11 Reasons Why Saba Island Should be Your Next Caribbean Vacation

View from the lava flows on Saba Island

If you ask people if they’ve been to Saba Island (pronounced Say-ba), chances are you’ll be met with a blank stare. “Is it in Indonesia?” one friend asked. “Are you making it up?” inquired another. I only learned about the Dutch Caribbean’s tiny speck of a former volcano a few weeks before my visit. And that’s […]

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, and over 245 species of birds.  The refuge is located on Sanibel Island, a popular […]

Stress-Free Holiday: Prepare with This Pre-Travel Checklist

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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 […]

Central Park in Fall – Best Places to See and Photograph Autumn Foliage

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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 […]

Holland America’s Alaska Land and Sea Adventure

View of the Eurodam from the Westerdam

I was embarking on the second half of my Holland America Alaska Land and Sea adventure—the “sea” portion of my journey––and I couldn’t help but gape at the 10-deck Westerdam rising above the Seward pier. In the cruise industry, the Westerdam is considered a mid-sized vessel and carries a maximum of 2100 passengers. For me […]

Kenya Airways Review: Direct Flights to Nairobi, Kenya From New York

The Windows on the inaugural flight of Kenya Airways JFK to Nairobi

When traveling to long distance dream destinations, getting there is often a nightmare. Anything that cuts down on transit time is worth its weight in gold. I’m not one to write about specific flights or airlines per se, but as a self-confessed safari addict, Kenya Airways’ (KQ) new direct flight to Nairobi, Kenya’s capital from […]

8 Reasons You’re Taking Bad Photos and How to Make Them Better

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How many times have you taken a bad photo, when in your mind’s eye what you imagined was wonderful? I’ve been there. I  knew what I wanted creatively but I wasn’t able to make my vision a reality. Or I was close to the vision but the photo was blurry, underexposed or blown out. From the practical to the […]

A Helpful List of Havana Do’s and Don’ts

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Visiting Cuba is an exciting adventure with Havana at the center of the country’s urban community. The city is a wildly photogenic destination with a remarkable history and welcoming locals. But before you hop on a plan check out my list of Do’s and Don’ts, you be glad you did. UPDATE: The recent changes to […]