Wisconsin’s Great River Road: A National Treasure

It’s easy to take for granted the wonders that surround us in our daily lives. In fact, it’s human nature. In the Coulee Region of Wisconsin, some of us stroll alongside the majestic Mississippi River on our way to work in the morning, or sit beside it on our lunch hours. Meanwhile, vacationers see the … More Wisconsin’s Great River Road: A National Treasure

Dispatch from Ethiopia, Part III: Water in Another World

For those of us who are wanderlusters at heart, there is a persistent internal voice that whispers promises of something more: more than the cubicle in which we dwell, more than the paycheck we receive for it, more than the grind most of us resign ourselves to as a means to an end. But what … More Dispatch from Ethiopia, Part III: Water in Another World

The Windy City Top 10: Great Things to do in Chicago

The Windy City, Chicago, Ill., is enormous, and can be overwhelming to first-time visitors. Here is a list of 10 great things to do when you visit Chicago, in no particular order.  Navy Pier in Chicago. Photo by Charish Badzinski. Navy Pier.  With its carnival-like atmosphere, breathtaking views of the city–particularly at night, live music, … More The Windy City Top 10: Great Things to do in Chicago

Beggars, Buskers and Bums: To Give, or Not to Give?

Almost anywhere your wheels roll in the world, chances are, you’ll encounter someone who asks you for money. The Meetles busk in the New York subway, for tips. Photo by Charish Badzinski. When it happens, what do you do? I have seen thousands of them in my travels. Some sit on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, … More Beggars, Buskers and Bums: To Give, or Not to Give?

Random Travel Photo: Sunset near Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Sunset near Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Photo by Charish Badzinski. On a clear evening, this photo would not have been nearly as interesting. But a mixture of contrails and clouds, paired with the skeletal trees in shadow over the pastels of late day light make for an interesting moment. To capture it, I pulled off to the … More Random Travel Photo: Sunset near Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Mini Vacay: Mountain Park Lookout Tower

The steps to Mountain Park Lookout Tower can be intimidating. Get to thetop and you’ll realize, you’re not done climbing yet. Photo by Charish Badzinski. Mountain Park Lookout Tower on Washington Island, Wisconsin offers a view of not only the relatively undisturbed wilderness of the island, but also Rock Island and St. Martin Island, Michigan.  … More Mini Vacay: Mountain Park Lookout Tower

Wisconsin Supper Club Extinction, and The English Inn

Your table is ready, at The English Inn in Fish Creek, Wisconsin.Photo by Charish Badzinski. More and more, the classic Wisconsin Supper Club is disappearing. Slowly, as cities expand and incorporate chain restaurants with sinister consistency, the Stepford Wives-like sameness of their menus, and their artificially-distressed decor, the warmth of authenticity vaporizes. Your bartender may … More Wisconsin Supper Club Extinction, and The English Inn

Beacons among the Beauty: The Lighthouses of Door County, Wis.

As the RBG crew heads to Door County, Wisconsin this weekend, it’s likely we’ll take in one or more of “The Door’s” famed lighthouses, 10 beacons set among the natural beauty of the peninsula. A handful of the lighthouses are easily accessible. Several require a short boat ride for a close-up view, and one, the … More Beacons among the Beauty: The Lighthouses of Door County, Wis.

Mini Vacay: A Musical Moment in the Cinque Terre, Italy

Hikers can walk among the terraced hillsides of the Cinque Terre in Italy, as they journey fromvillage to village. Photo by Charish Badzinski. It’s not often when you go for a hike that you encounter musicians along the steepest trails. In Italy’s Cinque Terre, however, don’t be surprised if you come across this saxophonist as … More Mini Vacay: A Musical Moment in the Cinque Terre, Italy

GIVEAWAY ANNOUNCEMENT! Travel with the Rollerbag Goddess and Pals

You could be a winner on “Roll With It Wednesday!” (That’s tomorrow, so act fast!) The beautiful French Country Inn in Ephraim, Wis. Photo by Charish Badzinski. As you know, a group of RBGs are heading to Door County this upcoming weekend, May 11 & 12 for a relaxing stay at the beautiful French Country … More GIVEAWAY ANNOUNCEMENT! Travel with the Rollerbag Goddess and Pals