Central Park in Fall – Best Places to See and Photograph Autumn Foliage

Central Park’s Gapstow bridge in autumn

Updated Sept 2020 If I could only visit New York’s famous urban respite once a year to make photos, I’d choose Central Park in Fall. In winter, New York is a snow-capped wonderland. In spring and summer, a flower lover’s delight. But Central Park in Fall is utterly magical. There’s nothing like wandering the park’s […]

Perfect 1, 2, and 3-Day Itineraries For Vancouver

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Whether you’re laying over or enjoying a well-deserved holiday, Vancouver never disappoints. A Day-by-Day Guide to Exploring Vancouver Story and Photos by Carolyn B. Heller If you like urban explorations mixed with time outdoors, Vancouver is your place. Western Canada’s largest city hugs the Pacific Ocean, with sandy beaches right downtown. The forested North Shore […]

Experience One of the Best Small Ship Cruises in the Great Bear Rainforest

A small tender cruising on a rainy day on a lake surrounded by mountains and fog in the BC Rainforest

Though traveling may not be in the cards right now, a little daydreaming for 2021 and beyond can’t be a bad thing. (If you’d prefer to jump straight to the logistical info refer to the Table of Contents above.) Wisdom From the First Nations “Ask the Grandfathers to help you,” said Old Hands with a crooked […]

37 of the Best Podcasts to Listen to at Home or Away

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I’m a huge fan of podcasts. I listen to them all the time — in the shower, on the subway, when I’m walking around New York City and, of course, when I’m traveling. But, obviously, traveling isn’t in the cards right now, I’m self-isolating in NYC where great podcasts are a blessing. If you’re looking […]

The Best Road Trip Packing List For A Grand Adventure

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Thinking about a road trip now or in the future? I asked road trip veteran Carolyn B. Heller to compile the perfect road trip packing list. (If you’re new to road tripping, Carolyn’s Beginner’s Guide to Planning an Extraordinary Road Trip is a fantastic resource.) Stay Safe! What Kind of Road Trip Are You Planning? […]

Smorgasburg NYC is Now “Smorg to Go” For 2020

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Updated July 2020 “Smorg to Go!” Yes, Smorgasburg NYC will return this year, albeit in a different fashion than the crowded weekend family-fests we’ve come to know and love, and that’s a good thing. Instead, New York’s favorite gourmet food festival is now “Smorg to Go“, and will be open for takeout-only. Debuting on July […]

A Beginner’s Guide to Planning an Extraordinary Road Trip

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Here we are five months into the pandemic, jonesing to travel and 2020 just won’t cut us a break. Leisure travel on planes, trains, and buses is risky, but the good ole fashion road trip is capturing the imagination of those intrepid travelers anxious to explore the world, albeit closer to home. With all the […]

How to Prepare for Traveling Alone the First Time

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Updated June 2020 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. First, to address the Covid-19 in […]

17 Awesome Things To Do In Churchill Manitoba

A group of visitors sitting in kayaks in Churchill, Manitoba Canada

Situated on the remote southwestern shore of Hudson Bay in Canada’s subarctic, is Churchill, Manitoba, population 900, give or take (50% indigenous). Surrounded by hundreds of miles of rugged wilderness, the only way to get to Churchill is through the capital of Winnipeg by plane, or endure a 40-hour train ride. Why should you care about this remote hole-in-the-wall […]

The Ultimate Guide to Polar Bear Tours in Churchill Manitoba

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Updated August 2020 When you think of polar bears, does Churchill, Manitoba come to mind? Never heard of it? You’re not alone. It’s a small, remote hole-in-the-wall town in north-eastern Canada, but for polar bears it’s the cat’s meow. The tiny hamlet (population 900) is one of the best places in the world to see […]