I’ve had the privilege of traveling to most of the states in the USA, and have absolutely loved the likes of South Beach, San Diego, Sanibel, Savannah…

But recently, much to my surprise, I’ve been discovering gems in destinations I’d previously never considered spending time in.  Like South Dakota with its Mt. Rushmore, Badlands, and Custer State Park; or dog sledding and show shoeing in Bend, Oregon.  I’ve learned a valuable lesson about keeping an open mind.

Alaska Alaska: Disconnect. Explore. Learn. Eat. Repeat - “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 playing 16-year-old, were planning their yearly family […]
small ship Alaska 15 Reasons to Take a Small Ship Cruise in Alaska. The Last One is Life Changing. - “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 importantly, I knew […]
Alaska Amazing Food Experience on Alaska Adventure Cruise - “Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.” ~Matsuo Basho Tracie Triolo thought her life would be that of a musician. And it was…for a while. But her roots in the love of food and the pull of the ocean proved irresistible, and she found herself on an entirely different path. One […]
Baranof Island Seeking Adventure? Try Alaska’s 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, compromise the ABC Islands on southern Alaska’s panhandle, […]
Alaska's Wild Coast Responsible Observation of Wild Bears in Alaska - 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 Explorations on the historic ship Westward to view brown bears, also known under […]
Alaska's Wild Coast Seeking Adventure on 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 wilderness adventures all over the world […]
key west 048 Visit These 12 U.S. Islands - You don’t need a passport to land the perfect beach destination.  There are hundreds of islands in the United States that offer a perfect ocean-side retreat.  Using a criterion of attractive beaches, good selection of restaurants and active pursuits, these are some of the best. See 12 U.S. islands you won’t want to miss in […]
Cloud Gate reflecting the Chicago skyline 10 U.S. Iconic Photo Ops for Your Bucket List - From sea to shining sea, the USA is teeming with iconic and creative photo ops.  Arguably, each state has its own unique sights, some of which may appeal to one set of photographers while snubbed by others. The list below, in no particular order, is not comprehensive, but rather just a selection of ten eye-catching […]