In all of this, one thing that I have found to be consistent is my passion for travel. I am so grateful that I had the ability to experience all that I have so far whether it be alone, with the people I love, or even with people just there for the moment. Travel when you…
I have always heard that Palawan, with its picturesque lagoons, secret beaches, and the UNESCO World Heritage Underground River, is one of the most beautiful islands not just in the Philippines, but in the world!
Some people think of San Diego mostly as a “Day-Time” city, and with perfect sunny weather, beautiful urban parks, and many pretty beach neighborhoods it’s easy to see why. San Diego really does look gorgeous in the daylight! I work in downtown and now that it’s finally the darker half of the year (I do…
Located in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter, the Bourbon Orleans Hotel is a haven for luxury, history, and even a few restless spirits!
Mexico City is one of the most culturally significant, diverse, and fun cities in the world with plenty going on! Here are just a few things you will experience when you visit Mexico City:
There are SO MANY delicious places to eat in CDMX that your biggest problem will be deciding which one to go to.
The grand and stately Villa Montezuma. Built for musician, writer, and Spiritualist, Jesse Shepard in 1887, it was coined the “Palace of the Arts,” a place made for art, music, and literature.
I found myself on I ended up at the Museum of Death.
“Food Heaven” is a real place and it’s called Tokyo! It would take a lifetime to enjoy all the delicious food that Tokyo has to offer but it’s one I am most willing to give!
Kimono, wishes in shrines, Machiya, Matcha, Monkeys, In three days we fell in love with beautiful Kyoto!
The first island we explored on our Polynesian honeymoon and why we fell instantly in love with it: the culturally rich Opunohu Valley.
Tahiti for our honeymoon. It was truly one of the most memorable trips we have ever taken.
When your screen saver comes to life. Bungalow life is good!
San Diego’s oldest surviving structure, The Davis-Horton House. Is it haunted? Come in and find out!
This was one of the best days we spent on our trip to French Polynesia. Tanoa loves his island so much, and it is obvious that the island loves him back!
Comic Con invades my hometown every Summer and it’s hard not to get caught up in the hoopla ! Check out the fun!
Exploring good eats and cultural treats in Buffalo, NY.
Seeing the many photos, travel channel specials, and blogs featuring Niagara Falls made me believe that I’d “seen it” but I was wrong.
So, was waiting in line under the hot, humid Texas sun for six and a half hours for some brisket really worth it?
Instead of just driving myself 100 miles straight to Mankato, I took the opportunity to have a solo adventure in the Twin Cities .
Filled with history, natural beauty, and rich culture, Here is my list of the top things you should do while in Oahu:
For the past few months, a huge chunk of my time has been occupied with…wedding planning! Yep, your favorite little San Diego adventurer got hitched !
“Every girl who could have the power, will have the power. Can stand up, will stand up. Slayers, every one of us. Make your choice. Are you ready to be strong?” -Buffy. The iconic television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer made it’s debut 20 years ago this month, and this…
Huge thanks to Miriam Hurdle from The Showers of Blessing Blog for nominating me for this Blogger Recognition Award.
The Travel Whispers Blogger Challenge was created by Stephanie Fox and was designed to make bloggers reflect on the best moments of 2016 while looking forward to the travel goals in 2017. It’s a great way to be inspired by fellow bloggers and connect. #TravelWhispers.
You inspire me to be better and for that I am very grateful! I hope you have a happy 2017 filled with infinite blessings , good fortune, and LOTS of adventure!
There is an adorable historic Bed and Breakfast Inn located smack dab in the middle of Main Street in Julian. You will love this cozy, charming Inn!
“Getting caught up in things is easy in New York City. You start out doing one thing then next thing you know you’re saying, ‘Here take my kidneys!’ ” -Matt Powell.
The Madonna Inn is the cutest most whimsical place I ever stayed. If you love being surrounded by romantic ambiance, pretty things, and the color pink, this place will surely tickle your fancy.
Have you ever been to the mysterious Winchester House in San Jose, CA? Pay the spirits a visit on your next trip!
This weekend I took my favorite extraterrestrial (aka my dad) to the inaugural Alien Con ! It was definitely an otherworldly experience!
Check out the Whaley House in Old Town San Diego this Halloween! In October they host a few special events that will definitely get you into the spirit of Halloween.
October 11, 2016. That date is one for the history books in my little world because that was the day I got invited to The White House and met the First Lady of the United States. Crazy, right?
Northern Ireland did not often come up on my travel radar, but while doing some family genealogy research, I came across some info that piqued my interest and prompted a visit!
“New Orleans is simply incredible. The food, the music, the people, how well we throw a party. Here’s to you, Big Easy, and your absolute refusal to drown.”
Magical, alluring, and mysterious! I think it’s safe to say that the bayous and NOLA cast a spell on me that I never want to be free from.
Wicklow Mountains National Park is a great place to relax, explore, and be inspired. The romance and tranquility that you find there is worlds away. Do not miss it on your visit to Ireland!
On this last visit to my dad’s hometown, I had some time to myself to catch the sunrise and snap some photos of things I think make this town so special.
