15 Ways to Discover Your Inner Hippie at Zipolite Beach

Zipolite Beach

Playa Zipolite is a rustic seaside town located on the southern coast of Mexico’s Oaxaca state, between Huatulco and Puerto Escondido. Zipolite’s claim to fame is that it’s one of Mexico’s very few “swimsuit optional” beaches and for its distinct hippie vibe which began in the 1960’s. The town is … [Read more...]

15 Reasons to Go to Mexico’s Caribbean Coast

Mexico's Caribbea coast

You’re familiar with it. That glorious slice of land where the Yucatan Peninsula meets the Caribbean Sea. The iridescent turquoise water lapping onto the white-sand, palm-lined beaches.  Mexico's Caribbean coast...the very definition of “tropical paradise.” Is there a bad time to visit? Probably … [Read more...]

11 Fun Atlantic Coastal Escapes for Winter

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Now that winter is upon us and an end to the frenzy of the holidays in sight, visions of escape routes to warmer climates are starting to dance in our heads.  Coastal and beach towns along the southern Atlantic seaboard are offering off-season rates and special weekend packages making their charming … [Read more...]

Survival Guide to Bali’s Sensational Sister Islands

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Bali is well-known to have some of the most beautiful beaches and snorkeling locations in the world. What is less known is that some of the best spots are not on the mainland, but just a short boat trip away, on and around Bali’s three exotic sister islands – Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa … [Read more...]

Bahamian Rhapsody


I didn’t want to do it. Every fiber of my being was screaming, “NO!” The seemingly vertical drop looked bottomless. But I had no choice… after all, I had  a reputation to maintain. I’d already nailed adrenaline stunts like skydiving,  hang gliding, and tons of bad-ass roller coasters with ease. So … [Read more...]

Spring Break at the Rosarito Beach Hotel

Rosarito Beach at spring break. ©Baja Tourism

Looking for a last-minute spring break destination?  The Rosarito Beach Hotel in Baja California, Mexico, offers students and families everything they’d want in an affordable beach getaway. This iconic hotel was made popular mid-century as a retreat that catered to Mexican presidents, … [Read more...]

On the Road in Oahu: Three Girls, Three Days

Girls just wanna have fun

The best view of Oahu came right at the moment I leaned forward and tumbled out of the plane. Finished with an Aikido conference in which Marie and Rebecca participated (I was there to photograph the event) we had decided a short girls’ getaway as in order. After all, the conference was in … [Read more...]

Bora Bora: Bungalows, Beaches, Baguettes and Black Pearls

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Declared “the most beautiful island in the world” by author James Mitchener, Bora Bora has long been considered a destination for starry-eyed honeymooners who rarely venture beyond their luxury resort. But that is changing. As more and more women are choosing to travel alone or with friends, they … [Read more...]

Bora Bora Overwater Bungalows

Bungalows Bora Bora

When it comes to luxury vacations, few destinations can beat the magical island of Bora Bora.  Dubbed “the most beautiful island in the world,” by  author James Mitchener and “the pearl of the Pacific” by Captain Cook, this tiny piece of French Polynesian paradise bewitches all who venture to her … [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...]

24 Hours on Culebra: Family Fun on the Caribbean’s Best Kept Secret

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  “It’s invisible water!” exclaimed my 9 year-old son. I could see his point. Standing waist -deep in the crystal surf, the water below him looked more like it came out of a tap than the ocean. That’s what Flamenco Beach on the northwest coast of Culebra is like. Hailed in tourist … [Read more...]

Beyond Thailand’s Temples: Top 10 Things to do in Phuket

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  Sure, Thailand is a wealth of intriguing culture and rich history. But after you’ve had your fill of the gorgeous temples, stately palaces, and Golden Buddha’s, head south. Phuket, dubbed “the Pearl of the Andaman,” is the largest and most well-known of the islands in the Andaman … [Read more...]

