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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…

Iceland's Iconic Reynisfjara in Iceland's Most Charming Town

Iceland’s Iconic Reynisfjara and Its Most Charming Town (PHOTOS)

Vík is a town that is both sleepy and dramatic. Because it is Iceland’s wettest place, the weather changes from freezing rain to sun and rainbows in a matter of minutes. The mountainous town is home to some of Iceland’s most iconic natural features. Recalling Giant’s Causeway in Ireland, the basalt columns known as Reynisfjara are…

Behind the scenes of my Guam film with Brandon Li

Behind the Scenes of My Guam Film with Brandon Li

Back in March, I gave you a sneak peak at the Guam film I worked on with Brandon Li. We’ve just launched the film as the trailer to a documentary I am producing for The Guam Culture Guide. Take a look… American Soil, Chamorro Soul is a modern documentary film about the people of Guam. Through interviews,…

7 things to eat, see & do in Reykjavik, Iceland

7 Things to Eat, See & Do in Reykjavík

Reykjavík completely won me over… And not just because I’m a Björkie. Iceland’s capital has everything I long for in a city: character, culture, food, and architecture. Bonus points to this town of 118,000 for being safe, clean, and pedestrian-friendly. Steep and narrow streets lined with colorful houses, hip shops, and tons of eclectic restaurants empty…

Essential Iceland: 9 Things to Do in 9 Days

Essential Iceland: 9 Things to Do in 9 Days

Iceland is a place every photographer, nature lover, and explorer should visit. If you’ve seen The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, I’m preaching to the choir. If you haven’t, get thee to Netflix. In every way, Iceland lived up to the promise. The land of fire and ice was alien, ashen, black, green, white, wet, and…

Excuses We Make NOT to Travel and How to Overcome Them

Those who travel often know that stress-free travel exists only on TV. The farther you go, the longer you stay, and the cheaper you are, the more of a job it becomes. But oh, what a reward awaits those who put in the time and effort to go! If you’ve found yourself not traveling for…

10 things to do on a 10-hour flight

10 Things to Do on a 10-Hour Flight

The only person I know who loves flying is a pilot. The rest of us globetrotters simply view it as a means to an end, and that includes me. Obviously, you can occupy time watching TV, sleeping, and reading. But wait, there’s more! Read my 10 things to do on an 10-hour flight.

5 weird things i love about travel

5 Weird Things I Love About Travel

There are a lot of reasons to love travel — escaping your routine, experiencing a new culture, food — but that seems fairly obvious. Instead, these are the unexpected things I love about travel.

white water rafting in cairns, australia with raging thunder adventures on barron gorge

White Water Rafting in Cairns, Australia

Cairns is nothing if not an adventure sport destination. I love adventure travel so I was more than ready to white water raft for my first time ever back in February. If you have no aversion to looking like a deranged Teletubby for an adventure sport, then don a GoPro-mounted helmet and go white water rafting….