Announcing Dark Skies: A Practical Guide to Astrotourism

That’s. My. Name. On. The. Cover. I still can’t get over it. There’s a book, a real book that will sit on people’s bookshelves, that they will read and learn from, that has my name on the cover. Last week, I went and picked up a very important delivery: a box of advance copies of my … Continue Reading

On My 32nd Birthday: A 40 Before 40 Check-In

Every year on my birthday, I write myself a letter in the future. I use a service called to set the delivery date for my next birthday. It has become one of my favorite annual traditions, and I now eagerly anticipate my own letters from Last Year Me, setting out my goals and hopes … Continue Reading

Introducing Mr. Valise: My #1 Travel Buddy & Life Partner

Bill Murray once said, “If you have someone that you think is The One… Buy a plane ticket for the two of you to travel all around the world, and go to places that are hard to go to and hard to get out of. And if when you come back… and you’re still in love … Continue Reading

22 Delicious Foods & Drinks You Must Try in Chile

On my recent trip to Chile, I was surprised to discover the Chilean dishes and drinks you can find throughout the country. From funky flavors in the Elqui Valley to classics in capital Santiago and seafood near the sea in Valparaíso, I tried to sample it all whenever I found it. For example: Despite my … Continue Reading

3 Days in Santiago: The Best Things to See & Do

Have you ever thought of planning a trip to Chile? Even among adventurous travelers, Chile is often overlooked for more popular countries like Peru, Brazil, or Argentina. If you’ve made it to this post, you’re smarter than that – you want to know how to visit Santiago, and I’m here to help. Santiago is the … Continue Reading

Travel, Blogging & Business Recap: March 2019

It might surprise you that less than a year ago, I considered quitting this blog. I was pretty unhappy with a lot of things in my work life, and was trying to prioritize where to spend my energy. Mr. V gave me the sound advice to ‘give it one more year’ – to make it … Continue Reading

10 Essentials You Need to Pack for Alaska

Traveling to Alaska? You may wonder what you need to pack. After years of living in – and traveling to – Alaska, here are my best packing tips.

10 Days in Alaska: How to Plan Your Trip in 2019

Want to visit Alaska? Take advice from a local! Here’s the ultimate itinerary/guide to travel for 10 days in Alaska, including Anchorage, Denali & Seward.

10 Road Trip Essentials You Need to Pack

The open road is calling, and you want to answer. I know the feeling: over the course of my life, I’ve had the opportunity to make some incredible road trips. I drove the Al-Can Highway twice (in 1992 and 2006), and made the drive down the Pacific Coast Highway in 2014. I’ve explored the Olympic … Continue Reading