A Moment in Black History - Flight Attendants

Journalist and nurse Ruth Carol Taylor became the first African American airline flight attendant in the United States when she joined Mohawk Airlines in 1958. However it was Patricia Banks who paved the way. After graduating from Grace Downs Air Career School in 1956 pursued a career as a flight attendant and was repeatedly denied... Read more »


Being social on a trip can be an added experience and if you’re a solo traveler it can be an added companion.   Now, to some it may seem daunting to meet strangers especially in a foreign place, but it doesn’t have to. Just like anything else there’s an art to being social.   First,... Read more »

A Little Bit of Chicago in Tokyo, Japan

I get off the train in Tokyo at the Harajuku Station, walk down the street and I smell this familiar smell. It’s sweet and I thought to myself. it reminds me of Chicago. Wel,l I look up and see this long line of people. Of course, I wanted to know what they were in line... Read more »

Travel Like a Celebrity

You may not have the bank account or the status of a celebrity, but you can vacation like one. If you want to make your next trip celebrity worthy do the following things. Go ahead it’s fun! Pick a destination that celebrities visit.You can stay in a modest hotel but hang out at the celebrity’s... Read more »

How To Achieve Experiential Travel

My wish for you this year is to turn your trips into fabulous experiences and unforgettable moments. Create an experience beyond your itinerary. Do the things that will turn you into a story teller. By this I mean; Get up close and personal with the destination. Embrace and learn the culture. That could be anything... Read more »

Keeping That New Years Resolution to Travel

It’s that time again, time for a resolution and one resolution at the top of a lot of lists is to travel more. How many times have you put travel on your list only to fail to make it happen? Here are some ways to keep that travel resolution. Be specific. Rather than just saying... Read more »


The Pony Express Nevada Trail runs from Dayton (Nevada) to Ely, about 350 miles.  The young men who rode this trail from April 1860 – October 1861, faced lonely days and nights, hard terrain, dangerous passage ways, and possible death from the elements, Indian wars, and wild animals. Ja’Vonne and I are traveling this trail... Read more »


Anyone who has ever seen a good western, or paid attention in history class has heard of the Pony Express. The Pony Express consisted of relays of men riding horses carrying saddlebags of mail across a 2000-mile trail. On April 3, 1860, the first riders left from St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California, simultaneously.  The... Read more »

Roscoe Village Burger Festival

This past weekend I opted for Roscoe Villages Burger Festival instead of Taste of Chicago.  I have several reasons for doing so. I go to Taste every year and wanted something different. I must add that you don’t have to choose one over the other because Taste of a 5 day event. I was going... Read more »

"Tiffin at The Langham"

Having afternoon tea is one of my favorite things to do.  I absolutely love the elegance of it.  Something about it makes me feel like a lady. I had my first afternoon tea experience in London many years ago at the Sheraton Knightsbridge.  I was there with a friend and my mother.  I became, I was... Read more »