Random Travel Photo of the Week: San Salvador Homes

San Salvador, El Salvador, Central America. Photo by Charish Badzinski. In El Salvador, the poorest families build their homes out of whatever they can find, from scrap metal to chain link fences to cardboard. Here you see homes lined along the railroad tracks, where trains still run regularly. Wealth in the country is highly polarized, … More Random Travel Photo of the Week: San Salvador Homes

Flash Mob Alert! The Gender Bender ReWedding of Radical and Sparkle

Flash mob alert! And you are invited.Photo by Charish Badzinski. As a traveler, there are times when you stumble upon the opportunity to participate in an unforgettable cultural experience.  The blushing bride and a handsome rewedding guest.Photo by Charish Badzinski. For some of us, that chance came yesterday, at the Radical Sparkle ReWedding #3, a … More Flash Mob Alert! The Gender Bender ReWedding of Radical and Sparkle

Realizing the Life You Want: It’s All About Choices

On several occasions, I’ve heard people remark about my travels: “Must be nice.” Some say it when I’m not around. Others have said it to me directly. Sunset at Yellowstone National Park. Photo by Charish Badzinski. The comment used to feel like a personal jab.  Now, I have a different opinion. I feel sad for … More Realizing the Life You Want: It’s All About Choices

Independence Day and The Charm of Small Town Celebrations

Big cities can offer the best fireworks displays, the biggest, most exciting performances by renowned artists, and the largest variety of deep-fried fair foods. Traveling to a large city to celebrate Independence Day can be an extraordinary way to mark the occasion. You could watch fireworks in St. Paul, Minnesota, parked on a postage stamp … More Independence Day and The Charm of Small Town Celebrations

Mini Vacay: Playa La Ropa Beach, Zihuatanejo, Mexico

Take a minute to cool down at Playa La Ropa, in Zihuatanejo, Mexico.Photo by Charish Badzinski. With heat indicies at dizzying heights, heat advisories in effect and no break in sight, a lot of us are thinking about water these days: big, cool pools of the stuff. Long, flowing rivers of water. That feeling as … More Mini Vacay: Playa La Ropa Beach, Zihuatanejo, Mexico

Random Travel Photo of the Week: Great Dane, Madison, Wisconsin

Hot wings at Great Dane in Madison, Wisconsin. Photo by Charish Badzinski. If you live anywhere near the Midwest, you don’t need a weather geek to tell you it’s hot. How hot is it? It’s so hot, people are eating buffalo wings to cool down! These little flappers were photographed in Madison, Wisconsin, at the … More Random Travel Photo of the Week: Great Dane, Madison, Wisconsin