Acclimating in the Dominican Republic, Off the Beaten Path

When most people hear about the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana is the obvious destination, where resorts abound along beautiful beaches. Nothing against the obvious. But I wanted to get off the beaten path, in Samaná. This northeastern province is known for prolific nature, from secluded beaches to tangled mangroves, and …

An Angeleno in Côte d’Azur

One way that I reconcile my hefty wanderlust with a demanding corporate job is to make the very most of work travel – whether in this case to the French Riviera, or more commonly, domestically. For instance, when my company was owned by 3M, my job occasionally took me to the …

When It Rains in LA

Southern California has a Mediterranean climate, meaning dry summers and rainy winters. Except it’s been awhile since we’ve received much rain in Los Angeles in the winter. Last year was incredibly mild, and it seemed I only had a week to wear my possibly excessive collection of boots, while repeatedly …

Driving in the Dark

A few observations struck me upon arriving in Sacramento and picking up my rental car around 1am on a Wednesday night/Thursday morning. Firstly, that the night air felt more humid than what I’d been used to in LA, and it felt good. My skin, hair, everything about my particular composition …

Why Travel

I was born in Los Angeles, and moved to the east coast and back by age 13. My first travel outside North America came nearly a decade later, days after my 22nd birthday, when the travel magazine I worked for sent me on a press trip to the U.S. Virgin …