You know you’ve been to the Mad Cool Festival when you wake up in your Madrid hotel room at 2:00 in the afternoon with your pillow covered in glitter and sparkles. In fairness, this particular festival in Madrid doesn’t even start until 6:00 in the evening at the earliest, and it doesn’t wrap up until …

From petroglyphs to petrified poop, this one-day itinerary in Tucson and the Sonoran Desert is entirely outdoors. My kind of day! Also, it is a socially distanced kind of day. This day involves a walk along the easy Desert Loop Trail of the Tucson Desert Museum that is dotted with fossils and caves, and an …

With the pandemic limiting our ability to travel, my friend Lizz and I rented a Sprinter van for a month to see if we could do the van life thing. Would van life be for us? Well…let’s find out! Here’s what we learned in our first two weeks of living in a van: 1. Vans …

This post describes exactly how to visit elephants in Thailand ethically. Because if you are anything like me, when you think about your dream trip to Thailand, you are thinking about splashing in a river while you frolic and bathe a grateful elephant. But please… Don’t. Do That. And please, for the love of all …

Update April 2020: Thanks to all who contributed to the Cycle for Survival 2020 event. Our team raised $10,000 and teams nationwide raised $40 million for rare cancer research. THANK YOU. Since my partner died of cancer in a Northwestern Hospital bed on a sunny day in June of 2018, every return to our former …

Since I’m on a mission to get as many stamps for my National Parks Passport as possible, I was pretty excited to learn that I would get two stamps for hiking the Anza Trail from Tubac to Tumacácori in Arizona: one stamp for Tumacácori National Historical Park and one stamp for the Juan Bautista de …