Chicago’s City Beach…and Beyond

Ohio Street Beach, Chicago

  Looking for a beach destination but can’t afford a jaunt to the Caribbean?  No problem. . . pack up the kids and head for. . . Chicago! Ohio Street Beach on the shore of Lake Michigan is sure to please everyone in the family. Less crowded than the better-known Oak Street or North … [Read more...]

My Bora Bora Birthday Bash

Ohio Street Beach, Chicago

Don’t hate me.  I got to spend my birthday in Bora Bora. James Mitchener said that Bora Bora was “the most beautiful island in the world.”  I was skeptical.  You see, I’m a travel writer, and I’ve had the opportunity to visit many, many stunning tropical destinations.  So, what better way to see … [Read more...]

Costa Rica’s Hidden Beach

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Just six miles south of the popular tourist beach town of Tamarindo in Costa Rica, is a pristine beach loved by locals…and the tourists who can find it. Playa Avellanas is an oasis at the end of a long warren of dusty, bumpy dirt roads. There are no souvenir shops here, no high-rise hotels, not … [Read more...]

5 Sunny Mexican Beaches to Escape the Winter Blues

The ruins of Tulum stand sentry over a stunning turquoise beach.

With much of the U.S experiencing one of the chilliest winters in recent history, the thought of spreading a towel on a warm, palm-lined beach or curling up with a book under an ocean front palapa is very appealing.  Add to that the affordability and safety of many of Mexico’s tourist areas and you … [Read more...]

Sista Cruise: Look Out Bahamas!

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  The Provoyeur Girls Crush the Bahamas video here. Best girlfriend getaway ever!  Celebrating my sister, Aimee's 40th birthday on the Carnival Fantasy -- had a TON of fun.  Oh, the laughs.  I'm talkin' 24/7 giggles, laughs, hoots and hollers!  Waterslides, lazy (crazy) river, … [Read more...]

When a beach lounge chair just isn’t comfy enough…

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Sometimes getting older is a good thing.  For example, gone are the days of spreading a beach towel into the hard sand, digging holes in strategic places. Now that I’m older and have more expendable income, I prefer more comfort.  In fact, I prefer FULL comfort. Some upscale resorts, … [Read more...]

Chicks Cruisin’

Carnival Cruise Triumph

One of the things I’ve enjoyed most about my first [solo] cruise experience has been meeting other traveling women adventurers. At breakfast on our first day at sea, Debbie and Kim introduced themselves to me and asked me to join them.  What fun ladies they were!  Hailing from just outside … [Read more...]

Weekend Jaunt in Jamaica

Jamaica pier

Jamaica is the third largest Caribbean island, and there are several areas to stay..  Depending on how much time you will be on the island, you might be able to leisurely visit all of them or for a shorter trip just choose one. This time it was just a long-weekend getaway, so I chose on the … [Read more...]

Kid-Friendly Barbados

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Instead of staying at our usual venue of a hotel with amenities, we chose to stay at the New Haven Mansion --  a U-shaped collection of Spanish style apartments with lush gardens, overlooking a courtyard with pool.  Although the decor was a little bit tired, our very reasonably priced 2-bedroom … [Read more...]

15 Reasons Why You Should be Curious about Curaçao

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1.  The climate.  Curaçao is one of the Dutch ABC islands, along with its neighboring Aruba and Bonaire. 35 miles north of Venezuela and 12° north of the Equator, Curaçao has a sunny year-round climate in the mid-80’s, with cooling trade winds from the east. 2.  ​The capital, Willemstad, is … [Read more...]

Casa Ybel, Sanibel, FL

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Looking for a great place to kick back and escape that icky-yicky not-quite-winter, not-quite-spring time of year?  Try Casa Ybel on beautiful Sanibel Island. Located off the southwestern coast of Florida, the Casa is an all-suite beachfront hotel in southern plantation style with updated, … [Read more...]

La Paz Birthday Bash

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  When you get to a certain age, the idea of blowing out candles jammed into a cake laden with thick, sickeningly-sweet wallpaper paste-like frosting is no longer appealing. So when offered the opportunity to spend my birthday in a beautiful part of Mexico, I didn’t have to think … [Read more...]