Capturing Colour.

Color is what makes this world that we live in a magical place. From the way the sun reflects on the ocean or colors the sky during sunrise and sunset to the colors of the landscapes that surround us or the people that live here, there’s no shortage of color offered to us by nature here on Earth.

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South Street Seaport and the Brooklyn Bridge.

There’s lots to see in the city that never sleeps, but one of my favorite areas is South Street Seaport. Not only does it feel miles away from Mid-Town, but it also seems to take you a step back in … Continue reading

What I Loved About Aruba: Top 5.

It wasn’t hard to fall in love with Aruba: warm temperatures, cool breezes, swaying palm trees, and turquoise waters. Everyone was friendly, and I loved that people from all over the world seemed to flock to this beautiful island. That, of course, made me fall in love with the country even more, and of all the islands I have visited, this one would have to be my favorite.

Of course, I love it here!

Of course, I love it here!

While I loved everything about Aruba, there were 5 things that I loved the most about the island.

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Packing for a Tropical Destination

In just a few hours, I will head to Aruba for the sun, the sand, and the sea, along with some much needed relaxation. After months of teaching and grading papers, there is nothing I’m looking forward to as much as lounging on the beach with a drink in my hand.

What I love most about beach vacations is just how easy they are to pack for. Although, often they are too easy, which means I wait until the very last minute. Regardless, here are a few essentials that I always bring along.

Lounging in Fiji.

Lounging in Fiji.

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Just to Get Away.

Normally, I travel for adventure. I travel for cultural experiences. I travel to meet new people from all over the world. This is what I am most passionate about, and what has made me fall so deeply in love with travel and the world. But, sometimes, even the traveler just needs to get away from it all.

Bahamas

Bahamas

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Carefree in Croatia.

Europe is a continent that I spent much time exploring during my early travel days. My first big trip out of the country was to Ireland; then I spent several of my college breaks visiting friends abroad. I took each opportunity to visit as many countries as I could. But, the one place I always dreamt of visiting was Croatia.

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Discovering Fiji.

For me, the image of a beach immediately conjures up feelings of instant relaxation. This is what distinguishes island travel from anything else: the time to slow down and just enjoy life. There’s time to watch sunsets, spend days under the sun, explore without agenda, drink cocktails at the beach bar, or lounge under an umbrella near the ocean. All without a care in the world.

Fiji.

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Winter Blues.

I have a love-hate relationship with the winter. While I love the way the world looks covered in snow, I absolutely hate being cold. I’d rather feel the warmth from the summer sun on my back and the breeze off the ocean in my hair.

Happy in Fiji!

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A Hopeless Romantic Abroad.

Day 21: BootsnAll Indie Travel Project

Today’s prompt: Love AffairWhen we travel, our senses are heightened. We feel more alive and we’re more free to do things we might not at home. We can be who we want. There’s an air of urgency to everything we do – we know our time here, in this place, and with these people, is limited. If we want to do something, we have to do it now. It’s no wonder then that many travelers have relationships on the road. Tell us about a “special someone” you met while traveling.

Mui Ne, Vietnam: the setting of my story.


At this point, it’s no secret that I’m a hopeless romantic, or that I am dreaming of meeting someone special on the road. I’d love nothing more than to fall in love while somewhere exotic with someone exotic. But, more importantly, I’d like that love to last long after the trip.

First off, I’m no stranger to falling for people while traveling. In Bermuda, it was an American. In Fiji, I fell for a guy from the Czech Republic. In San Francisco’s airport, on my way home from Fiji, it was an Italian. In Scotland, it was another American. And, most recently, as I wrote about in A Love Story Set in Vietnam, it was an English-Ugandan in Vietnam.
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A Love Story Set in Vietnam.

Day 12: BootsnAll Indie Travel Project

Today’s Topic: MEANINGFUL CONNECTIONSTravelers meet dozens, if not hundreds, of new people on every trip. They may become friends, enemies, lovers, and resources; they may stay in your life forever or be forgotten the next day. Tell about a time you felt a powerful connection – for however long – to another person while traveling.

Nha Trang.


This is a topic that I can closely connect with, and one I recently wrote about, Those We Meet Along the Way. My favorite part of traveling is meeting people from all around the world. Sometimes we remain friends only for a night, and others I have stayed in touch with throughout the years. But, my most recent connection was one that was truly special. Continue reading