Travel

This Much-Needed Trip of Historical Truth Was the Experience of a Lifetime

Alexandria, Virginia, had one of the country’s largest slave trading operations. I visited the city to reconnect with my roots.

In the first half of the 17th century, European colonists settled on the previously occupied lands of what’s known today as Alexandria, Virginia. Fast-forward to 1654, when the settlers acquired a land patent for the entire area totaling 700 acres, later expanding its territory. During the development of Alexandria’s colonial-style infrastructure, enslavement was preva

7 Travel Hair Dryers That Won't Take Up Your Whole Suitcase

A trusty travel hair dryer is one beauty essential that's worth a spot on every packing list. As crucial as this tool is for drying and styling hair, it's not exactly the easiest thing to pack—hair dryers are often bulky, heavy, and take up way too much room in your suitcase. Because of this, I used to rely on the hotel hair dryer, which would leave me with damaged, frizzy hair after spending what felt like hours of begrudgingly drying. Now, I pack a portable hair dryer with me no matter where I

15 Best Hotels in Orlando

There's no other city in the United States – the world, even – that celebrates the spirit of childhood quite like Orlando, Florida. The feeling that you get when you catch the light off EPCOT's Spaceship Earth (found in Walt Disney World Resort, of course); or from your first sip of Butterbeer in Hogsmeade or Diagon Alley (located inside Universal Orlando Resort); or when you witness the soaring heights of Shamu's aerobatics (during the Orca Encounter water show at SeaWorld Orlando) – all prove

The 16 Best Things to Do When You Visit Orlando

There are animal encounters and then there's Discovery Cove – a companion site to SeaWorld Orlando where you can get up-close with dolphins, stingrays, marmosets and otters. And since it's a reservation-only park (the park only admits up to 1,300 guests per day), you'll get to interact with the animals and trainers more intimately. Try snorkeling with tropical fish and rays in the park's coral reef or floating throughout the park's lush landscape on the Wind-Away River.

This Portable Massage Gun Soothes My Travel Aches and Pains

Last winter, last-minute holiday shopping had me scurrying to find a couple more gifts for loved ones—useful ones that wouldn’t be buried in the storage closet come January. Lo and behold, an impromptu Costco run placed me right in front of the perfect find: a dwindling display of massage guns. Desperate to get in and out of the store quickly, I tossed one into my shopping cart and merrily checked a giftee off my list.

7 Protective Styles Travel Writers Swear By

Travel maintenance extends to nails, outfits, and shoes, but perhaps the most important and difficult upkeep belongs to hair—especially when it comes to protective styles.

As the phrase goes, “beauty is pain,” but the word "pain" should really be switched to "time-consuming" when it comes to protective styling. Styles such as box braids can take well over five hours at any given time depending on the length, size, and volume of hair you have. “I plan my hairstyles on a quarterly basis,” says tr