Every year on New Year’s Day, Mr. V and I make our way to the coast, and go for a walk. We spend that time discussing our personal and professional goals – and this year we’ve added marriage goals to the list since we’ll be tying the knot in July 2020. I love using January … Continue Reading

Twenty nineteen. What a year. What a long year. With political, social, and environmental issues at the forefront under a constant barrage of headlines and the 24/7 newscycle, it’s a little hard to look back on the year as a whole. But if we don’t look back – on society as a society and on ourselves … Continue Reading

Thank you Expedia for sponsoring this post. Visit Expedia.com to book your first trip of 2020! Back in 2011, I started tracking all of my travels on a calendar. After each trip, I would mark the dates on my digital calendar, and set the event to repeat yearly. Each year, I could see where I … Continue Reading

It’s been one year since Tony Bourdain died, and my life is completely different. I wanted to share why that happened.

Curious what it takes to write a book for Lonely Planet? Learn about Dark Skies: A Practical Guide for Astrotourism, the book I wrote and how it came to be.

Curious about Mr. Valise, my #1 travel buddy and life partner? Here’s an introduction to Mr. V and our relationship history, for interested readers!

Want to set a yearly mantra? Learn about my 2019 mantra and why I chose “reach” to inspire the coming year — plus how to set your own mantra for 2019.

As 2018 ends, let’s look back over the year. Here’s a recap of my travels, stories, and other delcious details packed into a post of my 2018 in review.

St. Paul’s Cathedral is designed to be iconic and memorable, indelible in the heart, the mind, and the soul. Here’s why it’s my favorite spot in London.