About Me


“The Pixel Diaries is a travel/lifestyle blog and visual journey through the U.S., the globe and the wonderful world of imaging.”

About Karen:

I’m a traveling pixel junkie, so to speak. To be more specific, I’m a photographer and graphic designer. I live on the road full-time, which means I have no property or physical address.  I am, what you would call, a “technomad,” meaning someone who uses technology to make their “nomad-ness” possible. Why such a crazy lifestyle? Well, I was never into convention, for one. Plus, I thrive on a dynamic and constantly-changing life. After trying to quench my thirst for adventure with a large amount of traveling, plane rides and hotels, this life seemed to just make sense.

I was trying to work out a way to travel full-time when I met Ben, who had been living on the road for four years already. I guess you could say that the planets aligned for us, because the chemistry was there as well as the multitude of things we have in common. I began living on the road with him in the beginning of 2010, and we were married in January of 2013.

We hit anywhere between 15 and 30 states per year, working on the road and shooting as much as possible. My goal with this blog is to share not only travel experiences and amazing destinations, but also my love of photography and other things visual. In addition to this site, The Pixel Diaries, I also have a more complete portfolio site, which shows off my images and design work. You can purchase prints there as well The site is: www.KarenNace.com

About Ben (The Mister)

My amazing mister is an educator, photographer, author and technomad. He’s been living on the road since 2006 searching out unique places to visit and photograph. He has a passion for vintage America and seeks out that kind of material as we travel around the country. (Needless to say, he’s driven down Route 66 a few times!)

When Ben isn’t on the road, he’s presenting Photoshop and photography seminars all around the world. Luckily for me, he needs a little assistance at those oh=so exotic locations (wink, wink!).

“Happiness is a Journey, not a Destination”

Recent Posts

  • Walking amongst Dragons on Komodo Island

    Walking amongst Dragons on Komodo Island

    July 5, 2014
    I've gotta admit. I'm a pretty lucky gal. I get to see a lot of amazing places, some of which are overly exotic and difficult to get to... like this one, for instance. Komodo Island is part of the 17,500+ islands that make up Indonesia and it is very small. The entire island is a [...]
  • Cairns & Darwin, Australia

    Cairns & Darwin, Australia

    July 2, 2014
    Kangaroos, and koalas and crocodiles, Oh my! If the Wizard of Oz was set in Australia, I think that's what Dorothy would be saying. Instead, that's what I was saying as we cruised up the eastern coast of Australia. We departed from Sydney (after spending a few days to explore there) and it took us [...]
  • The Land Down Under

    The Land Down Under

    June 25, 2014
    Preliminary note: I realize that in my past post, we were in Barcelona, and now we are all the way in Sydney. There was, in fact, time spent stateside in between these two locations, but for the sake of getting caught up here on the Pixel Diaries, I'm moving things forward a bit. And what [...]
  • A Visual Journey Through Barcelona

    A Visual Journey Through Barcelona

    June 24, 2014

    Barcelona was my favorite stop in Spain, and it’s the one place I wish we could have spent more time. We had about two and a half days, and I think you’d really need four or five to be able to see everything you want to see at somewhat of a remotely relaxed pace. I […]

  • Ports of Spain: Cádiz & Valencia

    Ports of Spain: Cádiz & Valencia

    April 21, 2014

    We sailed toward Spain after our two ports in Morocco, and what a contrast of cultures, colors and scenery! We went from weathered markets and mosques to cobblestones and ornate cathedrals. Our first two ports in Spain were Cádiz and Valencia, and I’m going to talk about them one at a time: Cádiz Cádiz is […]

  • Morocco: Agadir & Casablanca

    Morocco: Agadir & Casablanca

    January 19, 2014

    Morocco was one of those “We’re not in Kansas anymore,” experiences. Not exactly Oz, but if the Grand Mosque was green, I suppose it could have been mistaken for an Emerald City of sorts. Anyway, our lovely ship had two ports of call in Morocco – the first in Agadir and the second in Casablanca… […]

  • The Canary Islands: Tenerife

    The Canary Islands: Tenerife

    January 7, 2014

    Tenerife is the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands and we actually docked there twice during our trip (once as we were sailing east-bound and again when we were sailing west-bound.) During the first visit, we explored the town of Santa Cruz on our own. This is where the ship docked and the downtown area was […]

  • Lanzarote: Island of Volcanoes

    Lanzarote: Island of Volcanoes

    January 5, 2014

    Lanzarote is definitely the black sheep of the Canary Islands, and I assure you I mean that as a compliment! While many of its neighbors sport palm trees and lush vegetation, Lanzarote kind of resembles the surface of the moon. It’s like this because of its intense volcanic history. In the 1730’s over the course […]

  • Madeira: Toboggan Rides, Gardens & Port

    Madeira: Toboggan Rides, Gardens & Port

    December 24, 2013

    The Madeira archipelago is a cluster of Portuguese islands located over 500 miles south of Lisbon and known for the easygoing, relaxed pace of life. We docked in the town of Funchal (the name means “fennel”), which is the capital of the archipelago and went exploring from there. We decided to do one of Crystal’s […]

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