A Day Trip to Oia, Santorini, Greece: What Not To Miss

While I thoroughly recommend spending as much time as possible in Santorini, sometimes all you have is the option of one day. If you find yourself island hopping throughout Greece, here is your itinerary for exploring Oia, on the island of Santorini.

  1. Swimming in Amoudi Bay

2014-07-19 15.56.28

Start your day with a cool dip in Amoudi Bay. The walk down to the water will leave you hot and sweaty and ready to enjoy all that Santorini has to offer-including a cliff dive! The path to the bay is a bit tricky, with a rocky path and narrow drops, but it makes the arrival all the more enjoyable as you take in the rising volcanic cliffs from below.

Continue reading

Surfing Magazine SwimSuit Edition: Top Travel Tips

mtg_slider_7I was recently published in Surfing Magazine’s Swimsuit Edition, sharing my top three travel tips.

 After visiting more than 20 countries-through beach towns and historic villages, and bartering through more local markets than I can count- I’ve learned a lot about the experience of travel. Here are a few tips on how to make your next experience abroad that much more special. 

Immerse yourself in local flavor. Once you have given yourself the time to fully appreciate your new surroundings, look to the local residents to give you a proper introduction.

While guidebooks are useful as a background guide to a city, it’s best to take advice from locals on places to eat, drink, and explore. This not only exposes you to unique experiences, but also gives you the opportunity to support the true backbone of the country, the indigenous industries. 

The final step towards immersion is an emotional one. Give yourself permission to let go of your usual fears and approach each new experience with enthusiasm. Whether that involves trying fried squid eggs in Bangkok, or leaping off a cliff in Aruba, each adventure brings you that much closer to the land you’re lucky enough to visit.

Check out more surfing photos here and check out the full magazine, on newsstands now. For more of my published work, click here.

What are some of your favorite travel tips?

Street Scenes of Red Hook, Brooklyn

DfBxdsuGh_tNNqW2VRXIxSr9WzCoE8DJtEOSTEadJd0New York is a wonderful city, teeming with energy and ideas. However, there are times (particularly after a long, bone-chilling winter) that one needs to escape and refresh. With no time for a true getaway, I opted for the next best thing: a visit to my sister’s Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook.

Not easily accessible by subway, Red Hook has remained a true Brooklyn enclave, and with its waterfront views (including the Statue of Liberty), artisanal treats, and home brewed drafts, a visit to this neighborhood always feels like a breath of fresh air.

4Mkeo0NKJ86mMqJdprreUowISaKrcrR0OLyn2Acx4m4 5WO0yc3YZOWUbU2EcwE62rInahbTy1ttZ6il5NQZqoc 6Cu0lx_6krcBTd6bLKbbTFj1W_cy75JkmIs4pUbMxhM 30-lSdZRvaTIsRxP4o68VIb_Et_-CpGIFtEQ64b-tS0 75u4RMCrV5NgqReyh1et9mI5OcVIfKYp3yqISBLA1nk a1TFk7IIy3L26SJ6MZ9xKwIlbmG1EvnIb-MmRnbOsPc B7Kfn_DpmepW0FLavNWYeIbeEinD-2jrKAKj3N_px50 bFBBIxZFFpurk-IoxrsL7bTnjUN79HdVwLApr9GknTY,1qjeHYfocpihqerisvUFwoYxAtWNz9tTKKYbPVFPitw cwSNINV2DOkW_eJR_pk-n-wkgIVVEkgY1LPeJoCLk7g DfBxdsuGh_tNNqW2VRXIxSr9WzCoE8DJtEOSTEadJd0 DJaQa12oShmuSTLMZ7zNgXgfIRJvGBYnpyd8-akYXx8 hi7TK25kMHc38QYNmxyPIK5okkVqyEvAWo3YjaX49KI LtRUVjqFz67cwP6IqzapbJDUB1W3T-DnhZOxbFv4_mM napwjk2DOEh0Ch0J--BHj_1mTcQan-HYaI1nUB9Qr08 OgRdqx2R358HQCitbYIS4JUucZYhfvdeVRA2i-0N_lE rh-vgB_UrlvGebZBRw18c2OMB56mljJGrXv9MdbMvo0 TaLZhTPvVVoUgiI8AaihfGj_oGf0KbYfHQNplITycgs uEL19zTFxTmAKK0ESZxYK5fNBajngFcfJeMEVTTS-zg Wmq6PgVoMrk-fi8leW5GCrtdjyHmYJp3njVNR6HBoxI yBNDzxhfHgC5UU2UuDn8FuWtxQK4QOAlwkDXn0oMOQI ykM--CKa36y6-Ar8y8kmr9bmRqgRTw5xARfVR31JGNs

Simple Pleasures in the Fishing Town of Chala, Peru

xuD2AXSwJdKvoDLMSL7kFDK763o_zKA6FLIKfzjDa6sOne of my favorite things to happen during a trip is an unexpected stopover. While I used to plan out my trips so aggressively that I had a detailed itinerary for every minute away, I now have a loose idea of where I want to go, and try to just be in the moment. If I like a city more than I expected, I have the time to extend my stay there. If someplace is not living up to its hype, than I have no issues leaving sooner. However, there are those wonderful moments when you discover a place you did not even know existed, and your trip changes its entire course.

