Send a Care Package to a Soldier

I woke up the morning of my birthday and my first thought was “Holy Sh*tballs I’m 45″.

Let the midlife crisis begin.

Then, after rubbing my eyes and realizing that being my age was way better than the alternative, it was time for the celebrating to begin. For those who know me, they completely understand that a […]

By |February 25th, 2015|Categories: GIVE.|7 Comments

Take a Junk Boat Through Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay

A three and a half hour drive from the bustle of the city of Hanoi lies a peaceful set of 1,600 islands and islets, Ha Long Bay. This bay has been the backdrop to many movies, including the Oscar winning Indochine, and has also been featured on many “Things to Do Before You Die” lists, including my own.

So, when […]

By |February 20th, 2015|Categories: Asia, BY DESTINATION., Vietnam|Tags: |3 Comments

Drink Kölsch Beer at a Brauhaus in Cologne, Germany

I had been thoroughly enjoying my free wine every evening, and occasionally during the day, on my Viking River Cruise along the European Rhine. But, when the Tor ship hit Germany and ported in Cologne (Köln), it was time to put a cork in the wine bottle and venture inland for a Kölsch beer.
I can put […]

By |February 10th, 2015|Categories: BY DESTINATION., Europe, Germany|Tags: , |4 Comments

45 Amazing Things To Do Before You Die

In honor of my 45th (YIKES!) birthday today, I wanted to create a list of my favorite forty-five bucket list checks from around the world.

Hopefully, you will find bucket list ideas and inspiration from these…
45 Amazing Things to Do Before You Die.

1. Bathe Elephants at a Rescue in Thailand
In Northern Thailand, an hour from Chiang Mai’s […]

By |February 3rd, 2015|Categories: BUCKET LISTS.|Tags: , |19 Comments

Go to a Rodeo in the Wild Wild “East”

There’s something exciting about a rodeo. Maybe it’s the adventure of the bull riding, steer wrestling and barrel racing. Maybe it’s just the undeniable backbone of the cowboys and cowgirls themselves or the dirt kicking up under the strength of the animals hoofs. Or it could be those funny rodeo clowns that keep kids of all […]

By |February 1st, 2015|Categories: BY DESTINATION., Florida, North America|Tags: |2 Comments

Have Lunch at a Hawker Center in Singapore

Dining in Singapore can get really expensive, really quick. A modest dinner for two on Club Street could easily run you a hundred bucks. And after doing that for a couple of nights, you will be beyond grateful to discover the Hawker Centers, food markets that house a variety of food stalls featuring inexpensive Southeast Asian […]

By |January 24th, 2015|Categories: Asia, BY DESTINATION., EAT., Singapore|Tags: |2 Comments

Go a Week Without Wearing Makeup

I panicked when I read that there were no blow dryers or flat irons allowed at Blue Osa Yoga Retreat on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica. Do they not know what my hair does in the humidity? The same information sheet also said that most people choose to not wear any makeup. What? No hair […]

By |January 15th, 2015|Categories: FREE.|Tags: , |9 Comments

Eat a Bug Sundae at Portland’s Freakybuttrue Peculiarium

Who wouldn’t want to visit a place with a name like the Freakybuttrue Peculiarium?  It is filled with creepy oddities, homemade exhibits and weird experiences, like the opportunity to have your photo taken getting an alien autopsy or viewing a dollhouse where one of the disturbing rooms has just had a bloody massacre.
If that wasn’t enough, you can […]

By |January 11th, 2015|Categories: BY DESTINATION., North America, Oregon, UNUSUAL.|Tags: |1 Comment

22 Bucket List Things to Do in Tokyo

Tokyo is known for its unique experiences, such as a medical themed restaurant where you can eat beef, shaped like a brain, inside a private jail cell. Or the cat cafes where petting felines and drinking coffee go hand in hand. The city is a mix of quirky attractions, rich culture and, of course, bucket list worthy experiences.
22 Bucket List […]

By |January 5th, 2015|Categories: Asia, BUCKET LISTS., BY DESTINATION., Japan|Tags: , , , |9 Comments

Take a Christmas Market Cruise Along the Rhine River

For the past several years the holiday Scrooge had been visiting my house. There has been no smell of pine needles, cookies left for Santa or even a cup of eggnog.
The crotchety miser who invaded my home has been me. 
I was not in the Christmas spirit, by a long shot. There was alway too much […]

By |December 27th, 2014|Categories: BY DESTINATION., Europe, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland|Tags: |4 Comments