Although I’m not an Instagram mega-star, my top Instagram posts 2017 demonstrate that the Up&AtEm Travel Instagram account has come a long way since joining in 2016! My #2017bestnine reveals that my travel photos (and insightful or piquant captions, of course) have received 28,000+ likes. I never post all myRead More →

From checking out Macau’s cultural scene to rolling through Colorado in America’s biggest truck, the Up&AtEm Travel highlights 2017 are varied! Although I did not visit any new countries this year, I am just as thrilled looking back on these special trip memories as I was in 2016. Without furtherRead More →

Cave of the Winds

The Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, overlooking Williams Canyon in Manitou Springs, Colorado, sits next to the picturesque Garden of the Gods. The garden’s majestic red rock formations, such as the “Kissing Camels” and the “Balancing Rock,” draw many visitors. But the rock formations and cave structures within CaveRead More →

Chances are big city dwellers, foodies and travelers have tried dim sum. But I am willing to bet that some of my countryfolk in the USA had not heard of the Chinese dining tradition until it was mentioned by Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” (2014). ButRead More →

Spirit Airlines

Spirit Airlines, headquartered in Florida, offers seriously cheap flights. But with mixed online reviews and possible add on fees – are plane tickets with Spirit Airlines even worth booking? I tentatively recommend them as a budget airline, comparable to European counterparts such as easyJet and Ryanair, which are similarly divisiveRead More →

Santorini

I’m ready to say “sayonara” to 2K16 – a year that kicked off with a car crash and continued to metaphorically drizzle for its duration. Though coming home to J after a frustrating commute in each direction and a long workday multiplied by management’s pettiness, I was exceptionally thankful forRead More →

The Fort Myers Beach Sand Sculpting Championship held in Fort Myers Beach, Florida is essentially an oceanside art exhibit with live demonstrations. The 28th Annual American Sand Sculpting competition included artists from North America and a few international attendees, who collectively created statues from more than 2 million pounds ofRead More →