Where to Stay in Oaxaca

Where to Stay in Oaxaca, Mexico

When I visited Oaxaca, I loved it so much I didn’t want to leave.  My taxi driver and I chatted about it during my ride back to the airport. And even with my poor Spanish, there is one thing he said that I clearly...

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...

swimming with manatees

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...

Snorkeling Liveaboard Packing List

For a liveaboard snorkel or dive trip, you won’t need much.  You’ll spend your days in and out of the water constantly so I think it’s important to have at least two bathing suits, and other clothes that you can pull on easily after your snorkel or...

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.  The company has recently started trips to Myanmar as...

Two Weeks in Morocco

Two Weeks In Morocco Photo Gallery

With its dramatic landscapes, fascinating history, and intersection of Berber, Arabian and European culture, Morocco should be at the top of every adventure traveler's bucket list.  I spent two weeks there in its cities, winding medinas, mountains and...

Machu Picchu

Inca Trail Part IV: Machu Picchu

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...

Inca Trail photos

Inca Trail Part III: The Trek

In November, during Peru's rainy spring season, I hiked the Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu with my sister Holly.  We did the "classic" 4-day, 3-night version of the trek. By hiking the trail, you enter the park from the...

Two Weeks in Morocco

Two Weeks In Morocco

I spent two weeks in Morocco with Intrepid Travel's Best of Morocco Tour. With its dramatic landscapes, fascinating history, and intersection of Berber, Sub-Saharan, Arabian and European culture, it should be on the bucket list of every world...

Inca Trail Trek Plan

Inca Trail Part I: The Training Plan

Will I Survive?

The simple answer is yes!  Particularly by following a solid Inca Trail training plan, you will survive the hike.  There are few people who don't make it (my guide only mentioned one and might have been kidding).  By using a...