Is an African Wildlife Safari Right for You?

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Updated May 2020 Traveling is not prudent right now, but dreaming about future adventures is definitely worth your time. Who doesn’t want to go on a trip of a lifetime? The question is, what does that mean to you? If you’re looking for a spectacular, otherworldly nature and wildlife experience, then an African safari may […]

Great Gifts for Travel Lovers They’ll Actually Use

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Updated May 2020 If you’re looking for gifts for the travel lovers in your life, you’ve come to the right place. Every item is something I use and recommend to my friends and family. They’re products and services every adventurer will thank you for and actually mean it. (This post contains affiliate links. If you […]

Use this Winter Packing List and you’ll Never Be Cold Again

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It’s only been in the last couple of years that I’ve traveled in really frigid climates but visits to northern Manitoba where the polar bears roam and mushing in the Yukon quickly taught me the value of a good winter packing list whenever taking a cold-weather vacation. Below, I’ve put together a list of essential categories for […]

Stress-Free Travel is Possible: Start with This Pre-Trip 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 […]

The Everything You Need to Know Safari Packing List

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Packing for a safari requires thought, some colors are betters than others, there are seasonal considerations, luggage restrictions, and stringent weight limits on flights into the bush. The nuances are unique to safaris but are easy to mitigate once you have the information you’ll find below. Plus, to make things even easier, I’ve included a […]

How to Plan An Amazing Kenya Wildlife Safari

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You’ve been dreaming about going to Kenya wildlife safari. Good choice. There’s no better time to go. Kenya Airways now has a direct flight from New York to Nairobi, which means the usual 22-hour journey, including a layover, is now a 14-hour direct flight. Trust me, even though it’s still a long-haul it’s so much better than going […]

Kenya Airways Review: JFK to Nairobi Non-Stop

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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) direct flight from JFK in New York to Nairobi, […]

32 of the Best Podcasts to Listen to at Home or Away

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Updated: March 17, 2020 I’m a huge fan of podcasts. I listen to them all the time — in the shower, on the subway, when I’m walking around New York City and, of course, when I’m traveling. But, obviously, traveling isn’t in the cards right now, I’m self-isolating in NYC where great podcasts are a […]

Global Entry: Why It’s the Best Travel Investment You’ll Make All Year

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If you’re an international traveler and don’t have Global Entry (hence, a Known Traveler Number, you’re making travel way too hard. My membership is one of the best investments I’ve made…..ever. Does this sound familiar? A few years back, I flew 20+ hours from Asia. There were over 300 people who deplaned from my flight […]