Packed with history, lively pubs, and great music, Ireland’s capital is a good place to start your first adventure in The Emerald Isle.
Being a history geek you can imagine the excitement and anticipation I felt at getting to visit Newgrange and the Hill of Tara. And no, just seeing it was not enough. I had to be inside of it too of course.
A good set of photographs are my favorite souvenirs to bring home from my travels. But what if you are traveling alone with no one to help you take your photo?
There is no way to fit the amazingness that is the Beaver State into a measly three day weekend, but we sure did try.
The Redwoods possess a majesty that once you have wandered among them, you long to get lost among them again and again.
Once upon a time in a land far from home, I hopped on a train with a charming prince and was whisked to one of the loveliest towns in all the land.
Seclusion, serenity, and four-wheeling. Sound like bliss to you? Then you need to put the island of Lanai on your list of places to visit ,and just.. get… lost. There is so much to see. All you need is 4X4 vehicle and a sense of adventure about you!
The bustle of the Royal Mile, the melodious sound of the bagpipe, the distinctive Scots accent, and the alluring taste of real Scotch Whisky holds a firm grip on my heart.
Haleakala crater is home to one of the most spectacular sunrises in the world thanks to the Hawaiian demi-god Maui, so beloved that the whole island is named after him!
Original architecture from bygone eras blend seamlessly with newer buildings. Come get inspired by the rich history of The Gaslamp.
On this last day of 2015, it’s only natural that I collect my thoughts into a blog post about how extremely grateful I am for all of the blessings I have experienced this year. I am privileged to say that it was one of my best years to date.
It’s always a good time to visit New Orleans, but if you are looking for a lagniappe of holiday cheer, December is a nice time to visit.
With it’s dramatic sunrises and sunsets, extreme temperatures, semi-isolation, and mysterious legends of aliens and the desert dwelling “Yucca man,” it’s easy to see why the desert is often associated with being a spiritual and magical place.
Unlimited delicious bites, music, a little bit of History, and unlimited event-themed cocktails and beer? Let the good times roll.
The indistinguishable skulls once belonging to real people that stared back at me, gently reminded me that death is a fate none of us will evade. Their remains rest there never to see the light of day again.
I was lucky enough to visit Stonehenge just a couple weeks ago and in so doing I turned what I thought would only be a daydream for me into a reality. It was one of the most awe-inspiring experiences ever!
The first ever KAABOO kicked off this weekend at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and I must say it was a great time. We couldn’t ask for a better venue or nicer weather, but what else do you expect from a city like San Diego? 🙂
Oh, London. The city I have always read, watched, and dreamed about.I felt as though I was in the center of the world; smack dab in the middle of some of my favorite movies and novels.
So, what’s my plan? I’m not sure yet. I’m just thankful for these little reminders that taking this hike made me remember.
I had an absolute blast exploring the Na Pali Coast via boat. If you love the ocean as much as I do, and you’ve got you’re sea legs about you (or some Bonine), hop on the first flight to Kauai, because this is definitely an adventure you will remember forever.
Kauai is home to some of the most amazingly gorgeous scenery in the world. Most of which is accessible only via boat, hiking, or helicopter tour. So is it worth it?
I dragged the guys off of the ritzy and glamorous Strip to the unforgiving terrain of the surrounding desert called The Valley of Fire, just about 60 miles northeast of Vegas. Good times were had!
f you can’t already tell by the theme of my recent posts, I really enjoyed my three day visit to New Mexico, The Land Of Enchantment. It’s a pretty amazing state, and I was pleasantly surprised at how much there was to see, and how much I would love it. Here are six reasons for…
White Sands National Monument in New Mexico is a uniquely beautiful place. The white sand dunes undulate for miles like sparkling waves. There is definitely something other-worldly about White Sands National Monument. Get out there and wander among the majestic dunes and see for yourself!
If you are in the pretty town of Santa Fe, definitely make this one of your stops before lunch.
This amazing cultural treasure is designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark. For over 1,000 years, the beautiful adobe dwellings have been continuously inhabited by the Taos Indians.
The moment you descend into the depths of the Carlsbad Caverns, you feel as though you are instantly transported into another world. It is something you MUST come and see for yourself and it will make quite the impression on you. Here is how to make the most out of your trip to the Carlsbad…
Sedona, with all of its majestic tranquility, is one of the most unique places to visit in the United States. The stunning beauty of the Red Rocks against the quaint town and abundant desert landscape quietly beckons adventurers from all walks of life to explore it’s natural splendors.
