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

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 will be a perfect fit. My first safari was in South Africa, but over the years I’ve safaried in Namibia, […]

Explore Greenland on the Ultimate Arctic Expedition Cruise

People soaking in the hot springs on Uunartoq Island in Greenland

Are you fascinated by otherworldly landscapes, spectacular wildlife, and indigenous history? Do you pine for the inherent adventure of visiting a truly remote destination? Then you’re in luck. Travel to Greenland on Adventure Canada’s “In the Wake of the Vikings” expedition cruise checks all the boxes and then some. Why Travel to Greenland? If you’re […]

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 […]

The Ultimate Guide: Visit the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island

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Whenever I am in Fort Myers seeing family, a visit to the JN “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge is always at the top of my to-do list. It’s a beautiful spot with walking trails, bike paths, an abundance of wildlife with over 245 species of birds.  Ding Darling is located on Sanibel Island, a popular vacation destination […]

Don’t Miss Churchill’s Astonishing Beluga Whale Migration

Beluga whale swimming in the Churchill River

Astonished, I am overcome with excitement. Following me are nearly a dozen snow-white beluga whales close enough to touch. As a rule, boats must stay at least 50 meters from cetaceans, but evidently, the belugas have no such regulations about humans, and I couldn’t be happier. When we set out, Lazy Bear Expeditions guide Jason Ransom […]

10 of the Best Africa Photo Safari Tours in the World

Lions heading toward a woman in a vehicle taking their pictureAfrican Photo Safaris

Do you dream of being a photographer in Africa, making amazing pictures of some of the most incredible animals in the world? One of the best and most economical options (relatively speaking) is to join a group on an African photo safari (tour) led by a professional wildlife photographer whose job it is to help […]

Use This Pre-Trip Checklist for Stressfree Travel

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Alexander Graham Bell once said, “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” It’s doubly true if you desire stress-free travel. It’s the little things you do beforehand that make all the difference on your journey. While I can’t guarantee you won’t hit bumps along the way if you follow this pre-travel checklist you’ll […]

Why the Zipline at Hunter Mountain is one of the Best in North America

View from the 1st Hunter Mountain Zipline

One of the most memorable experiences you’ll ever have is one that frightens you at first and then ends up being tons of fun. Such was the case with the SkyRider, the zipline at Hunter Mountain in New York’s Northern Catskills, the fastest, highest and longest zipline in North America. I hate the sensation of […]