Should The Galapagos Be On Your Bucket List?

Many family and friends have asked me just how fabulous the Galapagos is, and is it worth the trip? I’m going to “yes” right off the bat because anytime you can see wildlife in their natural habitat, it’s a treat. This is probably truer for a gal who grew up in a city atmosphere than those who were raised in rural areas.

The natural beauty of the unspoiled islands make you realize what this Earth is all about and what we are doing to mistreat it. The Galapagos naturalists make you wonder why while some of us devote ourselves to the land, and the rest of us are not even aware of what makes the Earth tick.

The following photos, taken by Eliot Hess, give you a sense of the beauty that awaits you.This set of photos were taken on Española, the southernmost of the Galápagos Islands. It’s also one of the oldest. Geologists day it’s about four million years old.

The Genetic Reason Why We Travel All Over The World 


Buying art in Cuba

Every time Eliot and I go on a trip, I get some weird comments from friends. Most are happy for us and start to venture out on their own.. Yet others question why we are gallivanting all over the globe. They don’t like to travel and have no interest in immersing themselves in other cultures. 

I never really thought much about it until I read a story focusing on why people travel  in Bit of News, a website that is a clearinghouse for news, comments and analysis on technology,science, economy, politics, and culture. I don’t know if this article is correct but it was an interesting read.

It seems that several scientists discovered that people with the DRD4 gene, love  adventure, explore, and can’t sit still. They love journeys to faraway places and just enjoy new experiences. 

While I am particular about a clean guest  room, plenty of hot water, and excellent Internet service, I love going to foreign cities to see how other people live. In my wildest dreams, I never thought I would travel so much, but we were lucky to find friends who have the travel bug. One encourages the other, and off we go.

Click here to read why your gene pool may determine if  you travel or stay home.


On a jeep ride in the Coffee Triangle of Columbia.


On a boat ride in Cinque Terre, Italy


Over looking Provence



Have Cheap Bed Will Travel


There have been so many times in my life when I wanted to travel somewhere but the cost of the hotel room killed the deal. There have also been many times when I wanted to pretend I was a tourist in my hometown of Manhattan and stay in the finest hotel.

My desires may soon be fulfilled thanks to the app Hotel Tonight. Much to my surprise, lots of my DigiDame readers already know about it, but I wanted to share with others. The main purpose of the app is to give you last minute deals on hotel rooms in many cities in the United States as well as Canada, Mexico, the U.K., Ireland, France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Italy, and Spain.

These are rooms that the hotel did not book. The later in the day, the cheaper the rate gets. Eliot and I are free as birds, as are many of you at this age, to come and go as we please. We can decide at five in the afternoon that we want to get a room at The Plaza, The Ritz-Carlton, the Hamptons, the Berkshires, or the Jersey Shore, find fabulous discounted rooms, and go that night. If we were really gutsy, we would actually get on a plane, go to some far-away destination, and find a last-minute room in Paris, Singapore, or Maui, all via Hotel Tonight.

Friends say they love the spontaneity that this app affords them. I know that when Eliot and I do something impulsive we rarely regret it. Hotel Tonight may give a lot of us the impetus to do things outside our comfort zone. Go for it!