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”

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2016 Yoga Calendar

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Try Something New Today

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Kick Some Asana

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Marvel at Something

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Create Something

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Go Outside

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Home is Where You Park It

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Yoga is my Superpower


Recent Posts

  • Up and down the China coast

    Up and down the China coast

    April 20, 2015

    “I’d love to get you, on a slow boat to China, all to myself, alone…” Ok, so maybe we weren’t alone, and maybe our “boat” was actually a not-so-slow, luxury cruise ship. But hey, whenever I have a chance to quote some Jimmy Buffett song lyrics, I’ll take it. On our last international trip, we had the […]

  • Hong Kong: A new adventure begins

    April 1, 2015

    When Ben and I are in the United States, we live on the road (traveling in a bus/motorcoach). When we’re abroad, we live on the sea. We spend a couple of months every year teaching the Digital Filmmaking course to guests on board a beautiful Crystal Cruise Ship. This year, we will be spending two […]

  • Shooting the West

    Shooting the West

    March 18, 2015 | 3 comments

    Hey all! Ben and I just returned from a trip to Winnemucca, Nevada, where we spoke at a weeklong photography symposium called Shooting the West. This was an amazing trip for me, in more ways than one. First of all, we’re “between RVs” right now, so we’ve been spending a lot of time in one […]

  • Hand-lettering: A new creative journey

    Hand-lettering: A new creative journey

    February 1, 2015
    This is something I'm really excited to finally be posting here. As a creative person, I don't want to let a day go by without making something. It can be anything. A finished photograph, a cute graphic, an e-book layout, a kick-butt pizza, anything! For the past several years, I've been able to call myself a [...]
  • From Buddhas to Babies

    From Buddhas to Babies

    February 1, 2015 | 1 comment
    It's easy to understand why people say that it's hard to keep up with me. I can barely keep up with myself sometimes! Our lives zigzag between travel destinations, photo shoots, creative endeavors, etc. I, personally wouldn't have it any other way. It's boring doing the same things, day after day. I think that's one of the things [...]
  • Hong Kong: Our final port of call

    Hong Kong: Our final port of call

    January 10, 2015
    After nearly two months of travel, we finally arrived at our last port of call: Hong Kong. We had never been to Hong Kong before, so after we disembarked from the ship we'd been calling home, we checked in to a hotel and stayed in the city for four extra days. Ideally, it'd be nice [...]
  • Good Morning, Vietnam! (And good afternoon, and good evening…)

    Good Morning, Vietnam! (And good afternoon, and good evening…)

    January 8, 2015
    Of all the countries we visited on this 2-month journey, if I had to pick one to return to right now, it would be Vietnam. There was just something about it. Maybe it was the charming people, or the bright colors, or the art and food. It was probably a mixture of all these things. [...]
  • The Thai island of Ko Samui

    The Thai island of Ko Samui

    January 6, 2015
    This crazy adventure just goes on and on! Ko Samui was the second port in Thailand we visited, and we sailed there from our previous stop in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. (I didn't post about our stop in Cambodia because, frankly, there wasn't much do to at that particular port except for go to the beach, and [...]
  • Malacca: An Adorable World Heritage Site

    Malacca: An Adorable World Heritage Site

    January 6, 2015
    After leaving Kuala Lumpur, the largest metropolis in Malaysia, we sailed to Malacca, the third smallest state in the country. The historic area of Malacca is a World Heritage Site and that's where we spent most of our time. We only had one day here, and we could have stayed much longer. There are beautiful, historic [...]

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