Are there really 1000 islands? And what constitutes and island anyway? According to Wikipedia ...
"To count as one of the Thousand Islands, emergent land within the river channel must have at least one square foot (0.093 m2) of land above water level year-round, and support at least two living trees."
Besides counting the islands, there are at least 13 other enjoyable activities to try out. Read More
We ate in awkward silence for many minutes, trying to ignore the desire to connect. She started playing with her phone and I suddenly felt cut off, technology putting up yet another wall between us. But instead, she expectantly turned her phone to face me, turning it back to herself once more before I could see, double checking what she was showing me. In the translator app on her phone, she had typed “Has someone told you you are beautiful?”
With one translator app, she tore down the barriers between us as if they were nothing but curtains. Read More
Making friends is undoubtedly harder the older we get. But friends make life last longer. Literally. An Australian study found the survival time of older people with a circle of friends significantly enhanced. Harvard showed that a large social network provided a protective influence on cognitive function. So really, it’s not only a fun way to travel, but healthy too. One of the best ways to make friends is to find something in common. Traveling in itself is already something in common with fellow travelers. Using that jumping off point and these handy tips, get ready to meet people, find new travel buddies, and make lasting friendships! Read More
Looking past the little propellers, the horizon seemed to blur with a fine gradient layer of brown-orange dust. A color, despite the makers of Crayola, I had never seen. Read More
Let’s give it up for the smile and nod. No matter what language you speak, or what awkward situation, the smile and nod can bring people together. Read More
Those that say “no matter how hard you try, you can never please everyone” have never been to Malta. Perfect for those with diverse tastes, Malta is the solution to any vacation destination desire. Read More
As I was reading through the many web articles listing the most inspiring travel books, I became more and more struck with the vast differences in each list and the sheer volume of books that exist about travel. Everyone has a story, and many of those stories are about travel; each traveler committed to self-discovery, enlightenment, and adventure. Maybe you may have heard of these books before (or seen the movies) so the synopses below are somewhat simplified. Check out the top 11 most popular books to inspire travel, wanderlust, and the search for happiness. Read More
To recognize a landmark is to be able to navigate through a city, drive across a country or sail on a sea. Landmarks can direct, attract, indicate, and symbolize an area, established to mark the boundaries of a kingdom or estate in the 16th century. City skylines can be well-known landmarks; who can forget the shape of the Space Needle in Seattle or the height of the Sears tower on the Chicago skyline? Landmarks can also be of a purely natural state, like the great Redwood trees of California or Devil’s Tower in Wyoming. In United States, there are several famous American landmarks, common backdrops to anything authentically American, that show the grit and resolve of the American people, that almost never were. Read More
I’m not afraid of anything. Especially doing things alone. Being my own dinner date sans book? Check. Taking myself to the movies? Easy. Flying half-way around the world alone? Simple. But I sort of hate it. Read More
We shoved the kayak with feet and paddles inch by inch towards the water. Finally bobbing and fully in the water, we thrust our oars into the bay with complete disregard for cooperative movement. After doing a few unintentional 360 perspective tours of the Cove, we figured out how to move forward together, and meet the rest of the group. Read More
The location of each of the foot-tapping ensembles in the ornate French Quarter seemed to be divided by radius of sound. No matter where in the Quarter one stood, no artist overlapped another, yet the music never seemed to end. Read More
Fort Henry and Rideau Canal. They're Ontario's only UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. That must mean it's boring right? Well, not if you go at just the right time. Check out our visit and learn about what Fort Henry has to offer. Read More
In Bello’s Cigar Shop in Little Havana, I admire the largest cigar I have ever seen with the appreciative gaze of one who values a fine art, as a hand rolled cigar is clearly art, regardless of the size.
“Is it real?” a tour participant asks the tour guide. “Can you smoke it?” he pushes playfully as only an American can think to derive pleasure from the destruction of something that undoubtedly took days or weeks to create.
“Yes of course it’s real. They made it to smoke the day Fidel Castro died.” She said with a certain distaste as she spoke Castro’s name that was distinct even with her strong Siberian accented English. “When he died, they had a big celebration in the streets here in Little Havana. They took the cigar out to smoke it, but they didn’t smoke the whole thing. That’s too much!” She laughed, a clear twinkle of pride in her eye. “My husband is Cuban,” She explained. Read More
Already turned away from the first restaurant with forearms tapping together in an ‘x’ across their chest, six of us tentatively enter the next restaurant. Relieved, we are welcomed by an old man, grinning with “irashai” (welcome), and waved to a table.
*This is the story I entered into the World Nomads 2017 Writing Scholarship Competition. Read More