Travel Tales in the Press

On a recent visit to Portland, Oregon, The Conium Review’s editors James Gapinski and Uma Sankaram sat down to talk with me about Travel Tales and the current transformation it’s undergoing.  To learn more about the magazine and what we’re looking for in submissions, listen to the podcast below.

The podcast is also available in the iTunes Store, where you can download it for free and subscribe to The Conium Review’s podcast series.

For further details on submission requirements, please read our earlier post:  Calling All Travel Writers.  We look forward to reading your submissions!


Have a great travel story of your own that you think others would enjoy reading?

…then maybe you should consider submitting it to Travel Tales!   Travel Tales is currently being transformed from a blog into an e-zine (with a quarterly pdf version as well as an annual collection of the best stories published in print form) that features travel stories from people all over the world.  We are always looking for talented storytellers, regardless of their publishing experience. In addition, we are looking for guest bloggers, photographers and a guest editors.

Submissions should be no more than 2,000 words in length and fit into one or more of the following categories: expat living, first trip abroad, outdoor adventure, luxury travel, romance/love, friendship, bridging cultural gaps, wisdom of the road, healing, spiritual awakenings, self-discovery and travel debacles.

Please submit all work to submission(at)travel-tales(dot)com – Please note that the parentheses within the email address are to prevent spammers.  Submissions deadline: October 1st 2012.  Should you wish to apply for guest editor or blogger position, please inquire by emailing us at the above address.  We look forward to hearing from you!

(Message to all writers and photographers:  We believe that writers and photographers should retain the rights to their work, therefore we only ask non-exclusive rights to publish your work.)

Mahalo & Aloha for Now

As many of you know, I’ve slowed down my traveling ways over the last five months.  Maybe not forever, but the days of hopping on a plane or train once every week or two are gone for now.  This is something that life had been demanding of me months before I accepted it as my reality – and for various reasons, too.  The most significant is that I need to root myself in one place long enough to bring some of my other writing projects to fruition.

Traveling and writing about all that I’ve seen and experienced has not only given me countless stories, a deeper understanding of others and the way they live, and moments of profound joy, it has also fueled within me a tireless pursuit of self-inquiry.  So it is with the deepest gratitude that I thank you for sharing in my writing – and yes, my life.

Travel Tales is not coming to an end – it is merely being put on hold so that, like me, it too can be re-birthed in another form.  Check back in mid-2012 to see it in its new incarnation.

Paris en Hiver

Notre Dame and the Seine

Up in the attic

Flower Market Along the Seine in the 1eme

My Hideaway on Rue Jacob 6eme

La Tour Eiffel

Shakespeare and Co.

Mountain Hideaway

I know I haven’t been very consistent on the writing front as of late.  However, I can assure you that it has little to do with my lackadaisical ways and everything to do with the fact that I’ve been having a lot of fun – albeit, not all travel related.  And yes, I am still in Hawaii.  A few months ago, I would’ve told you I’d be off somewhere in the Alps or in South America, but I’ve changed my tune and happy that I have.

With winter nearing, there are few places I’d rather be than Hawaii.  The sun shines almost perpetually, the water’s still clear as crystal, and who can complain about surfing in December without a wetsuit?  So while half the globe is starting to layer-up, I’m happy to be stripping down to my bikini.  But aside from hitting the beach, I find there’s no better way to pass the winter days than by hiking.

The Hawaiian Islands are packed with hikes boasting jaw-dropping views and exquisitely lush landscapes, and this becomes evermore true in winter, when rainfall increases drastically.  And so to answer the question that’s inevitably about to leap from the tip of your tongue: yes, hiking in Hawaii can be quite a muddy affair – especially as February rolls around.  But for me, getting dirty is half the fun.  The other half is trying not to fall and slide down the entire trail on my derrière.

A very muddy hike, which happens to be one of my favorites on Oahu,  is about a 5-minute drive from my place in Hawaii Kai.  It’s not a terribly intense hike or even very long, for that matter – 1.5 hours round trip for someone in-shape and wants to take their sweet old time – but it’s a great workout and a quick escape into solitude.  For those of you who live in the area, you’ll most likely recognize the trail from my photos below.

The best thing about it, though, is that it’s not in any of the guide books, so the trail isn’t overrun with people.  And out of respect for everyone in the neighborhood, I won’t post directions or the name of the hike here for the whole world to see.   But since this is a travel site, I won’t completely withhold the information.  If you’re genuinely interested, email me for details:

Happy hiking!



Red Dirt Country



Waimanalo and the Mokulua Islands in the Distance



Regal as a Crown



Overlooking Waimanalo


Sailing in Hawaii

Until yesterday, it had been nearly a decade since I stepped foot on a sailboat.  And as someone who normally travels by plane, train, car or bike, I have to say it was a nice change of pace.  I’ve also decided that – aside from hiking – it is quite possibly the best way to indulge in the beauty of Hawaii.  The photos below are of the Gold Coast – Waikiki and Diamond Head.

Waikiki Shoreline

Diamond Head at Sunset

Loved their sail


Another gorgeous sunset


After working a bit too hard over the last couple of weeks, I finally made it to the beach this morning for a swim.  I also got a bit camera happy while I was at it.  Enjoy.  It’s another perfect day in paradise.

Sandy Beach - Shorebreak

Bodysurfing bliss

High tide

Sandy Beach

Swept away with the tide

Crystal waters