Welcome to the extraordinary world of the Galápagos Islands, a paradise for nature lovers. Visiting the Galápagos is a chance to experience nature nearly untouched by humans. Hike in the morning on a "young" volcanic island, with very little vegetation, and snorkel in the afternoon in one of the richest marine environments on Earth. Come … Continue reading The Big 15 and More Reasons to Visit the Enchanted Galápagos Islands
When National Geographic published images of the Machu Picchu - the "Lost City of the Incas" - in 1913, the ancient site captured the world's imagination. And although it's now understood that Machu Picchu is not the "lost city of the Incas", the site, nestled among rugged Andes mountains, is a UNESCO world heritage site … Continue reading Best Time to Travel to Machu Picchu, Peru: a traveler’s guide (2023)
If there's anything more fun than planning a trip, it's planning with a like-minded friend. I'm fortunate to have one of those friends. We research lodging, restaurants, and adventures on our own, before bouncing ideas off each other. Our plans occasionally (well... usually) grow out of control, but ultimately, we arrive at an itinerary. When … Continue reading Visiting Petra: Everything to Know About the Rose City (2023)
I was six years old when the book Born Free was published. A year later, though just a beginning reader, I worked my way through the book, enthralled by the images of Joy Adamson and the lioness Elsa. You can imagine my thrill when Born Free, the award winning movie was released. Images of Kenya … Continue reading Dreaming of an East African Safari? Tips on Kenya and Tanzania
Zanzibar is the epitome of a paradise island: turquoise water, white sand, and the fragrance of spice in the air. It is a gloriously beautiful destination of the coast of East Africa, rich in history and tradition. Well worth the trip as a stand-alone destination, though not economically (or travel time) feasible for many of … Continue reading Best Things to Do in Zanzibar: Why Add Zanzibar to Your Safari Holiday
How to visit, and enjoy, Venice away from the crowds. Suggestions for neighborhoods to explore to get a feel for the iconic city.
You wake early. A million stars shine overhead, with the smudge of the Milky Way clearly seen. An occasional bat darts by as it gathers its nocturnal meals, and you duck into your sleeping bag until the danger is past. You are on the trip of a lifetime - an adventure in the American Southwest … Continue reading White Water Rafting the Colorado, an adventure in the Grand Canyon