Susan B. Barnes

About Susan B. Barnes

Susan B. Barnes is a travel writer based in Tampa, FL. She enjoys all aspects of travel, from adventure to luxury, and everything in between. Visit her online at travlingirl.com, follow her on Twitter at @travlin_girl or check out her Facebook page.

13 elements of the new Godfrey Hotel Chicago

The Godfrey Hotel Chicago.

I was recently in Chicago, and had the very good fortune to stay in the brand new Godfrey Hotel Chicago in the city’s River North neighborhood. I hadn’t been to the Windy City in a number of years, and was thrilled to discover a new area—and hotel!—to explore. Here are the 13 elements I loved […]

Four Seasons finds magic in Orlando

Four Seasons Orlando room (Credit: Four Seasons)

Just over two months from now, the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort will open its doors, and doors to the magic that is Walt Disney World. The 444-room boutique hotel—boutique by Disney standards, anyway—is within Golden Oak, a prestigious, gated resident community on Disney World property; custom-built homes within Golden Oak begin […]

Top 4 reasons to stay at Antigua’s Carlisle Bay

The beach at Carlisle Bay

Recently, I had the chance to stay at Carlisle Bay, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World consortium nestled between the rainforest and Caribbean Sea on Antigua’s southern coast. While there were many reasons to love my stay at the resort, here are my top four: 1. Casual luxury Driving through the gates to […]

Orcas and Eagles and Bears – Oh My! An Adventure on North Vancouver Island

Wild Grizzly Bears in Glendale Cove, British Columbia

Photos by Christy Woodrow of OrdinaryTraveler.com. When I think of Vancouver, I think of the vibrant, cosmopolitan city, filled with amazing restaurants, an incredible art scene, and the ever-so-fun Granville Public Market. When I think of Vancouver Island, I immediately think of Victoria, the charming city on the water. But after a visit to Telegraph Cove […]

The Club Barbados

Barbados

Crystal-clear waters, pink sugar-sand beaches, warm sunshine overhead and plenty of rum to go around—Barbados may be nicknamed “Little England,” but the island is anything but buttoned-up. During a recent visit, I had the chance to stay at a jewel of a resort, The Club Barbados Resort & Spa, which welcomed new management in August 2012 when Elite […]

Five Reasons Kids Love the Sandpearl Resort

Kids at the Sandpearl Resort

I don’t have kids myself, but when my 5 year old nephew Charlie came to visit last week, we headed over to the Sandpearl Resort on Clearwater Beach for some fun in the sun. Seeing the resort through his eyes was like seeing it for the first time. Welcome amenity at check in: Not only […]