Cheese Making in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is an incredible vacation destination with many relaxing and adventurous activities to take part in. From bird watching and white water rafting, to zip-lining and scuba diving, there’s never a dull moment in this country. However, when I travel it’s always the unique moments that are the most memorable and in Costa Rica that moment was definitely attending a cheese making workshop at a local farm near Chirripo Mountain. Our wonderful hotel, Monte Azul, specialized in creating delicious gourmet experiences and organized the entire excursion from start to finish. Read More ›

Eco-Friendly Travel in Costa Rica

Every year my family gets together at the holidays to take a trip somewhere fun. Last year we went to Antarctica and my sister got engaged, which was amazing, so this year we decided to do something a little lower key and a lot warmer! We all have very different tastes, so finding a location that has activities for all of us is always a bit of a challenge. Fortunately, Costa Rica fit the bill perfectly. There was amazing hiking, a ton of wildlife, beautiful beaches, scuba diving, and the freshest fruit I’ve ever tasted. There were a million more activities we didn’t even get to because we spent so much time just lounging by the pool, soaking up the sun. We decided to split our time between two hotels, with a couple nights up in the mountains at a beautiful eco-lodge called Monte Azul, and a larger eco-lodge by the ocean in Uvita called Rancho Pacifico, where we rented a three-bedroom, private villa where the whole family could stay together. Read More ›

Wildlife in the Amazon

Having visited both the Nile in Egypt and the Yangtzee in China, I couldn’t wait to canoe down the Amazon and cross the world’s three largest rivers off my bucket list. I’ve been working on a series photographing endangered species in their natural habitats for the last few years and was thrilled to finally have the opportunity to photograph the elusive giant river otter. I spent eight days in the jungles of Ecuador tracking a family of otters and seeing countless incredible birds, caiman and monkeys along the way. Read More ›

Wildlife in the Arctic

Bundled up against the cold gust of the Arctic wind, I stared out over the endless ocean of ice and fog in front of me, hoping the spot I saw in the distance was in fact a polar bear. After four days at sea on one of the foggiest July trips on record around Svalbard, we had yet to spot a polar bear. In contrast, the ship the week before had 18 sightings on their 12 days at sea! Read More ›

Wildlife in the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are infamous, with the name itself bringing to mind Darwin, evolution, blue-footed boobies, Lonesome George, and white sandy beaches with jet black volcanic rock. While in this beautiful country I had the opportunity to see all of the Galapagos wildlife and so much more. I highly recommend traveling through the islands by boat as there are only hotels and developed cities on two of the islands. I explored the country aboard the M/V Grace, operated by Quasar. The yacht itself is beautiful, having once been the private yacht of Princess Grace of Monaco (she took her honeymoon on it). Now the 18-person boat travels around the Galapagos and is available for group cruises (like we did) or private charter. The boat is very old-fashioned looking compared to some of the flashy yachts seen today, but it is really beautiful and very comfortable inside. The boat has two pangas which are used to go ashore, to go snorkeling, and for excursions into small caves and along cliff faces where bigger boats cannot go. Read More ›

Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda and Uganda

While I’m a city girl at heart, the one thing that can bring me out into the jungle for a six-hour trek through the rainforest is a gorilla! Gorilla trekking in the Virunga Volcanic Mountains of Rwanda is not for the faint of heart (or weak of muscle). What it is is the most amazing wildlife encounter I have ever experienced. Gorilla trekking might have been strenuous and exhausting, but the moment I saw those majestic apes standing a mere few feet away from me is a moment I will cherish for the rest of my life. Read More ›

Journey to Antarctica

From a young age I’ve been dreaming of visiting the Antarctic. I figured this southernmost continent would be a trip to add to my bucket-list and dream of for many years to come, so you can imagine my excitement when my entire family decided to visit Antarctica last December. It was a magical trip full of penguins, beautiful scenery, and incredible people. We went with National Geographic and Lindblad, which truly enriched the experience and included a staff full of incredibly knowledgeable biologists, photographers, experts on climate change, and all around amazingly friendly guides. Read More ›