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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

Polar bear walking in the snow

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 […]

Is an African Wildlife Safari Right for You?

An elephant holding a branch in his trunk standing in front of the vehicle where the camera is in Namibia

Updated May 2020 Who doesn’t want to go on a trip of a lifetime? The question is, what does that mean to you? If you’re looking for a spectacular, otherworldly nature and wildlife experience, then an African safari may a perfect fit. My first was in South Africa, but over the years I’ve safaried in […]

When in Need: A Little Something to Lift Your Spirits

adorable baby laughing

In a previous post, I talked about great organizations are providing a variety of exciting, engaging, or educational content for free to keep people from going stir crazy while sheltering in place as a way to remain connected to their audience. In this post, I’ve put together a mish-mash of content intended to lift your […]

Bored? Stir-Crazy? These Creative Organizations Are Here to Help

Girl looking out of a window with blinds

For the foreseeable future, the virus will dominate our lives, forcing us into weeks of social distancing and self-isolation. If you’re like me, you’re going a little stir crazy––there’s only so much Netflix a person can binge. And if you have young kids at home, the experience has got to be extra special. *She snickers […]

My Holiday in the Arctic on an Amazing Greenland Expedition Cruise

People soaking in the hot springs on Uunartoq Island in Greenland

I first fell in love with the Arctic during a polar bear walking safari in Northern Manitoba. From that moment on, I’ve been fascinated by the otherworldly landscapes, spectacular wildlife, indigenous history, and the inherent adventure of going to such a remote destination. My “In the Wake of the Vikings” Greenland cruise with Adventure Canada, […]

Great Things to Do in Canada’s Wonderful Winnipeg

The exterior of the Canadian Museum of Human Rights

I asked guest writer Meera Dattani to share some of her favorite things to do in Canada’s little-known, and highly underrated city of Winnipeg. The capital of Manitoba Province, it’s exciting, and one of the most culturally diverse in the country. Winnipeg is best known as the gateway for travelers visiting the Province’s famous polar […]

How to Go Behind the Scenes at 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 […]

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

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 taking a cold-weather vacation. Below, I’ve put together a list of essential categories for […]

11 Amazing Reasons You’ll Want to Go to 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 […]