I must admit, most the time I choose to travel alone. I think there are certain trips that require certain kinds of companionship, and the older I get, the more I find myself craving experiences on my own. Writers by nature are usually pretty solitary—and the interesting thing about travel [...]
Fri, Oct 24, 2014
Gen Y Wanderer Category: GEN Y WANDERER
October 31stis a truly greatday of the yearfor parents and children who love a bit of spooky charm in their lives.But for those dealing with severe food allergies, it can not only be a challenging experience, but also a downright dangerous one. With peanut butter-laden treats and dairy-filled goodies dropping [...]
Fri, Oct 24, 2014
Weird Wanderings Category: WEIRD WANDERINGS
There’s nothing like a potato fresh from the garden, or garbage bin! Yes, that’s right, we grow our spuds inside a plastic garbage can. if you want to learn how to do this yourself, you can read a post I wrote a few years ago, here. This year’s crop was not [...]
Fri, Oct 24, 2014
Pampers & Pakhlava Category: PAMPERS AND PAKHLAVA
When the near-winter blues start dragging you down there is only one thing to do. Get out your rain jackets and leg warmers—because fall cycling in the Pacific Northwest has just hit its zenith. Read on for my top three rides at the top of the country. 1. Hurricane Ridge Prep your [...]
Fri, Oct 24, 2014
WanderSpokes Category: WANDERSPOKES
I camp. A lot. Granted that most of the camping I do happens during the warmer summer months, I still like to get out during the autumn, just before it gets too cold to put away my tent, sleeping pad and sleeping bag. (Yes, that’s right,I might try ice-climbing, but [...]
Fri, Oct 24, 2014
Lady Sherpa Category: LADY SHERPA
Several months ago, while my boyfriend and I were working at a roadhouse on Australia’s remote Nullarbor Plain, a familiar couple entered the main shop and office. Recognizing the two friendly faces from a TV special on Australia’s growing population of retiree travelers, I asked for an autograph. Meet Sid and [...]
Fri, Oct 24, 2014
Gone Workabout Category: GONE WORKABOUT
Just over a year ago, my husband and I summited Mt. Kilimanjaro while on our honeymoon, a three week backpacking trip through Uganda, Rwanda, and Tanzania. While there’s nothing overtly romantic about sub-zero camping, it’s one of our favorite shared experiences. We had never faced anything like it together, a [...]
Thu, Oct 23, 2014
Uncharted Territory Category: UNCHARTED TERRITORY
Our guides after hanging prayer flags for good luck. You’ve undoubtedly heard about the tragedy on the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal last week where 40+ people died when heavy snow and blizzard conditions unexpectedly hit during prime trekking season. While it’s believed the bodies of all foreigners have been located, local [...]
Thu, Oct 23, 2014
Wanderluster Category: WANDERLUSTER
So many things happen in an instant: babies are born,peoplefall in love, friendships are made, hearts are broken, life moves on and life changes.Whether they be large moments with impact orsmall moments of meaning, all of these moments have a hand increating us and our experiences bywarming our hearts, forcing [...]
Thu, Oct 23, 2014
Expat Village Category: EXPAT VILLAGE
I stumbled onto a Buzzfeed article this week that listed the top tiny Texas towns worth the trip. It looks like it was put together by Porsche. I am surprised to actually agree with them! I’ve been visiting Round Top, number one on their list, since the population was 77. Looks [...]
Thu, Oct 23, 2014
Wandering Artist Category: WANDERING ARTIST
To begin this story I have to first share a slightly embarrassing fact about myself. I am in my late twenties and I still love the Spice Girls. Not ‘I think about them occasionally, mostly reminiscing’, love but ‘true, 2014, still obsessed’ love. When I went to their reunion concert [...]
Thu, Oct 23, 2014
Short Stops Category: SHORT STOPS
Now more than ever, the travel industry is taking bold and unprecedented steps toward conservation. Around the world, strategy is shifting from mass-market, high-volume tourism to a more bespoke, low-volume/high-value approach. By lessening overall numbers, this approach ensures that tourism won’t damage the world’s most beautiful and pristine places. Balance Impact [...]
Wed, Oct 22, 2014
Luxury Nomad Category: LUXURY NOMAD
It’s that time of year! Ghouls and goblins are about and they need to eat. With a few tricks in the kitchen it’s easy to craft fun and creepy Halloween treats! Here’s some great ideas to get you started. What are some of your favorites? Lady Fingers For the classy cannibal, serve [...]
