It might seem like a wild idea, but I think three days is enough time to explore anywhere – including the Big Island of Hawaii. Whether you’re stringing together an island-hopping trip or extending from a Hawaiian cruise (like I did), spending three days on Hawaii’s Big Island is very do-able – and adventurous! If … Continue Reading

There’s something otherworldly about red rock formations across the globe. From the towering mountains of Jordan’s Wadi Rum rising above the desert to the canyon of Zion’s fiery pinnacles, we’re drawn to spend time among the red rocks. I feel the call – and I don’t generally consider myself the kind of person to whom … Continue Reading

If you’re planning a trip to Chile, there are probably two cities you’ll visit: Santiago and Valparaíso. Chile’s famous industrial port city offers a different slice of life in Chile. Unlike the ultra urban and modern capital city of Santiago, Valparaíso is more gritty, grimy, and definitely more colorful. On my trip to Chile in … Continue Reading

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

Before I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, I had visited a few times: for a friend’s birthday, for another friend’s wedding, for work. I could see what people liked about San Francisco, and why they’d want to visit. The fog, affectionately nicknamed Karl the Fog, is sort of magical as it rolls in … Continue Reading

Looking for an unconventional Bay Area getaway? Northern California is calling! It’s easy to get hooked on weekends up in Marin or fleeing to Tahoe whenever you need a break from the bustle of San Francisco. There’s so much more to explore beyond these well-trod paths. I took a recent trip to Siskiyou County, one of the … Continue Reading

San Francisco is technically on the Pacific Ocean, but it doesn’t really have that seaside vibe. Instead, most Bay Area folks flock out to the smaller coastal communities when we want to breathe the ocean air and relax a bit. Carmel-by-the-Sea is one of the top places to spend a weekend away from the Bay, … Continue Reading

One of the best parts of living in California is the wide range of weekend travel opportunities. From my home in the Bay Area, I can easily explore the coast ? (Marin or the Central Coast), the mountains ? (Yosemite & Tahoe), the forest ? (the Coastal or Giant Redwoods), or the desert ? (Joshua … Continue Reading

Yosemite may not be the first national park, but it’s certainly among the most popular and beloved. Home to stunning megaliths of rock, beautiful waterfalls, and a sweeping valley that captures the heart of every traveler who lays eyes on it – just like it did to John Muir. I took a weekend trip to … Continue Reading