tree swing on beach along Queen Charlotte Drive, New Zealand

Cruising New Zealand

Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

From steep cliffs and stunning coastline, to famous wine regions, New Zealand offers a colorful variety of surprises.

New Zealand doesn’t get the credit it deserves. As a vacation destination, most folks don’t have pre-conceived notions about any big ticket items, or automatic must-dos while there. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t there. It just means that New Zealand good at keeping secrets.

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camels in Cabo

Escape to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Cabo San Lucas at sunrise

If you want quick and easy, with plenty of sunshine, it’s tough to go wrong with a trip to Cabo San Lucas.

Flights are plentiful. Cruise ships love Cabo San Lucas. My cruise out of Long Beach, California (near Los Angeles) with Carnival Cruise Line came with two days in port in Cabo. That left plenty of time for the beach or one of the many of tours and activities. For obvious reasons, many are tied to the water and the coast. Continue reading “Escape to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico”

Swimming with sea lions in the Galapagos

Snorkeling the Galapagos Islands

Swimming with sea lions in the Galapagos

Snorkeling provides one of the best opportunities to watch wildlife in the Galapagos Islands. Granted, I’ll admit I have a thing for being in the water, every time you put on a mask and snorkel you are rewarded in the Galapagos. Unlike diving it doesn’t require any special training or certification, you just need to be comfortable in the water.. Continue reading “Snorkeling the Galapagos Islands”

view from above Avalon, Catalina

Winter Warm-up in Los Angeles

hiking griffith park in los angeles

I’ve lost track of how many years I’ve called the San Francisco Bay Area home, but I always get excited about planning a trip to Los Angeles. Southern California and Northern California may call the same state home, but it’s safe to say a bit of a rivalry exists. LA was where I spent my college days, and fell in love with summer-like weather that’s typical all year long.

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