The Best Gifts for Photography Lovers

Susan Portnoy photographing in Peru on a boat

There’s a lot of gimmicky stuff out there for photography lovers. This gift guide doesn’t showcase any of them. I use and stand behind every product below. For example, lens cleaner may not seem like the sexiest present, trust me, when a lens is dirty in the field with an awesome photo waiting to be […]

Great Gifts for Travel Lovers They’ll Actually Use

A woman in overalls holding a gift wrapped package with candy canes on it

If you’re looking for gifts for the travel lovers in your life, you’ve come to the right place. Every item is something I use and recommend to my friends and family. They’re products and services every adventurer will thank you for and actually mean it. (This post contains affiliate links. If you buy products using […]

Molori Safari Lodge For A Mind-Blowing Madikwe Game Reserve Safari

Metsi Presidential Suite pool at Molori Safari Lodge , South Africa

The Molori Safari Lodge Experience “If you need anything your butler’s name is Isaac. “Butler?! I have a butler?!  It took me a moment to realize he wasn’t kidding. Toni Watson, my host at the Molori Safari Lodge in South Africa’s Madikwe Game Reserve, smiled and opened the massive wooden doors (think Game of Thrones worthy) […]

A Guide to Picking the Best Photography Trip For You

Large man photographing buffalo from a jeep during a travel photography tour

Photography trips can be a spectacular adventure: You explore bucket list destinations, make new friends who have a shared interest, and improve your skills under the guidance of very talented (sometimes famous) photographic professionals. But with so many organizations offering excursions of all kinds, it can be a challenge to find the best photography trip […]

10-Day Michigan Upper Peninsula Road Trip Itinerary

Brockway Mountain Drive is one of the best places to see Michigan Fall colors

10-Day Michigan Upper Peninsula Road Trip Intinerary If you never thought of the UP for spectacular Fall foliage, you should Growing up in Lower Michigan, I’d heard about the Upper Peninsula’s legendary natural beauty, especially in Fall when the forests, which make up 84% of the region, are a kaleidoscope of color. Still, as far […]

How to Take Silhouette Photos You’ll Love

Buddhist Temple in silhouette at sunset.Old Bagan, Myanmar,

Photos composed using silhouettes are shrouded in drama, mystery, and more than a drop or two of romance. I love silhouette pictures for what you don’t see as much as for what you do; It’s the lack of light that ignites the imagination. It isn’t hard to take silhouette photos; it just takes an understanding of […]

What Clothes to Wear in the Great Bear Rainforest Packing List

An ivory-colored Kermode "Spirit" bear standing in a stream in British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest hunting for salmon

Nothing is worse than going to an amazing destination like Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest only to realize you didn’t pack the right clothes to wear. A good packing list can make the difference between a great vacation and life raining on your parade, but no worries. I’ve put together just what you need. What is […]

How to Start Traveling Alone For the First Time Successfully

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Congratulations! You’ve decided to start traveling alone for the first time. That’s awesome! You won’t regret it. You’re probably thinking, now what? Where do I go? How do I go? No worries, I’ve got you covered.  I have a few suggestions to help get you started so that you’ll be sure to travel successfully. First, […]

Make Smorgasburg NYC Your Next Foodie Adventure

Smorgasburg

Updated June 2021 What Does Smorgasburg Mean? An urban take on the concept of a smorgasbord ( a buffet of a variety of foods and dishes), Smorgasburg is a popup festival each weekend with an array of unique food vendors serving their delicious, gourmet spin on global cuisines. Sundays, 11 am – 6 pm. Yes, […]

10 Incredible Experiences in Hawaii Learning From a Local

Looking into the multi-colored crater of the Hualalai Volcano. One of the cool experiences in Hawaii led by a local

Sunny, a resident of Hawaii, recently penned a great piece 7 Wonderful Places to Stay in Hawaii With Unique Character. I asked her to follow up with some amazing experiences you’ll be sure to enjoy. ~Susan By Sunny Fitzgerald If you’re looking for cool experiences in Hawaii, look beyond the most popular, often overcrowded sites […]