Jane Get Me Off This Crazy Thing: Trapped on a Holland America Cruise to Alaska


The Holland America Eurodam
Rob and I have been great friends since we met freshman year at college.  In fact, in many ways Rob is responsible for my sense of wanderlust as it was with Rob that I had my first true travel experience, backpacking across Europe after graduating college.  It was that trip that got me hooked on travel and the idea of wandering the globe.   Thus, when Rob called and asked if I wanted to be his substitute date on a Holland America cruise to Alaska that he had booked for his now ex-girlfriend, I jumped at the opportunity.   One might say...

Into the Blue – Diving with Whale Sharks in Belize


It would be great if the first picture of this blog was an awesome photograph of a Whale Shark.  Sadly, I cannot show a picture of a Whale Shark because despite six dives over three days, I did not see a Whale Shark.  I am not alone in my lack of Whale Shark sighting, for as far as I know, no Whale Sharks were encountered by any of the hundreds of divers who went to Belize in April. During the months of April, May and June, just before and after the full moon, Whale Sharks visit an area about 30...

Fear & Loathing of Tour Buses


The Hawa Mahal also known as the Palace of the Winds, is a delicate and beautiful pink-painted palace in the heart of the old city of Jaipur. Built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh to enable ladies of the royal household to safely view city life it is a must see by every tourist who visits Jaipur. Tour bus drives by the Hawa Mahal I went to the Hawa Mahal early in the morning so that the site was my first stop of the day.  When I arrived there was a long line of tour buses parked in front...

Am I crazy to travel half way around the world for Holi? I think it is crazy not to.


Holi, the Hindu festival of colors happens every spring.  It is part Christmas, Fourth of July and Halloween rolled into one.  Depending on where you are in India, Holi festivities may go on for an entire week with the main celebration on the day of Holi (this year March 21).  I planned my trip to India for March to be there for Holi. The birthplace of Holi is the city of Mathura, a small town located between Agra and Delhi (it is much closer to Agra than Delhi).  Mathura would not be a typical tourist stop on the drive from...

Tips for an Amazing Safari in India


A Safari in India can be an amazing experience and India offers a wide range of safari experiences from Asiatic Lions in the Gir Forest to Rhinos at the Kaziranga National Park there are numerous options based on the type of safari experience that you would like to choose.  But how do you know what safari is best for you? Below are some simple tips to help you select the perfect adventure and have a great safari: Everyone in India lies – especially about the tigers. As tourist dollars are crucial and highly competitive for the different parks, every...