Travel Highlights


Here’s a look at some of my most memorable trips. Hovering over the points on the map shows snapshots from my travels. Check back soon, I’ll be recapping other destinations and including travel tips.


World Map


CAPE TOWN & JOHANNESBURG, sOUTH aFRICA

 South Africa is my most favorite place in the world. What’s not to love about a place that offers culture, history, scenery, nature, food, and wine? Speaking of, I suggest Pinotage, ZA’s own wine varietal.

It was incredible seeing wild animals – including the Big 5! – in their natural habit. If you’re like me and grew up mesmerized by National Geographic everything, then I recommend going on a safari (both in the day and at night). Keep your eyes peeled and bring a good pair of  binoculars because some of them are camouflaged and easy to miss. Check out the photos in the album – did you spot the lion and leopard in the safari pics?!

Highlights: Table Mountain, Robben Island, Stellenbosch wineries, Nelson Mandela museum, Apartheid Museum, Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre, Soweto, Cape of Good Hope, and Kruger National Park.


Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago

Carnival in Trinidad & Tobago is a nonstop party, or “fete” as we masqueraders say. Between breakfast, day, evening, and overnight fetes….plus J’ouvert (early morning fete) and Carnival Tuesday (all day fete), sleeping is almost nonexistent.

Part of the action is choosing a band to play mas with and deciding on THE costume to wear on the road during Carnival Tuesday. As you can see from the past couple years, I like pink and gold palettes, but the choice was never easy because all the costume options are beautiful with vibrant, bold colors (which I love).

During the entire Carnival period, the whole country embraces the celebration and tradition. Besides the stunning costumes, the energy from the people, the Soca music and the dancing is nothing like I’ve ever seen. My favorite song (that I listen to on repeat) – “Like Ah Boss” by Machel Montano , the King of Soca. If you want to keep the party going, you can listen to these albums from start to finish, without skipping – Happiest Man Alive, Monte Monk, Get Soca 2015.


BEIJING, HONG KONG, AND XIAMEN, CHINA

 Spent 5.5 weeks in China and learned 5 new words. So that averages to approximately 1 learned word per week. I’ll call that a successful trip!

Highlights: The Grand Palace, Tiananmen Square, The Great Wall, Victoria Peak, Lantau Island, and Beijing National Stadium (“Birds Nest”) where Allyson Felix won two medals. She’s one of my favorite athletes.


thailand, laos, cambodia, vietnam

 Criss-crossed through Southeast Asia with friends for four weeks. We hit 11 cities in 4 countries:

  • Thailand: Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Phi Phi Islands
  • Laos: Luang Prabang
  • Cambodia: Siem Reap, Phnom Penh
  • Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An

It’s pretty easy to bounce around between the countries because they are so close together.  We covered a lot of ground and had a great time doing alot of amazing activities.

Highlights: Floating market outside of Bangkok, Cu Chi Tunnels (where Vietnamese hid from enemies during the war), overnight river boat cruise, bathing elephants in the famous Mekong  River, Angkor Wat and Angkor (ruins filmed for parts of the Tomb Raider movie), Temple of the Reclining Buddha, and much more!


bUENOS AIRES & mENDOZA, aRGENTINA

 I’ve always wanted to become fluent in Spanish.  In an attempt to immerse myself into the language and culture, I spent 6 weeks in Argentina taking Spanish classes and partaking in other things the country is well known for – eating lots of steak and discovering Malbec and cafe con leche (a coffee drinker’s dream). I’m still not fluent but atleast I can say I’ve paraglided off a mountain….not the same, but equally cool I think.

Highlights: Puerto Madero, Recoleta, Recoleta Cemetary, Palermo, San Telmo, Cerro Arco, Bodega Familia Di Tommaso.

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