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What to expect in travel in 2014: Big sporting events drive interest in this year's hottest locations

Where's everybody going? The travel forecast for 2014 points to destinations inspired by a whole lot of sportsmanship and team spirit. Hot spots expected to trend this year include North American ski resorts catering to travelers looking for an Olympic experience closer to home before, during and after the games; and Brazil, inspired by World Cup fever. ... Full story

WEEKAWAY: Southwest Michigan's Wine Country

While northern California is often considered the nation’s wine country, you do not have to travel to the West Coast to enjoy world-class wine tasting and vineyard tours. Southwest Michigan has a wine country of its own, which is emerging as an essential part of the culture in the region. ... Full story

Road trip tips: How to plan a memorable vacation and save money

Americans enjoy the fun and relaxation of traveling: 77 percent of domestic trips are for leisure purposes, according to the U.S. Travel Association. If you want to vacation with friends or family, hitting the pavement for a road trip can't be beat, and with a few money-saving tips and organization tricks, you'll plan an awesome trip packed with memories. ... Full story

River cruising: An easy way to explore and experience Europe

Europe is a popular destination for international travelers looking to visit the world's great capitals such as Paris, Amsterdam and Prague; to experience European culture; and to explore charming small towns. But planning a European trip can be daunting because it involves a lot of research to decide where to go, how to get there, and what to see. River cruising offers an excellent solution to this travel challenge for these reasons: ... Full story

Perfect airline boarding process remains elusive

Groups of passengers wait at a United Airlines gate to board a flight in separate numbered lanes at O'Hare. ... Full story

WEEKAWAY: Improve your golf swing in southwest Michigan

When you get away to Harbor Shores to play golf on the premier Jack Nicklaus Signature Design course, you might spend some extra time during your vacation on the driving range to master your swing. ... Full story

Resort holds Elgin-area memories, and maybe a gangster connection

The Hayward area has long been a mecca for northern Illinois fishermen, many of whom make an annual summer trek here to cast for musky, walleye and the other denizens of its myriad lakes and waterways. ... Full story

Six ways studying abroad can change your life

Many students study abroad each year for only a few months, or even weeks. But the experiences and lessons learned go on to impact them well past that brief time, and the benefits of their travels don't stop once they return home. Studying abroad isn't just a chance to explore foreign cities, but a time to grow, learn and expand your connections globally. ... Full story

Tips for safe vacation travel

Vacations are keeping Americans busy this season. But, with all that fun, make sure you don't overlook caring for your car and tires. If you do, the only thing you'll be doing is standing in the breakdown lane. ... Full story

Dive in for discounts at Fox Valley water park

Nothing says summer quite like water parks. With all their pools, slides and crazy fun, these splash-sational playgrounds are the coolest places around. ... Full story

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Traveling Murphy

Traveling Murphy started as a way for me to share all the unique restaurants and fun things to do in…Read more
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Mallory Sills

Fashion Institute of Technology certified Image Consultant and Stylist, Mallory is driven to enhance confidence and celebrate women looking and…Read more
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Sara Snelling, Fox Valley Nutritionist

Sara Snelling is an innovative, forward-thinking nutritionist with a food science, food service and food safety background. While earning her…Read more
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11th Hour Bartending Services

We are a mobile bartending service located in the Fox Valley and have been bringing fun craft cocktails to private…Read more
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