A good friend of my father’s grew up on the Big Island of Hawaii. That fact, combined with the random weeklong October break from school, meant that I was fortunate enough to spend weeks of my childhood every year in what is still one of my favorite places in the world.

As time went on and the family vacations slowly ceased, I took a break from visiting Hawaii. Eager to see the world and experience growth from unfamiliar cultures and bits of life lived outside of my comfort zone, I stopped wanting to go.

Eventually, and especially since moving to San Francisco, I began to hear a small whisper intuitively calling me back to Hawaii. I had yet to visit one major island, and as my interest in hiking and spending time in raw nature had grown since childhood…I knew it was finally time to get to Kauai.


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Though only a short ferry ride away from Cancun, Isla Mujeres (meaning, “island of women”) seems worlds away.  There are still resorts and beaches dotted with sunbathers, but the island on the Caribbean Sea is small and quiet for the most part. It’s only 7 km in length — in fact golf carts are a popular way to get around.

The island was a Mayan sanctuary to goddess Ixchel for about a thousand years.  If you find yourself in Cancun, but looking for something calmer and a little smaller in scale — with even better access to the natural beauty and culture of the Yucatan…the Isla is worth retreating to.

The laid back feel of Isla Mujeres translated to instant relaxation for me, so take a deep breath and come on a photo journey  there with me now.

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Isla Mujeres Playa NorteThe white powdery sands of Playa Norte…
Isla Mujeres4Boat trips out on the warm Caribbean Sea…


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Ever have that feeling of connectedness to a place, and you can’t explain why?

I only spent a few days passing through Pushkar while in Rajasthan last summer.  For some reason, this town has really stuck with me.  I find myself thinking about it without cause.

There is a commonly cited travel quote which says: “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”  This only begins to encompass why India is my favorite country to travel in…

As traveling has made me more connected to my intuition – and more likely to listen to my own inner voice – I intend to someday return to Pushkar to explore this feeling further. For now, go there with me on a photographic journey….

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I always have so much to do and see (and, let’s be honest, EAT) when I’m in Chicago.  It’s one of my favorite cities in the world, definitely top three in the United States.

When I found a ridiculous deal on a flight out there, I realized I had to go.  I had seen Chicago in the cold of winter and the heat of summer…but never in the glory of autumn!

On this last visit, I had the opportunity to go beyond my normal haunts and visit some of the outlying areas — and I’m really glad I did.  The Chicago Botanic Garden, located about 25 miles from the Loop, was a more-than-worthy day trip from the city.

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