All posts by Shelley Seale

Shelley Seale is a freelance journalist and author in Austin who has written for National Geographic, USA Today, The Guardian, and Texas Monthly, among others. She loves yoga, indie movies, wine, and books, though not necessarily in that order. Shelley has performed a catch on the flying trapeze, boarded down a live volcano, and was once robbed by a monkey in Nepal. But she doesn’t know how to whistle.
Mystic Seaport in Connecticut
Mystic Seaport/Shelley Seale

The places that dot the coast of Connecticut make for fun destinations with a healthy dose of culture, history, and breathtaking scenery. If you’re looking for a small town getaway that packs a punch, head to Mystic. This quintessential New England seaport town offers plenty to see and do. Where... Read More

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Shaker Village/Shelley Seale
Shaker Village/Shelley Seale

The Bluegrass State of Kentucky is home to sophisticated, vibrant cities such as Louisville and Lexington; incredible national and state parks; and of course, the blue-green rolling hills that are dotted with farm estates and horse pastures. Here are our picks for five great stops on an epic Kentucky... Read More

A view from the Bergen Railway in Norway
Scene from Bergen Railway/Shelley Seale

Norway is a spectacularly gorgeous country, filled with jaw-dropping natural beauty. From deep fjords to imposing mountains, one of the best ways to experience this is from land and sea. A journey that takes you through Oslo, Flåm, and Bergen via train and ferry is one of our favorites. Here’s... Read More

Shelley Seale

We’ve all heard about cosmopolitan Stockholm, arguably Sweden’s top destination. But if you choose to visit, don’t forget that there are a whopping 30,000 islands surrounding the city — some thriving, inhabited communities, and others that are little more than a skiff of rock and grass — spread along an archipelago that... Read More

Oslo from a Ferry
Oslo From a Ferry/Shelley Seale

Norway is one of the most beautiful countries in Scandinavia, but it’s also one of the most expensive to visit. Spending a weekend in the vibrant, cosmopolitan city of Oslo can be thrilling, but it can bust your travel budget. Here are some savvy ways to trim down your expenses while getting the... Read More

Shelley Seale Frida Kahlo Museum
Shelley Seale/Frida Kahlo Museum

Although Mexico City is known for its history and centuries-old cultural treasures, there’s also a vibrant, thriving modern art movement taking shape in the metropolis. From street artists to young creatives who draw inspiration from today’s social issues, take a walk with us through the streets of Mexico City’s contemporary art... Read More

Chapultepec Castle, Mexico City
Shelley Seale/Chapultepec Castle

Mexico City may have its share of crime, litter, and traffic — as every large city in the world does. But anyone who has visited recently will tell you that many of the travel concerns here, from safety to health, are largely unfounded. In fact, there are plenty of pleasant... Read More

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Shelley Seale

Picture a vibrant town square lined with red brick buildings, a main historic market, hip boutiques, and art galleries galore — all beneath a backdrop of the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains. That’s Roanoke, a southern Virginia city known for its natural beauty, quality of life, and thriving central core.... Read More

The Appalachian Trail is an epic roughly 2,180-mile stretch between Springer Mountain in Georgia all the way up to Katahdin in Maine. For some, hiking through the trail’s 14 states is a months-long adventure filled as much with nature as new friends. “I love walking and thinking,” says Corky... Read More

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Keith Hajovsky

Galveston Island is a unique coastal destination: An historic Victorian-era downtown surrounded by beaches that offer classic seaside fun. Whether you’re on a day trip from Houston or stopping over to or from a cruise, here’s how to make the most of it. ... Read More