Training for the Camino de Santiago Walk

March 6, 2018 1 Comment »

training for the camino de santiago

In an effort to bring you some new voices on Ottsworld, here is a guest post from an Ottsworld reader and traveler Emily Ward. She is getting ready to embark on some epic career break travels and she’s starting with the Camino de Santiago.  I asked her to share her training plan with me to […]

Cape Breton Hikes and Adventures

January 16, 2018 No Comments »

cape breton hikes

My mom and I turned into the French Mountain parking lot in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. I pulled into a parking space and walked over to the Skyline Trail sign. I had heard about this trail, it was supposed to be the premier Cape Breton hikes in the park for views. I had seen […]

Why I Want to Go Back to Ireland & Bring You With Me

December 28, 2017 11 Comments »

hiking in dingle ireland

It was love at first sight. I pretty much fell in love with Ireland the moment I saw her. She seduced me with rolling, emerald, sheep-dotted hills and plains of gray-green stone. She stirred my wild side with reckless winds tearing across rocky cliffs, and underneath her incredible expanse of sky, she stole my heart. […]

The Essential Camino de Santiago Packing List

May 9, 2017 10 Comments »

The Camino de Santiago is the ultimate epic hike.  It’s an ancient pilgrimage route to the shrine of the apostle St. James in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.  There are dozens of routes that lead from all part of Europe to Santiago de Compostela. However, the most popular route is the Way of Saint […]

Top 5 Cami de Ronda Day Hikes in Costa Brava

April 25, 2017 16 Comments »

cami de ronda day hikes

It took my 80 year old father and me 15 days to finish our Costa Brava Coastal Path hike last summer. Fifteen wonderful individual days staring out at the Mediterranean and some of the most beautiful coast line in Spain! It felt as if every day was the best ever – and then we’d wake […]

Essential Hiking Gear

February 27, 2017 8 Comments »

essential hiking gear

There are many kinds of hiking – day hikes, multi day hikes, long distance hiking, circuit hiking, pilgrimages, tramping, bushwalking, trekking, and more. I’ve done and enjoyed them all. However I do have my favorites mentioned here in my best hikes around the world list. As much as I enjoy a simple day hike, I […]

Things They Don’t Tell You About Kilimanjaro

January 30, 2017 13 Comments »

Kilimanjaro hike

“No need to cry – the mountain isn’t going anywhere – you can try again.” That statement made by my Kilimanjaro guide, Douglas, has stuck with me for 10 years. In a way, it’s actually haunted me. I started my career break and eventual life of nomadic travel writer 10 years ago when I flew […]

Adventure Travel on the Danube River

October 7, 2016 3 Comments »

danube river adventure travel

Instead of simply admiring the Danube River from a cruise ship, why don’t you actually get out on it and have fun with this river. After all, there’s way more to do on the Danube than sight seeing in cities. I prefer to be active when I travel and the best area to be active […]

Month In-stagram Review Alaskan Wilderness

September 30, 2016 5 Comments »

alaskan wilderness heart

Over the last 3 years my travel style has changed. Ten years ago when I started this lifestyle it was about going to all of the places I had heard about but had never been to.  I was a late bloomer when it came to travel having only gotten my first passport at 30 years […]