How to Have Ethical Animal Encounters in the Caribbean

I always want to do all of the “swim with marine creatures” activities that are available. Swimming with dolphins has long been on my wish list. Swimming with dolphins, turtles, or stingrays sound so alluring. Are they good for the creatures in question? Here is how to have ethical animal encounters in the Caribbean AND my handy-dandy guide to some of the most popular attractions.

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Why I Was So Scared to Travel (and Why You Shouldn’t Be!)

I was so scared to travel and I never even considered traveling alone. My friends never had money or time. Frequently, both. If they did, they’d go with their significant other. I didn’t know that people traveled solo simply because they could. Nor did I realize how rewarding it would be. How do you alleviate the fear of traveling? How do you fight the foe called travel anxiety?

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Fort Lauderdale in Florida. I am sitting inside a car with the sunshine shining on my face.

Florida Sunshine in My Face

Skybus was so cool. I got some cheap flights to a few places and I wish now that I’d traveled more with Skybus. Hindsight is 20/20, as the saying goes. In 2007, I took the leap and  bought a ticket to visit my friend in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I can’t remember the exact price,  but It was low, probably around $40.  I’m proud of Past Me for taking the leap! Continue reading

This is How to Go On Local Adventures with Kids

It sounds so easy, but even local adventures can be a daunting task to plan. After all, toting around your toddlers and ALL THE THINGS you need when you go to your usual places gets tiring. How do you on a local adventure with kids?

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Stingrays, Ethics, and a Short History of Stingray City

After I finished writing my post about diving with stingrays in Stingray City, Grand Cayman, I wondered if it was ethical. After all, you are feeding wild animals and it isn’t just you. It’s half the people you are diving with (one container of squid per two buddies) and all of the other people visiting Stingray City that day… and that year… and so forth.

Is it ethical to dive with stingrays at Stingray City?

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How to Get a Hickey at Stingray City

After zoning out a little during the pre-dive instructions given at Stringray City in Grand Cayman Island, my dive buddy took the squid for feeding the rays, at my insistence. I was a little nervous and respectful of these majestic creatures, so I decided I wouldn’t touch them. You aren’t supposed to touch ocean creatures while diving anyway. It’s one of the first things you learn in scuba diving certification class.

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Key West: The Boat That Tried to Kill Me

It was a beautiful summer morning in Key West, Florida and I had plans to go scuba diving. I love scuba diving in Key West. I’d been diving a lot during the week and always with the same company. Everything had always been perfect!

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Surviving a Hurricane on Grand Cayman Island

“August is hurricane season, isn’t it?” I asked myself, before booking the flights to Grand Cayman Island. “It’s okay! There won’t be a hurricane while we are there.”

The year was 2004. It was my first international trip in a dozen years and I was excited! Grand Cayman was such a wonderful destination that my parents had chosen to go twice and my dad is not keen on flying. They hadn’t taken me, being that I was in college and all. I wanted to go someday and that day had finally come! Continue reading