Destinations

Experiencing Los Angeles More Easel-y

When one thinks about traveling to LA, Hollywood is often the first thing that comes to mind. The name “Leonardo”, is more likely to conjure up images of “DiCaprio” rather than “da Vinci”. Surprisingly enough, Los Angeles has a thriving art scene that often gets overshadowed by other attractions, but if you take the time to visit some of it’s top museums, you’re...

Six Hard Travel Lessons To Learn From

Experienced travelers have often made mistakes that taught them valuable lessons of what to never do again. When you’re in a strange country and have your guard down, sometimes bad things can happen. Using the lessons learned for future trips is the best way to deal with such things. Here’s six hard lessons I learned the hard way and ways to avoid doing the same: How...

Awesome Things to do in Japan

Japan. It’s a mystical country unlike any other destination in Asia. With a sense of style that far surpasses its neighbors, exotic foods, and an island chain that extends almost 2,000 miles, Japan is full of surprises. It could take a lifetime to discover all this wondrous country has to offer, so where do you go on your first visit? Here’s my list of awesome things...

Chimpanzees in Louisiana?

When I first heard of Chimp Haven, I was more than surprised. This chimpanzee sanctuary is the largest in the world and is located in Louisiana, a state known for very strict wild animal laws. I love primates. My travels have taken me to Madagascar to see lemurs in the wild, Malaysia to visit orangutans, and I even have tracked silver backed gorillas in The Congo...

Where’s Rudy?

THE SHOCKING TRUE STORY When I first met Rudy I thought he might be missing an eye. I was at a pirate party for a mutual friend and as we were talking I noticed his pirate eye patch didn’t really look like a costume eye patch at all. Rather, the leather looked like it might be grafted into his skin. The more I looked at it, the more I wondered whether he was wearing...

How to Organize Your Travel Photos

I just got custody of my old travel photos: ten years of traveling through the 80’s and 90’s preserved in a trunk full of dusty binders bequeathed to me by my ex. A step above scrapbooking, photo albums were the reigning method for preserving memories for nearly a century. Then came digital photos. Then came better digital photos. One hour photo shops closed their...

Costa Rica- Friendly Central America

You can’t go wrong with a vacation in Costa Rica. It’s only a few hours from the US, has a stable economy and its reputation is squeaky clean. It hasn’t been involved in any recent wars, terrorism isn’t an issue and most people speak at least a little English. I got invited to stay at the new Planet Hollywood Resort this week, and my visit was...

Comoros – The Forgotten Islands

I love visiting countries off the tourist grid and I’m sitting in one now. Chances are you’ve never heard of Comoros islands unless you’re a marine biologist or a fan of random islands that start with the letter “C”.  The Comoros islands’ biggest claim to fame is that the country is situated in the last remaining part of the globe that has coelacanths deep...

Mesmerizing Mauritius

The cool seawater lapped against the jet black boulders like liquid turquoise. It was hard to believe I was in Mauritius, a remote independent island east of Madagascar. It’s been a favorite of Europeans and South Africans for decades, but not a lot of  Americans make the 20 hour flight. As soon as you see the blue water and white sand, it all suddenly feels...