A Journey Through Palestine

Immediately upon my arrival in Israel, I passed through the checkpoints and felt at home in the less-visited region of Palestine. Never have I made such a good choice and never have I been met in a country with so much welcome! For those planning a trip to Israel, an open-minded visit with the neighboring region of Palestine is a must. Something surprising about this country is the density of its population. The West Bank has a population of 1.7 million, but is only slightly larger than the state of Rhode Island. It is entirely feasible to stay in just one city and see all of the West Bank in day trips. I found Bethlehem to be a wonderful place to make my home base. Read More ›

The Walled City of Dubrovnik Croatia

Croatia has recently popped onto the radar as a hot travel destination in Europe, and after my husband and I had the opportunity to visit the popular city of Dubrovnik this past July, we could not agree more. Between the amazing landscape, perfect weather, delicious food, fields of lavender, and relaxing by the gorgeous Adriatic Sea, we were spoiled rotten. Read More ›

Exploring Victoria British Columbia

For those arriving to Victoria, British Columbia via ferry, the first steps off the boat are met by the gorgeously simple Huntingdon Manor and its surrounding shops and eateries. Only a short distance from the Manor are a collection of wonderful boutiques, cobbled streets, and some of the most incredible fresh seafood. One could easily spend an entire afternoon enjoying the picturesque neighborhood. 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 ›

Discovering Antwerp

I recently traveled to Belgium for the very first time and I absolutely loved it. Despite the fact that Belgium is a very small country when compared to my home country of Turkey, it has its own way of attracting people. Antwerp especially drew me in on this trip and I enjoyed every last mile of it. Being able to discover the city with the help of locals (I stayed with fellow photographer friends on my trip) truly made the experience. Small coffee shops with great coffee, designer stores (of which I still have a few left to visit), peaceful streets, and amazing art added color to the dark, northern European weather. Antwerp should be a must-see on everyone’s Europe travel list. Read More ›