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 […]

7 Wonderful Places to Stay in Hawaii With a Unique Ambience

A colorful lounge at Kaimana Beach Hotel, Oahu. One of 7 unique places to stay in Hawaii.

A big thanks to Hawaii resident and travel writer Sunny Fitzgerald for penning this wonderful piece ~ Susan By Sunny Fitzgerald Although you’re probably not planning to spend much time indoors while visiting Hawaii, your accommodations will be your home away from home. So rather than opting for a cookie-cutter room in a towering hotel, […]

Responsible Travel Made Easier: A Guide to Sustainable Hotels and Tours

Huge, skinny waterfall in Chang Mai, Thailand with people the size of ants at its base

Travel Responsibly: Think Sustainability After more than a year of confinement, humanity’s desire to travel is a volcano ready to erupt.  According to Longwoods International, 86% of Americans plan to travel in the next six months. That’s a lot of people! I have visions of crowds ala Walmart on Black Friday storming every major national […]

8 Cool Outdoor Adventures in Florida That Aren’t on a Beach

Our guide zip-lining over the canyon_courtesy of The Canyons Zip Line and Adventure Park, one of the cool things to do in Florida

Florida has a lot more than sand and surf! I asked writer Cheryl Rodewig, a resident of the sunshine state, to put together a list of great things to do where you’re free to forget your towel. ~ Susan Story and Photos by Cheryl Rodewig I’m not a beach person, so why did I move […]

11 Amazing Reasons You Should Visit Saba Island in the Dutch Caribbean

View from the lava flows on Saba Island

If you ask people if they’ve been to Saba Island (pronounced Say-ba), in the Dutch Caribbean, a municipality of the Netherlands, 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 tiny speck of a former volcano a […]

10 of the Most Unusual (Dare I Say Weirdest) Events in America

A portait of a man and woman dressed up as Shrek and Fiona from the movie

“It’s a festival where people compete to see who can toss a mullet the farthest.” “Is it alive?” I inquired a tiny bit horrified.  “No. No. No, She laughs. “It’s a dead mullet.” I was speaking to Nicole Stacey, a tourism rep from Pensacola. I’d asked if there were any unusual events in the city. […]