I am a resident of the beautiful state of Arizona in the great American Southwest. Before that I lived in the Great Lakes and Deep South regions of the U.S.
Ever since I was a kid, I have enjoyed traveling to many places to enjoy the great outdoors. Throughout my life, this has become a journey to explore the world, experience other cultures, understand my fellow man and appreciate the beauty of this planet. My favorite destination I have visited is Antarctica, but east Africa and Chile also rank high on my list. I enjoy shooting video and taking photos at all places I visit.
My professional work is in communications. However, I am always dreaming of that next destination.
You may have a compelling reason to cross the Atlantic more often in the next few years. Ryanair, Europe’s largest budget airline, says it is developing a plan for transatlantic service between Europe and North America for as little as US$15 each way! The Ireland-based budget airline plans […]
While I am not Irish (at least that I know of), I think there is truth to the saying that everyone wishes to be Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. Especially in Chicago, which has some of the largest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the world. Yes, you read […]
If you fly Delta Air Lines, you have a lot to make you unhappy with the airline this year. They continue to devalue their SkyMiles® program, especially when they recently introduced a new five-tier airfare scheme, including a low-price “Basic Economy” ticket that’s the most restrictive and least […]
It was the perfect day for kayaking in the most remote place on Earth: Antarctica. We had cruised down the Gerlache Strait to Paradise Harbor and left the safe confines of our Russian expedition ship, the Akademik Sergey Vavilov (Академик Сергей Вавилов). Some of the best viewpoints can only […]
If you are an automobile aficionado, an international auto show is pretty close to nirvana. The Detroit International Auto Show took place this past weekend, and this show has always been on my bucket list. First of all, it’s the largest in the world. But most importantly, it […]
I silently viewed some chinstrap penguins socializing on Robert Island, part of Antarctica’s South Shetland Island chain. Not far from Robert Point, one of my fellow travelers started walking up a path seemingly into the clouds. The penguins themselves turned to watch him and seemed to acknowledge the curious […]
If you are not a Briton, you may not be familiar with Runnymede, England. But on June 15 this year, the eyes of the world will be on the small town as the United Kingdom marks the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta at Runnymede […]
So you have that nice Nikon or Canon SLR and you like shooting video? But let’s face it, while the technology in these cameras is amazing, the sound coming from that internal microphone is lacking. What’s the point in shooting HD quality video and spending all that time […]
If you love history, 2015 promises to be an unforgettable year for travel in the United States. Several cities and smaller towns across the nation will mark significant milestones with living history and exhibits. Throughout 2015, take a moment to connect with American history by traveling to a […]
I had just finished hiking the world-famous Circuito W in Chile’s Parque Nacional Torres del Paine. On my walk to the bus stop at Laguna Amarga, I happened to turn around when I heard a vehicle in the distance. I captured this photo of a microbus crossing a ridiculously narrow […]
Spend some time with me on my layover as I explore Zürich in 24 hours.
Think Holiday deals are all about retail sales? Take a look at these incredible airline bargains on Etihad Airways available today. The Points Guy highlighted these today and they are still available. JFK – Abu Dhabi from $187 roundtrip Chicago – Abu Dhabi $208 JFK – Hong Kong […]
For the first time in 15 years, I return to a city I called home. Join me as I explore one of the world’s greatest cities: London! I’ll show you some of the main highlights if you only have two to three days.
Watch a brand new episode of Latitudes as I travel to the final frontier. Come along as I journey to #Antarctica!
If you are a photographer or videographer, it’s really about the worst thing that can happen to you after returning from a trip. You shot memory card after memory card for that video you intended to edit. But when you are going your things back at home, you […]
Watch a brand new episode of Latitudes. Come along as I explore southwest #Norway.
