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Laura Bly

Washington, D.C. metro area
Freelance Journalist — Freelance

Certified dromomaniac, storyteller and photographer, embracing a homeloose life!

In Italy, an expat’s reminder of love and patriotism — Long before my husband and I sold our D.C. home to hit the road and embrace an expat life, I'd been conflicted about how to celebrate the Fourth of July.

Bombing leaves Turkey tourism on the brink — Two days before our Princess cruise ship was scheduled to call at Istanbul last month, a terrorist car bomb killed 11 people near a popular subway stop in the city center. Amid both reassurances about stepped-up security and fears of new attacks, the ship docked as planned - but with hundreds of skittish passengers opting to stay on board.

High Gas Prices Will Cut July 4 Travel-AARP — High gas prices, coupled with higher airfares and hotel rates, will keep many travelers in their backyards this Fourth of July weekend, according to an AAA survey out today. AAA estimates 39 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home over the holiday weekend, down from 40 million last year.

Six Things to Know about River Cruising in Russia Right Now — September 2, 2015 | By Laura Bly | No Comments We'd already tossed back several varieties of Russian vodka, each accompanied by pastrami, pickles and expert commentary from Yulia, our maitre'd on Viking Truvor. But the best, a smooth blend of chili pepper and honey, had been saved for last.

Travel in the age of “Fearbola” — While U.S. headlines were trumpeting the growing hysteria over the country's first Ebola diagnosis in Dallas, I was kicking back at a resort in southern Ethiopia - where my only medical concern was a nasty crop of chigger bites, courtesy of a bush walk to view zebras in spectacular Nechasar National Park.

Windjamming on the Mary Day — Maine windjammer cruises, launched in 1936 to breathe new life into a faltering commercial cargo fleet, have become as synonymous with the state as "lobstah" bakes, blueberries and the insistent bleat of a fog horn.

Lessons, highlights from a month on the road — It's been one month since we sold our home and most of our belongings and hit the road. Fifteen states, 10 hotels, five friends' houses, two Airbnb rentals and nearly 4,000 miles later, we're still happily married (thanks, Siri!) and looking forward to more adventures. A few highlights: -Priceline and Hotwire rock.

The spirit of Mayberry lives on in Mount Airy — MOUNT AIRY, N.C. - In "The Class Reunion" episode of The Andy Griffith Show , the perpetually popular sitcom that made its debut 50 years ago this fall and taped its final episode in 1968, Sheriff Andy Taylor takes a stroll down memory lane with a high school squeeze who has moved from Mayberry to Chicago.

Fogo Island Inn: The hotel at the edge of the earth — According to the Flat Earth Society, ragged, wind-battered Fogo Island, Newfoundland is one of the four corners of the planet. If this isolated offshoot of an already remote destination - an hour's drive from the closest commercial airport in Gander, followed by a 45-minute ferry ride from Farewell into the North Atlantic - isn't the edge of the world, it might as well be.

51 Great Burger Joints — 51 Great Burger Joints Alabama Recommended by the Southern Living magazine travel staff Alaska At the two Arctic Roadrunner locations in Anchorage, tuck into the Kodiak Islander. It's a quarter-pound patty with green chile pepper and half slices of bologna, salami, ham, melted American and mozzarella cheese.
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Sep 27, 2016

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller #WorldTourismDay

Aug 24, 2016

"I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.”Mary Anne Radmacher #WednesdayWisdom

Jul 02, 2016

Unconventional Tourist Photographs Reveal What’s Behind the World’s Most Visited Sights 

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