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How to Travel to Antarctica: The Ultimate Guide

December 20, 2019 43 Comments »

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Traveling to Antarctica is a bucket list item for a lot of people. And I’m lucky enough to have been to Antarctica – not once – but twice. On two occasions, I got to travel to Antarctica and cross a couple of items off my bucket list.  Right there at the top – there it […]

8 Best Travel Books Your Carryon Desperately Needs

November 29, 2019 No Comments »

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In an effort to bring you some new voices on Ottsworld, here is a guest post from writer Maria Martinico. I met Maria at a women’s networking and travel event in Denver.  I rarely have time to read these days, so I asked Maria to write about her best travel books she’s read since she’s […]

The Truth About How We See the Northern Lights

March 20, 2018 15 Comments »

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Until I went to Fairbanks Alaska I thought the northern lights were all just hype. No – I haven’t joined a Flat Earth Society or decided Global Warming is a hoax, I just didn’t know if I fully believed in the northern lights. I had good reason to doubt them. Often the Aurora Isn’t What […]

You’ve Got Mail and it’s a Postcard From Me!

February 20, 2018 5 Comments »

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I partnered with MyPostcard App to bring you this post.  I started traveling full time in 2006, the word blog wasn’t in our vocabulary and the smart phone had yet to be invented! I carried my Lonely Planet, I had a flip phone with a world sim card, I went to internet cafes, and I […]

The Perfect New England Getaway

July 19, 2016 15 Comments »

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I grew up in the landlocked Midwest. Summers were spent at swimming pools, running through sprinklers, and sliding down a big yellow slip’n slide we set up in our yard. That was my only real exposure to water activities and water culture. I’m comfortable with cornfields, mile roads, and farming culture because that’s what I […]

The Best Street Art Berlin Tour

November 19, 2015 1 Comment »

The warehouse is chilly, dimly lit, and smells of paint. Curtis is dressed in black from head to toe and gives me the go-ahead nod. I look at all the cans in front of me, pick up the pink one, shake it, and push the top gently; my first attempt at graffiti is exhilarating and […]

The Best Chocolate Houses of Paris

February 18, 2015 10 Comments »

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You’ve heard of all of the famous fashion houses in Paris – Chanel, Pierre Cardin, Dior, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier, Hermès, Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent to name a few. But have you heard of the great chocolate houses in Paris? My love for fashion may be about equal to my love of chocolate – but […]

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 […]

Bottomless Champagne and Topless Dancers

December 16, 2014 10 Comments »

Paradis Latin Review

You know you’re in Europe when a 12 year old boy is attending a Paris cabaret show. This is going to be a night he’ll remember for a while as he goes home slightly tipsy and dreaming of boobies. Somehow I have found myself in the odd situation of attending a dinner theater cabaret show […]

Eat With Locals While Traveling

May 27, 2014 10 Comments »

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“Beautiful things happen when you bring people together over food.” said Hila. We all sat at a long table with vases of fresh flowers, Billie Holiday playing in the background, and the room was softly glowing with votive candles. Another perfect foodie night out in New York City. However I wasn’t at the latest Manhattan […]