An Easy Visitor’s Guide: 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 […]

The Ultimate Visitors Guide to 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 and Bird Sanctuary 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.  The Ding Darling is located on Sanibel Island, a […]

Try the Thrilling Hunter Mountain Zipline for An Exciting Day in the Catskills

View from the 1st Hunter Mountain Zipline

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

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 too 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 […]

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: Immerse Yourself in 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 […]

Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia: For the True Crime Lover in You

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 […]