May 2024 Journal

Welcome to the May 2024 Issue of Travel Research Monthly!

I have yet to visit Singapore, Sweden or Morocco but they all sit squarely on my list of must see’s at some point in the future. Each very different but equally interesting. I am fascinated by Singapore’s commitment to meeting the needs of its residents with an eye to the future which has already taken shape in its current form and Sweden’s delightful Midsommer celebration which allows residents and visitors alike the opportunity to shake off a long winter while reconnecting with nature. I love the story of the first female guide in Morocco, taking her love of the Atlas Mountains and sharing it with others from perhaps a different perspective than her colleagues. I hope you enjoy these stories as much as I did.

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Happy Travels,

Kathy Pachman
Travel Research Monthly


  1. It Was The Trip of a Lifetime: An Unforgettable Mother-Daughter Adventure to West Texas
    Author: Valerie Rains
    Source: Southern Living
    Summary: Enjoy a breathtaking journey through the rugged Chisos Mountains of Big Bend National Park, where vibrant wildflowers and panoramic vistas await. With fewer than half a million visitors annually, this remote gem offers a tranquil escape amidst its vast West Texas landscape. Indulge in quiet hikes, rejuvenating hot springs, and unforgettable sunsets, creating memories that beckon you to return again and again.
  2. A Couple Lovingly Restored This 19th-century Castle in Maine – Now It’s One of Our Favorites
    Author: Lila Harron Battis
    Source: Travel + Leisure
    Summary: Norumbega Inn exudes character at every turn, blending historic allure with contemporary elegance. From the moment you step inside, you’re enveloped in a world of charm, with cozy corners, secret staircases, and delightful surprises awaiting discovery in every room. The inn’s rich history and meticulous design create a sense of whimsy and wonder, making it feel like a journey into a storybook come to life.
  3. Tracing the Long, Winding Path of an Ancient Roman Aqueduct
    Author: David Laskin
    Source: The New York Times
    Summary: Discover the ancient marvels of Rome’s aqueducts in the serene Park of the Aqueducts, where stone arches weave tales of engineering prowess. With passionate locals as guides, visitors can delve into history, uncovering the secrets of the Aqua Marcia and experiencing the timeless allure of the Eternal City’s thirst for pure water.
  4. Midsummer in Sweden: The 2024 Guide
    Source: Routes North
    Summary: Sweden’s Midsummer beckons with its exuberant ambiance, offering energetic dancing, sumptuous feasting, and perpetual sunlight. Rooted in ancient sun-worshipping cultures, this event promises unforgettable experiences amidst the scenic allure of Swedish meadows.
  5. Is it Possible to do Monaco on a Budget? How to Visit the Billionaire’s Playground Without Going Broke
    Author: Ben West
    Source: The Independent
    Summary: Yes, it is possible to experience Monaco on a budget, where opulence meets affordability in the world’s playground of the rich. Amidst the glitz of Ferraris and superyachts, explore the compact principality’s landmarks, gardens, and stunning beaches. Delve into Monaco’s hidden gems, from serene gardens to Belle Époque architecture, and witness the grandeur of the Casino de Monte-Carlo, all while enjoying the charm of the old town perched atop The Rock.


  1. On France’s Newest Food Trail, Life is One Long, Gorgeous Meal
    Host: Aislyn Greene
    Podcast: Travel Tales by Afar
    Time: 26 Minutes
    Summary: Join host Aislyn Greene as she delves into the culinary wonders of France’s Vallée de la Gastronomie, from truffle hunting in Burgundy to Lyon’s iconic food traditions and spelunking in Aix-en-Provence. In this episode of Travel Tales by AFAR, discover how to explore this 400-mile food trail, immersing yourself in the rich gastronomic heritage of France’s most famous regions in unique and unforgettable ways. Don’t miss out on these mouthwatering adventures!
  2. Hiking the Atlas Mountains with Morocco’s First Female Mountain Guide
    Host: Portia Jones
    Podcast: The Travel Goals
    Time: 29 Minutes
    Summary: Embark on an epic journey through Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains with Hafida Hdoubane, the country’s pioneering female mountain guide discovering rugged trails, community tourism, and female empowerment. Join us on an immersive audio adventure as we traverse the High Atlas, meet Amazigh villagers, and witness Hafida’s trailblazing spirit that defied expectations and transformed the trekking landscape.
  3. The Passage de Panoramas
    Hosts: Lisa Pasold
    Podcast: Improbable Walks
    Time: 18 Minutes 
    Summary: Explore the charming Passage des Panoramas and Passage Jouffroy, beloved covered passageways in Paris, where Parisians of the 1800s indulged in window-shopping, pastry delights, and music discoveries, experiences that remain timeless today. Join us in this episode as we uncover the fascinating history of the Panoramas, delve into the lives of writer Marie Bashkirtseff and theater impresario La Montansier, and discover the enduring allure of these iconic Parisian arcades.
  4. Washington DC | National Mall Carousel, 400 Year old Bonsai & Barbie Pond
    Host: Lee Huffman
    We Travel There
    Time: 40 Minutes 
    Summary: Explore the vibrant heart of Washington, D.C., where iconic monuments, cultural diversity, and culinary delights await. Uncover the city’s rich tapestry of history, art, and cuisine for an unforgettable visit. Immerse yourself in the nation’s capital and discover its endless treasures with expert insights tailored to enrich your experience.
  5. Unpacking Language Learning for the Solo Traveler
    Host: Sara Straw
    The Solo Travel Woman
    Time: 18 Minutes 35 Seconds
    Summary:  Unlock the magic of local cultures as a solo explorer by embarking on a linguistic adventure.  Dive deep into language learning on the move, discovering practical tips, digital tools, and tailored insights to master Spanish, French, Italian, and Mandarin. Join us in this episode for an immersive journey that enriches your solo travels, fostering deeper connections and unforgettable experiences around the globe.


  1. Top 100 Places to Visit on Earth – Ultimate Travel Guide
    Source: Ryan Shirley
    Time: 1 Hour 1 Minute 56 Seconds
    Summary: Ryan Shirley’s compilation of his favorite destinations around the world may motivate you to visit a place you never considered before. Enjoy this informative and beautifully arranged video.
  2. City of the Future: Singapore – Full Episode
    Source: National Geographic
    Time: 44 Minutes 24 Seconds
    Summary: Learn about this stunning city’s rise as one of the world’s premier cities while meeting the people who share their visions of Singapore’s future and what it may look like in decades to come.
  3. How to Spend 2 Days in Vienna, Austria
    Source: Exotic Vacation
    Time: 21 Minutes 28 Seconds
    Summary: Two days is barely enough time to truly experience Vienna but if that is all the time you have, this video will guide you towards the hidden gems, cultural and culinary delights that best represent this grand city.
  4. Tahiti vs. Fiji | Which is Better for You?
    Source: The Adventure Buddies
    Time: 5 Minutes 13 Seconds
    Summary: Thinking about a tropical adventure? Delve into our comprehensive comparison of Tahiti vs Fiji to select your ideal paradise. Gain insider tips to make an informed decision on which destination best suits you.
  5. Riding the Most Beautiful Train from Switzerland to Italy | Bernina Express (St. Moritz to Tirano)
    Source: Kuga’s Travel
    Time: 13 Minutes
    Summary: The Bernina Express, with its abundance of windows overlooking the sublime Swiss and Italian countryside, is an experience that you will not forget. Your host, a Japanese train enthusiast, details his trip with a surprise stop en route.



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