Announcing My 2015 Travel Photography Tour – The Galapagos Islands

2015 Travel Photography Tour

For the last few months I’ve had dozens of people asking me about where and when my 2015 travel photography tour was going to take place. After working with G Adventures for the last few months, I’m finally ready to make the announcement.

This year’s travel photography tour will be heading to South America and will be in the GALAPAGOS ISLANDS!
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March 2015 Desktop Wallpaper

March 2015 Desktop Wallpaper

This month’s image was taken at the Palace of Sans Souci, Haiti.

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The How’s and Why’s of Travel Insurance

Four years ago I wrote a post titled “9 Ways I Break Conventional Travel Wisdom”. One of the items (which I wasn’t proud of at the time) was that I traveled for a significant time without travel insurance. I got lucky that nothing serious happened to me while I was traveling without insurance. I have several friends who have had serious accidents while they were on the road, some of which required evacuation.

For the last 3 years I’ve been traveling fully insured. Given how much I travel, I get an annual policy which covers all of my trips for a given year. I now make sure that my policy gets renewed at the beginning of every year and that not a day goes by where I don’t have coverage.

Many people are confused by travel insurance. What I hope to do here is a give a brief overview of what travel insurance usually covers and what it does not.
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Black is the New Mediterranean: Discovering Hidden Treasures along Bulgaria’s Less Traveled Sea Coast

I first visited Bulgaria in 2011 as part of a G Adventures trip from Budapest to Istanbul. I was able to visit cities like Belogradchik, Sofia and Veliko Tarnovo. However, I never got to the Black Sea. My agent Stephen Hanselman (who took the photos for this post) and his wife Julia Serebrinsky recently visited the Black Sea and came away with a newfound respect for the country and the region. Here Julia’s story about what she discovered in Bulgaria and why it is not what people expect.


In the aspirational world of international travel, Bulgaria is not a country that gets much respect, not even from its neighbors. In Moscow, where I spent my early childhood, a popular proverb about the former Soviet satellite went something like this: “As a hen is not a bird, Bulgaria is not abroad.”

In other words, lower your expectations prior to landing.

Some things never change. In 2013, when my husband booked a three week summer vacation in Burgas, a port city along the Black Sea Coast of Southeastern Bulgaria, book-ending it with stays in Dublin and Istanbul, I found the reaction of our incredulous American friends tinged with familiar dismissiveness:

“Why Bulgaria?” they asked, picking it out as the oddity on our itinerary.
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This Week in Travel – Episode 183

This week Jen, Chris and I are joined by this week’s guest, Wendy Perrin from WendyPerrin.com and TripAdvisor.


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February 2015 Desktop Wallpaper

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This month’s image was taken in the Pyrenees Mountains of Girona, Catalonia.

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Win an Allianz Global Assistance GoBag

Win an Allianz Global Assistance GoBag

Win an Allianz Global Assistance GoBag

This week’s Instagram photo contest has a special prize. The good folks at Allianz Global Assistance, and my newest sponsor, will be providing the winner of this week’s contest with a TravelSmart GoBag, which is filled with essential things for your next trip. Items include a first aid kit, toiletries and other items to make your trip safer and more enjoyable.

All you have to do to win is tag your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #EverythingEverywhere that fit this week’s theme: Roads. Just tag any photo which you think fits the theme of “roads” and on February 7 I’ll pick a winner. If you have posted a photo to Instagram in the past which fits the theme, just add the hashtag in the comments of the photo and it will count.

I’m excited to be working with Allianz, as they are probably the best travel insurance company for global travelers. Almost everywhere I’ve been in the world, I see signs for Allianz. When you are traveling around the world, a global presence is exactly what you want in an insurance company. If something happens to me I want to know that the company that is trying to help me has experience and resources to help me.

This Week in Travel – Episode 182

Jen, Chris and I are joined by this week’s guest Paula Froelich, editor of Yahoo Travel.


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This Week In Travel – Episode 181

This week’s guest is Spud Hilton, travel editor of the San Francisco Chronicle.

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This Week In Travel – Episode 180

This week Jen, Chris and I recorded a rare show without any guests. It is sort of fun to do this every so often.

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