Happy first official day of Fall, y’all! Even though it’s just technically started, I might have already been craving pumpkin spice lattes, wearing dark nail polish, and hoping for the temperature to fall below 80 degrees so I can finally put on my favorite over sized sweater (#basic, I know) for a few weeks now.

Fall is my favorite season of the year – there is just something special about this time of  year, especially in the South. The air is crisp, the leaves are changing, and college football fills our televisions and stadiums. Autumn is meant to be spent outdoors.

To help embrace the changing seasons and the coming cooler weather, I’ve put a list together of the top 10 destinations to visit in the US during the fall. It’s hard to narrow it down, but I gave it a solid effort. There are only two on the list I’ve yet to visit!

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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Some people love burgers, some love pizza, but me? I love tacos. If I could eat one meal for the rest of my life, hands down it would be tacos and margaritas. It’s one of the reasons why I love that my birthday falls within the same week of Cinco de Mayo – more excuses to celebrate with less guilt.


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I love Chicago. If I thought I could handle the winters they face there, I would seriously be tempted to trek up north. However since there is a reason I live in the South, I will settle for visiting as often as possible.

It’s not very often I get to have companions on my trips, but when I do the company is wonderful. One of my best friends, Kassi, and I were catching up over dinner in February when I mentioned an upcoming trip to Chicago in April. We talked about how much fun it would be if she could join me and before we knew it, she bought herself a ticket that night.

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Some of y’all might be wondering what I do for work that allows me to travel so much. Well when I’m not writing blog posts, traveling, or stuffing my face, I manage the marketing department for my company. With a broad title comes an even more broad job description – and one of my favorite aspects of my job is event planning.

Every year we hold a national meeting that allows our corporate office to connect with our employees in the field. We go over the previous year results, strategize for next year, and of course spend some time rewarding ourselves for a job well done. And it’s my job to plan all of it and make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible.

 This year our location was The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa in beautiful Tucson, Arizona.


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Hey y’all! I’m Jackie, the blonde on board. I’m a Southern born and bred, Atlanta based twenty-something and a lover of travel, food, and puppies. I bleed black and red for my Georgia Bulldogs (Go Dawgs!) and Falcons. I’m also a dog mom to the cutest little Cockapoo named Wicket that you’ll ever see.

I am a firm believer that you need to create a life you don’t need a vacation from. Life is short and meant to be enjoyed to the fullest – and the two ways I enjoy life most is through travel and food.


My love for travel started young – my Dad was a pilot and had a similar appreciation for travel and culture after numerous years in the Air-force. And after years of going up in his small Cessna plane, he inspired me to get my pilot’s license as part of my bucket list.



“Traveling leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”


He once said to me, “Live your life by a compass, not a clock.” In retrospect, I think he was referring to more of a moral compass, but you get the idea. That’s a motto I’m trying to live my life by – to live the life I’ve always wanted.

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Sometimes life is funny how it works out – if someone had told me 5 years ago that I’d be writing a food and travel blog, I’d never believe them. Mostly because even though I loved thrills and adventure, I wasn’t much of a traveler until a few years ago when my work began to require it. My first trip above the Mason Dixon line was in November 2013 and I’ve never looked back since.


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“People who love to eat are always the best people.” – Julia Child

My love for food started when my favorite meals included Kraft macaroni and cheese and my Easy Bake Oven brownies. All of my best memories growing up revolved around food, whether they were just another Tuesday night dinner or a holiday meal with all my extended family. So naturally, food is important to me! I try to be healthy but life is short, eat the pizza every once in a while.



The Blonde on Board (occasionally referred to as BOB) is your round trip ticket for travel, good eats, and everything in between all over the world. I’ll post travel tips and tricks, itineraries, my favorite brunch spots, and so much more! Oh, and a lot of pictures of the furry child. Sorry, not sorry.



Stay sassy, well traveled, and well fed, my friends.


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