Fiji and Jordan Kick Off Summer Travel

Between moving to Hawaii, launching and running Wake and Wander Hawaii, and still travel writing as a full-time freelancer, this site has found itself on the back burner. But rest assured I am still getting after it. It’s on my list to get some clips up from my recent trips to Uganda, the Yukon, Mexico,…

Some Short Stories, Explained

Songwriters are praised for their personal lyrics, yet I found that as a young writer, I was punished greatly for writing about what I knew best, turning my own life stories into fictional tales that highlighted different emotions I experienced. There were cases when I was dumped by a girlfriend or given a stare by…

Wake and Wander Hawaii is Born

Here is the latest news to come out of camp Wake and Wander: Travel Writer, Cultural Ambassador Link Up for New Publication That Promotes Experiential Travel and Cultivates Hawaiian Culture A new travel publication, Wake and Wander Hawaiʻi, has officially launched on Oʻahu. It is led by publisher and editor Will McGough and features a monthly column…

Not Your Father’s Huntsville

Standing there in the brewery, smelling the cooking pizza and hearing the heavy-metal inspired riffs of Rage Against the Machine, it was clear that I had stumbled upon a revolution. It was a stark contrast to what I remember about the drive into town: the road winding its way through farmland, passing fields and tractors…

Visiting The Caribbean Island Without Beaches

Two cabbies sit outside the airport making small talk, waiting for the plane to land at Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport on Saba. One of them, Billy, starts telling me about how, for years, his dog has gone grocery shopping for her own food. All he does is hold up her empty food bag, and off she goes…

A Winter Camping Tribute to the 10th Mountain Division

A mile and a half from the cabin, my leg broke through the snow. It was a surprising, knee-buckling jolt, straight down and sudden with the force of a post driver. It was not something I felt coming; with 30 pounds on my back, my legs were forced into a right angle, one straight out…

Dispatch: The Four Main Cultures of Curacao

The amazingly blue waters of Grote Knip in Curacao.  Located at the very bottom of the Caribbean as part of the A-B-C Island Chain along with Aruba and Bonaire, Curaçao has changed hands quite a bit since it was first discovered by Europeans in the 15th century. Although the Spanish, French, and British have all…

ATF 2016: Meeting of the Minds Set to Take Place in Manila

The annual meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the Asian Tourism Forum (ATF), is set to take place later this month in Manila, where diplomats, tourism delegates, and media from the ten member nations – Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam – will meet to discuss the future of…

Southern Italy: The Ancient Olive-Oil Producers of Puglia

The region of Puglia begins on the eastern shores of southern Italy, at the bottom of “the boot,” and runs north, extending more than 200 miles up the Adriatic coast. But its location is not the only reason one might call it the Achilles heel of the country. At the heart of the Italian spirit…

The Iron Road: Climbing Austria’s First Via Ferrata in St. Anton

It took three gondolas to get to base camp. Then we walked a half hour above the treeline, over and through the snow-covered rocks. At the junction of two trails stood an aluminum signpost, its arrow directing hikers over the side of a cliff. I asked my guide about it. “Oh,” he said. Then he grabbed…

Postcard: A First Glimpse of Fall in Colorado’s Aspen Groves

2:30 p.m. MT | Mount Evans Wilderness, Colorado – The clouds crawl across the sky like slow-moving spaceships. The breeze puffs down from the mountains and shakes the leaves on the trees, sending them down to the forest floor. The sun is shining as bright as it did all summer, but there’s a major difference…

Nature’s Greatest Thrill Ride: Rafting the Zambezi

The first thing I notice when I walk into the shop is the large banner hanging down from the ceiling. It looms above the guide’s head like a campaign banner behind a politician, and to say it was distracting would be an understatement. All the guide has to do to kick off his safety briefing…