Keeping Clean on Kilimanjaro

One of the biggest misgivings I had when I first set my heart on climbing Kilimanjaro was the question of cleanliness. Never a natural outdoorswoman, I came late to the joys of the great outdoors and while I love day hikes, I was a relative noob at multi day camping. Climbing Kilimanjaro on the Rongai…

Climbing Kilimanjaro: The Rongai Route

When I first started thinking about climbing Kilimanjaro, the logistics of even just getting started seemed difficult enough. There was so much to think about – the best time to climb, which operator to choose, how to train, what I should wear, which route I should choose to ascend to Africa’s highest peak? I’d previously…

The Mountain is Waiting

After months of preparation, armchair research, weekends spent tramping up and down National Parks, and countless trips to adventure stores, it’s finally here. The adventure starts today. In a sense it doesn’t quite seem real yet. There’s been so much “normal life” to sort out that this trip still feels far off, intangible, surreal. I’m…

Kailua-Kona: Big Island, Cheap Trips

There is so much to do in and around Kailua Kona, you may find yourself returning just to check everything off from your first trip. Although an unlimited budget — or at least a large one — offers unique opportunities, that doesn’t mean you can’t have an unforgettable trip on the cheap. You may find…

La Jolla: Visit San Diego’s Rich Cousin

San Diego is a popular paradise known for its sunny climate and craggy coastline. The La Jolla community is part of the greater San Diego area — a very posh part, where you’ll find golf courses, high-end shopping, and stunning beaches. Luxurious La Jolla hotels such as the Pantai Inn will spoil and pamper you;…

Best Sydney road trips

Sydney is a fantastic city to visit, and there are plenty of things to do in Sydney itself, but once you’re seen it all, and taken one or two day trips from Sydney, what next? For sights further a field, how about hiring a car in Sydney and embarking on one or two of these epic…

The Best Boutique Hotels in Jackson

The term “boutique hotel” was once a rare occurrence, and the definition was clear. Today, people use the term “boutique hotel” so frequently that many don’t know what it means. The definition of a “boutique hotel” is a hotel that is small, intimate in size, and in a trendy urban area. Boutique does not mean…

Wonderful Wyoming: Planning a Shoestring Trip to Jackson

Positioned in a postcard-perfect valley that is encompassed by snow-capped mountains, Jackson is a destination that nature-lovers are sure to adore. The city’s close proximity to the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks helps to make it a popular base for exploring nature’s hotspots, while a host of activities make Jackson itself a fabulous vacation…