Travelers on a zodiac boat exploring the South Shetland Islands with Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic on the Antarctica, South Georgia, Falkland Islands adventure

Antarctica — Land of Sea and Ice

On February 24, 2015, I posted this to social media: “I’m leaving Antarctica today. But not before stopping to see where Shackleton’s men lived before being rescued and seeing a ...

What to wear on a polar expedition? Layers!

What to Wear on a Polar Expedition

I laugh a little now when I look at this picture to the right. It was taken during the beginning of my month-long voyage through the Southern Ocean. Not knowing ...

Arriving at the end of the world -- Ushuaia -- I was greeted by a beauitful rainbow

The End of the World – Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia – fin del Mundo, the southernmost city in the world – is located at the south end of Argentina, neighboring Chile and straddling the region of Tierra del Fuego at the foot ...

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Shackletons-Whisky-World-on-a-Fork

Shackleton’s Whisky

The 1914-1916 Endurance voyage made Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton one of the most famous and beloved ...
Live from the Colony -- #PNN Penguin News Network

“Update From the Colonies” (Penguin News Network)

While crossing the Southern Ocean from Antarctica to South Georgia Island, I got to talking with some ...
Perpignan, France -- Romance in the French Pyrénées Countryside

Perpignan — The Sunniest Place in France!

Mangez bien, riez souvent, aimez beaucoup, or “Eat well, laugh often, love abundantly.” ...
Dawn liftoff of NASA's Orion -- Exploration Flight Test-1 at Cape Canaveral in Florida -- photo credit Stefanie Payne

I Took a Break from Blogging Because of a Spaceship

Someone asked me the other day why I don’t blog anymore. It’s ...
Best travel booking sites and mobile apps

Best Travel Booking Sites and Apps (2014)

I’m a somewhat frequent traveler and have been for some time. Over ...
Towering red rocks at Utah's Zion National Park

Four Parks in Four Days — National Parks in The American Southwest

If you had only four days to pack some adventure into your ...

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The Best Movies about Travel and Adventure (Pictured: City of God)

The 70 Best Travel and Adventure Themed Movies of All Time

(Last updated January 25, 2014 – sign up to receive updates by email) There are a lot of “Best Travel Movie” lists out there on the web. And there are a lot of epic travel movies to love. The intention of this list is to dive farther than the most popular and deeper than the […]

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Stefanie Payne write about her blog post and Three Great Notemaps on Findery

Findery Notemaps // Lightsources

Hiya traveling friends! I’m very excited to share that a short blog post I wrote about my fancy for light sources was just featured on one of my favorite online communities for travelers: Findery.com. The point of the post was to highlight Three Great Notemaps satisfying a particular subject or strain of thinking. I chose […]

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Fontaine Medicis in Jardin de Luxembourg, (Luxembourg Gardens) on the Left Bank in Paris, France.

The Jewel of The Luxembourg Gardens

“Fontaine Medicis”, the jewel of the Luxembourg Gardens on the Left Bank in Paris, France. It’s one of my favorite places in one of my favorite cities.  Almost hidden from sight beneath a canopy of trees, it is not uncommon to be missed entirely by casual travelers strolling through the famous park. A loss indeed. The […]

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Outdoor adventures in DC -- kayak the Potomac, hike the Shenandoah valley, bike the C&O canal, sail the Chesapeake!

Outdoor Adventures in or Near Washington, DC

My team at work is launching a spacecraft this year so I’m grounded from international travel until at least February. The good part of that is that I am able to explore my vicinity (greater Washington, DC) with a fine-tooth comb while saving pennies for my next big adventure: Antarctica! Until then, I plan to become […]

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The goddess Pandora — Zues’ beautiful, cunning, seductive yet deceitful punishment to Prometheus

Pandora’s Jar

History may have trouble fitting a square peg into a round hole, but it has no problem changing a round object into a square one. What we think of as Pandora’s box is actually a jar (Greek word “pithos”). According to Hesiod, Pandora, like Eve, was the first woman ever created. She was very beautiful, […]

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Hornitos Black Barrel -- photo by @iStefPayne

Hornitos Black Barrel; a Drink With my Father

The most memorable drinks that I’ve ever had were also an experience. I had such an experience with my father a couple of weeks ago, sitting on his deck overlooking the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. We sat as we’d done each year previously, for years and years throughout my life, looking out across the silver […]

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