Archive | 2012

Star Gazing

I headed back down to New Orleans last week, my second time in just a few months.  This time it was for a wedding of a close friend and it was really lovely, and loads of fun.  As the evening wore on the bride and groom left, and the party slowly dispersed.  I found myself […]

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Holiday Gift Guide for the Traveler in Your Life

It’s that time of year again!  That’s right Oprah has officially announced her “Favorite Things” list!  Oh, yeah, it’s also Christmas time!  Everyone is currently engaged in my least favorite activity – fighting crowds.  I hate it.  I’m more of a sneak into the mall an hour before it closes a few nights one week, […]

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Photography 101 – Just In Time For the Holidays!

The holidays officially begin this week and cameras everywhere will be wearing out their shutters.  I’ve decided to pass on some tips to optimize the use of your camera.  I’ve been playing around with photography for several years, but it’s only been in the last year that I have invested in a high quality SRL […]

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Why I Went to Russia

I grew up in what I have come to learn might have been the last “Cold War” community in America.  My elementary school had fire drills.  We had tornado drills.  We even had nuclear bomb drills.  Seriously.  I can remember being in my classroom and crawling under my desk to prepare for the pending nuclear […]

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When It Hits The Fan

Inevitably, at some point, in even the best-planned trips, the shit will hit the fan. Your luggage will get lost.  You will get lost.  You will miss a connecting flight. You will get sick. The person or people you are traveling with will drive to the edge of sanity.  Something WILL happen, and whatever it […]

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Something Different…. Fat Tire Bike Tours

A few years ago I became obsessed with the idea of riding a bicycle in France.  I think somewhere along the way, the posters that are mass produced in America of photos from the 1950s Tour de France, or the classic one of the child on the back of bicycle holding a baguette, with a […]

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How To Travel – CHEAP!

You say you want to travel?  You want to hit the road, but you don’t have lots of money to spend?  You are in luck! There are options, for ways to cut corners, and get a bit more out of every dollar you spend.  The realty is, I’m cheap.  I don’t like to spend money […]

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Traveling With a (Macabre) Purpose

This week, I have a treat for you – a guest contributor- my good friend, Ben Osborne!  It’s almost Halloween, so why not learn a little something about his odd, and some might say spooky, travel obsession.  Maybe it will inspire you to create a goal for yourself……..   After you are asked “You’re here […]

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New Orleans!

This weekend I got the opportunity to do one of my favorite activities – play tour guide!  I was fortunate enough to show my friends from Amsterdam, Kjell and Walter around the Big Easy for a few days.  I’m certainly not an expert on the city, but I have been there more than a few […]

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The “P Word”

When we travel there is a particular aspect of human civilization that most people tend to try to avoid.  Poverty.  Most people don’t want to see it, smell, or experience it in any way.  I can completely understand and relate to this.  For the most part, when people are traveling on vacation, it’s a brief […]

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