Ranger Life: What Does a National Park Internship Entail?

Over the years, I have been asked many questions about my work experiences. Millions of people visit our national parks annually, but many don’t know what a park ranger’s job is like or what our responsibilities are. In my new series Ranger Life, I’ll discuss the day to day lives …

Visit National Parks Virtually During the Government Shutdown

Park’s closed, park’s closed. Moose out front should’ve told ya. National Parks Affected During Government Shutdown The United States Government shutdown at midnight and national parks are officially closed. Well, they’re actually open. But park rangers can’t go to work, so activities and services are extremely limited. Most importantly, they …

My Road Trip Across America with a Complete Stranger

Right after graduating college, I went on a road trip with this girl, Allison. We had a few classes together, so it seemed our interests were similar. One time, we ate Mexican food together and bonded over our mutual love for tacos. Still, we barely knew each other. Everyone would probably …

The Surprising Beauty of North Dakota

Did you know that North Dakota is usually the last state that people visit? This happens so often that there’s a store in North Dakota that sells products revolving around completing the journey to all 50 states there. Admittedly, it was toward the bottom of my list. But I regret …

Countries with Free Stopovers (and How to Take Advantage)

Wait, what’s a free stopover? In order to increase tourism, countries will offer a free stopover to travelers. It’s basically a really, really long layover that doesn’t cost you extra airfare. For example, let’s say you want to fly from New York to London. If you fly on Icelandair, you …

Exploring Jewel Cave National Monument

Nestled in the Black Hills of South Dakota is Jewel Cave, the third longest cave in the entire world. It is currently measured at 192 miles long and is still being explored. Furthermore, it’s estimated that only 3% of the cave passages have been found. There are a lot of …

Ranger Life: How I Became a Park Ranger (and How You Can Too!)

Over the years, I have been asked many questions about my work experiences. Millions of people visit our national parks annually, but many don’t know what a park ranger’s job is like or what our responsibilities are. In my new series Ranger Life, I’ll discuss the day to day lives of …

The Pros and Cons of Cruises

  Cruises are tough. It’s impossible to say whether I recommend them because they’re simply not for everyone. It’s not my favorite way to travel, yet I plan to go on more in my lifetime. The perks are sometimes too good to pass up. I’ve only been on two, and …

Lands and Legacies of Cumberland Island National Seashore

Cumberland Island is mighty in so many ways. It’s 17.5 miles long, featuring 36,000 acres of wild marsh and tidal creeks. Historic mansions dot the Cumberland Sound behind private roads. Grand Avenue, the only main road, stretches from north to south under oak colonnades. Hundreds of wild horses graze in …