Alaska: Disconnect. Explore. Learn. Eat. Repeat

Alaska

“You have to disconnect, there is no choice,” said Lucila. “That was one of my favorite things about this adventure cruise.” Lucila Lancaster, her husband Girish Nair and their two children Isabel (Izzy) 21, a senior at John Hopkins University studying neuroscience, and Sam, a 6’1” water polo … [Read more...]

15 Reasons to Take a Small Ship Cruise in Alaska. The Last One is Life Changing.

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“Oh, come on…let’s do it!” pleaded Alison, my travel buddy and co-founder of Boomer Travel Media. “Alaska is at the top of my bucket list.” I’ll admit, I was a little skeptical. For one thing, I’m more of a “tropical adventure” kind of girl vs. a “glacial eco-nature” type. But perhaps more … [Read more...]

Seeking Adventure? Try Alaska’s Baranof Island

Baranof Island

A land where the population of bears exceeds that of humans, few places on earth can satisfy the wanderlust of the off-the-beaten-path adventurer in search of the wild nature and the cultural richness of the Tlingit Indians like Baranof Island. Baranof Island, along with Admiralty and Chicagof, … [Read more...]

Responsible Observation of Wild Bears in Alaska

Alaska's Wild Coast

Observing bears in their natural habitat in Alaska is a privilege and life-long memorable experience. While there are always risks with wild animals, these can be mitigated greatly if you follow well-established guidelines. On August 10th, I had the opportunity to travel with AdventureSmith … [Read more...]

Seeking Adventure on Alaska’s Wild Coast

Alaska's Wild Coast

Alaska is probably the one place I’ve never heard a single negative thing about. It’s a place that seems to be on everyone’s bucket list. And no one does it better than AdventureSmith Explorations. Their “think outside the boat” motto and unique selection of small ship expedition cruises and … [Read more...]

Hierve el Agua: Panorama, Mineral Pools & Petrified Waterfalls

Hierve de Agua

If you’ve been waiting to visit the natural salt terraces at Pamukkale but feel the country of Turkey is still too dangerous, there’s an alternative you may not have heard about. Hierve el Agua in Oaxaca, Mexico is a similar, but off-the-beaten-path gem. And not only will you find the mineral pools, … [Read more...]

After the Crash: Celebrating Life in Death Valley

Zabriskie Point, Death Valley

It had been four months since my near-death experience.  Flying cross-country was challenge enough – I really was not aware of the obstacles that lay ahead. Death Valley, California.  The lowest place in the United States with the highest recorded temperature (134°F in 1913) in the world.  I … [Read more...]

12 Off-The-Beaten-Path Adventures in Oaxaca, Mexico

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Located in southwestern Mexico, the state of Oaxaca [wa-HAH-kah,] is rich with indigenous culture, pre-Columbian archeology, Colonial architecture, Sierra Madre vistas, secluded Pacific beaches, and some of the most delicious food in the whole country. Here are twelve adventures that will leave … [Read more...]

12 Reasons to Travel with a Personal Photographer in Mexico

12 Reasons to Travel with a Personal Photographer in Mexico (Cantimplora Travel)

Mexico is one of my favorite countries, and the only destination that I return to year-after-year.  I travel solo much of the time, and it’s always been safe.  For those who are still concerned, there are other fantastic ways to see the country, such as a small-group or curated tour.  Tours groups … [Read more...]

4 Dalmatian Islands that Make Croatia the Best Girls’ Getaway

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Sometimes your journeys transform in unexpected ways. That’s how my cruise on the Dalmatian Islands turned out. What began as a solo adventure turned into a sensational island hopping adventure, gathering up other women from other countries, and forming what became a girls’ getaway … [Read more...]

9 Things to Do in Cape Town. The Last One Will Blow You Away

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Cape Town, also known as “the Mother City” of South Africa, finds itself on several “places to visit” lists for 2014. And for good reason. It’s an exciting city, with lots of adventures and amusements. Read about all the exciting things to do in Cape Town, South Africa. … [Read more...]

Dirty Tricks: Erase Years with St. Lucia Mud

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Sometimes getting down and dirty is a good thing. Take my birthday, for instance.  Instead of advancing a year, I decided I’d rather try taking a few years off, using therapeutic mud.  At least that was my goal… well, that and jumping on the opportunity to unleash my inner 5 year-old. Sulfur … [Read more...]

Exploring Mexico’s Yucatán

Mayapan Yucatan Mexico

Vibrant colonial cities, delicious regional Mayan food, unique cultural experiences, and largely undiscovered beaches make the Yucatán state of Mexico an up-and-coming tourist destination. Check out all the fun things to do in Mexico's Yucatán in TravelersPress, … [Read more...]

Mo’orea Jeep Safari Adventure

Overwater bungalows at the Sofitel in Moorea

The open-air “safari” jeep bucked hard on the vertical jungle path on Mo’orea, a small island in French Polynesia. I banged into the side of the 4×4, which was better than being hurled over the enclosure and down the mountain, only inches from the path.  I use the word “path” loosely; it soon gave … [Read more...]

The Adrenaline Junkie’s Guide to Bora Bora

Ramon finds a baby octopus in a shallow lagoon of Bora Bora

To most, Bora Bora conjures up images of an exotic palm-fringed, sugar-sand paradise somewhere out in the middle of the South Seas, mostly visited by starry-eyed honeymooners who rarely adventure beyond their private overwater bungalow. While it is all that, Bora Bora can be so much … [Read more...]

Why the Kemah Boardwalk Bullet Coaster is a Suicide Run

Kemah Boardwalk TX rollercoaster

The fact that I was the only one on the roller coaster would have been a red flag to most people.  But I love roller coasters… how bad could it be?  It was one of those wooden, old school types, not the sleek high drop kind that leave your stomach in your mouth. But within seconds of the start, I … [Read more...]

7 Reasons Why Traveling is a Waste of Time

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Is traveling a waste of time?  You decide.... It’s obsolete.  In the “olden” days, you had to travel to see amazing sights.  Now, you can just turn on the TV and see the pyramids of Giza, the underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef, and the remote sandy beaches of the Seychelles.  Nowadays … [Read more...]

Sedona’s Pink Jeep Adventure: Not for Prissies

Pink Jeep Hang Sedona

Click here for pdf of Sedona's Pink Jeep Adventure: Not for Prissies Sedona’s Pink Jeep Adventure: Not for Prissies Over the Kitchen Counter -  October 5, 2011 “You simply must go – it’s so…. you,” friends would suggest.  This beach girl would always respond with the same condescendingly … [Read more...]

Costa Rica: The Cure for Boredom

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Pristine waterfalls, myriad geysers, natural swimming holes, bubbling mud pots, fumaroles, rejuvenating thermal hot springs, hiking, horseback riding, orchids, bird-watching, a canopy zipline, white-water rafting and a quarter-mile waterslide…a visit to Hacienda Guachipelin in Guanacaste, Costa … [Read more...]

The Egypt I Knew: When Western Women Were Welcomed

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It was one of those milestone birthdays, over ten years ago. One of those times when you want to do something unique that will provide a lifetime of memories. Some call such places a “bucket list.” For a long time, Egypt had been at the top of mine. And so I took off from that runway in Boston, as … [Read more...]