In 2010, I was invited to visit Belize on behalf of their tourism board. I spent most of my time inland, instead of on the cayes (or islands) that draw most visitors to Belize. My last two days however, were spent in Dangriga, a town midway down the coast, with easy island access. In Dangriga, I learned more about the Garifuna people and even spent the night dancing with them. I also took a boat trip off this pier above to privately owned, South Water Caye. As I stepped onto the tiny island, I saw honeymooners staying in rustic cottages and thought this is world's away from a pampered, sterile resort. A roof over your head, three square meals, your own hammock and the ocean in your front yard. Now, that's my kind of getaway.
Thinking about planning a trip to Belize? Check out my things to see, do and eat in Belize from my trip in 2010. And, as always, put this travel inspiration on your desktop, iPhone or e-reader. Just choose the size that best fits your screen.
July means the beach and warm, glowing sunsets. At least to me, anyways. I've dug through my archives of photos to find a sunset worthy of staring at for an entire month. This photograph barely does it justice. As night fell on the beach, I sat chatting with new friends and we couldn't tear ourselves away from this incredible view. Pinks and oranges faded horizontally to deep blues and purples. I dare say everything, including us, looked more gorgeous bathed in the warm glow of sunset. I met a lot of people, ate some incredible food and experienced a lot during that week in St. Croix, but when my mind wanders back to my time there, this moment is the first that pops into my mind. It's funny how just a few minutes can make for the best memories.
If you're looking for some inspiration and ideas about a trip to St. Croix, I've got a few St. Croix stories to tell (mostly about food, of course!) And, as always, put this travel inspiration on your desktop, iPhone or e-reader. Just choose the size that best fits your screen.
I recently had the chance to go to Sedona, Arizona and take in its desert palette. This shot was taken from a helicopter ride above the Red Rocks, which is an unbelievable experience. I was there to test out Sony's line of cameras, video cameras, tablets and e-readers for the traveler and can't wait to share my thoughts on that soon. I fell in love with the cameras, including the NEX line (the photo above is shot with a NEX-5N.) I also fell in love with the natural beauty, vistas, and energy of Sedona. I came home from the beautiful L'Auberge de Sedona relaxed, rejuvenated and with a new tech obsession. More on that soon!
As the year winds to a close, we've been thinking a lot about where we've been this past year. Our conversations keep returning to food and these bright red crawfish called me to as the offbeat mascot of this holiday season.
One of our most salient memories from this past May was attending the Crawfish Festival in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, the self-proclaimed crawfish capital of the world. It was hot, humid and not a cloud in sight. We sipped daiquiris out of necessity, tapped our feet as Zydeco music filled the air, and sat down to a basket of some of the best crawfish we'd ever tasted. All the while, creating an unforgettable travel experience.
Where has your year taken you? What's the best meal you had in your travels? And, check out this post on Louisiana cuisine if this photo leaves you hungry.
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