wanders, looks and news

  • utah roadtrip

    I had often wondered when I'd roadtrip around Utah. I knew I would do it one day. And it turned out I ended up right where needed to be to do it. St. George is 2.5hrs from Las Vegas and the last major city you'll find before starting the loop. The fall is the ideal time with comfortable temps and crowd size. And you can catch some season foliage in sections.
  • key west roadtrip

    In between international travels I'm always looking around for my next Americana trip. Now that I think of it they always end up to be road-tripish. And this one is certainly one of the classics. And a great option to visiting the area if looking for something other than the Miami Beach scene.
  • hanoi bucket list check

    The first thing I noticed as I taxied away from Hanoi Airport was the smell. In a good way. It was a tropical smokey scent and it excited me. Almost like the great memories you have of campfires but in a tropical foreign land. I knew in that moment that this trip would be different. It would be a gladly embraced and accepted adventure. I arrived to my hotel, The Light Hotel, late in the evening so I just reviewed my tour itinerary with the kind staff, got situated in my room and had dinner on the rooftop.
  • lisbon to algarve roadtrip

    Visiting Portugal is one of the best redirects I ever made. And at this point in my travels my #1 ranked wander. I had originally planned to fly into Barcelona after Paris and drive the the coast to Nice. But the weather wasn't ideal for that kind of trip. Turned out the best weather was in Algarve. So off to Lisbon I went.
  • lima for 2 days

    Lima...a very significant place in my memory forever. It was my first stop on my journey into the international world. In hindsight, I should have spent more time and gone far deeper but thats hindsight for ya. There was a great deal from LA to Lima, to Miami then on to Rome so I figured pop into Lima. And so very grateful I did, even for a short time.
  • knoxville smoky mountain retreat

    I came rolling into to town through the open fields of the freeway. A nice introduction to the area before entering the city; one I had always wanted to see being raised on the west coast. From the open fields to a sprawling little city with its downtown perched right along the Tennessee River.
  • tucson an unexpected find

    I was just looking for an easy getaway for the weekend to hide from the cold. There's great flight deals so I thought huh...lets see the desert. Unexpectedly, I found Tucson to be far more than just the desert. And all of it, as I set out for it to be, just very easy and enjoyed.
  • puerto vallarta old town adventure

    I had been to PV several times before but this time I felt like I did it right. First, you have to stay in Old Town, you have to. You really miss the charm of PV without. And just popping-in-and-out from the hotel zone doesn't provide what your looking for. You need to walk through the vibrant neighborhood after dinner, at one of many great restaurants, on the way back to your hotel. And you defiantly need to wake up there early, grab a fresh cup and walk the charm.
  • a long walk in paris

    As a solo traveler Paris was not really on my list but Im glad it crossed my path. I was heading back to Europe for another go and Paris had a great deal. So I went with it and spent a day to walk the city as a layover. And I really didnt do any planning intentionally, just to let the chips fall as they may for the day.
  • new york fiolage roadtrip

    I had been wanting to do this road trip since I was a yee lad. I flew into NY and had an at-opening lox bagel at Russ & Daughters. You step from the street into a-whole-nother-world, a swanky diner vibe.
  • charleston preserved

    At this point in my wanders Charleston, SC is my favorite city walk in the US. Not just for the obvious photogenic spots you see but rather all the nooks-&-crannies you find everywhere along the way.
  • washington wanders

    Over the past year I was in-and-out of Washington quite a bit. So for this post, unlike a destination type rundown, I'll just throw out some things I did to consider.