Every Tree has an Angel

Costa Rica gained its independence from Spain on September 15, 1821 spearheaded by Delores Bedoya, who carrying a lantern led the entire town to the politician’s office to demand that leaders sign the independence declaration.  Today as a symbolic gesture, the evening before Independence Day the children decorate lanterns and parade up and down the […]

Travel Updates During the Pandemic

Costa Rican airport

Much of the world has been impacted by the pandemic in some form. The travel industry has been heavily impacted by people unable or fearful to utilize forms of mass transportation, such as a train, plane, or cruise ship. Airlines are trying to make travel as safe as possible, such as Delta requiring face masks […]

How many of us struggle with packing for a trip?

When I began travelling thirty years ago, I was the sort of traveler who had a carry-on and a large checked bag. In my carry-on I would typically hold full size products, which are now a part of the 311 rule. If anyone is unaware of this rule it pertains to things such as toothpaste, […]

Is the Sea Calling You?

Throughout history, man has had a fascination with the sea. We see this evidenced with the ancient Egyptians whose early boats were built out of papyrus reeds and were propelled by rowers using oars. In the Egypt museum in Cairo, there are artifacts such as the one pictured below estimated to be from around 6000 […]

Textiles around the world

Around the world you can expect to see some amazing textiles. Many of them with ancient origins and techniques which have been past down for generations. Textiles are often categorized into four main groups: animal, plant, mineral, and synthetic textiles. In February of 2019, I had the opportunity to visit the Museum of Black Civilizations […]

Couples Trips

Being committed to someone is a lifelong decision. Many couples decide to take the plunge; however, many do not make it. According to the National Center for Health Statistics 41% – 50% of first marriages fail, 60% – 67% of second marriages fail, and 73% – 74% of third marriages fail. The average US marriage […]

More than just a souvenir

Do you understand the significance of the items you bring back from your travels? Most African Americans who have worn an afro or had a gheri curl sometime in their life are familiar with the “pick” or a comb with long upright teeth. This comb is used to stretch the hair out into a desired […]

Are you living your best life?

Living our best life does not always mean jet-setting off to one of the far-reaching corners of the earth. Nor does it require an immense amount of money to live a life we are proud of or a life without regrets. This means we need to take control of our lives and execute the God […]

How do you communicate while on vacation?

Many decades ago, when traveling out of the country, people did not have the option of a phone on-demand at their disposal. Things have changed dramatically even within the last twenty-five years. You see, I remember when traveling internationally and purchasing a calling card to make a telephone call, which at that time was a […]

What is holding you back from traveling to Africa?

Africa is a continent comprised of 54 distinct countries whose shores kiss major waterways such as the Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea, Gulf of Guinea, and Mozambique Channel. Whew! That’s a lot of water! I am always stumped when people ask me which country is my favorite one to visit. […]