100 Best Free Things to Do in the San Francisco Bay Area

100 Best Free Things to Do in the San Francisco Bay Area

The San Francisco Bay Area is one of the most beautiful and diverse regions in the world and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States.…

11 Best Bed and Breakfasts in Napa Valley

11 Best Bed and Breakfasts in Napa Valley

If you’re looking for a relaxing or a romantic getaway, consider spending some time in Napa Valley. There are many beautiful Bed & Breakfasts in Napa Valley to choose from.…

Bay Area’s Best Redwood Hikes: A Comprehensive Guide

Bay Area’s Best Redwood Hikes: A Comprehensive Guide

Bay Area’s Redwood forests are beautiful and are a photographer’s and hiker’s paradise. The sight of emerald-tinged light filtering through the redwood trees, some of the tallest and oldest living…

30 Best Day Trips from San Jose, California

30 Best Day Trips from San Jose, California

If you’re looking for amazing day trips from San Jose, California look no further than these 30 beautiful destinations. In this blog post, we will explore 30 different day trip…

Bay Area weekend getaways on California Highway 1

Bay Area weekend getaways on California Highway 1

Bay Area weekend getaways on California Highway 1 are convenient and beautiful destinations to break free from all the whirlwinds of to-do lists for a couple of days. Every time…

Christmas Lights in the San Francisco Bay Area

Christmas Lights in the San Francisco Bay Area

Christmas lights in the San Francisco Bay Area will light you up with delight this winter. Not just San Francisco – a timeless urban retreat, but the cities like San…

Fall Colors in Rocky Mountain National Park

Fall Colors in Rocky Mountain National Park

Fall colors in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado are a vibrant spectacle which I was lucky enough to have witnessed. The cornucopia of bright yellow of the aspen trees…

Spirit Island in Canada – A famous icon of the Canadian Rockies

Spirit Island in Canada – A famous icon of the Canadian Rockies

Spirit Island in Canada, a famous icon of the Canadian Rockies, is remote and is only reachable by a boat, a kayak, or canoe. When I was exploring the majestic…

Glacier National Park – A travel guide!

Glacier National Park – A travel guide!

The Glacier National Park, home to some of the greatest scenery in North America, came to my mind while planning a summer trip with family. Long habituated to the ever-increasing…

Lake Tahoe in Summer – Perfect 4 days!

Lake Tahoe in Summer – Perfect 4 days!

A trip to Lake Tahoe in summer from the San Francisco Bay Area gifted me a much-awaited break from the whirlwind of city and the complexities of modern tech-driven life.…

Salt Lake City to Yellowstone – A road trip guide!

Salt Lake City to Yellowstone – A road trip guide!

The Salt Lake City to Yellowstone road trip during one summer gifted me days when I escaped to the extraordinary. On this road trip – history, art, and culture, the…

San Francisco Bay Area Gardens to Visit in Spring

San Francisco Bay Area Gardens to Visit in Spring

I love exploring the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area gardens in spring. Springtime in California is the best time to explore the beautiful state both far and near. The weather…

Spring break in California – Best places to visit

Spring break in California – Best places to visit

In California, spring unfolds beautifully. The mild temperature, the effusion of colors, and wildflowers everywhere whisper to explore the outdoors during spring break in California. This time aptly coincides with…

Super scenic Cypress Trees and Tunnels near San Francisco

Super scenic Cypress Trees and Tunnels near San Francisco

California is a wonderland of trees with some of the tallest and largest trees in the world. I gazed in awe when I saw the Coast Redwoods, Giant Sequoias, and…

Celebrating Women – A Montage of Travel Souvenirs!

Celebrating Women – A Montage of Travel Souvenirs!

