My Favorite Travel Photos From 2011

This year I’ve done a lot of traveling, and of course that means I’ve taken a ton of photos. I’m an amateur photographer, and I don’t know what I’m doing half the time (that’s not entirely true, but it feels like it), but sometimes things just come together and I get a photo I really like. … [Read more...]

My 2011 Travel Year In Review

2011 has been an awesome year for travel.  I left Saudi Arabia for San Diego on December 24th to spend the Christmas holiday with my family in San Diego.  What started out as a six week visit turned in to a six month West Coast holiday. When I add that to my impromptu trip to Stockholm and another … [Read more...]

VIDEO: I Love New York

Yesterday morning I left New York after 6 fabulous days cruising this city.  It didn't take long for me to fall in love...   [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZ8bZ9b79BU[/youtube]     … [Read more...]

ARGH!!!!!  Jet Lag is Horrible!!

Jet lag is a mutha!!  I'm talking about straight up, 11 hour time difference and trying to get on track in your new location.  Whenever I fly back to the west coast of the United States from the Middle East, I experience a jet lagging situation which takes no less than 2 weeks for my body to … [Read more...]

Photo Tour: Akaka Falls, Hawaii

Cascading waterfalls, lush tropical vegetation, fragrant flowers, huge ferns and towering bamboo trees.  This is what I found on my half mile leisurely stroll through Akaka Falls State Park.  A place with this type of description is bound to have plenty of photo opportunities.  Therefore, I will let … [Read more...]

Embrace The Detours: Kolekole State Park, Hawaii

We discovered it by accident. We were on a road trip going from Waikoloa to Hilo on Highway 19 and had loaded the car down with freshly made organic salads, fruit, fruit juices, water, and some candy munchies from the pit stop made earlier at a naturals foods market in Waimea. Highway 19, along the  … [Read more...]

How To Make Trip Advisor Work For You

Can you trust what you read on Trip Advisor? I've read much and I've heard much about the validity of the reviews on Trip Advisor.  There are some who think the good ratings are paid reviews and there are some who think the bad reviews are just disgruntled customers.  I think Trip Advisor is an … [Read more...]

Travel Collections – What Do You Collect?

Do you have a travel collection?  Do you set up rules on how the items can be collected?  Do you have to actually go to that place, or will you accept other people adding to your collection?  Right now, I have one active collection, but I've had a few others. About 25 years ago, I started a … [Read more...]

Video: Black Chick in Saudi: My Abaya

This is a video about me shopping for an Abaya in Saudi Arabia.  You can read the entire story here:  Black Chick in Saudi  The thing is, most "western" women (who aren't Muslim) who move to Saudi Arabia, has to get used to the concept of the abaya.  I think the reason for this is that it represents … [Read more...]

Chill Out at the IceBar Stockholm

Don't you just have to go to an ice bar if you're in Sweden?  It's like a law or Stockholm 101 or something. Once known "Absolut Ice Bar," it is now 'IceBar Stockholm' by the IceHotel. However, none of this makes it any less fabulous. It's still the world's first permanent ice bar, made from 100% … [Read more...]