The Hidden Gem of the Grand Canyon: Horseshoe Bend

Jess Valentine

After it being near the top of our USA bucket list for years, we finally got to experience how grand the Grand Canyon really is. After our visit many people asked us, “Which rim of the Grand Canyon is best?”

In America, the Deep South means comfort food. If it’s deep fried and covered in grits, its fair game. If you want to indulge in the creole flavours of this region, follow our state-by-state guide to the best eats.

If you have ever seen shows about New Orleans or read anything about the culture and lifestyle of N’Orleans, you’ll know it’s a great spot to revel. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, a holiday, or just rejoicing life and looking for an escape from the day-to-day ritual, New Orleans has the vibe, the energy and the people to bring any party to life. Festivals in New Orleans range from the extravagant and crowded (think Mardi Gras) to the quiet and soulful (think a jazz festival).

Eco-tourism is a consistently growing part of the travel industry. This makes sense, since everything we do whilst travelling has an impact on the Earth. The foods you eat, the transportation you choose to take and even the items we purchase to take home all make a difference in the world. The idea of "reduce, reuse, recycle" is still relevant today, and especially in respect to environmentally-conscious travelling. If you would like to incorporate eco-friendly actions in your next holiday and reduce your carbon footprint, use these tips and ideas to guide you on your way.

Rich with history and social graces, the Southern part of the United States could be viewed as an entirely different world within the country. Noted for its charm and slower-paced, relaxed-speaking culture, you're sure to find adventures you've never experienced before.

Quite possibly one of the most famous party cities in the world, New Orleans in Louisiana, USA deserves more than the adult-oriented title it generally receives. New Orleans is credited as the Birthplace of Jazz and celebrates its musical history with no shortage of live performances.

The West Coast of the United States is beautiful—no one can question that. With the slowly sloping beaches where the waters are dotted by surfers on their boards and the quiet forest trails with hikers and nature lovers stopping to peer upwards at the inconceivable size of the redwoods, to the small but boisterous bars serving locally brewed craft beers, there’s a reason it is so easy to fall in love with the West Coast. Photographers will find no shortage of captivating locales along the West Coast, whether you’re ambling through California or trekking through Oregon and Washington State.

From San Francisco to Seattle, micro brewed beer is not just a drink, it’s a way of life. If you are planning a trip to the West Coast (and you are over 21!), consider a trip to one of these must-visit breweries:

The first excuses that many people come up with when asked why they won’t travel alone is because they fear they’ll become bored or feel lonely while travelling. There is a massive group of independent travelers who will dispel those thoughts for you immediately. Many note how opposite from the truth that idea is. There are benefits to travelling solo that you don’t get when someone (or many “someones”) tag along for the adventure.

San Francisco Beer Week, where local breweries come together and share a series of great craft beers with anyone who cares you indulge. The SF Beer Week events take place across the greater Bay Area and its purpose is to celebrate the growing community of brewers, beer lovers and the large number of exceptional venues that feature craft beers. After all, this part of the state, Northern California, is the birthplace of craft beer and has been on the leading edge of the craft beer movement. Safe to say you can taste a good craft beer or two if you visit San Francisco during Beer Week!

The West Coast of the United States is often synonymous with Hollywood, Los Angeles, and blonde lifeguards in red bikinis, but the stretch of coast along the Pacific Ocean is much more than the small section of California burned into our brains by the entertainment industry. The West Coast consists of Oregon, Washington, and California. In the northern parts, the climate is mostly wet and cold. The humid, sunny beaches are more consistent with California, but more so in the middle to lower parts.