Auckland, New Zealand is a Really Pleasant City

Auckland, New Zealand is a really pleasant city. There’s nothing spectacular about Auckland. It’s not the worlds most beautiful city. It’s not the most exciting city on Earth. There’s nothing that screams out at you that you can’t miss. But Auckland, New Zealand is a really pleasant city to be in because it’s just that…pleasant. […]

Staying on the Palm Islands of Dubai

I love Dubai. I really do. I could live in Dubai and be quite happy. It’s central to pretty much everywhere in the world. It’s big, it’s bold, it’s clean and it’s really nice. I have been to Dubai more times than I can count and have used it as a transit base for traveling […]

Why You Should Visit Tauranga, New Zealand

I have been to New Zealand numerous times and actually spent a few months in 2003. However, until my recent cruise with Azamara Club Cruises I had never heard of Tauranga. Apparently, Tauranga is the 4th most populous “city” in New Zealand as many people have fled Auckland because of the sky-high real estate prices […]

Picton, New Zealand and the Surrounding Area is Worth a Look

Picton, New Zealand is a cute little town. That’s really the best way to describe it. Of course, Picton is also a very important port town that connects the South Island to Wellington and the North island of New Zealand. Picton itself is also the gateway to both the Marlborough wine region and the beautiful […]

A Daytrip to Cape Kidnappers, New Zealand

Cape Kidnappers is a place that sounds made up. In fact, in actually looks like a place that’s made up as well! However, I can assure you it is a real place and it is a beautiful place even when the weather doesn’t cooperate with you! As an excursion from the Azamara Quest, I did […]

Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula, New Zealand

Dunedin, New Zealand is unlike most settlements in Australia and New Zealand as it was settled by Scottish as opposed to English immigrants. Originally they were going to name it New Edinburgh but settled on Dunedin; which is actually a derivation of Edinburgh’s Gaelic name. Today, Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula are teeming with life […]

The Masai Mara in Kenya

The Masai Mara in Kenya is one of the worlds greatest places to go on safari. The lush plains are home to millions of animals and provide for a beautiful setting for photos. On my recent trip to Kenya, after staying at the Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club, I was fortunate to stay at the […]

5 Things to do at the Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club

The Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club is one of those rural African lodges that looks and feels like it should’ve been in the movie “Out of Africa’. The shadow of Mount Kenya is a great setting for a classic African lodge and to experience the Africa that you have always dreamed about. Africa is chaotic, […]

My Year in Travel 2015

Where do I begin with my year in travel 2015? It was an amazing year that took me all over the world to 5 continents, 31 countries, flying over 225,000 miles on over 30 airlines. My year in travel 2015 brought me back to places I hadn’t been in years and places that I’d previously […]

What To Do With 2 Days in Kauai

I’ve been to every inhabited Hawaiian island. I have been coming to Hawaii since 2004 and have probably been 10 times total. To me, Hawaii is the ultimate vacation spot for Americans because it feels like you’re in a foreign country but you’re in the 50 states. I just spent 2 days in Kauai; which […]

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