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🚩Update: Since becoming a mom, I travel significantly less! I will still be doing reviews, however, they will mostly be for local (Southern California) establishments. Myself along with my mother Lou Ann Choss, (Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage therapist
(CA-CMT45687 HI-LMT3258), Dr. William Sears Certified Health Coach, Dr. Laskow Certified Practitioner of Holoenergetics, Mt. Madonna Institute Certified Yoga Instructor and founder of The Regeneration Network Est. 1987) will also be discussing health related topics and sharing clean eating recipes. I was raised mainly on an 80% raw, 20% cooked vegan diet – the healthiest years of my life – strayed from clean eating for a number of years, and now follow a gluten free, plant-based and only minimally processed, predominantly raw foods way of eating. My intention is to one day be fully raw, and will share this process with you via Instagram @regenerationnetwork for the time being. Please hang in there with me dear followers! I’ll be back on the road eventually.🚩

A major travel review website repudiates my lengthly entries that offer a valuable in-depth look at the cultural observances, and essential tips necessary to make for a smooth transition into a foreign environment. Many of my readers have suggested that I post these rejected reviews in blog form on an external website.. ergo this very page that now stands before you.

Here you will eventually find a collection of literary and photographic adjuncts to my butchered travel reviews. I speak candidly in regard to my observations, so I invite you to do the same should you be so kind as to comment after reading. Many thanks for stopping by.

-Heather C.J. Atkins

*I rate each establishment on a 1 to 5 star scale:

☆☆☆☆☆ – Excellent

☆☆☆☆ – Very Good

☆☆☆ – Average

☆☆ – Poor

☆ – Terrible

Mutianyu Great Wall – Beijing Province, China

32 Comments leave one →
  1. elmer permalink
    November 25, 2010 10:30 pm

    whew. how blessed people are to travel the world and brag and blog about it. more power ms. heather!

    • November 26, 2010 10:41 am

      You’re absolutely right! I am infinitely blessed to have been given the opportunity to see what I have seen and to have been where I have been.. Thank You God!

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope you visit again soon 🙂

  2. December 17, 2010 12:22 pm

    The places you visit and photograph are really breathtaking! Next time I plan a trip, I will come here first for suggestions.

    • December 17, 2010 3:31 pm

      Thank you so much for the kind words Carrol… I’m glad to have a talented chef as a new reader! Should any questions arise regarding travel destinations, please do let me know!

  3. December 21, 2010 7:27 am

    Hi Heather,

    First of all, i like your Gavatar photo.. 🙂
    That itself explain the quality of the pictures you snap.

    I like what i saw in you post, and got lots to learn about inserting image in my accounting blog.

    Keep posting:-)

    • December 21, 2010 10:22 am

      Thank you Ganesh! I’m so glad you’ve found my blog helpful and I look forward to your future visits!

  4. December 23, 2010 8:12 pm

    Great blog, and love the photos! God Bless!

  5. January 4, 2011 9:06 pm

    your blog is awesome! you got a new fan 🙂

    • January 5, 2011 12:15 pm

      Thanks so much! I’m glad you decided to come by to have a look. Hope to see you again soon!

  6. shesmyhusband permalink
    January 14, 2011 6:50 am

    I’m so glad I stumbled across your blog! Traveling is something I’ve always wanted to do more of, and at least I can experience a little of it through you!

    • January 14, 2011 11:11 am

      I too am glad to have you as a visitor! Hopefully you’ll have the opportunity to embark on a few travels of your own in the near future.

      Thanks so much for stopping by my blog… hope to see you back again soon! 🙂

  7. February 10, 2011 3:25 am

    Surfing the waves of the web I am pleasantly stranded in this beautiful blog.

    I write under the pseudonym of Josè Pascal (a descendant of the great Colonel Aureliano Buendía).

    I invite you to visit my italian writing blog I define this blog “In parole Semplici” as a “virtuacultural tin” box where they are guarded thoughts, memories, images, sounds, and simple stories. ”

    If you want to participate and to have more informations send me a letter to

    Good life and I hope to soon

    • February 10, 2011 6:03 pm


      Thank you for your wonderful comment. Now that December has come and gone, my travel schedule has significantly decreased (Thank God!) and my blog entries are much less frequent. I’m glad to still have visitors regardless of my lack of posts 😉

      As soon as I learn fluent Italian, I most definitely will be reading your blog!

