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I’m a writer!

I’m a writer!

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Aug 9, 2013
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  I chuckle at that statement. I’m a writer. I even have a playlist on iTunes called “I’m a writer!” for those tunes that help me type. Yes this personal joke may sound ridiculous in my head but the proof is in the pudding…and by pudding I mean pages. For the past few months I […]

Walking Maasai – My Guilt Ridden Boma Visit

Walking Maasai – My Guilt Ridden Boma Visit

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Apr 23, 2015
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Walking Maasai – My Guilt Ridden Boma Visit While on safari in Tanzania I had the unique opportunity to hangout with a Maasai man and get a glimpse into their world. It was an eye opening experience, one that has left me with mixed feelings. Here’s why: Meet the Maasai Throughout Kenya and Tanzania I had the pleasure […]

5 Reasons to Choose Encounter Mara for your Safari

5 Reasons to Choose Encounter Mara for your Safari

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Apr 21, 2015
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5 Reasons to Choose Encounter Mara for your Safari  Tucked away in the Mara Naboisho Conservancy is the intimate and permanent tent camp Encounter Mara. As mentioned in my post on my 1st safari experience, Encounter Mara had the privilege and (not so) difficult task of setting the bar for my first safari. Although I was blown […]

My Safari Big 4 out of 5

My Safari Big 4 out of 5

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Apr 19, 2015
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My Safari Big 4 out of 5 I didn’t arrive in Africa with a list of things to tick off – except those on my bucket list of course. I had no expectations for my 1st safari experience and definitely did not have specific animals in mind that I had to see. This was of course […]

Experiencing The Serengeti Wildebeest Migration

Experiencing The Serengeti Wildebeest Migration

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Apr 17, 2015
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Experiencing The Serengeti Wildebeest Migration Visiting the Serengeti has always been something I had to do but I was never really sure why. I suppose on name power alone I was drawn in. Anyway, it wasn’t until arriving at Chaka Camp in the Serengeti (sort of) did I realize what makes it so special. The […]

Hunting Rhino in Ngorongoro

Hunting Rhino in Ngorongoro

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Apr 15, 2015
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Hunting Rhino in Ngorongoro Ah, the elusive rhino. Of the “Big 5” animals we had yet to spot the toughest of them all, and our time was running out. Although I wasn’t really counting, I did want to see one of these horny and odd animals in the wild. Our last day on safari had […]

Experiencing Tanzania from Chaka Camp

Experiencing Tanzania from Chaka Camp

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Apr 13, 2015
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Experiencing Tanzania from Chaka Camp After what felt like a week of travel we arrived in Arusha. We had just spent 3 relaxing days in our sleepy banda at Kizingo Lodge on the Island of Lamu in northern Kenya and already felt drained. Travel will do that. Ironic as Chaka Camp, our Tanzania Safari home, […]

The Crabs of Lamu

The Crabs of Lamu

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Apr 10, 2015
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The Crabs of Lamu Although Lamu Island was void of tourists while we were visiting, we definitely weren’t alone. Minutes after enjoying my morning coffee and swaying in my awesome Kizingo Lodge swing bed I spied a donkey grazing around the corner. I quickly grabbed my camera and I made my way to the exit […]

No Cars Go – Visiting Lamu Town

No Cars Go – Visiting Lamu Town

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Apr 8, 2015
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No Cars Go – Visiting Lamu Town Imagine a town with streets so narrow no car can pass. Pretty amazing right? No honking, pollution, or road rage. No parking tickets, fender benders, or traffic. Where does this car free utopia exist? Lamu Town on the island of Lamu in northern Kenya. What makes visiting Lamu […]

Shark Bait: Swimming with Dolphins in Lamu

Shark Bait: Swimming with Dolphins in Lamu

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Apr 6, 2015
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Shark Bait: Swimming with Dolphins in Lamu “Alright chaps, over we go.” With that Kizingo Lodge owner Louis was gone. We had traveled 40 minutes or so in large swells to a tiny rock in the middle of the Indian Ocean to swim with dolphins in Lamu, and no one moved. On the ride over Louis […]

Downtime on Lamu – Kizingo Lodge Review

Downtime on Lamu – Kizingo Lodge Review

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Apr 3, 2015
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Downtime on Lamu – Kizingo Lodge Review After a super stressful time eating three-course meals, seeing all the animals, and taking frequent cat-naps at the wonderfully awesome Encounter Mara safari camp it was time for some much-needed rest. Clearly I am writing this now with a sarcastic pen but when I booked my trip to […]

My 1st Safari Experience

My 1st Safari Experience

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Apr 1, 2015
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My 1st Safari Experience For my very 1st Safari experience I had no expectations. I had no set goal of seeing “big five” anything or whether my tent would be lion proof or not. In doing so I could be easily impressed by what was to come. This was evident on the short drive from […]

Roam Mobility Review – Connected South of 49

Roam Mobility Review – Connected South of 49

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Mar 30, 2015
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Roam Mobility SIM Review – Connected South of 49 With my recent month long+ trip through the States I had the opportunity to test out Roam Mobility, a USA and Mexico SIM card provider based out of Richmond BC. With the need for reliable and affordable data connection I was more than happy to take this […]

The Best Travel Photo Series on the Interwebs

The Best Travel Photo Series on the Interwebs

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Mar 27, 2015
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The Best Travel Photo Series on the Interwebs With my year+ long trip comes the unique opportunity to share some images and stories from around the world. Over pizza and beer before leaving Vancouver I brainstormed with friends for a travel photo series to share while on the go. It had to be something fun, on-brand, […]

