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Seoul Architecture: Best Things to Do In Seoul

Seoul, Korea is a fascinating juxtaposition of new and old, traditional and ultra-modern.  With history stretching back almost two thousand years, today’s Seoul has become a hub of technology, pop culture, and contemporary design.  I knew that I wanted to see...

Todos Santos colonial center

Things to Do in Todos Santos: Where to Stay, Eat & Play

Baja California gets a lot of love as a spring break destination, but the small town of Todos Santos has been trending as a chic but laid-back getaway. Nestled into the western coast of the Baja California peninsula, Todos Santos is an hour drive north from Los Cabos...

walkways over the concourse of the former TWA Flight Center now the TWA Hotel

JFK Layover at the TWA Hotel

I’ve been a fan of mid-century architecture and design as long as I can remember. As a kid, I used to beg my dad to take me to vintage furniture shops in Austin, Texas long before retro design was trendy again. So when the former TWA Flight Center terminal at JFK...

Hotel Tiki Tiki Tulum

Hotel Tiki Tiki: Review of A Mid-Century Gem in Tulum

When I saw a new Tulum hotel called "Hotel Tiki Tiki" featured in Dwell Magazine, I knew I’d have to visit and review it since it combined so many of my favorite things: Tulum, mid-century design, and boutique hotels.  Just the name, Hotel Tiki Tiki Tulum, had me...

Affordable Small Group Tours

Affordable Small Group Tours


Ten years ago, on my first international trip for work, I fell in love with traveling.  I really wanted to see more of the world, but lacked the experience and confidence to strike out on...

Morocco Packing List

Morocco Packing List


Morocco is a crossroads. Spend a few weeks traveling here, and you'll find people, cultures, foods, and languages from Arab, African and European traditions. Similarly, Morocco's landscapes...

Driving in Mexico

On my most recent flight to Cancún, a seatmate and I chatted about our travel plans.  When I said I was renting a car and driving in Mexico solo around the Yucatán Peninsula, she was nearly speechless.  I had to work to convince her I wasn’t a crazy...

Nativities From Around the World

Travel Souvenirs: Nativities From Around the World

One of my first Christmases after moving to Washington, D.C., I visited the National Cathedral.   An Episcopal church of neo-Gothic design, it's the second-largest church building in the country and one of the tallest structures in D.C.  I was expecting only to...

a snorkeler swims with manatees in florida

How To Pet A Manatee (Without Going To Jail)

The first time I saw a manatee in the water, I mistook it for a rock.  I first saw the manatee from the beach at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo, Florida.  It had been surfacing for air at the edge of the swimming area, so eventually I put...

Machu Picchu Booking Resources

Machu Picchu Booking Resources

Located in the Andes Mountains, Machu Picchu is the ruins of a 15th-century Inca city.  The Incas built it around 1450, at the height of their empire, but abandoned it a century later during the Spanish Conquest.  UNESCO declared Machu Picchu a World Heritage Site in 1983.  It was also chosen...

Inca Trail photos

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Gallery

In recent years, hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu has become a rite of passage for adventure travelers.  By hiking the trail, you enter the park from the "Sun Gate" at dawn and are able to see Machu Picchu from a high vantage point.  Trekkers can snap some amazing Inca Trail photos of...

Snorkeling & Liveaboard Packing List

Liveaboard boat trips are an amazing way to experience snorkeling and diving destinations, but what should you bring? Grab these tips for what to pack for any snorkeling or diving trip, whether based on land or a liveaboard! I’ve used this list all over the world including Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, and the Florida Keys.

Thailand Snorkeling Liveaboard

Thailand Snorkeling Liveaboard

I spent an amazing 3 days/3 nights on a Thailand snorkeling liveaboard trip. The excursion with Andaman Snorkel Discovery left from about 1.5 hours north of Phuket to the Similan and Surin Islands.  Since then, the company has started trips to Myanmar as well, so I’m...