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You've found yourself in my corner of the internet, and you might be wondering, "Who is this person, and why does she talk about history so much?!" Welcome to CosmosMariners.com, where my love of travel and my love of learning combine into one amazingly nerdy but endearing trip to discover this planet we call home.

Bottom line: travel teaches acceptance, wonder, history. It makes you realize something new about yourself, about the world, about the people traveling with you.
Glasswork at the Chihuly Collection in St. Petersburg, Florida
I think that everyone should travel as much as they possibly can.

Go as a family. Go as a couple. Go by yourself. Go to the next town over. Go to Disney World. Go to Europe.

Whatever your budget allows you to do, make it happen.

Not all of us are (or want to be) nomads. Not all of us have jobs that allow that. Not all of us have family situations that allow that. Some of us like being able to return home at the end of a trip to our favorite couch.

There's nothing wrong with being nomadic. I, for one, would love traveling more or less constantly. There's also nothing wrong with wanting to experience the world a little at a time, as your job's vacation allowance, your bank account, and your stamina allow.

Original 1889 building, Jekyll Island Club Hotel, Jekyll Island, Georgia
Cosmos Mariners: Destination Unknown is a blog for the smart traveler

I might not be able to help you find the best rates on your airfare ticket (that's definitely not my forte), but I will share all of the arts, culture, literature, and general nerdiness that I crammed into my trips. As someone who was both a professional student for a while and a college literature professor, I find that the way to learn about a new city, region, or location is through its artsy side.

That approach hasn't failed me yet, so until I figure out otherwise, I'll be play-watching and museum-visting and reading local authors like it's going out of style (which, let's be honest: it probably is, and I just didn't get the memo).

Fourth Folio of Shakespeare's works: be still, my bibliophile heart!

What can you expect from Cosmos Mariners?

I love traveling, so pretty much anything is game. I'm always looking for opportunities to expand my horizons and get me out of my traveling comfort zone. You'll get a little bit of everything here, from arts and culture to a city's must-sees to adventure travel to food reviews.

That being said, along the way, I've found myself writing a lot about the following:
  • Arts and culture travel. Author talks, behind-the-scenes museum tours, history walks, opening night at a local dance theatre: sign me up. The more historical, literary, or artsy-fartsy something is, the more you can bet I'll be all over that like white on rice. 
  • Budget travel. I love to pinch pennies so I can make the most out of my vacation!
  • Family travel. My favorite trip companions are my family members--including my young daughter.
  • UK travel. I've been to London multiple times, including a stint studying abroad there in college and a trip with my gifted and talented homeschool program. I've traveled all over central and south England, Scotland, and Wales. I have an M.A. in British Literature, and I can talk to you all day long about the history, culture, and sights of England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. I'm an Anglophile through and through.
  • Southeastern U.S. travel. I believe that the best place to start traveling is in your own backyard. Since I live in Charleston, South Carolina, I have a particularly historical backyard, and I've tried to explore every inch of it. I've traveled every mile of major interstate between Virginia and Florida, and I've got the pictures to prove it! I love showing off the beauty that is the Southeast, including South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and Louisiana. 
  • Disney World. To say that I'm obsessed with this place would be an understatement. My parents first took me to Walt Disney World when I was about two; since then, I've gone so many times that I've lost count. My schedule is never too busy for a Disney trip!
  • Traveling with an allergy. As someone who is severely allergic to shellfish, I have to pick and choose what I eat and where I eat. For the most part, I don't let my allergy interfere with my traveling--but those of us traveling with allergies do need to take extra care!
So, what are you waiting for? Let's start planning something great! Email me at cosmosmariners@gmail.com if you've got questions or ideas.