      • February 11, 2011 2:06 pm

        Thank you Heather,

        my tin box is always open for your thoughts, memories and simple stories (in English)

        have a nice weekend

  8. Magdalena permalink
    February 18, 2011 12:20 pm

    Hi Heather,

    First off, let me say your pic (and you) are absolutely beautiful! Also, I was wondering what is the reason that you travel so much? Is it for a job? I used to be in the 100K club from international business travel before I had my daughter, but now I have to say I’d just rather stay home with her 🙂

    • February 22, 2011 1:08 pm

      Thank you so much Magdalena! I’ve actually been traveling my whole life, beginning with my mother when she’d travel and teach massage therapy at retreat centers throughout europe. When I turned 18 I traveled on my own doing print modeling for some years, and now my husband and I own a business (motorcycle industry) that takes us everywhere too. 🙂

      Unfortunately I will not be accumulating my 100,000 miles on United this year because my husband and I are expecting our first child… my blog will obviously be a little less saturated with new posts as a result of the pregnancy. Our travel schedule may be less busy, but we’ll still be making a few trips here and there. Thanks for stopping by!

  9. April 14, 2011 1:38 am

    Nice blog. I’ve enjoyed reading the posts.. And you are pretty.

  10. April 15, 2011 10:32 am

    this is great and will be so helpful. thanks for sharing your reviews! will be subscribing to your blog in google reader so i won’t miss out on future posts..

  11. July 21, 2011 2:05 pm

    I think you won another subscriber! I like what I’ve seen and read. thanks.

  12. August 7, 2011 1:15 am

    i stumble upon your blog today and it fascinated me a lot.. keep on writing,
    i am new at wordpress, can u suggest me something..


    • August 8, 2011 8:33 pm

      Thanks for visiting Hassaan, I’m glad you’ve enjoyed my wordpress contributions. Hope to see you back again soon!

  13. August 23, 2011 2:10 pm

    HI Heather

    Wow what a world traveler you are! You even made it to the Great Wall–how lovely. You and your husband are fortunate to have the opportunity to travel. Congrats on your little-one-on-the-way:)

    What is the most intriguing insight or “ah-hah” moment you received while travelling?

    • August 24, 2011 11:12 am

      Thanks so much! Love your title ‘Romantic Asian Guy’… right to the point. I need to think up a telling slogan for myself. 🙂

      I’ll have to reflect on my many years of travel to come up with the all time most insightful epiphanic moment. Grand revelations tend to occur in times of tranquility and absence of thought for me, so travel (the way we do it anyway) doesn’t generally render that type of atmosphere. I will have a think about it though and update my comment when I recall a good travel related insight worth sharing! I would love to hear yours when you have a chance.

  14. August 26, 2011 11:16 am

    Heather, thanks for replying:) Yeah it took me awhile to figure out the perfect slogan lol, so I thought why not Romantic Asian Guy hehe. Any ideas on slogan possibilities for you?

    Yeah I like to hear of others’ “moments” while traveling, or just being in an unfamiliar place where every sense is ultra responsive. The world becomes fuller during these times. I do love it when I’m out and about and come to some sort of insight on how similar we all are or how precious life is.

    Moments for me–though not life-changing epiphanies–often happen when I’m outdoors surrounded by nature. Recently, I went on a hike on a mountain near home with views of the ocean. The hike up took 45 minutes with some difficult trekking up a few slopes, but we made it to the top. My friend and I sat and closed our eyes. Pure tranquility for 30 minutes.

    Afterwards, we felt this unexplainable joy, plus a sense of accomplishment. The effort in climbing the mountain had made the reward even sweeter. We walked back down the mountain, enlightened.

  15. August 24, 2012 11:39 pm

    I love your entries on South Africa… I live here… you might like to have a look at my photos taken in the Kruger National Park and let it bring back memories of our great country…

    • August 25, 2012 10:34 am

      I had a look and your images are beautiful. Anyone who knows me is aware of my undying love for South Africa… Your country is unlike anyplace else on the planet. Thanks for making me aware of your blog, I look forward to more pictures from you!

  16. August 27, 2012 4:09 am

    I just stumbled here by accident and what a lucky one that was. Love all the places that you have traveled and want to look more in depth for my own travels. Thank you!

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