Figuring out what to wear on safari may seem daunting. Many travelers assume that technical gear is required, but your favorite baseball cap, broken-in boots, and comfy tees are perfectly sufficient. Absolutely browse your closet before splurging on a new wardrobe. Though, if you decide that you need some updates, invest in everyday basics that you’ll wear again.Read More
At this point, I probably could not even count the amount of times that I’ve been on a plane. My flight durations have ranged from 45 minutes to 16 hours; yet, no matter the length, I still make sure I bring a few key items with me to ensure a comfortable ride.
Here are my top necessities for both short and long-haul flights.Read More
Over an hour away from the notoriously bustling parts of Bali with flocks of partygoers and tourists, Amankila is a remote hideaway up a winding hill on the East Coast. Tucked within a lush mountainside overlooking the Lombok Strait, Amankila means “peaceful hill” and it truly exudes a sense of tranquility. It’s perfect for discerning travelers seeking an exclusive escape in paradise.
Upon arriving in the open-air lobby, guests are greeted by smiling staff members and panoramic cliffside outlooks. Mesmerizing views continue as you are escorted past the iconic three-tiered infinity pool towards the standalone suites, where a ginger and passionfruit frozen sorbet awaits on your terrace. Amankila makes your in-villa check in a breeze, so you can quickly soak up the blissful setting.Read More
Consistently ranked one of the world’s best destinations by swanky media outlets, Cape Town is a sublime city that proves to impress. Set at the edge of Africa, this multicultural metropolis has a harrowing history and promising future. In addition to its enriching cultural experiences, Cape Town is brimming with natural beauty – pristine coastlines, expansive gardens, and striking mountain ranges dominate the landscape. Fortunately, many hotels take advantage of the priceless backdrops, so you may easily soak up the blissful setting.
Cape Town has accommodation options to suit all travel styles, from chic boutique hotels to urban resorts. Here are my top five choices -Read More
As intrepid travelers, The Roode family offers the unique adventures that we crave. The passion of those who work in this special part of the world is profound and undoubtedly inspires all who have the privilege to experience it. By staying at Jabulani Safari and visiting the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, guests are actively contributing to the well-being of these magnificent animals, which in turn creates personal fulfillment and enriching memories to last a lifetime.Read More
With gorgeous Antebellum architecture, secret gardens, and cobblestone streets to explore, Charleston is my ideal long weekend escape. It’s friendly residents, charming neighborhoods, and innovative culinary scene draw me back again and again. And I’m not the only one - Charleston has been recognized as the #1 US city for six years in a row by Travel + Leisure.Read More
Tasmania is sometimes referred to as the “forgotten state”; it’s typically not on the radar for first time visitors to Australia, and many of my Aussie mates have not visited their Southernmost state, yet, it’s full of adventures and surprises for the fortunate traveler. The clean air, fresh food, and pristine wilderness will leave you feeling refreshed and inspired.Read More
Known as Australia’s Galapagos, Kangaroo Island is brimming with wildlife and natural beauty. It’s Australia’s third largest island, roughly the size of Long Island, yet has a population of 4,000 people. Tucked in the South Western corner of the island, on a rugged cliff facing the wild Southern Ocean, lies Southern Ocean Lodge.Read More
A year ago today, I returned from a life changing journey in the South Pacific. I spent a year and a half exploring the blissful beaches of Australia & the awe-inspiring mountains of New Zealand. I wholeheartedly embraced the antipodal lifestyle, and was uneasy about my return to the East Coast of the States.Read More
Blessed with a myriad of natural beauty, New Zealand has officially stolen my heart. The country proves that landscapes beyond the imagination are, in fact, real. It’s magnificence cultivated a sense of wonder that will stay with me forever.Read More
10 days into our adventures in New Zealand, we began our journey on the South Island. The larger, and less populous, part of the country is meant to have some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes on earth. Our route is essentially an extended fish hook: we planned to start at the top of the island, travel down the rocky and untamed West Coast to Fiordland, the southernmost section, and cut back up through the mountainous center, ultimately ending up on the Eastern shores in Christchurch.Read More
About an hour South of Rotorua lies a waterfront town called Taupo. Geothermal activity is widespread in this area as well. Three active volcanoes, Mount Tongariro, Mount Ngauruhoe, and Mount Ruapehu are easily viewable from across the crystal clear lake, which is the size of Singapore.Read More
New Zealand fosters a feeling of isolation, yet in a good way. It’s thousands of miles away from my roots in Philadelphia, as well as countless other major cities. The single lane roads are empty, the population density is extremely low, and the landscape is vast. It provides an unmatched sense of purity and clarity.Read More
About 800 km north of Sydney lies the magical Byron Bay. This hippie hamlet perches on the easternmost tip of mainland Australia, the closest piece of land to the States. It’s worlds away, and it feels like it.Read More
Time and distance do not halt my desire to travel there. I am not going to pretend that I enjoy being buckled into a 32 x 18 inch rigid seat for 20 hours, yet those uncomfortable hours are worth it. Blessed with a myriad of natural beauty and a charming, laid-back culture, Australia is endlessly beguiling.Read More
I've chased sunsets all over the world, but not many places can compete with California. There's something magical about the way the blazing ball of fire slowly melts into the horizon as it sets for the evening. The unobstructed view of the Pacific ocean, paired with a perfectly comfortable temperature, allows for an incredible sunset experience.Read More