Snow Canyon Park Utah Red Mountain

Was the Desert Calling Me Back to Utah and Arizona?

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Everyone keeps saying the “desert call you back when it’s time for a change” and I’m starting to believe them.  For the past two months, I’ve had photos of the Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend pop up in my social media feeds almost daily – sure, I liked a few posts of friends […]

Winter visit to Reykjavik Iceland wool mittens

Iceland Mitten Memories – A Winter Visit to Reykjavik

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I reached into my coat pocket today looking for change and pulled out one of my Icelandic wool mittens, the only souvenir from my trip to Iceland. Putting on the mittens brought back a flood of amazing memories from my quick four day weekend trip to Reykjavik.  When planning my holiday, I had a host […]

Airport Tag Travel Quote Tote Bag

Under $50 Holiday Gift Guide for Travelers – Practical, Fun & Whimsical

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Chances are you have a friend or family member that is a traveler like me and chances are they are a pain in the ass to buy for at holiday (and birthday) time because they just want to be on a trip anywhere but here and that’s not in your $50 holiday gift budget. My […]

Moai Ahu at Hanga Roa Easter Island

Photo Essay – The Magic of the Moai (Statues) of Easter Island, Chile

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**Originally published after my Easter Island trip, but updated and posted for you to discover (or re-discover) one of my favorite experiences – a bucklist trip for many to see the Easter Island statues*** Paul, our guide, visited Easter Island in the 60’s as a teenager assisting the archeological team at the time.  He is […]

Oddballs' Camp Safari Tent

I’m a Luxury Hotel Girl – Can I Survive a Safari Tent Camp?

Posted on 3 CommentsPosted in Africa, My Thoughts and Musings, Safari

I love hotels and hate hotels at the same time.  When planning a trip as a solo traveler, there is no one to split the cost of the lodging so I need to be pretty particular when spending cash on lodging.  This is why I love my Starwood AMEX card as I can rack up points […]

Impala and monkey on safari

Walking Safari in Botswana – Tracking the Animals

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After all of the traveling, I was ready to go on my walking safari, whatever that meant in the Okavango Delta.  While I had read about “going on safari”, I hadn’t a clue what that actually entailed but I was about to find out.  Walking from my “room” (tent at Oddballs’ Camp) in the sandy […]

Mokoro boats at Oddballs camp Okavango Delta Moremi

Botswana Safari Review – Oddballs Camp in the Okavango Delta

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Landing in Maun, Botswana, the airport was awash in small bush planes and one building for passengers to transit.  You exit the plane and walk to the terminal -something that became commonplace in Africa -walking to/from your plane  which I liked.  I had been traveling for four days to get here and had one more […]

U.S. Capitol Building D.C.

The U.S. Capitol Tour in Photos & Video – Free to Visit in D.C.

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With my Art Weekend in D.C., I decided to extend by a day so I could do my own tour of D.C. in a short time.  I had never visited the iconic buildings of Washington, D.C. – the Capitol, Supreme Court or the White House.  For this trip, the White House was under construction and […]

PHL Centurion Lounge seating Philly

New in A-West at PHL Airport – AMEX Centurion Lounge Philadelphia

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Luxury comes to the Philadelphia Airport in the form of the American Express Centurion Lounge at PHL (PHL Centurion Lounge).  As the eighth Centurion lounge in the U.S., the space is warm and welcoming with a mix of woods, warm colors and modern comfort with pops of color (and a ton of pillows). When I […]

London Aloft Bar

Review: London Aloft Excel Hotel for the Modern Traveler

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For the my first World Travel Market conference (WTM), one of the largest travel events in Europe, held each year in London at November, I knew that I needed my hotel to be easy as convention days are long and exhausting.  As the conference was being held at the ExCel Convention Center (in the Docklands […]