Monthly Archives: January 2013

Monday Travel Update – Pura Vida Edition

Posted by on January 21, 2013

Hello from the Liberia, Costa Rica!

I’ve been in Costa Rica for almost two weeks now. I haven’t been zip lining, scuba diving or rafting. So far I’ve just been relaxing and working. In fact, I haven’t even taken my SLR out once since I’ve been here. That should change tomorrow as I’m heading up to Liberia to visit Rincon National Park for my 191st World Heritage Site. After that I’ll be going south to visit the Amistad nature reserve which borders Panama. Those are my primary goals while I’m here. If I have time left I’ll head back to the coast for a few days before my flight on the 31st.

This sort of no-schedule, no plans sort of travel is something I haven’t done in a few years. Lately everything has been very planned and scheduled so I haven’t had the opportunity to just wing it. I’m glad I did this. It is a good change a pace and a throwback to how I started traveling.

The buses here are a lot like what I’ve experienced in the Philippines. Once you get to the right bus it is no problem. The confusing thing is that buses for different cities depart from different parts of town. There isn’t necessarily a central bus depot for every city, even for smaller cities. There is little to no signage to tell you where to go either. You have to ask someone local who just knows where the right buses are.

I’ll be here another 10 days before heading to the complete opposite of Costa Rica…..Northern Canada! (I don’t think shorts and sandals are going to cut it up there)


Gutsy Women – A Traveler’s Life Lessons

Posted by on January 19, 2013

No matter how long I travel or how many places I visit, there are certain questions that I will never be able to answer. One of them is what you need to know to travel as a women. I’ve talked to many female travelers over the last several years and without question they have to deal with things I never have to consider. Thankfully, I also know many inspiring women who have spent years traveling around the world. One of them is my friend Marybeth Bond. She is an accomplished author who has been traveling her whole life and has dedicated herself to inspiring and helping women to travel.

I’m asked Marybeth to share some of the lessons she’s learned from her lifetime of travel. Here’s Marybeth….

Ask yourself: what’s a Gutsy Woman? To me, gutsy means courageous and women today are bold, brave and empowered. In terms of travel, our habits have changed too. After all, women make 80 percent of all travel decisions, and we’re on the go. We are getting off the beaten track and trekking the globe, on our own, alone and with other women. Our issues on the road are often different than a man’s experience.

Over the past thirty years I have hiked, cycled, combed, dived and kayaked my way through more than ninety countries. I traveled alone around the world for two years at the age of twenty-nine, wandered the globe with daughters and girlfriends.

Registration for the 2013 Travel Photography Tour is Now Open!

Posted by on January 18, 2013

Travel Photography Tour RouteRegistration for the 2013 Italy Travel Photography Tour is now open!

Last year the tour was the fastest selling North American tour for G Adventures and we expect this year’s tour to sell out even faster.

We’ve put a lot of effort into making this year’s tour even better.

The tour is going to consist of 2-weeks in Italy, from May 11-24, visiting many of the biggest attractions in the country: Venice, Florence, Cinque Terra, Sienna, Rome, Vatican City, Naples, Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast.

In addition to taking amazing photos and visiting some of the greatest places in Europe, we will be scheduling time throughout the trip for hands on workshops dealing with photography topics such as better understanding your camera settings and editing photos in Lightroom. We will also have morning strategy sessions so you have a better idea of what and where to shoot when you are out photographing each day. I have already photographed most of the destinations we will be visiting so I can provide some first hand advice on where to go to get some great shots.

…AND you will have an opportunity to have your photography featured on my blog as well as the G Adventure blog and our respective Facebook pages, a combined audience of over 500,000 people!

We had a wait list for last year’s tour and there is a good chance we will again. If you are interested in going you might want to reserve a spot as soon as possible. You can hold your spot for 48 hours without paying.

Total cost of the tour is $3,499 which includes 13-nights accommodation, transportation between locations in Italy, 13 breakfasts, photography instruction and guided tours in Italy.


One of the many sights you’ll see this year in Italy