Nancy D. Brown is a lover of all things related to travel. With What A Trip, she has combined her passion for travel with her professional writing career.

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7 Kayaking or Rafting Essentials

When you leave for a kayaking vacation in Baja California Sur you typically receive a packing list if you are joining an organized tour. More often than not, the suggested packing list is very detailed. […]

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Thumbs Up Group Tour of Hanoi for Easy Travel

I am a fan of group tours–not for an entire trip, but for a day or two. There’s nothing like a well organized group tour where someone else is in charge and one can take a welcome break from […]

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Black Bar Lodge in Rogue River Canyon

As twilight turned to dusk, a flurry of small bats took to the evening sky, swooping and diving for insects beneath Black Bar Lodge. It was late July in Southern Oregon and we were spending […]

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Urban Camping at San Elijo State Beach in Southern California

This is a guest post from Susan Payton of The Unexplorer.

I label the type of camping I’m about to tell you about as “urban” because I’ve been camping in the desert several times without a toilet or paved roads. So camping at San Elijo State Beach, where you can walk to Starbucks and a fantastic donut shop definitely falls on the other end of the spectrum.
Setting the Scene
San Elijo is a beach in Cardiff, California, about 30 miles north of San Diego. The campground is in crazy demand in the summer: on February 1, online reservations open up, and within minutes, all the spots are gone for the summer.

We — that being my son and myself, as well as our closest friends — decided to stay five nights. With Bull Taco providing “inauthentic Mexican” food on premises, we decided to go light on the cooking (normally that’s our central focus) and instead veg out on the beach. I vowed that I would take surfing lessons, something that I’ve been wanting to do for years. […]

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Did Soberantes Fire Spark Death of Janet Roberts Mooers

As the hot flames of the Soberantes fire rage out of control in the Big Sur and Carmel Highlands area, hazardous air quality is left behind in its wake. Onshore winds pushed smoke into the […]

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Rogue River Hospitality at Oregon’s Marial Lodge

When our rafts pulled into the “parking spots” at Marial Lodge, we were greeted with a friendly hello and wet down with a hose – our feet that is. Having raised numerous Labrador Retrievers in […]