What to do with 8 hours in Rome

What to do with 8 hours in Rome

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Mar 25, 2015
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What to do with 8 hours in Rome As mentioned in my post on the Library Hotel and what to do with a short layover in NYC, I love me a good stop over. So much so that I consider them “Bonus Stops” and use them as a chance to see somewhere extra or new. […]

CHALET SUZANNE: The forgotten gem of Lake Wales

CHALET SUZANNE: The forgotten gem of Lake Wales

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Mar 23, 2015
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CHALET SUZANNE: The forgotten gem of Lake Wales Shaun and I spent a few weeks earlier this year visiting my parents in their snowbird home – Lake Wales, Florida (with stops in Nashville, Louisville and Key West). Lake Wales is a sleepy little town in central Florida about 1.5 hours south of Orlando – and the […]

Unique New York – My Short Layover in NYC

Unique New York – My Short Layover in NYC

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Mar 20, 2015
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Unique New York – My Short Layover in NYC New York City has so much to offer visitors. From Broadway shows to world-class museums and famous sites seen in film and television time and time again, there is much to see and do. With a recent stop over I had intended to document my short layover […]

Getting Busy in NYC – Library Hotel Review

Getting Busy in NYC – Library Hotel Review

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Mar 18, 2015
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Getting Busy in NYC – Library Hotel Review I love a good layover. What many perceive as an annoyance I see as an opportunity to see somewhere extra or somewhere new. If long layovers were branded as “Bonus Stops” maybe more people would see this. Anyway, I recently planned one of these “Bonus Stops” for […]

Why I Decided to Live in Cape Town

Why I Decided to Live in Cape Town

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Mar 17, 2015
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Why I Decided to Live in Cape Town Big, fun, and exciting news people! I have decided to (temporarily) stop traveling and start living. No, I haven’t thrown in my travel towel or am too home sick to move. Stopping and living was always on the itinerary – to live in Cape Town was not. Time […]

Florida Eats

Florida Eats

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Mar 12, 2015
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Florida Eats – What a Month in the Sunshine State Looks Like. When I think of Florida I certainly do not think of it as a foodie destination, unless of course we’re talking giant smoked turkey legs at the theme parks, those are delicious. Sadly many share this thought – Florida eats not being the […]

Circa 39 Review – A Travel Inspired Hotel in Miami Beach

Circa 39 Review – A Travel Inspired Hotel in Miami Beach

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Mar 9, 2015
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Circa 39 Review – A Travel Inspired Hotel in Miami Beach Life is a trip, words that couldn’t be more on brand for this site and for a boutique hotel for me to stay at while in Miami. This inspirational quote (among many others) can be found proudly on display at Circa 39, a travel […]

Failing to Launch at the Kennedy Space Center

Failing to Launch at the Kennedy Space Center

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Mar 5, 2015
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Failing to Launch at the Kennedy Space Center Rockets are awesome. Space travel is amazing. The very fact that man walked on the moon is mind blowing. So why in the world did I feel like I was walking into a theme park at the Kennedy space Center instead of the historical facility that it is? I […]

Man vs. Florida Key Lime Pie

Man vs. Florida Key Lime Pie

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Mar 3, 2015
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Man vs. Florida Key Lime Pie Key West is Key lime crazy. As mentioned in my 6 odd things to do in Key West post, you can find Florida Key Lime in everything from chewing gum to cleaning supplies. Of course, catalyst of the the Key Lime rise to fame (and best way to eat them) is in pie form. […]

NYAH Key West – Not Your Average Hotel Review

NYAH Key West – Not Your Average Hotel Review

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Feb 26, 2015
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NYAH Key West – Not Your Average Hotel Review As the name suggests, NYAH Key West is self-described as ‘not your average hotel’. A bold statement that had me intrigued. While in town seeking out all the odd attractions in Key West and the best places to drink that don’t suck I had the opportunity to stay at NYAH Key […]

5 Unique Bars in Key West that Don’t Suck

5 Unique Bars in Key West that Don’t Suck

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Feb 24, 2015
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5 Unique Bars in Key West that don’t Suck There are more than a few bars in Key West. So many so that one would think drinking is Key West’s biggest attraction. It certainly is what people go there to do, even the likes of Ernest Hemingway. For five years in the 1930’s Hemingway split […]

Key Weird – 6 Odd Things to do in Key West

Key Weird – 6 Odd Things to do in Key West

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Feb 20, 2015
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Key Weird – 6 Odd Things to do in Key West Key West is an odd place. I mean it would have to be with a history built on ship wrecking salvagers and isolation. Today it is somewhat of a hippie haven, inhabited by those seeking out warmer climates and a laid-back life. Along with them comes the strange, […]

The 6-Toed Cats of The Hemingway House

The 6-Toed Cats of The Hemingway House

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Feb 18, 2015
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The 6-Toed Cats of The Hemingway House Ernest Hemingway was a superstitious dude. So much so that when he came across a six-toed feline in Key West he was convinced it would bring him good luck. With that thought he decided to surround his gorgeous Key West home with them. I’m not talking 3 or 4 “surround your home with them” […]

My 1st Impression of Key West

My 1st Impression of Key West

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Feb 16, 2015
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My 1st Impression of Key West “The bridge is ouuuuttt!!!” This Arnold Schwarzenegger line from his 1994 film “True Lies” rang through my head (and car) a couple dozen times while making the trek down the historic overseas highway. Ever since seeing this cool 7-mile bridge in that movie I have wanted to make my […]

5 Reasons to Visit Nashville Now

5 Reasons to Visit Nashville Now

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Feb 12, 2015
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5 Reasons to Visit Nashville Now Nashville is rad, and don’t people know it. In recent years tourism numbers to Music City are up, as is the desire for those to live there. When asking locals their thoughts on this sudden boom they all seem to point at the same thing – the vibrant music scene […]

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