From the Canadian Rockies to Costa Rica: My Travel Wish List for 2016

The year 2015 was quite eventful to say the least. I got married on the island of Crete and spent 14 amazing days of our honeymoon exploring Greece. I moved to New Jersey, the one state where I thought I’d never live. I spent three-fourths of the year planning the Greek wedding and Long Island…

Kayaking Wild Alaska (Hint: It was nothing like I pictured)

The pungent smell of worn rubber wafted up from my orange waterproof jumpsuit. Rain erupted as if it were on a mission. Droplets pooled on the rim of my Life is Good hat and scattered across my face as I glanced up to take in the view. Mendenhall Glacier peaked through the clouds in the…

Finding Balance in Aruba on Paddleboard

Stand up paddleboard yoga brings new meaning to the word serenity. Balancing above the tranquil, turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea is a life-altering exercise every yogi must experience. A four-hour flight from New York landed me in Aruba, an island in the southern Caribbean Sea, known for its trade winds, casinos, white sand beaches,…

Survival of the Fittest: Finding My Sea Legs for a Galápagos Travel Story

It was cloudy and windy the day I found myself alone on a zodiac boat off the coast of Floreana Island in the Pacific Ocean. The small boat swayed near Devil’s Crown: an extinct, collapsed underwater volcanic cone. Around me were jagged, dark rock remnants, haunting and beautiful. I was on a snorkeling outing as…

Ten Smart Tips for Solo Women Travelers

The last time I traveled alone was ten years ago in East Africa. I stayed in Zanzibar for just two days but did everything I wasn’t supposed to do. I let the bar/resort manager flirt with me and take me on a walk on the beach after a few drinks one night. I went to…

Taking Refuge in Australia’s Kindness

The other night, I awoke from a deep sleep to silence. There was no cacophony of frogs, no giggling kookaburras, no pitter-patter of possums on the roof, and no cows marching across the lawn throwing water bowls around. There were definitely no wallabies clucking for their babies. These were the sounds of the bush, where…

Living a Life Worth Writing About

To me, writing isn’t just a job. It’s a lifestyle. A very cherished one. Ever since I discovered my passion, all my actions, feelings, travels, and adventures became fodder for my articles, essays and chapters in my book. Whether it happened ten years ago, or just the day before, whether it was heartbreaking or joyful,…

12 Inspiring Travel Books

You have probably heard the saying, “The world is a book, and those who don’t travel only read the first page,” but before I ever got on my first flight, it was the pages that transported me to far-flung destinations so different than my own. They fueled my imagination and set me on a path…

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

I’ve decided to start doing a Favorite Quote post every Friday. Because, why not? I love quotes and have a habit of collecting them. I thought I’d share a quote every week that’s special to me, and how it has helped me. These past weeks, I’ve been struggling with the idea of traveling alone. I’ve…

My Galápagos Adventure

I had dreamed of visiting the Galápagos for nearly ten years. In September 2012, I was able to finally make the trip of a lifetime. I got to swim with sea lions, hang out with wise old giant tortoises, hike on spectacular cliff trails next to iguanas and exotic birds. I even experienced the thrill…