50 States / 5 cities – Sweet Home Alabama

50 States / 5 cities is an ongoing series in which we hand-pick 5 cities in every state that we think make great places to vacation in. Explore the United States along with us!

With a coastline of white sand beaches, cities steeped in civil war history, and an area that birthed some of America’s most beloved books & authors, Alabama holds many treasures to be explored. Here are five cities that we think make great places to visit whether you are a science geek, a beach lover or a bookworm.

If you decide to visit Alabama, here are some Alabama travel books to help you plan your trip.

1. Birmingham, Alabama

Vulcan Park and Museum
Vulcan Park and Museum Photo credit: Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau

Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Birmingham is the largest city in Alabama. It is home to the largest cast iron statue in the world, Vulcan and is becoming increasingly known as a hot spot for foodies.

Highlights of Birmingham’s many attractions include the Barber Motorsports Museum, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Vulcan Park & Museum. If you are looking to get a little nature along with your culture, Ruffner Mountain the second largest urban nature preserve in the country is just 10 minutes from downtown Birmingham. (more…)

Around the Web Travel Roundup

Great interactive map that let’s you learn about different places from fellow travelers or share your insights into locations. We made an entry about Sarlat, France.

A lot of love to National Geographic this week. The travel essentials of a National Geographic Traveler. You know you are a true world traveler when you can recommend the best anti-malarial out there.

Wish Tree in Thailand

Don’t be scared! Book that trip. Common Travel Fears and Solutions (more…)

Travel Related Kickstarter Projects You Should Help Fund

Kickstarter is a website that allows people to post creative projects and raise money for them. Be warned that you can easily while away many hours looking at all the interesting projects people have dreamed up. We went in search of some travel related projects that you can help fund. Get some good karma & help your fellow travelers while you are at it!

Please note that these projects are only up for a limited amount of time, if they don’t receive funding by the deadline on their kickstarter page, the project does not receive any of the money.

100 Travel Posters with a Twist

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Armchair Travel: A day in Paris from the comfort of your own home

Virtual Tourist is an ongoing series at TripLogic where we create an itinerary for an amazing trip that you can follow from home. Each post in the series includes a shopping list, instructions and links to resources. Let us know how your armchair travels go, photos are most welcome!

To Do Before Your Day in Paris:

  • Find a small family owned bakery near you.
  • Find a café or restaurant that serves espresso or hot chocolate and where you can sit outside.
  • Find a French restaurant or a restaurant that you’ve been wanting to try.
  • Buy anything that you don’t have on the list below.

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Be prepared: What to do if you lose your passport while traveling overseas

One of my biggest fears when traveling abroad is losing my passport. You could say that I am passport-losing-aphobic. With that in mind I decided it was about time that I did something about these worries and research what to do if you lose your passport while traveling overseas.

What I found out helped to calm my fears and hopefully will help you in case of an emergency*. The good news is that you can get a temporary replacement passport while abroad, often within 24 hours of applying for it. The bad news, well, it will take a little time and money, but if you are prepared you can make the process a lot easier on yourself. Here is what you need to know: (more…)

The Town That Van Gogh Never Saw

There is a town that Van Gogh never saw even though the asylum in St. Rémy where he committed himself is a short five minute walk from it, even though he spent many days painting the olive groves and surrounding countryside. Excavation of this ancient Roman town, Glanum, began in 1921, many years after Van Gogh’s death. One can only wonder how he would have painted the ancient ruins that now appear cradled within the Provence landscape as if they have always been there. (more…)