From now on, #WORLDMANTADAY will be celebrated every September 17! I have been enthralled with Manta Rays since I was a little girl watching them glide across the water in Ft Lauderdale, Florida. I remember being with my dad in our fifth floor hotel room, looking at them through binoculars and being amazed by their size and beauty. Of course, no one knew anything about them back in the 1960s and 70s, so we weren’t allowed in the water with them. Now, we know they are Gentle Giants.[Read more…] about The First #WORLDMANTADAY has Arrived!
Tam’s Updated 9 Tips on How to Travel with Chronic Pain.
Update 2020: I published this blog in December 2017, and it is one of the most popular blogs on my site. Many of us, especially as we get older, experience pain and uncertainty. I just had a left hip replacement 5 weeks ago! I’ve been traveling the last couple of years with an increasingly bad and super painful hip in addition to my back problems, but I have managed, and let me tell you how!
Knowing how to travel with chronic pain is very important for me. When I began solo traveling and performing citizen science, after my children left home, one of my family’s major concerns was how I would manage my back pain while traveling solo. What would I do without help? I have had two major back surgeries, and I am fused from L2-S2 with rods and 8 pedicle screws. In other words, my spine looks like a madman’s science project! Heavy lifting is a major issue for me in all aspects, and since I do volunteer scuba diving trips, I make arrangements before I go to be sure it is understood I need assistance with the weight of the tank. In addition to my chronic back pain, I have Psoriatic Arthritis which flares up when it is most inconvenient. Plus, as I said above, the last few years I have been traveling with terrible left hip pain (I just had a hip replacement, thank goodness). I have learned about taking care of myself when I travel with chronic pain, which is bascially all the time, and I’m happy to share these lessons, and tell you what works for me. [Read more…] about Tam’s Updated 9 Tips on How to Travel with Chronic Pain
More Vicarious Scuba Diving in Raja Ampat with Travels with Tam. Enduring the state of the world and coronavirus isn’t easy right now, so come and enjoy vicarious scuba diving with me![Read more…] about More Vicarious Scuba Diving in Raja Ampat with Travels with Tam
Travel and Scuba Dive Vicariously on the Coralia in Raja Ampat, Indonesia! I came back from my trip in mid-February, and I want to share my experiences with you, I hope it cheers you during this time of uncertainty. One thing I am certain of: the sun always comes out, and this too shall pass. We’ll all be out enjoying our world soon![Read more…] about Scuba Dive Vicariously on the Coralia in Raja Ampat, Indonesia!
International Whale Shark Day!
My introduction to the ocean happened before I can remember, as did my connection to it. Since childhood, the ocean has retained its magic and constant fascination for me. I have been in thrall to it my entire life. Of course, that goes for the marine life that lives there as well. A day like Whale Shark Day is always a celebration of life.[Read more…] about Celebrate International Whale Shark Day and Learn How You Can Make a Difference
I learned to plant and save coral during a trip to Cozumel in September 2018. Saving and replanting coral is more important now than ever as our oceans warm, chemicals from sunscreens abound, and acidification continues to threaten our ecosystems. I now have a Coral Reef Conservation Specialty from PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors), and I am ready to travel to help save our reefs! [Read more…] about How I Learned to Plant and Save Our Coral in Cozumel!