Photo Essay: Great Ocean Road Australia

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We are saying our good-byes in Melbourne after spending two days with our friend Damien, a jazz musician we met in New York four years ago, when he asks, “Where are you headed now?" “I’m not really sure,” Ryan says. “We’re heading towards Sydney and we thought we’d hit the Great Ocean Road on the way.” “Um. You know that’s…

Photo Essay: Animals of Australia

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By the time we pick up our dollar-a-day Apollo camper van, Ryan is chomping at the bit to put miles behind us and get out into the middle of the big, wild Australian Outback. Except I’m still looking for kangaroos. And I’m concerned that if we start driving, we won’t get very far because I’ll have to chase down every…

Photo Essay: Lesotho

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Pulling up to the Monantsapas border between South Africa and the tiny country of Lesotho in a 4-wheel-drive van, there is a visible line where the tarmac ends and the muddy path winding up into the mountains begins. A man with a wool blanket draped over his shoulders leads his horse on foot while texting on his mobile phone. He…

Photo Essay: Pilanesberg & Lion Park Safaris

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“No, Tasha, you can NOT cuddle the lions. Get back in the car. No, not the giraffes either.” Ryan tends to say this a lot as we drive through South Africa. There are just so many beautiful animals everywhere, it takes all of my willpower to stay in the car and keep the windows closed as instructed when really I…

Photo Essay: Paddleboarding in Cabarete, Dominican Republic

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We push our way through the reeds to head back

In a slow, lilting, surfer’s voice, our paddleboarding guide John identifies each plant we see, sometimes tearing off a leaf and shoving it in his mouth. We’ve only known him for 5 minutes, but we scramble after John through a winding natural maze in his backyard leading down to a lagoon, pausing now and then to hear what he says…

Photo Essay: Motorbike trip to Rio San Juan

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The sun’s out – time for a Dominican adventure

My first weekend motorcycle trip felt like a milestone achievement when I pulled into Rio San Juan with Ryan on the back of the bike and all my limbs still in tact. Despite my fears, the trip was nothing short of breath-taking, scenic and exhilarating. The wind whipped my hair into knots as we rolled up, down and around one…

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