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I am stoked to share that in just under a week, I’ll be in Guadeloupe Islands, a gorgeous archipelago in the French Caribbean.
I’ve never shared a bucket list on my blog—I prefer to think of it as an “inspiration list”—but like every traveler, I have one in my mind for places I must experience and capture in my lifetime.
Guadeloupe is on that list.
I’ll be exploring as a guest of Guadeloupe Islands’ Tourist Board and ATOUT France, France’s Tourism Board, who have crafted an itinerary that blends culture and the outdoors. I’m thrilled that I’ll be experiencing it all with a small (operative word) number of journalists.
I’ve had dreams of La Guadeloupe since I was 12 or 13. So far back, I can’t recall.
It’s an official department of France, and for many years, a popular Caribbean escape for the French. As such, it used to be a relatively off the beaten path for North Americans. No direct flights, no English, no US dollar.
I looked into visiting in 2009, but flying from the US was at that time a conundrum of multiple connections and costly airfare (well over US$1,000 round trip). Coupled with civil unrest that year, I decided to postpone. I would get to Guadeloupe when the time was >> Continue reading
I’m super pleased to share — especially for those not on my Facebook page — my latest article for CNN Travel, “The hidden beauty of Garifuna Belize,” with my advice on ways to experience the vibrant Garifuna culture, and encouraging travelers to venture south of Belize. The majority of businesses and activities cited in the article are locally-owned and operated and I am grateful to each of them for sharing their culture with me during my many visits to Belize, which started long before Moon Belize.
As a side note – I’m also glad to see this piece published at this moment in time, in light of all the very recent news and upset about Norwegian Cruise Lines purchasing an island off the southern coast, and announcing, in a recent meeting, future plans to offer up the most sacred Garifuna ritual — the dugu ceremony — as entertainment for cruise ship passengers. I feel compelled to share, given my >> Continue reading