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Pura Vida Costa Rica

Life is good. Costa Rica has proven to be every bit as wonderful as we remember, and we’re heading back to marriage equality in Washington State. Double win!

Costa Brava in Photos

There are few areas of the world that I love more than Costa Brava. Its the part of Spain north of Barcelona, all the way up to the French border. While the mountains in the region are spectacular, I particularly love the small fishing villages on the coast. They are some of the places that I just can sit and rest and relax in for day after day. Here are some of my photos from a recent trip.

Headed Back to Los Angeles Soon

And the question for me is what to do when I get there. My folks moved to just outside LA a few years back, so that is where I do my Christmas holidays these days. But I am not from there and don’t really have any friends there, so I asked around to my blogging friends to come up with a good list of things to do there (frankly, just to get away from my family a little bit, no offense). They can up with ten fun options.

Consider Namibia a Possible New Hot-Spot

There are few places in the world that I recommend more highly than Namibia. It has a lot more to see and do than you would think, especially because South Africa and Botswana get all the tourist attention in this area of the world. From great safaris to the unrivaled dunes of the desert, this is a location that deserves far more attention on the traveler’s agenda than it currently gets, for sure.

Over Shanghai

Zooming to Shanghai via high-speed train – 200 mph, yo! – we were buzzing from our hutong experience in BeijingContinue reading →

Happy in the Hutong

The smartest thing we did in Beijing was getting out of our posh hotel and moving into a traditional residential area. Sure, the fancy hotel had us about as close as we could be to the major tourist attractions, but it certainly didn’t give us an accurate feel for how the city pulses and moves.

Snap Judgement – 24 Hours in Beijing

Before landing in Beijing, China, we decided that – once on the ground – we’d pay close attention to our first impressions. Unfiltered first impressions.

There’s Something About Maui


As I write this, our time on Maui isn’t quite over, and we’ve already snapped hundreds of pictures. It’s overwhelming to sit here clicking through them all because it’s a reminder of how incomprehensibly magnificent and diverse this island is. Such a small place yet so much to see, do and experience.

Pure travel porn.

The Ultimate Train Challenge is Ready for… You!!

This is the announcement that I have been ready to make for months now. The Ultimate Train Challenge was one of my travel highlights in 2011. Lisbon to Saigon — 15,000 miles — all on trains. From the response and encouragement from people during and after that journey, I decided to open it up for anyone else to participate. So, come read about the amazing things you can win by participating, the great sponsors, the fun parties, and the challenge of a lifetime. Thanks!

Up for an African Safari Adventure

Its been way, way too long since I went to Africa. 2009 to be exact. I have promised myself that 2013 will be the year that I get back there and explore. There are so many reasons I can’t wait to get back there, but the animals are right up at the top of the list. They are the most unique creatures you will run into anywhere on the planet and well worth your time and money, just to see them. It is awe inspiring to be in their presence.

The Beauty of Seville in Photos

The first time I got a chance to see Seville, I knew I was going to love it. I have developed a love affair with Spain this year, and Seville is simply one of those cities that I adored from the moment I laid eyes on it. The beauty of the place is plain to see — and the food is fantastic also. Close to Madrid, it should be on the list of anyone that visits Spain.

Time for Some Beach Bars in Europe?

I’ve been in Europe for most of this year and I’m finding that the places have been liking the most are near the coast. There is something about being near the water that just seems to keep me calm and cool, in spite of some of the scorching heat. But let’s face it, one of the other reasons I love coastal spots is that is where the best bars are located. Here are five of my favorites in Europe.

Washington DC Keep it classy!

I really liked Washington DC. I mean, what is there NOT to like? The place is OOZING with history. But by the end of our road trip, I just felt this gaping hole without Shaun. These were places we said we would explore together – just like Chicago. We were looking forward to being museum nuts together. We were going to take silly pictures in front of monuments together.

Awesome Adventures – The Olympics

Last year, we decided to – from time to time – highlight some of our most spectacular past journeys under an “Awesome Adventures” heading. To qualify, the journey has to be the best of the best. There aren’t many.

So far, we’ve only gotten around to sharing details from our visit to Antarctica and our quest to see the Northern Lights. Today, in honor of our All American month and the London Olympics, there’s a new Awesome Adventure to share. Continue reading →

A Perfect (Food!) Day in Portland

It’s time for us to give Seattle a little air and, instead, do a some rambling on-and-on about our second favorite city. Portland, Oregon.

We used to live there, so this bit of Portland love is long overdue.

Don’t Be Trashy

When we were in Dubrovnik, Croatia – which we’ve waxed rhapsodic about multiple times here – there is one thing that really bothered us.

See, we’re not totally biased.

Photo Wrap Up of USA Road Trip

No better time than the beginning of our “All American” month AND the week of July 4th to do a photo wrap up of our three week USA road trip across Nevada, Arizona, Utah and Colorado.

How to Be a Happy Camper

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During this road trip, we’ve lucked out – so far – with top-notch campsites. While we’re not doing any backcountry camping this time around (that will come later in the summer), We’ve snagged some fantastic car camping sites that have been almost as ideal. Continue reading →

Minds Blown by Arches and Canyonlands National Parks

Heading out of Colorado for the last part of our camping road trip, we were exhausted and brain dead (but inspired!). So what did we do? We leaned even further into the madness by frying ourselves in the unrelenting sun of Arches National Park and forcing ourselves to explore Canyonlands National Park at sunrise.

Road Tripping with Our National Park Passport

Let the road trip begin!

We flew into Las Vegas and immediately set out on a small-scale road trip that will have us camping and exploring our way to Colorado. You know we can’t go too long without getting a hit of the great outdoors. So, by the time June rolls around, we’re eager to schedule some camping and hiking.

It’s Official, We’re Not Security Threats

We’re always excited to get back to our home base. This time, though, we were especially eager because we were looking forward to trying out our Global Entry Trusted Traveler memberships upon landing in the United States.

Last Friday Night (Dubrovnik Edition)

Our love affair with Croatia continues. So much so that – as was the case in Spain – we uncharacteristically became beach/water guys. I guess it’s that we wanted to experience everything. And when, last Friday, that included the opportunity to have our own private swimming/sunning spot for the day, we couldn’t pass it by.

What in the hell is happening to us? Continue reading →

Get Croatia on Your Travel Bucket List

Before even getting off the plane, we knew we’d like Croatia. Our short flight from Spain took place on a particularly clear day, and we could see the jagged, verdant coastline as we flew along it into Dubrovnik.

Staying Fit and Healthy While Traveling

Lately, we’ve been trying to keep things in balance because – as we’ve been saying – the travel dominos have started to fall. We’ve begun a string of travel that, interspersed with everything else in life, will have us on the move for a good chunk of time.

How to Barter Like a Guilty Tourist

We have vacated our dream rental apartment in Barcelona. As I write this, we’re sitting at the airport having a pre-flight, early morning cup of coffee. Yes, we’re back in the game with airlines and their nefarious ways. This time, with a real heavy-hitter, Vueling. You’ve probably heard of Vueling. It’s the airline that hasn’t met a fee it doesn’t like to impose.

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The Best Washington DC Memorial

For years now – with every visit to Washington DC – we tease it. Well, it’s now time to “put a ring” on our pick for the top memorial in this attraction-rich city.

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