Smart Travel Tips

Sri Lanka: Best Kept Secret of the Indian Ocean

Sri Lanka: Best Kept Secret of the Indian Ocean

Are you ready to ride the back of an elephant across the golden sands of a pristine beach or traverse ancient ruins and temples that have been in a the world for over 3000 years? Do you dream of hiking through lush rainforest, sampling unique cuisine and exploring a land [...]

8 Tips for Ladies Traveling in Cairo

8 Tips for Ladies Traveling in Cairo

I was a young lady traveling in Cairo, Egypt once. I met many wonderful people whom I still keep in touch with, and experienced so many beautiful memories. Cairo is such a enchanting place to visit, and Egyptian culture is rich and ancient. But, if you are a woman traveling [...]

5 Travel Tips for the United Arab Emirates

5 Travel Tips for the United Arab Emirates

The heat from the Arabian sun is causing water droplets to form on my forehead as I walk in temperatures ranging from 90-110 degrees depending on the time of day. The United Arab Emirates is a beautiful land with lots of culture, but with that culture comes certain guidelines that [...]

Traveling on a Budget

Traveling on a Budget

Traveling the world is a dream for many. Yet few ever travel to more than a country or two. Why? For many, money is the biggest deterrent. Imagine if you could reduce the cost of your trip enough to make your dream destination a reality. When you envision this in your [...]

The Price of Good Outdoor Gear

The Price of Good Outdoor Gear

Repeat after me: Hi, my name is (___________) and I am a gear junkie. Don’t worry, gear hoarding and over-enthusiasm is a common issue.  Without generous people like us, where would all those deserving hiking pants, freeze dried crème brulee , and insulated water bottles live?  But…have you ever had that moment [...]

A Simple Guide for the Ultimate Florida Keys Trip

A Simple Guide for the Ultimate Florida Keys Trip

Oh the Florida Keys…such a magical sliver of paradise. Whether spring break, wedding/honey moon or just a good ol’ fashion getaway- you can’t go wrong with that string of island pearls. But alas, it can get a bit pricey. Under all that nautical bliss lays the gut wrenching “ching ching” [...]

When Pigs Fly

When Pigs Fly

There have been reports of a possible swine flu pandemic starting up in China and I couldn’t be more excited. The last time they warned everyone off due to the Swine Flu scare in Mexico in 2009, I had my best vacation ever. Let me explain. Back in 2009 the [...]

The Semi-Vegetarian Traveler: When To Indulge In Your Carnivorous Exploits

The Semi-Vegetarian Traveler: When To Indulge In Your Carnivorous Exploits

One day, at the age of 13, I decided to become a vegetarian. And I remained this way for the next 13 years. I became a vegetarian because of animal rights, but my reasons for staying veggie changed and evolved over the years; just as I changed and evolved over [...]

For Those Who Can’t Leave Their Pets at Home

For Those Who Can’t Leave Their Pets at Home

We’ve all seen it. The lady with the Chihuahua purse. As in, the lady who brings her Chihuahua everywhere, packing the dog inside of her purse. Whether or not this is you, humans have a unique relationship with their pets. A loyalty and trust is often built between the two, [...]

Travel Agents: Are There Really Any Left and If So, Why?

Travel Agents: Are There Really Any Left and If So, Why?

I am a travel agent. I don’t have a license, a certificate or even a secret decoder ring but I do have a computer with internet access. Of course, that means I’m also a doctor, realtor, lawyer and all around expert–in-everything, but that’s fodder for another column. Right now I’m [...]