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Best Travel Apps

How on earth did we travel before smartphones existed? I rely on mine for finding my way around, coordinating meet-ups with friends, travel planning on the fly, and of course sharing photos with family and friends while on the road. Here are a few of my favorite apps that make travel more efficient and fun….


Best travel gear

I’ve been asked by several people about my favorite travel gear – comfortable clothes, bags, electronics, etc. I tend to get caught up in wanting to show pretty pictures and don’t stop to think about all the gear I use to get those shots. So, here it is – my list of essential travel gear….


Review of Navini Island Resort, Fiji

I did so much research online before my first trip to Fiji trying to wrap my mind around all of the options and their pluses/minuses. Since my stay was going to be so brief (only 3 days) as a stop-over on the way from San Diego to Sydney, I knew I wanted to stay somewhere…

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How to Beat the Post-Vacation Blues

Happy New Year! I don’t know about you, but coming home from a really good vacation can put me into a funky mood for a few days, at best. The more your vacation shifts you away from your routine, disconnects you from the computer, or opens your eyes to a culture vastly different from your…

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Succulent Cafe – Oceanside, California

Some places draw you in from a single photo. I was browsing Instagram one day and saw a picture of someone drinking coffee surrounded by walls of beautiful succulents on all sides and when I discovered it was in the San Diego area, I was so thrilled and couldn’t wait to go. Succulent Cafe in…


Paris Guide: The Marais

The Marais (4th) district in Paris has changed a lot since I lived there 10 years ago, but it is still my favorite area of Paris. Known as the hipster hub, the gay neighborhood and the Jewish quarter, the Marais has so much to do and see that you could spend 4 months there (like…


The Best Castles in Scotland

One of the main reasons I was drawn to Scotland is the abundance of castles dotted around the country. I visited so many castles I lost count, and can tell you which are the best based on my criteria which include: 1) well preserved history (in the case of intact castles, as opposed to castle…


Autumn in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

On my first ever trip to Canada, I welcomed the beginning of autumn in Banff National Park. Banff and the other nearby national parks (Yoho, Kootenay, etc.) have so much beauty packed into a relatively small area. You can experience the most beautiful lakes, waterfalls, and mountains, and even spot some elk, mountain goats and…


Los Olivos, California – Sun, Wine & Relaxation

Whether you’re into wine, relaxing, or both, there’s a lot to enjoy in Los Olivos, California, located about 45 minutes outside of Santa Barbara. With a climate similar to that of Tuscany, it’s no surprise that this region is known for its production of wine and olives. Wineries and horse ranches dot the surrounding valley,…

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