Muck Diving in East Timor

I’m sitting in an airport of a country you’ve probably never heard of. It’s the newest country in Asia. It became independent in 2002 after a 26 year bloody struggle with Indonesia. I’m talking about Timor-Leste, also known as East Timor. Timor is one of the eastern-most islands in Indonesia and means “east” in the […]

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How to Deal With Travel Problems

I had been traveling in Asia for the last 2 weeks with a friend of mine. We were booked on all the same flights except  for getting to and from Kuala Lumpur from Los Angeles. On our return segments we were traveling alone but  both had long stopovers in China. My friend had 11 hours […]

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Eat,Love,Visit Bali

When I tell my friends about Bali, their eyes glaze over like I’m talking about visiting Mars or Timbuktu. Bali conjures up exotic images of crystal blue waters, dancers, temples and seems so far away. Well, yes it is far away, but it’s not that expensive to get to, and once you’re there, you’ll want […]

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Brunei-The Tiny Kingdom of Borneo

I had been obsessing about snapping some photos of Brunei’s most famous denizens, the Proboscis monkeys. Besides the fact that I’m fascinated by one of the weirdest creatures on the planet, I could hardly wait to visit The Royal Kingdom of Brunei to tag my 172nd country. There’s always been something mysterious to me about […]

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Huasteca- Mexico’s Best Kept Secret

If you’re not from Mexico, there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of Huasteca. Americans tend to stick with the tried and true vacation spots they’ve heard of such as Cancun and Cabo when traveling to Mexico. More intrepid travelers might visit Oaxaca, Mexico City and San Miguel Allende. However, one of the most beautiful […]

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Driving Your Car into Mexico- Is it Safe?

“Where did you come from?” the official asked. “San Luis Potosí” I answered. “Why? Do you have family there?” “No” I replied. “I just wanted to see some waterfalls and get away from the cold weather”. He eyed me suspiciously. Very few people do such a thing and he thought I might be up to […]

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Caribbean Cruises After the Hurricanes

Who doesn’t love a cruise? It’s nice to be able to unpack once and float around the ocean being coddled and spoiled while you’re moving towards your next destination. I  booked a southern Caribbean cruise almost a year ago and I was all set to visit the last two countries on my list in the […]

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Southern Comfort in South Carolina

I have been all over the world, but I have never been to South Carolina. That sounds like a good start for a song  (now that I think about it), but I just got back from Bluffton, SC where I spent 3 fantastic days learning about the area, oysters and local history.  Never heard of […]

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Protected: The Mysteries of the Magic Moai

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How to Breeze Through Security

After the September 11 attacks, airline travel was forever changed by new regulations and tightened security. To make things worse, in 2001 Richard Reid unsuccessfully tried to light a bomb hidden in his shoe on an American Airlines flight. The incident spurred a new rule requiring passengers to remove and screen their footwear. Then, in […]

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