Main stage area at the Shack Up Inn, Clarksdale, Miss.

Much of today’s music has its roots in the blues. And one of the broadest and deepest roots you’ll find is in the South along the Mississippi Blues Trail. 

Memphis nightlife.

There’s a story that Bob Dylan once interrupted a tour of the Sun Studio in Memphis, Tenn., went over to the very spot where Elvis grabbed his $1 guitar and played his heart out to land a record contract, and kissed the ground. You might not feel quite as moved as Dylan did when you visit the studio, but it’s one of the few historic sites that probably influenced your own personal history.

Photo of a small wooden room propped among trees, reachable by a precarious swing bridge.

Thanks to cell phones, apps, and good old-fashioned ingenuity, the nation is moving from a service economy to a sharing or “gig” economy. That means instead of a taxi, people now take Uber—an app that connects riders with independent drivers. And when it comes to lodging, people are skipping the local Hilton in favor of staying in someone’s home thanks to Airbnb.

KoKo Cabins in Bocas del Toro.

An isthmus uniquely positioned to connect continents and oceans, Panama is a lively and evolving passage for trade and tourists, and a biodiversity-rich destination. Six nights is enough for a taste of Panama City (old and new), a dip in the Caribbean waters of Bocas del Toro, and encounters with natural wonders throughout. 

The water garden at Giverny, France.

Best known for his unique vision and unconventional technique, painter Claude Monet gave the world a new way of seeing. Today his work adorns everything from coffee mugs to calendars to silk scarves, but success was not immediate for the father of Impressionism. 

The Basilica of Notre Dame de Fourviere overlooking Lyon.

Special to the Tribune

Lyon isn’t Paris. Oddly, that sentence can be taken from both a positive and negative point of view. If you say you’re going to Paris, people immediately think: Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees, Louvre. Tell them you’re going to Lyon in east-central France and, chances are, they’ll draw a blank. 

Paris at night.

"Nothing is more fantastic. Nothing is more tragic. Nothing is more sublime.”  Victor Hugo, author of The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Les Misérables, used these words to describe Paris.  

Playa Ancón, just outside of Trinidad.

Beneath the thinning veil of restrictions limiting American travel to Cuba, the allure of this vibrant Caribbean country cannot be contained.

Budapest's famous Chain Bridge at night

You might not think of Budapest, capital of land-locked Hungary, as a cruise destination, but because the city is divided by the romantic Danube River, cruise ships ply those waters on a constant basis, with a stop in Budapest being one of the highlights.