Domestic Travel, Travel Photography

Tahoe Weekender: Van Sickle, Emerald Bay, and Fannette Island

June 2017  Finally, Tahoe in the summer! After four years in northern California and numerous winter ski trips, I finally made it out during the sunny months to enjoy some non-snow related outdoors activities. A friend’s wedding was the impetus for what turned into a Father’s Day weekend trek with the fam. Minor quips and tips… Read More Tahoe Weekender: Van Sickle, Emerald Bay, and Fannette Island

International Travel, Reblogs, Reflections, Travel Stories

An Account From North Korea

Originally posted Tuesday, May 29, 2012 I meant to write this post upon my return to the States, but alas, life can be a frenzy and other topics were so much easier to write about. But in light of recent reports of executions and staged accidents of North Korean officials and that of labor camps… Read More An Account From North Korea

Domestic Travel, Itineraries & Trip Planning

Urban Hike SF: Interior Greenbelt, Mount Sutro, and 16th Ave. Tiled Steps

Like many of San Francisco’s residents, my friends and I often head out to various parks and reserves around the Bay Area for weekend hikes. But besides a trek out to Lands End every 18 months or so, I’ve never actually hiked within city limits. So this weekend we decided to head toward the 16th Ave. Tiled… Read More Urban Hike SF: Interior Greenbelt, Mount Sutro, and 16th Ave. Tiled Steps

International Travel, Itineraries & Trip Planning

One Week in Cuba Itinerary

Okay, fine, technically we were in Cuba for 8 days, but you can use this to create an itinerary for one week in Cuba or add to it for a slightly longer trip. If you’re a visual person like me, you can also take a photographic journey of this Cuba trip first before digging into the… Read More One Week in Cuba Itinerary

Reblogs, Reflections

RIP My Travel Companion

Originally posted Tuesday, June 18, 2013  My favorite checked suitcase has flown its final flight. I had just landed in San Francisco and checked into my hotel when I noticed the rip along its seams. This bag has traveled with me throughout the U.S., France, Italy, and China. It was wonderful because its four wheels… Read More RIP My Travel Companion

Domestic Travel, Travel Photography

Nashville Weekender: Ladies Trip!

May 2017 For some odd reason my SF girlfriends and I always tend to pick the South for ladies trips, be it NOLA, Austin, or for this spring, Nashville. Perhaps it’s the southern food (nomnom) or the gloriously warm weather. Nashville is by now the proclaimed bachelorette party city of the country, and we certainly… Read More Nashville Weekender: Ladies Trip!

International Travel, Itineraries & Trip Planning

Cuba Planning Tips

Cuba is gorgeous and traveling through the country is a fascinating experience, but it can take a good bit of planning. I put together the first version of this Cuba travel planning tips list in a Google Doc at the request of friends, coworkers, and even strangers (hey, maybe that’s how you found the link to this… Read More Cuba Planning Tips

International Travel, Travel Photography

Cuba in Photos

March 2017 Growing up in Florida, Cuba was always just a hop and a skip away, and Cuban people and Cuban food were all around. Yet it was also as foreign as Bhutan given the little education we’d received in school (mainly regarding the Cuban missile crisis). So when President Obama relaxed travel restrictions to Cuba… Read More Cuba in Photos

Domestic Travel, Itineraries & Trip Planning

Monterey Weekender: Big Little Lies Edition

April 2017 Okay, okay, I’ll admit, we didn’t go to Monterey to do a Big Little Lies tour. In fact, we hadn’t even finished watching the show at that point and didn’t decide to go to Monterey until 2 days before we went. But, we sort of ended up on a Big Little Lies path. We’d… Read More Monterey Weekender: Big Little Lies Edition

Reflections

Starting

Every journey has a starting point, and after years of sharing Google Docs, emails, and Facebook messages of travel tips and itineraries with friends, coworkers, and strangers (and four years after leaving the public eye), I’ve finally decided to start again. A number of conversations and encounters nudged me toward this, but last night as I… Read More Starting