Photo Essay: KaDeWe Berlin

Little fish bites

KaDeWe Berlin Food Hall  KaDeWe (prounouced as Kah-Dey-Vey) is the largest department store in Continental Europe. Short for Kaufhaus des Westens (the “Department Store of the West”), it is more than 60,000 square meters and attracts about 50,000 visitors every day. But I don’t really care about shopping. The sole reason I am here? The gourmet food hall. […]



Travel Tips: Saving Money in Between Travels

Chicago Bean shot

Travel Tips: Saving money for travel…and in between travels We really don’t need as much money as we’ve been made to think! So many ask me how I can afford my current life. But so many don’t realize how much less money I make and also LESS money I need to live. Living a ‘traveling’ […]



Photo Essay: Berlin…Again: Fourth Time’s a Charm?

Top of Reichstag

Back. In. Berlin. I am back in Berlin for a fourth time, and my fifth time in Germany. Clearly I like it here. My first time in Berlin was back in 2007 during my “original world tour”. My friend Mark met me here and we loved it. My second time in Berlin, I came back again […]



Video: Tanzania on Safari

Leopard Tanzania

Tanzania was wonderful and what better way to give you a peek in than a video! Shadows of Africa Safari in Tanzania: If you can’t see the embedded video, head over here to watch on the Youtube. Disclosure: During my time in Tanzania I was a guest of Shadows of Africa. As always, all opinions […]



What is Glamping?

Four Seasons Serengeti Infinity Pool

I like camping. Really I do. Okay, I like camping for one night, maybe two max. I mean I love sleeping outside under the stars (when the weather is delightful and the bugs are not bugging me). So I guess I like camping in perfect conditions or basically now what’s become known as “glamping.” Yes, […]



Photo Essay – Tanzania: Animals Gone Wild!

Animals of Tanzania copy

  Zebras hang out munching on grass like a ceramic figurines up in your grandmother’s dusty curio cabinet. Warthogs run around with their goofy grins and messy manes. Long-necked, docile giraffes stroll by as if in slow motion. It is all surreal. We have to keep reminding ourselves, for various reasons, T.I.A.: This is Africa. I love animals. […]



Tanzania: First Impressions

The Serengeti Plains

I’d always thought, one day I’ll go on a safari in Africa, but was a bit overwhelmed by the enormity of it all—choosing the “right” safari company and even just deciding which country to visit. So I put it off. But recently, I was invited to Tanzania on a tour with Shadows of Africa. It […]



Help Save the Rhino from Extinction!


The Rhino is Losing its Battle We’re losing five lions a day, four or five elephants an hour, and a rhino every seven and a half hours. Current predictions suggest the Black Rhino will go extinct in the wild within 20 years if the current poaching rate continues. The outlook is bleak. While you might […]



2014: My Year In Photos

Pool in Zanzibar

Holy crap! Does time ever slow down? It seems like each year goes faster than the last. Whose cruel joke is this? 2014 was another up and down year for me (isn’t it always?) — some great travels, some lows in between, and more new friends for which to be thankful. Once again, I’ve failed […]



My Midwest: Put-In-Bay, Ohio

Sunset over Put-In-Bay

Visit Put-In-Bay It’s like a combo of Midwestern work ethic and laid back island attitude.” When Chad invited me to Put-in-Bay, Ohio I had no idea what this place was nor had I ever even heard of it. Was it a theme park? A resort? They say it’s the “Key West of the Midwest”…so I […]