Winter Packing List for Cold Weather Adventures

Susan Portnoy dressed in a parkaSeal River Heritage Lodge-Manitoba -Winter Packing List for Cold Weather Adventures

It’s only been in the last couple of years that I’ve traveled in really frigid climates but visits to northern Manitoba where the polar bears roam and mushing in the Yukon quickly taught me the value of a good winter packing list whenever you take a cold-weather vacation. Below, I’ve put together a list of essential categories […]

11 Reasons Why Saba Island Should be Your Next Caribbean Vacation

View from the lava flows on Saba Island

If you ask people if they’ve been to Saba Island (pronounced Say-ba), chances are you’ll be met with a blank stare. “Is it in Indonesia?” one friend asked. “Are you making it up?” inquired another. I only learned about the Dutch Caribbean’s tiny speck of a former volcano a few weeks before my visit. And that’s […]

The Ultimate Visitors Guide to the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island

White Pelicans - Best Guide to the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island-061301

Whenever I am in Fort Myers seeing family, a visit to the JN “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge and Bird Sanctuary is always at the top of my to-do list. It’s a beautiful spot with walking trails, bike paths, an abundance of wildlife, and over 245 species of birds.  The refuge is located on Sanibel Island, a popular […]

How to See Churchill’s Incredible Beluga Whale Migration

Beluga whale swimming in the Churchill River

Astonished, I am overcome with excitement. Following me is nearly a dozen snow-white beluga whales close enough to touch. As a rule, boats must stay at least 50 meters from whales, but evidently, the belugas have no such regulations about humans, and I couldn’t be happier. When we set out, Lazy Bear Expeditions guide, Jason Ransom, […]

10 of the Best African Photo Safari Companies in the World

Lions heading toward a woman in a vehicle taking their pictureAfrican Photo Safaris

Do you dream of photographing wildlife in Africa? One of the best and most economical options (relatively speaking) is to join a group on an African photo safari led by a professional wildlife photographer whose job it is to help you make the best images possible. 10 of the Best African Photos Safari Companies To […]

Stress-Free Holiday: Prepare with This Pre-Travel Checklist

Stree- Free Travel Image

Alexander Graham Bell once said, “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” It’s doubly true if you desire stress-free travel. It’s the little things you do beforehand that make all the difference on your journey. While I can’t guarantee you won’t hit bumps along the way if you follow this pre-travel checklist you’ll […]

Try the Hunter Mountain Zipline for An Exciting Day in the Catskills

View from the 1st Hunter Mountain Zipline

One of the most memorable experiences you’ll have is one that frightens you at first then ends up being tons of fun. Such was the case with the SkyRider, the Hunter Mountain zipline in New York’s Northern Catskills, one of the fastest, highest and longest in North America Why was I afraid you ask? I […]

What It’s Like on a Safari Game Drive

Lion stretching in at tree in the Masai Mara, Kenya, The Insatiable Traveler

The Basics of a Safari Game Drive Game drives are the cornerstone of a safari. They take place for three to four hours twice each day, typically around sunrise and late in the afternoon. Times when animals are more active. Unless you’ve arranged for a private vehicle you will share with other guests. Guides familiar […]

Free Safari Packing List: Everything You Need to Know to Prepare for a Great Trip

Duffel bag - Safari Packing List

Packing for a safari requires thought, some colors are betters than others, there are seasonal considerations, luggage restrictions, and stringent weight limits on flights into the bush. The nuances are unique to safaris but are easy to mitigate once you have the information you’ll find below. Plus, to make things even easier, I’ve included a […]

Breathtaking Views Around the World Worth Traveling For

Sahara desert - morocco

Veteran travel writers cringe at the use of the word breathtaking: It’s too cliché, overused or as far as they are concerned, if something doesn’t literally take the air out of your lungs a writer shouldn’t use it. While I agree it’s a tad played out, it conveys exactly what it’s meant to. If someone […]