Emily H. Bratcher

Author's Bio

Emily H. Bratcher is a freelance writer and editor who lives in Iowa City, Iowa. When she's not chasing after her posse of young children, you can find her clicking away at her Mac, jogging alongside the Iowa River or perfecting her Larabar recipe.

What Are the Best National Parks Without Waiting Lines?

Everyone has heard of the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Yosemite—and for good reason. These national parks are American treasures. But their red ravines, spewing geysers and endless valleys attract countless visitors, especially come summer. If you want a dose of natural beauty sans crazy crowds, you might want to plan a trip to one of these beautiful but somewhat lesser known national parks.

Where Can I Cool Off Near Austin?

It’s only the beginning of June, and already Austin is sweltering. Here are four places where you can beat the heat.

What Is Coasteering, and Where Can I Do It?

Coasteering is a combination of rock climbing, swimming, and optional cliff jumping. As you may have guessed from what the term signifies, this sport takes place on a coastline. It has allure for those looking for an adrenaline rush—and some exercise—in a beautiful environment.

Can I Use My iPhone Abroad?

We know you can’t live without it. Here’s how to stay connected when you’re far from home.

Where Should I Travel Off the Beaten Path in Italy?

When you visit Italy, you want to see Italy—not other tourists. But the country is a pretty popular place to visit. In fact, tens of millions of visitors descend on it every year. Here are a few places you should go to avoid most of them.

Where Should I Go to Celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Roger Bannister’s Miracle Mile?

If you want to run in the footsteps of Sir Roger Bannister, who famously ran the world’s first sub-four-minute mile, Oxford University is the place to go. Sixty years ago, on May 6, 1954, the then-25–year-old medical student broke through the tape at 3 minutes, 59.4 seconds on the campus’s Iffley Road track, since renamed the Sir Roger Bannister athletics track.

How Can I Survive a Long Car Trip with Children?

Car travel is completely possible with young kids. It can even be fun. However, it does require some planning. But with a little forethought and a lot of humor, it's completely possible to survive. Heck, you might even enjoy the ride.

How Should I Prepare to Hike the Appalachian Trail?

Hiking even a short section of the Appalachian Trail can seem a daunting prospect. After all, the AT is a 2,184-mile footpath is comprised of flat sections, scrambles, steep inclines, challenging descents and more. You might wonder whether you have the strength or stamina to even venture a hike.