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Our Mission Statement


SouthernTravelNews.com™ is a news media venture -- an online feature newspaper dedicated to editorial coverage of travel within the U.S. South and cruising from southern U.S. ports. Our articles change weekly, depending on the section. Some pages are updated more frequently. 


Visitors to our site enjoy daily headline news briefs, a blog, major travel features on dedicated state pages and themed category pages, as well as details about packages and deals, photos of the week, reader trip reports, book reviews and more.


Throughout the site we put heavy emphasis on destination profiles and information of interest to travelers planning a visit to the U.S. South in the coming year.


We don’t cover the world. That gives a more targeted focus to our coverage. We write about travel to Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia, and cruising from ports in those states.


Lots of sites focus on “doing it all” in the world of travel coverage. We prefer a narrower focus – just one geographic region. The South is a special place, with its own sense of culture, music and lifestyle. At the same time, the region reflects great diversity even within individual states. We aim to reflect that.

Editorial Leadership

Editor-in-Chief is Susan J. Young, a 20-year travel industry veteran and former magazine and newspaper reporter. Young is a former member of the Society of American Travel Writers and that organization's Editor's Council.

SouthernTravelNews.com  (TM) and sister site, SouthernCruising.com (TM) publish articles by Young and other professional travel writers under assigned contracts only. Please do not send any copy for review. All stories are assigned by the editor and developed by professional travel writers with whom we contract. 

During this recessionary period, we -- like others -- are working to "bring home the bacon" with revenue-generating projects that go beyond the scope of this Web site. That said, yes, we are still adding new stories monthly!

But this site is not being updated as often as in the past. View articles on this site as archive-type profiles and remember that they may not represent every aspect of what you might find at the destination at this moment or in the future. Event dates or pricing were accurate at the time the stories were posted, but may now not be. 

Always consult multiple travel sources prior to planning any trip or vacation. Talk with a reputable travel agent. Contact suppliers, hotels, CVBs, state tourism offices and others mentioned in these stories about rates, features and offerings before setting out on any journey or purchasing any travel arrangements. 

Press Room:

Journalists and editors who wish more information for editorial publication about SouthernTravelNews.com™ or SouthernCruising.com™ may email Susan Young at editor@southerntravelnews.com.


To receive an advertising kit detailing promotional options, spec sheets and advertising rates for SouthernTravelNews.com™ as well as sister site SouthernCruising.com™ email  advertising@southerntravelnews.com.



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