Essential Antarctica Photography Tips: Creative & Practical

Susan Portnoy, The Insatiable Traveler, on a beach on South Georgia Island, looking at a baby elephant Seal

Essential Antarctica Photography Tips: Practical & Creative Creative and practical advice to make the most of your photos Photographing in Antarctica can throw you for a loop if it’s your first time. Inclement weather, shooting from boats, high-contrast conditions, and wildlife flying, swimming, and waddling is not your usual mixed bag.  On my expedition cruise […]

Is A Cruise to Antarctica Worth it? Yes! Here’s Why

Is A Cruise to Antarctica Worth it? Yes! Here’s Why My Epic Adventure visiting the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia & Falkland Islands Investing in a cruise to Antarctica is rarely a snap decision. It’s one of the most remote destinations, the world’s highest, driest and windiest continent, and even the best deals are a pretty […]

30 Breathtaking Views in the World Worth Traveling For

A stunning view of the mountains of Machu Picchu ringed with morning sunrise fog

30 Breathtaking Views in the World Worth Traveling For Grab Your Notebook Now! 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 […]

10-Day Michigan Upper Peninsula Road Trip Itinerary

Brockway Mountain Drive is one of the best places to see Michigan Fall colors

10-Day Michigan Upper Peninsula Road Trip Itinerary If you never thought of the UP for spectacular Fall foliage, you should Growing up in Lower Michigan, I’d heard about the Upper Peninsula’s legendary natural beauty, especially in Fall when the forests, which make up 84% of the region, are a kaleidoscope of color. Still, as far […]

Packing Guide for the Great Bear Rainforest

An ivory-colored Kermode "Spirit" bear standing in a stream in British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest hunting for salmon

Nothing is worse than going to an amazing destination like Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest only to realize you didn’t pack the right clothes to wear. A good packing list can make the difference between a great vacation and life raining on your parade, but no worries. I’ve put together just what you need. What is […]

Make Smorgasburg NYC Your Next Foodie Adventure

Smorgasburg

Updated June 2021 What Does Smorgasburg Mean? An urban take on the concept of a smorgasbord ( a buffet of a variety of foods and dishes), Smorgasburg is a popup festival each weekend with an array of unique food vendors serving their delicious, gourmet spin on global cuisines. Sundays, 11 am – 6 pm. Yes, […]

7 Wonderful Places to Stay in Hawaii With a Unique Ambience

A colorful lounge at Kaimana Beach Hotel, Oahu. One of 7 unique places to stay in Hawaii.

A big thanks to Hawaii resident and travel writer Sunny Fitzgerald for penning this wonderful piece ~ Susan By Sunny Fitzgerald Although you’re probably not planning to spend much time indoors while visiting Hawaii, your accommodations will be your home away from home. So rather than opting for a cookie-cutter room in a towering hotel, […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]