5 Reasons Why Your Next Vacation Should Be A Cruise

What could possibly be attractive about being stuck on a hunk of metal in the middle of the ocean with thousands of other people? Many things, actually. I consider myself somewhat of a cruise pro (relatively, of course), having been on over 12 cruises and keeping up to date with my favorite cruise lines. I have so much experience with cruising because it’s hands-down my favorite way to … Continue reading 5 Reasons Why Your Next Vacation Should Be A Cruise

Pipe Dreaming Saturday: Perth and Seattle

There seems no end to the bounty of Australia. This time, they’ve combined beaches, bays, islands, and a ‘smashing’ arts scene into one incredibly dynamic city. It’s called Perth. Located on Australia’s southwestern coast and the country’s fourth largest city, Perth and its metropolitan area spill into the Indian Ocean through white sands, boardwalks, and turquoise shallows. After the Great Divide back east, Australia’s landscape … Continue reading Pipe Dreaming Saturday: Perth and Seattle

Pipe Dreaming Saturday: Koh Lipe and Belize

If you’re like me and you have to look something up on a map before you do anything else, you’ll find that even Ko Lipe’s satellite view on Google looks spectacular. It’s like the head of Goofy surrounded by blindingly white shores and water that reflects every shade of blue. When you look up actual pictures of Koh Lipe, you’re not disappointed either. Like a tropical island … Continue reading Pipe Dreaming Saturday: Koh Lipe and Belize

Pipe Dreaming Saturday: The Skeleton Coast and Death Valley

I’m afraid this installment of PDS might be a little on the morbid side… For about 300 miles, the coast of southwest Africa becomes a deserted wilderness that harkens back to the days of whaling and shipwrecks. It’s called the Skeleton Coast, and it attracts travelers in need of incredible vistas and bone-chilling sights. The African Bushmen called the Skeleton Coast, “Land God Made in Anger.” The Portuguese agreed, … Continue reading Pipe Dreaming Saturday: The Skeleton Coast and Death Valley

Pipe Dreaming Saturday: Delos and Cahokia

The Mediterranean- center of ancient culture and knowledge, and ruins. Lots and lots of ruins. So much so that it can get repetitive: hordes of tourists, long lines, and pricey entrance fees. It’s gotten so bad in some places that these delicate, ancient places have lost their historical charm. But there is one place that’s different from its popular cousins: Delos, Greece. A tiny island of … Continue reading Pipe Dreaming Saturday: Delos and Cahokia

Pipe Dreaming Saturday: Fraser Island and Vancouver Island

An Aboriginal tribe originally settled on the world’s largest sand island thousands of years ago. They called it K’gari- their word for ‘paradise.’ In the 1800s the island was infamously discovered by shipwrecked Europeans, and came to be known by a new name: Fraser Island. Today, people still have reason to call Fraser Island ‘paradise,’ as much of the 710 square mile sand island looks just … Continue reading Pipe Dreaming Saturday: Fraser Island and Vancouver Island