Wildlife Tales (Photos): Discover What It’s Like on a Safari Game Drive

Lion stretching in at tree in the Masai Mara, Kenya, The Insatiable Traveler

The Basics of a Safari Game Drive Game drives are the cornerstone of a safari. They take place for three to four hours twice each day, typically around sunrise and late in the afternoon. Times when animals are more active. Unless you’ve arranged for a private vehicle you will share with other guests. Guides familiar […]

Free Safari Packing List: Everything You Need to Know for a Great Trip

Duffel bag - Safari Packing List

Packing for a safari requires thought, some colors are betters than others, there are seasonal considerations, luggage restrictions, and stringent weight limits on flights into the bush. The nuances are unique to safaris but are easy to mitigate once you have the information you’ll find below. Plus, to make things even easier, I’ve included a […]

The Most Breathtaking Views of the World Worth Traveling For

Sahara desert - morocco

Veteran travel writers cringe at the use of the word breathtaking: It’s to cliché, overused or as far as they are concerned, if something doesn’t literally take the air out of your lungs a writer shouldn’t use it. While I agree it’s a tad played out, it conveys exactly what it’s meant to. If someone […]

Photography Workshop or Tour: Which is Right for You?

Learn the difference between workshops and tours; what to expect, and how to find a photography workshop or tour that's right for you.

One of the best ways to improve your photography skills is to take a workshop with a pro. But workshops cost money, require commitment, and only provide value if you’re serious about learning. Is a Photography Workshop Right For You? Let’s start with a little Q & A to provide some context. What is a […]

UnCruise the Sea of Cortez: Don’t Miss this Great Small Boat Adventure

Sarah, our guide, snorkeling up toward the surface

Updated: December 29, 2019 “Here they come!” Racing toward us a huge pod of dolphins eager to ride the bow waves of our boat, their dorsal fins slicing through the Sea of Cortez like hot knives through butter. Propelled by the swell, they weave in and around each other with the deftness of a con […]

Smorgasburg NYC – A Delicious Weekend Foodie Mecca

Smorgasburg

On a lazy summer Saturday, my sister Lisa and I subwayed our way to Brooklyn’s East River State Park in Williamsburg to check out Smorgasburg, a popular hipster-ish food market (there were a lot of man buns walking around) I’d read about but never explored. It was part gourmet, open-air food market, part culinary crystal […]

Selinda Explorers Camp For An Unforgettable Botswana Safari

A lion peeking through some leaves

There are moments when the stars align and everything comes together and this is one of them. Above us, lounging in the crook of a sprawling jackalberry tree, an adult female leopard is bathed in golden light and to my delight, she knows how to work the camera. I can tell, it’s going to be […]

Celebrating the NYC Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival

No one would ever mistake Manhattan for being a touchy-feely city. People mostly keep to themselves and the pace can make even the most type – A personality long for a breath. But now and then a holiday comes along and the city softens. Crowds brim with laughter and smiles and the only goal is […]

Visit Eastern State Penitentiary: Al Capone’s Home before Alcatraz

Updated March 2019 If you’re like me, fascinated by the criminal mind, fading ruins, and history in its most infamous, Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia will make your day. It’s an icon of the world’s early penal system turned tourist attraction. You may recognize its cavernous cell blocks and post-apocalyptic vibe from the 1996 Sci-Fi […]

Marlon du Toit: A Life Spent on Safari Leads To A Career In Wildlife Photography

Marlon du Toit, wildlife photographer in Timbavati, SA

On a trip to Africa, my mission was two-fold: I needed to escape my A.D.D., a necessary evil if you want a career in Manhattan (Africa, I found, is one of the few places on earth I can truly relax and be present), and to improve my wildlife photography skills. I have a seemingly infinite […]