Travel Tips

I've been traveling more than half my life, and have visited nearly 30 countries.

Along the way, I've learned a few tips to help make the process of traveling more enjoyable.

Scroll down to see them all.

  • 3 Days in Carmel - Coastline
    Itineraries,  Road Trip Tips

    The Ultimate 7-Day Pacific Coast Highway Itinerary for 2024

    As a large country that depends on vehicles for our primary form of transportation, it should come as no surprise that the U.S.A. is full of iconic and bucket list-worthy drives: Route 66. Skyline Drive (in Shenandoah National Park). The Road to Hana (in Hawaii). The Overseas Highway (to the Florida Keys). And, of course, the road trip that tops them all: the Pacific Coast Highway...

  • Itineraries,  National Park Travel

    The Best Things to Do at Pinnacles National Park for 1-2 Days

    When it comes to California, you know the National Parks, right? Yosemite, Joshua Tree, Death Valley – yep, yep, and yep. How about Sequoias & King’s Canyon for the Giant Sequoias or Redwoods for the Coastal Redwoods? Okay, sure. But do you know the less commonly known parks, like Lassen Volcanic, Channel Islands, or Pinnacles? Pinnacles National Park is surprisingly close to the Bay Area and easy to visit in one day – but it’s one of the least visited...

  • Icy Strait Point Excursions Hero
    Cruise Tips,  Destination Guides

    The 5 Best Icy Strait Point Shore Excursions for Your Alaska Cruise (2024)

    You've finally decided: 2023 is the year to take the Alaska cruise you've been dreaming of – whether it's been a few years or a lifetime of waiting. One of the most exciting prospects when booking an Alaska cruise is choosing your Alaska cruise excursions in each port. These ports are where you can experience the real Alaska – if you know which excursions to choose, that is...

  • 5-Day Pacific Coast Highway Itinerary Hero
    Itineraries,  Road Trip Tips

    The Perfect 5-Day Pacific Coast Highway Itinerary for 2024

    Imagine for a moment that you're looking for the ultimate sense of freedom in one of the most beautiful places on earth. What comes to mind? I have a few different scenarios in my head, but one of them is definitely road-tripping the Pacific Coast Highway. There's nothing quite like the winding coastal road with its windswept vistas, towering cliffs, and charming coastal towns. Yes, it sounds cliche – but the PCH really lives up to it in the best way possible...

  • Oregon Coast Road Trip Hero
    Itineraries,  Road Trip Tips

    The Complete Oregon Coast Road Trip Guide (with 3 Itineraries!)

    There's nowhere on earth quite like the Pacific Coast of North America – especially because we're fortunate that there are coastal highways along pretty much every mile from the northwestern tip of Washington to the California-Mexico border. Along that stretch, the Oregon Coast is considered one of the best stretches to drive due to the diversity of scenery and experiences you can have along the way – and the lack of crowds you might encounter further south on the Pacific Coast Highway or north on the Olympic Peninsula...

  • One Day in Canyonlands National Park Hero
    Itineraries,  National Park Travel

    How to Make the Most of One Day in Canyonlands National Park

    One of the most important human emotions is wonder. You can find it through incredible meals, jaw-dropping art, or admiring epic views. No matter the means, wondrous experiences create an indelible mark in your memory. I had one such experience in Canyonlands National Park, where my breath was taken away by the stunning natural beauty that southwest Utah is so well known for...

  • Alaska on a Budget Hero
    Cruise Tips,  Destination Guides

    How to Choose the Best Alaska Cruise Excursions in 2024

    Alaska is a dream destination, and people are always surprised to learn that I grew up there. After that, they often ask me "What is it like to grow up in Alaska?" I love answering this, as it reveals that – for all its magic – Alaska is a pretty normal place with spectacular scenery. Then, people usually follow up by asking "Can you help me plan my Alaskan cruise/choose my Alaska cruise excursions?"...

  • Major Marine Tours Review - Ship
    Destination Guides,  National Park Travel

    The 17 Best Kenai Fjords National Park Cruises from Seward (2024)

    The sky is clear and the sun creates a million sparkles of light on the face of the ocean. A humpback whale erupts from the shallow waves in a full breach. A glacier cracks loudly making the phrase "white thunder" make sense as a giant piece of ice falls into the water. An otter rides the wake of our boat, holding onto a rock it will use to crack open the clamshell in its other paw for lunch. These are some of the quintessential experiences you can have on a Kenai Fjords National Park cruise...