It’s Cherry Blossom Season!

Everywhere you turn it seems there's another sign of spring. The daffodils are beginning to open and trees are budding—especially the cherry trees. I recently had the opportunity to compile a list of fifty places around the world where you can celebrate...

#TravelTruth: Everybody’s a Travel Writer

I have a love-hate relationship with those pop-up Facebook memories. I love seeing what went on in my life three years ago, eight years ago, or last year for that matter. What I hate is that my posts lack depth. There is usually only a photo and a line or...

Be a First Reader

FirstRead.Me was founded on the principle of helping you find the best travel content on the Internet. We start the conversation here, then point you in the direction of more on the topic across the Internet, whether on other blogs or on...

Purposeful Travel Made Easy

Purposeful Travel Sounds Complicated When you think of purposeful travel, what comes to mind? To me, it sounds like it must involve soul searching, dirt digging, and world changing. I think the term has taken on that meaning when referring to voluntourism...

FirstRead.Me Wins Awards

FirstRead.Me is about exceptional travel reporting, writing, and photography.   We believe in sharing travel tips you may not find elsewhere... ...and two of our stories for Travel Pulse were honored with awards for 2017 from the North America Travel...

News on Celebrity Captain Kate MCCue

Captain Kate is Swapping Ships It's official: Captain Kate is no longer the Master of Celebrity Summit. She handed the ship off to Captain Charis over the weekend. After a short vacation, McCue will take over as the Master of Celebrity Equinox, again...

Cruising 201: In-depth Questions About Cruising

We know you have questions about cruising! Cruising can get complicated. No matter how many cruises you have been on, there is always something that pops up that you don't know. The fact that there is always something new to learn about is part of what...

Scuba Dive Review: St. Vincent

Scuba Dive Review: St. Vincent Disclaimer: Gary and I were hosted on a Windstar cruise that took us to St. Vincent. Our diving was not hosted. All opinions are my own.  Life is good anytime we have the opportunity to do a scuba dive review, so let's jump...

#TravelTruth: Are Dolphin Swim Experiences Ethical?

Dolphin swim experiences are an emotional and controversial subject. I have personally always felt torn between a love for marine animals, which includes a strong desire to see them, and a firm belief that those desires should never be satisfied at the...

#TravelTruth: 2017 Mileage Runs for Real People

Okay, all you road warrior, top-tier elite status mongers, this post is probably not for you. Move along so the rest of us can talk freely—about 2017 mileage runs for small-time players. We aren't even in the same league. Let's face it, folks, more than a...

Viking Combo Cruises: 2 Cruises, One Booking

So what's a Viking combo cruise? It's a marriage made in heaven--you begin a European journey on board one of Viking's river cruises, before being whisked away to a Viking Ocean ship for the remainder of your voyage. Besides the sheer novelty of the...

It’s Cherry Blossom Season!

Everywhere you turn it seems there's another...

FirstRead.Me Wins Awards

FirstRead.Me is about exceptional travel...

News on Celebrity Captain Kate MCCue

Captain Kate is Swapping Ships It's official:...

Cruise Review: AmaWaterways AmaSerena

Disclaimer: Gary and I were hosted by...

Cruising 201: In-depth Questions About Cruising

We know you have questions about cruising!...