March 30, 2018

I have devoured my travel show materials, researched over 100 countries (did you know there are 195 countries in the world right now?), and contemplated where next to get lost.

My very “scientific” process of picking my top 10 of ‘18?

     Pretty pictures.

     Propensity for mindfulness (will delve deeper on this topic in April).

     Are there too many tourists?

     Where on the map is it?

     Historical and cultural significance.

     My gut instin...

March 6, 2018

Don’t worry, it’s not some strange ménage à trois, just the the 13th Annual Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show that just happened to feature humpbacks, furry mascots, and a book labeled as the “Kama Sutra of Travel Fun.”  

I stopped by the recent travel show and was able to ask some of the best travel experts what’s hot and what’s not in travel destinations this year. Special guests included, CBS News Travel Editor Peter Greenberg, Rick Steves (my unofficial mentor), Phil Keoghan, host of The Am...

September 27, 2017

Scouring the web and visiting familiar websites like Lonely Planet, Travel & Leisure, and Trip Advisor, I found out everyone’s top places to visit are varied to a high degree. Whether it’s from their polls, reader comments, or a  random staff member, these websites or magazines all had interesting opinions on current popular locales. Using these top lists as a starting point, I reached into my own memorable experiences and knowledge to concoct my own list. Just as other lists are highly subjecti...

September 15, 2017

I swore Vladimir had my family and I lost as he stuck out his hand to "Fish for a Lada" (looking for a ride from a Soviet-era beater car). And it was unfortunate that we all had too much vodka. Not the vodka you see at your local grocery store, but clear alcohol minimally labeled in strange looking bottles. For all we knew, Vladimir could have had us drugged at the unnamed underground bar we just left.

Before I go further, this is not a horror story, actually one of the best experiences...

August 15, 2017

I'm going to be honest. As much as I like to travel, I do like to return home to my own bed, and it feels good for about a day or two (depending on jet lag - maybe a week), but then I get the itch to go somewhere else again. Luckily I have some stored episodes of Anthony Bourdain: Parts UnknownNational Geographic, or Rick Steves reminding me of some possible destinations that I haven't been to yet. I immediately start to jot down ideas on yellow legal pads and post-it notes. A few days after I...

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Travel. It's my life's blood. If I don't board a plane, hop a train, or make a wrong turn, I don't feel like myself. I love getting lost!

                            - b.l. richards 

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