10 Reasons to Visit Asia at Least Once in Your Life

Truth be told, I had no desire to visit Asia before I moved to Guam in 2009. That all changed the moment I set foot in Narita City on my 24-hour journey from Dallas to Guam. The Hubs and I had a long layover in Narita, so we decided to venture out. Tokyo is now a frequent stop and destination for me. What I love about Asia is just how different from the western world it is. Every traveler should visit Asia at least once in a lifetime!

15 Things to Do in Ann Arbor, Michigan

15 Things to Do in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Having grown up in Cincinnati, Ohio, I love college towns. It still came as a surprise how quickly I fell in love with Ann Arbor, Michigan. Home of the University of Michigan, this historically-preserved walking town has a seemingly endless supply of hip coffee shops, quirky specialty stores, and yes, turn-of-the-century architecture. I visited most of…

SHINJUKU GYOEN NATIONAL GARDEN, Tokyo, Japan

What To Do with One Day in Tokyo (PHOTOS)

I’ve had two extended vacations in Tokyo as well as a couple of single-day (or less) layovers. It’s a safe, eclectic destination and one I recommend you see at least once. These are my pics for the top activities if you have just one day to spend.

Brown lemurs grooming at Bronx Zoo, New York City

A Day at the Bronx Zoo, New York City

For years, I didn’t visit zoos. I was so upset at the deplorable conditions at the Dallas Zoo (among others), that I just stopped going. When the Hubs and I were first dating, he organized a date at the Bronx Zoo and because I was smitten, I agreed to go. We actually fell in love that day, somewhere between the giraffes, the bamboo, and tram. Perhaps it was the romance, or maybe it’s just because the Bronx Zoo seems to have humane enclosures, I decided to visit zoos again. The Bronx Zoo is one of my favorites (up there with the Singapore Zoo). A few Aprils ago, we went back to the Bronx Zoo and took these photos.

Malayasia Batu Caves

A Malaysian Homecoming: 10 Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Most of you will probably understand when I say that there are certain things in the world that give you a sense of nostalgia. It might be a place you lived while growing up, a certain dish that reminds you of simpler times, even a group of friends that, even if you lose touch over the years, you can always go back to where things left off the moment you see them. For me, that perfectly sums up Kuala Lumpur.

Review: Park Hyatt Chicago

Park Hyatt Chicago is the way to experience the Magnificent Mile, Chicago’s famous shopping district. Our room had a perfect view of the Chicago Water Tower, surrounding architecture, and a swath of Lake Michigan. Located on Michigan Avenue, we were within walking distance of most of the itinerary stops for One Perfect Day in Chicago. To…

Biograph marquee, Chicago, Illinois

Itinerary: One Perfect Day in Chicago

The Windy City is the third largest and definitely one of the most expensive cities in the U.S. but you’ve got to experience it at least once. If you like architecture, shopping, food, and music, you won’t be disappointed. I was there for only two days in September and the weather was perfect. Here’s an itinerary for one perfect day in Chicago…

7 Things To Do at Ocean Park Hong Kong

A single day in Hong Kong is a sensory-busting experience. Get an early start at the massive Ocean Park — Hong Kong’s answer to SeaWorld, but much more animal-friendly (they don’t have Orcas). Hop on the clean and efficient metro system (MTR) and within minutes you can be there. Upon entering Ocean Park, pause to snap a few…

Macau Tower: Staring Down the World’s Highest Bungy Jump

Macau Tower offers the best views of the city and the world’s highest bungy jump. The less adventurous among us (ahem, me) can test our courage as we walk along the glass floor at the observation deck more than 700-feet in the air. From the tour, you can admire the pastel colored buildings and even see the under-construction Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge that will be the world’s longest at 31 miles! The tower also offers dining, shopping, and entertainment.