Saturday, September 7 – You may not know the Preikestolen and Kjeragbolten by name, but if you have ever seen a tourist brochure for Norway, you will immediately recognize these stunning natural wonders. Today we would be traveling by two of the most photographed overlooks in Scandinavia. This […]
Friday, September 6 – What do you get when you combine deep-blue Norwegian fjord waters, towering cliffs, powerful waterfalls and one of Europe’s greatest rail journeys? You get Fläm and Aurlandsfjorden – a world-class scenic destination. As the Crown Princess pulled into the docks of the pretty small […]
Thursday, September 5 – What can be better than killing two birds with one stone? How about hiking to two glaciers in one day! That’s exactly what I would be doing today near Olden, Norway. The Crown Princess arrived in Olden around 7 a.m. Olden is a very […]
Wednesday, September 4 – How many times in life do you wake up to the sights and sounds of enormous waterfalls tumbling off monumental fjord walls? That’s how I woke up this morning when I opened the door to my balcony on the Crown Princess and stared in […]
Tuesday, September 3 – Despite the incredibly popular Disney movie it inspired, there is so much more to Norway than “Frozen.” Tourism from the U.S. to Norway may have jumped 37 percent after the movie was released this year, but the appeal of this Nordic kingdom remains timeless. […]
Sunday, September 1 – Today I would be leaving for Norway, one of the most beautiful countries in the world. I would be cruising to Scandinavia from Southampton, the largest city in Hampshire on the south coast of England. The cruise would last nine days and eight nights […]
Saturday, August 31 – Do you fancy yourself a student of democracy and history? If so, no visit to London is complete without a visit to Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. But did you know you can see them all in one day? When I previously lived in […]
Friday – August 30 – For the first time since I lived in London during my university years, I reunited with this city that I love. It reminded me of a famous quote by the English author, Samuel Johnson: “when a man is tired of London, he is […]
Luxury watches, fine chocolate, meandering street trams, distant Alps and a majestic blue lake – these were the images I associated with Zürich. A visit to Switzerland’s largest city will confirm these images and impress you with even more. I have visited Europe a number of times, but […]
“Iceberg, straight ahead!” The first time I saw an iceberg this big, these famous words from James Cameron’s “Titanic” came to my mind. Our Russian ship, the Akademik Sergei Vavilov, never came too close to this goliath in Antartica. However, it made for a beautiful and dramatic sighting […]
Whether you are a backpacker, camper or traveler, making sure you have clean water is essential. Forget the iodine pills or the time it takes to boil water. The SteriPEN Traveler uses UV light to purify water conveniently, quickly and safely. Even if you are not off the […]
If you are flying overseas, make sure you shop your airfare. Discount airlines around the world could save you big money if you do your homework ahead of time. Americans may remember saving big on the world’s first low-cost airline, Southwest Airlines. For a time, the airline offered […]
Tuesday – December 18, 2012 – After sailing the more than 700-mile voyage across the Drake Passage on Sunday and Monday, this morning we sailed into Ushuaia. It was great to be back to civilization in southern Argentina, but part of me missed the wilderness and wildlife of […]
Saturday – December 15, 2012 – It’s sad that today is our last full day in Antarctica, but we are looking forward to going out with a bang with some world-class paddling. After breakfast, we woke up outside Half Moon Island. I decided to go kayaking, but my […]
Friday – December 14, 2012 – How do you beat yesterday seeing a humpback whale only feet away from you? We were looking forward to finding out. Today was going to be our last day at the Antarctic peninsula. This morning after breakfast, we were excited about two […]
Thursday – December 13, 2012 – There is nothing like waking up to penguin chatter. Our gentoo penguin friends, located about 50 yards from us, were like our polar roosters this morning as we slept overnight on Antarctica’s Rongé Island. We woke up around 6 a.m. and began […]