During my decades-long travels, whenever and wherever I came across exhibitions, museums, events, or memorials celebrating women, I acquired a piece of memento for my collection. Eventually, I built a…

Winter in California – Weekend Getaways

Winter in California – Weekend Getaways

Winter in California is varied and beautiful. I stood amidst the snowfall after driving a couple of hours on one weekend and cherished a pleasant and sunny winter afternoon at…

Charlie Chaplin house in Switzerland

Charlie Chaplin house in Switzerland

Charlie Chaplin, one of the most powerful protagonists in world cinema spent the last 25 years of his life in Vevey Switzerland, one of the pearls of the beautiful Swiss…

Christmas in Magdeburg – One of the oldest cities in Germany

Christmas in Magdeburg – One of the oldest cities in Germany

On one fine chilly December morning, we boarded a train from Berlin to Magdeburg, to see and feel the Christmas spirit in one of the oldest cities in Germany on…

Fall colors in Napa Valley – A Photo Essay

Fall colors in Napa Valley – A Photo Essay

Fall colors in Napa Valley are spectacular especially in the first two weeks of November, after the harvest season. Autumn paints the vineyards in gold and fills the eyes of…

Easy Day Trips from San Francisco

Easy Day Trips from San Francisco

The San Francisco Bay Area is an incredible place to explore. Here is a list of easy day trips from San Francisco which you can do solo or with family…

Derma E Vitamin C Collection Review

Derma E Vitamin C Collection Review

The entire Derma E Vitamin C Collection has worked wonders for me. I have been using Derma-E Vitamin C products for almost a month now and my face is glowing…

Exploratorium in San Francisco – When the Destination is Science!

Exploratorium in San Francisco – When the Destination is Science!

The Exploratorium in San Francisco provides a fertile platform for curious minds. It opens the door to varied frontiers of knowledge for both children and adults. It encourages everyone to…

Movies Set in Europe to Spark your Wanderlust

Movies Set in Europe to Spark your Wanderlust

Movies have always been my passport when I can’t travel. The best part is, through movies set in different countries, we can all travel without visas, tickets and travel passes…

The Zeitgeist of a Lost Summer!

The Zeitgeist of a Lost Summer!

The zeitgeist of pandemic stricken, lost summer has proven to be a fertile ground for me. I am processing and internalizing all the things I have seen so far in…

San Francisco to Death Valley – A Super Scenic California Road Trip!

San Francisco to Death Valley – A Super Scenic California Road Trip!

The road trip from San Francisco to Death Valley is full of picturesque scenes at every corner. I did this road trip during the early summer months and the journey…

Sunflower studded summer sunset in California!

Sunflower studded summer sunset in California!

I visited Winters in California in July, one late afternoon to witness a sunflower studded summer sunset. Needless to say, every picture that I captured through my camera is like…

Mesa Falls in Idaho on the way to Yellowstone National Park

Mesa Falls in Idaho on the way to Yellowstone National Park

The Upper and Lower Mesa Falls on the way to the Yellowstone National Park from Idaho is a must-see place for nature lovers. Wrapped in wilderness and calm, the Mesa…

I can’t breathe!

I can’t breathe!

I can’t breathe I couldn’t breathe when you uprooted meTo the shores of an alien land Shackled on boats 400 years backFrom the cradle of humanity I couldn’t breathe when you…

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens – A Photo Essay!

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens – A Photo Essay!

A beautiful public garden with numerous meandering paths by the Pacific Ocean, the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens presents the visitor with blooming flowers and sumptuous ocean views. A must visit…

The Omnipresence of Death!

The Omnipresence of Death!

It’s a rainy Saturday morning today in San Jose, California. Night lamps are still on and the lights from them are reflected on the wet courtyard. I can see the…

A coffee cup and a story in the Great Smoky Mountains!

A coffee cup and a story in the Great Smoky Mountains!

Washed in refreshing greens, the morning arrived. I greeted the morning with smiles and eyes full of gratitude. And then without wasting much of my time, I dressed up and…

Hamburg – The Hanseatic harbor city!

Hamburg – The Hanseatic harbor city!

My wintry wandering this year took me to a city, not primarily of painters, poets or prophets but of businesses, industries, and traders. I tried to feel the pulse of…

A delicious evening at Fiddle River restaurant in Jasper!

A delicious evening at Fiddle River restaurant in Jasper!

The wonder of the wilderness and the respite of remoteness which we saw and felt at the Spirit Island in Maligne Lake literally made us less conscious of hunger and…

A fairytale ride from Montreaux to Château-d’Oex in Switzerland!

