Articles written by: Michael Ryan

Michael is a full-time musician and freelance writer residing in Morrison, Colorado. He enjoys downhill skiing, traveling and attempting to play golf. He excels in the sport of extreme napping so if you must call, make it after noon.

Why I Travel With a Coffee Pot (And 5 other things to bring while travelling)

Why I Travel With a Coffee Pot (And 5 other things to bring while travelling)

Why I Travel With a Coffee Pot (and 5 Other Things to Bring While Traveling) Sure I bring a camera, alarm clock, charger, phone and power converters but they are nothing of importance compared to that tiny little portable coffee pot I have learned to carry. The kicker is: I [...]

Best Vacations to Take This Time of Year

Best Vacations to Take This Time of Year

Any time of year is a good time to vacation but some are better than others. This time of year, the weather’s better, the prices lower and everybody else’s kids are in school. That means it’s time to head out and enjoy the weather and great deals. Did I mention [...]

Subways of Europe

Subways of Europe

No, we’re not talking about the great sandwich shops of the Continent. We’re talking transportation here, and Europe has mastered the art of mass transit for years. Here are just a few of the main subway systems to give you a taste of what efficient transportation (something alien to us [...]

Tour the Caribbean like Bond, James Bond

Tour the Caribbean like Bond, James Bond

If you’re one of those who prefer their Pina-Coladas shaken, not stirred, here are some tips on how to experience the Caribbean like Bond, James Bond. Don’t forget the tux. The Bahamas Bond loves the Bahamas, or at least the bad guys he’s chasing do. More Bond films and more [...]

8 Things You Must Do Before Summer Ends

8 Things You Must Do Before Summer Ends

It’s almost over and you haven’t done half of what you wanted to do have you? Well, you better get after it. Go to a Festival There’s still some left and the Jazz Aspen/Snowmass Labor Day Fest is one of the best-as long as you’re not expecting actual jazz that [...]

Dos and Don’ts to a Successful Flight

Dos and Don’ts to a Successful Flight

To some, a successful flight means you arrived alive. To others though, it’s the little things, like getting an extra bag of mini-pretzels that matter. While you can probably forget about that extra bag of pretzels, these other tips may help. Pack it in Do: Pack light is the theme [...]

La Fortuna, Costa Rica: 7 Reasons to Blow Off the Beach for the Jungle

La Fortuna, Costa Rica: 7 Reasons to Blow Off the Beach for the Jungle

Sure the beaches are great but how often do you get to break out your inner-Tarzan? Arenal Volcano Though it hasn’t been spouting ash or lava for a few years now, it’s still a volcano. With an elevation of 5358ft above the jungle floor it is quite impressive. Arenal has [...]

8 Bucket List Activities in Denver (if your bucket list leans toward cheesy)

8 Bucket List Activities in Denver (if your bucket list leans toward cheesy)

Sure, anyone can go to museums, zoos and theaters. It takes a special kind of adventurer to delve into the funky side of things. Although only one of these attractions is actually in the city of Denver, forcing you to drive just reminds you, it ain’t easy being cheesy. Casa [...]

6 Best Summer Ski Resorts in CO

6 Best Summer Ski Resorts in CO

You know the best thing about ski resorts in the summer? You don’t have to wear those damn ski- boots. You can still fly down the hill; you just do it on a zip-line, alpine slide or even an inner-tube. Here are some samples of what’s happening on the Ski [...]

Snorkeling Hotspots in the Caribbean

Snorkeling Hotspots in the Caribbean

Not all of us are quite ready to strap on the tanks and pretend to be Jacque Cousteau. Unlike diving, snorkeling is easy to learn, the equipment is cheap and drinking is usually involved. Mexico: Cozumel This Island just off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula has been a hotspot [...]