How to Swim with Whale Sharks in La Paz, Mexico (Video)

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The idea of swimming with whale sharks made me nervous. I wanted to desperately but the memory of my bizarre reaction to a spinner dolphin in Costa Rica a few years back haunted me, and I was afraid I’d humiliate myself yet again. I’d been completely and utterly irrational. I was in the water near […]

How to See the Big 5 in Kenya and So Much More

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The Big 5 in Kenya has drawn animal and photography lovers for decades. I’ve been to the country four times on safari and loved every minute of it, but on my most recent trip, I explored facets of the country’s culture and wildlife I’d never experienced before. Over 5 days, I spent time in Nairobi, […]

How to Plan An Amazing Kenya Wildlife Safari

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You’ve been dreaming about going to Kenya wildlife safari. Good choice. There’s no better time to go. Kenya Airways now has a direct flight from New York to Nairobi, which means the usual 22-hour journey, including a layover, is now a 14-hour direct flight. Trust me, even though it’s still a long-haul it’s so much better than going […]

Why Gura Gear’s Kiboko 2.0 Backpack is the Best 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 […]

Finding Comfort and Camaraderie on a Maine Windjammer Cruise

View from the bow of the J & E Riggin Windjammer Cruise in Maine. -Windjammer cruise in Maine-715620180706

Except for the gentle lapping of water against the hull, all is quiet and I am as content as I could ever hope to be. I’ve spent the afternoon dining on lobster with new friends, on a deserted beach no less, and now we’re being treated to a beautiful sunset. Susan Land, another guest — […]

Kenya Airways Review: JFK to Nairobi Non-Stop

The Windows on the inaugural flight of Kenya Airways JFK to Nairobi

When traveling to long-distance dream destinations, getting there is often a nightmare. Anything that cuts down on transit time is worth its weight in gold. I’m not one to write about specific flights or airlines per se, but as a self-confessed safari addict, Kenya Airways’ (KQ) direct flight from JFK in New York to Nairobi, […]

32 of the Best Podcasts to Listen to When in Isolation

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Updated: March 17, 2020 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. But, obviously, traveling isn’t in the cards right now, I’m self-isolating in NYC where great podcasts are a […]

Exploring a New City? Four Reasons You Should Go to A Dog Park

Dogs from different owners romp on the beach

First, let me file this under advice I never would have thought about before until I experienced it. While visiting friends in Berkeley a few years ago I found my way to a nearby waterfront adjacent to the Albany Bulb, an old landfill that has become a park of sorts. It was an early Saturday morning […]

Global Entry: Why It’s the Best Travel Investment You’ll Make All Year

Global Entry Kiosks

If you’re an international traveler and don’t have Global Entry (hence, a Known Traveler Number, you’re making travel way too hard. My membership is one of the best investments I’ve made…..ever. Does this sound familiar? A few years back, I flew 20+ hours from Asia. There were over 300 people who deplaned from my flight […]

Dive Into The Unexpected – Try Snorkeling in Alaska

Our group of 10 ready to hit the waves. -On an Alaskan Land + Sea adventure with Holland America, I went on a lot of exciting excursions. One of my favorites: snorkeling in Ketchikan.-IMG_3129

I’m trying desperately to pull on a 7mm wetsuit but it’s clinging to me like a surgical glove. We’d been warned it would take some effort but it’s so absurdly difficult that the other women in the dressing room and I can’t stop laughing. I’m convinced there’s a hidden camera and we’re being filmed for […]