Reasons to Plan for a Rhode Island Vacation

Well, Rhode Island is the smallest of all fifty states across the United States. However, it’s important to note that it’s a great destination with endless curb appeal, outstanding food, natural beauty, and cultural richness. It’s also home to a vibrant arts scene, rich history, pristine beaches, seafaring traditions, educational institutions, year-round events, rich history, and a diverse population. Rhode Island is certainly a pleasant surprise and a destination for travelers looking to have an unexpected, yet utterly American, vacation. Still not convinced? Here’s why you should have Rhode Island on your travel bucket list.

Historical Sites from Colonial to Palatial

New England is one of United States’ oldest settled areas which mean there’s a wealth of history to be uncovered in Rhode Island. Rhode Island features an incredible collection of historical sites and structures. If you’re a history enthusiast or an architecture buff, you’ll fall in love with the Gilded Age mansions in Newport and the preserved Colonial architecture in Providence. Explore the beautiful scenery and natural beauty on Cliff Walk National Recreation Trail in Newport.

Be sure to visit President Dwight Eisenhower’s summer residence and the Circa-1824 fort at Fort Adams State Park. After touring this iconic park, head to Newport’s White Horse Tavern, America’s oldest tavern, for a delicious meal. Plan your trip so won’t miss the Newport Folk Festival and the Newport Jazz Festival held at Rhode Island’s Fort Adams State Park. By the way, if you ever travel out to Wichita Kansas which has way more land than Rhode Island, please be sure to look up my buddy Mack Towing Wichita if you are stranded.

There’s religious history in Rhode Island too, including Providence’s First Baptist Church in America and Newport’s Touro Synagogue National Historic Site. Learn more about the early European who settled in Rhode Island in the seventeenth century as they fled religious persecution.

Despite being the country’s smallest state, Rhode Island contains about 20 percent of America’s historic sites.

Outdoor Adventure and Natural Beauty

Framed by more than six hundred kilometers of coastline, Rhode Island is a nature lover’s paradise with year-round events and all manner of activities including bird watching, sunbathing, hiking, bicycling, kayaking, and more. Newport, Rhode Island is the world’s sailing capital while Narragansett offers some of the best surfing experiences in the country. Places to explore Rhode Island’s natural wonders include the Newport Cliff Walk, Arcadia Management Area in Exeter, Burlingame State Park in Charlestown, Mohegan Bluffs in Block Island, Beavertail State Park in Jamestown, and Fort Nature Refuge in North Smithfield.

Arts and Culture

Rhode Island is considered a haven when it comes to arts. The museums here excite visitors with interactive exhibits and stories of Rhode Island’s artistic brilliance, rich culture, and history. The Rhode Island School of Design in Providence is one of the world’s best and most prestigious art and design learning institutions. Indulge yourself in the art galleries across the state and pick for yourself some fabulous, original local art.

Visitors can expect to find friendly and warm people when they come to Rhode Island. Here, everyone seems to be known to everybody. People have a very easy-going attitude and are welcoming to visitors.

What to Expect In Travel To Swaziland

It is a mystery why Swaziland is not part of South Africa. But many country boundaries are mysteries anyway. For instance, remember that Alaska is part of the USA. In East Africa, the island of Migingo is said to be in Uganda while its surrounding waters is in Uganda. In the Middle East, the jury is still out on who should rightfully hold the title deed of Jerusalem. Swaziland is a tiny dot in South Africa. It is only 17, 364 miles square kilometres. But it is not entirely locked by South Africa in all corners; it shares a little border with Mozambique in the east. The country gained independence from Britain in September of 1968, much ahead of South Africa, yet it is in South Africa!

You should visit this country next time you go to South Africa. It too has a lot to offer, beginning with stunning landscapes. You will enjoy zipping through the treetops, pitching your tent at one of the national parks, visiting the cultural villages or taking part in one of the many dances that accompany the endless ceremonies. You should expect the following discoveries:

It Is a Culturally Unique Country

Swaziland is one of those quiet, see-no-evil-hear-no-evil countries that troubles no one and is only concerned with its internal affairs. It keeps a low-profile, content with following its cultures, not what Donald Trump is tweeting. The only time you may hear about Swaziland is when its king is marrying yet another young wife. With its vibrant cultural identity, the country has loved to be loyal to the monarchy to preserve the pre-colonial customs. Colonization and civilization might have diluted many African cultures elsewhere but not in Swaziland.

Many people in the outside world have never heard of Swaziland. You will thus get an empty blank if you say you are visiting or has visited Swaziland. Some of those who have heard of it mistake it for Switzerland. Even some tourists who have been to South Africa do not know about Swaziland. As a return of compliment to the outside world, the people of Swaziland act as though they do not care what the outside world thinks. In fact, the outside world does not even exist. How would you explain the fact that in this modern world, the women of Swaziland still willingly come out to dance in public with their ripe breasts fully bare before the international cameras?

If you follow the news, perhaps you have seen the spectacular Reed Dance. If you have not, find out on YouTube. To the liberal westerner, the whole thing could be seen as “degrading women.” To the Swazis, it is much fun and an essential part of being a Swaziland citizen. It is during that annual Reed Dance ceremony that the king gets to select his new bride from among the dancers. Which top leader of the modern world can do that anywhere without being accused of abusing his office, promoting sexual misconduct or plundering the public resources to satisfy his own flesh desires? In Saudi Arabia, for instance, the Reed Dance ceremony will be considered the most extreme indecency punishable by death.


The local currency in Swaziland is Emalangeni. It is on par with the South African Rand. There is no need to exchange the Rand for Emalangeni. This is because the South African rand is accepted everywhere in Swaziland. You can use the South African rand to buy a matchstick at a kiosk in a remote Swaziland village without raising eyebrows.


Swaziland is a safe country to travel. It is safer than the Republic of South Africa where the crime rate is sometimes alarming. Tourists are never entirely safe in some parts of South Africa. Swaziland is, however, low on crime. The desire to steal and get rich quickly is not strong here. Indeed, some criminal activities in Swaziland are spillages from South Africa.

English Speakers

Because the British colonized them, many Swaziland people speak fluent English, so you won’t suffer from a language barrier if you are an English-speaking tourist.

Back To The Past

In 2018, Swaziland marked its Jubilee year since it gained independence. The year also marked the current king’s (Mswati’s) birthday, so it was a big ceremony the day these two occasions were mixed and celebrated together. International guests were invited to attend the birthday parties. Perhaps they thought the king would announce dramatic changes at par with the modern thinking. In the course of the ceremony, however, king Mswati announced that the Kingdom of Swaziland would resume its ancient name of eSwatini. So, in short, there is no more Swaziland. The nation has sunk back into its glorious past.

Parting Shot

Do not miss out on visiting eSwatini. You can come during the Reed Dance when King Mswati is marrying again. Do not forget to carry your camera.