The Best Way to See Fall Colors in Maine

February 7, 2019 3 Comments »

see fall colors in maine huts and trails

I looked down at my boots and smiled at the colorful leaf-covered trail. I enjoyed hearing the crunch of leaves under my boots and the sound of water trickling in the river next to me. The last few days on the trail were like a long, deep inhale of fresh air; my yoga teacher would […]

The End of the Niece Project

February 4, 2019 10 Comments »

travel with teenagers

This is it – the end. When I started on this project I wondered if I had the ability to stick to such a long-term project and now… poof…it’s over. I never wanted kids of my own, I’m not sure why. It just never really hit me. I waited and waited, but I never heard […]

Go Barrel to Bar With this Kentucky Bourbon Experience

January 22, 2019 1 Comment »

kentucky bourbon louisville

If you are the type of person who would travel to Louisville just to experience the Kentucky bourbon industry there, then you’ve probably already done your fair share of distillery tours. I was that person. I had been through the ‘this is how you distill liquor’ tour a million times, and was looking for something […]

The Difference Between Cruising and UnCruising

January 18, 2019 12 Comments »

small ship cruise

I’m not a person who cruises. However, I am a person who uncruises. I know what you are thinking – “she’s lost her mind – there is not such thing as uncruising – she’s resorted to making up words!” un·cruis·ing /ˈənˈkro͞oziNG/ noun: uncruising – the action of engaging, connecting, and exploring unique places, oneself, and […]

Colorado Dog Sledding and Winter Adventures

January 16, 2019 No Comments »

colorado dog sledding snow mountain ranch

As we drove down the switchbacks of Berthoud Pass I pointed out Winter Park ski hill to my friend Lynn. We both looked at the little ant-like people coming down the runs and kept driving. Even though Colorado has had one of their best early snow seasons that had everyone flocking to the slopes in […]

How I Ended Up On My First Solo Trip

January 8, 2019 7 Comments »

fist time solo travels

In an effort to bring you some new voices on Ottsworld, here is a guest post from blogger Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie. I met Jackie recently at a Blog conference and she so nicely said to me, “you inspired me to travel solo!” I was so touched as I heard her story of her hearing me speak […]

20 Tips for Traveling Alone for the First Time

January 2, 2019 8 Comments »

traveling alone for the first time

Is this the year you will finally take that first solo trip? I was probably like you 12 years ago obsessing on how I was more intimidated than excited about traveling alone for the first time. In 2006 I left my corporate career to take a career break and travel around the world for a […]

My Year in Review and Holiday Greetings

December 21, 2018 4 Comments »

holiday 2018

Happy Holidays! I can’t believe it’s my 12th year of doing these holiday videos!  I’m not a video person mainly because I hate editing video.  It takes me a full 10 to 12 hour day to get this video done.  So every year I don’t think I’ll make the video and then tradition (and guilt) […]

Have Yourself a Poopy Catalan Christmas

December 18, 2018 5 Comments »

caga tio caganer catalan christmas

There is no Santa in Catalonia. That’s right – none. The kids in the northern part of Spain are told that Santa passes them over and doesn’t stop in Catalonia. No, they aren’t being punished because they were ‘bad’. They simply don’t need Santa in Catalonia…they have something else, something better. A Christmas log named […]

How to Spend a Day Like a Local in Jaipur

December 12, 2018 No Comments »

jaipur travel wind palace

This article was originally published on The Journal, the Intrepid Travel Blog. I have their permission to repost it. The moment I stepped off the bus and onto the pavement in Jaipur, everything changed. I no longer was in the protected voyeuristic tourist mini bus, suddenly I was thrust into the local culture. But it […]

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