Category Archives: NORTH AMERICA

Joining The Passport Party Project’s Advisory Board

Passport Party Project

I’m excited and honored to share that I’ve signed on as an Advisory Board Member for the Passport Party Project’s Phase 2.

You might remember the Passport Party Project from a previous post on my blog–welcoming the girls in a live message from Belize and also sharing a photo from the girls’ very first trip to the Jewel.

Since then, many great things have continued to happen for the Passport Party Project and its founder, Tracey Friley. Named 2013 National Geographic Traveler of the Year, she has gone on to create a second phase to the project, which will reward a second round of deserving girls with their very first passport!

As an advisory board member–there will be 20 of us seasoned travelers in total–I will help mentor a girl, helping her from passport >> Continue reading »

Postcards: Washington DC’s Cherry Blossoms

DC Cherry BlossomsYesterday, at the invitation of a visiting friend who is new to Washington DC area, I braved the crowds and witnessed the cherry blossoms at their peak bloom. The chance of this happening, by the way, is one in four–according to our excellent guide from Washington Walks. Whether you’re new to the area or not, I highly recommend them for some great local tips and insight into this city (including what not to miss at the various Smithsonian museums).

It didn’t take much arm twisting to get me out there. I was looking forward to taking a break from my heavy workload as I prepare for my upcoming trip to New Zealand (more on that soon). Besides that, I was inspired the day before by National Geographic Traveler’s live, virtual photo workshop and Google Hangout with Dan Westergren, on how to shoot the cherry blossoms.

Below are some photos from our afternoon, from catching a few minutes of the Cherry Blossom Festival parade to strolling the tidal >> Continue reading »