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

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 winding paths and […]

Perfect 1, 2, and 3-Day Vancouver Itineraries

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 breathtaking view of 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 […]

37 of the Best Podcasts to Listen to at Home or Away

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I’m a huge fan of podcasts. I listen to them all the time — in the shower, on the subway, when I’m walking around New York City, and, of course, when I’m traveling. What’s great, is there are so many great podcasts to listen to across multiple genres, nowadays. I’ve compiled my favorites and I […]

The Best Road Trip Packing List For A Grand Adventure

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Thinking about a road trip now or in the future? I asked road trip veteran Carolyn B. Heller to compile the perfect road trip packing list. (If you’re new to road tripping, Carolyn’s Beginner’s Guide to Planning an Extraordinary Road Trip is a fantastic resource.) Stay Safe! What Kind of Road Trip Are You Planning? […]

A Beginner’s Guide to Planning an Extraordinary Road Trip

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Here we are five months into the pandemic, jonesing to travel and 2020 just won’t cut us a break. Leisure travel on planes, trains, and buses is risky, but the good ole fashion road trip is capturing the imagination of those intrepid travelers anxious to explore the world, albeit closer to home. With all the […]

How to Prepare for Traveling Alone the First Time

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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. First, to address the Covid-19 in the room. My […]