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Hello! We’re Michael and Therese, and we share a deep love for travel adventures big and small, as well as each other. Our deep curiosity and passion for immersive travel, discovering distant places, meeting new people, and learning about other cultures has taken us to all seven continents, 48 countries (and counting) and all 50 states in the United States. Our content is always informative, sometimes humorous, and filled with award-winning photography. Take a peek inside and we promise you’ll find travel tips, photographs, and destination stories that will inspire your own travel dreams and adventures.

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A guide to the best women’s travel pants with pockets

A guide to the best women’s travel pants with pockets

Women’s pants with pockets are mandatory for travel. Who wants to always carry a purse or pack? Unfortunately, great women’s travel pants with pockets aren’t easy to find – I know because I’ve tried dozens of brands in my ongoing quest for the best travel pants. Here are some of my current favorite brands.

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Food & Wine

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Foodies rejoice on a Maine Windjammer cruise with J. & E. Riggin

Foodies rejoice on a Maine Windjammer cruise with J. & E. Riggin

An historic schooner, secret coves, a lobster bake and sweeping ocean views make a Maine windjammer cruise special. Oh, but the food! Thrill your tastebuds on the J. & E. Riggin, with its focus on local, homemade fare – and get an exclusive J. & E. Riggin recipe.

Hartstone Inn’s Electric Daisy restaurant in Camden a delight + bonus recipe

Hartstone Inn’s Electric Daisy restaurant in Camden a delight + bonus recipe

Hartstone Inn’s new Electric Daisy restaurant in Camden, Maine, offers creative, sustainable food that showcases local farms and foods. Plus, many of Chef Dustin Shockley’s dishes include the Szechuan pepper flower called “electric daisy” for an extra tongue-tingling delight. Subscriber Club members get an insider bonus recipe.

Food & Wine

Foodies rejoice on a Maine Windjammer cruise with J. & E. Riggin

Foodies rejoice on a Maine Windjammer cruise with J. & E. Riggin

An historic schooner, secret coves, a lobster bake and sweeping ocean views make a Maine windjammer cruise special. Oh, but the food! Thrill your tastebuds on the J. & E. Riggin, with its focus on local, homemade fare – and get an exclusive J. & E. Riggin recipe.

Hartstone Inn’s Electric Daisy restaurant in Camden a delight + bonus recipe

Hartstone Inn’s Electric Daisy restaurant in Camden a delight + bonus recipe

Hartstone Inn’s new Electric Daisy restaurant in Camden, Maine, offers creative, sustainable food that showcases local farms and foods. Plus, many of Chef Dustin Shockley’s dishes include the Szechuan pepper flower called “electric daisy” for an extra tongue-tingling delight. Subscriber Club members get an insider bonus recipe.

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Travel Journals

Make travel important – transformative travel is life-changing

Make travel important – transformative travel is life-changing

It is too easy to get stuck in a grind, in a life that sucks you into a day-to-day routine that leads to being unfit and unhealthy. But, if you make travel important, travel can be your lifesaver, leading you to a fresh start or exposing you to a mind-opening experience that affects you deeply and changes your life forever. Transformative travel is life-changing.

Travel Journals

Why I Love Kenya – For 43 years I dreamed of returning

Why I Love Kenya – For 43 years I dreamed of returning

I fell in love with Kenya in 1978. It took me until 2021 to return. Despite the years between visits, it didn’t take long for me to remember why I love Kenya so much. Kenya still had much to teach me and so much love to give after all these years.

A love for travel began with my mum

A love for travel began with my mum

My love for travel and adventure began with my mum. I still take time on her birthday, on Mother’s Day and on International Women’s Day to honor her and thank her for all the gifts she gave me. Gifts that have made me a better traveler, journalist, photographer and, I hope, a better man.

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