You’re Free to Move About the World

Travel has been a pretty important part of my life for as long as I can remember. Since I was a baby, my family would travel to the British Virgin Islands, our home away from home. After college, I took my first trip to Europe. Then when family started moving abroad, I just had to go visit! The craziness of …

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Nick of Time

As stories of unrest flash across the headlines in not one, but two of the places I just traveled to, a mix of emotions run through me, and I’m reminded to count my blessings. The Cairo that I visited was filled with history, wonder and excitement. The people I met were proud of their country and all it stands for. …

Inspiring site

Impressive, inspiring, indescribable

Three words from three travelers who are now very well educated in the history and culture of Egypt–and equally impressed about the inspiring experience that’s hard to describe. To see what’s left of the ancient temples and tombs and the grandeur of it all, it definitely leaves a lasting impression. It also leaves you in wonder of how it all …

Nile cruise

I’ll admit it, I’m on the Nile…

It all started with an afternoon by the pool at the only hotel on it’s Nile side island. Now we’re lazily cruisng up river, stopping at different temples and valleys along the way. The scenery changes from lush palm forests and mango trees to sandstone quarries, used to build the pyramids, and golden desert sandscapes. Whatever the scenery, the mood …

Egyptian

__________ like an Egyptian

So far we’ve walked, talked, and ate like one since we landed in Cairo, and there’s still more to come. I say “we” because now I’m joined by a couple familiar faces: Mom, who’s always wanted to see the pyramids (check!), and Dad who claims at first he was dragged to the desert, but is now thankful for that. First …

Blending

Blending in?

After blending in with the tourists this morning on an elephant ride up to Amer fort, I will be joining the locals this evening for a festival… it happens to be a holiday this week, celebrating one of their many Gods. So I thought I would be extra festive and try to rewrap myself in my new saree. Obviously the …

Wonder of the world

A world of wonder

I can’t find the strength to leave this place–the real wonder is why this place isn’t packed. Even with all the people that showed up at 7am to see it at sunrise, there’s still a sense of peace about this little part of the world. Riding in by rickshaw, since it’s far from where cars are allowed, I finally smelled …

Beijing

A long walk through Beijing

Our guide warned us there would be a lot of walking today through some of Beijing’s most popular sites, and he wasn’t kidding. We started our journey at Tian’anmen square, but with no protesters it just looked like one big open space with a large pillar and TV screens in the middle. Still a thrill to see an area so …

GBR Great Barrier Reef

The GBR

Well, I may not have found Nemo, but I sure did see a lot of different colors of fish and coral in the Great Barrier Reef. The day long cruise started with about a 90 minute catamaran ride out to the reef, and once I saw turquoise strands in the dark blue sea, I knew we had arrived. The warm …

Rainforest vacation

Vacation squared

Nothing like a cabin in the middle of the rainforest. No phone (this won’t post till I get some bars), no TV, just me, the forest wildlife, and the beach around the corner. These few days in Cape Tribulation seclusion have been my vacation within a vacation, and now I’m recharged and ready to take on the rest of the …

Sydney Australia

Sydney from above, below and beyond the bridge

Sunday started with heavenly weather, clear sky, warm breezes and sun on my face. A perfect day for a walking tour of the city. What was even more perfect is that I found a local guide with the words I’M FREE printed on his bright green shirt. These daily tours start at 10:30am and go for about three hours, and …

Countries

5 countries/5 weeks in 5 DAYS

Back in April, when I booked this trip spanning multiple countries, I was curious how I would feel once the departure date got closer and closer. With Sunday quickly approaching, I can now say I have my waves of complete excitement and the occasional what the heck am I doing moments. Now that the travel arranging, visa and medical processes …

TWO WEEKS

After a lot of wishing and hoping and dreaming and planning, I’ll finally be TRAVELING two weeks from today.  We’ll see how much of my plans change between now and then, and what lovely travel surprises are in store. In the next two weeks I’ll be doing some shopping and confirming and more dreaming and packing.  I’ve already got a …

Just follow the waiting line

Finally, all the necessary forms are filled out, photos taken and passport stamped with my golden ticket to China. The process was a lot easier than I thought. With all the paperwork gathered in advance, all I had to do was get to the consulate when it opened, wait in line, drop everything off, pay an extra fee to pick …

Visa country

Visa, don’t leave home without it

For my upcoming trip, I’m in need of two visas, one for India and one for China. The process of obtaining a Visa can be a tricky one, especially if you need more than one. Some things to keep in mind regarding Visas: 1.  They are time sensitive. Make sure you check how long they are valid for. There’s no …

Three sisters

THREE MONTHS!

OK, so where did June go? I just realized my last post was the end of May, and now it’s the beginning of July. I didn’t mean to take a whole month off, and this upcoming trip has been on my mind ever since I booked the tickets, but June was a slow month planning wise. Now that there are only 3 …

Cabin on the beach

Cabin on the beach

What could be better than having a beach in your front yard?  How about having a rainforest in your backyard!  Or sleeping in your own private cabin nestled between the beach and rainforest.  That’s just what I will be doing this fall during my stay at the Cape Tribulation Beach House on the Daintree Coast in Australia.  This destination comes at the …

So much time, so little left to do

With all the flights, some tours and most hotels booked, I’m starting to wonder what I’m missing before taking off at the end of September. I rarely book a trip this far in advance, but since I’m going to many different destinations, I thought it was the best idea in order to get the dates I want. Now that I have …

Normal state

Back to normal, almost

Since I plan on going to India at the end of the year, I’ve been advised to get many different shots and prescriptions before my trip. Over a week ago I started the process with a tetanus and hepatitis A shot (thankfully I already finished the round of required Hep B shots years ago). The nurse asked which arm I wrote with, and …

Travel

Round the world

I’ve been planning a trip around the world for a while.  It all started when I met a photographer who said he did it years ago for around $1,800!  Of course, I was shocked to hear such a thing was possible, and googled it as soon as I was in front of a computer.  To my surprise there were many …