Sister trip to Nashville


2016 sister trip to Nashville

I don’t get to see my sister often. Sometimes, we can go a year without seeing each other, but we try not to make that happen. You see, we live about 1,780 miles apart. I am in Myrtle Beach, S.C. and she is in Bismarck, N.D. Growing up, we did the sisterly fighting, as usual, but we have gotten a lot closer as we have gotten older. Continue reading

An inside look from the locals on San Juan


Condado beach

As with many places in the Caribbean, thousands of tourists stop in San Juan, Puerto Rico for a day excursion while on their cruises. They come ashore to enjoy picturesque Old San Juan, a quick tour or a good meal and then they head back to the boat.

However, there is so much more to see, do and experience in San Juan than just a day can afford.

Here are a few of my favorites:

  1. The people

We met so many great people during our five days exploring the city and each one made our trip that much more special.
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Don’t do that, do this in Barcelona


A quiet corner of Barcelona

Some news organizations recently stated that tourism numbers in Barcelona are skyrocketing. With that, the city’s mayor said he didn’t want Barcelona to become like Venice and The Guardian recently wrote that some locals don’t want tourists anymore.

Seasoned travelers may be turned off by the idea of visiting Barcelona because the city may seem like a tourist trap and all the streets could be packed with people donning selfie sticks.

While that may be true is some areas of every major tourist destination, there are places where you can enjoy the real Barcelona, like the locals do.

Here are some tips to see the area with A Local’s Look: Continue reading

About A Local’s Look

A day in Aix en ProvenceEver since I learned my first words in French and heard the stories of my parents’ time in Europe, I have wanted to strike out on as many adventures as I can. Now, with a husband who loves to travel as much as I do, we are trying to experience as much as we can all over the world and right in our own backyard.

As a journalist since 2005, I love all things new and exciting.

I love travel and experiencing all the wonders the world has to offer.

This blog takes readers on a journey in which a local, who lives in Myrtle Beach, rediscovers the tourist area called/known as the Grand Strand and takes “A Local’s Look” at other destinations around the world.

Follow me on Twitter @heathergale. To reach me, please email

Top 10 tips on saving money for travel

Money. You can’t live with it and you can’t live without it. It is sometimes hard to come by and it is often hard to save.Money-clip-art

In order for you to be able to travel, you have to make some sacrifices in your day-to-day life, but, in the end, they are all worth it for the experience of seeing a new place.

Here are some tips of what you can do in order to save for travel: Continue reading