North America

48 Hours in Granada, Nicaragua |

48 Hours in Granada, Nicaragua

There's not too much to do in Granada, Nicaragua -- but that makes it the perfect destination for a quick weekend getaway. The colorful colonial city on the shores of Lake Nicaragua is less than an hour from Managua airport. And with easy access to the Mombacho volcano, Masaya Volcano National Park and other points of…

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48 Hours in Atlanta |

48 Hours in Atlanta

It was a city I didn't know much about -- but when my mom was traveling for business, I took advantage of a free hotel room and set out to spend 48 hours in Atlanta. The city surprised me with all it had to offer - from some of the best ribs I've tasted to one…

72 Hours in New Orleans |

72 Hours in… New Orleans

New Orleans is one of my favorite cities in the U.S., and last month marked my 4th visit there. I had been three times during college: twice to volunteer at an animal shelter that had been damaged (and overwhelmed with stray pups) following Hurricane Katrina, and once before departing for a spring break cruise. I was particularly…

Weekend Getaway: Valladolid, Yucatán, Mexico |

Mexico Weekend Getaway: Valladolid, Yucatán

A great alternative to and short road trip from Riviera Maya (where Cancun and Tulum are located), Yucatán offers historic sights, off-the-beaten-path natural wonders, and colorful colonial cities perfect for afternoons spent wandering. One of the cities that's ideal for a weekend getaway: Valladolid, located smack dab in the middle of the Yucatán peninsula. Valladolid is known as a…

(Photo: Thomas Shahan/Flickr) - 48 Hours in San Juan, Puerto Rico |

48 Hours in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is easy to fly to from the eastern half of the U.S. - and you don't even need a passport to feel like you've ventured to a foreign land. The island's capital and largest city, San Juan, is a great home base on the island. It's easily accessible for those wishing to head…