9 experiences to have in Greenville, SC

Pro tip #1: Follow the Swamp Rabbit’s mile markers and look for the carrots when you want something to eat or drink — they signal that a restaurant (or two) lies within the next mile. If you can keep at it for the entire ride to Travelers Rest, there’ll be sweet and savory crepes at Tandem Creperie and Coffeehouse waiting for you as your (much-deserved) reward.

Read the full story over at the Matador Network.

Photo courtesy of VisitGreenvilleSC.

Street Art for Social Commentary in Belgrade, Serbia

On the streets of Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, graffiti functions as more than just art — it is also social commentary. Walking along the streets, down alleyways, and through alcoves, one sees walls sprayed with messages from Syrian migrants, warnings about corporatism, and supportive statements on the fight for women’s equality. Scattered from Savamala to Stari Grad, meaning “old town,” this city’s street art celebrates self-expression and aims for improvement of myriad social issues. From the heart of the old town to the urban waterfront neighborhood, these are the stomping grounds of the city’s most notable artists.

Read the story in full on Teen Vogue‘s website.

Photo courtesy of TKV.

Cycling Western North Carolina

When the air turns cool and the leaves turn gold, cyclists turn to Western North Carolina to experience the changing scenery from two wheels. Autumn group rides in the region feature options for all experience levels and highlight the gorgeous landscape while raising money for nonprofits.

Local cyclist Travis Collins says there’s much to love about cycling in the North Carolina mountains. “What I like most is the scenery, for sure. We have unbelievable cycling in our part of the world,” he says. “Our roads are in pretty good shape, and within a short drive you can be by yourself in the saddle.”

Read the full story for Mountain Xpress here.

Photo courtesy of the Tour de Pumpkin.

The Benefits of a Gap Year

Over the past 3 years, my travels, instincts, and time away from classes taught me more about myself than anything I experienced before. Had I taken a gap year, I might have realized earlier where I should have been all along. One thought I’m sure of: when I cross the stage in May 2018 to receive my college degrees, I will not regret a single delay in the six-year process. Life is not on an arrival-departure schedule, and I will always be contemplating which direction to follow next.

Read the full story at Matador Network.

The Essential Books for Home Bartending

Amid the current cocktail revitalization, shaking up a classic or twisting familiar flavors will impress all houseguests. Like any good cocktail, there are three components to becoming a skilled bartender. Each of our selected books specializes in one of those components: stocking the bar, crafting a balanced drink and expanding on the range of recipes.

Read the full article here.

Photo courtesy of Micah LeMon.

Best Bites: Greenville, South Carolina

At first glance, the restaurant landscape in GreenvilleSouth Carolina may appear familiar to those who set off for Charleston’s Rainbow Row during its’ recent travel surge. It doesn’t take long to find the upstate city is brimming with modernized southern cuisine and a commitment to local sources. But, let’s face it: the South is more than mac ‘n cheese and barbecue. Foodies passing through and locals alike can find updated staple dishes amid the signature cuisine along with globally-influenced fare in Greenville.

Full story.

Photo courtesy of The Anchorage.

Take Five: Health and Wellness Retreats in Bozeman, Montana

It’s a Monday afternoon in Bozeman, Montana, where 30 minutes after arriving at The LARK, my home base for the duration of the trip, I was out the door again and headed south toward the Spanish mountains. I passed a cyclist pedaling up hill before driving over the dam of the Hyalite reservoir where people canoed in front of snowcapped peaks. Once I reached the trailhead, I set off up the relatively flat one-mile walk to Palisade Falls. What I saw at the top wasn’t just the popular waterfall, but quite a range of locals taking advantage of the outdoors so close to home.

Read the full story at Paste magazine.

Photo courtesy of Big Sky Yoga.