Dusk at Gun Beach, Guam

Dusk at Gun Beach, Guam

God, I love my island. Some people might take issue with the possessive “my island” but not only have I made Guam my home for the last six years, I’ve invested in the community through my secular work, volunteer service, and friendships. I’ve made it my life’s work to promote Guam because I have been…

7 Places I Want to Visit Before I Die

7 Places I Want to Visit Before I Die (VIDEO)

It’s no secret that I love travel films. Short, long, blockbuster, indie — a good travel film can inspire a trip. Here are some of the films inspiring me lately. Zhangjiajie National Forest, China Lofoten, Norway Morocco Antarctica Cinque Terre, Italy Iran Punjab, India Which of these films are most inspiring to you?

3 reasons to get off the beaten path in iceland

3 Reasons to Get Off the Beaten Path in Iceland (PHOTOS)

I always considered myself a city girl at heart, but a few years ago that changed. Now what I crave more than anything else is to get off the beaten path. I don’t like to share elbow room with other tourists. I don’t ever need to see another McDonald’s again. I don’t care if I’m within cell phone range. I like isolation, quiet, a bit of danger, and most of all — The Unknown.

The Sound of Iceland (VIDEO)

What does the Land of Fire and Ice sound like? Listen. This travel film was shot over 9 days in a campervan exploring geothermal hotspots, mystic mountains, and half-frozen waterfalls in Iceland.

Pagat Caves, Guam

Hike to Pagat Caves, Guam (PHOTOS)

It’s no secret that I like to “escape” as often as possible (maybe because my day job involves a computer and I am so over being tied to a desk for more than an hour at a time). Last week a friend invited me to hike to Pagat Caves, a freshwater pool hidden deep in the jungle….

Kuku Campers, Iceland

Everything You Need to Know About a Campervan Roadtrip in Iceland

I find campervans charming. Being totally free to wander a place without worrying about hotel reservations makes the campervan an ideal way to explore Iceland. The Hubs and I rented a double-decker in New Zealand, enjoying the same freedom. All the romance of having your bed on wheels doesn’t mean there’s no work. I went to Iceland for…

chicago is for jazz lovers

Chicago is for { Jazz } Lovers

I grew up on Chicago jazz, though not in the traditional sense. In the ’90s, before I knew anything about Chicago, I was blissing out to post-rockers Tortoise and pretty much every band on the brilliant indie label, Thrill Jockey. The band’s blend of krautrock, dub, electronica, and yes, jazz came to define Chicago in my mind. I’ve always associated…

Jokusarlon Glacier Lagoon, Iceland

Ethereal Beauty: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Iceland (PHOTOS)

When you think of Iceland, is this what you picture? If so, you wouldn’t be wrong as Iceland is home to glaciers galore, including Iceland’s largest ice cap, Vatnajökull. One of the 30 places it empties is Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. As with most natural sites in Iceland, pictures just don’t do justice to the majestic lagoon. Where the…