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We spent a lovely four days at the tail end of our recent trip through South Africa exploring Capetown and it’s environs. Though our stay began with a misstep, it resolved itself with beautiful scenery and delicious decadence.  We intended to hire a car immediately and drive to our first destination- Gansbaai, the Great White Read More


Thailand: Buddhism and Conservation

I recently traveled to Thailand for my third and final Earth Expedition, as part of my master’s coursework for Miami University’s Project Dragonfly. The course explored the ways in which religion and science can not only coexist but frequently benefit each other, and looked for ways to apply Eastern concepts to Western practices.  Last year’s Read More


For our first venture into the wonderful world of Celebrity, we took a 7 day cruise through the Caribbean on the Equinox. We had high hopes for this brand, expecting lots of higher-end food and who knows what else. basically, we just wanted to experiment with another line and see how it stacked up.  We Read More


Disney World for the completely clueless

This post is for the truly clueless; those of us that have heard about but never experienced the wonderful world of Disney. The last time I visited Magic Kingdom, I was four years old and still remember it fairly clearly. This reminiscing is the extent of the research we did prior to visiting four parks Read More


Alaska and British Columbia cruise from Seattle

Alaska has been beckoning since we went over 10 years ago, and we returned this time as passengers on the Norwegian Jewel with our toddler. We flew into Seattle, arriving at the Olive 8 late in the evening following our red eye from New York. Usually, these late flights work in our favor with the little one Read More


I recently returned from two weeks in Mumbai, Pune, and the Western Ghats as part of an Earth Expedition about Spiritual Ecology. Among other things, this trip really made me think about trust, and how or when to let go of control. Here are some examples: I only had one day in Mumbai, which I decided to Read More


Last time we went to Las Vegas as a couple, we did it in style- One-two punch of Cirque du Soleil’s “Love”, then poolside seats to “O”. Vegas Uncorked and Dinner at Twist. Helicopter over the strip for lunch in the Grand Canyon. This time around, we brought our two-year-old, and Vegas looked very different. Here Read More


Five days at Atlantis- Nassau for families

We have been to Nassau numerous times in our past life, but this time was different, in a completely surprising way. When I worked on cruise ships, we used to visit Nassau almost every week. I would usually go to Dunkin’ Donuts, maybe taxi over to Atlantis’s casino, and that was about it. When visiting Nassau Read More


The Travel-Happiness Equation

We are lucky enough to travel more often most people would dream to (except for the readers of this blog, of course). Having returned from two weeks in Spain and Italy just a week ago, I feel spoiled to say that this “Trip of a Lifetime”  felt lackluster at times. How is this possible? While driving back to Read More


For our two week sojourn on the Norwegian Sun, our sights were firmly set on the destinations, not the on-board experience. For the sake of this post, I will quickly recap the ship, but emphasize that this was a negligible factor in our trip planning. Reading cruisecritic, you would think that ocean water is slopping through Read More