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Exploring South Africa With My Teenage Daughter

Posted by on November 3rd, 2023

Sometimes it seems almost impossible to get all five members of my family (me, my wife Carly, and our three kids) on an international trip together because somebody has a conflict with soccer, dance, summer camp, a piano recital, or something else.  So I decided I’m going to take a different strategy and pick off… Read Full Post

Africa’s Northern Five

Posted by on October 24th, 2023

I will never forget the first wild animal I ever saw in Africa. Seventeen years ago in Tanzania, we were only about 30 minutes outside of Arusha, our arrival city, when a zebra appeared just off the side of the main road. There was much excitement and pointing and our poor guide had to pull… Read Full Post

What to Expect on a 6-Day Cruise in the Western Galapagos

Posted by on October 23rd, 2023

Sea lions and giant tortoises and marine iguanas, oh my! The Galapagos conjures images of bizarre creatures and windswept volcanic shores. It is this and so much more. As the archipelago is a protected national park, the best way to explore is to take a small ship cruise with a naturalist guide. In July ’23… Read Full Post

Elusive Northern Wildlife: What You May See on an Arctic Cruise

Posted by on October 20th, 2023

The Arctic, situated at Earth’s polar north, is a land of vast ice and snow. An Arctic cruise will take you through drifting pack ice to see massive frozen walls and calving glaciers. It will also give you an opportunity to spot unique and magnificent wildlife. You likely won’t see teeming animal throngs the way… Read Full Post

The Sensation of Tasting Top Pastry Chef in the World’s Confections at Nuema in Quito

Posted by on September 4th, 2023

Have you ever closed your eyes while chewing to fully immerse yourself in flavor? Have you spent hours watching documentaries with sultry slow-mo shots of top chef’s creations? Has food ever made you laugh, cry, or shout out in sheer delight? If you answered yes to any of these questions, and you are planning a… Read Full Post

Jaguar Spotting in the Pantanal: South vs. North

Posted by on July 13th, 2023

Intro Perhaps one of the best-kept wildlife secrets in South America is the Pantanal of Brazil. Often referred to as a “Brazilian safari,” there are 2 main regions in the Pantanal where it is possible and even common to see jaguars in the wild, as well as many other beautiful species. I was lucky to… Read Full Post

Hiking Machu Picchu: Huayna Picchu and Huchuy Picchu

Posted by on April 29th, 2023

Located high in the Andes Mountains, overlooking the Urubamba River and surrounded by steep mountains, Machu Picchu is a testament to the architectural achievements of the Inca. It is recognized as one of the most important cultural sites in the world and has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site as well as one of… Read Full Post

Top 7 Reasons For a Private Galapagos Yacht Charter

Galapagos yacht charter and sea lion

Posted by on April 25th, 2023

The Galapagos Islands are a rare and special place in the world. Not only are they home to unique species of wildlife and exotic landscapes, but they are also the ideal place to charter a yacht and explore this archipelago with your family or a group of friends. Here are our top 7 reasons why… Read Full Post

Flying to Antarctica (Without the Drake Passage): My First Journey to the 7th Continent

Posted by on April 24th, 2023

As I stood on the windswept tarmac in Puna Arenas, Chile, I felt nervous yet wasn’t sure why. Anticipation and excitement, yes. But, as a seasoned traveler, anxiety is not something I typically experience before getting on a plane. Perhaps it was not knowing exactly what to expect. Or having to be prepared to change… Read Full Post

Cartagena, Colombia: Crown Jewel of the Caribbean

Posted by on April 11th, 2023

This beguiling city has a way of getting under your skin and beckoning you to return again and again. Cartagena has cast such a spell on me that even as I am just now unpacking my bags from my second visit, I am left yearning to return. Like a book you want to re-read with… Read Full Post