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A Walking Safari Isn’t About the Animals

August 2, 2019 1 Comment »

walking safari south africa

The safari jeep pulled away and we were all just standing there. On the ground. With no transportation. My heart raced. I quickly realized I had a whole different perspective doing a walking safari. I suddenly felt what it was like to be an animal living in this tall grass – wondering what predator was […]

How to get the most out of your South Africa Safari

July 31, 2019 No Comments »

Zebras South Africa Safari

“This is Zululand not Disneyland. You can’t book animals to show up,” our safari guide Christian reminded us. Granted, he had sort of taunted us because on the first game drive we went on he asked what we hoped to see; we said giraffes and he delivered about 40 giraffes to our view in front […]

Hiking Through the Ecosystems of Saba

July 3, 2019 6 Comments »

hiking trails in Saba

What’s the highest point in the Netherlands? It’s Mount Scenery in the Caribbean standing at 2,910 ft. Are you confused yet? This all makes perfect sense, because the island of Saba is a Dutch territory! In addition to Saba Island, the Dutch Caribbean also includes Bonaire, and Sint Eustatius. In case you are ever in […]

Don’t go to Saba Island in the Caribbean

June 18, 2019 13 Comments »

Saba Island Caribbean

Don’t go to Saba Island if you are looking for a beach, you won’t find one on this Caribbean island. You also won’t find a stop light, bugs, fast food, buildings over 4 stories, crime, or cruise ships. If you are looking at this list and thinking, “This sounds like travel paradise! This is my […]

Understanding Ramadan in Morocco

May 16, 2019 8 Comments »

The sun dips down in the sky disappearing into the Atlantic Ocean. I seldom have watched a sunset so intently; waiting, waiting, waiting for that last little sliver to disappear. So much rested on that last sliver. My gaze moved from the sliver of sun to the restaurant around me.  Families and couples sat at […]

Leave the City Behind on this Day Trip from Rome

May 8, 2019 6 Comments »

Rome Day Trip

In an effort to bring you some new voices on Ottsworld, here is a guest post from writer Linda Martinez. I met Linda at her hostel, the Beehive, in Rome 7 years ago! Linda and I connected on many levels (she’s an American expat in Italy), and we have remained friends ever since.  When I […]

Costa Rica Rural Landscapes

May 3, 2019 5 Comments »

costa rica landscapes

Sponsored Nothing makes you appreciate a small group tour more than when you are suddenly thrown onto a big charter coach and are surrounded by tons of people, tiny seats, and some person speaking in a crackling microphone about a billion dull facts that you could care less about. As I looked around the packed […]

Experiencing Costa Rica the Second Time Around

May 2, 2019 4 Comments »

Costa rica experiences

Sponsored I stared at Arenal shrouded in clouds; it looked the same as it did when I visited in 2003. However, the town around it – La Fortuna – had changed immensely. It was more established and ready to handle tourism. The restaurants all had English menus, and served cappuccinos. Humans and society change fast, […]

The Nebraska Bird Ballet

April 26, 2019 5 Comments »

crane migration nebraska

In an effort to bring you some new voices on Ottsworld, here is a guest post from writer Sherry Spitsnaugle. I met Sherry at a Denver event over the holiday season and found out that she was a travel writer and also writes for the library in Denver! So not only does she have a […]