Days are getting slightly longer, plants are blooming, and Spring Fever is becoming contagious. One of the most colorful ways to welcome the Spring in San Diego is by taking a stroll through the Flower Fields at Carlsbad. This 50 acre botanical ranch offers some of the most amazing scenery, photo opts, and activities for all…
In New Orleans everything is celebrated, especially good food. No where else is the world will you taste the flavors of Creole and Cajun dishes quite like you will in their birthplace. Anyone who has been following my blog for a while knows about the immense love my favorite travel partner and I have for…
Some much needed downtime was scheduled for the team on our last day in Park City. While Cindy and Israel hit the slopes, Tim and I took a nice long stroll along the center of Main Street. I think it was during this walk that I realized, “OMG I’m at Sundance Film Festival!” I actually took in the…
Day 2 and 3 of our Sundance Adventure was a whirlwind of events that blended together! For my blog’s sake, I wish I would have taken more pictures and maybe some notes that would help me make this post more interesting, but when you are rushing from event to event your mind is basically on…
The first day of my FIRST time at Sundance Film Festival has wrapped and it was one crazy ride ! We started off at the ASCAP Music Cafe where we covered some performances by The Duchess and the Fox, Jamestown Revival, The Relationship, and Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts. We got access to the press area which…
How do you see some of the Nation’s most historic places for cheap in one day? You travel in the dead of Winter of course! Philly is a wonderful city with boundless points of interest and things to do. One day in Philly is not nearly enough to experience all that this amazing city has to offer. But…
There are very few worries that cannot be quelled by spending a few moments in the serenity of nature. Lately, I seem to have a fondness for escaping to the mountains when I crave some time to reflect. There is something about the high altitudes that seem to change my perspective and make me feel…
I wish each and everyone of you a new year filled with abundant blessings and pure happiness! The travel bug bit me pretty hard this year and the effect is lasting well into the next and probably beyond. My outlook on life, with all it’s unexpected twists and turns, has slowly metamorphosed this latter half of the…
As much as I hate to admit it, I can be a bit directionally challenged sometimes. So naturally, how I was going to get around New York was probably the biggest worry I had before I left for my trip. It turned out to be quite the adventure and I ended up with some funny stories…
You can’t describe New York City in one word! What I can tell you though is that pretty much everything they say about the Big Apple is true. It is one of the most diverse, liveliest cities in the entire world with a plethora of experiences waiting for you to discover. It’s true that if you…
In case it wasn’t obvious, Autumn is my favorite season. I love when it gets dark earlier and the weather gets a bit cooler. It’s true that here in San Diego we may not have an Autumn in the “traditional” sense like most other places, but I love it all…
The Queen Mary is purportedly one of the most haunted places in California. This luxurious ocean liner, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, sailed the seas from 1936 to 1967 and has carried everyone from glamorous celebrities, to royalty, and dignitaries. She has even served in World War II as a troopship transporting thousands…
“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than she seeks.” I visited Yellowstone National Park this Autumn with my family and we stayed at the Lake Lodge Cabins located in the park right by beautiful Lake Yellowstone. The Lake Lodge cabins were very nice and had everything I needed:…
Cebu City, known as the “Queen City of the South,” is the oldest city in the Philippines. Travelers here can see relics from the pre-Christian days of the Philippines and ruins of the first Spanish settlement, along side exquisite modern resorts on picturesque island beaches. Though our time in Cebu city was short, I feel like my…
We spent a day at the historic Villa Escudero Plantation, known as one of the best places to experience Filipino culture and history.
In the middle of the Visayas region of the Philippines sits Bohol, a little island packed with a ton of fun and unusual things to see. In the Bohol province you will find quintessential beach resorts with swimmers and sun bathers galore, geological wonders like Chocolate Hills, and a culturally enriching experience cruising along the…
There is nothing more relaxing than being on a beautiful island surrounded by the warm and inviting turquoise sea. Laying on the sand staring off at the horizon where the endless blue sky meets the vast ocean just seems to quickly whisk your troubles away and foster creativity and a positive outlook. I am so thankful that…
I had a blast at the Festival of Sail this year! Warning: My inner geek is coming out again. When I heard that the tall ships were sailing into the Embarcadero, I knew exactly where I was going to spend a good part of my Labor Day weekend. I MUST have been a pirate in another…
Mankato is an awesome town where you can find stunning natural beauty, rich history, and really genuine people. When you come here, you will totally understand the meaning of “Minnesota Nice.” I always feel right at home. This is why I can’t get enough of Mankato:
I will never forget my amazing trip to Italy. I definitely experienced a bit of culture shock and learned many important lessons. Here is a list of ten things I learned and experienced during my trip to Italy.
I know this is a bit late, but it literally took me almost a week to recover from the madness that was Comic Con 2014. It was surreal to me that I actually had a golden ticket to get into the biggest event of the summer.
Everyone knows that this is like THE summer event of the season. Anyone who’s anyone is like there…. Okay, that’s cool but I just wanted to see the hats!
The Serra Museum celebrated it’s 86th Anniversary yesterday! It was a fun, free event on a beautiful sunny Sunday with music, food, history, and fun!
I have always been interested in the history of the American Frontier region and had always wanted to go see Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial. The opportunity arose for me last year in the oddest of ways and I have to say, it was one of the most unforgettable trips I have ever…
A weekend getaway to San Francisco ! Who goes to San Francisco as a tourist and doesn’t see the bridge?!? It’s one of the Wonders of the World people, I need pictures and I need a lot of them!
No matter how many places I am lucky enough to see on my travels, my mind continuously wanders back to beautiful New Orleans .