Women’s Guide to Packing for Banff and Jasper National Parks in September: More Than Just Clothes

In this article: Clothing + Gear Packing List What To Pack in a Daypack Food Related Gear Bathroom Breaks in Banff and Jasper Packing for Rain and Inclement Weather September (after Labor Day in the USA), is the start of the shoulder season in Banff and Jasper National Parks. It’s still busy, but not bananas and not crowded. From that standpoint it was a great … Continue reading Women’s Guide to Packing for Banff and Jasper National Parks in September: More Than Just Clothes

Vegetarians and Vegans Traveling in Banff, Canada

Banff is AWESOME! The pristine, quaint, town with undeniable rustic charm will make you feel like you stepped into a Hallmark movie. As for dining options for vegans and vegetarians, it’s limited but available. As you’d expect finding vegetarian food is easier than vegan. I’m here now and adding updates as I go. But to summarize here are some options for vegans and vegetarians in … Continue reading Vegetarians and Vegans Traveling in Banff, Canada

Packing for Maui or the Big Island of Hawaii When You’re Not Staying in a Hotel or Resort

Why write this article? There are a lot of Hawaii and island-specific packing list articles already on the internet? So why write one more? This is specifically for people staying in a condo with a full kitchen. IMHO, most packing lists are missing some finer details. This is for women who like to pack light. There are all kinds of accommodations on Maui and the … Continue reading Packing for Maui or the Big Island of Hawaii When You’re Not Staying in a Hotel or Resort

How to Decide On A Land Based vs. Liveaboard Visit to the Galapagos Islands, Aside From Costs

While researching holiday in the Galapagos Islands for the Christmas season of 2019, I looked, thoroughly, at doing a land based trip vs. a liveaboard. You can find many articles about the pros and cons about one or the other: land based vs. liveaboard. But I didn’t find any that were more like a guide or rubric to help someone make the decision for themselves. … Continue reading How to Decide On A Land Based vs. Liveaboard Visit to the Galapagos Islands, Aside From Costs

Mountain Gorillas in Uganda: a Photo Essay

In September 2017 I had the opportunity to go gorilla trekking in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda. At the time of publishing this article in September 2017, there were 15 mountain gorilla families that can be tracked in Uganda: 14 in Bwindi and 1 in the Mgahinga Gorilla Park. Not all of the gorilla families in Uganda have been habituated. There are four primary … Continue reading Mountain Gorillas in Uganda: a Photo Essay

How To Keep Costs Low on a Maui Vacation

Vacationing on Maui (or any of the Hawaiian islands) can be expensive, especially if you travel during peak times such as the December holidays, spring break, and summer. But there are ways to keep your costs low. In this article I am going to go through some ideas in detail. {Cost Saving Idea 1: Rent a Car} Rent a car vs. taxis and Ubers. If … Continue reading How To Keep Costs Low on a Maui Vacation

How to Obtain a First Time OCI Card for People Who Were Born in the USA Based on Both Parents’ Birth in India: Step-by-Step Guide

The Indian government has created a system whereby former Indian citizens as well as people of Indian origin may be eligible to get an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) Card. They have partnered with an organization called Cox & Kings Global Services (CKGS) to handle logistics for OCI cards, Visas and other documents regarding travel to India. As far as I can tell, they are … Continue reading How to Obtain a First Time OCI Card for People Who Were Born in the USA Based on Both Parents’ Birth in India: Step-by-Step Guide

Tocumen International Airport, Panama City: Where to Eat During Long Layovers for Vegetarians and Vegans

Tocumen International Airport is big and modern. It’s gotta be one of the busiest airports in Central America – if not the busiest. There are lots of stores such as Adidas, Dolce & Gabbana ads everywhere and of course, Duty Free shops where one can buy more alcohol and chocolate than you’d ever consume. Upstairs, the airport has a big food court.  The good news … Continue reading Tocumen International Airport, Panama City: Where to Eat During Long Layovers for Vegetarians and Vegans

Travel Earbuds for Petite Women or Anyone With REALLY Small Ears

I recently flew on KLM Airlines from San Francisco to Uganda. It was really cool that they offered passengers complimentary headphones. They were the blue ones you see below, with the bubble ears (I don’t know what they’re actually called). But they didn’t stay in my ears. Am I the only petite woman with this problem? I have very small ears and I’ve tried several … Continue reading Travel Earbuds for Petite Women or Anyone With REALLY Small Ears

Indian Food in Montevideo, Uruguay

You wouldn’t think that there’d be Indian food in Uruguay as a very small country nestled in between Brazil and Argentina, both places that don’t have much of a South Asian diaspora. We learned that there are about 200 South Asians living in Montevideo. Most people arrived there to work or Tata Consulting which has an office in Montevideo. And on Saturdays they play cricket … Continue reading Indian Food in Montevideo, Uruguay