Apple Watch Battery Drains On Vacation

A few weeks ago I wrote about my initial reactions to traveling with the Apple Watch and how it could benefit travelers.  Now that I’ve had my watch for about 75 days, I’ve had the chance to use it many…


Chiang Mai Thailand Elephant and Tiger Encounters

Chiang Mai is a northern city in Thailand that is surrounded by tropical jungle and hills.  One of the most popular tourist activities in Chiang Mai is also one of the most controversial – visiting elephants and tigers.  I was very…

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Welcome To Spire Elite IHG Rewards

Yesterday I was surprised to get an email from Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) welcoming me to their new Spire Elite membership rewards level.  I had only heard about Spire Elite status last week from a fellow traveler and didn’t really…

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Naka Island Phuket Hotel Review

The Naka Island Phuket is a Starwood Luxury Collection Resort & Spa.  An exclusive all-villa resort on Naka Yai island, it’s just 30 minutes from Phuket International Airport.  To get to the island, you will need to arrange a private boat…

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Tragedy In Charleston Hits Home

I can not sleep. I am unsure what to write and how to express my feelings.  Since the mass murder of the 9 people at “Mother Emmanuel” AME Church in Charleston, SC, my home town, I have not written.  There is…

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Buying Souvenirs

When you go on vacation do you collect something similar from every destination you visit?  One of the challenges of traveling and Buying Souvenirs is ensuring you have a way to get them home in your suitcase or ship them without…

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How To Survive The Bangkok Smog

This is absolutely be perfect for a #Throwback Thursday.  As I get ready to travel to Thailand for the first time in a year, I’m looking through some of my old posts.  Here’s one from 2013. It still makes me laugh….

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Apple Watch Review For Travelers 

After anxiously awaiting its arrival for months, my Apple Watch arrived on May 4th, 2015.  The Apple Watch was a piece of technology that was highly anticipated and I was one of those ordering on the first day of pre-orders….


Injured Abroad Now What

A few years ago, after having spent 9 months working in Thailand and spending several months on vacation in South East Asia, I ended up with a few illnesses and injuries along the way.   The possibility of getting sick…

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La Residence D’Angkor Siem Riep Cambodia

by Rachel Brean, Blogger I kicked off a big vacation traveling Southeast Asia in May with a stay at the Belmond La Residence D’Angkor in Siem Riep, Cambodia. There is a lovely Belmond property in my hometown of Charleston, SC…


Start Something That Matters

I originally read Blake Mycoskie, Founder of Tom’s Shoes, book, “Start Something That Matters,” in 2011.  I recently decided to pick it up again now that I’ve been blogging for 5 years and see if the book had any different…


Top Three Bangkok Attractions

I’ve visited Bangkok more than I care to admit and spent about 9 months there working on a project, so I have a few ideas when it comes to the top three Bangkok attractions.  These are in no particular order,…


Four Travel Photography Tips

One of the best parts of traveling, for me, is bringing home great photos.  I have turned one room in my home into a personally gallery that features some of my favorite pictures. One thing I’ve learned is that you can get…