Discovering Baja: Road Trip From Cabo to Los Barriles

Church in Miraflores, Mexico

With a full week in Cabo, we decided to venture a bit farther into the heart of the Baja. We set our sights on the East Cape.

I wanted to drive the dirt road that hugs the coastline to fill my windshield view with plenty of beach and surf. Instead, my husband and I decided to spare our Kia Sorrento and take what we considered the more sane, paved Highway 1. This allowed us to check out a few towns along the way to our final destination, Los Barriles.

Snapshot St. Petersburg: What to do, see and eat

Canal in St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg is a charmer from first sight. Pastel-painted 18th and 19th century buildings are like jewelry boxes begging to be opened. 

Thankfully, we had five days and six nights to explore Russia’s second largest city of 5 million.

Founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, this once swampy, flood-prone land with access to the Baltic Sea became the emperor’s Naval headquarters and his grand experiment in building the city of his European travel dreams. Just stroll the streets and you'll see that he succeeded, thrusting Russia onto the cultural world stage.

Here's my snapshot of trip bests, eats and treats.

Southeast Asia: Land of a Thousand Smiles


Sunrise and Angkor Wat

Southeast Asia has been on my travel wish list for years.

I’m no 20-something looking for price-conscious adventure. Admittedly, that’s how I envisioned the stereotypical tourist visiting Southeast Asia.

Instead, the region’s reputation for incredible food, enchanting temples and friendly people drew me here. Not to mention, every person who has visited the area raves about it.

Southeast Asia is what I’d call restrained exotic. It’s different enough to stimulate all of your senses, but sprinkles in plenty of smiles to make you feel comfortable.