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 […]

When the Unexpected Happens While Traveling

December 3, 2018 1 Comment »

atlantic airways landing vagar faroe islands

I had dozed off on my early morning Atlantic Airways flight from Iceland to the Faroe Islands. Fighting jetlag from my previous day’s US flight,  it was all I could do to get up and get myself to the airport in time this morning. There aren’t many flights going to the Faroe Islands from Iceland, […]

My Favorite Travel and Hiking Gear of 2018

November 20, 2018 2 Comments »

favorite travel gear

It’s my favorite time of the year – the holiday season! When I was younger I was loco about the holidays, and even though that has subdued as an adult, I still love the smells, sounds, food, family, friends, and love around the holiday season. Each year around this time I write about travel gear […]

My 6 Favorite Experiences in Rajasthan India

November 13, 2018 2 Comments »

best rajasthan experiences

This article was originally published on The Journal, the Intrepid Travel Blog. I have their permission to repost it. “Did you go to Taj Mahal?” This is one of the inevitable questions I hear when I tell someone I went to India. The gleaming white architecture is a ‘must see’ on everyone’s wish list. However, […]