Ultimate Gift Guide for the World Traveler

Over the years many people have asked me what items I travel with or would recommend as my top travel must-haves. I decided to compile this list of some of my favorite travel essentials. Everything on this list is something that I have used. I hope you are inspired and able to find the perfect gift for the adventurous world traveler in your life! Note that this page contains affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will...

Best Places to Visit in Singapore – Part 2 – Chinatown and the Satay Club

Our second day in Singapore and we were headed to Chinatown. The forecast called for rain in the afternoon – no surprise there – so it seemed like a good day to visit that part of the city-state. Our plan was to spend the day in the Singapore Chinatown and then have a late night dinner at the Satay Club in Lau Pa Sat. Singapore has a number of centrally located neighborhoods that reflect the country’s cultural diversity. Chinatown, Kampong...

Best Places to Visit in Singapore – Part 1 – The Zoo

I absolutely love visiting Singapore! It is the first country I ever visited in Asia (in 1996) and the third country I traveled to outside of the United States. With its multi-cultural mix, excellent food, tropical weather, and popular attractions, this small city-state has so much to offer. Singapore, population 5.6 million, has four official languages – English, Malay, Tamil, and Mandarin – and most signs are written in all four languages. Open-air food courts (called hawker centers) remain open...

Six Things Worth Seeing in Moshi Tanzania

Our last day in Tanzania and we had no specific plans before our flight. I called up our tour operator and asked them to send a driver to take us around Moshi. This post was inspired by that trip’s most memorable moments. Moshi, population 184,000, is probably best known to those who have climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. It and Arusha are the two most likely places for climbers to stay before and after their trek. When researching for our safari, I...

Top 15 Foods to Eat in Singapore

Singapore, situated just north of the equator, is one of my favorite places to visit in South-East Asia. There are so many reasons why I love this country – the culturally diverse population and the tropical climate to name a few. However, I have to say that the amazing food on offer is definitely my main reason for going back again and again. Here is a list of my Top 15 all time favorite foods to eat in Singapore and...

Tanzania Safari – Day 7 – Ngorongoro Crater

DESCENDING INTO THE NGORONGORO CRATER Breakfast officially started at 6:30 AM, but we were to have an early start and had requested our meal at 6:00 AM. We were out the door and on our way to pick up the rest of our group a half an hour later. Today was our last day on safari and our second to last day in Tanzania. We were going to descend the 2,000 feet deep caldera to the floor of the Ngorongoro...

Tanzania Safari – Day 6 – Ngorongoro Highlands

SUNRISE OVER THE SERENGETI With some of our group staying at a nearby campground I wondered about the logistics of us all meeting up to see the sunrise. Our tented camp was surrounded by hills that blocked any chance of seeing the horizon, so we would have to drive out some distance to have a decent view. As always, I needn’t have worried. Our guide had everyone picked up in plenty of time to watch the sun break through the...

Ten Non-Animal Reasons to Go on Safari in the Serengeti

If you are anything like me when you think of going on safari in the Serengeti National Park you think about seeing the Big Five animals and the Great Migration. You don’t necessarily think about the landscape. Throughout my time in the park I was constantly astounded by the beauty of the place. I hope you enjoy these few moments I was able to capture. 1. dust & wind Dust whirlwinds sweep across the savanna stirred up by the hot...

Tanzania Safari – Day 5 – The Serengeti

A FULL DAY ON SAFARI IN THE SERENGETI! We woke up early, ate the buffet breakfast, packed our picnic lunch, and headed out for the day. The night before, I had a long conversation with our driver about our priorities for today. Our goal was a simple one – see as many different types of animals as possible. The safari guides and drivers all make use of radios to communicate with each other about the latest animal sightings. Unfortunately, our...