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A Jaws-Dropping Encounter in Gansbaai

Monday, September 17, 2018

Ten minutes into the boat ride toward Dyer Island, across the schizophrenic waters off Gansbaai where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans collide, I realized the most menacing creature encountered while shark cage diving isn’t below the water, it’s above it. Dozens of seagulls fluttered and squawked as their droppings smacked down like a hailstorm. You’re […]

Lost in Bosnia

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

A friend once said to me, “You’ve traveled so much, I bet you don’t even know how many countries you’ve visited.” I shrugged and pretended she was right. But I knew. I knew exactly. As I suspect is the case with many other compulsive tourists, I keep a list of the countries I’ve entered. I […]

Walk in the Footsteps of the Gods On Sri Lanka’s Holy Mountain

Monday, August 13, 2018

The stone steps grew steeper and narrower, climbing ever higher. As the hours passed, it seemed they would never end, fatigue and strain tearing at my muscles. Keeping up a steady pace and not stopping was the key. High up on the peak many were struggling, some literally using the railings to try and pull […]

Paddling With Ghosts in Tennessee

Sunday, August 5, 2018

My arms burned each time I plunged a paddle blade beneath the surface of the river, pulling myself toward whatever I might find ahead. This five-hour kayak journey down Tennessee’s Wolf River traverses a cypress swamp crossed by channels and tributaries that lure paddlers down their path, only to disappear into the landscape, earning this […]

The Top 50 Travel Blogs (2nd Quarter: 2018)

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Below is a list of the top 50 travel blogs for the 2nd quarter (April — June) of 2018 ranked by visitor traffic. There are a few other sites that have put together their own lists of the “top” travel blogs. However, each has their own subjective means of ranking sites, using everything from Alexa […]

A Winter in the Pit: Washing Dishes in the Alaskan Arctic

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

On a weekend holiday to Fairbanks, I stepped into Big Ray’s shop, where walls and racks were festooned with down jackets, wool hats, gloves, boots and face masks of every style and function imaginable. I have read that one measure of the dominance of winter is the number of words available to describe snow in […]

Pedaling Around Expat Expectations in Zimbabwe

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Vehicles with drivers seeking an early start to the weekend jammed the intersection. I gingerly approached the mayhem, weaved through traffic and took a sharp, two-wheeled left onto the sidewalk. I left the bottleneck behind; however, I still can’t steer clear of criticism for not owning a car in Zimbabwe, an apparent affront to the […]

In The Heart of Mezcal

Monday, April 30, 2018

“This boom started with the hipsters.” Eber Villalobos guides me down an artfully graffitied street in Oaxaca City, talking about mezcal’s current boom. “Chilangos (people from Mexico City) come to Oaxaca for vacation and try the mezcales here. Bar owners started bringing mezcal back to the D.F. and made it trendy. It’s partly a way […]

Scottsdale Travel Guide

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Scottsdale, Arizona, is one of my favorite places to visit any time of year. Why do I love coming here so much? The real question is: Where to start? Located adjacent to Phoenix and in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, Scottsdale’s weather is warm and sunny all year long, so you can take advantage […]

5 Tips for Traveling with a Drone

Thursday, March 22, 2018

If you’re a seasoned traveler, chances are you’ve seen a drone at a popular attraction at one point or another. Drones are everywhere these days, and travel photography and videography is becoming one of the most popular uses of the flying cameras. And while they can be obnoxious if in the wrong hands, they can […]

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