Best of the Blog, Destinations, North America, Personal Ramblings, The United States

A Hawaii Family Vacation, Local Style

Hawaii is a chain of volcanic islands far off the west coast of the United States. It is the first choice destination for many American vacationers when they are in need of sun, sand, and more than a few pineapples. It makes sense why this island state is on the short list for many family… Read More A Hawaii Family Vacation, Local Style

Australia, Best of the Blog, Destinations, General Advice, Oceania, Personal Ramblings, Travel Resources

Going Native: What I’ve learned in Australia

Bring an Australian stereotype to mind. What comes up? Maybe a leather skinned man covered in red dust knocking back beers like his life depends on it? Maybe your stereotypical Aussie is less Alice Springs informed and more like a tan, blonde surfer dude fresh from a knock out dual with a Great White shark?… Read More Going Native: What I’ve learned in Australia

Best of the Blog, Central America, Destinations, Guatemala, Personal Ramblings, Stories from the Road

Lessons From My Salsa Teacher

If you saw Erika on the street you wouldn’t take much notice. She barely passes 5 feet, her diminutive stature common in the highlands of Guatemala where we met, but do not underestimate this middle-aged Guatemalan woman with red flowers in her hair, she has nunchucks in her purse and she knows how to use… Read More Lessons From My Salsa Teacher

Belize, Best of the Blog, Central America, Destinations, Stories from the Road

A Canoe Trip to Remember in Belize

Our canoes dropped heavily into the green tinted water as our Rastafarian guide David pushed us on our way down the Macal River, just east of San Ignacio, Belize. Smoke curled up from the first canoe as David’s unnamed co-worker lit a pre-river cruise joint. I laughed to myself, and hopped into the second canoe… Read More A Canoe Trip to Remember in Belize

Argentina, Australia, Best of the Blog, Destinations, Oceania, Personal Ramblings, South America, Stories from the Road

Running on Empty in Argentina: An adventure trail race abroad

The gun sounds and we are off. The motley crew of helmet clad runners shoots past us fumbling foreigners, leaving us to follow their grass stomped path down to the gravel road. The gravel road quickly diminishes to a gravel path, then, after about 500 m, we are on a single-track trail that is more… Read More Running on Empty in Argentina: An adventure trail race abroad

Argentina, Belize, Central America, Chile, Costa Rica, Destinations, El Salvador, General Advice, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, North America, South America, Travel Resources

Is Central America Safe?

Yes and no. It depends. When I left for Guatemala in January 2016, almost every single person would ask, “Is it safe?”, in response to me telling them where I was moving. Coming from the United States, there are a lot of preconceived ideas about any Spanish speaking country south of the US border and… Read More Is Central America Safe?

Asia, Destinations, Food and Drink, General Advice, Singapore, Travel Resources

How to Visit Singapore on a Budget

Singapore is not what comes to mind when one thinks about budget travel destinations. It is a wealthy country with a per capita GDP of $51,855.08 USD in 2015 (411 percent of the world’s average) and the high rise financial district to match. If you want to there is nothing stopping you from spending thousands… Read More How to Visit Singapore on a Budget

Best of the Blog, Central America, Destinations, Honduras, Stories from the Road

Getting PADI Certified in Utila

There are two places in the world that have the cheapest rates for a PADI Open Water Course, Koh Tao in Thailand and Utila in Honduras. Getting PADI certified in Utila will only set you back around $330 USD and most dive shops will include accommodation for the duration of your course. As we would… Read More Getting PADI Certified in Utila

Australia, Best of the Blog, Destinations, Oceania, Stories from the Road

In Search of Quokkas on Rottnest Island

The sun shines bright on Rottnest Island, the water is a crystalline turquoise that beckons me to its warm embrace, but there is only one thing on my mind, a small, approximately one foot tall marsupial called a quokka. I, like so many others before me, have ventured to this little island about 25 km… Read More In Search of Quokkas on Rottnest Island

Australia, Destinations, Oceania

Falling in Love with Perth

From the minute the airplane touched down in Perth, Australia I’ve felt strangely at home. I’m further away from my hometown than I have ever been before, yet this land of sun on the sea bears more than a passing resemblance to Ventura, California, where I grew up with 365 days of sunshine nestled on… Read More Falling in Love with Perth