Feb 172015
The Moment in Cuba That Opened Its Secret to Me

This is the last of my four-part series on traveling through Cuba, and in it I will share the shocking moment that revealed the dark side of the country. It all started in the town of Cienfuegos, on the very evening I looked out at the stunning sunset pictured below.

My travel partner, Oliver, and I were staying in a “Casa Particular,” a local Cuban’s home that is permitted by the government to take in travelers. As you can see [...Read More!]

Feb 082015
Do These Details of My Havana, Cuba Trip Surprise You?

As the possibility of Cuba opening fully to U.S. travel emerges, I keep thinking about my 2008 trip to that alluring island. Through these photos, let’s explore the surprises I saw in Havana, and what they suggest about Cuba’s future.

First on the list to change if Cuba opens is Havana’s waterfront, pictured above, with a close-up below of one house’s faded glory. “Ah!” a friend exclaimed when she saw these pictures upon my return to the [...Read More!]

Feb 022015
My Cuba Travels: The Most Beautiful, Little-Known Town

If you only picture Cuba’s beaches, Havana, and old fashioned cars when envisioning your travels through the forbidden island, you’re missing a stunner. I, too, didn’t know about the town which became my favorite during my 2008 Cuba trip, until my travel partner steered me there. I hope I can lure you to its beauty, too!

“Viñales?” I asked my Cuba travel buddy, Oliver. “What’s so special about that place? I’ve never even heard of it.” [...Read More!]

Jan 242015
I Traveled to Cuba! Here are the First Gorgeous Photos.

Cuba is one of my favorite places I have ever traveled, but I have never written about my 2008 trip… that is, until now.

You see, for the past 50 years, it has been illegal for Americans to travel to Cuba, except in rare circumstances. Finally, however, it looks as through the travel ban between Cuba and the U.S. will be lifted!

Once I saw the news that relations with Cuba were thawing, I immediately contacted my [...Read More!]

Jan 152012
Why Brazil is one of the Best Places on Earth to Travel

Ok, first, don’t worry, I’m not in jail.

That lead photo was from my first night going out in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The party my friend Marleny and I ended up at was “Cowboy and Jail-themed,” hence the fake jail.

You see, from the first day to the last day of our month-long travels through Brazil in 2005, Brazil surprised and delighted us. I simply have to write about it now, in 2012, [...Read More!]

Jun 042011
Short Term Classes: A Perfect Launch for Your Travels

Are you yearning to travel, but are fearful of the vast unknown?

Here’s a solution: start your journey with a two to eight-week class in the country from which you’d like to launch your travels.

Why? By starting your travels with a local class, you can get your feet under you in a new place. The moment you arrive, you will have directions or pick-up from the airport, housing, a group of new [...Read More!]

May 212011
Scary Sandboarding Down Giant Sand Dunes in Peru

Perhaps you’ve heard of snowboarding, and perhaps you’ve heard of surfboarding. Both activities are adrenaline-filled and frequently televised… but neither can match the feeling of sand in your underpants that you gain from a little activity known as SANDboarding.

Several summers ago, I lived in Peru and volunteer-taught with my Boston teacher friend, Gareth, in the fish factory town of Chimbote. We lived with the family that owned the school, and got along [...Read More!]