Changing Faces of Central America: A Photo Essay

In 2013, I backpacked through Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. It was mango season when I arrived to Central America, and the air was heavy with the scent of fruit fermenting in the sun. In every town I visited, sticky mangoes littered the ground and fat bunches that looked like overgrown grapes dripped from the trees. On… More Changing Faces of Central America: A Photo Essay

Camping in Baja California and How to Survive

With over 1,900 miles of coastline this scenic strip of land stretches from the bottom of California into the Pacific Ocean. Baja California offers barreling surf, a haven for wildlife, surreal mountain deserts, and the crystalline Sea of Cortez. For decades, travelers have been heading south of the border with their tents, surfboards, fishing gear, and kayaks in… More Camping in Baja California and How to Survive

Travel Anxiety: The angst of the unknown

Travel anxiety. Every time I plan a trip abroad, apprehension bites me like an angry alligator. To diminish my unease, I obsess over guide books, exhaustively plan itineraries, and google ny destination to familiarize myself with a mysterious country. The more I prepare, the more nervous I become. It’s the angst of the unknown —… More Travel Anxiety: The angst of the unknown

The Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu: Adrenaline and Adventure

It’s the Mecca of South America. The mist-shrouded ruins of Machu Picchu drip with mystery and adventure. There are many ways to reach Machu Picchu. Most people take a train from Cusco to Aguas Calientes (the nearest town to Machu Picchu) and then bus the next morning to the front gate of the ancient fortress. But for those… More The Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu: Adrenaline and Adventure

Watercolor Techniques: The Fine Art of Fantasy

I love how watercolor paintings have a surreal quality to them. The effects that you can get with watercolor are unlike any other medium. Vivid colors, intricate details, and impressionistic backgrounds are signature qualities of watercolor paintings. But learning how to control the paint and create these effects is very difficult. Watercolor is one of those mediums that… More Watercolor Techniques: The Fine Art of Fantasy