Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

I’m Off to South Africa!

As this post goes live, I will be newly arrived in a country that I have wanted to visit for such a long time: SOUTH AFRICA! I am very happy to be visiting South Africa as one of five travel influencers invited by Visit South Africa.  I got my first email about the trip back [...]

Girona: My New Favorite City in Spain

Early this year, I visited Spain for the first time and quickly declared it one of my favorite countries.  The culture, the architecture, the food, the beautiful men — how could I not fall for Spain?  Of all the cities, I found myself falling for Granada and Sevilla the most. But my new favorite?  I [...]

The Bloghouse in Besalu, Spain — A Smashing Success!

In September, we launched our very first Bloghouse — and I am happy to report that it was a smashing success! The Bloghouse was a pre-TBEX event where five senior travel bloggers (Stephanie Yoder of Twenty-Something Travel, Michael Tieso of Art of Backpacking, Michael Hodson of Go, See, Write, Cailin O’Neil of Travel Yourself and [...]

Into the Douro Valley of Portugal

Portugal is a country that I don’t think gets enough press for being a destination of both incredible beauty and excellent value.  And my recent trip to the Douro Valley proved that in spades! The Douro Valley is the primary wine-growing region of northern Portugal.  Having read a bit about it and been intrigued, I [...]

Scenes from Rainy Edinburgh: The Water of Leith

Edinburgh is famous for its wild and unpredictable weather, categorized by frequent rain showers, fog, and chilly winds — the kind of weather that makes you want to bundle up with a tartan scarf and wile away the day in glorious cafes. Well, most of the time, that is.  I happen to have incredible luck [...]

Kicking Back at the Yotel Heathrow

I have always been fascinated by efficient design.  Forget the ostentatious homes and hotels of the world — if you’re able to do an incredible amount in a small amount of space, that is what is going to impress me the most. And the Yotel at Heathrow Airport impressed me greatly. Usually when I fly [...]

Porto Revisited: This City Rocks!

When I heard that TBU was taking place in Porto, Portugal, this year, I was intrigued — but mildly disappointed.  I had been to Porto earlier in the year and though I enjoyed photographing the riverfront, I hadn’t really connected with the city itself.  Frankly, it had seemed a bit boring to me. Well, TBU [...]

All That Is White

With the theme of this week’s #FriFotos being “white,” I had quite a bit to choose from — but I didn’t want to include snow, or daisies, or any more beautiful shots of White Sands National Monument in New Mexico (I use those far too often).  A different kind of white was what I wanted [...]

Breaking Up, Moving On, and Leaving Chester

In most cases, when a popular blogger ends a relationship, he or she can do so discreetly, perhaps without even mentioning it publicly. I can’t do that here.  Dave has been a major presence on this blog for the past year and a half, as I met him in Hanoi, Vietnam; as I moved in [...]

My Most Egregious Travel Oversights

Some of my proudest moments have come from traveling to unusual destinations — the Faroe Islands, southern Laos, Shetland, Liechtenstein. But what about the destinations that I really should have visited by now, but haven’t?  Obvious places.  Places that I really should have hit considering where I’ve been already (like much of North America, Europe, [...]