Visiting Brazil’s Pantanal

What is the Pantanal? Located along the border with Bolivia and Paraguay, Brazil’s Pantanal is considered to be the world’s largest tropical wetland. Covering an estimated 54,000-75,000 square miles, the ecosystem is a downward sloping basin that collects run-off from the Paraguay River and its tributaries, making it an enormous and internal river delta, similar Read more…

Your Essential Travel Glossary

When traveling, you are more than likely going to encounter new people, new traditions, and new terminology. From historical sites to modes of transportation, special activities to job professions, unique words are often thrown around in casual conversation before, during, and after an international adventure. To better equip us all to engage in these discussions, Read more…

Fun Ways to Use Your Travel Photos

Photographs are one of the best souvenirs we collect when traveling. We often spend our trips attempting to capture all of the memorable moments—unique experiences, delicious meals, wonderful guides, and travel companions. As such, we end up with hundreds, if not thousands of images stored on our cameras, phones, laptops, or hard drives upon our Read more…

¡Salud! The Wine (and food) of Chile

There is a Chilean expression ‘Buena Onda,’ which means good vibe in English. It is used to convey a mood, style, or attitude that one feels while out experiencing the world. I knew when setting off with Kayla to the country this past June, I was in for a good time. But it was during Read more…

Patagonia Seasonality

Patagonia has become one of the most popular South American destinations to visit. Spanning nearly 410,000 square miles and across both Chile and Argentina, it is a region of impressive landscapes, incredible wildlife, and endless activities. From its glacial ice to its pristine lakes, its rugged mountain peaks to its vast plains, Patagonia promises visitors Read more…

Costa Rica’s Biodiversity: Something for Everyone

Costa Rica is home to about five percent of the world’s species. That’s more than 500,000 different creatures, concentrated in a country the size of one-fourth of Minnesota! It is certainly a lot of bang for your buck and means that when visiting, which Rachel David and I did this past May, you’re destined to Read more…

Valparaiso: A Vibrant Chilean Destination

When heading to Chile, most travelers are excited to visit Torres del Paine, the Atacama Desert, Easter Island, and all the other incredibly scenic destinations the country has to offer. As such, Santiago and the surrounding areas are often overlooked, only used as a brief stopover, or rarely the focus of an itinerary. On my Read more…

Leaving a Piece of My Heart in the Ecuadorian Highlands

My colleague Joleen Soderberg and I were lucky enough to travel to Ecuador this past May. Even though most of our time was spent exploring the Galapagos Island (seven nights and an amazing experience), we were able to enjoy two magical days at Hacienda Zuleta, located in the breathtaking Ecuadorian highlands. To say that I Read more…

Activities Near Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano

For travelers headed to Costa Rica in search of adventurous activities, a visit to the town of La Fortuna, located near Arenal Volcano, is an absolute must. The area was transformed following volcanic activity in 1968 and tourists soon began coming to visit the beautiful volcano and its hot springs. As a result of this Read more…

Tips & Advice for Holiday Travel

There is no better way to celebrate the winter holidays than with a trip. The quality family time and unforgettable experiences provide the best of both worlds. And yet, it can feel stressful to plan, particularly when it includes multiple family members coming from various parts of the world. To get the ball rolling and Read more…