• Pittock Mansion - A Piece of Portland's History

    April 8, 2014 - by Jennifer Choban

    I arrive at the side door of the Pittock Mansion, a historic French Chateau in Portland’s West Hills and knock on the door.  Even though this house-turned-museum is currently closed, I am allowed in, which makes me feel special.  Once in the door, I take in the grandeur of the surroundings, the gleaming white marble, the

  • Is Staying in a Hostel Right for You?

    March 29, 2014 - by Jennifer Choban

    What is a Hostel Like?  Just like restaurants, hotels, schools, and bars, hostels run the gamut.  Some are fabulous, some not so much, but they tend to have some things in common. Hostels are social. They are place to mingle with other travelers. Hostels are inexpensive.  Most hostels have dorm beds (reduced rate) and private

  • Ten Ways Travel Can Save Your Soul

    March 21, 2014 - by Jennifer Choban

    1)    Travel is the antidote to cynicism. Over and over again as we travel, we find ourselves relying on the goodness and hospitality of strangers.  Although there are some hic-cups here and there, cases of being overcharged because of our nationality or sent places we don’t really want to go, I’ve found that the vast

  • Getting the Most Out of Your Visit to the Ruins

    March 10, 2014 - by Jennifer Choban

    As I sit on a stone, gazing at the ruins spread out below me, I can feel myself slipping into one of my favorite fantasies.  What if I had been the first modern person to discover this? What if I was a kid and I found this place, and it could be my fort?  I

Is Staying in a Hostel Right for You?

young shanahan's photo of a hostel common room.

What is a Hostel Like?  Just like restaurants, hotels, schools, and bars, hostels run the gamut.  Some are fabulous, some not so much, but they tend to have some things in common. Hostels are social. They are place to mingle with other travelers. Hostels are inexpensive.  Most hostels have dorm beds (reduced rate) and private [...]

Ten Ways Travel Can Save Your Soul

Few things are as uncomfortable, or as unforgettable, as a day on a camel...

1)    Travel is the antidote to cynicism. Over and over again as we travel, we find ourselves relying on the goodness and hospitality of strangers.  Although there are some hic-cups here and there, cases of being overcharged because of our nationality or sent places we don’t really want to go, I’ve found that the vast [...]

T’was the Night Before Flying

Photo by Mario Antonio Pena Zapatería.

T’was the night before flying and all through the place, items lay scattered near the suitcase; Passport and boarding pass were laid on the table with care, and I was still fuming over the plane fare; How I would love to be snuggled all warm in my bed, But panicked thoughts of missed flights invaded [...]