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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. It’s a dead mullet.” I was speaking to Nicole Stacey, a tourism rep from Pensacola. I’d asked if what interesting events in the city. (I was thinking something […]

10-Day Roadtrip: Michigan’s Glorious Upper Peninsula

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

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 as I was concerned, it was my backyard, and who wants to explore their own backyard? Oh the stupidity of […]

26 of the Most Breathtaking Views in the World Worth Traveling For

The mountains of Machu Picchu ringed with morning sunrise fog

What do you see when you imagine a breathtaking view? Wide-open spaces? An urban skyline? Sandy beaches or soaring mountains? Granted, it’s all in the eyes of the beholder but I think we can all agree that if someone says a view is one of the most breathtaking views in the world (and I don’t […]

Great Gifts for Travel Lovers They’ll Actually Use

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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 […]

Great Gifts for Photography Lovers

Susan Portnoy photographing in Peru on a boat

Updated November 2020 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.) The Best […]

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

Boats and the vancouver City Skyline from the marina

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

Wisdom From the First Nations “Ask the Grandfathers to help you,” said Old Hands with a crooked smile. I struggle with his suggestion. “Won’t it seem kind of selfish?”  The elder Shoshone Medicine Man thinks a moment. “Tell them you want to take pictures of our animals so others will be inspired to protect them,” he […]