That was the story of how I came to visit Chala. During my 2012 trip to Peru, I was at the southern tip of the country, having completed the Inca Trail, and was ready to head back up to Lima. However, after my previous experience with a 20 hour bus ride I knew that I needed to break up the trip. After consulting several bus schedules, and numerous maps I found a tiny village that would give me a 12 hour respite from the stomach churning bus journey. It was Chala.

This tiny fishing village was so small, it is no wonder it escapes the well worn gringo path. The buildings are mostly dilapidated, there are no historic sites to explore, and speaking English is a huge challenge. Yet the quiet of this small town drew me in, and I found myself wandering the beach and admiring the strange patterns drawn by the seaweed washed ashore. The cluster of colorful fishing boats were a beautiful site, looking more decorative than you would imagine from the chief industry of a city. Finally, as I prepared to leave for the bus station on the second leg of my journey North, I watched a sunset so fiery and pure, that it looked as if it had been painted onto the sky.

Indeed, this trip out of necessity had turned into an indelible memory of simple joys.

PellFreQ1i3_MpkYw8AwXc91qJacS7ffFC9SdDhck_o -YPRevylIhGB7CfwbZjpwUOkf4mnJD6O9eC4UA129JU NyXiY9rQZrZTMWg31A_adyeG0hd52iJHDQlyxRX1tQw ywvEpeJjxt0ORMfKlTX0VcFxAKPGbemhzQljp6ws01Y 6WA86PJ7k5aQxRFekKt9Wb-LW8MKXEmw662RP0Z1iR0 2ALYz0lMD2IdzjxyFV2eh3rcMk3sqBgHvVVNoe5bTVw 4gJKYnWbw4MhDxFwVVAuJo8cbI9ZC80LJBwdmyH5kbc 40UPAwcUmqCQMpXqLLcsSXuYPiDXNXIrKuiDdY9onqc F7ZSySdvplQEelLOBqeTCmXPS0Ite2TH8zZK6jYDdnc JH_BRHQY5GOkGYSo6DtNiBdh2C13OLsY9eJtbX4662c jiG57rJBkuNqyzfa-5sPvYszWapONKZWdcJDLUO0d6U TIph8f1QDdEZWUYQ_pRASEighlCDrr_QtKX_6N1BJ30 JFAtoSzvNcGyHR4negp-rNCppavE9Bfm2x_veDrGTVc

Foodie Trip To Thailand’s Koh Samet Island

The beach island of Koh Samet lays just a few hours drive and a short boat trip from the city of Bangkok. For an enjoyable and edible weekend, don’t miss these local Thai treats and get a real taste of the island. From your start in the city to your end at the boat dock, each step of your trip will give you the chance to try a new type of food and flavor. Thailand wouldn’t have it any other way.

Dessert Truck

thai dessert truckBefore you start your drive to Koh Samet, make sure to fill up on Thai snacks for the journey. One delicious treat is Ka-nom Bueang, a rice flour shell with a coconut cream filling and various toppings. Grab a box of these treats to hold you over until you reach the island.

Fish Market

fish marketJust before you head to the harbor to catch your boat to the island of Koh Samet, stop off at one of the local seaside markets. Thanks to its waterfront adjacency, there are plenty of fresh fish just waiting to be fried up in a pan. Grab a bunch and bring them back to your hotel to make instant friends with the restaurant staff.

Boats in Koh Samet

Boats in Koh SametStepping onto the island of Koh Samet, you will instantly be wowed by the colorful fishing boats in the harbor. One of the beauties of Thailand is the color of its fabrics, and buildings, and these boats are no exception. Join the local crew for an early morning fishing trip or just hop aboard for a spin around the island.

Beach Vendor

Beach Vendor-Koh SametKick back on the beaches of Koh Samet and let the dining come to you. With local shopkeepers carrying their wares around, sun seekers can have their pick of Thai delicacies right from the comfort of their beach chair. This Thai vendor was selling roasted hard-boiled eggs that lent a smoky flavor to the yolk.

Stilted Restaurant

stilted restaurant-Koh SametFor a unique dining experience on the island, visit the Ploy Samed restaurant. To access this restaurant, visitors must ring a bell that will summon a boat: the only way of getting aboard. The restaurant is located on stilts over the water, and each table has an open bottom, where you can dangle your feet over the edge. In an ironic twist, diners can watch the fish swim below as they dig into the fresh seafood piled before them.

%d bloggers like this: