion for reading coupled with my interest in ghosts and the paranormal. Living just 15 minutes north of St. Augustine, Florida, I am very fortunate to be able to visit the nation’s “oldest city” quite often. Founded in 1565, the city offers a plethora of “haunted” experiences within a rich historic and cultural backdrop.

A number of years ago I was perusing the shops along St. George Street, in the heart of St. Augustine, when I picked up a book, “Haunt Hunters Guide to Florida” by Joyce Elson Moore. It was this gem of a book that changed how I look at travel experiences through more of a historical lens. “Haunt Hunters Guide to Florida“ was a great read that lead me to previously unknown places of intrigue in my own backyard. I started to delve further into the ghost stories with visits to the St. Augustine Lighthouse, Harry’s...