Travel for Life Now is based in the New York area and Singapore. One of us (Sue) is from New York, and one from Singapore (Reggie). We see the world in different ways and that influences where we go and how we write.
We offer personal reflections on near and far away places with a humanistic world view, scattered with little known tidbits, out-of-the-way places and historical background. Our trips range from popular venues to hidden treasures. We try to offer new ways of poking around and about our own back yards, our country and our world.
Through our travels and writing, we like to understand the history and events–current and not-so-current–that have influenced how people see the world.
We’re not afraid to pay for things to do, but we don’t like to break the bank.
Things we enjoy
We love ancient temples and other historical sites–Cambodia’s Angkor Wat temple complex, the Egyptian temples, Indonesia’s Borobudur, Sir Lanka’s Cultural Triangle, China’s Terra Cotta Wars and the Great Wall, Peru’s Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, Chile’s Easter Island … Seeing what humans have created 1,000, or 3,000 or 5,000 years ago gives us an appreciation of humane ingenuity and will to create.
Food and Culture
While culture is embedded in all of the activities above, we also like to see the local scene. In Austin, Texas, that might mean Graffiti Park, the Fuzebox (performance) and Moontower (comedy) Festivals. Or, a French ballet performance at night at Angkor Wat or dinner in the Sinai Desert with Berbers or Bedouins. And, we seek out local restaurants and street food where ever we go.
We have been to more than 50 countries and six continents. In addition to Travel for Life Now, Sue has also published on Women Who Explore, Adventuress Travel Magazine, Female Travel Bloggers and Politics for the People.
Wild Life and Nature
Nature and the wilderness likewise inspire us. Sleeping in an ice hotel, hanging out with bears in the Alaska wilderness, kayaking in Antarctica, chasing the northern lights across Scandinavia, following a black rhino in Tanzania, and camping in the Sahara desert are a few of our favorite adventures.
Warning: the following post contains images that some people might find disturbing. Our aims to share the seriousness of the Hindu Thaipusam Singapore Ceremony. Thaipusam Singapore Our Experience I had heard the stories about the Hindu Thaipusam...read more
Best Yogyakarta Itinerary & Borobudur Tour Yogyakarta is a short 2-3 hour flight from Singapore. Since we had a free weekend, we decided to spend it in Yogyakarta. Three days is not nearly enough time for all of Yogyakarta. We concentrated on seeing...read more
At the end of Chinese New Year, hundreds of people come to Wong Tai Sin to pray for a good year and make offerings. It is one of the most popular Hong Kong Temples. For more on Hong Kong, see our posts on Hong Kong--a Culinary Adventure and Hong Kong...read more
We drove from Nuwira Eliya to Nanu-Oya and took the 2 1/2 hour scenic train ride to Ella. The train reminded us of the backpacker train we took from Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu. Instead of a lovely valley by the river in Peru, the...read more
Food and Culture
The Best Street Art and Dim Sum in Chinatown NYC Dim sum literally means TOUCH THE HEART. In Hong Kong, the term yum char (or drink tea) also means to partake in dim sum. Street Art and Dim Sum in Chinatown NYC is a must-do if you are visiting...read more
I love the Lower East Side. It is a rapidly changing area full of history, art galleries and street art. The Lower East Side Jewish food is the best. Old and New. Some people love this and some people hate how the area is changing. Gentrification....read more
Hong Kong is a a culinary adventure with many moderate and inexpensive restaurants.
Learn how to eat like a local
Read our report just published in Adventuress Travel Magazine Sleeping in Norway's Kirkenes Snow Hotelread more
I have traveled to cold and cold/wet climates many times. We went to Tromso and the Snow Hotel above the Arctic Circle in Norway. We went to the Alaska Wilderness and Iceland. Sometimes, we had the right gear. More often than not, we were missing something...read more
Tromso Winter--How Did We End up Here? It was after 1 am. We'd been standing in the cold for hours and we feared that the Tromso Northern Lights Tour would be a failure. We wondered if it was a crazy idea to brave the Tromso Winter for a chance to see the...read more
Sailing through the western Galapagos Islands with Wilderness Travel on the SS Mary-Anne (16 passenger sailboat) was a bucket list trip. We sailed around the western Galapagos islands, hiking, kayaking and snorkeling every day. Sea lions swam playfully with us. Sea...read more
Easter Island Climate Change The Stillness. The magnificent Moai. The waves crashing behind. The wonder of how the Moai were built, how the were moved around the island and the history of the island deeply impacted me when I visited Easter Island. Impact...read more