Off to Cambodia!

Friday – February 18, 2011 – Today I would be leaving Thailand for Cambodia. I have immensely enjoyed my time in Phuket and it was all that I hoped for it to be. I am curious to see if visiting Angkor also lives up to my high expectations! […]

Speedboat Tour to Ko Phi Phi

Thursday – February 17, 2011 – Have you ever seen the movie “The Beach” starring Leonardo DiCaprio? If you have, you will recognize Maya Bay from the Phi Phi islands. The Phi Phi islands were popular before the movie was released in 2000, but the release of the […]

Phuket and the Andaman Coast

Wednesday – February 16, 2011 – I have been fortunate to swim in three of the world’s four oceans: the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic (briefly!). Today I would finally get to visit the Indian Ocean on my journey to the Thai island of Phuket! This morning I woke […]

Tokyo to Thailand

Sunday – February 13, 2011 – After a 14.5-hour flight, my Delta 777 arrived at Tokyo-Narita International Airport around 16:00 p.m. Japan time this afternoon. It was strange losing an entire day! Since I was only passing through Japan, I only had to go through security and not Japanese […]

Flying to Tokyo-Narita

Saturday – February 12, 2011 – This morning was exciting when I woke up realizing my first trip to Asia had finally arrived! After spending the night at the Hampton Inn near the Atlanta airport last night, I was fully rested for an epic adventure to Southeast Asia. I […]

Off to Kenya and Nairobi

Saturday – September 4, 2010 –  After awaking, our French host Eudora cooked us breakfast. We filled out our safari review surveys online and lodge owner Jonathan let us use one of their computers to confirm our flights. I even checked my email wirelessly on my iPod. Reluctantly, we said goodbye to our […]

Journey to East Africa

Saturday – August 28, 2010 – This morning we had to get up at 3:30 a.m.! It was going to be one of our most logistically-challenging flight days. Thankfully, our concierge Yusuf arranged for a taxi driver named Avril to pick us up the night before at the […]

Down to the Cape of Good Hope

Friday – August 27, 2010 – We began the morning with breakfast at the Bay Hotel buffet. Not long afterwards, our guide Alex picked us up and drove us and a retired Tasmanian couple on the Daytrippers Cape Tour. We toured around Cape Town and saw amazing views […]

Touring Cape Town

Thursday – August 26, 2010 – Upon waking up on Thursday morning, I went to the window of our back-facing room and opened the curtains. I had never seen a more beautiful window view from a hotel room. Seemingly rising above the “backyard” of the hotel, we saw […]

From Zambia to Cape Town

Wednesday – August 25, 2010 – This morning, Jeff and I toured Victoria Falls at our resort one last time and shot some video. Then we grabbed a quick buffet breakfast before catching our taxi to the airport. Our taxi driver told us some crazy stories about security […]

First day in Africa

Sunday – August 22, 2010 – During the morning, we woke up over West Africa as we passed over Angola, the corner of Namibia and Botswana as we approached northern South Africa. Soon afterwards we arrived at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. Upon arrival at customs in […]

On wings to Africa

Saturday – August 21, 2010 – I have spent many years dreaming of visiting Africa. Like many Americans, my first desires were to go on a safari and see the big five wild animals and the natural wonders such as Victoria Falls. When I was a kid I […]

Simi Valley and Malibu

Friday – January 8, 2010 – Following a long night after the Rose Bowl victory, Dad and I decided to sleep as late as we wanted. After stopping at an In-N-Out burger in Long Beach for lunch, we drove through Hollywood to the valley on our way to […]

Last Day Down Under

Saturday – July 18, 2009 – Reluctantly today, we had to say goodbye to Australia. Jeff and I had to get up early around 5 a.m., so we grabbed our luggage to head down to the Circular Quay train station. For $AUD 15.20, we bought tickets on the […]

Cairns to Kuranda

Tuesday – July 14, 2009 – This morning, Jeff and I checked out of the Hotel Stella in Port Douglas. Our hotel transfer drove us along the scenic and winding northern Queensland coast back to Cairns. The tropical and rugged Queensland coast looks a bit like the northern […]

Heading to Queensland

Saturday – July 11, 2009 – Today was our last day in Central Australia, but we had one thing left to do after breakfast. We went to the camel stables for an express camel ride. Jeff and I mounted the same camel where we were guided around a […]

Eternal Central Australia

Wednesday – July 8, 2009 –  After a wonderful visit to Melbourne, my brother Jeff and I woke up this morning for our flight to central Australia’s Northern Territory. We walked to the Flinders Street bus station where we took the SkyBus back to the Melbourne Airport. After going […]

First Day in Australia

Monday – July 6, 2009 – After our flight left LAX on Saturday night, we had to fly for 15 hours to Sydney.  Our Delta flight was nice. We noticed that as Delta started to invest more heavily in international flights, their service was markedly better on their international […]

Last Day in Brazil

Saturday – November 29, 2008 – We woke up in Iguazu for the last time and ate breakfast before checking out of the hotel. We hated to leave, but all good trips must eventually come to an end. Jeff and I went down to the souvenir shops of […]