kecak fire dance in bali

The Kecak Fire Dance is a Balinese Hindu ritual that is now more of a performance for tourists than it is a sacred dance performed in temples. For that reason, I was a little hesitant to attend what is now more commonly called the Balinese Monkey Chant. But my tour guide, who became a …

South Kaibab Trail at Ooh Aah Point

If hiking the Grand Canyon is on your bucket list but you only have a short amount of time, the South Kaibab Trail to Skeleton Point is for you! One of the most iconic day hikes of the Grand Canyon, the South Kaibab Trail has plenty of convenient turnaround points. If you have half …

ogoh-ogoh monster in the nyepi day parade in ubud

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 …

Chateau de Chenonceau

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 laughter

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 …