What’s going on with this blog??

It has been over a month since my last post, so I wanted to give you an update on what’s happening. I am working on some posts about our Atlanta trip in April, but they will be posted on my forthcoming website that I hope to launch in the early summer. You will find new…

From the Archives: “Showdown in Shaydon” (Tajikistan)

The following was originally published on November 12, 2008 as part of “Pixillated Peregrinations,” a chronicle of my Central Asia and Turkey, which was hosted on the TravBuddy blog site that shuttered in April 2018.  Sunday morning was another cloudy day, but not rainy. I think I slept until around 9am, but Halim and I…

The Top Takeaways from the DC Travel and Adventure Show

Saint Patrick’s Day weekend featured another two-day travel show, this time right here in my neck of the woods. How could I be any luckier? The Travel & Adventure Show returned to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC for a fifteenth year. I’d heard of this one, but had never been before….

The Paradise Next Door: Discovering the Beauty of Querétaro, Mexico

“Mexico is so dangerous! Why would you go there?” That was one of the first things I’d heard from someone when I excitedly told them I was going. “But is it safe?” was another common question. Unfortunately for Americans, the media paints our neighbor to the south as a land riddled with nothing but drug…

Attending a Travel Show for the First Time

Every year in the nation’s largest city, delegations from around the world gather to dazzle us with dreamy offerings from every corner of the globe. Various tourist bureaus, travel industry businesses, journalist and speakers converge for one weekend dedicated to that favorite fancy. I’m talking about the New York Times Travel Show. This year is…

Front Page!

This week I was featured on the front page of my hometown newspaper, the Saint Marys Star. I was interviewed about my travels, focusing on Kansas and day trip opportunities within two hours from St. Marys. It was not the first time I had been in the newspaper, but it was a first for being…