A fairytale ride from Montreaux to Château-d’Oex in Switzerland!

I tried to organize all the higgledy-piggledy thoughts in my mind and found out most of the thoughts took a retreat from the mundane daily life and escaped to a…

A fleeting witness of weddings!

A fleeting witness of weddings!

In this age, when our lives are changing fast and the overwhelming powers of technology are stirring every aspect of our living, I often think about the cardinal values in…

The Festival of Lights in Berlin, Germany!

The Festival of Lights in Berlin, Germany!

Around 11 am, my jet-lagged eyes saw the October morning brimming with autumnal lights for the first time in Berlin. Summer had trickled into autumn, unlike California, from where I…

Canadian Rockies from Banff Gondola!

Canadian Rockies from Banff Gondola!

Notification alert 🔔: Real-world has a secret magnet to attract our mind and soul and is more powerful than any virtual world’s algorithm that optimizes to gain our partial attention.…

A cruise on Lake Minnewanka in Banff, Canada!

A cruise on Lake Minnewanka in Banff, Canada!

The night was starry, and the moon was half crescent. I cuddled up beside the bedside window inside a wooden chalet to witness the night’s grandeur. But slowly, the starry…

Chronicles of Canadian Rockies – Banff and Jasper!

Chronicles of Canadian Rockies – Banff and Jasper!

Every day at night I pull my blanket up to my forehead to cut off all possible lights coming from the modern world and crest towards dreams. During my trip…

Thought Provoking Museums from Around the World

Thought Provoking Museums from Around the World

The word museum has its origins in the Ancient Greek word of Mouseion, which denotes a place or temple dedicated to the Muses (the patron divinities in Greek mythology of the arts). The meaning…

A soliloquy of a sojourner!

A soliloquy of a sojourner!

After traveling for almost 10 years, and writing about my journeys for the last six years, some fundamental questions about discovering a new place, people and culture swirl in my…

Postcards from Pinnacles National Park!

Postcards from Pinnacles National Park!

Pinnacles National Park is just two hours drive from San Jose, the home of Silicon Valley, and the city which I call home for the last few years. One spring…

Rendezvous with Redwood trees in the Redwood National Park, California – The tallest trees on earth!

Rendezvous with Redwood trees in the Redwood National Park, California – The tallest trees on earth!

After the rendezvous with Redwood trees in the Redwood National Park, California – the tallest trees on the earth, I feel I am still in a trance and am finding…

Las Vegas to Grand Canyon – Journal of a journey!

Las Vegas to Grand Canyon – Journal of a journey!

It is hard to wrap my journey from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon in just one sentence. My first visit from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon West was a few…

Upgrade your travel with Upgraded Points!

Upgrade your travel with Upgraded Points!

Traveling is an important aspect of life because it lets us not only know butalso lets us experience the unknown. In our short lives, if there is one thing that…

Welcoming spring with California wildflowers!

Welcoming spring with California wildflowers!

The zeitgeist of modern life gives us a quick fix to all our problems in three steps. 1. Set goals. 2. Tie that goal with a number. 3. Strive to…

My Long Walks in Switzerland!

My Long Walks in Switzerland!

While living in Switzerland, I used to go for long walks. The paths are well marked and as varied as the scenery – in fact, they quickly become an end…

The Blue Ridge Parkway – A passage through paradise!

The Blue Ridge Parkway – A passage through paradise!

Before driving through the Blue Ridge Parkway in reality in my 30s, I drove through it in my dreams during my twenties! My dream was to drive miles after miles…

Stories in Light by Bruce Munro – Art that blooms at night!

Stories in Light by Bruce Munro – Art that blooms at night!

The Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, California, gifted me a lyrical evening where the main protagonist was light. I got to experience a unique blend of imagination and craft, art…

Lynching Memorial in Montgomery – The dark history of America

Lynching Memorial in Montgomery – The dark history of America

While standing inside the National Lynching Memorial or the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, in Montgomery, Alabama, I read these death notices. After an overcoat went missing from a…