Chicago Eats: The Ultimate Guide to My Favorite Restaurants in Chicago

Chicago's Best Restaurants

This list is a work in progress & will be updated continuously. It is my list, of course, but does not mean I’m not open to suggestions! Please feel free to leave comments with your faves!   Chicago’s Best Restaurants…according to me! What are Chicago’s best restaurants? This city is inarguably a world class food town. […]



Travel Tips: DIY Passport & Visa photos

passport illus

Why go to a drugstore or camera store that charges $12-20 for a photo you can take yourself for free? I recently needed some new Visa photos for my upcoming trip to Tanzania. The last time I needed Visa photos I was in Bangkok and I got at least 10 copies for under $5. With a tiny […]



Countdown to the Galapagos Sweepstakes!


Countdown to Galapagos Sweepstakes When people ask me the question “what was your favorite place?” I never have a single answer. I love many cities around the world. But I do always say my favorite “natural” place is the Galapagos Islands. I loved the animals, the diversity of landscape on the different islands and the […]



Announcing My Book! The Ultimate Travel Tips: Essential Advice for Your Adventures


  New and Improved! More flavor! Less calories! The Ultimate Travel Tips: Essential Advice for Your Adventures I’ve just released the 2nd edition of my Travel Tips book on Amazon for an easy $3.99. It makes a great stocking (Kindle) stuffer and holiday gift! My main goal, as with my blog, is to get you […]



Review: Karma Wifi Hotspot

Karma Hotspot

Got Karma?   One of the ways I’ve saved money since leaving my full-time staff job to go freelance is by getting rid of my cell phone bill. For the last 5 years, I’ve only used a pre-paid card for any calls and texts. And consistently this costs me just a bit over $100 a […]



Where’s Bucks County and Why You Should Visit

New Hope-Lambertville Bridge

We drive past car dealers, big box stores and those all-American chain restaurants that show up in nearly every town across the nation. Pretty soon the commercialism fades as we pass cornfields, road-side fruit stands, and family farms. We hit Lambertville, New Jersey and feel like we’re heading back in time. Folks are strolling on […]



Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

With Locals pic

This is a guest post: Should you go out of your comfort zone? I’m sure you already heard this a dozen of times: real travelers go out of their comfort zone, they seek adventures and look for those activities that are heart-pumping and soul-frightening. I’m not saying that might not be the case, but I […]



Best of LLworldtour: The Ultimate Money & Budget Travel Tips

Sunrise Belize

When people find out that I traveled the world full-time for about 2 and a half years, the question is always the same: How did you pay for it?!” It’s a reasonable thing to ask. When I was working full time as a television producer and daydreaming about a life of travel (all. the. time), I […]



Cape Cod: The Easy-Going Getaway

Best Lobster Roll Cape Cod

Leafy streets with dappled sunshine, un-pretentious, local spots serving up super fresh seafood, and gorgeous beaches stretching as far as the eye can see, Cape Cod is the quintessential family vacation spot. Last week I gave you a visual taste of our week in Cape Cod this summer. Here are some more details on what […]



Photo Essay: Cape Cod

Chatham, Cape Cod

Ah, Cape Cod. The name alone conjures seashell-dotted beaches, super fresh, catch-of-the day seafood shacks, and good ol’ northeastern American charm. There is something so appealing and quaint about this area of the United States. This special place mixes a unique feeling of colonial times with that seashell-motif of the New England shoreline all along this long strip […]