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    7 Amazing Benefits of Attending TBEX

    So what are the benefits of attending TBEX? You’ve probably already read my post on why I think all travel bloggers should attend TBEX, but now it’s time to get down to the nitty gritty; What do you get out of it? So glad you asked! There are plenty of bloggers out there bashing TBEX for whatever reason, and it’s all good, each to their own. And I get it, you work damn hard at this! If you’re going to spend 3-4 days out of your insanely busy schedule, precious time away from writing, researching, and marketing, it better be worth it right? I’ll share the benefits I gleaned from this conference…

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    Midwest Murder & Mayhem: A Wabasha Street Caves Experience

    John Dillinger, Ma Barker, Alvin ‘Creepy’ Karpis, these are just a handful of the infamous names you’ll hear on the Wabasha Street Caves tour in Saint Paul Minnesota. It’s hard to believe that this seemingly sleepy town was once a hotbed for bootleggers, thieves and murderers, but after spending three hours with the Wabasha Street gang, you’ll be swooped up into a stranger-than-fiction tale of love, intrigue murder and corruption. My journey of intrigue began with a walking tour of the Wabasha Street Caves site. Dating back to the 1840’s, located some 100 feet below the streets of Saint Paul, these man-made, sandstone caves were originally mined for silica (used for…

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    Culture Travel: Walking Tour of The Whitney Plantation

    In the south, you know when a storm is coming. The air is electric, a thin film of dew forms on your skin and the skies above transform into a mural of angry cloud gods. With giant sugar cane pots at my feet, looking out across the creek at the weather-worn outbuildings of those who once worked this land, I shuddered to think that this historic site was once destined to become a $700 million manufacturing plant. The Whitney Plantation nearly wasn’t, but for the intervention of a small group of preservationists, environmentalists, a wealthy white lawyer by the name of John Cummings and his head researcher, Ibrahima Seck, a Senegalese scholar. Their hard work…

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    9 Places to Experience New Orleans Culture

    I’ve waited my whole life to explore the landscape of New Orleans culture, and over the past couple of years, I’ve been consumed with a desire to experience the south. Southern food, language, history, belief systems, all of it. Louisiana is about as south as you can get, and New Orleans was the perfect place to whet my cultural appetite. Affectionately coined ‘The Big Easy’, and renown for everything from the birth of Jazz, deep fried crawfish, Mardi Gras, and more recently, the horrors of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans proved to be the ultimate expression of healing old wounds, celebration, cultural survival and a synthesis of modernity and antiquity. I spent 5 days exploring this incredible…

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    Top 10 Best Museums in the USA

    Museums are a place of collective memory, a place where we allocate space and place reverence on objects that allow us to recollect about the past and understand how our lives and histories intersect with one another. They preserve our heritage, and allow the public to gain a greater understanding of the past so we can make better decisions in the future. Whether you’re a historian, anthropologist, or someone with a genuine interest in where we come from, America is a treasure trove of museums, great and small. Here are the Top 10 Best Museums in the USA:   American Natural History Museum Central Park West at 79th Street, New…