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 Irresistible 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, the […]

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. […]

A Tale of a Crossing During the Great Wildebeest Migration

Large heard of wildebeest walking crossing the Mara River Kenya

If you haven’t seen a river crossing during the Wildebeest Migration in person, no documentary will ever do it justice. Trust me. It’s akin to trying to capture the enormity of the Himalayas in a photograph or the feeling of flight from a video. Crossings are unlike anything you’ve seen before. Each is unique and […]

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

A stunning view of 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 the setting has one of the most breathtaking views they’ve seen, chances are it’s worth […]

Why Gura Gear’s Kiboko Backpack is the Best DSLR Camera Bag

Susan Portnoy the Insatiable Traveler wearing a Gura Gear Camera backpack

I typically don’t write entire posts about a single product but when I find something I really love and use I like to share. Hence, my wet kiss below for the Gura Gear Kiboko 2.0 DSLR backpack. (I know what you’re thinking but this is not sponsored.) Finding the Gura Gear Kiboko DSLR Backpack Years […]

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 […]