An Easy Visitor’s Guide: the Cathedral of St. John The Divine, NYC

Updated: January 2019 At over 120 years old and the largest Cathedral church in the world, St. John the Divine was on my “explore” to-do list for some time. Over the years, it’s hosted dignitaries such as Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, and the Dalai Lama. Sting held a concert there for the launch of his […]

Great Gifts for Photography Lovers

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Do you have a photography lover on your gift list? I’ve compiled some of my favorite products and services any photographer will love. Promise. (This post contains affiliate links. If you buy products using the links below, I receive a small percentage of the sale with no cost to you.) Table of Contents The Best […]

Great Gifts for Travel Lovers They’ll Actually Use

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Updated November 23, 2019 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 […]

Use this Winter Packing List and you’ll Never Be Cold Again

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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 Amazing Reasons You’ll Want to Discover Saba Island

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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

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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 with over 245 species of birds.  The Ding Darling is located on Sanibel Island, a […]

Don’t Miss Out on Churchill’s Incredible Beluga Whale Migration

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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

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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 […]

Enjoy Easy Stress-Free Travel: Get Ready with This Pre-Trip Checklist

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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 Thrilling 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 […]