Being Wild and Mindful

The only thing Wild movie did for me was make me miss my hiking days in California. Other than that, I wasn’t inspired by the story. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson about his Appalachian Trail hike still remains one of my favorite books about the outdoors. For those who are inspired toContinue reading “Being Wild and Mindful”

Five Beaches to Beat the Winter Blues

I am not a beach person, but working long hours has made me dream about sun-kissed shores and water sports. I have been to beaches all over the world and a few have stayed with me. The calm tradewinds of Aruba offer a perfect opportunity for wind surfing and snorkeling. There’s no place like CostaContinue reading “Five Beaches to Beat the Winter Blues”

Stumbling Upon Sweet Savannah

Savannah, the city known for its elegant haunted houses and Spanish moss, was surprisingly never on my to-visit list. Somehow I ended up in the Historic District on a road trip in Georgia this past December. The oldest city in the Peach State immediately became one of my favorites. As a tree lover, I wasContinue reading “Stumbling Upon Sweet Savannah”

One Woman’s Year Around the World for Wildlife

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to drop everything and take off a year to help endangered wildlife? After the loss of two close relatives in the same year, Jane Stanfield — a Colorado resident in her 40s — chose to live life to fullest while she still could. Animal lovers dream ofContinue reading “One Woman’s Year Around the World for Wildlife”

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 toContinue reading “Ten Smart Tips for Solo Women Travelers”

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, whereContinue reading “Taking Refuge in Australia’s Kindness”

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,Continue reading “Living a Life Worth Writing About”

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 pathContinue reading “12 Inspiring Travel Books”