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Have weekend travels worthy of the Monday morning water cooler… without having to take a lot of time off of work.

I'll just go ahead and say it - I wasn't looking forward to visiting Auckland. It's the biggest city in the country and I've made my pilgrimage here to New Zealand for the beautiful scenery and the feeling of being isolated in the wilderness. For me, Auckland was merely a

I’m sitting on the plane en route to New Zealand, and after two days packed with exploring I finally have a free moment to reflect on my oh-so-brief time in Sydney. SNAP JUDGEMENT: Sydney is a really vibrant city! It has world-class beaches, tons of green space, beautiful coastal hikes and neighborhoods

At long last, here is the Torres del Paine "Top 5" video that I created for the Travel Channel. I wrote, shot, edited and narrated this project, and being able to travel down to Patagonia was an amazing experience! While watching this video I just want you to imagine me with

See my entire 55 Places bucket list here.  When I finally got to Torres del Paine National Park in Chile, the first place I headed was Grey Lake, home to magnificent icebergs and the Grey Glacier. I think "chill" would be the operative word with this particular adventure.

The journey to complete my 55 Places bucket list continues...October 16, 2009 at 8:19 am, I had my first glance of South America from my Delta Airlines window seat. I was happy and relaxed, because (lucky me) I didn't have anyone sitting next to me on the long overnight flight.

Well, after nearly 24 hours of traveling, I'm back home, safe and sound! The flights home were much less dramatic than the ones there, which is good, although my luggage is broken! But, at least it's here , so I'm thankful for that. :)I'll be posting some of my favorite

After a 12 hour drive across the Patagonian Steppe yesterday, the mountains of Argentina were a welcome sight. It was one heck of a monotonous drive, and at times, a confusing one, because no one spoke english except for one Italian couple from Palermo. In my mind, they will always

After 2 days of rainy, snowy grayness, I thought it was going to rain again today, my last day in Torres del Paine. I was absolutely convinced of it. One of my guides, Filipe, told me that the forecast was not looking good; he’s been here 8 years and knows

This morning started out a little rough… http://youtu.be/82t6gKNas40 But it actually ended up being a pretty decent day! We went to the Salto Grande waterfall and were able to see the Cuernos, or “horns," one of the park's icons. It’s snowing again, so I’m looking forward to a cozy evening in at

Key lessons learned today: 1.) Don't drink coffee before bed. I did, and the wind kept me up for hours. (When you have a 6:45 am call time, that's not the best thing that could happen.) 2.) Patagonia is FREAKING COLD! I mean, I knew this, but when you're actually here it's

Where in the world are you? I’m sitting in a yurt at the Patagonia Camp in Torres del Paine Chile. I just arrived last night, and it was quite a trip getting here! After 4 flights spanning nearly 24 hours, a night in uber-windy Punta Arenas (the “Southernmost City in