Since I’ve Been Gone

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

It’s been about a year since I’ve posted, but I’m thinking this might be a good opportunity to get my creative juices flowing. Break the routine. Write something besides an email sent in the throes of a never-ending to-do list for work. The truth is, I haven’t traveled nearly as much as I would have … Continue reading

Peekskill Daycation in Pictures

Dear Romania, You Were A Difficult Country, But I Still Loved You (Part 1)

My junior year of college, I applied to attend a six-week environmental sustainability seminar that took place in Romania and was funded by the National Science Foundation through the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Romania was entering the European Union in 2007 and this posed many challenges to the country’s traditional agriculture and unspoiled environment. We were … Continue reading

Great American Road-Trip Map

As a New Yorker, constantly trapped between traffic and development, one of my most frequent escapist fantasies has always been to go cross-country. Nothing but the highway furiously unfurling before me, not an apartment building in sight, only the promise of odd roadside attractions, national forests, greasy spoon diners, historical landmarks, and the freedom of … Continue reading

An Australian Dream

I’ve always dreamed of going to Australia. I don’t know if it’s the badass reputation as a former convict settlement, my tendency to desperately want to go to places that are at least 14 hours away by plane, or that I must have watched the movie Crocodile Hunter enough times by the age of 10 … Continue reading

Mantra Samui Resort Review

My flight into Koh Samui was heralded by a tiny 50-or-so-person plane, painted with tropical fish and palm trees. I immediately anticipated that adventures were in my future and they involved nature on a grand scale. Mantra Samui, a mountain-etched resort appeared in the darkness as we took sharp turns up a steep mountain – … Continue reading

A Krabi Love Story

By the time I got to Krabi, the 10 days I spent in Thailand were coming to a close. I had been to the markets and the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, I had lain on the beaches of Koh Samui, sipped fruity cocktails under a blazing sun and kayaked in  42-island national park. What … Continue reading

Weekend Reads & Ship Passing Through Panama Canal Lock Video on Jaunted

A few days ago, I posted my Tips for Small-Ship Cruising, where I mentioned the mechanically awesome man-made phenomenon that is the river lock. Today, I experienced yet another travel industry moment of serendipity, while reading Jaunted (I could get used to these). These guys posted a video documenting the ship-passing process through the Panama Canal Miraflores Locks. Check … Continue reading

5 Cool Destinations for the Restless at Heart

If you’re a travel addict, like me, then you too are always looking for your next fix. Example: I planned my Thanksgiving ’12 trip to Iceland before I left for my December ’11 trip to Thailand (correction: before I even did any itinerary-planning for Thailand). It’s sort of an unhealthy obsession that is sustained by … Continue reading