All the Birds on Guam Were Eaten by All the Snakes!
Aug09

All the Birds on Guam Were Eaten by All the Snakes!

“There are no birds on Guam; they’ve been eaten by all of the snakes.” A Legend of Guam With my head full of dire sailor stories, I imagined many things before making the 20 hour, three-legged flight out from California to Guam to meet my husband’s ship. Frankly, the stories made the island sound awful —ugly, inappropriate for the 9-month old and Chihuahua-Poodle travel-ing with me, unwelcoming, and (of course) full of snakes....

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Esperance: The Gem of Western Australia
Jul08

Esperance: The Gem of Western Australia

Kangaroos living on the beach, pirates, explorers, gold, and the biggest wave in Western Australia; ‘The Cyclops’. It seemed like my childhood story books were starting to come true. I was on my way to Esperance, in a clapped out 80’s model BMW named Delilah, chasing a job, and a dream of living by the sea. I’d been used to long drives before but this one was really starting to make me ache, 7 long hours from Perth and another one on...

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Festival of the Pearl – Australia
Jun17

Festival of the Pearl – Australia

A kaleidoscope of colour and culture, the 46th annual Shinju Matsuri – Japanese for “Festival of the Pearl” – is a celebration of Japanese, Chinese, Malaysian and Aboriginal cultures that shaped Broome during the peak of the prosperous pearl industry. A nine-day festival with over 20 events that starts with the ceremonial waking of Sammy the Chinese Dragon. Highlights include the Floating Lantern Matsuri where hundreds of...

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10 Things to Know About Fiji
Jun02

10 Things to Know About Fiji

My Insights into Fiji Since Fiji Airways flies from LAX (Los Angeles) on a brand new A330, I thought with more people having an opportunity to visit I would offer some of my insights for travelers from my last trip. 1. In Fiji, Bula is the word. 2. Bula is a Fijian word that means “life.” It is also a word used for hello, goodbye, good morning. 3. Fiji drives on the left side of the road. 4. Fiji has a huge Indo-Fijian...

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Learning About American Samoa
Apr10

Learning About American Samoa

How American is American Samoa? I learned lots about American Samoa from Eleitina, who is one of their tourism representitives at the 2016 Los Angeles Travel and Adventure show. Some of the topics we discussed includes the Samoan language, the differences between American and Western Samoa and things to do. More about Travel in American Samoa American Samoa on In The Know Traveler Basic information about American Samoa Travel American...

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Still Fantastic: Fiji After the Hurricane
Mar27

Still Fantastic: Fiji After the Hurricane

Hurricane Winston chooses best path through Fiji Yes, there was damage to Fiji but the hurricane’s path left the vast majority of the islands unharmed. To learn more about Fiji and how Fiji is waiting for travelers watch my video interview with Ruth of Tourism Fiji. More about Travel in Fiji Fiji on In The Know Traveler Basic information about Fiji Tourism...

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Mount Cook National Park: A Whisper of Peace
Sep27

Mount Cook National Park: A Whisper of Peace

New Zealand’s National Park Stretching Out in Cook National Park Reclining on cushions I had wrested from my couch the previous morning, I stared out the open hatch of my Subaru past my outstretched legs. Somber clouds descended down; the undulating peaks faded to grey in the distance. Soft rain came in bursts, gently washing the earth and my car. A sweet earthy smell rose from the waving yellow grass, like nature had just...

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Roadside Kindness in Queenstown
May13

Roadside Kindness in Queenstown

Hitchhiking in Queenstown Preparing for Queenstown So there I was—optimistic thumb outstretched, a sign that read “Queenstown,” an overweight backpack tipped over on the ground, and a cheery smile that I hoped didn’t look psychotic. I, like many, am a hitchhiker. It’s ridiculously easy here in New Zealand. And safe. I’ve known people to get picked up even when they weren’t hitching. But for me, it still retains that edgy,...

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The Food and Wine Trails of Australia
Aug28

The Food and Wine Trails of Australia

What isn’t apparent for the first time visitors to Australia is the gourmet food and wine culture. This is the stuff beyond the good old sausage sizzle and the ‘shrimps’ on the barbie. We are talking food, real food that can be raved on by celebrity chefs local and abroad. Australian Capital Territory This is a surprise even to the locals, but the country-side around the national capital has 140 vineyards with 33...

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Mining the Dining Boom of Perth Australia
Aug12

Mining the Dining Boom of Perth Australia

Perth Australia In Perth, Australia, the queue outside Jamie Oliver’s Italian Kitchen was in a for two hour wait, yet even in the cold of the early evening, the crowds stood huddled against each other with smiles on their faces. It is their culinary treat and not even rain was going to spoil it for them. Outside of its mining wealth, Perth is enjoying a different kind of boom, and Australia’s westernmost capital city is...

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