Wednesday – December 12, 2012 – Today is one of the days associated with the Mayan Apocalypse. What the hell are we doing in Antarctica when the poles are supposed to flip? I joke, but it is rather ironic to be camping here tonight! After breakfast, we went out […]
Tuesday – December 11, 2012 – Today was the big day: our arrival in Antarctica! My brother Jeff and I are extremely blessed to be able to travel to such an isolated and beautiful destination. And beautiful it was, as we stared in awe at the snow-bound continent […]
Monday – December 10, 2012 – The days are definitely getting longer as we approach Antarctica. The sun rose around 3:30 a.m. after setting around 10 p.m. last night. This morning Jeff and I decided to sleep a little later and skipped breakfast. We had a number of […]
Sunday – December 9, 2012 – We have two more full days before we arrive in Antarctica. About 700 nautical miles separate Cape Horn (Chile) from the Antarctic peninsula, so we relaxed and prepared for our arrival. For our first breakfast on the Sergei Vavilov, we had a […]
Saturday – December 8, 2012 – Today was the big day. We would finally be leaving for Antarctica! This is a tremendous privilege and we consider ourselves very lucky to travel to a destination that very few travelers ever have the opportunity to visit. My brother and I […]
Friday – December 7, 2012 – Antarctica … the land of ice, snow and no permanent residents. I never thought I would have the opportunity to visit the world’s most isolated landmass, so my excitement level was through the roof last night as I traveled to Buenos Aires […]
Tuesday – May 29, 2002 – Today was our last day in Miami, so Jeff and I went upstairs after breakfast to admire the sweeping views from the rooftop terrace. South Beach is amazing beautiful! We also went to the beach briefly and hit our patio pool afterwards. […]
Monday – May 28, 2012 – Today it was goodbye to Key West, but my brother and I had another adventure in store for us. We decided to stop on Big Pine Key for some kayaking at Florida Keys Kayak Tours. Jeff and I had been kayaking before, […]
Sunday – May 27, 2012 – We decided this morning to visit the most remote National Park in the lower 48 states. Jeff and I had booked a flight to Fort Jefferson in Dry Tortugas National Park. The Tortugas – Spanish for turtles – are the most distant […]
Saturday – May 26, 2012 – Yesterday after work, I flew from to Fort Lauderdale from Birmingham via Atlanta. My brother Jeff had come down a day earlier to visit the Everglades and go to a Marlins game tonight, so he picked me up at the airport in […]
Friday – February 17, 2012 – Today was going to be my first visit to New Mexico, the land of enchantment. In fact, New Mexico is the last western state I have never visited. Today around 17:00 p.m., I flew to Houston Hobby airport. After arriving in Houston, I grabbed […]
Watch another episode of Latitudes as we journey to Greece and Turkey. We sail on the msy Wind Surf to the Greek and Turkish isles of the Aegean.
Sunday – October 16, 2011 – Unfortunately, I didn’t have a lot of vacation this year. Therefore, today I had to fly back to the U.S. while Mom, Dad and Jeff would continue their Turkish travels to Cappodoccia and back to Greece. I was definitely jealous, but I […]
Saturday – October 15, 2011 – After a full day and a half of sailing, this morning we arrived in one of the world’s greatest cities: Istanbul. We woke up early to watch our arrival in the only city in the world to straddle two continents (Europe and […]
Thursday – October 13, 2011 – After sailing down the Turkish Riviera during the evening from Bodrum, we arrived at 8 a.m. this morning in the Turkish city of Kuşadasi. The weather was beautiful today and sunny. Upon finishing breakfast, Mom, Dad, Jeff and I disembarked the Wind […]
Wednesday – October 12, 2011 – This morning the Wind Surf anchored in Bodrum, Turkey. This was the first time I have ever visited a Muslim country although Turkey is the world’s only secular Islamic country. The separation of Mosque and state was established in the early 1900s […]
Tuesday – October 11, 2011 – Around 8 a.m. this morning, we arrived at the Greek Island of Rodos, or Rhodes. For centuries the island has been at the crossroads of history where western and eastern civilizations collided. I studied about Rhodes in college and was curious to […]
Monday, October 10, 2011 – After a great visit Sunday to Mykonos and Delos, we cruised south on the ms Wind Surf to where the Aegean almost meets the Mediterranean. We went upstairs for breakfast as our ship approached one of the most beautiful islands in the world: Santorini. […]