History, hidden tacos and Detroit-style pizza in Raleigh-Durham

Raleigh – part of the Triangle area of North Carolina – seemed far away for us. For quite some time, my husband and I would say we’d go, but each time, something else would come up.

WRAL azalea garden
WRAL Azalea Garden

However, history, the promise of a taco crawl and North Carolina’s azalea season were calling.

In April 2022, we made the short trek (3 hours from Myrtle Beach) to Raleigh for spring break.

The space between Myrtle Beach and North Carolina is full of history. Don’t be surprised if driving down a side highway you stumble upon a Civil War site or upon an old church or cemetery that’s been around since Pre-Civil War times. One of those pre-war sites was our first stop at the Old Bluff Presbyterian Church, a historic church founded in 1758 and built in 1855 near Godwin, N.C. The grounds even have an old spring that “quenched the thirst of the Highlanders, both Patriot and Loyalist,” according to the church history website.

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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

Travel, travel everywhere and not enough time to go

I love to travel. If there is anything on the planet that I love to do more than anything else, it is travel.

There isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t look up some fun new place to check out, some awesome new restaurant to try or how much plane tickets are to some place interesting.

Since graduating from college, I have slowly been able to make my way around the world, but there is still so much to see!

Thankfully, my husband loves travel as much as I do, so he is always game for a new adventure.

Here are some of the places we have been. Click on each link for stories on the specific destinations.




Road trips from Myrtle Beach

In addition to writing about the places we have been in order to help you decide if you should go too, I also love to plan travel. I have spent many hours researching different ways to get to different places and where to find the best deals.

Please check out some of my travel planning tips and chime in on a few questions I still have.

Travel planning