Category Archives: CULTURE

A Raggamuffin Birthday in Belize

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I have a good excuse for staying offline, folks! Last Wednesday was my birthday.

It gets more challenging each year to come up with a fun, memorable way to celebrate, this being my fourth birthday in Belize. My friend Stacy, however, who loves to explore as much as I do, suggested that we hop on Raggamuffin Tours’ popular three day overnight sailing trip from Caye Caulker all the way south to Placencia.

Three days drifting along Belize’s Caribbean Sea? It was a no brainer.

She signed us up early on but unfortunately, got tied up with work and wasn’t able to make it. So off I went for three days at sea, ready to unplug.

Knowing most of the islands and areas on the itinerary, I was eager to immerse in the natural beauty of the south coast and reef yet again. But I wondered what it might be like to sail on a catamaran for three days and Continue reading »

My Year in Review & Best of 2014 Photo Gallery

How can I possibly sum up 2014? It was my best year yet on this fulfilling yet unpredictable journey as a freelance travel writer and photographer.

A year that took me to a different country almost every month of the year, from far-flung New Zealand to my beloved Caribbean and Central American region, and exciting destinations like Haiti.

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A year in which I landed several print travel writing assignments, including for in-flight magazinesone of which required me to fly to Jamaica, research, write and shoot the feature story, all under a week’s time. Another had me write a feature article on Belize that landed in the same issue as my dear friend and colleague Lola Akinmade Akerstrom’s article (which she appropriately called a “virtual fist bump.”) And yet another had me penning about chocolate and squeezing in a Belize mention, for Every Day With Rachael Ray.

2014 was also a year of firsts: first national radio interviews, podcast interviewfirst keynote speech (before Continue reading »