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

  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 […]



My Midwest: This is Cleveland!

Happy Dog Cle

My Midwest: Why You Should Visit Cleveland What’s round on the edges and high in the middle? O  Hi  O!  This was probably one of the first riddles I knew as a kid. Sadly, my knowledge of Ohio hadn’t expanded much since then. It was time to fix that. “This is why I love Cleveland,” […]



Travel Tips: Check Out the New Tripnary App!

Tripnary App Icon

Travel apps abound. New ones seem to come out each week promising to make your travel planning and organizing easier. But which ones really do the trick? As a girl that doesn’t like clutter in life or on my phone, I only want a few apps—ones that do a task and do it well, that […]



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 […]