Why You Should Travel to Vietnam in Rainy Season

July 5, 2016 49 Comments »

vietnam rainy season motorbike

It arrives in Vietnam with a vengeance; the rainy season. No rain for months and then it just starts; daily downpours that relieve you from the heat and make you run for cover. Most people hear the words “Vietnam rainy season” and immediately start looking at other vacation alternatives. But I say embrace the rainy […]

Same Same and Something Different in Shanghai

June 7, 2016 4 Comments »

Shanghai Shopping

“It’s like China town…but it’s in China,” Ling my Shanghai guide said in a bit of a disappointed tone. I wondered if she had heard that from a former guest, as I doubt she had ever been to a China town in another country. But I laughed and agreed whole-heartedly with her. I surveyed the […]

What to Eat in China

June 2, 2016 11 Comments »

food in china

THWAK! The thick menu felt like an earthquake when it was put on the table. I looked at it in astonishment; it was the size of a Sears Catalog that I remember receiving when I was a kid! When I landed in China for my 8 day trip, I was excited for one thing – […]

Travel Through New China and Old Traditions

May 31, 2016 No Comments »

what to expect china

I cringe when I hear the speaker crackle and pop as a high-pitched voice blares through the square in Xi’an. The speaker should have probably been retired 10 years ago, but it lives on and no one seems to care that it’s past its prime. I try to listen through the crackling and come to […]

Week In-stagram Review China

September 25, 2015 4 Comments »

Beijing Instagram

8 Days, 3 Cities, 5 Airplanes – this is fast travel. This week I’ve been on a whirlwind trip of China and I’ve been moving around so fast that I can never remember what my hotel room number is let along what floor I’m on when I get in the elevator and stare blankly at […]

Most Unusual Destinations for Viewing Fall Colors

September 15, 2015 10 Comments »

Fall colors nyc

Fall is a great time to travel, and there is a well-worn path heading to America’s Northeast to see the fall colors every year. You have to try to get your reservations early for fall foliage viewing, and then fight the crowds, which doesn’t sound like much fun to me. But then again I try […]

The Growth of Luxury in Sri Lanka

December 30, 2014 5 Comments »

Kottukal Villa Sri Lanka

Everyone asked me the same question once they found out I had been to Sri Lanka 3 years before, “Has it changed since you were here last?” It took me a long time to determine that answer, but after spending 2 weeks there with way too much time looking out the window of a vehicle […]

Week In-stagram Review Sri Lanka

November 21, 2014 10 Comments »

kottukal beach house

I went backwards in time from fall to summer this week and crossed continents into Asia. I landed in Sri Lanka for my third time to attend a Travel Blogging Conference and to soak up a little warm weather before I entered back into the heart of winter for the holidays. The conference included a […]

Go off the beaten track in Vietnam

September 9, 2014 No Comments »

Vietnam

So you’ve decided to go to South East Asia for a change – good for you! Be it a way of testing the unknown or a well planned trip to continue what you’ve started in your previous traveling, now it’s time to look into what you should be doing in amazing Vietnam! I bet you’ve […]

Rickshaw Run Thrills and Agony

June 3, 2014 10 Comments »

Rickshaw lightening

“The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.” I can still see the poor skier loose his balance and slide down the mountain with skis criss-crossed and pointed every direction. He seemed to bounce across the ground as the well-known words are spoken to kick of the Wide World of Sports every Saturday when […]