ogoh-ogoh on Nyepi Day Eve

Every year on the island of Bali in Indonesia, the entire island goes completely dark for 24 hours. No Internet. No TV. No electricity. Nyepi Day is a day for meditation and reflection; a day for the Earth to reset; a day for complete silence. It’s also an incredible time to be in Bali. …

Touchdown Jesus in New Orleans

If you’re looking for a ghostly guide to the Haunted History of New Orleans, look no further. This list makes for an easy, self-guided walking tour of the French Quarter – and its hauntings. Why is New Orleans So Haunted? Maybe its the above-ground graves or maybe it’s the colorful history of voodoo and …

Château de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley

All you need to know before you go to the best château in the Loire Valley: A visit to France’s Loire Valley is truly incomplete without a visit to Château de Chenonceau. I was first attracted to the Loire Valley because of the Loire River, which served as the demarcation line in central France during WWII. …

Mad Cool Festival

Madrid’s love affair with the late-night: You know you’ve been to the Mad Cool Festival when you wake up at 2:00 in the afternoon 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 doesn’t wrap up until close to …

Snow Canyon State Park in Utah

When my friends Angi and Cody invited me to their hometown of St. George, Utah and the nearby Snow Canyon State Park, I jumped at a chance to go hiking with two people who truly appreciate the outdoors. On our way to the park though, we made a sudden stop. Why? There was a …

Clam Chowder at the Driftwood in Cannon Beach, Oregon.

The Oregon Coast is famous for its steaming bowls of fresh Clam Chowder and you can rest assured that you will not find bad chowder anywhere along this wind-whipped slip of a town. But who has the best chowder in Cannon Beach? Well, I set out on a mission to find out.