Emily H. Bratcher

Emily H. Bratcher

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.


How Should I Prep For A SUP Vacation?

Stand-up paddle boarding is one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S. And because SUP doesn't discriminate when it comes to water—it can be still or rushing—you can find classes...

Emily H. Bratcher
Jun 19, 2014

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...

Emily H. Bratcher
Jun 15, 2014

What Is Coasteering, and Where Can I Do It?

Coasteering is a combination of rock climbing, swimming, and optional cliff jumping. As you’ve probably guessed from the term, this sport, which got its start in Wales, takes place on a...

Emily H. Bratcher
May 27, 2014

Can I Use My iPhone Abroad?

The answer is yes, you can use your other half—your iPhone—abroad. But here are a few tips for making sure you have money for something other than international roaming. First, call your...

Emily H. Bratcher
May 20, 2014

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 destination for pizza-loving jet-setters. In fact, tens of millions of visitors descend on...

Emily H. Bratcher
May 14, 2014

How Can I Survive a Long Car Trip with Children?

Car travel is completely possible—and even fun—with young kids. However, a successful trip requires planning, flexibility, and a sense of humor. Follow these tips and you're sure to enjoy...

Emily H. Bratcher
Apr 29, 2014

Are There Any Outdoorsy Activities Near Las Vegas?

You might be one of those who people who doesn’t “get” Vegas. The charms of Sin City are completely lost on you, but there’s a conference at Caesar's, and your company has...

Emily H. Bratcher
Apr 26, 2014

The 10 Best Big Cities for Active Families

What kinds of cities make families happy? That was our starting point. The answer, of course, is complicated. Our first assumption: kids like being around other kids. So we looked for cities where a...

Emily H. Bratcher and The Editors
Apr 16, 2014

Where Should I Base My Istanbul Vacation?

Istanbul is the world's top travel destination according to TripAdvisor's 2014 Traveler's Choice awards. It's also a very large city of more than 2,000 square miles and somewhere in the realm of 14.1...

Emily H. Bratcher
Apr 15, 2014

What's the Best Way to Navigate the Atlanta Airport?

Getting around the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is no easy task. Not only is the airport humongous, it's also crowded—very crowded. Last year, the airport saw 94 million...

Emily H. Bratcher
Apr 10, 2014

What Are Some of the Best Stateside Yoga Retreats?

If you're looking to get zen in the USA with some sun salutations and downward dogs, here are a few places you should try.[sidebar img=1631636 | hed=][/sidebar] White Lotus Foundation Retreat Center...

Emily H. Bratcher
Mar 24, 2014

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...

Emily H. Bratcher
Mar 22, 2014