Girls Gone Bored

Osaka eyelashes

This is why I love traveling with my peeps, Marie and Rebecca… On our recent trip to Japan, we were stuck in the railway station in Osaka, waiting to be picked up by our guide, who was late and still stuck in rush hour traffic. After wasting an hour in a jam-packed restaurant, I suggested that … [Read more...]

Breasts = Lethal Weapons?

TSA underwire bra

Apparently the TSA thinks so. I was on my way from New Hampshire to Oregon a couple of weeks ago.  I wasn’t in a particularly good mood to begin with, having had to extract myself from my nice, warm, thick microfiber sheets at 3:30 a.m. in order to catch a 6 a.m. flight.   I was singularly … [Read more...]

Solo/”Bleasure” Tips

Letting off a little steam in downtown Greenville, SC

When I'm away on business in an interesting destination that's not directly related to my travel writing, I try to add on a day or two to see the sights and take a breath. This type of travel is commonly referred to as "bleasure" -- combining business and pleasure. This has proved to be one of the … [Read more...]

15 Reasons Why You Should be Curious about Curaçao

Curacao palapa beach

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...]

10 Tips for a Long Layover


As a frequent traveler, few things annoy me more than the tight layovers, which these days can be 35 minutes or less. These short lag times can result in missed flights or lost luggage. On the other side of the coin, a longer layover can occur because of a mechanical issue. I now look at long … [Read more...]


Styling and snorkeling in Bora Bora!

  Traveling the world has been my passion for over 30 years of my life.  The Ritz isn't always in my budget, but I’m definitely not a backpacker.  I’m you.   ​ Join the adventures (and mishaps) as I explore exotic places, taste incredible (and horrible!) food, discover new … [Read more...]