Hi. I am Shelley, and I am a native Californian. I can remember planning trips to new places since I was about 6 years old. But my first taste of adventure came when I moved to San Pedro at 18 years old and was introduced into the scuba diving industry by Truth Aquatics, Inc. A deep passion for travel, diving, and adventure was born! Wishing to expand the business and discover new diving experiences, we moved the operation to Santa Barbara. The years flew by and so did life. I got married and started a family. I was now what the boating world calls "land locked".

Armed with two sons, a passion for food and a degree in Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management, I started my quest into the food world. I spent the past 20 years in this world and loved it. Being in what I consider the prime of my life, it is now my full-time quest to find fun, exciting and adventurous trips to explore this fascinating world and share them with you.

There is so much more to traveling than just seeing things. It's about discovering, experiencing new sites, sounds, cultures, tasting local cuisines and drinks. Sometimes where you travel to is the reason to visit a place all by itself. And sometimes, it is only part of the experience. It might be the beach of your dreams or a new town you discover you never want to leave. It’s one of our favorite things about traveling.

I am on a quest to find look places that are unusual, creative, unique, and special – the kinds of places you want to tell people about. This is my collection of places, restaurant reviews, winery tours, recipes and trip suggestions from around the world. They range from hostels to five-star hotels, for me special isn't about the price, it's about the character.

As a true Sagittarian, travel, and adventure is in my bones. I have been fortunate enough to have visited 9 US states, Belize, Mexico, USVI, BVI, St. Martin, Egypt, Jordon, Israel, France, Hawaii and New Zealand. My bucket list is still long. Moreover, I believe that is a good thing!

I combine my skills as a professional retired Chef/Restaurateur/Wine Educator with my unquenchable appetite for travel and then weave each experience into stories to share.

Here's to our journeys!


There are times you win, and sometimes you learn, but when you chose to travel, you never lose!



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