Everywhere, trees are looked over and seen as generic, casual, and a mere fact of the world. While trees are in our yards, city streets, parks, forests, and everywhere in between, we often fail to recognize and appreciate the true beauty and uniqueness of our woody earth-mates.

When traveling across the country, Americans seldom stop to appreciate the ‘generic’ trees that line highways and cities until autumn brings fall foliage to these trees in many parts of the nation. If you look in the right places you will find unique trees that possess the ability to shift your perspective on…


Personally, I have no shame snacking on delicious ice cream cones and sundaes in the middle of cold New York winters but despite this unwavering dedication to the sweet frozen food, ice cream has a reputation as a summer snack, made to enjoy in the hottest months of the year. As we head deeper into the summer months and potentially get sick of our basic, sleepy hometown ice cream shop, here are 7 places that stand out with some of the best ice cream in the country! If you’re touring around the U.S. …


Think back to 2019. Remember when thousands of excited fans would crowd enormous stages all across the country to watch their favorite musical artists perform? I barely do! But what I do remember is that music festivals have been a staple of culture in America ever since the Monterey International Pop Festival in 1969. Music festivals are known for being lavish, high-energy, and youthful… Woodstock is popularly known for hosting around 400,000 people and creating the trend of outrageous festivals around the country.

If you are a fan of music like myself and want to travel around the country visiting…


Having lived in the same small town for all my life, I’ve only experienced the 4th of July traditions that take place within a small beach town– fireworks, barbecuing, swimming, far too competitive beach volleyball tournaments, and unbearable lines of traffic all across town. While these activities hold a special place in my heart, I was shocked to find out about a few rogue 4th of July traditions that happen around the country. I feel like I’m missing out on some outrageous fun!

While it may seem weird to celebrate Independence Day in any other way than you are used…


I don’t trust people who say they don’t like pizza. Generally, I hate to be critical of others for their tastes. But have you ever met anyone who didn’t like pizza? I’ve met two. One of them gave no reason for disliking pizza and is thus a sociopath. The other was a friend of mine who worked at a pizza place for years. It wasn’t that he didn’t like pizza, but that he had eaten so much of it he couldn’t eat it anymore. That is to say, pizza is maybe too good sometimes. While I can’t speak for others…


Did you know that Tokyo is the most populous metropolitan area in the world? It’s true! But walking around the streets of Tokyo a few summers ago, I don’t think I ever felt overwhelmed. If an endless list of things to do is your thing, like it is mine, then Tokyo, Japan is the place for you. Full disclosure, a lot of these attractions are indefinitely closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but if I could dream, if the world could just be normal again, here’s what I would do for an unforgettable Tokyo summer.

It feels weird complaining about…


I didn’t know when I moved to San Diego that I’d be gaining ten pounds of beer weight. I’d heard of Stone before moving there, a popular IPA, but had no idea of the extent to which San Diego reigns supreme in the beer scene. My friend and I ended up renting an apartment on the outskirts of Little Italy, right next to the Ballast Point brewery. There I discovered that IPAs can be grapefruit flavored. Bitter hops, sour grapes, refreshing citrus — it blew my mind!

Before moving to SD, I was a wine person. But after a year…


Has anyone ever asked you if pizza is a sandwich? I have, and I thought it was a stupid question. Of course, pizza isn’t a sandwich, it’s pizza. But if anything stuffed between two pieces of starch is a sandwich, couldn’t you make a New York slice into a sandwich by folding it in half? You all do that too, right? My least favorite thing about eating New York pizza is trying to keep the grease from running down my arm. I also love a floppy middle. Thus, the fold is essential. …


I have kind of a funny story from a trek I did once. The first day, during the meet and greet, a man introduced himself as “Jungle Man.” That’s it. It was, “Hi, my name is Ashley,” and, “Hi, I’m Emma,” and then there was him. Jungle Man. No other name.

Of course, Jungle Man wasn’t his ‘real’ name, but who cares? He owned the Jungle Man personality big time. For the next five days, we hiked the Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu. Jungle Man didn’t wear shoes unless the terrain absolutely demanded it. He ate with his bare hands…


Hi! I’m Ashley, a Content Writer at RoadGoat. These guiding principles helped me as I traveled to over fifty countries as a solo female. I hope they’ll help you too!

I’ve known that I wanted to travel since I first started moving around as a kid. I grew up in a military family that moved around all the time. I moved seven times in seven years, enough that I got used to being the new kid in school. While I resented it at the time, as I got older, I realized how lucky I was to have such a diversity of experiences. I got to live in a range of climates across the US — from the sands of Hawaii to the mountains of Washington state and lowlands of North…

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