Miles off the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii and 15 ft below the ocean’s surface I find myself eye-to-eye with a living dinosaur. Yet, in this life-changing moment, my thoughts are less on the historical significance of the animal swimming next to me, and more on its terrifying pop-culture portrayal.
There are many places in Europe that feel like a fairytale. However, few of them compare to the car-free village of Giethoorn. Here narrow waterways surround historic thatch-roof houses, and visitors can tour the charming (albeit compact) village by boat or bike, as walking paths and canals replace streets. READ MORE
It’s well past sunset at the base of Mount Naeba in Niigata Japan. I’m on a mission to find the “Field of Heaven” while wandering (decidedly lost) down a narrow boardwalk that meanders through a thick, dark forest. READ MORE
Dreaming of palm trees, white sandy beaches and blue turquoise water? Hawaii is a destination known for all that and more. While each island is beautiful, there are important differences from one island to another. If you’re wondering “Which is the best island in Hawaii for me to visit” read on for a guide to choosing the best Hawaiian island for you. READ MORE
As a solo female traveler, there are few places you can visit that combine safety and culture(shock) quite like Tokyo, Japan. It’s huge, it’s clean, It’s quiet, It’s crime-free (more or less) and it’s extremely different from any other city in the world. READ MORE
During a month-long visit to Europe, I decided to stop by the Canary Islands for some much needed R&R (rest and relaxation, not rock and roll — though the resort had plenty of both). It was there, situated on a volcanic Spanish island in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa, that I met the new Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife. READ MORE
In his song Crazy Town, Jason Aldean describes Nashville as “Hollywood with a touch of twang” — an accurate depiction of the town dubbed “Music City” and collectively regarded as the Country Music capital of the world (mostly by those who have never been). However, I’m going to get the cliché out of the way by saying there’s more to Nashville than just country music (a trope thousands of bloggers have no doubt typed before this groundbreaking realization). READ MORE
The colorful vines lining the hills of J. Wrigley vineyards combat the dark and rainy gloom that embodies Oregon in October. Perched atop one of the larger hills in the Willamette Valley, I have a birds-eye view of the surrounding vineyards and forests from the tasting room’s patio. During the summer the area would buzz with tourists and traffic noise, but today it’s silent. Harvest has come and gone, school is back in session, and the rainy fall weather deters most area oenophiles from venturing out for a day of wine tasting. I have this winery (and seemingly the entire AVA) to myself. READ MORE