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HOW I MET BILL CLINTON IN AFRICA

It was my second trip to the amazing island of Zanzibar but I wasn’t at my best. After 2 weeks of safaris in Kenya and Tanzania, my immune system had suddenly gone south. Did I have malaria? Food poisoning? I just knew that getting out of the bed of my hotel in Stone Town wasn’t a very exciting option. My travel mates were concerned. I’d been their...

How to get to Papua new guinea

Going “Dutch” on Holland America Unspoiled Beaches in Papua New Guinea Photo: Bill Wiatrak Papua New Guinea is one of the most remote islands on the planet and has often been described as “the last frontier” by travel aficionados. The first time I saw photos of this exotic country, I was instantly intrigued. It appeared to be a country untouched by tourism and time...

Bermuda- An Atlantic Paradise

You’ve seen the shorts, heard mystical stories about the triangle, but maybe you’ve still gotten Bermuda confused with Barbuda, Bahamas or Barbados. It happens. Unlike the other islands that start with a “B”, the oldest British colony in the world isn’t in the Caribbean. It’s in the North Atlantic a short flight from New York and it’s a very unique place worth...

Utah-opia! Exploring Utah’s National Parks

There’s few places in the world that rival Utah’s natural beauty. Copper-colored sandstone arches, jaw-dropping gorges and dramatic geological wonders make up a good portion of the lower half of the state. At the moment, I’m visiting my fifth and final park in The Beehive State”. “Wow” is really the best way I can describe these natural wonders. Each vast preserve...

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Visiting the Birthplace of Voodoo

The spiky wooden dolls that had been blessed with my name stood facing me on a dusty animal skin. I had been handed a smooth ebony nut, a tiny cloth bag on a necklace and an oddly shaped wooden talisman that I had been instructed to whisper into. The shaman and the guide were talking in an unintelligible language as they pushed the tortoise shells towards us. “Place...

How to Live Like a Local (kinda) in Hawaii.

I can’t stop thinking about Hawaii. I love visiting faraway islands on the other side of the globe, but there’s something to be said for America’s chunk of tropical paradise in the Pacific. Not only does everyone speak English, but you don’t have to change money and you can still go there even if you’ve forgotten to renew your passport...

Hotels in the “New Austin”

Austin is a city unlike any other in Texas. With it’s west coast vibe, music scene and hipster culture, there’s a lot of different travel choices you won’t find in Houston or Dallas. Gentrification is the buzzword the locals use for the new spaces popping up as older properties are repurposed, remodeled, or rebranded to fit with the city’s...

Finding your Travel Soundtrack

I was taking a selfie outside Jon Bon Jovi’s childhood home in New Jersey. The place looked like all the other houses nearby, except Jon had grown up there, learned to play the guitar and had later given the house away in a rock and roll contest.  I felt a little like George Carlin’s character in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure when he pops in to check...

Going Back to the Future

Back to the Future is considered by many to be one of the best movies ever made. Besides a great story-line, the film is full of endearing characters, great comedic moments, adventure and it’s a movie that never fails to entertain me. I love visiting filming locations and I was in the perfect place to visit the best BTTF spots, Los Angeles. DeLorean from BTTF –...