Wed, Oct 22, 2014
WanderFood Category: WANDERFOOD
It’s getting cold. Time to read about warm places. Brazil! Amazon Burning by Victoria Griffith comes along just in time for an armchair escape from the looming winter. I have been hearing a lot about this new genre of “new adult”. With the popularity of young adult fiction reaching across [...]
Tue, Oct 21, 2014
WanderLit Category: WANDERLIT
I. Won. First. Place! In the International Category of the “Worldwide Adventures of Punxsutawney Phil” photography contest! The premise of the contest is that the Groundhog Club provided me with a picture of Punxsutawney Phil that my husband and I took with us on our travels this past summer, both nationally and [...]
Tue, Oct 21, 2014
Debby Category: DEBBYS DEPARTURES
You can tell winter is right around the bend as temperatures drop and leaves come swirling down. You know what else is right around the corner? One of my favourite holidays, that magical day you get to wear whatever you want: Halloween. Why, yes, I do make a stunning Care [...]
Mon, Oct 20, 2014
Ski Gypsy Category: SKI GYPSY
Oh my, Ojai. Seeking new adventures and respite from my crazy-busy schedule, I headed to sunny southern California for a quick escapelastMay. A good friend had recommended The Oaks at Ojaias the perfect getaway sanctuary for rest, relaxation and exploration. After a connecting flight in San Francisco, I arrived at the [...]
Fri, Oct 17, 2014
WanderBoomer Category: WANDERBOOMER
When it comes to classic cocktails that have experienced a resurgence of popularity in the past couple years, there’s one drink that tops the repertoire of every bartender around the country: the Bloody Mary. After all, it’s the perfect libation for any time of day, from breakfast to dinner. And [...]
Fri, Oct 17, 2014
Wanderlush Diary Category: WANDERLUSH DIARY
Ireland is my favorite spot to visit and I have been there several times. I have many stories to share about this beautiful country. Fascinatedby history, the first thing planned was to explore the old castles and homesteads and imagine what life was like a few centuries ago. We take [...]
Thu, Oct 16, 2014
Global Snapshots Category: GLOBAL SNAPSHOTS
All travelers with any significant amount of hair have, at some point, struggled with packing shampoo. There’s the question of what size bottle to bring: standard-size bottles don’t meet TSA regulations for carry-on bags, and travel-size bottles are only useful for short trips. (If you have hair like me, a [...]
Thu, Oct 16, 2014
Global Zen Category: GLOBAL ZEN
“Change starts with your underwear” according to PACT Apparel, a company that offers fair trade, organic cotton socks and underthings. One evening last summer, I Googled”fair trade underwear” and found PACT. I’d readVincent Miller’s “Slavery and Commodity Chains”about what he calls the “commodity veil.” Basically, Miller points out that we know [...]
Thu, Oct 09, 2014
WanderChic Category: WANDERCHIC
Swimming and snorkeling with sea turtles in Akumal, Mexico Swimming with wild sea turtles has long been on my life listand I finally got to do this earlier last month in Akumal, Mexico! I was in Cancunattending the amazing TBEX conferenceand had an entire day to myself. I was visiting in [...]
Wed, Oct 08, 2014
TrailBound Category: TRAILBOUND
Sosh, a free service that curates activities and events, is the ultimate tool for planning a trip to Seattle.Users simply access Sosh through the website or a beautifully designed app. A profiling experience asks users to select neighborhoods and activities that they are interested in.Concerts, restaurants, hikes and even cheap [...]
Wed, Oct 08, 2014
Checking In Category: CHECKING IN
I recently had the chance to get out of the big city of Los Angeles and head into the hot desert to the J.W. Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa. The resort itself is easy to access and just far enough outside bustling palm springs that you will truly feel [...]
Tue, Sep 30, 2014
Spa Hopper Category: SPA HOPPER
Your choices for hiking and trekking boots is officially huge with new models every year. But before you make any choices be sure to check out Lowa. Today I’m reviewing Lowa Camino GTX Flex Boots. Multi-day trekking, as opposed to sitting in an office, will change the shape of your feet. [...]
Wed, Sep 03, 2014
WanderDudes Category: WANDERDUDES
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