What Clothes to Wear in the Great Bear Rainforest: Packing List

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. […]

10-Day Roadtrip: Michigan’s Glorious Upper Peninsula

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

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 as I was concerned, it was my backyard, and who wants to explore their own backyard? Oh the stupidity of […]

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 […]

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 […]

Explore the Great Bear Rainforest on a Magical Small Ship Cruise

A breathtaking view of a small tender cruising on a rainy day on a lake surrounded by mountains and fog in the BC Rainforest

Wisdom From the First Nations “Ask the Grandfathers to help you,” said Old Hands with a crooked smile. I struggle with his suggestion. “Won’t it seem kind of selfish?”  The elder Shoshone Medicine Man thinks a moment. “Tell them you want to take pictures of our animals so others will be inspired to protect them,” he […]