Video: Getting Wild in Alaska With Celebrity Cruises


Adventure. History. Wild, rugged nature. A trip to Alaska promises a range of experiences – from visiting frontier towns rich with colorful characters, to spotting wildlife and taking in some of the State’s most spectacular landscape.

I was recently invite by Celebrity Cruise lines aboard the Celebrity Solstice to take part in their 8-night Alaskan cruise.  We’re talking float plane adventures, traditional salmon bakes, vintage train rides and some quirky Klondike history, so it was a pretty hard offer to turn down so I eagerly packed my bags and hit the road. My trip began in Vancouver, where we sailed up through Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan. It was an epic trip. Here are some of the highlights:

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My New Book! Travel Junkie: A Badass Guide to Travel

I’m super excited to announce my new book! It’s called  Travel Junkie: A Badass Guide to Travel and it taps into my real-life around the world experiences backpacking to over 80 countries, across all seven continents.

In this book, I aim to inspire and empower future travel junkies to travel further, play harder, say “yes” to new experiences and channel their inner badass. I share tried-and-true travel tips and advice for the next generation of adventurers. With chapters on scoring cheap flights, maximizing air miles, using the best travel apps, surviving solo travel and staying safe on the road, Travel Junkie: A Badass Guide to Travel is an insider’s look at how to travel smart and beat the system.

Practical travel tips are interspersed with uncensored, diary-style confessions straight from my private travel journals. They are honest (sometimes too honest), raw accounts of real life and lessons learned on the road. From the wrestling rings of South America, to the genocide memorials of Rwanda, the witches markets of Mexico City, to the gladiator training camps of Italy and notorious maximum security prisons in Thailand, readers will be immersed in some of the most interesting places on the planet.

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New York Times Travel Show Cheat Sheet: Money Saving Travel Websites and Apps

If you missed my presentation this year at the New York Times Travel Show, or caught the talk and just wanted to refer back, here are a few of the websites I mentioned. These are great travel websites and apps that save you money on flights and hotels; as well as ways to save money by tapping into the shared economy.

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A New Year of Travel: Looking Ahead to 2015

Happy New Year Travel Junkies!! With the holiday season behind us it’s time to put away the Christmas tree decorations and the Festivus pole to embrace a brand new year.

With the encroaching new year comes an opportunity for reflection. A chance to look back, honor your actions and efforts of the previous year, give yourself a little pat on the back (or a kick in the butt), before moving on to your 2015 goals.

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Holiday Travel Survival Tips

It’s that time of year again. When the lineups are long, the TSA security check lines are rife with cranky passengers and the winter weather wreaks havoc on travel schedules everywhere…yes it’s holiday travel time! Yay! Fear not! Here a few handy travel tips and apps that can help alleviate your travel stress this holiday season.

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20 Ways to Save and Earn Money For Your Travels

Ah…money. This is the big reason why many people say they can’t travel – lack of money! The reality is that you don’t necssarily need a lot of money to travel if you select good value destinations and know how to work the system. Start saving for your travel goals by  taking a look at your daily expenses and cutting back on the little things. You’ll be surprised by how much you can save and invest towards your future dream trip.

Here are some ways to SAVE money:

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World’s Bests and Worsts

(Cartagena, Colombia photo credit: szeke)

Since I’m a travel writer and my job is to travel, I often get askedwhat my favorite places are…what are the worsts and the bests. Well, like anything, travel is highly subjective. What may be a life-changing experience for one tourist can be a complete bore for another. Nonetheless, after backpacking through some many countries and to many of the world’s most amazing places, I decided to take a shot and make a list of my global picks and pans.

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Taboo Foods: Balut: World’s Weirdest Cuisine?

When I think back to some of the most disgusting things I’ve eaten over the course of my travel career, even I have to wonder what I was thinking. I’ve sampled scorpion, live termites, dog, guinea pig, snake blood, scorpion, lamb’s penis and live aphrodisiac worm, but I’ve never done embryo.

Balut sure is one for the books. I look back at the experience of trying Balut in the Philippines for the fist time: Crack. I peel open the shards of egg shell and take a cautious peek inside. Sitting in a bag of juicy embryonic fluid is a curled up fetal duck. It’s not fully formed but I can see the onset of dark feathers, a beak and a pair of bulging eye balls.

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