Help Save Costa Rica’s Marine Life on an Earthwatch Expedition (JohnnyJet.com)

In 2016, I was fortunate to go on an Earthwatch expedition to Costa Rica’s Golfo Dulce (one of the three tropical fjords in the world) to assist scientists in collecting data on whales and dolphins. The cetacean population is facing multiple threats, including development of this pristine habitat. Read about my trip, and what you can do to help here: Help Save Costa Rica’s Marine … Continue reading Help Save Costa Rica’s Marine Life on an Earthwatch Expedition (JohnnyJet.com)

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 reception that followed. Both were exhausting. Last December, I had … Continue reading From the Canadian Rockies to Costa Rica: My Travel Wish List for 2016

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

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 Costa Rica for animal lovers where palmtree hugging sloths and nesting … Continue reading Five Beaches to Beat the Winter Blues

Eight Dream Destinations for 2015

It’s hard to top a trip to Australia’s Eastern Coast where I spent three amazing weeks in early 2014 volunteering with wallabies, beach hopping, and hiking in National Parks. It was a dream come true. But it was also exhausting, not to mention the jet lag. Yet, that didn’t stop me from going on an unexpected trip to Alaska in the summer on a seven-day … Continue reading Eight Dream Destinations for 2015

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 the sweet sounds of the critters that call one of the … Continue reading Inspiration from THE INVITATION by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

“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 been on my own for short periods during trips when … Continue reading “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

“A Little Book of Sloth” Meet the sloths of Aviarios sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica

Did you know that sloths spend 70 percent of their time “resting”? Their nerves have evolved to not react to loud noises, which allows them to kick back on tree tops for long periods of time blending with the environment. “Sixty million years of evolution have made sloths the absolute masters of mellow,” writes Lucy Cooke in her new book, A Little Book of Sloth (Simon & … Continue reading “A Little Book of Sloth” Meet the sloths of Aviarios sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica