Journeys way off the beaten path, and the power of everyday people.

Walk into the sun.

My girl Tanya has shared with some of the best music for traveling — for staring out the train window and running where your mind takes you. "Fluke" by Puppy is one. And this. I can't imagine how many times I listened to this song on my…

Cue the jovial "musik"

Took the tram out to the university and giggled to hear this music. There's a lot of street musicians — "buskers" — in Europe, and I love to be surprised with serenades while on my commute or catching a bus, that would otherwise be mundan…

A shark tried to eat my leg!

So I was diving in the Great Barrier Reef and a huge white-tip reef shark tried to take a chunk out of my leg, but I punched him in the nose like in the films and swam like hell away! Why yes, that IS a 500-pounnd fish behind me I wish. Just lik…

Rinse, repeat.

I really need to stop packing ... anything. I have an extra suitcase here, but wear the same three things. Always. I'm like "The Fly" now. Black jeans or black leopard pants or Aboriginal leggings (which Olaf has dubbed the 1970s disco…

It's the small things

Found this little tidbit I "Jotted" down in my mobile phone's voice recorder in Queenstown, New Zealand. "As the queen of free things to do, I found the botanical gardens, which is beautiful. Right out of town, along the lake. You f…