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Navigating and Chill on the Chao Phraya: A Night Aboard The Mekhala River Cruise thumbnail

Confused on where we are? I’m taking this moment while my travels are grounded to care for my mom to catch up on my black hole of un-blogged content. Here, I’m covering my time in Thailand in May of 2017. My apologies for any confusion with the timeline, and thanks for sticking with me. We hadn’t looked at a… Read more

A Red Hot Red Sea Adventure: Four Days on an Egyptian Liveaboard thumbnail

  Thank you all so much for your patience as I’ve taken a hiatus from blogging to focus on supporting my family through my mother’s terminal cancer diagnosis. Time feels more precious than ever but I have been missing writing and the connection it makes me feel to my mom, also a writer by trade —… Read more

Breezy Bliss on the Nile: The Felucca Ride I’ll Remember Forever thumbnail

If you’ve been reading my Egypt coverage so far, you know that my felucca ride up the Nile was the absolute highlight of my time in mainland Egypt. Boarding in Aswan and sailing towards Luxor, my Travel Talk Tours group spent two nights and two days of breezy bliss watching the world pass by with our… Read more

Get On Board: My Cruising Bucket List thumbnail

We’ve all heard the usual clichés about cruising. The truth is that decades ago, cruising may just have been a one-size-fits-all affair that wasn’t a great fit for many travelers. But with the cruise industry continuing to reign as one of the fastest-growing categories in the leisure travel market, it is innovating and creating in ways travelers have… Read more


Read Part I here. I woke up after the second night aboard The Aria so grateful that I was on a four night itinerary — there was no way I’d have been ready to leave the next day! The ship was already beginning to feel like home and I knew I’d soon miss waking up to… Read more


There are many seasoned travelers who seem to take pride in declaring themselves “sooo not cruise people.” I am not one of those travelers. My first cruise, a Silversea voyage from Athens to Istanbul, showed me all that is sunny about sailing the high seas. I loved the camaraderie onboard, the convenience of surveying a large… Read more

Seven Reasons Small Ship Cruises Are The Right Fit For Me thumbnail

In my last post I wrote about having my “aha moment” with cruising. I think in large part my enjoyment of this trip came from our careful selection of a small cruise line. While I can’t speak much to the contrasts of one fleet of small ship cruise line to another, we were mostly concerned with… Read more