Niece Project 4.0 The Decision

May 28, 2015 16 Comments »

aunt niece relationship

From the beginning of the Niece Project it was Allie who always intimidated me. She is my brother’s middle daughter and is like none of my other nieces. I honestly was never sure if she would even want to go anywhere with me, let alone out of the country. She was the one I always […]

Why You Should Travel With Your Parents Right Now

April 7, 2015 28 Comments »

family travel bonding

Its strange how you can be with your parents from your birth, and even after 45 years you learn things about them that you never knew. How is that possible that the people you practically spend the most time with are still a mystery? I believe it’s because most of your lifetime they are playing […]

Border Crossing Surprises

February 26, 2015 6 Comments »

belfast sightseeing

I looked at my Google Maps serving as my GPS on my dashboard and was completely confused. The numbers made no sense. The GPS voice started talking to me as she always did, “in 2 miles turn left on….” Wait a minute – miles? My brain had been trained to kilometers for the last 2 […]

Self Love

February 12, 2015 1 Comment »

Would you get married to yourself? You’d probably make the perfect couple – don’t you think? Think about how much easier a wedding would be without a groom – or in-laws. I recently came across this new type of tour in Japan – solo wedding tour packages. “Cerca Travel’s two-day “solo wedding” package includes choosing […]

Seeing Quiet: Kayaking Ireland

January 13, 2015 14 Comments »

kayking ireland

The waves were lapping up against the shoreline in that comforting rhythmic fashion that coastal living brings. The sun had already dipped below the horizon and had left a perfectly clear night sky glowing in pinkish orange and midnight blue. “It’s going to be a great night for star gazing, “ Jim said as he […]

Do You Need Goals to be Successful?

January 1, 2015 27 Comments »

abandoned office

She looks at me inquisitively and asks, “So what is you overall goal with this?” referring to my blogging, freelancing, social media channels at Ottsworld. I look at her, trying to keep my face from indicating just how uneasy this question makes me, and time seems to slow down for a moment. I feel myself […]

My 2014 Top Travel Experiences and How You Can Do Them

December 23, 2014 7 Comments »

Everyone seems to be after the ultimate travel experiences – things with local flare, educational value, or something that gives back. If it seems too hard to find them yourself – then I’ve done some of the work for you. I collected my top travel experiences from my 2014 travels and provided some info on […]

Giving Thanks for Beds

November 26, 2014 14 Comments »

Waikiki penthouse

Someone just hit the power button to my brain and my mind flickers on and boots up for a moment at 3:43AM. I feel uneasy, confused, panicked. I open my eyes to inky darkness. I can’t see. My mind races like it’s an Indy car going from 0 to 60 mph in 2 seconds. I’m […]

Uluru is Many Places I’ve Been Before

July 17, 2014 5 Comments »

Uluru walking path

  The sun was just starting to peak out around the reddish rock. I pulled down the brim of my baseball cap to shade my eyes as rays of light shot out of the clouds and onto my path. The path around the base of Uluru was nearly empty in this section. Not many tourists […]

Home Sweet #Room 753

June 17, 2014 4 Comments »

photos

It has sunk in this morning, hitting me like the big waves that I’ve been staring at on the beach. This is the first time in 2 ½ months that I’ve had a chance to sit and just reflect, to meditate on life a bit. As the waves rush in, the white water drowns my […]