Costa Rican Rainforest Getaway: Manuel Antonio and Rainmaker Reserve

The central Pacific coast of Costa Rica is home to the smallest, yet most bio-diverse, national park in the country: Manuel Antonio National Park. I was both excited and eager to explore the magical rainforests when traveling alone in the Central America for the first time. After a short cab ride from my hotel Costa Verde, I arrived at the park’s entrance where my naturalist … Continue reading Costa Rican Rainforest Getaway: Manuel Antonio and Rainmaker Reserve

12 Wacky Facts About Sydney

After spending ten drought-ridden days in Queensland, I was excited for a change of scenery in Sydney. It poured non-stop for four days in the city I imagined to be sunny. Regardless, I bused and walked everywhere, savoring the iconic sights of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, traipsing through trendy neighborhoods like The Rocks and Surry Hills, enjoying the beach towns of Manly and … Continue reading 12 Wacky Facts About Sydney

Cruising in Paradise: An Eco-Friendly Galápagos Adventure

Visiting the Galápagos islands was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Opportunities to get up close to nature’s wonderful creations are abundant in the enchanted isles. This animal lover was in paradise. Read all about my experience aboard a seven-day Ecoventura cruise in my latest for 25A Magazine by clicking on the picture below.   Continue reading Cruising in Paradise: An Eco-Friendly Galápagos Adventure

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, water sports and a growing interest in stand up paddleboarding. … Continue reading Finding Balance in Aruba on Paddleboard

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 part of a seven-day Ecoventura cruise to the Galápagos for … Continue reading Survival of the Fittest: Finding My Sea Legs for a Galápagos Travel Story

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 a sea turtle rescue center with a stranger. I walked … Continue 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, where I spent nine amazing, life-affirming days on my recent trip … Continue reading Taking Refuge in Australia’s Kindness

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 of exploration. Books inspire us to look beyond our lives … Continue reading 12 Inspiring Travel Books

Five Ways Travel Writing Changed My Life

Aside from the obvious perk of traveling the world for work, travel writing has enriched my life in unexpected ways. A good travel writer doesn’t just write about what she sees and experiences wherever she goes. She makes things happen, she lives life to the fullest, seeks out adventures, and new ways to enjoy life. These essential elements of travel writing have transformed my life. … Continue reading Five Ways Travel Writing Changed My Life

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 of swimming with a white-tip reef shark and snorkeling with … Continue reading My Galápagos Adventure