Monday, November 16, 2009

Feel Good Story

In search of traditional Hawaiian healing venues I circumnavigated the Big Island sampling lomi-lomi, and other forms of massage along the way. What better way to rejuvenate body and mind than in the knowing hands of masters and restorative waters of Hawai’i. If you follow in my footsteps, I promise you won’t be sorry.

Healing Hawaiian Holiday featured article in Real Travel Adventures Nov. 15 issue

Individual link to Linda’s article.

Linda Ballou,Author Wai-nani, High Chiefess of Hawai'i

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

First of five things you must do before you die!

Raft the Pacuare River in Costa Rica is a must do before you die. Class III-IV rapids are spaced nicely between peaceful glides through a primordial rain forest populated with colorful birds, grunting monkeys and three-toed sloth dozing in the canopy. Neon blue butterflies waft by on a warm breeze. Clear water invites a swim in deep pools beside a waterfall. All seems perfect in the world as you float feet first downstream.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Review of A Sense of Place

A Sense of Place: Great Travel Writers Talk About Their Craft, Lives, and Inspiration (Travelers' Tales) A Sense of Place: Great Travel Writers Talk About Their Craft, Lives, and Inspiration by Michael Shapiro

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Ever wonder what makes people take to the road for out of the box adventures? Michael Shapiro, one of our best travel writers himself, shares with us what makes people who choose a lifetime of travel over the comfy confines of home tick. From Tim Cahill, whose adventures get him into outlandish situations, to Frances Mayers who followed her “wistful dreams” to civilized Tuscany, we find out what motivates their quests. I loved learning what our best contemporary commentators have in common and what they do not. Bill Bryson of "Walk in the Woods" fame says he is just paying his mortgage with his writing, while Peter Matthiessen, famous for his search for the elusive "Snow Leopard," says that the act of writing clarifies his view of realty. Each unique interview of these authors is conducted with extreme care for their privacy as Michael asks thoughtful, informed questions. A Sense of Place is insightful, fun and a must read for anyone contemplating the outsider’s lifestyle.

Linda Ballou adventure travel writer and author of
Wai-nani, High Chiefess of Hawaii-Her Epic Journey

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Monday, November 2, 2009

Celeste beside the Place of Refuge on the Big Island

Join Celeste, the dolphin lady, on a swim with wild dolphin. She will take you on a shore swim or boat trip which ever you prefer. Local spotters call in each morning to let her know where the dolphins are jumping that day. She has a very spiritual connection with marine mammals and organizes a “sacred swim” with whales in Tonga each year. You can stay with her in her very comfortable home in Captain Cook, or you can stay at the inexpensive Manago Hotel nearby.

Celeste Eaton