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: 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

Pipe Dreaming Saturday: The Seychelles and the Caribbean

Chances are, when you close your eyes and imagine the perfect beach, you’re thinking of a stretch of sand in the Seychelles. An island chain about 300 miles off the eastern coast of Africa, the Seychelles consist mainly of granite islands (the world’s oldest) and coral atolls in the western Indian Ocean. And the thing people come for is the abundance of spectacularly picture-perfect shores- often … Continue reading Pipe Dreaming Saturday: The Seychelles and the Caribbean

Anna Maria Island: It’s a Secret

In my home state of Florida, it is often difficult to come by a square foot of land that is not occupied by a tourist. Whether I’m taking a stroll in my neighborhood, braving the sea of people at Disney World, or driving on Hellish I-4, it’s almost impossible to escape the droves of people flooding into our small peninsula by the minute. So it’s … Continue reading Anna Maria Island: It’s a Secret