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

  • Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s metropolis

    Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s metropolis

    September 25, 2014
    Kuala Lumpur is one city we really needed more time to explore. We were only there for one day, and because the city was an hour's drive from our docking location, the commute cut our time even shorter. As soon as we were dropped off downtown, we took off for the iconic Petronas Twin Towers. [...]
  • Myanmar: Monks, monasteries & pagodas

    Myanmar: Monks, monasteries & pagodas

    September 22, 2014
    Our journey through Southeast Asia really took us to the kinds of places most tourists don't get to go. Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) was one of those places. They only began to allow tourists into the country a few years back, and they aren't set up for tourism at all... which is actually kind [...]
  • Thailand: Cave temples & floating villages

    Thailand: Cave temples & floating villages

    September 20, 2014
    I was so thrilled to be visiting Thailand for the first time! The ship docked in Phuket (pronounced poo-ket) and we opted to take an organized tour up to the Phang Nga province, which was about an hour's drive north. Our first stop was a temple that is actually located inside a cave. The entrance [...]
  • Photographic Penang

    Photographic Penang

    September 18, 2014
    After leaving Singapore, we sailed up the west coast of Malaysia and docked in Penang. We had one day here and went off exploring on our own. We spent most of the day on foot, walking from street to street and migrating toward anything that looked interesting to us... and there was a LOT of [...]
  • Singapore: The Lion City

    Singapore: The Lion City

    September 17, 2014
    Singapore... oh boy. Where to begin? I got to know Singapore a lot better than some of the other ports we visited. That's because we were docked there twice, both times for several days. Being docked at one place for more than one day is nice because you can get on and off the ship [...]
  • The Sultanate of Brunei

    The Sultanate of Brunei

    September 17, 2014
    If you would have told me a few years ago that I would be visiting Brunei, I would have been sheepishly called upon Wikipedia... and Google Maps. Up until we actually arrived in Brunei, I knew very little zilch about it. I quickly learned that Brunei is a sovereign state surrounded by Malaysia and the [...]
  • First stop in Malaysia: Kota Kinabalu

    First stop in Malaysia: Kota Kinabalu

    September 7, 2014
    After visiting several Indonesian destinations, we made our first stop in Malaysia at Kota Kinabalu. Kota Kinabalu is part of the east side of Malaysia, overlooking the South China Sea on the island of Borneo. Instead of taking a tour here, we just explored on our own. We didn't have time to see a ton, [...]
  • Borobudur: A World Wonder

    Borobudur: A World Wonder

    August 30, 2014
    I am so fortunate to have been able to see some of the amazing places I've seen, and I was feeling extra grateful the day we docked in Semarang, Indonesia (located on the island of Java). I couldn't really tell you anything about Semarang, because I didn't see it. Instead, we boarded a bus and [...]
  • The island of Java: Surabaya

    The island of Java: Surabaya

    August 29, 2014
    On our journey through Southeast Asia, I had several "we're not in Kansas anymore" moments, and this stop was one of them. After touring the beautiful Bali, we cruised to Surabaya, the second largest city in Indonesia, located on the north side of the island of Java. Check out the map to get a better [...]

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