4×4 Safari to Jebel Harim in the Musandam Peninsula of Oman

Today I visited the Musandam Peninsula in Oman for the third time. I’m onboard the the Azamara Journey, which became the first cruise ship to dock in Khasab, the capital of the Musandam Peninsula. The prior two times I had driven up from Dubai when I was visiting all of the Emirates. This was the […]

5 Awesome Things to do in Dubai

I love Dubai. A lot of people rip on it but I love it. I accept Dubai for what it is and I embrace what it has to offer. It’s over the top for sure: it’s like Las Vegas without casinos. It’s not without controversy from questionable labor practices. It’s mind-blowing, frenetic and at the […]

3 Days in Sao Tome and Principe

Sao Tome and Principe is that small two-island nation in the Atlantic off the coast of Africa that you’ve never thought about! It’s pretty far from anywhere in North America and it isn’t cheap or easy to get to any way you slice it. It’s not the most beautiful island you’ll ever go to but […]

Equatorial Guinea is the Weirdest Country in the World

When you travel as much as I do and have seen as much as I have seen, it takes a lot to baffle you. Equatorial Guinea does just that and much more. This was my second time to the Central/West African nation and it was even more perplexing than the first. That said, after 5 […]

My Experience in the Central African Republic

The Central African Republic (CAR) is a very volatile place. The country and its capital, Bangui, have seen its share of coups and violence over the past several years. There is heavy United Nations (UN) and Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) presence all over Bangui including the airport and the surrounding areas. Basically Bangui is a mess […]

The 30 Best Islands in the World

I’ve decided to update many of my old 30 best lists that all started with the 30 best cities in the world. We have actually been fixing bad links, eliminating and updating many old posts and 30 best lists for a while now but I have chosen to publish the 30 best islands in the […]

Day Cruise in Glacier Bay National Park

A day cruise in Glacier Bay National Park is the most popular and best way for tourists to see this amazing national park. Of course, many cruise ships also ply the route as well. If you do it independently, you’ll have to get from Juneau to a small little outpost called Gustavus; which is the […]

2.5 days in Katmai National Park

Katmai National Park is one of the best National Parks in the whole US system. What a gorgeous place with varied scenery and activities like fishing, hiking, bear watching, etc. Katmai National Park is a great place to come with friends or family. It’s an easy place to spend a few days although it’s a […]

Day Trip to Lake Clark National Park

The State of Alaska is home to 8 National Parks, tied with California for the most in the system. The difference is that in Alaska, you can only drive to 3 of them and you basically have to take seaplanes or a boat to the other 5. I came up to Alaska for 8 days […]

My SPG Amex trip to St. John, US Virgin Islands

My very first partner was The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express 5 years ago. Since then I have been called an SPG Amex Star or an Amex Ambassador. It’s one of my most valued partnerships and I love the card! I literally use it every single day. I actually have 3 SPG […]