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 asContinue reading “Survival of the Fittest: Finding My Sea Legs for a Galápagos Travel Story”

Kissing Horses and Hiking Mountains with My Dog in New Hampshire

“The mountains are calling and I must go,” said John Muir about finding peace among the towering trees, silvery cliffs, and crisp mountain air that breathes freshness into your being. It was this desire that carried me away from my concrete jungle to the White Mountains of the Granite State over Memorial Day Weekend. TheContinue reading “Kissing Horses and Hiking Mountains with My Dog in New Hampshire”

Inspiration from THE INVITATION by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer is dear to my heart, and it always takes me back to a magical hike on a rainy afternoon in a Costa Rican virgin rainforest, so far from home yet so close to mother nature. I was soaked to the skin, coming alive amidst the lush landscape serenaded by theContinue reading “Inspiration from THE INVITATION by Oriah Mountain Dreamer”

10 Sensible Tips for Traveling Light

Ladies, let’s face it: we’re often guilty of over packing. Five pairs of sandals, three pairs of knee-high boots, matching outfits and accessories for every occasion, big bottles of hair products, our beloved blow dryer, flat iron, and creams of all kinds. It’s not an easy task to travel light,but with rising costs for checkedContinue reading “10 Sensible Tips for Traveling Light”

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”

Along the Godavari: River Boat Cruising in India

A few years ago, I happened upon a Telugu movie titled Godavari set in my home state of Andhra Pradesh. The heroine Seetha, a vivacious independent business woman in her late twenties refuses an arranged marriage and sets out on a solo journey to visit Bhadrachalam on a Godavari river cruise. Bhadrachalam is a small town pilgrimage onContinue reading “Along the Godavari: River Boat Cruising in India”

Aruban Sanctuary Provides Safe Haven for Donkeys

On an island known for its white sandy beaches and trade winds perfect for water sports, there is small area off the beaten path dedicated to rescued donkeys. Article previously published on NBC Petside.com These playful animals are not native to Aruba. The Spaniards brought them to the island 500 years ago from North Africa.Continue reading “Aruban Sanctuary Provides Safe Haven for Donkeys”

Want to help elephants? Read this inspirational interview with volunteer Diana Edelman at Save Elephant Foundation.

Article previously published on NBC Petside.com Have you ever wondered what it’d be like to quit your job and move abroad to rescue animals? Diana Edelman from Maryland did just that. A year ago, fed up with her PR job, 33-year-old Diana decided it was time to follow her dreams. She always knew she wantedContinue reading “Want to help elephants? Read this inspirational interview with volunteer Diana Edelman at Save Elephant Foundation.”