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 ›

Sun + Sand in Dubai

My family and I had the opportunity to travel to Dubai to visit my father, a long-time resident of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). I could have researched all I wanted to about Dubai; when to travel, where to stay and what to do, but the reality is that once we landed in-country we were instantly overwhelmed. I take pleasure in understanding the local history of places I travel to, but the UAE is a relatively young country, where everything seems to be shiny and new! Dubai is unlike any city we have ever traveled to and the one word that comes to mind when summing up our trip would be interesting. Read More ›

Honeymoon in Hawaii

Post-wedding, we wanted a balance of blissful relaxation and out of this world exploration and a honeymoon in Hawaii seemed to be the perfect destination! We commenced our trip in Kailua Kona, a coastal town with a beachy, relaxed vibe. We strolled through the streets, stopped in souvenir shops, and munched on shaved ice. Read More ›

Camel Trek in the Gobi Desert

One of my favorite things about China is just how diverse everything can be. One day you can be in an enormous city and the next you can take a quick train to a sprawling desert. I was so happy when I had a chance to visit the Mingsha Sand Dunes in the western Chinese city of Dunhuang. I arrived in Dunhuang by train and immediately took a taxi to Charley Johng’s Guesthouse. Because I was only in the city for the sand dunes, I didn’t mind that the hostel was about ten minutes from downtown. Much to my surprise, as I neared the guesthouse the park appeared in front of me. I couldn’t believe just how close our hotel was to the dunes! Read More ›

Culture and Coffee in Miami

While most visitors to Miami hit the beach, our time in Miami can be divided into four parts; the Wynwood Arts District, Plant the Future, the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, and exploring Miami coffee culture. The Wynwood Arts District is home to over 70 Art Galleries, retail stores, antique shops, eclectic bars, and one of the largest open-air street-art installations in the world. We enjoyed roaming its streets and finding graffiti art by world-renowned street artists. Read More ›