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Traveling South

Being on an airplane while I wrote this month’s editor’s note was serendipitous for our annual travel issue. And even more inspirational was joining a group of travel writers for the 36th annual Travel South Showcase, the oldest and largest regional travel promotion organization in the U.S. This year’s event at Biloxi’s Beau Rivage attracted more than 700 destination marketing representations, tour group operators, and journalists, including seven talented DeSoto Magazine contributors (pictured above).
We Southerners are blessed to have so many amazing places to visit and explore. This year’s showcase certainly proved, especially to the DeSoto writers, that journeys close to home can be just as rewarding as those to far-away places.
If you do want to get away, though, read Ann Yungmeyer’s story about Alaska, which offers great advice about land packages and cruises to America’s last frontier.
The one thing I don’t like about air travel is not having my favorite pillow at my destination. James Richardson has the perfect solution – rent a recreational vehicle and take your pillow on the road! He describes the nuts and bolts of RV travel including whether to buy or rent.
Summer is the best time to learn to surf. Writer Jason Frye tells us where to find the South’s best surfing schools that cater to all ages.
No matter where your journeys take you – even if you are an armchair traveler – we hope you find this issue entertaining and inspiring with stories to help you travel healthier, feel a bit of nostalgia, or visit a resort for a new experience.

Happy trails,
Mary Ann