What It’s Like on a Safari Game Drive

Lion stretching in at tree in the Masai Mara, Kenya, The Insatiable Traveler

The Basics of a Safari Game Drive Game drives are the cornerstone of a safari. They take place for three to four hours twice each day, typically around sunrise and late in the afternoon. Times when animals are more active. Unless you’ve arranged for a private vehicle you will share with other guests. Guides familiar […]

Cruising the Sea of Cortez on a Small Boat UnCruise Adventure

Isla San Franciscquito in the Sea of Cortez Baja Mexico

“Here they come!” Racing toward us a huge pod of dolphins is eager to ride the bow waves, 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 man’s shell game. One cheeky dolphin […]

Selinda Explorers Camp: Experience 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 […]

Swimming with Sea Lions? Absolutely! (Video)

Sea Lions swimming near Isla Espiritu Santos?

As the baby sea lions swim past me, banking, rolling, diving, zooming around in loop de loops like Hotwheels on a track, I am sure of one thing, even if this UnCruise adventure sucked (which it doesn’t), the trip would be worth it for this one hour. Los Islotes Near Isla Espiritu Santo We are […]

Visit Duba Explorers Camp for an Amazing Okavango Delta Safari

The fire pit on the main deck overlooking the bush - Duba Explorers Camp Okavango Delta, Botswana-978201

It’s mid-morning and I’m crossing the long, raised boardwalk leading to the island, my excitement building with each plank left behind. I’ve come to Duba Explorers Camp, part of the Great Plains Conservation portfolio, in the first half of an eight-day Okavango Delta safari and though I’ve been to Botswana before, I couldn’t wait to […]

Swimming with Whale Sharks in La Paz, Mexico (Video)

Whale shark under a wave

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 […]

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 — […]

Inspirational Images and Tales From 10 Years of Life-Changing Travel

Expired Passport_10 years of world travel

It was as if I was saying goodbye to a dear friend. I plopped my expired passport–the one that has traveled with me on all my adventures over the last 10 years—into the waiting envelope.  The time had come for me to give up my faithful, dog-eared companion. It was the end of an era; […]

The Thrill of Canada’s only Walking Polar Bear Safari

She’s walking straight at us. Her long, powerful strides putting her well within the 50 meters (164-foot) safety range. Even if I could run, what’s the point?  She could outpace me in seconds. I look down the line of fellow photographers to where Andy McPhearson and Rob Watson, two of our three Churchill Wild guides, […]

Behind the Scenes of a Rodeo and What Makes Canadian Cowboys Tick

I don’t think much of him at first. He isn’t big or even that muscular. He just stares at the ground, swaying gently from side to side. What’s so intimidating? He looks up, and I make the mistake of holding his gaze. He doesn’t like that. He doesn’t like that one bit. Instantly, I feel […]